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Full line-up for Dartmouth Regatta revealed Posted on

A great way to see the Dartmouth Regatta

The 2013 Dartmouth Royal Regatta is just days away and now the full, and exciting, line-up has been revealed. Provident will be at the centre of it all on the Friday evening, when the show gets underway, at 5.15pm, with an aerial performance by The Blades.

A Typhoon Eurofighter will be taking to the skies at 5.45pm, building up to what promises to be a spectacular display from the much-celebrated Red Arrows. Throughout the day there will be rowing races up and down the River Dart and, as the skies begin to darken, the visual feast continues in to the night.

Between the higher and lower ferries, a pageant of boats will parade the river, gathering near the Sandquay at 8.45pm. The25-boat strong flotilla will then head off towards Kingswear, in single file, headed by the newly restored World War Two vessel, the Fairmile.

Guests will also have a chance to step off Provident to soak up the festival atmosphere, visiting an abundance of stalls lined along the river.

After being served a delicious, freshly prepared, meal on board, and a good night’s sleep, you will head off to Brittany for seven nights.

The voyage, which runs between Friday, August 20 and Saturday, September 7 is available for just £550, and there is still time to reserve your space.

Book your spot now by calling 01803 88 33 55 or, alternatively, book online at

AFLOAT Art exhibition in aid of Trinity Posted on

AFLOAT is an open art exhibition featuring work by some of the  region’s very best artists and makers.

Based in Torre Abbey’s Spanish Barn, the exhibition will run from 8 Sept – 18 Oct and is FREE to visit from Wednesday to Sundays. All of the artwork on display is available to buy and part of the proceeds will be going to Trinity to support our work with disadvantaged young people. There promises to be an excellent array of watercolours and oils, 3D work and drawings Westcountry artists

 AFLOAT Art Exhibition

The exhibition also features a stunning boat, called Collective Spirit, created by Lone Twin.

The Lone Twin Boat Project is a living archive of people’s stories and  lives, a 30ft vessel made from donated wooden items, and one of the major outcomes of last year’s Cultural Olympiad. From February to July 2011 the public, living in the South East, donated their wood to the project from pencil, piano and pine to the exotic zebrawood every piece had a story behind it. Donations arrived in their thousands, from the highly personal to pieces of national importance. All of these donations have now been used to build a state of-the-art seafaring yacht named Collective Spirit.

8 night Dartmouth Regatta & Brittany Cruise Posted on

Join Trinity for an 8 night summer cruise to Brittany starting at the Royal Dartmouth Regatta.

Guests are being invited to come aboard and watch the likes of the Red Arrows, up on deck, then spend a week sailing across to Brittany.

Trinity are offering a special Dartmouth Regatta/Brittany package, for £610. For this price, guests get one of the best spots for the River Dart festivities on Friday, August 30; then seven nights at sea before the boat returns to Brixham on Saturday, September 7. There’s loads going on at the  Dartmouth Regatta – both afloat and ashore – and you will have plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere and be part of the celebrations.

On the Friday, you will be served a special, freshly prepared meal, by Trinity’s on-board chef, and invited to buy drinks from the bar (although you can also bring you own if you wish).

The cost includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the whole of the voyage, along with your berth for the eight nights.

Provident is 95 feet overall and a staggering 85 tonnes. She carries 2,750 sq ft of sail on a gaff ketch rig, is 70 ft on deck, has a beam of 17 ft, along with a draught of 9 ft.

She is one of the medium-sized ‘Mule’ class of sailing trawler, built in a yard on the River Dart. She was a replacement for an earlier vessel of the same name, sunk during the First World War by a German U-boat. For more info on Provident please click here.

Book your berth now by calling 01803 88 33 55, or reserve your place via our online booking page.

Search for Trinity Sailing on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter via @TeamSailing.

A full run down of what to expect from the 2013 Royal Regatta can be found at the official website HERE

Red Arrows from Provident

Relay SW team smashes target! Posted on

Congratulations to all those involved with Relay Southwest, who managed to complete their circumnavigation of Devon and Cornwall in just 58 hours, smashing their target of 80 hours!

