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Leader sails to Cornwall for winter maintenance Posted on

Trinity’s sailing’s oldest and largest vessel has left her home port for some essential winter maintenance work.

Leader, built in 1892 at Galmpton on the river Dart, has just completed a passage from Brixham to Polruan — by Fowey —to be hauled out of the water on the slipway of the C Toms and Son shipyard.

Leader is there for approximately two weeks whilst the hull undergoes its annual cleaning and antifouling, the stern gland packing and hull anodes are renewed. While she is out of the water some caulking of hull seams will also be done by way of preventative maintenance.

Ben Wheatley, Trinity Sailing’s Operations Manager said “This is a great opportunity to access the parts of the vessel we cannot easily reach while she is operational during the sailing season. We are taking the opportunity to carry out some scheduled maintenance at the same time as we do some work on the sterngland and replace the sacrificial anodes. The maintenance work is never ending when you are dealing with a traditional vessel like this, and we are very grateful to those who have been down to help us out in Brixham in preparation for the slipping at Toms’ Yard.”

This gives her hardworking crew of Trinity staff and volunteers a change of scene from Brixham harbour, where Leader has been berthed since October last year following the end of her successful 2016 sailing season.

All three of Trinity Sailing’s vessels; Leader (1892), Provident (1924) and Golden Vanity (1908), sail from April to October and are refitted during the winter months by a core team of Trinity seastaff. These professional skippers and mates are supported by a band of dedicated volunteers who give up their free time to travel to Brixham and help maintain these important historic vessels. If you are interested in getting involved, please call us on 01803 88 33 55 or by emailing

You can view Leader’s full sailing programme for 2017 here.


Leader January 2017

Leader’s First 2017 Cruise… Posted on

What are you doing with your Easter weekend?

You can come on board Leader for her first cruise of the 2017 season. Join us for lunch on Good Friday and spend four days and three nights sailing along the Devon coastline, stopping at some of the prettiest ports and anchorages in the south west. We will have you back home to port in good time on bank holiday Monday.

The full programme — for all three vessels — is available to view via our online brochure, or by heading to the website.

We look forward to seeing some familiar faces return to Leader, Provident, and Golden Vanity throughout the 2017 season.

You can book online, call the office on 01803 88 33 55, or email


Trinity visit RYA Cruising Conference Posted on

Amidst the bustle of the early part of the 2017 refit, Trinity’s office team attended the RYA Cruising Conference in Devon this weekend.

Operations Manager Ben Wheatley and Marketing & Sales Manager Harry Gottschalk were invited to the second annual RYA Cruising Conference, held at South Devon College, in Paignton. This provided the opportunity to meet the 100, or so, delegates attending the event on January 14 and explain what the charity do.

Ben said: “The event led to a number of enquiries from cruising customers, as well as giving us the opportunity to raise Trinity’s profile and build stronger relationships with local businesses who were also in attendance.”



Ben Wheatley

Spring & Summer in Scotland… Posted on

Blow away those January blues…

The winter solstice has been and gone so that means one thing: Your next sailing adventure is now only a few months away.

The 125-year-old vessel has a strong bond with this part of the world. Leader will be based out of both Mallaig and Oban, visiting the Hebrides and finest sea lochs in the region. You will be exposed to stunning scenery and wildlife no matter which cruise you choose.

Here is our Scotland page which contains all the latest voyage information.

To find out more about any of the above cruises, or to book, call 01803 88 33 55, email, or visit the holiday section of our website:

You can download our full 2017 brochure here.

Leader in Scotland

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Posted on

The Trinity Sailing team would like to wish all of our guests and clients a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We hope to see you all back on board in 2017.

Although a few of our voyages are now sold-out, we still have plenty of availability across the Trinity fleet.

You can view our 2017 brochure here, or look out for availability on our website here.

Our office will close for the festive break from Thursday, December 22 and reopen on Tuesday, January 3. If you would like to reserve a berth on a voyage during this period you can complete a booking form here, or send an email to

Best wishes,

Ben, Harry, and Martin (the office team)

Trinity Fleet

Volunteering in Early 2017 Posted on

Trinity Sailing is inviting volunteers to come down and help out with boat maintenance in the New Year.

As Christmas approaches, all three vessels are now laid up for the winter but work has been going on steadily since the end of the sailing season, and much has been achieved by those on board in preparation for the new season. With 2017 just around the corner, the fun task of getting the boats ready for sea will begin again.

