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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

2017 Season Springs in to Action Posted on

Leader to set sail next Friday…

Trinity Sailing’s sold-out Easter Cruise will be getting the season off to a flying start on Good Friday. If you would still like to get on board, don’t worry, we still have plenty of opportunities for you to join us throughout the coming season.

Leader will be starting off operating out of her home port of Brixham, taking part in the Small Ships Race in Tor Bay, followed by her first week-long voyage to Brittany and the Channel Islands at the end of the month.

In May we will be celebrating our 1892 vessel’s 125th birthday with a special cruise, visiting Galmpton where she was built, for a champagne dinner, ahead of a great week of sailing across Devon and Cornwall.

Leader will then have a short Cornwall Cruise, operating out of Falmouth, before heading up the west coast for a mile-builder to Oban.

Once in Scotland she will be spending eight weeks taking in the best of the Inner and Outer Hebrides and we have organised some themed voyages, including a wildlife cruise and a traditional Scottish music week.

Come the end of July, Leader will be having another UK west coast adventure, back down to Falmouth, in time to head across the Channel for the Paimpol ‘Chant du Marin’ Festival 2017.

Throughout August she will be taking in the best of the Cornish coast, along with two visits to the Isles of Scilly, before setting sail back to Brixham on our Shanty Music Cruise.

It doesn’t end there. Leader will be off to Brittany again for two weeks for a change over in St Malo. This will allow guests the opportunity to join and depart in France, or stay on board for the whole two weeks. Either way, these two trips will allow more time to explore this magnificent cruising ground and its wealth of ports and sandy beaches.

We hope you can join us!

For more information, or to book, call Harry in the office on 01803 88 33 55 or email team@trinitysailing.org

Leader at sea

Latest Press Release — Historic Vessel to Celebrate its 125th Year Posted on

 

A historic sailing vessel will be celebrating a major milestone this spring with a special celebratory anniversary voyage across Devon and Cornwall.

Brixham Trawler Leader is turning 125 this year and her current owners — the Trinity Sailing Foundation — are putting on a special trip to mark the occasion.

The 1892-built vessel — which forms part of UK National Historic Fleet, a status which ranks her alongside the likes of HMS Victory and the Cutty Sark — will be heading up the River Dart to sail past the site where she built at W. A. Gibbs’ yard, Galmpton.

Those on board will be having a champagne toast to the iconic vessel; there will be a talk about her history and a special birthday cake. After which Leader will spend several days sailing along the Devon and Cornwall coast calling in at a host of ports where she is well known.

Harry Gottschalk, Trinity Sailing’s Marketing & Sales Manager, said: “We thought it would be criminal if we didn’t celebrate the old girl’s birthday milestone in style.

“We will be joined by her regular crew, our Operations’ Director Ben, plus many guests who have a special place in their hearts for Leader as we look at her history through the decades during what is shaping up to be a memorable evening.

“Over the course of the week she will sailing along the Devon and Cornwall coast, stopping off at host of ports along the way where the vessel has regularly called in over the years. We will also be handing everyone on board a special limited-edition T-shirt for guests to take home as a memento from the week.”

Leader fished in UK waters until 1907, when she was sold to new owners in Sweden. She operated on the west coast there until 1970, when she became a sail training vessel for the Swedish Cruising Club. At the time she was one of the largest of the Brixham sailing trawlers, known, despite their Ketch rig, as the ‘Big Sloops’.

In 1985 she moved to the west coast of Scotland where, as ‘Lorne Leader’, she was used for sailing holidays and charter for 10 years. In 1996 she was brought home to South Devon, and operated from Dartmouth until 1999, when she became part of the Trinity fleet, based in Brixham.

There are a small handful of berths remaining for Leader’s 125th Anniversary Cruise which will be sailing from Brixham to Falmouth between Saturday, May 13 and Friday, May 19. For more information call 01803 88 33 55, email team@trinitysailing.org, or visit www.trinitysailing.org

 

Notes to editors

Trinity Sailing Foundation is a registered charity (No: 1137405) dedicated to supporting the personal development of disadvantaged young people through offshore sail training and to conserve the nationally important historic sailing vessels in its care. Based in Brixham, its fleet of historic sailing vessels also provide opportunities for traditional sailing holidays around the UK and Europe. Website: http://www.trinitysailing.org/

 

For further information, images and interviews, please contact

Harry Gottschalk, Marketing & Sales Manager

Trinity Sailing Foundation, The Sail Loft, Pump Street Brixham, and Devon, TQ5 8ED Tel: 01803 883355 Email: team@trinitysailing.org

Leader

Paimpol Festival 2017 – Two New Berths Available Posted on

Two 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 two 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.

Event Start Finish Start Port End Port Nights Vessel Cost
Paimpol & Extended Brittany Cruise Wed, Aug 9 Fri, Aug 18 Brixham Brixham 9 Provident FULL
Paimpol & Extended Brittany Cruise Wed, Aug 9 Fri, Aug 18 Falmouth Falmouth 9 Leader £1,095

 

Paimpol 2017

Meet the Team — Paul Lawton Posted on

In the run up to the 2017 season getting underway we have been introducing the current Trinity Sailing Foundation team. Today we caught up with the final member of our sea staff — Paul Lawton.

