YOUNG people from Brixham are being offered the chance to take part in an exciting sailing adventure to celebrate one of the town’s most historic vessels.
Brixham-based charity the Trinity Sailing Foundation is teaming up with The Golden Vanity Trust to offer seven young people the chance to go sailing on the 1908 vessel for a week, this spring.
Trinity Sailing’s Marketing & Sales Manager, Harry Gottschalk, said: “Golden Vanity turns 110 this year and we wanted to do this to raise awareness of this special vessel — as not a lot of people in the town know how interesting her history is — and provide some young people from Brixham with a great experience.
“Our charity takes hundreds of young people to sea each year but it is actually quite rare we see people from the town on board. We wanted, also, to teach young people about how important these historic trawlers are to Brixham’s past. Not to mention, a week at sea can often be life-changing for those who join us.”
Golden Vanity was built for the marine artist Arthur Briscoe by J Sanders & 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.”
Young people from Brixham can apply to become part of the crew before she sets sail out of the town for a week between Saturday, April 28 and Friday, May 4. No previous sailing experience is required. The trip includes all of the meals on board, bedding, waterproofs and safety equipment. Two qualified members of sea staff will work with the young people during the voyage.
Trinity Sailing works with a wide range of youth organisations, from schools and colleges to social services and community groups.
People have until Friday, March 9th, to apply for a place. Trinity will then compile a shortlist and invite people to come along to office and ask any questions they may have and get a tour of the boat.
For more information call Trinity Sailing on 01803 88 33 55 or email firstname.lastname@example.org