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Join Leader for a Day at Sea Posted on

Have you always wondered what it would be like to sail a Brixham Trawler, but had second thoughts about how you will find the experience?

We are putting on a day sail next month, on board our 1892 vessel Leader, for anyone who would like to sample life on board and see if it is for them.

Come and see what sailing with Trinity is all about and whether you might like to book a weekend, or a week, away with us next year.

You will join us for a day of sailing around the beautiful Devon coastline and we will serve you come yummy lunch up on deck.

The voyage, between 10am and 4pm, takes places on Sunday, October 1. Tickets are £75.

To book, or find out more, call the office team on 01803 88 33 55. Alternatively email team@trinitysailing.org

Leader 1892

New 2018 Brochure Coming Soon! Posted on

We are just putting the finishing touches to our 2018 cruising sailing programme.

The 2018 Trinity Sailing Brochure will be revealed soon. If you would like to receive a copy please send us an email via team@trinitysailing.org and we will add you to our mailing list.

We still have some limited availability left for 2017 here. See you all next season.

The Trinity Team.

Provident

New Opportunities for People Learning to Sail Posted on

People wanting to learn how to sail — or improve their existing knowledge — are being given more opportunities to master the skill later this year.

Due to phenomenal demand, the Trinity Sailing Foundation is now offering additional weeks of RYA tuition, on board their 1908-vessel Golden Vanity, for the 2017 season. All of the original designated Day Skipper, Competent Crew, and Start Yachting courses have now sold-out.

Trinity Sailing’s Marketing & Sales Manager, Harry GottschGolden Vanityalk, said: “Due to an increase in booking enquiries, and the fact our other weeks are now full, three new weeks’ worth of on board tuition has been added to the programme.

“Golden Vanity was featured in last weekend’s Telegraph, which was also created more enquiries, so we have taken the decision to extend the season in to October to allow even more people the opportunity to learn how to sail with us on our traditional and historic vessel, which belongs to the National Historic Fleet, putting her in similar company as the likes of the Cutty Sark.”

The new dates are:

  • Saturday, September 30 — Friday, October 6
  • Saturday, October 7 — Friday, October 13
  • Sunday, October 15 — Saturday, October 21.

Golden Vanity is thought to be the sole surviving Mumble Bee — the smallest of the original Brixham trawlers —   built in 1908. Although built as a working boat, she was used as a base by marine artist Arthur Briscoe to paint the local fishing fleet.

One of the friends who sailed with Briscoe was Erskine Childers – who had already written his famous yachting spy novel ‘Riddle of the Sands’. Before the First World War they sailed Golden Vanity extensively in the southern North Sea, regularly visiting Holland and Belgium, the ‘lowlands, low’ mentioned in the shanty.

Harry added: “Golden Vanity is rigged now just as she was when she was launched early last century.

“She has a ‘Gaff Cutter’ rig which is very versatile and powerful, easy to handle in light airs and strong winds, making her an ideal vessel to learn about traditional sailing methods. No previous experience is necessary, if you are looking to do Start Yachting, though we offer Competent Crew and Day Skipper for those with more knowledge.”

Start Yachting is an introduction to sailing for complete beginners, teaching steering, sail handling, ropework and awarenes of safety on board.

Competent Crew is aimed at people with a basic understanding who want to be more helpful as crew members, looking at seamanship, knowledge of nautical terms and boat parts, with a more in-depth look as roperwork, safety and the principles of sailing.

The Day Skipper course is aimed at those with previous sailing experience who wish to become competent to skipper a small yacht. Some basic navigational knowledge is required, either through practical experience or a Day Skipper Theory course. The course goes into greater depth on the topics covered in Competent Crew, and also includes navigation, pilotage and boat handling under sail and power.

Golden Vanity’s home port is based in Brixham where she spends her sailing season exploring Devon and Cornwall. Below deck she has been fitted out for her modern role. She has accommodation for seven guests and two crew members, has a saloon area, a galley, and a toilet (the heads).

