News in June 2013

Open day on Provident – Torquay 5th July Posted on

Brixham sailing trawler ‘Provident’ open to the public

On Friday 5th July Trinity Sailing will be welcoming people on board Provident to take a look around the 1924-built vessel.

She is arriving in Torquay on Thursday, July 4, as the boat is being used by a charity fundraising team, called Relay Southwest, who will be sailing her non-stop from Falmouth.

The open day is being held in the harbour on the following day, between 9am and 4.30pm, on Friday, July 5, which will also include demonstrations and displays from the police and fire service, along with a food market.

Toby Russell from Trinity said: “This is an opportunity for people to come along and see what spending time on one of these beautiful vessels is like, whether you have a strong interest in Brixham Trawlers, or you have just seen one of our boats on the water and been captivated by the sight of them and want to have a look around — everyone is welcome.

“Along with our experienced crew members, I will be there to welcome people and answer any questions that people may have about Provident, and what we can offer through our sail training experiences or sailing voyages on our boats.

“The sail training work we provide benefits hundreds of young people up and down the country”.

DS Simon Costin, who is coordinating the Relay Southwest event, said: “The benefits of sail training for young people can’t be overstated. Through Relay Southwest we are raising funds that will directly benefit the young people of Torbay, so we want the people of Torbay to get behind us.”

The Relay Southwest Team will attempt to circumnavigate Devon and Cornwall by running over 130 miles, cycling more than 160 miles, and sailing 80 nautical miles in under 80 hours.

The aim of the event is to increase awareness of the issues affecting young people and raise money for the Trinity Sailing Foundation.

Young people from all kinds of backgrounds, and all levels of ability, gain enormously from the opportunity of sail training with Trinity on traditional vessels.


Provident - Relay Southwest

Donate to Trinity using JustTextGiving Posted on

A new and easy way to support Trinity’s work

JustTextGiving by Vodafone is a new and easy way you can support our work. Simply text: TTSF24 £10 (or the amount you would like to send) to 70070.

All text donations are free, and won’t come out of any inclusive texts you have as part of your price plan – even if you’re not with Vodafone. You just pay the cost of your donation. Every penny you donate to Trinity Sailing Foundation using JustTextGiving will come to us to support our charitable objectives.  To find out more, see the relevant pages on the JustTextGiving website.

There’s lots of ways you can donate to support our work,  please view our Donate Now pages.

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Torbay Lass – press release Posted on

The campaign to save the former Brixham sailing trawler ‘Torbay Lass’ has taken a major step forward with a bid for a £900,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund having now been submitted.

The total cost of the project to save the 1923-built historic vessel is estimated at £1.27 million, and even if the Lottery grant is obtained there will still be £370,000 required from other sources.

An initial decision on the grant application will be made in September which, if successful, will lead to a more detailed application being made in February 2014, with a final decision in June of that year.Logo Dk blue

Meanwhile, Torbay Lass remains at Tilbury Docks on the River Thames, where she has been threatened with eviction. Her owners say they have no money with which to find her a berth elsewhere.

Totnes MP Dr Sarah Wollaston and Torbay’s Elected Mayor Gordon Oliver have both written to Tilbury’s owners asking for a stay of execution until September. If the initial Heritage Lottery Fund application is successful Torbay Lass would then be moved to Brixham. Because of her condition temporary repairs would first have to be carried out and she would make the passage in fair weather, with an escort vessel.

Torbay Lass is one of 200 vessels that form the nation’s National Historic Fleet, vessels that include HMS Victor, Cutty Sark and SS Great Britain. Six of the vessels in the Fleet are former Brixham sailing trawlers, a testimony to their reputation as an iconic class of working vessel in the days of sail.

Five of the six have already been brought back to Torbay and restored. The aim is to complete the locally-built heritage fleet based in Brixham by restoring Torbay Lass in the harbour area, with the work open to the public. The work will take two years to complete.

