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Trinity Sailing to appear on popular BBC One Show Posted on

Trinity Sailing is set to feature on a long-running and successful BBC One television series.

RYALast summer, Operation’s Manager and Skipper Matt Gilchrist spent the day with a film crew shooting part of an episode of Escape to the Country, on board Golden Vanity.

The 45-minute show, which will air at 3.45pm, on January 14, sees people looking for new homes, while learning a bit about their potential new surroundings.

Matt said: “We had a lovely couple on board, we gave them a briefing about the boat, and its life jackets, before heading off for a short trip around Torbay.

“Unfortunately it wasn’t a very windy day, and it did rain a bit, but they seemed to really enjoy it. They said they were interested in buying a boat and joining a local yachting club.

“I don’t think they would be disappointed if they moved here as it is great cruising area with a lot to offer.”

Golden Vanity is available for RYA courses and Duke of Edinburgh residentials throughout the summer.  To find out more call the office team on 01803 88 33 55.

Trinity Sailing Launch Tall Ships Competition Posted on

Brixham trawler 'Leader' 1892Trinity Sailing is giving one lucky person the chance to win a free berth on Leader for the 2014 Tall Ships Races!

To enter all you have to do is “Like” and “Share” our poster — which can be seen on our Facebook page — then email us your contact details with a message saying “Tall Ships Facebook Competition” to team@trinitysailing.org, it’s as simple as that.

Come July next year you could be sailing, along with hundreds of other tall ships from across the globe, to the likes of Holland, Norway or Denmark.

Please visit the Tall Ships page for full terms and conditions.

The competition closes on Sunday, January 19 and the winner will be notified the following week.

Good Luck!

£820 donated by Relay SW team Posted on

A massive thank you to the team from Relay SW for their very generous donation of £820, raised following their epic circumnavigation of Devon and Cornwall by foot, by bike and by sail. This was a great effort by the team which included young people from South Devon College and members of the Devon and Cornwall Police (Torquay branch).

Toby and Matt joined the team last night to re-live the event and present an award – on behalf of the Relay SW team – to Si Costin, the team leader.  Si’s excellent organisation and leadership ensured they smashed their target time for the challenge and raised valuable funds for Trinity.

Thank you to Si, and the team, for all your hard work.

* If you would like to help raise funds for Trinity or discuss a fundraising idea you might have, please give Toby a call on 01803 883355.

 

Relay SW team on Provident

Stuck for Christmas Present Ideas? Trinity Now Offer Sailing Gift Vouchers Posted on

From today Trinity Sailing is offering gift-vouchers for all cruises and RYA courses. Provident Taster Weekend 2013

Do you have a friend or family member who would enjoy a weekend trip around the stunning Devon coastline on Leader or Provident? You also may know someone who would want to complete an RYA course on Golden Vanity.

As well as full payment vouchers for voyages, we also offer part payment gifts so you can make a contribution towards a trip.

These could be redeemed for the likes of the Tall Ships races next year, if you know a young person who would benefit from the confidence building life skills offered from the popular worldwide sailing event.

Please visit our sailing holidays to see the great variety of cruising experiences Trinity is offering in 2014.

To book, or to find out more, call the office team on 01803 88 33 55.

Trinity Sailing’s 2014 Programme Launched Posted on

We are very pleased to announce that our 2014 sailing programme is ready to be released.

This season, in addition to Trinity’s regular adventures around our familiar stomping grounds of Devon and Cornwall, Leader will take part in the Tall Ships exploring Holland, Norway and Denmark, before venturing home across the North Sea and delving in to the heart of Scotland.

She will be running out of Oban for six weeks, including a wildlife cruise which will be back by popular demand. Leader will be returning home along the west coast, taking in all the UK has to offer on this extended adventure voyage.

Provident will be sampling the delights of the French coast and the secluded anchorages of the Channel Islands. Having spent the mid-summer cruising the Isles of Scilly, she is embarking on an extended 10-day Brittany voyage exploring all this magnificent coastline has to offer.

In 2014 we have some special cruises: the Brixham Heritage Regatta; Dartmouth Regatta; an exploration through the Dutch Inland Waterways, via Bruges; and a voyage along the West Coast of the UK.

