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Old Gaffers in fine voice at the Dart Music Festival Posted on

An evening of Sea Shanties on Leader at the 2014 Dartmouth Music Festival.Old Gaffers logo

Supporters from across the South Hams joined Trinity on the Saturday night of the Dartmouth Music Festival to enjoy an evening of sea shanties courtesy of the Old Gaffers. The band sang a series of rousing shanties, entertaining our guests packed on Leader and Provident and drawing a crowd of visitors to the Town Pontoon. A fine sing-a-long was enjoyed by all there.

Our thanks to the whole team from the Old Gaffers – for more info and to find out where they will next be performing please go to Thanks also to the Dartmouth Harbour Office team for making our vessels so welcome in the town.

Old Gaffers @ Dart Food Festival

Trinity Sailing @ Dart Food Festival

Sail training success for pupils from Perry Beeches The Academy Posted on

A group of young people from Perry Beeches The Academy in Birmingham have recently stepped back ashore after a week-long sail training voyage on Leader.

The voyage was a resounding success and the young people had a great experience sailing Leader over 120 miles along the south coast, in conditions up to wind force 5. Following the voyage one of the young people on board said:  “It was great to do something completely out of my comfort zone and I didn’t just have lots of fun, but I have learnt loads too. Before the trip I didn’t really know anyone who was going on the boat too. Now, I have made some new friends and I have really loved every moment on the trip”.

On arriving back in Brixham the group were met by Rob Stevens, MD at Topsail Insurance Ltd., who had provided a bursary for the group. He was able to listen to all the tales from the young people and get a clear feel for the impact of the voyage on those involved.

PB 4“What a privilege to be sitting in the stairway of “Leader” listening to the young people, huddled around the saloon table, recounting the stories of their weeks adventure on board. Each in turn, offering up their best moment and their worst moment, hearing how each had contributed to the week not only with their own personal fundraising but their contribution to the ship and its workings.

It was clear that new friendships had been formed, new challenges and exciting new adventures had been undertaken and with the financial help of the Topsail Insurance bursary, we had been able to assist the group of young people from Perry Beeches The Academy in undertaking their adventure.

I am so pleased that the group enjoyed themselves, this is exactly what the Topsail Insurance bursary is all about, giving young people the opportunity to find out about sailing, teamwork and community and giving them an opportunity to build their confidence and carry away with them lasting memories.

Well done Perry Beeches The Academy for being worthy recipients of the Topsail Insurance Tall Ships Bursary”.

Perry Beeches Group 2014

Tall Ships Challenge 2014 Launched Posted on

An exciting  initiative to send young people from Devon on a once-in-a-lifetime sailing adventure has cast off.

Trinity Sailing has teamed up with a handful of community focussed businesses to send a group of young people on a sailing voyage from Amsterdam, in Holland, to Fredrikstad, in Norway as part of the international Tall Ships Races.

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People aged 18 to 25, from across the region, were invited to apply for a place on Trinity’s historic sailing vessel Leader. Following a selection process last month, the team of young people were brought together for the first time to start preparations for the Tall Ships Challenge 2014.

The event last week, based on Leader in Brixham, was the first stage in preparations for the Tall Ships Race and the young people got to look around the vessel and familiarise themselves above and below decks. They also got to try on their life-jackets and had a first go at working together to raise one of the sails.

One of the group, Sam Richardson, said: “I really enjoyed the experience and it was great to meet all the other people involved. Having never been on a ship like Leader before, it was great having a look around and get a feel for what we can expect during the Tall Ships race”.

Trinity would thank our generous sponsors for backing the Tall Ships Challenge and enabling these young people to undertake this unique opportunity.

The team will be posting blogs, twitter feeds and up-to-date news as they race Leader, so keep checking back on Trinity’s and our sponsors websites.

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Darnells Chartered Accountants & Business Advisers back ‘Tall Ships Challenge’ Posted on

Darnells latest to sponsor Tall Ships Challenge 2014

The leading firm of Chartered Accountants, Tax Specialists and Business Advisers, is the latest business to lend its support to the Tall Ships Challenge. By backing this initiative Darnells is part of team of local sponsors that are enabling a group of young people from Devon to race the historic Brixham sailing trawler ‘Leader’ from Harlingen in the Netherlands to Fredrikstad in Norway in July.

Phil Raisey, Managing Partner at Darnells, explained why they were supporting the initiative:

“Having assisted Gordon Oliver and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in securing Torbay as the European stop-over for ‘Around Alone’ in 2002, we had no hesitation in offering to help with ‘Tall Ships 2014’.

We are proud to be helping the crew of ‘Leader’, one of the oldest vessels in this race and wish everyone involved a successful, happy and safe time.”

Trinity have now completed interviewing candidates for the team to race Leader and the young people, their families and sponsors will be attending the official launch in Brixham today.

Keep checking back on our Blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see news and diaries, photos, and video from the young crew as they undertake the Tall Ships Challenge.

Darnells - Tall Ships Challenge Official Sponsors

The Blue Seafood Co. sponsors ‘Tall Ships Challenge’ Posted on

We are delighted to announce our latest sponsor of the 2014 Tall Ships Challenge is The Blue Seafood Company, producers of the finest Westcountry crab.

Trevor Bartlett, MD of the company said: “As a Paignton boy born and bred and having had the privilege of sailing in the Tall Ships Race in 1972 I know how invaluable an experience like this could be to a young adult.

Having only recently learned of the opportunities offered to local young adults by Trinity we are really pleased to be able to support this adventure particularly as it a local charity supporting local people.

