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Leader largest vessel at the 2016 Small Ships Races Posted on

Leader is the largest and oldest boat taking part at the 2016 Small Ships Races, it has been confirmed.

Traditional craft and modern sail training vessels from across the UK will be taking part in a competitive race from Dartmouth to Gosport later this month. At 105 ft, the 1892 Brixham trawler— built at W. A. Gibbs’ yard at Galmpton on the River Dart — carries 3,150 sq ft of sail on a gaff ketch rig, measures 80 ft on deck, has a beam of 19 ft and a draught of 10 ft — weighing in at 105 tonnes.

The ASTO (Association of Sail Training Organisations) Small Ships Races are run under the rules of Tall Ships Races with the aim to bring a range of crafts together for their crews to compete and socialise with similar boats during a thrilling week at sea.

Owned and operated by the Trinity Sailing Foundation, Leader will be sailing with 12 guests aged between 15 and 25, along with her regular crew. The vessel will be joined by 1924-built Brixham trawler Provident — also owned by the charity — which will have a team of 11 deserving young people on board, sponsored by the Royal Dart Yacht Club as part of their 150th anniversary celebrations.

Harry Gottschalk, Trinity Sailing’s Marketing & Sales Manager, said: “The fleet will meet up in the River Dart on Saturday, August 20. After around 48 hours of practice races, crew meetings and celebrations, Leader and the other vessels will set off for Gosport. After the competition the crew members will be heading out on a parade through the town centre, ahead of a prize-giving ceremony and final party. Trinity’s two vessels will then spend three nights gently sailing back to Brixham, stopping off at various ports and anchorages from some exploring on the way back.”

If you are aged between 15 and 25 years-old, at the time of going to press, there are still two spaces available on board Leader. Call Trinity Sailing on 01803 88 33 55, email, or visit to find out more.


Thank You Hercules Hydraulics Ltd Posted on


A Torbay company has kindly completed some work for Trinity Sailing free of charge.

Hercules Hydraulics Ltd, based in Paignton, have replaced the hydraulic motor on Provident’s anchor windlass, completely free of charge for both parts and labour.

Operations Manager Ben Wheatley said: “As a rough guess I would say this would have cost us between £700 and £1,000 in total next refit and as charity organisation, obviously every penny helps, so we are all so grateful for their kind gesture.”




Devon Youngsters Selected for Life-Changing Sail Adventure Posted on

The Trinity Sailing Foundation and The Royal Dart Yacht Club have selected the final group of deserving teenagers who will take part in a competitive race — against tall ships from across the UK — from Dartmouth to Gosport next month on board historic 1924-built Brixham Trawler Provident.

The 11 young people will join four Trinity Sailing crew members when they set off from Brixham on Saturday, August 20. They will spend a night in Dartmouth before the race begins the following day. When the race is finished, the group will spend several days and nights cruising and exploring the best of the Devon and Dorset coastline, stopping off in various pretty anchorages and ports, before arriving back in Brixham on Sunday, August 28.

The Royal Dart Yacht Club Provident 150 Challenge marks the 150th Anniversary of the Club, based in Kingswear.  It forms part of the Small Ships Race 2016 which is being organised by ASTO (The Association of Sail Training Organisation) and hosted by the Royal Dart Yacht Club which involves dozens of UK sailing vessels taking part in racing and celebrations aimed at young people who can mingle with other crews from across the country.

Many generous members of the Royal Dart Yacht Club made donations to pass on to Trinity to help fund the voyage, which is valued at over £800 per person.

Harry Gottschalk, Trinity Sailing’s Sales & Marketing Manager, said: “I think I speak on behalf of everyone at Trinity and the yacht club when I say we cannot wait to see these young people gather on board Provident next month and see the initiative come to life.

“What are all looking forward to more than anything though is seeing these young men and women come back from their adventure and see how much confidence and self-belief they have developed, which we see time and time again on our regular sail training voyages.”

One of Trinity’s other vessels, Leader — built in 1892 — will be taking part in the Small Ships Races at the same time.  People under the age of 25 can book one of the few remaining places on Leader online, via the website or call 01803 88 33 55.


Volunteers Invited to Help with Provident’s Return Posted on

Devon residents are being invited to get involved with the exciting final touches of Provident’s return to sea.

The 1924 vessel will be back on the water in May, for the first time in nearly two years, after she was stood down amid concerns over the reliability of her elderly Gardner engine. As a small charitable organisation, Trinity needed time to fundraise for the money to cover the necessary work.

While the vital fundraising took place, the gaff-rigger was moored on a buoy in Brixham Harbour, stripped of her masts, sails, spars, soft-furnishings, electronics and furniture. The Trinity team are looking forward to seeing Provident — which forms part of the National Historic Fleet — return to sea after her notable absence.

