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Step on board Leader for an Easter cruise at £495 pp!

We have a special price offer on our Easter cruise, and at £495 pp, this is a great way to kick start your sailing in 2013.

Leader is sailing from Brixham on Saturday 30th March fresh out of her winter refit and, thanks to the great work of the crew and volunteers, she is looking in mint condition.

This 6 night voyage will be Westcountry or Channel islands focused and will be great way to blow away the winter cobwebs!

Call the office on 01803 883355 to book your berth…

Leader - Easter cruise

Join us on Leader this Easter Posted on

An Easter egg hunt with a difference…

The recent fine weather has lifted our spirits and got us really excited about the first of our 2013 voyages – the Easter cruise on board ‘Leader’.

Fresh back from her winter refit, ‘Leader’ will be setting sail from Brixham on Saturday 30th March for a 6 night round trip exploring Westcountry waters, the Channel Islands or Brittany. Price per berth is £670 and includes all meals/snacks on board. Speak to one of the team to find out more and reserve your berth.

We guarantee Easter will never be the same after you have had Easter egg hunt on board a 120 year old Brixham trawler!

For full details of this voyage please go to our Westcountry and Brittany pages. Also, for some great footage of Leader under sail please click here.

Colored Easter Eggs

Trinity wins HLF funding for ‘Provident’ Posted on

Trinity receives Heritage Lottery Fund support for the ‘Provident Project’

Trinity has received £49,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support an exciting new maritime heritage project, based in Brixham. The 14-month project, worth over £92,000, combines conservation work to the historic Brixham trawler ‘Provident’ as well as a raft of education and promotion activities, which aim to raise awareness and help people learn more about their rich maritime history.

The project team at Trinity, local shipwrights and volunteers will be undertaking work to the keel, deck and internal wooden structure of Provident in order to conserve this important vessel. Building on the legacy of other recent projects, Trinity will be running an education ‘outreach programme’ for hundreds of school children from Devon where they will be taught about their maritime heritage through the  development of boat design and construction during the Napoleonic, Victorian and more modern eras.

Working alongside Brixham Museum, Brixham Library and Brixham Harbour Authority, Trinity will also mount exhibitions and a permanent display to chart the town’s development as a major fishing port and promote its historic trawler fleet to the many thousands of visitors Brixham receives each year.

Provident is a former Brixham sailing trawler, built in 1924 at Galmpton on the River Dart. She is a gaff ketch, 70 feet long on deck and carrying around 3,000 sq feet of sail and is one of medium-sized ‘mule’ class of sailing trawlers.

Provident was one of the last trawlers to be built for working under sail and was a replacement for an earlier vessel of the same name, sunk during the First World War by a German U-boat. She is one of the last few surviving Brixham sailing trawlers and is included in the National Historic Fleet, a collection of vessels that are considered to be of pre-eminent regional and national significance.

Now fitted out for her modern role, Provident spends around 30 weeks each year providing sail training experiences for young people and sailing holidays and courses for the general public.

Commenting on the announcement Struan Coupar, Trustee of the Trinity Sailing Foundation said: “We are delighted with the support from the Heritage Lottery Fund which will enable us to undertake some essential work to conserve Provident. She has a fascinating past, starting life as a sailing trawler before being converted in the 1930’s into a sailing yacht. In 1951 she was bought by the Island Cruising Club and operated out of Salcombe before returning to Brixham in 1999 where, alongside the historic sailing vessels ‘Leader’ and Golden Vanity’, she formed the ‘Trinity’ of our charity.

He went on to add: “The funding will also importantly allow Trinity to build on the work carried out during the recent ‘Leader Project’ which has laid the foundations for us to go out into schools and the wider community and spread the message about why our maritime heritage is so important.”

Commenting on the grant award, Richard Bellamy, HLF’s Head of South West, said:  “Brixham has been renowned from the earliest times for its importance as a fishing port, and its role as ‘’Mother of Deep-Sea Fisheries” helping to establish the fishing industry in many other parts of the country. We were therefore delighted to be able to continue our work with the Trinity Sailing Foundation to ensure that historic trawlers like ‘Leader’ and now ‘Provident’ can be brought back into use, helping both the local community and Brixham’s many visitors to understand and value the town’s unique heritage.”

