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Leader heads to Merseyside Posted on


Trinity’s flagship vessel Leader is now offering adventure sailing opportunities for groups and individuals in Merseyside this summer.

Due to popular demand we have revised the 1892 boat’s sailing programme to include four voyages operating out of the historic docklands of Liverpool, combining city culture with endless cruising opportunities around the Irish Sea.

This is a perfect base to explore, with possible destinations in Ireland, the Isle of Man and the south west coast of Scotland.

For a fixed rate price of £545 this is the perfect opportunity to have a real adventure on board one of the oldest Brixham trawlers still sailing in Britain, with added modern comforts, not to mention all of your freshly prepared meals for the length of the voyage.

Under the direction of the Skipper, Mate and Cook, you will be responsible for all aspects of running the vessel:

  • Putting up the sails
  • Steering
  • Navigating
  • Keeping Watch
  • Cooking

This is a great opportunity to try something completely different, meet new people, make friends, work as a team and learn lots of useful skills.  No previous sailing experience is required.

Book now to avoid disappointment, and find out more, on 01803 88 33 55.

HLF supports Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership project Posted on

National Historic Ships UK (NHS-UK) has today announced that it has received initial support for a £261,100 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through the ‘Skills for the Future’ programme.

The development grant of £12,200 will support NHS-UK in progressing plans for the Shipshape Heritage Training Project – an initiative that aims to prevent the loss of the traditional skills and techniques involved in conserving, handling and maintaining historic vessels.

Trinity Sailing Foundation will work alongside NHS UK (lead partner), Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust, Dauntseys School Sailing Club, Sea-Change Sailing Trust and Excelsior Sailing Trust to develop plans to create ten 12-month training placements where trainees will work with a variety of historic vessels receiving specialist training in the significance of these vessels and how to operate them safely and effectively. They will also undertake a historic vessel maintenance course at the International Boatbuilding Training College and an interpretation placement at the Scottish Fisheries Museum.

Toby Russell from Trinity said “We have always believed in the importance of marrying training in historic vessel handling and conservation for our staff development. This is a unique opportunity to work with other partners –  to develop this training approach further, share our learning, and ultimately help develop more trained people within our sector. This is great news for all those involved with conserving our maritime heritage and congratulations to NHS-UK for securing this development funding”.

To see the full press release from NHS-UK click HERE and for more info on the Shipshape Network please visit the website.

Brixham trawler 'Leader' 1892

Update on the ‘Torbay Lass’ appeal Posted on

Torbay Lass surveyed

As a first step in establishing the current condition of the historic Brixham sailing trawler Torbay Lass, and the extent of the work that will be required to restore her, a full out-of-the-water survey by a marine surveyor was essential.

As the vessel’s owners lacked the funds to undertake the survey, Trinity approached several bodies with a potential interest in the future of the vessel, and we are extremely grateful for the support of the following:

National Historic Ships UK
Torbay Council
Torbay Development Agency
Brixham Town Council

The survey was carried out at Greenwich on 10th May by David Cannell and Associates. Their report was received four days later and formed the basis for obtaining estimates for the cost of restoration. The resulting budget was included in a grant application made to the Heritage Lottery Fund on 27th May. An initial decision on that application will be made known in September.

The surveyor also reported that if some temporary repairs are carried out it would then be possible for Torbay Lass to be moved to Brixham under her own power, in calm weather and with an escort vessel in attendance.

Torbay Lass appeal

2014 Tall Ships programme launched Posted on

Be part of the Tall Ships experience!

After two years away from the Tall Ships races we are delighted to release our 2014 Tall Ships programme when you can become part of the crew on board ‘Leader’ for this spectacular sailing event.

Next year, the Tall Ships Races will be based in the North Sea and you can be part of Leader’s crew racing against over 150 tall ships, from around the world. The Tall Ships experience is not just about racing classic boats however. You will get to spend several days in each host port, and join in boat parades and sports events as well as getting to visit local attractions and join international crew parties.

The race series attracts up to 3,000 young people from over 30 nations – it is a truly international festival of the sea and you will come away with new friends and memories that last a lifetime.

