Who We Are
The Trinity Sailing Foundation was conceived in 1998 and brought into being at the start of 1999 by the bringing together of three organisations with shared interests in sail training for young people linked to the preservation of historic sailing vessels.
The owners of the vessels agreed it was probable they could achieve more working together than they could acting independently, which they did on an informal basis initially. The experiment was successful so at the start of the following year, 1999, they pooled their resources and began operations from a new base in Brixham, becoming a registered charity at the same time.
Trinity has two principal aims:
• Assisting the personal development of young people, especially those who are disadvantaged, with the intention of improving their prospects as they begin to face the challenges of adult life
• Preserving their three locally built vessels, former sailing trawlers dating from the 1890s to the 1920s, as important examples of maritime and industrial heritage. Providing them with a socially beneficial modern role helps fulfil the associated aim of promoting interest in heritage and enabling people to access it.
The Foundation has an active Trustee board that is closely involved in the running of its activities and ensuring good governance. A small office team is responsible for overseeing the operation of the vessels, dealing with the individuals or groups who are its clients and raising the funds required to support young people and ensuring they are not prevented from participating through lack of financial resources. The Trustees meet quarterly and management meetings comprised of the office team and three of the trustees are held each month to review all aspects of the Foundation’s activities in detail.
A dedicated and lively team of sea staff crew the boats and ensure that high quality outcomes are achieved that meet the needs of individual clients. Staff regularly progress within the organisation, many beginning as volunteers, moving to more senior salaried roles over time, and not infrequently finishing by becoming part of the management team.
Trinity’s three vessels are “Leader”, built in 1892 and the largest in the fleet; “Golden Vanity”, the smallest dating from 1908 and “Provident” built in 1924. All are examples of the different classes of Brixham sailing trawler, a now-legendary type of working vessel. All three have become part of the National Historic Fleet, the vessels judged to be of pre-eminent importance in terms of maritime and industrial heritage.