 

What is your role at Trinity Sailing?

I am the skipper on board Golden Vanity, though I will also be spending some of the season skippering Provident. I am also Trinity Sailing’s RYA Chief Instructor and am a new member of the team.

What did you do prior to joining the team?

Immediately prior to joining Trinity I was working as a secondary school maths and science teacher at the Steiner Academy, in Exeter. I have worked in sailing for 14 years as well, and before that I worked in banking.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love being able to introduce people to the joys of traditional boat sailing. It is a real pleasure to be with them as they learn new skills and share with them the natural beauty of the surrounding coastline.
Where is your favourite sailing destination?

I have been lucky enough to have sailed in many parts of the world and I have found that the south west of England, the areas around the Dart and Fal rivers are my favourites.  I also have a soft spot for the Scillies, which are very calming.

When you’re not sailing, what else do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy all types of travel, including whistle-stop weekend trips and longer expeditions. I love sea kayaking around the Devon and Cornwall coast, and I also often go touring with my wife on a Vespa.

Paul Lawton

Meet the Team — Bethany Gay Posted on

In the run up to the 2017 season getting underway we will be introducing the current Trinity Sailing Foundation team. Today we caught up with another member of our sea staff — Bethany Gay.

 

What is your role at Trinity Sailing?

I’m the newest member as I joined Trinity a couple months ago, on a chilly January morning, on the basis of helping out with winter refit for three days and haven’t left since. My role this season is the relief cook and deckhand, predominantly on the oldest vessel in the fleet — Leader.

What did you do prior to joining the team?

During college I managed to wangle a schools residential and my Gold Duke of Edinburgh on board Golden Vanity, but then life got in the way and I went off to study at university. Since then I’ve spent the last five years cooking in five-star chalets and snowboarding in the French Alps, during the winter months, followed by hospitality jobs at sea for the summer.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

It’s the perfect job as I… 1.) Get to go sailing 2.) Get to see some of the most beautiful parts of the country and further afield 3.) Get to go meet a plethora of people from all walks of life, while eating some of the finest local produce. Besides, not many people can say that their home is a 125-year-old traditional wooden sailing trawler.

Where is your favourite sailing destination?

The Isles of Scilly archipelago – its like the Caribbean (thought not quite that hot) but it really is a hidden gem and as it’s only 28 miles from Lan’ds End. There’s an amazing ice cream parlour on St Agnes and the wildlife is phenomenal, especially from viewing up on deck.

When you’re not sailing, what else do you enjoy doing?

I really love winter and water sports but when I’m in the west country I do have a soft spot for Cornish Pilot Gigs. These are marvellous 32ft long, clinker built, elm rowing boats which weigh a hefty 355kg, but then I am slightly biased as I have been rowing them on and off since I was 13. If I am not in, or on, the water I can also be found tinkering in the shed as I was bought up on fixing classic cars and going to motorsport competitions at weekends — although my mother was slightly unimpressed when I rebuilt my carburettor in her living room the other day. I am also trying to learn British sign language and bad jokes so, anybody on board with me this summer, I would love a hand!

Bethany Gay

Extensive Project Gathers Pace for Historic Vessel Posted on

One of South Devon’s most recognisable and historic boats is undertaking an essential and major renovation.

The 1924-built sailing vessel Provident — which is owned and operated by the Trinity Sailing Foundation — will be heading back out to sea this May after having her entire aft deck removed and replaced.

Throughout the winter the gaff-rigged trawler has been a major focal point of Brixham Harbour, sitting alongside the harbour wall, while a team of shipwrights and her crew get her ready for the new season which will see her sailing to Brittany, the Channel Islands, and the Scillies.

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.

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: “We’re really pleased to have been able to support the restoration of this historically significant vessel through our PRISM fund. The fund aims to conserve items or collections that are important in the history and development of science, technology, industry and related fields. The ‘Provident’ has a rich heritage and this conservation project supports its legacy.”

Ben Wheatley, Trinity Sailing’s Operations Director, said: “By far the most significant and most challenging refit task for Trinity Sailing this winter is the renewal of the aft half of Provident’s main deck; the forward section was completed in 2013, and it is now time for the old deck planks, knees and beams in the aft half of the vessel to be replaced with new.

“We have been working over several years to make improvements to her: new bulwarks and stanchions, a new foredeck and a new engine. This is the final phase. We also invested £200,000 on re-decking our biggest vessel Leader. Golden Vanity, the third of our vessels, is busier than ever with her successful Duke of Edinburgh Residentials and Expeditions.

“This current project began in January; a waterproof cover was erected to enclose the vessel before the work started; since then all the old deck planks and beams have been removed, the new beams are in place and the new deck planks will be going back in soon.

“We are very pleased that Bob Cann and his team of shipwrights, have been able to utilise high quality, seasoned, English oak to make up the beams and knees, whilst Douglas fir will be used for the deck planks. We are also taking this opportunity to do some repairs to the transom and make some improvements to the crew accommodation and lazarette areas.

“It is great to see so much good, new, timber going in to the vessel.   Once complete this project will ensure she is in an excellent condition to meet the challenges of a busy sail training and charter programme for years to come.”

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