For more information on Provident click here. If you want to find out more about the project or see how you can get involved please call Toby on 01803 883355 or email


Hiking boots and haliards… Posted on

As we enter a cold winter spell our thoughts move to some of the more sunny warm destinations in our 2013 cruising programme….

In the first of our series exploring the destinations and highlights of this season, we asked Dougie Walker, one of Trinity’s relief skippers and leader of our new ‘walking and sailing’ cruise in Scotland, to tell us a bit more about what you can expect from this cruise.

“The exact detail for the week will obviously be dependant on the weather, ability and desires of the group. At the start of the week the guests, skipper and I will sit down and discuss our options, in light of these factors, and develop a plan for the week.

Should conditions allow we have the opportunity to explore the high peaks and passes of Knoydart or the island peaks of Rum or Jura, these areas all synonymous with wilderness and beauty requiring long days and commitment, possibly being dropped in one area for pick-up on the other side of our chosen peaks (possibly beside the one of the most famous pubs in Scotland).

Should conditions rule out exploring the higher areas or an easier day is appropriate there is an abundance of lower peaks and coastal walks to be had often giving a fantastic opportunity to witness the amazing flora and fauna of the area as well as the romantic and often tragic history.

Due to the long summer daylight, hill days should not require early starts and could be anything from a few hours lazy exploring to a long and arduous mountain crossing. Tides may mean that we occasionally have some early starts on board. Food will be provided but you may wish to bring extra snacks for your time ashore, please bring personal equipment for the hills and whatever extras (binoculars, spotters guides etc) you wish.  For a full kit list you can talk to the Team at Trinity.

I look forward to welcoming you on this fantastic week involving what I think is some of the finest walking and sailing Scotland has to offer…”.

For more info on this cruise and our other Scottish trips this summer, please click HERE

Walking boots on beach

Golden Vanity gets a makeover Posted on

Over the past couple of months there has been lots going on at Trinity with the winter refit of Golden Vanity.

‘Vanity’ was taken out of the water in early December and our Operations Team, Golden Vanity Trust members and volunteers have been flat out stripping back years of old paint and, working with shipwrights, the whole hull has now been re-caulked protecting the vessel for many years to come.

There have been various other works such as replacing several deck planks, removing and servicing the heads as well as lots of other general maintenance.

Over the next week or so, Golden Vanity will get a new coat of paint – involving two coats of undercoat and then faired before the final top Gloss coat. She will soon be looking her very best for the start of the 2013 season!

There’s lots of important jobs to the vessels planned over the next three months – if you want to lend a hand and learn a few of the skills that goes into looking after these heritage vessels (and have a great time of course!) then give Nick or Matt a call in the Office.

GV refit

Still chance to catch Channel 4 programme on ‘Leader’ Posted on

If you missed the Channel 4 series ‘How Britain Worked’ that featured the restoration of Trinity’s historic Brixham trawler ‘Leader’ then don’t dismay.

You can still catch this episode on Channel 4D.

What better way to spend an hour over Christmas than watch this excellent programme which featured the project to restore Leader.

For more info on Leader please go to our ‘Leader pages’, and for details of her sailing holidays programme in 2013, when you can get to sample first hand all the fantastic work carried out to her, please go to our ‘Sailing programme pages‘.

Leader under full sail

Relay Southwest fundraising for Trinity Posted on

On Tuesday 2nd July 2013 the Relay Southwest team will be embarking on a major challenge.

They aim to circumnavigate Devon and Cornwall, running, cycling and sailing… all within 80 hours.

The Team is made up of young people from the public services courses at South Devon College and adult leaders from the Devon and Cornwall Police (from the Child Protection Team) and South Devon College.

By the time they have finished they will have run over 130 miles, cycled over 160 miles and sailed from Falmouth to Torbay.

After completing the gruelling 13 mile running legs and 40 mile cycling legs the team will step aboard Provident for the last part of the challenge – sailing the former Brixham trawler non-stop from Falmouth to Torquay.

