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Leader to take part in ASTO Small Ships Race 2017 Posted on

Trinity Sailing is pleased to announce that Leader will be taking part in the 2017 ASTO (Association of Sail Training Organisations) Small Ships Race.

The event, which will be held in Torquay, 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 on Monday, April 17, ahead of the Round-the-Cans Race which will take part on the following Tuesday. People aged 16-25 will be able to join Leader — built in 1892 —for three nights of sailing adventure.

The Leader voyage takes place between Tuesday, April 18 and Friday, April 21. Berths are available for £345, which includes all food, drink, bedding, wet weather gear and safety equipment. For more information call 01803 88 33 55 or email



Paimpol Festival 2017 – Book Your Space Now Posted on

Both Leader and Provident will be heading over to Brittany next August for Paimpol 2017 — Festival du Chant de Marin
The 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.

Leader will be sailing out of and returning to Falmouth, and Provident will be doing the same out of Brixham.

We now have only three berths left on Leader, and a small handful on Provident, so if you would like to be part of this summer sailing experience please book now.

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.

2017 Brochure

Bosuns Required – Have You Got What it Takes? Posted on

The Trinity Sailing Foundation is on the look out for two new crucial crew members to work on board their historic vessels.

One of the positions would be on board Provident, the other on Leader, however the successful candidates will have opportunities to spend time on each of the vessels as part of their role.

Trinity Sailing Foundation operate three historic wooden sailing vessels undertaking a mixture of youth sail training voyages and adult sailing holidays between April and October, the remainder of the year being taken up with refit and maintenance tasks. Our vessels operate around the UK coast with trips to neighbouring countries as appropriate to our sailing schedule.

The Bosun is responsible for extensive maintenance tasks, sail handling, acting as coxswain of the ships tender, working closely with and teaching both young trainees and adult clients, assisting the cook in the galley, working aloft in the rigging and numerous other challenging activities.

Operations Manager Ben Wheatley said: “We will provide training and development opportunities on board our vessels and will endeavour to assist those who wish to aim for paid positions within the industry in due course. This training includes the opportunity to work towards completion of RYA certificates.

“This opportunity would be ideally suited to a gap year student or someone who wishes to take their first steps in the sail training industry.”

To apply, or for further information, please contact Ben on 01803 88 33 55 or email

Start Date: October 2016. Finish date: September 2017.



ENG1 or ML5 Medical Fitness Certificate

Valid Passport

Basic sailing and seamanship skills

Positive attitude and desire to learn

*All positions with Trinity Sailing Foundation are subject to an enhanced DBS check.


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New RYA Voyage Added to 2016 Programme Posted on

Due to popular demand we will be running an additional RYA week on our 1908 vessel Golden Vanity.

If you have ever wanted to improve your sailing knowledge and experience, and get a recognised RYA certificate, now is your chance on our traditional wooden — and historic — vessel.

Start Finish Nights Vessel Cost
Sun, Sep 14 Fri, Sep 18  6  Golden Vanity £695

These activity weeks offer the opportunity to have formal instruction while enjoying a sailing holiday.

Based in Brixham, this is an ideal cruising ground for those wanting to learn to sail.  Tor Bay offers sheltered waters to the prevailing winds and the many estuaries and harbours on the south coast offer plenty of opportunities to teach the syllabus and learn how to sail traditional vessels.

The courses we offer begin with ‘Start Yachting’ for complete beginners; ‘Competent Crew’ for those looking to build up their skills; and ‘Day Skipper’ for those who wish to be introduced to all aspects of skippering a yacht.

If you are uncertain as to which course would be most suitable for you, or would like further information or advice, please contact us and speak to one of our instructors.

Your skipper will be an RYA qualified Cruising Instructor or Yachtmaster Instructor. To find out more about the RYA and the cruising scheme certificates, visit theRYA website.

Start Yachting

The Start Yachting course is designed to run as a short break and offers an introduction to sailing for complete beginners. By the end of the course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and have an awareness of safety on board. Holders of the Start Yachting certificate can go on to complete the Competent Crew course in a reduced time of three days, instead of the normal five, or over two weekend breaks.

Competent Crew

Competent Crew is a sailing course aimed at those starting out in sailing, and wishing to learn the fundamentals required to be a useful member of crew aboard a sailing boat. No previous sailing experience is required. Topics covered include seamanship, knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, sail handling and ropework, knowledge of safety procedures, helmsman-ship, and the principles of sailing.

Day Skipper

The Day Skipper course is aimed at those with previous sailing experience who wish to become competent to skipper a small yacht by day in familiar waters. It is assumed that they will have at least the knowledge of a competent crew member, and must have a minimum of 5 days, 100 miles and 4 night hours logged before undertaking the course. Some basic navigational knowledge is required, either through practical experience or a Day Skipper Theory course. The course goes into greater depth on the topics covered in Competent Crew, and also includes navigation, pilotage and boat handling under sail and power.

For more info, to book, or ask questions, call our office team on 01803 88 33 55 or email


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