We also have a number of weekend and mid-week cruises during the season, giving the opportunity to sample a taste of traditional sailing with Trinity. We also now offer gift-vouchers, which would make an ideal present for a loved one.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing sailing holiday on classic vessels, an adventure holiday, expeditions to spectacular locations, an opportunity to gain your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential, or an a RYA practical qualification, Trinity has much to offer — from experienced sailors to complete beginners.

Our vessels are available to charter for family and friends, so please speak to us about tailored cruising packages at attractive rates.

Trinity Sailing's new 2014 programme

 

For more information, to request a brochure, or to book, call the team on 01803 883355. Alternatively email us via team@trinitysailing.org

Leader Refit Gets Under Way Posted on

The refit for Trinity Sailing’s 2014 season has got under way with the removal of varnish from Leader’s coach roof and hatches.

As well as the annual safety and maintenance schedule, a lot of volunteers will be focusing on improving the aesthetics of each of the vessels, starting with adding several  coats of varnish to parts of Leader.

doghouse

Head of Operations Nick Legg said: “A special thank you to Paul and Martin who have volunteered for the last few months and have worked tirelessly on all the de-rig jobs, including this amazing varnish job on the hatch, which looks great.”

Crew members from all of the boats have been stripping out all of the interiors and components, as well as de-rigging all ropes and spars.

Trinity will be running volunteering weekends in the new year, with projects to include painting, varnishing and carpentry.

Leader has now been moved in to Brixham’s inner harbour, and placed under a cover to protect her from the winter elements.

doghouse 1Provident remains at the town’s heritage pontoon but will soon be joining Leader for the winter, near the old fish market.

Golden Vanity will be placed on a mooring during the winter, before the crew return in early 2014 to work on all three of Trinity’s boats.

The full refit will get underway in late January, where the vessels undergo full systems serving, paint and varnishing throughout as well as upgrades and larger repairs. It is also Leaders turn for the slipway this year for a fresh coat of paint and servicing of her underwater components.

 

 

Trinity Skipper Hosts Signing Event Posted on

Trinity skipper Toni Knights is hosting a signing event for his 2014 calendar this week.

The Brixham-based artist spent some time this season capturing colourful scenes of boats and maritime festivals in his trusty sketchbook.

Copies of the calendar, which costs £15, will be available to buy at The Blue Anchor, in Fore Street, this Friday, November 15.

Toni said: “I’ll be there from 7pm, if anyone wants to come in and get a signed copy.”

 

Toni Knights - Provident

 

For those not able to attend the event, you can order a copy directly by sending an email to toni.p.knights@gmail.com

Community Urged to Support Torbay Lass Posted on

Residents, business leaders, retailers and politicians from across Torbay are being urged to attend an open day this month to see how then can play a part in saving one of the last surviving Brixham Trawlers.

People will be able to find out how they can get involved in the Save Torbay Lass campaign at Brixham’s Scala Hall, in Market Street, on Thursday, November 28.

Between 9am and 5pm members of the steering group, tasked with trying to bring the back the vessel and restore her for future generations, will be available to answer questions and explain the background to the £1.3 million project.

The campaign is seeking a major Heritage Lottery Fund grant to cover the majority of the cost that will be involved in restoring Torbay Lass, which is currently lying on the River Thames in a very poor condition.

As well as highlighting the major task of restoration, which will be carried out ashore in Oxen Cove over a two to three year period, the event will highlight other aspects of the project, which include:

*Apprenticeships in shipbuilding and repair

*Training courses for young people in marine skills, from engineering to shipwrighting

*Opportunities for volunteers in various roles, including assisting with practical work, acting as guides and carrying out research for a community project

*The creation of a Heritage Trail in the town

*The launch of a Conservation in Action programme, led by volunteers

*Logo Dk blueOpportunities to learn traditional seamanship on board vessels run by the Trinity Sailing Foundation – Leader, Provident and Golden Vanity, as well as Torbay Lass once restoration is complete

The organisers want to attract as wide a range of people as possible, including individuals, members of community organisations and local business people.