By the end of their epic challenge the team had run 130 miles, cycled 165 miles and sailed 150 miles. This was great effort by the team which was made up of young people from South Devon College and adult group leaders, many of whom are from the Devon and Cornwall Police.

The photo shows the team after their arrival back in Torquay – knackered but very happy to be back on terra firma!

Toby at Trinity said: “We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all those involved, the whole relay event truly was a great team effort. Our thanks also to the huge efforts by Si Costin – from planning and prep through to delivery he provided great leadership.

To see photos and for more info click HERE


Relay SW Team

New Trinity heritage video Posted on

Veteran broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby has fronted a new promotional video promoting Brixham’s heritage sea vessels.

The Devon-based radio and television presenter kindly agreed to front a short video for the Trinity Sailing Foundation, explaining how the charity cares for three former trawlers, along with the smack Spirit of Britannia.

In the film, Jonathan speaks over live-action footage of Leader, Provident, and Golden Vanity at sea, juxtaposed with old black and white images of Brixham fisherman.

The presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? explains how the Devon town helped to revolutionise the deep-sea fishing industry in the 19th century, when 3,000 trawlers used to head out to sea, when, now, only a handful remain.

Jonathan also explains how Trinity provides cruising holidays during the spring and summer season, which help fund the expensive winter refits and maintenance of these historic vessels, and the important role they play in providing  sail training voyages for young people.

The Trustees and everyone at Trinity would like to thank Jonathan Dimbleby for supporting our work.

Please click HERE to see the new video.

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Relay Southwest heads aid of Trinity Posted on

At 6.00am this morning the Relay Southwest team kicked off their circumnavigation of Devon and Cornwall – running over 130 miles, cycling over 160 miles and sailing 80 miles from Falmouth to Torbay….non-stop.

The team headed off from Torquay this morning with runners completing 13 mile relays towards Axminster before going coast to coast. When they arrive in Barnstaple, (via Ilfracombe), at approximately 0300 Wednesday morning the cycle team will take over.Relay Southwest - heading off

The cycle team will then head to Lands End and then back up to Falmouth. The ride will be completed in four legs, with a total distance of just over 160 miles.

The sailing team will then sail Provident back to Torbay. The sail will start late on Wednesday afternoon and will continue non-stop through the night, aiming to arrive  around lunch time on Thursday 4th July – please join us in Torquay Harbour when you will be able to cheer the team back in.

Please follow the Relay Southwest team on  @RelaySouthwest, and for more info please see the Relay Southwest website.

You can donate to support them by texting TTSF24 £5 (or the amount you would like to send) to 70070.


Relay Southwest - team@start

Open day on Provident – Torquay 5th July Posted on

Brixham sailing trawler ‘Provident’ open to the public

On Friday 5th July Trinity Sailing will be welcoming people on board Provident to take a look around the 1924-built vessel.

She is arriving in Torquay on Thursday, July 4, as the boat is being used by a charity fundraising team, called Relay Southwest, who will be sailing her non-stop from Falmouth.

The open day is being held in the harbour on the following day, between 9am and 4.30pm, on Friday, July 5, which will also include demonstrations and displays from the police and fire service, along with a food market.

Toby Russell from Trinity said: “This is an opportunity for people to come along and see what spending time on one of these beautiful vessels is like, whether you have a strong interest in Brixham Trawlers, or you have just seen one of our boats on the water and been captivated by the sight of them and want to have a look around — everyone is welcome.

“Along with our experienced crew members, I will be there to welcome people and answer any questions that people may have about Provident, and what we can offer through our sail training experiences or sailing voyages on our boats.

“The sail training work we provide benefits hundreds of young people up and down the country”.

DS Simon Costin, who is coordinating the Relay Southwest event, said: “The benefits of sail training for young people can’t be overstated. Through Relay Southwest we are raising funds that will directly benefit the young people of Torbay, so we want the people of Torbay to get behind us.”

The Relay Southwest Team will attempt to circumnavigate Devon and Cornwall by running over 130 miles, cycling more than 160 miles, and sailing 80 nautical miles in under 80 hours.