Trinity is delighted to be able to play a part in this challenge and help raise vital funds which will be used to provide bursary support for groups of young people from Torbay undertake sail training courses.

To find out more about Relay Southwest please visit

Relay Southwest are delighted to announce a partnership with Torbay Leisure Hotels and the Aztec Club – this week several members of the team including Javan Harvey and Marta Piastowska met up with Aztec Club Manager Chris (see photo) to find out more about the demanding training programme ahead.

Marta & Javan @ Aztec Club

‘Leader’ to feature in the Channel 4 series ‘How Britain Worked’ Posted on

The project to restore the historic Brixham trawler ‘Leader’ will form the centerpiece of Episode 5 in the Channel 4 series ‘How Britain worked’ with presenter Guy Martin, the famous motorcycle racer and avid mechanic.

Guy has been visiting Brixham since the start of the project and as someone who is never shy of ‘rolling up his sleeves’, Guy has been working with our shipwrights, staff and volunteers to gain hands-on experience of the traditional skills used during the restoration project (this photo shows Guy and one of the shipwrights preparing a new oak beam).

The £250,000 project to restore Leader, part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, was completed earlier this year and the programme will feature footage and photos of the work underway in Brixham harbour through to the final stages when she was restored to her former glory and was once again undertaking sailing holidays.

The programme on Leader is aired this Sunday (18th November) at 8pm and is the second last in this popular series, produced by North One Television, which has featured Guy helping to restore iconic machines or buildings from Britain’s industrial past. Make sure you don’t miss it!

For more information on the series please visit Channel 4. If you want to find out more about Leader’s programme of sailing holidays in 2013, please click here

Leader - Guy Martin

Santander Foundation supports Trinity’s work with young people Posted on

Trinity Sailing Foundation boosted by Community Plus donation from Santander Foundation

Trinity is delighted to announce it has received a £5,000 grant from the Santander Foundation’s Community Plus initiative. The grant has been awarded to support our work with young people by providing funding for essential equipment such as life jackets and waterproof clothing used during sail training courses and sailing holidays.

Toby Russell from Trinity said: We are delighted with the support of the Santander Foundation’s Community Plus initiative and  would like to thank the staff from our local branch and their customers for enabling this to happen. The funding will be used to buy new sets of life jackets and waterproof’s which are naturally very important pieces of kit for young people who undertake an offshore sail training course. Its great news that local people have been able to back a local charity, and over the following years this funding will help thousands of  young people”.

Elaine Anscombe at Santander’s Brixham branch said: “Community Plus allows our staff and customers to nominate local charities that are most in need of assistance.  We are delighted to be supporting Trinity and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”



About Santander Foundation

The Santander Foundation works closely with charities and voluntary organisations, particularly in areas where Santander has a significant presence.Thisyear the Foundation will donate £4.5 million to charities.  Donations can be given to projects that support disadvantaged people through; education andtraining; and financial capability.  £36 million has been contributed to the community since 1990. For more information please visit:


** 2013 Sailing Programme released ** Posted on

During 2013 we have an array of cruises on offer, the full list of which can be found in our Sailing Programme. For more detailed information please go to our Destinations & Highlights pages.

To give you a flavour of what’s on offer, we are visiting the ever popular Scillies in June (the best time of year we think…), have a number of cruises in the West Coast of Scotland (including Wildlife, Walking and Music voyages) during July and August and have a variety of Westcountry / Brittany / Channel Island trips planned throughout the year.

If its festivals you’re after – Leader, Provident and Golden Vanity are taking part in the Brixham Heritage Regatta, Leader is visiting the Binic Festival in May and Golden Vanity is available for the Paimpol Festival in August. For those wanting a sailing holiday in Brittany, make sure you take a look at our 10 night ‘Brittany Explorer’ voyages which will give you an extended cruise along the lovely pink granite coastline….

We look forward to welcoming back old friends or, if you haven’t experienced one of our holidays yet, why not make 2013 the year for your sailing holidays!

2013 programme pic