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Anne’s Foodie Blog 1: Recipes from Leaders galley and beyond Posted on

Leader’s cook Anne shares some of her famous recipes…

All the recipes in this blog are recipes I can do standing on my head, because as a boat cook sometimes there is a need to; and if not standing on your head then certainly without two feet firmly placed on the ground. There is often the added challenge of various members of crew asking you if they can open your kitchen up to check the engine belts or standing on your work surfaces to do goodness know what important nautical task.

This blog covers a series of recipes cooked on a voyage from Brixham to Ramsgate with a group of young people from South London. On the voyage I was ably assisted by an enthusiastic crew of 18 to 22 year olds all with a liking for ” spicy ricy ” food and with excellent prep skills – one lad was particularly handy in the veg prep department having spent time preparing veg for the monkeys at London Zoo!

I hope this recipe and the others in the blog will be enjoyed by all those that come sailing with Trinity…let me know how you have got on replicating them in the kitchen at home…

BLOG 1: “West Indian Jerk chicken with rice and peas and mango and sweet corn Salsa”

This was written on a boiling hot day making the Isle of Wight feel like the Isle of Jamaica, so it feels fitting to create West Indian Jerk chicken with rice and peas and EPIC mango and sweet corn Salsa.

To Download this recipe please CLICK HERE.

W.Indian Jerk Chicken

Tall Ships Challenge Sets Sail Posted on

The Tall Ships Challenge team have all arrived safely in Amsterdam and joined the crew on Leader.

The group have been getting to know each other, and split themselves in to three watches: Cool, Bay, and Ice. Here is a report from their first few days together.

Day 1: Arrival at Leader in Amsterdam

“Great to have arrived – even stationary the experience of being on board Leader is the best. All the crew are friendly and helpful. I can’t wait to set sail and see more amazing places.

“Today we started with a brief talk on who we are and afterwards we had a health and safety briefing. Later on, we settled down to our evening meal and played board games. The adventure has started.”

Sam, Ice Watch.

Day 2: Getting to know Leader

“Today was an early start. I had to be awake at 7.3opm as it was my turn to set-up breakfast. After everyone had eaten, and we had put everything away, we got in to our waterproofs and headed up on deck to go through lifejackets and ropes with Trinity crew members Stan and Alice.

“We then prepared and set sail to Zaandam where we refuelled the boat. Heading down the canal I had the opportunity to steer the boat which was great fun.

“For lunch we gathered in the saloon for a delicious lunch made by Trinity’s cook, Anne. We had risotto, cheese and fresh bread and it was a little taste of heaven. Afterwards we got taken to the bow to learn some knots, such as the figure of eight. It was hard to get my head around at first but it was very satisfying when the knot was complete.

“Later we arrived in Ijmuiden where we completed some basic sea training, getting used to ropes and sails, performing two tacks and a gybe. After that we headed to the seaport which is where we stopped for dinner, prepared by Anne and Cool Watch, which was meatballs, red peppers and cheesy pasta.

“After dinner we had access to the marine showers, which everyone enjoyed, before heading below deck for some time to chill, play board games and go to sleep.”

Reece, Ice Watch.


Grab an adventure under sail this summer Posted on

DofE and adventure sailing voyages on Golden Vanity this August.

A 7 day adventure sailing voyage  on board Golden Vanity is all about having a great time, making friends, visiting new places and learning new skills. You’ll get to visit coves, estuaries, beaches and harbour towns, go for a swim ashore or have a barbecue and there’s plenty of time to chill out and keep your eye for dolphins, seals and basking sharks.

These voyages will also qualify for your DofE Gold Residential plus you’ll get the chance to complete your RYA Start Yachting or Competent Crew qualification. No experience is necessary, our crew will show you everything you need to know to get to grips with sailing a gaff rigged vessel.

To find out more about our adventure sailing voyages please click HERE

We have a number of voyages, departing from Brixham,  during the whole of August, but places are now limited so give the team at Trinity a call to reserve your berth!

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LiNX Christian Youth Trust supports Tall Ships Challenge Posted on

Trinity is delighted welcome on board the latest Tall Ships Challenge supporter.

The latest local organisation to support the 2014 Tall Ships Challenge is LiNX Christian Youth Trust in Torbay.  LiNX represents a commitment from a variety of local churches to serve young people, particularly within the context of local secondary schools.

Claire Farley, Project Manager for LiNX Christian Youth Trust, said “We are delighted that one of our supporters has helped to sponsor the Tall Ships Challenge on our behalf. We are thrilled that young adults in Torbay are being offered such an exciting opportunity.  

Over the last 15 years we have worked with young people in Torbay to enable them to reach their full potential and we know that experiences like this transform people’s perspectives on life, on themselves, on their own ability and potential and on their future.  Through our work in secondary schools and in the local community we encourage young people to be adventurous and support them as they try new experiences which we know help them to grow in confidence and self esteem.

The Tall Ships Challenge will be a great adventure and an inspiration to all involved.”

To find out more about the work of  LiNX  visit

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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”.

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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.

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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