A steering group spokesman said: “This is a community project, and we want the whole of Torbay to be aware of it and have a chance to participate in it.

“Torbay Lass is part of Brixham’s history. Bringing her back and restoring her will be the last, missing, in the maritime heritage effort that began 15 years ago and has seen the Heritage Fleet become a major feature of the harbour area.”

The campaign backing of local MP Dr Sarah Wollaston, Mayor Gordon Oliver and TV personality Jonathan Dimbleby – as well as Brixham Town Council, the Chamber of Commerce, Torbay Council, Torbay Development Agency, South Devon College and others.

Torbay Lass was built in 1923 and fished under sail until 1938. She was used as a sail training vessel for more than 50 years, but has fallen into disrepair and was in danger of being lost until the Save Torbay Lass campaign was started. The Heritage Lottery Fund has provided a grant to fund temporary repairs and the cost of bringing the boat back to Brixham, so that restoration can begin. She is ready to leave the Thames when weather conditions improve.

 Notes to editors

About Trinity Sailing Foundation

Trinity Sailing Foundation is a registered charity (No: 1137405) dedicated to supporting the personal development of disadvantaged young people through offshore sail training and to conserve the nationally important historic sailing vessels in its care. Based in Brixham, its fleet of four historic sailing vessels, including Provident, also provide opportunities for traditional sailing holidays around the UK and Europe. Website: www.trinitysailing.org

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.  HLF has supported over 30,000 projects, allocating £4.7billion across the UK. Website: www.hlf.org.uk

For further information, images and interviews, please contact
Harry Gottschalk, Office & Sales Manager

Trinity Sailing Foundation, The Sail Loft, Pump Street Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8ED

Tel: 01803 883355  Email: team@trinitysailing.org

Trinity’s Fleet Prepared for Winter Posted on

Leader's resting place for the winterWith the 2013 season now finished, Trinity’s three vessels are being prepared for their winter refit.

Crew members from all of the boats have been stripping out all of the interiors and components, as well as de-rigging all ropes and spars.

Leader has now been moved in to Brixham’s inner harbour, and placed under a cover to protect her from the winter elements.

Provident remains at the town’s heritage pontoon but will soon be joining Leader for the winter, near the old fish market.

Golden Vanity will be placed on a mooring during the winter, before the crew return in early 2014 to begin varnishing work on all three of Trinity’s boats.

The full refit will get underway in late January, where the vessels undergo full systems serving, paint and varnishing throughout as well as upgrades and larger repairs. It is also Leaders turn for the slipway this year for a fresh coat of paint and servicing of her underwater components.

In April they should be gleaming ready for the full season ahead.

Torbay Lass Delayed by Bad Weather Posted on

The anticipated return of one of the last surviving Brixham sailing trawlers to her home town has been delayed due to bad weather.

Brixham sailing trawler 'Torbay Lass'

It had been hoped to bring the 1923-built vessel back home shortly after receiving crucial funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). However, now the weather has taken a turn for the worst it is unclear when the boat will return.

Councillor Mike Morey, the Leader of Torbay Council’s Non Coalition Group, said it is imperative that Torbay Lass is not brought back to port until it is safe to do so.

He said: “We have reached the point when the safety of the boat and crew are paramount and therefore because of likely inclement weather conditions it is necessary to delay its return.”

“However, when it does return and the work on her is completed it will form yet another piece in the jigsaw of Brixham’s proud maritime heritage.”

Councillor Vic Ellery, who represents the council’s Berry Head ward, said although the boat cannot come back immediately it is important that Torbay individuals and businesses get behind the plans to restore her to her former glory.

He said: “It is vital that the community and commerce get behind this project with both financial and public commitment to it.

“The boat must only be moved when all the elements for safe and secure passage have been confirmed.”

The Steering Group that is coordinating the project, headed by the Trinity Sailing Foundation, is seeking a £900,000 grant to restore and preserve the vessel.

The first stage of the application to HLF has now been approved*, providing funds with which to carry out temporary repairs to the ailing vessel and draft the detailed application for the major grant.

When the time is right, Torbay Lass will be able to return to Brixham under her own power, and there await the final decision about her future.