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Tall Ships Race 2015: Belfast to Alesund Posted on

The Tall Ships Races are now just over five months away so, if you want  to be in the thick of the action, book now to avoid disappointment.

The first leg, between Belfast and Alesund, takes place between Friday, July 3, and Thursday, July 16. There are now just five berths left with Trinity on this section of the Tall Ships. Last year Leader, built in 1892, was the oldest vessel taking part across the entire fleet.

Belfast City Council has released a teaser video telling people what to expect from the first host port. Kevin Grant, from the Belfast Tall Ships Festival Team, said they are expecting 500,000 people to attend the maritime spectacle this summer.

There are around 80 vessels set to take part with more than 1,000 crew members from across the world. To find you can get involved head to our Tall Ships Races page.

To make a booking, or find out more about Leader’s involvement at the Tall Ships Races, call the office team on 01803 88 33 55 or send an email to team@trinitysailing.org

Leader at the 2014 Tall Ships Races

Have you got what it takes to become Provident’s new mate? Posted on

Do you want to develop a career in the sailing industry and have a passion for adventure?

Trinity Sailing is on the look out for a new mate to work on our 1924-vessel Provident for the 2015 season.

The right candidate will join  three other full-time staff members on board — the skipper, the bosun, and the cook —providing adventure sailing holidays and youth development voyages aboard our traditional gaff-rigged ketch sailing vessel.

Operation’s manager Matt Gilchrist said: “This is a great opportunity for anyone with a passion for adventure wanting to develop a career in the sailing industry. During cruising holidays and sail training voyages the mate will be responsible for the safe running of the deck.”

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Instructing trainees/guests in the sailing of the boat
  • Leading a watch when on passage
  • Maintenance of the vessel and systems
  • Playing a key part in the provision of sail training and the overall holiday experience.

Matt said: “No engineering experience is required, just enthusiasm and a willingness to work hard and get stuck in.Provident will be based in Brixham, sailing the south west coast, the Channel Islands, Brittany and the Isles of Scilly.”

Applicants should have at least RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper certificate, with commercial endorsement.  Gaff-rig experience would be advantageous but not essential.  The position starts in February.

Please email your application and a C.V. to mattg@trinitysailing.org.

For further information, or a informal discussion about this role, call Matt Gilchrist on 01803 88 33 55.  People interested in volunteering roles are also being encouraged to get in touch via team@trinitysailing.org

The closing date for applications is the 6th February 2015.

 

 

 

 

Provident

Fundraising Event in Brixham for Golden Vanity Posted on

A Christmas-themed quiz is being held in Brixham this week to raise funds for The Golden Vanity Trust.

The quizmaster at The Queen’s Arms, in Station Hill, will be testing contestant’s knowledge of Christmas facts. There are cash prizes and there will be a raffle too.

The quiz starts at 7.30pm this Friday (December 19th) it is £1 per person to enter with a maximum of four on a team.

Vanity at Sea

Play About Brixham Sailing Trawler Provident to be Performed in 2015 Posted on

A play telling the true story of the original Brixham Trawler Provident’s involvement in the First World War is being performed in Devon next year.

The Provident, by the South Devon Players, will look at the morning of January 1st 1915 and the heroic saving of 72 shipwrecked Royal Navy sailors from HMS Formidable — the first British battleship to be torpedoed by a German submarine during World War One.

Whilst preparing to fish in the Channel, Provident’s skipper, William Pillar, noticed a life craft adrift in heavy seas. Following a four hour struggle in a force 10 gale Pillar and his crew managed to get alongside and rescue the otherwise doomed sailors and bring them back to the safety of Brixham.

The rescue made national and international news bringing fame to the town. The crew were awarded medals by King George V in Buckingham Palace.

The play will be performed  at Brixham Theatre, in New Road, over the weekend of Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28.

The box office is manned by volunteers and is open on Saturday mornings between 10am and 12 noon.

