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Trinity Launch Tall Ships Challenge Offering Young People Voyage of a Lifetime Posted on

Young people across Torbay and Devon are being offered a once in a lifetime voyage, supported by local businesses.

Trinity Sailing is teaming up with a string of south west businesses to offer 12 deserving people a life-changing voyage at the 2014 International Tall Ships Races.

Anyone in the region, aged 18 to 25, is invited to apply for a place on Leader — worth more than £1,200 — which is heading out from Amsterdam on June 29.

The 14-night trip sets sail from Amsterdam, on June 29, before heading to Harlingen, where the vessel will meet up with hundreds of other traditional vessels from across the world, before sailing to Fredrikstad, in Norway.

The aim of this initiative  is to provide deserving young people a once in a lifetime voyage. Anyone who feels they have gone that extra mile can be considered, whether they have helped others or achieved their own a personal goal.

To view Trinity Sailing’s Tall Ships Challenge press release click HERE

To apply for a place please download and complete an application form HERE, telling us why you think you should be chosen. Please also provide the name of a referee who will support your application.

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Still time to apply for Trainee posts Posted on

Still time to apply for Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership Vacancies

There’s still time to apply for one of five new Traineeships being awarded by National Historic Ships, although the closing date is only a week away!

Subject to confirmation of HLF funding in the next few days, this project will provide ten 12-month training placements at five partner sites ranging from Scotland to the West Country and offering on-board specialist training to ensure the significance of these craft and the ability to operate them safely and effectively is kept alive. The trainees will also undertake a tailored course in historic vessel maintenance at the International Boatbuilding Training College and an interpretation placement at the Scottish Fisheries Museum. A skills mapping exercise will provide template training models for the wider sector and an assessment framework for seamanship skills will be developed as a project legacy.

Hannah Cunliffe, Policy & Project Manager at National Historic Ships UK said: “This scheme offers a unique opportunity for trainees to learn the dying skills of traditional seamanship whilst living on board one of the nation’s historic vessels.  They will be taught how to maintain the vessel during the winter, whilst actively sailing the UK coastline during the summer season.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience what it is like to operate one of the larger historic sailing vessels on the National Historic Ships Register, with paid training tuition and a choice of vessel types and locations in which to study”.

To find our more and download application forms please see our post on 14th January or click HERE.

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Trinity Sailing’s Facebook Competition Winner Announced Posted on

We would like to thank everyone who took part in Trinity Sailing’s Facebook competition, to win a berth on Leader for the 2014 Tall Ships Races.

Tall Ships 2014We were delighted with the response we had, and the Trinity team are happy to announce that Danielle Preira, from Leicestershire, will be joining us on the international sailing adventure, which sees the gathering of hundreds of ships from all corners of the globe.

Danielle’s name was randomly selected, so sorry to everyone who missed out this time. All of those who entered the competition correctly will be emailed shortly with a, first-come-first-served, special offer as a sign of appreciation for your involvement.There are still places available on all three legs of the Tall Ships Races, so it’s not too late to book your spot, but hurry as the remaining berths are set to go quickly.

Please keep an eye on Trinity’s Facebook and Twitter pages for other competitions in the future.

The races, based in the North Sea, will be between the host ports of Harlingen (Holland), Fredrikstad and Bergen (Norway) and Esbjerg (Denmark) during July 2014.

Trinity is offering three opportunities for people to participate in the thrilling event. You can take part in all of the voyages, or pick the one that appeals to you the most.

As well as having a great deal of fun, the Tall Ships helps all of the young participants discover hidden strengths and uncover new talents as they learn the true value of working as a team

Although the event has two races that provide a competitive spirit, the event provides an unforgettable social occasion offering the international crews a chance to get to know each other over camp fires, at parade events and concerts which are put on for them across the host ports.

At each stop, en route, there is a carnival to welcome the ships and their crews. You are given time to explore the various locations and hop on board some the world’s most impressive sailing vessels.

There is a special emphasis on those aged 16 to 24 — at least half of the ship’s company must be in that age range — although people of all ages are able to join the experience and become part of the crew to sail Leader.