The aim of the event is to increase awareness of the issues affecting young people and raise money for the Trinity Sailing Foundation.

Young people from all kinds of backgrounds, and all levels of ability, gain enormously from the opportunity of sail training with Trinity on traditional vessels.


Provident - Relay Southwest

Donate to Trinity using JustTextGiving Posted on

A new and easy way to support Trinity’s work

JustTextGiving by Vodafone is a new and easy way you can support our work. Simply text: TTSF24 £10 (or the amount you would like to send) to 70070.

All text donations are free, and won’t come out of any inclusive texts you have as part of your price plan – even if you’re not with Vodafone. You just pay the cost of your donation. Every penny you donate to Trinity Sailing Foundation using JustTextGiving will come to us to support our charitable objectives.  To find out more, see the relevant pages on the JustTextGiving website.

There’s lots of ways you can donate to support our work,  please view our Donate Now pages.

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Torbay Lass – press release Posted on

The campaign to save the former Brixham sailing trawler ‘Torbay Lass’ has taken a major step forward with a bid for a £900,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund having now been submitted.

The total cost of the project to save the 1923-built historic vessel is estimated at £1.27 million, and even if the Lottery grant is obtained there will still be £370,000 required from other sources.

An initial decision on the grant application will be made in September which, if successful, will lead to a more detailed application being made in February 2014, with a final decision in June of that year.Logo Dk blue

Meanwhile, Torbay Lass remains at Tilbury Docks on the River Thames, where she has been threatened with eviction. Her owners say they have no money with which to find her a berth elsewhere.

Totnes MP Dr Sarah Wollaston and Torbay’s Elected Mayor Gordon Oliver have both written to Tilbury’s owners asking for a stay of execution until September. If the initial Heritage Lottery Fund application is successful Torbay Lass would then be moved to Brixham. Because of her condition temporary repairs would first have to be carried out and she would make the passage in fair weather, with an escort vessel.

Torbay Lass is one of 200 vessels that form the nation’s National Historic Fleet, vessels that include HMS Victor, Cutty Sark and SS Great Britain. Six of the vessels in the Fleet are former Brixham sailing trawlers, a testimony to their reputation as an iconic class of working vessel in the days of sail.

Five of the six have already been brought back to Torbay and restored. The aim is to complete the locally-built heritage fleet based in Brixham by restoring Torbay Lass in the harbour area, with the work open to the public. The work will take two years to complete.

The Steering Group that is overseeing the project includes Torbay Council, Brixham Town Council, Torbay Development Agency, Brixham Chamber of Commerce, TorBay Harbour Authority, South Devon College and Brixham Trawler Agents, as well as individuals such as former Pilot Captain Bob Curtis, shipwright Bob Cann and heritage enthusiast Bill Wakeham. The campaign is being led by the Trinity Sailing Foundation, which owns and operates three of the other former sailing trawlers.

Dr Wollaston MP, Mr Oliver, Torbay Development Agency and Brixham Town Council have all written to the Heritage Lottery Fund backing the bid.

A survey of Torbay Lass, carried out last month at Greenwich, has revealed the extensive nature of the restoration work required to save her. However, the surveyor has said she can make the trip under her own power provided precautions are taken.

Trinity’s chairman Struan Coupar says: The submission of the initial application to HLF is the first milestone. Between now and the decision day in September we need to start raising the additional money that will be required, and widen the campaign to attract wide support and involvement from the community.”

Sailing trawlers were first developed by the fishermen of TorBay and became the model for deep sea trawling in Europe during the 19th century. At one time more than 3,000 were in commission, based in ports like Hull, Grimsby and Lowestoft as well as Brixham and Plymouth. They vastly increased the catches made by previous methods, and linked up with the developing railway network to bring fresh fish to all parts of the country.

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As this release was about to go out word was received that the owners of Tilbury have agreed that the vessel may stay there until the end of September. Mr Coupar said: “This is excellent news – just what was needed – and thanks to the intervention of Dr Wollaston MP and Mayor Oliver.”