Operations Manager Ben Wheatley said: “We would like to open up an opportunity for local supporters to get involved in the final week of preparations for Provident’s first voyage in quite some time.

“We need to add the finishing touches to her hull and rig before her inaugural voyage of the 2016 season, ahead of her much anticipated participation in the upcoming Brixham Heritage Regatta.

“If you would like to come down and help on board we would be very grateful for anyone to pick up a paintbrush or a tin of Brasso. Our team will make you very welcome and provide you with tea, biscuits, and a wholesome lunch.”

People are being invited to come down any day between Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday, May 12.

Trinity Sailing’s Marketing & Sales Manager Harry Gottschalk said: “A lot of local people have a history of sailing on Provident, especially from her years in Salcombe. Some I have spoken to have literally grown up sailing on her. We thought some of her admirers would find it rewarding to help get her back to her best and share some anecdotes from her rich history with our current crew.”

After the Second World War, Provident arrived in Salcombe, in 1951, as the founding vessel of the Island Cruising Club where she remained until 1999 when she started working from Brixham as part of the newly-formed Trinity Sailing Foundation.

She was a replacement for an earlier vessel of the same name, sunk during the First World War by a German U-boat. She fished out of Brixham for 10 years before being sold to a wealthy American and converted to a private yacht.

Provident’s return begins with an eight-night voyage starting Saturday, May 28, firstly taking part in the Brixham 102-year-old Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta, then sailing along the Devon and Dorset Coastline before joining around 100 other traditionally rigged vessels for the Yarmouth Gaffers Rally. After which she has a busy sailing season right through to October, sailing to the like of Brittany and the Channel Islands.

If you would like to help get her back to her best, or join Provident for her come back cruise, call Ben or Harry at Trinity Sailing on 01803 88 33 55 or email Her full voyage programme is available online at

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Torquay Shoppers, We Need Your Support Posted on

The Trinity Sailing team is urging shoppers in Torquay to show their support for our charity.

During April we are competing against two other local charities for people’s support at Waitrose Torquay, as part the retailer’s Community Matters initiative.

By placing a token in the Community Matters box at the branch, in St Mary Church Road, shoppers can decided which charity they want to support.

At the checkout shoppers receive a token to place in a box of the good cause they would most like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive.

Harry Gottschalk, Trinity’s Marketing & Sales Manager, said: “We’re very grateful for the Torquay branch of Waitrose featuring us in their Community Matters scheme for April. We urge people in Torbay to show their support and use their token for our charity which supports hundreds of disadvantaged young people each year through sail training.”


Sail Training group with Trinity vessel.

New Cruise Added to 2016 Schedule Due to Popular Demand Posted on

Trinity Sailing has added a new cruise to its 2016 holiday programme due to popular demand.

Golden Vanity will now be sailing out of Fowey, in Cornwall, for a specially themed two-night art cruise, led by Trinity skipper, and renowned Brixham artist, Toni Knights.

Trinity’s Marketing & Sales Manager, Harry Gottschalk, said: “A similar Devon-based trip, sailing out of Brixham, was the first voyage to sell-out when the 2016 programme was released, so this cruise will allow more people to join us for this new type of voyage.”

Whether it’s a sturdy pencil or paints — bring along your desired art materials and let Toni and Golden Vanity’s skipper Martin “Stan” Stanfield look after you during this two-night break sailing around the Cornish coast.

The voyage takes place between Saturday, June 11, and Monday, June 13. The trip starts and ends in Fowey and you can book a berth for just £195 which includes all of your food for the duration of your stay.

For more information, or to book your place, call 01803 88 33 55 or email You can also complete an online booking form here.

Toni Knights sketching on Provident

Join us on Leader for a Day Sail Posted on

Trinity Sailing is launching a new day sail option for guests from today.

Due to popular demand, people can now join Leader for a day sail around Devon. The 1892 vessel will be sailing out of Brixham for a unique six-hour voyage on Sunday, April 10th.

Traditionally Trinity’s shortest voyages have been short weekend trips but many customers have been requesting day sails, so a pilot voyage is to go ahead this spring.

Harry Gottschalk, Trinity Sailing’s Sales & Marketing Manager, said: “We have recently had a lot of requests for day sails and we found we had a spare weekend in Leader’s programme so we thought we would give it a go to let people join us for a day at sea.

“We thought it might appeal to people with hectic diaries who want a chance to get out on the water. We also want to show new customers that you don’t have to be a sailor — or even have set foot on a boat before — to get involved with the running of our vessels, helping to put up sails and taking the helm.”

You can join Leader for a day sail, which includes lunch on board, for £65. There are 12 berths available which can be booked by calling 01803 88 33 55 or emailing


Devon Youngsters Offered Chance to Take Part in Sailing Adventure Posted on

A LIFE-CHANGING opportunity to take part in a sailing adventure is being offered to young people from across south Devon.


