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New Exciting Voyage Added to Leader’s 2015 Sailing Season Posted on

The Trinity team are excited to announce a new adventurous sailing trip taking place this September.

The Four Nations Voyage will see Leader sailing around Scotland’s stunning western coast before making her way down to Anglesey, on the north-west coast of Wales.

On the way there will be potential stops in Northern Ireland, or the Isle of Man, during the six night passage which takes in some of the most beautiful and interesting spots along the UK coastline. The trip is suitable for both beginners and experienced sailors alike.

As with all her trips, Leader’s full-time cook takes pride in cooking fresh food on board, and you wont go hungry while your sailing along from port-to-port, or stopping off in pretty — and secluded — anchorages.

This voyage is also a good ‘mile-builder’ for those working on getting some nautical miles in for their RYA qualifications.

The voyage starts in Oban on Saturday, September 12 and ends in Holyhead on Friday, September 18. Berths are available now on this exciting sailing extravaganza for only £695.

To book, complete a Trinity Sailing booking form, or call 01803 88 33 55 to check availability. You can also reach Trinity’s Office & Sales Manager, Harry, via if you have any questions about the trip.

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Cruise in Company Coming Towards an End Posted on

Kristiansand is just about in sight for the Leader crew as she comes towards the end of her Cruise in Company leg of The 2015 Tall Ships Races.

Here is how they were getting on yesterday.

Day Seven…

“Leader and her crew rose in Leirvick this morning and donned silly hats to slip lines. Giving the appearance that Indiana Jones, Pikachu, a fisherman, a Norse Warrior, and a renaissance man were running the deck.

“Against rain, shine, majestic scenery and the endless pattern of waves against sky, we rolled down south. The Norwegian landscape has astounded both those new to life at sea and the old hands. The drastic shapes of the shore around us, tiny sharp islands with single cottages and waterfalls rushing down forested cliffs.

“As we left the meshed network of fjord and archipelago, and moved into the North Sea, our eyes adjusted to the dark steely blur of water over water under sky. As the sun set, crepuscular rays beamed out from the horizon and bled the golden pink light from the burning coin that, at such late hour, was finally brushing the crisp edge. The breeze freshened from astern and we booked out, turned off the engine, and settled into a following sea. Eight bells rang, blue watch stood down into the quiet vessel that carried us on. Leader’s rig and planking creaked and the new watch held us on, down wind, running forward to Lindesnes.”

The deadline for arrival into Kristiansand is 12 noon, on Saturday (25).

You can follow their progress live here:

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Tall Ships — The Adventure Continues… Posted on

Leader’s getting closer and closer to Kristiansand, at the southern end of Norway, as she is coming towards the end of her Cruise in Company leg of The 2015 Tall Ships Races.

It’s been a great year for the Leader crew so far, having picked up two prestigious trophies: Oldest Vessel in the Fleet, and Best Crew Parade. There is still the exciting third leg — and second race — to come.

Here is how they have been getting on during the last few days:

Day Five…

“After exploring some shops this morning, in Maløy, we all headed back to Leader to get ready to re-fuel. Once we set to sea, the first watch began their duties on deck whilst the rest of us readied ourselves for lunch. We had a night watch in the evening (it doesn’t really get dark here) which was beautiful and completely worth it as we sailed along some of the most stunning sights of Norway whilst enjoying a sunset That never ends. A once in a lifetime experience.”

Day Six…

“We woke early for our watch to the ever-changing scenery of the fjords and experienced some difficult nav; with many rocky areas and ferries. We arrived in the port of Leirvik at around 3pm and enjoyed a relaxing afternoon ashore and a chat on weather from Ben. One highlight of the day was tacking up a fjord with mountains and forests emerging from the clouds on either side.”

The deadline for arrival into Kristiansand is 12 noon, on Saturday (25).

You can follow their progress live here:


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Award Winning Start for Leader at the Tall Ships Races Posted on

The 2015 Tall Ships Races have got off to a flying start and we are already part of the way in to the second leg of the world-famous maritime event.