The races are scheduled around the end of exam time, so what better reward is there after all that hard work? Getting young people involved with Tall Ships is also an ideal way for of parents and grandparents to introduce their children and grandchildren to the world of sailing.

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.

Details of the 2014 Tall Ships Legs:

Tall Ships 2014 map

LEG 1: Amsterdam, Harlingen & Fredrikstad

Trinity will be beginning the Tall Ships adventure in the thriving city of Amsterdam, where the crew can spend four days getting to know the vessel, sailing along the Dutch coast on Leader, as she heads to Harlingen.

The first host port will be staging a wide range of activities and events for the international crews before the first race begins as the boats head off towards Fredikstad, in Norway.

The amazing and unimaginable sight of so many breathtaking vessels arriving in the harbour is worth the price of the trip alone.

LEG 2: Fredrikstad to Bergen

The Trinity crew can stand down from the races and enjoy a cruise company, following the breathtaking coastline to Bergen, also in Norway.

Along the way there will be regular stopping opportunities to meet up with other vessels for parties and barbecues.

Arrive in the city of Bergen which has the honour of hosting The Tall Ships Races for the fourth time.

Ships will sail in from the magnificent Byfjorden, to meet the harbour of Bergen, surrounded by seven glorious mountains.

Visitors to the quayside will enjoy activities for all ages, with free entertainment from live stages and entertainment from, and on board, the tall ships.

LEG 3: Bergen to Esbjerg

Join Leader in the spectacular picturesque Bergen, enjoying the amazing hospitality of the city, before the competitive race back down the coast to Esbjerg, in Denmark, to enjoy the final celebrations

This is the culmination of the Tall Ships, so experience the prize giving ceremony, and see the city comes to life for the final party and celebrations.

Esbjerg is a beautiful city which is often overlooked by tourists possessing has the largest fishery harbour in all of Denmark. The area also has some of the best beaches in the country.

Start Finish Days Vessel Cost
Sun 29th June Sun 13th July* Spaces still available 14 Leader £1,260
Mon 14th July Fri 25th July* Limited spaces available 11 Leader £990
Sat 26th July Sun 3rd Aug* Limited spaces available 8 Leader £720

More about the Tall Ships experience: 

The 2014 Tall Ships adventure is open to anyone aged 16 and up. No previous sailing experience is required and you can sign up for one, two or all three legs. The price includes all of your meals on board, berthing, waterproofs and Tall Ships shore based activities.

This is adventure sailing at its very best – you will be racing ‘Leader’ – one of the legendary Brixham trawlers against Tall ships of all shapes and sizes.

Leader sleeps 14 trainee crew plus our qualified sea staff of five. There is a large comfortable saloon, and all modern safety and navigational equipment. Leader is the perfect vessel to get you right at the heart of the fun and adventure that the Tall Ships has to offer! For more info on Leader please click here.

If you would like to find out how you can be part of this amazing experience, and check availability, please get in touch through the office team on 01803 883355 or contact us.


Traineeships available through Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership Posted on

Skills for the Future: Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership

Fixed Term Traineeships for 12 Months, starting March 2014 (subject to funding confirmation)
Salary £12,000 per annum

Applications are invited for one of five traineeships on the Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership (SHTP) project, managed by National Historic Ships UK.  The placements will be based at five different locations throughout the UK (including Trinity Sailing), delivering skills in maintaining, operating and interpreting historic vessels. The traineeships are being offered by National Historic Ships UK 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. Five further traineeships will be available from February 2015.

Successful applicants will be placed with one of the partner organisations based in Anstruther, Brixham, Essex, Lowestoft and 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 two periods of practical study at the International Boatbuilding Training College in Lowestoft, Suffolk, and four weeks studying conservation and interpretation principles at the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther, Fife.  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 job description for more detail.

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.

Applications are made via the Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) Human Resources Department  RMG is an equal opportunities employer. Applications for these traineeships are open to everyone who can meet the conditions set out above, including applications from those without existing sailing qualifications.

Click here to download  job description (pdf) andapplication form (word doc) or for further information contact Hannah Cunliffe on 0208 312 8558.

The closing date for the return of completed application forms is 31 January 2014 and interviews will be held week commencing 10 February 2014 in St Katharine’s Dock, London.

Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership

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, 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

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.


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.