Meet the team – Harri Smith
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 — Harri Smith.
What is your role at Trinity Sailing?
This year I am sailing as mate on board Golden Vanity. This is my second season with Trinity, having sailed as mate on board Provident last year. I first came to Trinity as a volunteer in 2012 helping to recommission Leader after a big refit. I wasn’t able to come back and sail until 2015 and I enjoyed it so much I applied for a job.
What did you do prior to joining the team?
My first experience of sailing was as a young person on another sail training vessel. I found it so inspiring and enjoyable that I began volunteering as much as possible. In 2012 I decided to give up my desk job and run away to sea and I have been working in sail training ever since.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love the variety. I love the maintenance side, learning about these incredible vessels and having an understanding of both the historic and modern skills needed to keep them working. I love the sailing; exploring news places and meeting a huge variety of different people.
Where is your favourite sailing destination?
As I mentioned, I love going to new places. Golden Vanity is the smallest vessel I’ve ever worked on so I am looking forward to exploring lots of lovely little spots that I have been unable to get in to with larger vessels before.
When you’re not sailing, what else do you enjoy doing?
Maintenance?! I do actually really enjoy making homemade rope and canvas craft work. Out side of the “boat world” entirely, I really enjoy cooking and I love music. I’ve always done a lot of singing and now I am learning to play the guitar so that I can accompany myself!