Operations Manager Ben Wheatley said: “Our sea staff will be back at work in early January, and we would be very grateful to any volunteers who can help out from Monday, January 9th. onwards. Please get in touch and we will be glad to book you in.”

There will also be a volunteer weekend coming up in January (14 and 15) for those who cannot make it down to Brixham, due to work commitments.

Ben added: “Most people arrive on the Friday evening — please let us know if you would like dinner on board that night.
“Saturday gives us the chance to do a productive day’s work, followed a good meal and the prospect of visiting one or more local hostelries!
“We work through until about 4.30pm on the Sunday after which people tend to make their way home  — but we are very flexible with accommodation and catering arrangements .
“As usual we are happy to provide food and accommodation on board in exchange for your hard work on our lovely vessels.”

For more information call 01803 88 33 55 or send an email to


Working on Leader's masts in Totnes

Sailing Voyages Aimed at Young Sailors Posted on

Introduce the young people in your life to the world of traditional sailing…

Next spring we have two great cruises, being run over the same week, which are specifically aimed at getting teenagers and young adults interested in a rewarding new hobby at sea.

First up we have the Small Ships Races — being organised by ASTO (Association of Sail Training Organisations) — on Leader.

The event, which will be held in Tor Bay, will coincide with the gathering of scores of other traditional vessels taking part in the Tall Ships Race from Tor Bay to Portugal.

For the Small Ships Race, the fleet will arrive in Torquay. Leader will take part in the Round-the-Cans Race, then have a couple of days exploring the Devon coastline. This voyage is open to people aged 15-25.

Drone footage of last year’s Small Ships Races, out of Dartmouth, can be viewed here.

During the same week, Golden Vanity will be welcoming children and teenagers on board, with a parent or guardian, for the Parent & Child Cruise.

Pass on some nautical knowledge, have some special time together at sea, while enjoying the spectacle of both the Small Ships and Tall Ships Races. There will also be time to explore some other pretty anchorages and coastal towns during this short break.

Both voyages takes place between Tuesday, April 18 and Friday, April 21. Berths are available for £295 on Golden Vanity and £345 on Leader. Both trips — which begin and end in Brixham,  include all food, drink, bedding, wet weather gear and safety equipment.

For more information call 01803 88 33 55 or email

You can view, download, or print our full 2017 sailing holiday brochure here.

DofE Expeditions

Trinity Sailing Gift Vouchers Now Available Posted on

Are you struggling to think of the perfect Christmas gift this year?

You can now buy Trinity Sailing Gift vouchers for that special someone.

We have a range of pricing options available, starting from just £50, to be used as part payment for voyages, or you could treat someone you love to one of our short breaks.

To find out more please email, or call 01803 88 33 55 and speak to Harry.


Details Emerge of Falmouth Classics 2017 Posted on

Join Provident for the Falmouth Classics…

In June, Provi will be heading out of Falmouth for a six-night Cornwall cruise, which takes in the highlights of this popular annual event.

In 2016 there were 174 participating vessels from across Europe and in 2017 Provident will be at the centre of this sailing extraganza during the first few days of the voyage, after which there will plenty of time to visit some other great Cornish ports and pretty anchorages along the south west coast.

The weekend celebrations also runs concurrently with the International Sea Shanty Festival, which last year featured more than 50 live acts last year, along with some great food and drink stalls.

The official website has now gone live which can be viewed here.

For the full run down of voyages please check out our holidays page, or download our 2017 brochure here.

For more information, or to book a berth, please call 01803 88 33 55 or email

Heritage Regatta

Leader’s 2017 Paimpol Voyage Sold Out Posted on

Leader’s extended voyage to Brittany next August for Paimpol 2017 — Festival du Chant de Marin  has now sold out.

There are still a small handful of berths available on Provident. Next summer the French harbour will be packed with boats from all around the world and, as always, on shore there is much in the way of music, sea shanties, live music, maritime crafts, food, and drink. Invited vessels line the harbour walls and are encouraged to leave their sails up to be admired. For Trinity Sailing this is the highlight of a 10-day voyage to Brittany, providing extra time to explore some of the stunning destinations dotted along the north-west coast of France.

On both vessels the voyage runs between Wednesday, August 9 and Friday, August 18. Berths are available for £1,095. To confirm your place we require a 25% deposit of £273.75.

Please call 01803 88 33 55, email or complete a booking form online here.

There is now an official video promoting the festival which can be viewed here.

Our full programme for 2017 can be viewed online or downloaded by clicking here.