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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

Come and see Trinity Sailing and Leader at the 2012 Southampton Boat Show Posted on

Join us on board Leader at the Southampton Boat Show from 20th to 23rd September

For the second year running Trinity is delighted to be back at the Southampton Boat Show. Last year we spent lots of time talking with people about our plans to restore a number of Leader’s features including a new deck, bulwarks and stanchions.

Now we are delighted to be going back and being able to show everyone all the good work that has gone on now the £250, 000 project part funded by the Heritage Lottery Project has been completed and she’s once again back in service taking people on sail training experiences and sailing holidays.

Last year we had in the region of 2,500 people visit Leader over the 3 days we were there, but this year we want to beat that – so join us to find out more about our sailing holidays, our RYA courses and our sail training for young people.

If you want to talk to us about booking a holiday or charter or you work for a school or youth group and want to discuss a sail training experience please speak to one of the Office Team (01803 883355) and we can arrange a one-to-one meeting on board Leader.

For more info on Leader at the Southampton Boat Show please visit the PSP Southhampton Boat Show

Leader at sea

Still chances to jump on board… Posted on

Join Trinity Sailing for a late summer getaway, with berths still available on two great voyages:


** Short break in the Solent 24th Sept**

If you are new to traditional sailing or fancy short hands-on sailing holidays, then hop on board for a 4 night cruise on the former Brixham trawler Leader.

The voyage departs Gosport on the 24th September, with sailing around the Solent and Isle of Wight before returning to Gosport on the 28th September. What better way to enjoy a late summer holiday than a sailing cruise on board Leader, fresh from her latest appearance at the Southampton Boat Show.

For more info go to our Short Breaks pages or call the Team on 01803 883355 to find out more.


** RYA course on Golden Vanity 20th Oct **

Why not end your summer with a new RYA course ‘under your belt’?

We still have some berths available on our 6 night RYA course departing 20th October from Brixham.

Our courses on board Golden Vanity give you the chance to really get to grips with handling a traditional sailing vessel, leaning new skills, visiting new places and above all having a great sailing experience. Our qualified instructors will guide you through all you need to start yourself on your sailing journey with options to take your ‘Start Yachting’ and ‘Competent Crew’ qualifications. If you are unsure about whether these courses are for you then speak to Nick or Matt in the office and they’ll give you all the info you need.

For more info go to our RYA courses pages or call Nick or Matt on 01803 883355 to find out more.

What better way to gain a RYA qualification than learning the traditional way!


Sunset at sea on Leader

2012 Sea Picnic success Posted on

On the 30th June at Anstey’s Cove, Torquay, over 200 guests joined the Trinity Sailing Foundation for the 2012 Sea Picnic, in aid of the Brixham-based charity.

The Sea Picnics were instigated by Ranulf Rayner, Vice-President of Trinity, to raise funds for the many hundreds of disadvantaged young people who benefit from sail training on Trinity’s historic vessels each year. The Sea Picnics have turned into a major date in the maritime calendar, and for 2012 Trinity teamed up with Sunseeker Torquay to deliver what is considered by many to be the best so far.

Guests were treated to a three course seafood lunch, with a jazz band and shanty singers, culminating in an air and sea ‘James Bond’ themed spectacular. As the crowds looked on from the cove, the villain ‘Blofeld’ arrived on a Sunseeker with an assortment of villains in support, who then captured the Trinity sailing trawlers moored in the cove. James Bond 007 arrived by helicopter to recapture the trawlers and see off Blofeld who, and after a number of bombing raids, was eventually captured and brought to land to be paraded in front of the cheering onlookers.

The Sea Picnic auction, which included an array of maritime art and excellent opportunities, helped bring the total raised from the day to just over £27,000.

Toby Russell, Development Manager at Trinity said: ‚ÄúThe 2012 Sea Picnic has been a tremendous success, our guests have had a fantastic day in Anstey’s Cove, enjoying the fine food and wine and of course getting to see James Bond defeat Blofeld and save our trawlers.

We are delighted with the funds that have been raised, and our thanks go to everyone that donated such generous items for the auction. Thanks also to Mr Philip Gibbs, Mr Mark Yallop, Vondeling Wines (South Africa), Pussers Rum, Sunseeker Torquay and the Teign Valley Sea Cadets and all the other supporters who have made the 2012 Sea Picnic such a success”.

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James Bond in helicopter rescues Trinity's trawlers from Blofeld

Provident helps celebrate Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Posted on

On Sunday 3 June, Provident, one of Trinity’s four historic vessels joined over 1,000 vessels to participate in the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations on the River Thames. It was one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the river, with rowing boats, working boats and pleasure vessels of all shapes and sizes beautifully dressed and turned out in their finest rigs.

Provident was one of 50 vessels chosen to form the ‘avenue of sail’ through which the flotilla passed. Dressed-in-full and flying the county flag, she was looking her very best to represent Trinity and Devon – Trinity having been requested by the Lord Lieutenant to provide a vessel to represent the county.

A group of young people from Brixham Community College sailed Provident from Brixham to Ramsgate before handing over to a group of children from Keys Meadow Primary School from Enfield, North London who sailed Provident up the Thames to her mooring close by Tower Bridge.

For more news on the story go to the BBC website.


'Provident' at Thames Diamond Jubilee