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Get voting to support local young people Posted on

From tomorrow, the public will have the chance to support a new initiative which will support young people from the local community through offshore sail training on Trinity’s traditional vessels.

Please make your vote count – buy a copy of the Herald Express on Thursday 5th September and 12th September and using the coupons provided PLEASE VOTE for this important project.

Charting a New Course - Poster

Update on project to save Torbay Lass Posted on

Campaigners hoping to save one of the last surviving Brixham sailing trawlers from the breaker’s yard are about to hear if the vessel might be saved.

A Torbay community steering group, headed by the Trinity Sailing Foundation, handed in a £900,000 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, in May, to try and secure the future of the 1923-built Torbay Lass.

If the first stage of the bid gets the green light, a second, more detailed, application will be submitted in February with a final decision to be announced next June.

The initial decision, now only two weeks away, is crucial as the project will have to be dropped if the idea is rejected.

Torbay’s Mayor, Gordon Oliver, and local MP Dr Sarah Wollaston have supported the project from the outset, and the Mayor has now joined the Steering Group and will sit on the committee tasked with raising £371,000 in match funding required if the Lottery grant is obtained.

Also helping with that task will be Steve Parrock, Chief Executive of the Torbay Development Agency, and his colleague Suzie Masterman, together with Struan Coupar and Toby Russell from the Trinity Foundation.

Torbay’s Mayor Gordon Oliver said: “Torbay is steeped in maritime history and it is right that we look at how, as a community, we can help save this Brixham sailing trawler, which forms part of the national historic fleet, from the breaker’s yard.

“This boat is local living history and has a story to tell our residents and visitors of all ages. It would be a huge disappointment if this vessel was not able to be saved and restored to its former glory.”

The Steering Group met last Friday and made plans to bring the vessel back to Brixham as soon as possible if the first stage of the plan is approved.

Meanwhile, Torbay Lass remains at Tilbury Docks on the River Thames, where she had been threatened with eviction at the end of April until Gordon Oliver and Devon-based MP Sarah Wollaston stepped in to urge for extra time. She has now been given until the end of this month.

Her current owners say they have no money with which to find her a berth elsewhere. The total cost of the project to save the vessel is estimated at £1.27 million.

The Trinity Sailing Foundation already owns and runs three of the surviving Brixham trawlers – Leader, Provident and Golden Vanity. It is a registered charity dedicated to the preservation of historic local vessels and providing sail training for young people and sailing opportunities for members of the general public with an interest in traditional craft.

Among those also supporting the project are Brixham Town Council the Chamber of Commerce, South Devon College, Tor Bay Harbour Authority, as well as prominent local people including former Pilot Captain Bob Curtis, shipwright Bob Cann and enthusiast Bill Wakeham.

The campaign is seeking practical and financial support from the Torbay community.

Mr Coupar said: “If we are successful we need to start raising the additional money that will be required, and for that we need businesses and other organisations to get behind us and help.”

If the initial Heritage Lottery Fund application is successful Torbay Lass would then be moved to Brixham under her own power, with an escort vessel in case she gets in to difficulties.

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.

A survey of Torbay Lass, carried out at Greenwich, 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.

Sailing trawlers were first developed by the fishermen of Tor Bay 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.

For further information call Harry Gottschalk, at the Trinity Sailing Foundation, on 01803 88 33 55 or email

Torbay Lass sailing

Trinity sailing needs your support… Posted on

Led by the Trinity Sailing Foundation, Charting a New Course is a new partnership project which is aimed at supporting young people from Torbay and Teignbridge.

Young people from the area, many who have complex needs, will undertake personal development courses based on offshore sail training on Trinity’s traditional vessels.

These courses are designed to help them develop confidence, self-esteem and the life skills necessary to overcome the challenges they face and make a positive start to adulthood.

This project is being promoted through the Big Lottery ‘Local Papers initiative‘ through which the Public can vote via the Herald Express to support this project!

Please vote for this important project

To support this project:

Voting: Please vote for this project by cutting out the coupons in the Herald Express newspaper on Thursday 5th and 12th September and using freepost send them into the Devon Community Foundation (address will be provided in the paper).

Spread the word: Please forward this email to your contacts, post on Facebook and Twitter, or re-Tweet our messages.

If you would like any further information, please contact the team at Trinity by email or call 01803 883355.

Young people during sail training

Come and see Provident in Dartmouth… Posted on

Trinity Sailing is inviting you to hop on board Provident for an open evening, tomorrow, ahead of this year’s Dartmouth Royal Regatta.

Members of the public are being invited to step on to the 1924-built heritage vessel, where office staff will also be available to answer any questions you may have about the boat, or the day-to-day operations of the organisation.

Trinity’s Director, Toby Russell, will also be present, inviting people to learn about the life-changing work, carried out by the Foundation, benefiting hundreds of young people, up and down the country, each year.

He said: “Provident is in Dartmouth for the Regatta and we thought, while she is in town, it would be nice to throw open her doors to the general public and invite people to have a look around one of our boats.

“Either me, one of the team from our office, or a member of Provident’s crew, will make you feel welcome, give you a tour of the vessel and tell you what she has to offer. You will also be able to see firsthand the heritage conservation work carried out to the vessel through the ‘Provident Project‘ which is funded through Heritage Lottery Fund.”

To take a look around Provident, all you have to do is head to Dartmouth’s town pontoon on Wednesday, August 28, between 6pm and 8pm.

The evening will also give people the chance to find out more about opportunities to go on sailing on Provident, and the other boats in the Trinity fleet.

For more information on Provident, or any of Trinity’s vessels please click HERE

Provident under sail

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.

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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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