Leader has picked up two prestigious trophies: Oldest Vessel in the Fleet, and Best Crew Parade. As this goes to print she is sailing near Askrova, an island off the north west coast of Norway, stopping off at various ports and anchorages in the next few days before arriving in Kristiansand, at the weekend, ahead of the second race — and final leg — to Aalborg, in Denmark.

The deadline for arrival into Kristiansand is 12 noon, on Saturday (25). You can follow their progress live here:

Here is  a blog, direct from the crew, about how they have been getting on since Thursday, when the Cruise in Company adventure began:

Day One…

“Today all the crew arrived aboard Leader full of excitement and enthusiasm, fuelled by the amazing atmosphere in Alesund. We made some amazing costumes, winning the crew parade with sea shanties, and a fishing theme.

“The fun and excitement continued all day, with great music. Everyone was dancing and singing until early hours of the night during the crew party — it was a truly amazing day.”

Day Two…

“Today we started early. In addition to the normal breakfast routine we prepared for an Irish coffee morning, hosted on Leader. This was a good opportunity to showcase the boat to other interested parties, and was a great success.

“After lunch a few of the crew went up to a spot overlooking Alesund, which was very beautiful. When everyone had returned WE went through safety briefings, how to use ropes essentially, and how to use the life jackets, ready to depart tomorrow for the open sea.”

Day Three…

“We left Alesund this morning and joined all the other boats in the parade of sail. Afterwards, we travelled down the fjords surrounded by spectacular snow capped mountains. On our way we had a massive water fight with the crew of Black Diamond and we arrived in Ostra Fjord just before dinner.”

Day Four…

“We left port at 9am this morning and it rained all day, pretty much. In the morning there was a navigation briefing led by Ben. The weather was quite rough for most of the day, which made things challenging, but exciting. We made it to Maløy without incident and moored up very smoothly in a very tight space. We then sang shanties until bedtime.”



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Thank You Ashcombe Village Club Posted on

The Trinity Sailing Foundation team wish to extend their thanks to the Ashcombe Village Club for their recent charitable donation.

Director Toby Russell paid the club a visit recently and was delighted to be presented with a £500 cheque.

He said: “The money will be used for bursaries which will in turn help local young people joining us for residential sail training. I want to thank the Ashcombe Village Club for their very generous support.”



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Celebrating National Volunteers Week: Denning’s Story Posted on

It’s Volunteers’ Week across the UK and at the Trinity Sailing Foundation we would like to celebrate the hardworking people who give up their free time for us year-after-year.

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered for us since the charity was formed back in 1999. People like Helen Denning who is working with us this season.

Denning – as she likes to be called – was born in London, but has spent a lot of time in the USA and went to high school in the White Mountains of New Hampshire taking an unconventional secondary education path, rooted in experiential education which spawned an interest in sailing.

She said: “I studied science, history, English and math contextualised within life on a traditional sailing vessel in the Atlantic Ocean, or travelling across the American West by bus, bike, kayak and harness. I spent vacations gardening, farming and sailing on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard.”

Since the 20-year-old graduated high school, in 2013, she has been working and volunteering on historic sailing vessels and in wooden boatbuilding yards, in both the USA and UK, gaining skills as a traditional seafarer.  Denning plans to go to University, after her season with Trinity is over,  to study Marine Biology.

She said: “In the world of traditional sailing, volunteering is a natural thread along the pathway to becoming a good seafarer. Therefore, I seek out interesting projects, programmes and organisations to learn the skills of maintenance and seamanship that the crews onboard have to teach. On and below the decks of the old time sailing vessels are people with a lot of knowledge and wisdom to offer up and so I lend my hands and absorb as much as I can.

“I was drawn to Trinity because of the strong work ethic and appreciation of traditional maritime trades that the crew members, I knew, practiced.  I arrived, on my bicycle, during the second to last week of the winter refit and threw myself into some woodworking projects under the instruction of the skipper and mate.