All meals and refreshments, life jackets, bedding, and waterproofs are included in the cost which is £695 for the week on board.

For more information, or to book, please call 01803 88 33 55 or email team@trinitysailing.org

 

 

DofE2

Have you got what it takes to work for Trinity Sailing? Posted on

The Trinity Sailing Foundation is looking to recruit a full time skipper!

We operate three wooden gaff rigged sailing vessels from Brixham in Devon. These are used for a combination of youth sail training, RYA courses, adult cruising holidays and DofE Award voyages.

 These three vessels operate around South and West coasts of the UK, also visiting France, the Channel Islands and Ireland during the sailing season. The vessels are usually operational from April to October and undergo refit and maintenance work from November to March. Refits normally take place in South Devon.

Trinity Sailing wishes to recruit a full time skipper, starting in September/October 2017.

Salary: £24,000 per annum.

Duration of contract: 12 months

Qualifications and Experience Required:

·         RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Commercially Endorsed)

·         Full ENG1 or ML5 Medical Fitness Certificate

·         RYA Cruising Instructor (essential)

·         RYA Yachtmaster Instructor (preferred)

·         Previous experience of traditionally-rigged vessels preferred

·         Previous experience of sail training required

 

Any offers of work will be subject to interview, on-board assessment and completion of an enhanced DBS check

To apply for this position, or for more information please contact:

 Ben Wheatley

Operations Director

Trinity Sailing Foundation

The Old Sail Loft

Pump Street

Brixham

Devon TQ5 8ED

UK

 

Tel: 01803 88 33 55

Email: ben@trinitysailing.org

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New Berths Available for Paimpol 2017 on Leader Posted on

Three more spaces have gone on general sale for Leader’s voyage to the Paimpol ‘Chant du Marin’ Festival 2017.

The Paimpol Festival is in mid-August and is always one of our first cruises to sell-out. Today we are pleased to be able offer three additional berths due to a cancellation.

Both Leader and Provident (which is now sold-out) will be taking part this year. The attractive harbour will be packed with boats from all around the world. On shore there is much in the way of music, sea shanties, maritime crafts, food, and drink. Invited vessels line the harbour walls and are encouraged to leave their sails up to be admired. This is the highlight of a 10-day voyage to Brittany, providing extra time to explore some of the stunning destinations dotted along the north-west coast of France.

If you like traditional vessels and lively ports, this is a voyage which will appeal to you. Paimpol is a historic fishing town built around a central dock which can house over 200 boats, including tall ships.

We expect these two berths to be snapped up VERY fast so, if you are interested, do not delay and give Harry in the office a call on 01803 88 33 55 or email team@trinitysailing.org

Paimpol 2017

Provident Returns to Sea Posted on

One of Trinity Sailing most popular vessels has returned to sea after an extensive project to improve her deck.

Provident — built in 1924 — left port today for the first time since September, last year. Her crew, scores of volunteers, and a team of shipwrights have been working tirelessly to get her ready for the new sailing season after having her entire aft deck removed and replaced.

The work was part-funded by The Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material (PRISM) Fund, through the Arts Council, along with support from other generous individuals and organisations.

Provident is currently on her first trip, a west country cruise, and will be arriving in Falmouth, this Friday, ahead of her first sail training week, beginning on Saturday.

Ben Wheatley, Trinity Sailing’s Operations Director, said: “It great to see guests back on board and she’s looking fantastic. I want to thank all of our crew, volunteers and all the shipwrights for their amazing hard work.”

The vessel forms part of UK National Historic Fleet, a status which ranks her alongside the likes of HMS Victory and the Cutty Sark.