Messages regarding tickets can be left on the box office phone number 01803 882717.Tickets are £2 for adults and 50p for children.

Provident Under Sail Print

Trinity Sailing Gift Vouchers Now Available Posted on

Are you struggling with present ideas this Christmas? You can now buy Trinity Sailing gift vouchers for your friends and family members.

We offer a wide-range of gift options, starting from £50 off a voyage, which can be redeemed against any available cruise, youth adventure sailing voyage, or RYA course on our 2015 programme.

Call our office team today on 01803 88 33 55, or send an email to team@trinitysailing.org, to find out more.

Trinity Gift Voucher

Last Chance for People to Apply for Traineeships Programme Posted on

There is less than a week to go for people to apply for new traineeships that are available through the Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership (SHTP).

Applications are invited to apply for one of five traineeships on the SHTP project, managed by National Historic Ships UK.  The placements will be based at five different locations throughout the UK, delivering skills in maintaining, operating and interpreting historic vessels.

The traineeships are being offered as part of ‘Skills for the Future’, a national programme to create new opportunities in work-based training for the heritage sector funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

All applications have to be in by noon this coming Friday (November 14).

For more information please see our previous Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership blog post .

 

Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership

Young Sailors Sign up for Voyage of a Lifetime on board Leader Posted on

Young sailors from across the country have signed-up to take part in a thrilling adventure, taking historic Brixham sailing trawler Leader across Europe.

Come next July dozens of people aged 15 to 25 will be sailing the 1892 vessel at the 2015 Tall Ships Races, joining hundreds of other tall ships from across the world.

Leader will be heading to Belfast where she will race against other vessels to Alesund, in Norway. From there she will head out on a non-competitive ‘cruise-in-company’ voyage with the rest of the fleet along the Norwegian coast to Kristiansand. This will be followed by a second race to Aalborg in Denmark.

This week Trinity Sailing, who operate Leader, welcomed people from across Devon to step on board and have a look around the vessel, speaking to participants from this year’s adventure which took in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway.

Jo Coomber, from Yelverton, who was on Leader at the Tall Ships this year, returned to help get the boat ready for the winter refit and spoke to people during the open day.

She said: “It was a fantastic experience to visit other countries and be part of such an amazing event. It’s impossible to pick one favourite thing about the voyage as the overall experience was amazing all-round. There was the race start, the swimming, the beach barbeque in Norway, and the time we spent in Harlingen because of the amazing atmosphere.”

At the 2014 Tall Ships Races Leader won several awards including Best Shanty Singing, and the crew were handed a trophy as she was named Oldest Vessel in the Fleet.

Since their inception in the 1950s, the Tall Ships Races have been a world-class nautical event, attracting young people from all over the world. At each port thousands of local, people and tourists line the harbours and sea fronts to see this amazing spectacle.

Trinity Sailing’s Harry Gottschalk said: “We’ve already had people sign up for next year. The feedback we’ve had from some of the parents of those who joined us this year has been incredible and their loved ones have returned full of confidence and have been completely animated by the experience.

“It’s not just about the sailing, they have crew parties in each of the host ports, big live music performances, a chance to mingle with other like-minded young people from across the globe.”

To find out more about the Tall Ships Races call Harry on 01803 88 33 55, send an email to team@trinitysailing.org, or click here.

Leader at the 2014 Tall Ships Races

Come Along to our Tall Ships Open Day on Leader Posted on

Trinity Sailing’s crew and office team will be welcoming people on board Leader for an open day next month.

Young people and their families are welcome to have a look around the vessel before she undergoes her winter refit and learn more about Trinity’s involvement in the 2015 Tall Ships Races.

During the open day, which starts at 2pm on Saturday, November 1, there will be a chance to meet and talk to participants in this year’s races.

Next July Leader will race against hundreds of other Tall Ships to Alesund, in Norway. From there she will head out on a ‘cruise-in-company’ along the Norwegian coast to Kristiansand before then completing the final leg to Aalborg in Denmark.