“I felt appreciated for this work and helping with the preparations for sea during the following week. Making up the bunks, launching the dingy and provisioning Leader for her first voyage of the season. I understood immediately that I was taking part in crucial work to get a beautiful vessel to sea in a matter of days.

“The onboard community was made up of the professional crew and a constantly rolling selection of volunteers. Some who like myself were camped out in the berths up forward and others who came down regularly from their local abodes. People from all different backgrounds lifting, sealing, stowing and lashing together for the moment the crew would slip her warps and take her outside the comfort of a sheltered harbour.

“The orderly manner of a well run vessel during the day, gives the onboard community the luxury of a stress free evening when we pack up the tools and take turns in the galley to cook the evening meal. Soon I got into the routine of morning meetings and the little scraps of paper I carried around with me to remember my tasks. When the Spring sun fell over the palette of coastal cottages in the hills, I felt the distinct sense of accomplishment, something was sanded or painted or fastened or stowed away and another sail was bent on; Leader was on her way.

“I gained a lot from volunteering with the Trinity Sailing Foundation, I had a realisation about the reasons that cause me to work hard. I am working hard for myself of course, but it is not obvious why without that direct idea of being paid. I am working for skills, for an old vessel that needs care and attention, for the thrill and anticipation of adventure at sea, for the way sailing can introduce a person to a different lifestyle, for the way young people get enthused about that lifestyle. I work hard when I feel that I am needed and appreciated and that the tasks I perform are vital. I work hard in the hopes I will become a good sailor. I work hard when I am in a place of learning. Leader is such a place and I learned here, the effectiveness of working hard, or maybe “living” hard would be closer to the truth, when a community of people are organised, calm and happy.

“I benefited from my volunteering experience and I think the young trainees we had aboard during voyages did too, because there was one more personal involved with the working of the vessel, another person who was familiar with Leader because of those previous days of maintenance, who could help guide tasks like sail handling and knot tying. Another voice and another ear in the strange new environment of a 124 year old wooden sailing vessel at sea.

“These past few weeks have caused me to realise what I have to offer as both a pair of hands and a personality. On sunny days, pink misty evenings and starry nights, I felt prepared, useful and I was learning all the time. Volunteering at its finest.”

Everyone at Trinity Sailing would like to pass on their warm thanks to all those, like Denning, who have given up their time to help us over the past 16 years.


One for the Bucket List: Denmark to Scotland on Leader Posted on

We are a little over a month away till the main event in the adventure sailing calendar — the 2015 Tall Ships Races.

The three legs — covering Northern Ireland, Norway, and Denmark — are nearly sold out on Leader, however we have a fantastic voyage, for people of all ages, kicking-off in the final host port of Aalborg, in Denmark.

We are inviting people to join Leader, in Aalborg, on Monday, August 3, for the culmination of the Tall Ships festivities. There will be a huge final party with stacks going on: Live music, sporting events, great food, fireworks, ahead of the final parade of sail — an amazing spectacle as around 100 striking vessels from around the world head out the Danish port on their way home.

Leader will be in the thick of the action as she begins her own journey home. Once out of Danish waters, this will be a thrilling voyage as she crosses the North Sea on her way to the pretty Scottish coast, finishing off at the top of the Caledonian Canal.

There is still time to get on board, tick this one of your bucket list, and say to your friends and family that you have crossed the North Sea on a 123-year-old wooden sailing vessel.

Book your spot now on the eight-night voyage, (August 3 – 11) for just £695, by calling 01803 88 33 55, emailing, or book on our sailing holiday page. We still have limited availability on the three Tall Ships Legs for those aged 15- 25, call Harry in the office to find out more.

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Renowned Wildlife Expert Joins Leader in 2015 Posted on

Trinity Sailing is delighted to announce that a renowned wildlife expert will be joining Leader for a specially-themed cruise this summer.

