In the run up to the 2017 season getting underway we will be introducing the current Trinity Sailing Foundation team. Today we caught up with another member of our sea staff — Bethany Gay.
What is your role at Trinity Sailing?
I’m the newest member as I joined Trinity a couple months ago, on a chilly January morning, on the basis of helping out with winter refit for three days and haven’t left since. My role this season is the relief cook and deckhand, predominantly on the oldest vessel in the fleet — Leader.
What did you do prior to joining the team?
During college I managed to wangle a schools residential and my Gold Duke of Edinburgh on board Golden Vanity, but then life got in the way and I went off to study at university. Since then I’ve spent the last five years cooking in five-star chalets and snowboarding in the French Alps, during the winter months, followed by hospitality jobs at sea for the summer.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
It’s the perfect job as I… 1.) Get to go sailing 2.) Get to see some of the most beautiful parts of the country and further afield 3.) Get to go meet a plethora of people from all walks of life, while eating some of the finest local produce. Besides, not many people can say that their home is a 125-year-old traditional wooden sailing trawler.
Where is your favourite sailing destination?
The Isles of Scilly archipelago – its like the Caribbean (thought not quite that hot) but it really is a hidden gem and as it’s only 28 miles from Lan’ds End. There’s an amazing ice cream parlour on St Agnes and the wildlife is phenomenal, especially from viewing up on deck.
When you’re not sailing, what else do you enjoy doing?
I really love winter and water sports but when I’m in the west country I do have a soft spot for Cornish Pilot Gigs. These are marvellous 32ft long, clinker built, elm rowing boats which weigh a hefty 355kg, but then I am slightly biased as I have been rowing them on and off since I was 13. If I am not in, or on, the water I can also be found tinkering in the shed as I was bought up on fixing classic cars and going to motorsport competitions at weekends — although my mother was slightly unimpressed when I rebuilt my carburettor in her living room the other day. I am also trying to learn British sign language and bad jokes so, anybody on board with me this summer, I would love a hand!