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Leader

1892

Leader was one of the largest of the Brixham sailing trawlers, known, despite their Ketch rig, as the ‘Big Sloops’.

 

Leader, at 105 feet in length overall (LOA) including bowsprit, and displacing 110 tonnes, is the largest and oldest of the three Trinity boats. She carries 3,150 sq ft of sail on a gaff ketch rig, measures 80 ft on deck, has a beam of 19 ft and a draught of 10 ft. She is one of the largest class of sailing trawler. She was built in 1892 at W. A. Gibbs’ yard at Galmpton on the River Dart in Devon. She fished in UK waters until 1907, when she was sold to Swedish owners. She operated on Sweden’s west coast until 1970, when she became a sail training vessel for the Swedish Cruising Club.

 

In 1985 she moved to the west coast of Scotland where, as ‘Lorne Leader’, she was used for sailing holidays and charter for ten years. In 1996 she was brought home to South Devon, and operated from Dartmouth until 1999, when she became part of the Trinity fleet, based in Brixham.

 

Since that time, Leader has undergone a programme of restoration culminating in a £250,000 project to replace her decks, bulwarks and stanchions. The ‘Leader Project’, which was completed in May 2012, was part funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £170,000 and the cheque was handed over the Trinity by the Eastender’s actor Larry Lamb. More info can be found at the ‘Leader Project‘ page.

 

Down below, Leader has been fitted out for her modern role. She has accommodation for twelve guests and five crew, a large saloon area, modern galley, two heads (toilets), two hot showers, and a generator that supplies a ring main with 240v electricity. She has a well equipped navigation station with modern navigation equipment including radar, GPS and DSC VHF Radio.

The Rig

Leader is rigged now just as she was when she fished under sail, over 100 years ago. She has a ‘Gaff Rig’, indicating that the Main and Mizzen sails are hoisted using a ‘gaff’, a spar attached to their upper side. The Ketch rig (two masts) was used to divide up the sail area, making each sail easier to handle by a small crew. The large number of sails (up to eight) makes it easy to ‘change gear’ by hoisting or lowering sails as required, depending upon the strength of the wind.

 

The Ketch rig is very versatile; good in light winds, when extra sails can be set (such as flying jib and mizzen staysail), good in heavy winds (she can sail under mizzen and staysail alone) and good for manoeuvring (the mizzen can be used to help to balance and turn the boat).

Events on Leader

 

Cruise Start / Finish Vessel Nights Cost Deposit
Devon Seafood Cruise 29/09/2018 - 30/09/2018 Leader

1
Starts:
Brixham

£145.00
Departs:
Brixham

£36.25 BOOK NOW
Devon Weekend Cruise 06/04/2019 - 07/04/2019 Leader

1
Starts:
Brixham

£185.00
Departs:
Brixham

£46.25 BOOK NOW
Devon Day Sail Experience 13/04/2019 Leader


Starts:
Brixham

£95.00
Departs:
Brixham

£23.75 BOOK NOW
Extended Easter Cruise (South West/Brittany/Channel Islands) 19/04/2019 - 26/04/2019 Leader

7
Starts:
Brixham

£745.00
Departs:
Brixham

£186.25 BOOK NOW
Bank Holiday One Night Taster Cruise 05/05/2019 - 06/05/2019 Leader

1
Starts:
Brixham

£195.00
Departs:
Brixham

£48.75 BOOK NOW
West Coast Mile-Builder 12/05/2019 - 18/05/2019 Leader

6
Starts:
Falmouth

£725.00
Departs:
Oban

£181.25 BOOK NOW
Wildlife Cruise (Scottish West Coast) 19/05/2019 - 25/05/2019 Leader

6
Starts:
Oban

£795.00
Departs:
Oban

£198.75 BOOK NOW
Music Cruise (Scottish West Coast) 01/06/2019 - 07/06/2019 Leader

6
Starts:
Oban

£850.00
Departs:
Oban

£212.50 BOOK NOW
Extended Hebrides Cruise 15/06/2019 - 23/06/2019 Leader

8
Starts:
Oban

£1,095.00
Departs:
Oban

£273.75 BOOK NOW
West Coast of Scotland Cruise 29/06/2019 - 05/07/2019 Leader

6
Starts:
Oban

£850.00
Departs:
Oban

£212.50 BOOK NOW
West Coast Adventure Voyage 07/07/2019 - 16/07/2019 Leader

9
Starts:
Oban

£1,095.00
Departs:
Falmouth

£273.75 BOOK NOW
*Cornwall Short Break 17/07/2019 - 19/07/2019 Leader

2
Starts:
Falmouth

£345.00
Departs:
Falmouth

£86.25 BOOK NOW
Mid-Summer in the Scillies Cruise 20/07/2019 - 26/07/2019 Leader

6
Starts:
Falmouth

£850.00
Departs:
Falmouth

£212.50 BOOK NOW
Isles of Scilly Cruise 10/08/2019 - 16/08/2019 Leader

6
Starts:
Falmouth

£850.00
Departs:
Falmouth

£212.50 BOOK NOW
*Cornwall Weekend Break 17/08/2019 - 18/08/2019 Leader

1
Starts:
Falmouth

£245.00
Departs:
Falmouth

£61.25 BOOK NOW
*Dartmouth Regatta Cruise 19/08/2019 - 25/08/2019 Leader

6
Starts:
Falmouth

£745.00
Departs:
Brixham

£186.25 BOOK NOW
South West/Brittany/Channel Islands Cruise 26/08/2019 - 01/09/2019 Leader

6
Starts:
Brixham

£895.00
Departs:
Brixham

£223.75 BOOK NOW
Extended Brittany (Cruise in Company) 03/09/2019 - 13/09/2019 Leader

10
Starts:
Brixham

£1,175.00
Departs:
Brixham

£293.75 BOOK NOW
South West/Brittany/Channel Islands Cruise 21/09/2019 - 27/09/2019 Leader

6
Starts:
Departs:

£750.00
Brixham
Brixham

£187.50 BOOK NOW
Weekend Seafood Cruise 28/09/2019 - 29/09/2019 Leader

1
Starts:
Brixham

£195.00
Departs:
Brixham

£48.75 BOOK NOW

Vessel details

Official Number
99504
Port of Registry
Brixham
Builder
W A Gibbs, Galmpton, Devon
Date Launched
1892
Radio Call Sign
MFZX5
Gross Registered Tonnage
53.21
Net Registered Tonnage
47.12
Length Overall including spars
30.50m / 100' 0"
Length of Hull
24.40m / 80' 0"
Length of Waterline
20.80m / 68' 3"
Maximum Beam
5.90m / 19' 4"
Maximum Draft
3.00m / 9' 10"
Working Sail Area
222 sq m / 2390 sq ft
Displacement
100 tonnes / 110 tons
Ballast
15 tonnes / 16.5 tons
Engine - Daewoo L136 6 Cylinder
119 kW / 160 Hp
Water Capacity
2,300 litres / 508 gals
Fuel Capacity
1,040 litres / 229 gals

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