To find out more please visit our our Tall ships pages or speak to one of the team on 01803 883355 to start planning your adventure…

Tall ships 2014 news


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A campaign has been launched to save one of Devon’s most important historic ships from the breaker’s yard.

Launched in 1923, she is one of just six surviving Brixham sailing trawlers.

In recent years the other five have been saved, restored and brought back to the town. Now the last, Torbay Lass, is in danger and in urgent need of rescue.

All six of the surviving vessels are in the National Historic Fleet, the 200 vessels judged to be of pre-eminent significance in terms of maritime heritage, and meriting high priority in terms of conservation.

The charity which is the vessel’s current owner has appealed for help to “Save Torbay Lass”. It has been unable to maintain her and the port authorities at Tilbury, where she is kept, have said she must be removed by the end of April.

Mick Shirley, chairman of the charity, says: “We are desperate. Unless a new owner can be found and extensive repairs carried out, she will be lost. It would be wonderful if she could be moved back to Devon, where local interest would be greater and her survival assured.”

The community campaign, involving various groups with maritime heritage interests, is being supported by the Conservative MP for Totnes, Dr. Sarah Wollaston, and Torbay’s mayor, Gordon Oliver, among others.

“Torbay Lass is an iconic part of Britain’s maritime heritage,” says Struan Coupar of the Trinity Sailing Foundation, one of the groups involved.

”It seems inconceivable that she should be lost without one final effort being made to save her.

“Saving her and restoring her to seaworthy condition will be a major undertaking, costing many hundreds of thousands of pounds.”

Trinity is a sail training charity which is already responsible for the preservation of three of the other surviving vessels.

The campaign has three objectives:

  • To return her to Brixham, to the community from which she came, and restore her original name;
  • To carry out major repairs to the vessel and equip her to meet modern safety standards;
  • To provide her with a worthwhile modern role as a sail training vessel, and so secure her long-term future as the final part of Brixham’s heritage fleet.

Torbay Lass was built by R Jackman & Sons in 1923 and fished under sail until 1938. Converted to a yacht in 1939 and subsequently renamed “Kenya Jacaranda”, she was used as a sail training vessel for more than half a century, from 1952 until 2006.

Withdrawn from service because of her deteriorating condition, she sank at her mooring in Tilbury docks in 2010, but was refloated.

Torbay Lass is one of just a handful of Brixham sailing trawlers to survive in UK waters, out of a fleet once numbered in hundreds.

Like the other survivors she is part of the National Historic Fleet, the vessels judged to be of major importance in terms of maritime heritage. They include HMS Victory, Cutty Sark and SS Great Britain.

The Brixham sailing trawler was a legendary class of working boat, the foundation for a vast British trawling industry that grew up in the 19th century. The design, developed in Devon, became the standard for deep sea trawling throughout Europe.

For further information, or for interview and photo opportunities, call 01803 883355. Alternatively send an e-mail to

Torbay Lass

National Historic Ships grant for Provident Project Posted on

We are very pleased to announce that National Historic Ships have awarded a ‘sustainability grant’ of £1,000 towards the Provident Project.

The funding will be used specifically for the work being carried to Provident’s keel, when local shipwrights will be addressing problems caused by a marine isopod called gribble, which are related to woodlice. Gribbles bore into the wood and the affected areas become spongy and friable. Where this occurs in areas such as the keel there is the potential for structural problems if left untreated.

Toby at Trinity said “This grant is a great boost to our fundraising efforts and we would like to thank National Historic Ships for their support of this important project.

Our shipwrights will first begin work to remove the impacted areas of keel and garboard planks and then replace with new timber.  They will then fit a new steel shoe surrounding the wooden keel, which will protect the keel against future problems.

The work to Provident will be going ahead in Plymouth before Provident returns to Brixham for the final fitting out before the start of her sailing season in May”.

There’s lots of opportunities to get involved in the Provident project – either helping out on the vessel or by helping Trinity develop maritime education and promotional materials. Please call the Office on 01803 883355 and speak to one of the team if you would like to volunteer on the project.

For further info on National Historic Ships click here.

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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