Since their inception in the 1950s, the Tall Ships Races have been a world-class nautical event, attracting young people from all over the world. At each port thousands of local, people and tourists line the harbours and sea fronts to see this amazing spectacle.

Leader will be moored on Brixham’s heritage pontoon, which is situated opposite The Prince William pub.

Leader

New Traineeships available through Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership Posted on

5 new Traineeships are available through the Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership (SHTP)

About the Traineeships

Applications are invited for one of five traineeships on the SHTP project, managed by National Historic Ships UK.  The placements will be based at five different locations throughout the UK, delivering skills in maintaining, operating and interpreting historic vessels.  The traineeships are being offered as part of ‘Skills for the Future’, a national programme to create new opportunities in work-based training for the heritage sector funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Successful applicants will be placed with one of the partner organisations based in Anstruther, Brixham, Essex, Lowestoft and the River Hamble for the main summer sailing season and for part of the winter refit programme where there will be a chance to develop practical skills (including vessel handling using the vessels owned by the partners) by working with experienced crew or museum staff.  The traineeships include four weeks studying conservation and interpretation principles at the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther, Fife and a period of practical study at the International Boatbuilding Training College in Lowestoft, Suffolk.  There will also be the opportunity to visit other historic vessels and museums to gain experience of different organisations and types of traditional rig on a rotation basis.

By the end of the year, trainees will have built up a record of operational, maintenance, conservation and interpretation skills set out in the form of a training passport of skills which can be shown to prospective employers as well as being a personal record reflecting what each trainee has achieved.

Although the five traineeships all cover the essential skills needed for a career in the historic ships industry, each placement offers a slightly different experience depending on the main purpose of the host organisation and its vessels – see for more detail.

Qualifications

Applicants will need to have achieved GCSE grade C or equivalent, in English and Mathematics, in order to apply.

No other qualifications or specific experience in sailing are required, but an interest in maritime heritage is desirable and applicants must be able to demonstrate that they: are interested in a long-term career in this sector; can communicate effectively in speaking and writing; work both independently and as part of a team; and have practical aptitude for being on board a vessel at sea.  You’ll also need to be willing to engage with a wide range of different audiences.

To find out more & access application forms

Click here for the Trainee job description

For more info & application forms go to the Shipshape website

See other info on Trinity’s pages

How to apply

Applications are made via the Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) at the following address:

National Maritime Museum, Human Resources Department, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF or email to recruitment@rmg.co.uk.

Applications for these traineeships are open to everyone who can meet the conditions set out above, including applications from those without existing sailing qualifications.

*The closing date for applications is midday, Friday 14th November and interviews will be held on 10th or 11th December 2014, London. Previous applicants from last year’s intake, are welcome to re-apply.

 

Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership

Coming Soon: Trinity Sailing’s 2015 Brochure — Reserve Your Space Now! Posted on

Trinity Sailing’s 2015 season programme is nearly ready. We don’t want people to miss out on their cruise of choice so, from today, you can begin reserving berths across our three vessels.

Next year, by popular demand, Leader will be spending even more time up in Scotland exploring the west coast. She will also be taking part in the 2015 International Tall Ships Races which takes in Northern Ireland, Norway, and Denmark.

Provident is operating around the south west coast and northern France for the majority of the year, visiting a range of different maritime festivals.

Golden Vanity will be offering Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Courses for the first time, along with Residential. She will be running RYA Courses for sailors looking to get their Day Skipper, Competent Crew, and Start Yachting certificates.

On top of all this we will soon be revealing some exciting new sailing destinations and experiences for 2015, so watch this space. As always there will be opportunities throughout the season for private charters, and we will be offering everything from short-breaks to extended cruises.

To get your name on our early doors waiting list — to be given priority for the likes of the Tall Ships, Brixham Heritage Regatta, and Paimpol — email your name and contact details to team@trinitysailing.org stating which trip you want to get priority reservation for.

2015 Brochure Launch