Kenny Taylor, who has worked with both the BBC and National Geographic, is heading the Wildlife Cruise in Oban with the regular Trinity crew.

The six-night cruise departs Oban on Saturday, August 22 and will be exploring picturesque ports and harbours around the west coast, as well stops in some pretty, not so well known, anchorages looking for a wide-range of a marine animals.

Kenny is hopeful there will be several chances throughout the week so a whole host of animals, from rare birds to basking sharks.

He said: “The chances are high of seeing Guillemots, Razorbills, Puffins and different Gulls on the water as they search for fish shoals.

“Close inshore, Black Guillemots — magnificent in their dark plumage and carmine beaks and legs — dive for Butterfish and make high-pitched, whistling calls.

“Sometimes flocks of Seabirds over one spot can show where there could be a Minke Whale — or even a couple of Minkes — feeding.

“Inshore, Harbour Porpoises are fairly widespread but a good challenge to see since they don’t stay at the surface for long.

“Both Bottlenose and Common Dolphins could decide to come and have a close look at Leader, bow-riding to match speed then powering away at a much greater rate of knots to show how fast you can really travel in these waters.

“Some calmer bays could give the chance of seeing a Basking Shark — the second largest fish in the world.

“This is prime territory for Scotland’s re-established population of Sea Eagles, birds that match the grandeur of the scenery with their two-metre wingspans.

“People onboard will be encouraged to keep scanning the skies for both Sea Eagles and Golden Eagles, and for a range of other raptors –not least the nationally scarce Hen Harrier.

“Some of the islands – especially Jura – are excellent for Red Deer, which look great on ridges against the sky when seen from the sea. Wild Goats on moorlands and Otters in the inshore are other land mammal possibilities.

“Ashore, this is prime time for orchids in bloom and I will have a look to find a variety of species. Also if the weather turns really calm, and hot, part of the ocean magic of these waters can come with blooms of phosphorescent algae. These turn into sparkles of yellow-green fire at night.”

To book a place on Leader’s Wildlife Cruise, call Harry in the Trinity office on 01803 88 33 55, email, or complete our online booking form. (LIMITED AVAILABILITY).

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Tall Ships Races 2015: Kristiansand to Aalborg Posted on

Are you thinking of joining Leader for the 2015 Tall Ships Races?


After the first race from Belfast, and the cruise-in-company leg across western Norway, she will be arriving in the Norwegian town of Kristiansand where the crew will be soaking up the festival atmosphere before the second race to Aalborg, in Denmark.

The Tall Ships Races are now just under two months away and the organisers in Kristiansand have released a short promotional video giving young people more idea about what to expect on the southern Norwegian coast when they arrive.

Spaces are now extremely limited across all three legs, call us on 01803 88 33 55 to check availability or book before it’s too late.

For information and prices, head to our Tall Ships Races 2015 page.

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Final Chance to Own Signed Provident Print Posted on

A limited edition print of Brixham sailing trawler Provident, thought to be the last available of its kind, has gone under the hammer to raise money for the Trinity Sailing Foundation.

The stunning signed print, titled simply “Provident” by well-respected artist Michael Lees, had a limited number of 850 prints and it is thought this is the last available copy.

Mr Lees has produced several maritime-themed pieces of artwork, which have been endorsed by the likes of Sir Robin Knox-Johnson.

He said: “Michael Lees’ painting shows that he is one of those rare artists who is able to capture the moods of the sea and ships.”

Two prints — which are signed copies number 550 and 551 — were kindly passed on to Trinity by keen sailor and Devon man Ian Grimble who said he would like to see all of the proceeds go towards the boats’ upkeep.

The other print, number 550, was sold last week — with all the proceeds going to the Trinity Sailing Foundation — so this is the last chance if you would like to own an original signed print.

You can make a bid, via eBay, with the auction going live today (Friday, May 1st) and lasting for 10 days

You can place bids HERE

To learn more about the work of Michael Lees and his exclusive prints please visit

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