After the Second World War, Provident arrived in Salcombe, in 1951, as the founding vessel of the Island Cruising Club where she remained until 1999 when she started working from Brixham as part of the newly-formed Trinity Sailing Foundation. Provident was built in 1924, in the same yard on the River Dart as Leader. She was a replacement for an earlier vessel of the same name, sunk during the First World War by a German U-boat. She fished out of Brixham for 10 years before being sold to a wealthy American and converted to a private yacht.

If you would like to join Provident for a cruise this year, you can call Trinity Sailing on 01803 88 33 55 or email team@trinitysailing.org. Her full voyage programme is available online at www.trinitysailing.org

 

Provident

Calling All Volunteers Posted on

A volunteer weekend is being organised this weekend to help get Provident back to sea.

Recruits are needed to help her full-time crew with some essential maintenance work before the new sailing season gets underway.

Harry Gottschalk, Trinity Sailing’s Marketing & Sales Manager, said: “Provident has had her entire aft deck removed and replaced over the winter and spring and we are now entering the crucial final stages. We would like as many people as possible to come down this weekend and help with the fun jobs we always get to do at the end of the refit process. This includes some woodwork and getting the rigging sorted. You don’t have to have any special skills though as the main job will be cleaning her hull and grabbing a paintbrush to ensure she looks as good as possible when she heads back to sea.

“If you’re local to us, in Brixham, it would be great if you could pop down and lend a hand for a few hours. However if you live further afield we can provide you with food, drink, and accommodation between this Friday (26th) evening and Sunday afternoon. We will make sure the crew look after you and I am led to believe by the vessels’ cook that there may be a fairly sociable night out on the Saturday evening — though I couldn’t possibly comment.”

For more information please call the office on 01803 88 33 55 or email team@trinitysailing.org

 

 

 

 

Provident

Art Auction Organised to Support Golden Vanity Posted on

An art auction is being held in Brixham next month in aid of Trinity Sailing’s 1908 vessel Golden Vanity.

The Great Golden Vanity Art Auction is being held at The Queen’s Arms, in Station Hill, having been organised by The Golden Vanity Trust. It will coincide with a weekend of live music at the same venue, also in aid of the historic trawler.

There are several pieces up for auction, during the event on on Sunday, June 18, including a limited edition print of ‘Hoshi & Provident’ by Michael Lees. Other contributors include Nicky Stevens, Paul Barclay and John Gillo.

Golden Vanity is thought to be the sole surviving Mumble Bee still sailing, the smallest of the Brixham trawlers. She was restored in the 1980s by a local trust and is now used for, Duke of Edinburgh weeks, youth adventure sailing and RYA Courses.

She was built by Sanders at Galmpton in 1908. Although built as a working boat, she was used as a base by marine artist Arthur Briscoe to paint the Brixham fishing fleet.

One of the friends who sailed with Briscoe was Erskine Childers – who had already written his famous yachting spy novel ‘Riddle of the Sands’. Before the First World War they sailed Golden Vanity extensively in the southern North Sea, regularly visiting Holland and Belgium, the ‘lowlands, low’ mentioned in the shanty.

Her name was taken from a ship in the sea shanty ‘The Golden Vanity’ which dates back to from the 17th century.

If any other artists — amateur or professional — would like to submit anything, please call 07411488745.

 

 

Hoshi and Provident

New RYA Date Added to Golden Vanity’s Programme Posted on

Due to popular demand we will now be offering an additional voyage on board our 1908 vessel Golden Vanity this May for the anyone looking to gain an RYA accredited qualification.

These activity holidays offer the opportunity to have formal instruction while enjoying a sailing holiday.

Based in Brixham, this is an ideal cruising ground for those wanting to learn to sail.  Tor bay offers sheltered waters to the prevailing winds and the many estuaries and harbours on the south coast offer plenty of opportunities to teach the syllabus and learn how to sail traditional vessels.

The courses we offer begin with ‘Start Yachting’ for complete beginners; ‘Competent Crew’ for those looking to build up their skills; and ‘Day Skipper’ for those who wish to be introduced to all aspects of skippering a yacht.

