SEVEN young people from Brixham, and the surrounding towns, will be setting sail tomorrow (Saturday, April 27) on an exciting sailing adventure.
The group are heading to sea on Golden Vanity, for a week, to celebrate her 110th birthday. Built in 1908 she is one of the town’s most historic vessels.
The Trinity Sailing Foundation decided to team up with The Golden Vanity Trust to offer seven young people, from the area, the chance to go on a potentially life-changing adventure to celebrate the milestone.
Harry Gottschalk, Trinity’s Marketing & Sales Manager, said: “We work with hundreds of young people from across the UK but we really want to see more people from the town getting involved with the charity, which is why we thought this was such a great idea. I’d like to thank The Golden Vanity Trust for providing the funds for these young people to join us.”
Golden Vanity was built for the marine artist Arthur Briscoe by J Sanders and Co, at Galmpton, on the River Dart, where Trinity’s other two Brixham trawlers — Leader (1892) and Provident (1924) — were also constructed. Her name was taken from a ship in the sea shanty The Golden Vanity, which dated from the seventeenth century.
As a marine artist Briscoe used her to follow the fishing fleets which he sketched and painted, helping to record the last working days of sail. One of the friends who sailed with him was Erskine Childers – who had already written his famous yachting spy novel Riddle of the Sands. Before the First World War they sailed Golden Vanity extensively in the southern North Sea, regularly visiting Holland and Belgium.
Georgina Gosling, who acts as a trustee for both the Trinity Sailing Foundation and the Golden Vanity Trust, said: “At one time everyone who grew up in a harbour town had access to boats but as sailing has become such an expensive sport this is no longer the case. This week is a chance for those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to spend time on a very special boat.”
Trinity Sailing works with a wide range of youth organisations, from schools and colleges to social services and community groups.