I’m sure once other companies like us get to hear and understand the charities purpose there will be no shortage of support”.

Toby Russell from Trinity added: “We are extremely grateful to Trevor and The Blue Seafood Company for their generous support which will directly enable deserving local young people to undertake this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

We have had lots of applications from young people for places at the international Tall Ships and following interviews later this week we look forward to announcing the successful candidates very soon”.

The Blue Seafood Company

Darthaven Marina Chandlery Open Event 17-18 May Posted on

Visit Darthaven Marina ‘Chandlery Open Event’ this weekend.

If you are looking for advice on the best safety gear or electrics or want to stock up on the latest in clothing and shoes then why not head down to see our friends at Darthaven Marina this weekend.

There’s also live demo’s of electrical equipments and loads of great offers to help you get your sailing off to a flying start in 2014.

*Print off and produce this flyer to gain 10% off selected items*

Darthaven Marina - Chandlery Event May 17-18th 2014

Perry Beeches students fundraising success Posted on

Students raise over £3,000 to go sailing on Leader

A group of 12 students from Perry Beeches The Academy in Birmingham have raised over £3,000 towards a sail training voyage on Leader in May. Over the past four months the students have worked tirelessly to raise funds through making and selling cakes, drinks and bracelets to running sponsored events such as non-uniform days and through donations.

Sarah Dorsett, Community and Partnership Manager at the school said:

“This has been a great opportunity for the students. They did not know each other prior to the trip and are now counting down the days to until they go to sea. Some of the students are literally bursting with excitement, wanting the 10th May to be here.

Three of the parents have been in today to gather information and thank the school for the confidence it has given to their children. They have said it has made the students appreciate the value of money and that it is very difficult to fund raise. We were overwhelmed with the innovative ideas that the students have come up with to raise these funds. As a team we really do deserve every single minute on the trip”.

The funds raised by the students from Perry Beeches have been matched by a bursary from Trinity which was made possible through funding support from Topsail Insurance. Laura Ruse, Manager at Topsail Insurance said:

“Topsail are delighted that our bursary funding is being used to support this group of students from Birmingham. The young people from Perry Beeches have really risen to the challenge of fundraising for their voyage. I think their hard work will add further value to the whole sail training experience”.

Leader wheel

Sailing season springs into action… Posted on

Clients enjoy Easter under sail on ‘Provi’…

Provident headed out last week for her first voyages of the 2014 season – a three night trip exploring the South Devon coast. Provi and crew visited the seaside towns of Dartmouth and Salcombe and our clients reported a great time sailing the south Devon coast.

“Everything excellent 5*”, Elliott.Provi Easter sailing

Most memorable moment: “Seeing waves break over the bowsprit”, Mark.

“Food and staff spot on..couldn’t be better”, Sarah & Andrew.

Andy Wakefield, a Derbyshire based feature writer said after the voyage: “Wow – we have had an absolutely amazing adventure     aboard Provident and met some fantastic people. A wonderful crew, scrumptious meals and spectacular scenery – it’s been an honour  and a privilege.

From a confirmed land-lubber with no particular desire to experience life at sea, a few days aboard Provident changed my perspective completely. We will certainly be looking at a return visit soon.”

You can read Andy’s full feature HERE.

Thanks to Sarah for the photos and we hope to see all our clients again soon.

Provi Easter in Dartmouth

Darthaven Marina supports Tall Ships Challenge Posted on

Trinity are delighted to welcome Darthaven Marina as a Tall Ships Challenge sponsor.

The aim of the Tall Ships Challenge is to provide 12 deserving young people with a life changing voyage which is being made possible by the generous support of local businesses, the latest of which is the Kingswear-based Darthaven Marina.

Melanie Holman, the Manager of Darthaven Marina, said:

“We are very pleased to be supporting a young person from the area. This will be a wonderful opportunity for this person to get experience of being at sea, especially on such a splendid boat as Leader.

The Holman family have had an interest in Brixham for many years as they owned the Upham’s yard from the 1950’s until the 1990’s. The yard carried out repairs to local wooden craft, built some trawlers and then yachts designed by Kim Holman such as the famous Twister.

It is so important to keep the younger generation interested in sailing and we are happy to help.”

If you would like to find out more about how your business can sponsor a local young person at the 2014 International Tall Ships Races please speak to Toby or Harry on 01803 883355.

For further info on Darthaven, a 250 berth marina with a full range of marine services for leisure and commercial craft, please visit or call 01803 752242.


Sea Picnic 7th June 2014 Posted on

Tickets are on sale for the now legendary Sea Picnic, which will be held at Anstey’s Cove, Torquay, on Saturday 7th June.

A delicious three course lunch and BBQ, with seafood sourced by Brixham’s own fish merchant Ian Perkes, will be served by the water’s edge with jazz provided the ‘Dart Valley Stompers’. The afternoon will include a grand auction and raffle of maritime art and a range of fantastic opportunities with visits aboard the fleet of Trinity Trawlers.

This year sees the return of James Bond for the famous ‘Trinity spectacular’ – a feast of air and sea-based fun when our very own 007 will attempt to thwart the evil ambitions of Goldfinger…

Sea Picnic tickets are priced at £35 each (same as in 2012) and all proceeds from the day go to supporting Trinity’s work.

Please check back here for further updates and to find out more please go to our Sea Picnic page. If you have any queries, or wish to call and pay for your tickets over the phone, please get in touch with the team on 01803 883355.

The Exmouth Shantymen (original buoy band)