If you are uncertain as to which course would be most suitable for you, or would like further information or advice, please contact us and speak to one of our instructors.

Your skipper will be an RYA qualified Cruising Instructor or Yachtmaster Instructor. To find out more about the RYA and the cruising scheme certificates, visit the RYA website.

Start Finish Nights Vessel Cost Course
Sat, Apr 22 Fri, Apr 28  6  Golden Vanity £695 Start Yachting, Comp Crew, or Day Skipper
Sat, Apr 29 Fri, May 5  6  Golden Vanity £695 Start Yachting, Comp Crew, or Day Skipper
Sat, May 6 Fri, May 12  6  Golden Vanity FULL
Sat, May 20 Fri, May 26  6  Golden Vanity £695 Start Yachting, Comp Crew, or Day Skipper
Thu, Jun 15 Wed, Jun 21  6  Golden Vanity FULL
Fri, Jul 28 Wed, Aug 2  6  Golden Vanity FULL
Sat, Aug 26 Fri, Sep 1  6  Golden Vanity £695 Start Yachting, Comp Crew, or Day Skipper
Fri, Sep 15 Thu, Sep 21  6  Golden Vanity £695 Start Yachting, Comp Crew, or Day Skipper

*July 28th voyage is Start Yachting/Competent Crew only.

All voyages start and end in Brixham, apart from July 28th voyage which is a mile-builder, departing in Poole, Dorset.

Start Yachting

The Start Yachting course is designed to run as a short break and offers an introduction to sailing for complete beginners. By the end of the course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and have an awareness of safety on board. Holders of the Start Yachting certificate can go on to complete the Competent Crew course in a reduced time of three days, instead of the normal five, or over two weekend breaks.

Competent Crew

Competent Crew is a sailing course aimed at those starting out in sailing, and wishing to learn the fundamentals required to be a useful member of crew aboard a sailing boat. No previous sailing experience is required. Topics covered include seamanship, knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, sail handling and ropework, knowledge of safety procedures, helmsman-ship, and the principles of sailing.

Day Skipper

The Day Skipper course is aimed at those with previous sailing experience who wish to become competent to skipper a small yacht by day in familiar waters. It is assumed that they will have at least the knowledge of a competent crew member, and must have a minimum of 5 days, 100 miles and 4 night hours logged before undertaking the course. Some basic navigational knowledge is required, either through practical experience or a Day Skipper Theory course. The course goes into greater depth on the topics covered in Competent Crew, and also includes navigation, pilotage and boat handling under sail and power.

If you have any queries over which RYA course would be the right one for you, or would like further information or advice, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail or call 01803 883355 and speak to one of our skippers.
Golden Vanity

New Deck Goes Down on Provident Posted on

The first new deck planks have been laid on board Provident today as her crew and a team of shipwrights work tirelessly to get her ready for the new sailing season.

This May the 1924-built sailing vessel Provident will be heading back out to sea after having her entire aft deck removed and replaced.

The work was part-funded by The Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material (PRISM) Fund, through the Arts Council, along with support from other generous individuals and organisations.

The vessel forms part of UK National Historic Fleet, a status which ranks her alongside the likes of HMS Victory and the Cutty Sark.

After the Second World War, Provident arrived in Salcombe, in 1951, as the founding vessel of the Island Cruising Club where she remained until 1999 when she started working from Brixham as part of the newly-formed Trinity Sailing Foundation. Provident was built in 1924, in the same yard on the River Dart as Leader. She was a replacement for an earlier vessel of the same name, sunk during the First World War by a German U-boat. She fished out of Brixham for 10 years before being sold to a wealthy American and converted to a private yacht.

If you would like to join Provident for a cruise this year, you can call Trinity Sailing on 01803 88 33 55 or email team@trinitysailing.org. Her full voyage programme is available online at www.trinitysailing.org

 

Provident's New Deck