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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)

Win a sailing holiday to the Isles of Scilly via our Facebook page Posted on

Trinity Sailing is giving one lucky person the chance to win a free berth to the Isles of Scilly in June.

The six-night trip on Provident takes place between Saturday, June 14 and Friday, June 20.

To enter all you have to do is head to our Facebook site, “like” our page and “share” our Isles of Scilly Competition post on your own wall.

Finally send an email to with your contact details. We will then enter you in to our prize draw.

Please have a look at the competition’s full terms and conditions.

The competition closes on Thursday, May 1 and the winner will be notified the following week.

Provident in sunlight

Trinity Sailing awarded Topsail bursary Posted on

Trinity are very pleased to announce it has been awarded £1,200 by Topsail Insurance towards sail training bursaries in 2014.

Topsail Insurance, which provides worldwide specialist yacht and motor boat insurance, invited applications for the ‘Topsail Insurance Annual Bursary’ at the ASTO (Association of Sail Training Organisations)  conference earlier this year.

Laura Ruse, Manager at Topsail, said: “All applications submitted each provided a strong case for their worthy cause, making the decision a particularly tough one. A panel individually reviewed all the applications submitted and scored each one based on what was considered to be the most effective use of the Bursary. These scores were then collated to achieve a fair and unbiased total and a worthy recipient of the Bursary.

There was a huge variety of applications from sailing schools, charities, volunteers, trusts and societies; with a wide range of different uses for the bursary being proposed; from the provision of much needed training, participation in Cowes week for disadvantaged youths, to improving the lives of people in deprived areas through sail training.

Having reviewed the scores given it was concluded that Trinity Sailing Foundation would be this year’s recipients. Trinity Sailing supplied extensive information about the type of work they do supporting the personal development of disadvantaged young people – focusing on young people who are negotiating the transition to adult life and are at risk of failing to make successful changes. We understand the valuable life, leadership and personal skills earned through sail training and Trinity’s proposal of a week long sail training voyage for 12 people was of great interest, being able to help to enhance the lives of 12 people with the bursary really appealed to us”.

Following confirmation of the bursary Toby Russell, Trinity Director, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to receive the first annual Topsail bursary. This funding will enable a group of young people undertake a 7 day offshore sail training voyage on Leader in 2014. Leader offers a fantastic learning a development setting and one which we have used extensively to help disadvantaged young people overcome the challenges they face and take positive steps to improve their life chances. The creation of this annual bursary underlines Topsails commitment to the sail training industry and we are extremely grateful to their team for supporting our efforts”.

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Book your spring break with Trinity today Posted on

Book now to secure the last few remaining berths on our spring season voyages.

Leader, as seen this week on ITV’s Ade at Sea, still has a handful of places remaining on our six-night Easter West Country and Brittany Cruise between Saturday, April 19 and Friday, April 25.

For £695 this is the perfect early getaway over the Easter weekend, meaning you don’t have to use much of your annual leave. The price includes your breakfast, lunch, and a delicious freshly prepared three-course meal served in the evening.

Let our expert crew take you on a memorable holiday adventure, whether you have never been sailing before or you are a professional sailor.

You can head to the Channel Islands, on Provident for six-nights, between Saturday, May 10, and Friday, May 16, also for £695.

She is also heading out on a  three-night Taster Weekend, along the Devon coast. between Friday, April 18, and Monday, April 21, for £325.

Click here to see all of our voyages this season.

Book now to avoid disappointment. Reserve your space online, or call our Office & Sales Manager Harry on 01803 88 33 55.

Sunset from Leader's deck

Trinity Sailing to appear on ITV next week Posted on

Ade at SeaTrinity Sailing will be appearing on a new prime-time ITV show next week.                          

Trinity will be heading the first of a new six-part series titled Ade at Sea next Thursday (March 20) at 8.30pm.

Television presenter and comedian Adrian Edmondson spent a sunny day filming on Trinity’s 1892-built vessel Leader last summer. The star of The Young Ones, and Bottom, sailed about six miles out from the Torbay coastline with Trinity’s crew and operation’s manager Matt Gilchrist.

Matt said: “It was a nice day for it and everyone seemed to have a good time at sea. Ade was a nice guy and took a real interest in the history of the vessels, as did his film crew.”

The show was originally set to go out on Thursday, March 27, but the producers have brought the episode forward a week.

Simon Paintin, Ade at Sea’s producer, said: “It was a pleasure to work with the Trinity Sailing Foundation.

“We filmed our presenter learning the ropes at sea and experiencing the wonderful work Trinity are doing, supporting the development of young people and keeping the heritage of the old Brixham trawlers alive.

“The whole Trinity team were so accommodating, organised and helpful. I don’t think you could find a more passionate, enthusiastic and friendly group of people.”

Adrian is married to fellow comedian Jennifer Saunders and he recently won the eighth series of Celebrity MasterChef.

Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership project launched Posted on

National Historic Ships UK secures full grant for Heritage Lottery Fund skills training project.

National Historic Ships UK (NHS-UK) has received a confirmed grant of £261,100 from the Heritage Lottery  Fund (HLF) Skills for the Future Programme for the Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership project, it was announced yesterday.

This project will develop traditional skills and techniques in young people, focusing on the conservation, handling and maintenance of historic vessels at a time when these skills are in serious decline.

The project will host ten 12-month training placements with the following partner organisations: Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther; Excelsior Trust, Lowestoft; Sea-Change Sailing Trust, Maldon; Dauntsey’s School Sailing Club, Solent; and Trinity Sailing Foundation, Brixham.

Trainees will be working with a variety of historic vessels at these sites, receiving specialist training in the significance of traditional craft and how to operate them safely and effectively. Starting on Monday 3 March, the first five trainees will begin the programme with a tailored course in historic vessel maintenance at the International Boatbuilding Training College, Lowestoft.

For a full Press Release please click HERE, or visit Trinity’s Shipshape Training Project page.

Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership

Trinity Sailing to Appear on New ITV Show Posted on

Trinity Sailing’s crew will be featuring on a  new prime-time ITV  show next month.

Television presenter, and comedian, Adrian Edmondson spent a day filming on Trinity’s 1892-built vessel Leader, last summer, for a new television series called Ade at Sea.

Trinity is set to feature on the first 30-minute programme of the series when it airs on Thursday, March 27, at 8.30pm, on ITV.

Ade, and his film crew, spent a sunny day sailing about six miles out to sea beyond Berry Head.

Operations Manager, and Trinity Skipper, Matt Gilchrist, said: “It was a nice day for it and everyone seemed to have a good time. Ade was a nice guy and took a real interest in the history of the vessels, as did his film crew.”

Brixham history and trawler enthusiast Bill Wakeham is also set to feature on the show.

Most people will know Adrian, who is married to fellow comedian Jennifer Saunders, from the cult eighties and nineties television comedies The Young Ones and Bottom. He also won the eight series of Celebrity MasterChef.

Trinity's crew with Ade and Bill Wakeham