The Steering Group that is overseeing the project includes Torbay Council, Brixham Town Council, Torbay Development Agency, Brixham Chamber of Commerce, TorBay Harbour Authority, South Devon College and Brixham Trawler Agents, as well as individuals such as former Pilot Captain Bob Curtis, shipwright Bob Cann and heritage enthusiast Bill Wakeham. The campaign is being led by the Trinity Sailing Foundation, which owns and operates three of the other former sailing trawlers.

Dr Wollaston MP, Mr Oliver, Torbay Development Agency and Brixham Town Council have all written to the Heritage Lottery Fund backing the bid.

A survey of Torbay Lass, carried out last month at Greenwich, has revealed the extensive nature of the restoration work required to save her. However, the surveyor has said she can make the trip under her own power provided precautions are taken.

Trinity’s chairman Struan Coupar says: The submission of the initial application to HLF is the first milestone. Between now and the decision day in September we need to start raising the additional money that will be required, and widen the campaign to attract wide support and involvement from the community.”

Sailing trawlers were first developed by the fishermen of TorBay and became the model for deep sea trawling in Europe during the 19th century. At one time more than 3,000 were in commission, based in ports like Hull, Grimsby and Lowestoft as well as Brixham and Plymouth. They vastly increased the catches made by previous methods, and linked up with the developing railway network to bring fresh fish to all parts of the country.

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As this release was about to go out word was received that the owners of Tilbury have agreed that the vessel may stay there until the end of September. Mr Coupar said: “This is excellent news – just what was needed – and thanks to the intervention of Dr Wollaston MP and Mayor Oliver.”

Leader heads to Merseyside Posted on


Trinity’s flagship vessel Leader is now offering adventure sailing opportunities for groups and individuals in Merseyside this summer.

Due to popular demand we have revised the 1892 boat’s sailing programme to include four voyages operating out of the historic docklands of Liverpool, combining city culture with endless cruising opportunities around the Irish Sea.

This is a perfect base to explore, with possible destinations in Ireland, the Isle of Man and the south west coast of Scotland.

For a fixed rate price of £545 this is the perfect opportunity to have a real adventure on board one of the oldest Brixham trawlers still sailing in Britain, with added modern comforts, not to mention all of your freshly prepared meals for the length of the voyage.

Under the direction of the Skipper, Mate and Cook, you will be responsible for all aspects of running the vessel:

  • Putting up the sails
  • Steering
  • Navigating
  • Keeping Watch
  • Cooking

This is a great opportunity to try something completely different, meet new people, make friends, work as a team and learn lots of useful skills.  No previous sailing experience is required.

Book now to avoid disappointment, and find out more, on 01803 88 33 55.

HLF supports Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership project Posted on

National Historic Ships UK (NHS-UK) has today announced that it has received initial support for a £261,100 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through the ‘Skills for the Future’ programme.

The development grant of £12,200 will support NHS-UK in progressing plans for the Shipshape Heritage Training Project – an initiative that aims to prevent the loss of the traditional skills and techniques involved in conserving, handling and maintaining historic vessels.

Trinity Sailing Foundation will work alongside NHS UK (lead partner), Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust, Dauntseys School Sailing Club, Sea-Change Sailing Trust and Excelsior Sailing Trust to develop plans to create ten 12-month training placements where trainees will work with a variety of historic vessels receiving specialist training in the significance of these vessels and how to operate them safely and effectively. They will also undertake a historic vessel maintenance course at the International Boatbuilding Training College and an interpretation placement at the Scottish Fisheries Museum.

Toby Russell from Trinity said “We have always believed in the importance of marrying training in historic vessel handling and conservation for our staff development. This is a unique opportunity to work with other partners –  to develop this training approach further, share our learning, and ultimately help develop more trained people within our sector. This is great news for all those involved with conserving our maritime heritage and congratulations to NHS-UK for securing this development funding”.

To see the full press release from NHS-UK click HERE and for more info on the Shipshape Network please visit the website.

Brixham trawler 'Leader' 1892