Brixham-based charity the Trinity Sailing Foundation is teaming up with the Royal Dart Yacht Club for ‘The Royal Dart Yacht Club Provident 150 Challenge’ — an initiative which offers 12 young people the chance to sail in a thrilling race from Dartmouth to Gosport.


The sailing experience, open to those aged 16 to 19, marks the 150th Anniversary of the Royal Dart Yacht Club, based in Kingswear. It is being organised in conjunction with the biennial Small Ships Race — organised by ASTO (The Association of Sail Training Organisation) — which involves dozens of UK sailing vessels taking part in racing and celebrations aimed at young people who can mingle with other crews from across the country.


The Royal Dart is keen to offer a dozen deserving young people — who live in and around the South Hams area — the chance to experience what it is like to sail a 90-year-old Brixham Trawler as part of their 150th anniversary celebrations.


The 1924-built vessel Provident — owned and operated by Trinity — will begin her race in August next year, which will be preceded by a couple of days of practice on board, then see her sailing from Brixham to Dartmouth to join the other boats taking part.


Sailing out of Dartmouth on Monday, August 22, the race will finish on Wednesday, August 24 with a prize-giving ceremony in Gosport.  The challenge will continue in a more relaxed fashion as the crew sail their ship back to Brixham at a more leisurely pace — completing an 8 day voyage.


Norman Doidge, of the Royal Dart Yacht Club, said he wants the places on board to go to deserving young people, who may have a range of needs.

He said: “Many of our members have been lucky enough to have sailed all their lives and have appreciated the benefits this has brought them. To help celebrate 150 years of the Royal Dart Yacht Club, we are delighted to be able extend these experiences to a new generation who might not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy the excitement of adventure, teamwork and new skills that sailing a traditional working boat brings. Working together to raise their own share of the funds will be an important part of the challenge. “


Each candidate will be expected to raise at least £300 themselves as part of the challenge, with advice and guidance offered by Trinity, while members of the Royal Dart will contribute the remaining balance of the voyage, which is valued at over £800 per person.


Final selection will be carried out between Trinity and senior yacht club members to make sure the most deserving people get the chance to get on board.


Harry Gottschalk, Trinity Sailing’s Sales & Marketing Manager, said: “We have already gone out to schools in the area but we want to make sure all deserving young people in the locality are aware of the challenge.


“Our charity takes scores of deserving young people to sea each year and the benefits of sail training are genuinely life-changing and give them a new-found confidence that helps them build essential life skills and develop initiative which will help them in their transition to adulthood. We also hope it will make a valuable addition to their learning portfolios or CVs.”


If you would like more information about applying to take part, please get in touch with Trinity Sailing by calling 01803 88 33 55 or emailing


Thank You from the Trinity Team Posted on

Dozens of hard-working working volunteers have been giving up their spare time over the last few weeks to help make preparations for the new sailing season.

Operations Manager Ben Wheatley has spent the latter part of 2015 orchestrating the derig of Trinity’s fleet of vessels, and has been supported by his crew and an army of hard-working volunteers.

He said: “I would like to thank all the volunteers and who have come to Brixham over the last few weeks to help with de-rigging and the ongoing maintenance of our vessels.

“This has been a really successful and productive maintenance period. Thanks to all the hard work from the volunteers we’ve completed all the tasks we set out to do in good time, and also made some really good progress with on-going refit tasks, putting us in a really strong position to begin our main refit period in the new year.

“We will be emailing our volunteers soon with a refit schedule for 2016 so that as many of you as possible can get involved. We intend to continue the successful volunteer maintenance weekends which attracted so many of you in 2015.”

If anyone would like to come down to help with maintenance in early 2016, please contact Ben via or by telephone on 01803 88 33 55.

Leader in Brixham Harbour November 2016

Sea Cadets Help with Training Exercise on Leader Posted on

Young people on board Leader have been helping with an exciting training exercise to help the Royal Naval Air Service.

During the recent voyage with the Trinity Sailing Foundation, the 10th TS Canonteign Teign Valley Sea Cadet Unit 609 were asked to help with a practice air sea rescue mission.

The cadets, along with the Trinity crew, had to help the helicopter get a winchman down on the 1892 vessel, as she sailed off the coast near Charlestown. While on board there was a brief question and answer section with the young sailors and they also helped with an exercise to get a stretcher down to the boat and then back up again.

Group leader Nick Maylam said the young people on board Leader really enjoyed the experience.

He said: “Our thanks to the crews of 771 Squadron Royal Naval Air Service for their support in providing special experiences for the Sea Cadets of TS Canonteign.”




Mock Rescue on Leader