Group leaders

Group leaders

Find out more about sail training with Trinity

Sail training with Trinity is a fun and adventurous experience and one that brings a host of new challenges, life skills and discovery.

No previous experience is required as our team of qualified and highly experienced staff are there to guide and support everyone on board.

As an experienced provider of residential activities we operate within a structure of Standard Operating Procedures and policies. All activities have been risk assessed and we can provide copies of assessments, as well as vessel and insurance certification, on request.

We are an approved provider for many local educational authorities. Our staff are experienced in working with young people as well as in seamanship and all have enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service checks. They work with accompanying staff (teachers, youth workers etc) to ensure that everyone gets the most out of the voyage.

It is also possible to complete a range of qualifications while on board. Trinity can provide courses leading to Royal Yachting Association sailing awards such as Start Yachting or Competent Crew. The group may also have National Curriculum Qualifications that they want to work towards during their time on board. These and any other particular ambitions or requirements can be discussed with our Office team during the planning stages of your voyage.

We provide an all-inclusive package which not only includes the boat and the tuition but all additional costs such as food, mooring fees, fuel, bedding and safety equipment including full waterproofs. All you need to do is get you and your group to the boat and Trinity will provide everything you need for a great sailing experience.

Trinity works in partnership with your organisation and its staff, whether you represent a school, specialist youth service or charity. We have many clients who bring groups year after year. We also help groups develop their own ideas for expeditions or to take part in events such as the international Tall Ships Races.

We really recommend in the first instance you give us call to have talk about what you want to achieve for your young people. We can discuss all of the options available and how we can design a programme to meet your needs. We are also delighted to welcome group leaders to come and look around the boats and meet our team and sea crew.


Here’s some feedback from group leaders following their voyage with Trinity:

“The group of young people we brought to Trinity were on the very brink of social exclusion. The experience has helped in raising their self-esteem and confidence enormously. There has been a huge improvement in self-awareness, evident not only through their new-found ability for reflection but from parents who tell us they have seen marked and positive changes in behaviour since the trip.
In addition, they also experienced for the first time an environment where teamwork and a strong work ethic produced tangible rewards. They have reflected on this, and there is evidence of changing attitudes towards work.
It has left them ‘buzzing’ and it is quite clear that their aspirations and expectations have been raised as a result.
The group had a huge range of needs that required careful management and lots of patience. The crew dealt with this in their stride and pitched their delivery perfectly. They were a huge factor in the positive outcome.” Youth Worker


“Our population consists of children with moderate learning difficulties, plus some with physical disabilities, behavioural problems or autism. All participated in the voyages. The benefits are many, wide-ranging and have a long-term effect on their development. They have a longing for adventure that they often express in risky or anti-social activities. Sailing on Golden Vanity shows them adventure may be open to them in an acceptable way.
Beforehand, they are worried about a host of things, and about how they will cope. Afterwards they go on to tackle new experiences with confidence, knowing they have succeeded in a very challenging situation.Most impressive of all, they have to take responsibility for each other, to trust each other and earn respect. Things like keeping watch while others sleep brings it home that their efforts are essential to the well-being of all.
This is a new experience; they have never been trusted with such responsibility”. Teacher, Special School.
“I know of no other opportunity where teamwork and working together are such key aspects of the activity’s success”. Families Partnership Manager, Enfield.
It is my sincere and genuine feeling that more can be achieved with our emotionally and behaviourally challenged children in a week on the boat than in many months in school. The children gained an enormous amount, not just in sailing but in living together at close quarters, and in what it means to work together to achieve a goal.
Some of our children are very volatile and find it difficult to tolerate each other, adults and the pressures of school work without showing what is euphemistically called ‘challenging behaviour’. None of this was apparent during the week, and this was very much due to the relaxed but businesslike way the boat is run. At no time did the kids feel threatened in any way, and even when uncomfortable and sometimes unpleasant work was required your blend of persuasion and expectation always seemed to do the trick. It is a great skill.” Deputy Head Teacher.

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