News in November 2013

Leader Refit Gets Under Way Posted on

The refit for Trinity Sailing’s 2014 season has got under way with the removal of varnish from Leader’s coach roof and hatches.

As well as the annual safety and maintenance schedule, a lot of volunteers will be focusing on improving the aesthetics of each of the vessels, starting with adding several  coats of varnish to parts of Leader.

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Head of Operations Nick Legg said: “A special thank you to Paul and Martin who have volunteered for the last few months and have worked tirelessly on all the de-rig jobs, including this amazing varnish job on the hatch, which looks great.”

Crew members from all of the boats have been stripping out all of the interiors and components, as well as de-rigging all ropes and spars.

Trinity will be running volunteering weekends in the new year, with projects to include painting, varnishing and carpentry.

Leader has now been moved in to Brixham’s inner harbour, and placed under a cover to protect her from the winter elements.

doghouse 1Provident remains at the town’s heritage pontoon but will soon be joining Leader for the winter, near the old fish market.

Golden Vanity will be placed on a mooring during the winter, before the crew return in early 2014 to work on all three of Trinity’s boats.

The full refit will get underway in late January, where the vessels undergo full systems serving, paint and varnishing throughout as well as upgrades and larger repairs. It is also Leaders turn for the slipway this year for a fresh coat of paint and servicing of her underwater components.

 

 

Trinity Skipper Hosts Signing Event Posted on

Trinity skipper Toni Knights is hosting a signing event for his 2014 calendar this week.

The Brixham-based artist spent some time this season capturing colourful scenes of boats and maritime festivals in his trusty sketchbook.

Copies of the calendar, which costs £15, will be available to buy at The Blue Anchor, in Fore Street, this Friday, November 15.

Toni said: “I’ll be there from 7pm, if anyone wants to come in and get a signed copy.”

 

Toni Knights - Provident

 

For those not able to attend the event, you can order a copy directly by sending an email to toni.p.knights@gmail.com

Community Urged to Support Torbay Lass Posted on

Residents, business leaders, retailers and politicians from across Torbay are being urged to attend an open day this month to see how then can play a part in saving one of the last surviving Brixham Trawlers.

People will be able to find out how they can get involved in the Save Torbay Lass campaign at Brixham’s Scala Hall, in Market Street, on Thursday, November 28.

Between 9am and 5pm members of the steering group, tasked with trying to bring the back the vessel and restore her for future generations, will be available to answer questions and explain the background to the £1.3 million project.

The campaign is seeking a major Heritage Lottery Fund grant to cover the majority of the cost that will be involved in restoring Torbay Lass, which is currently lying on the River Thames in a very poor condition.

As well as highlighting the major task of restoration, which will be carried out ashore in Oxen Cove over a two to three year period, the event will highlight other aspects of the project, which include:

*Apprenticeships in shipbuilding and repair

*Training courses for young people in marine skills, from engineering to shipwrighting

*Opportunities for volunteers in various roles, including assisting with practical work, acting as guides and carrying out research for a community project

*The creation of a Heritage Trail in the town

*The launch of a Conservation in Action programme, led by volunteers

*Logo Dk blueOpportunities to learn traditional seamanship on board vessels run by the Trinity Sailing Foundation – Leader, Provident and Golden Vanity, as well as Torbay Lass once restoration is complete

The organisers want to attract as wide a range of people as possible, including individuals, members of community organisations and local business people.

A steering group spokesman said: “This is a community project, and we want the whole of Torbay to be aware of it and have a chance to participate in it.

“Torbay Lass is part of Brixham’s history. Bringing her back and restoring her will be the last, missing, in the maritime heritage effort that began 15 years ago and has seen the Heritage Fleet become a major feature of the harbour area.”

The campaign backing of local MP Dr Sarah Wollaston, Mayor Gordon Oliver and TV personality Jonathan Dimbleby – as well as Brixham Town Council, the Chamber of Commerce, Torbay Council, Torbay Development Agency, South Devon College and others.

Torbay Lass was built in 1923 and fished under sail until 1938. She was used as a sail training vessel for more than 50 years, but has fallen into disrepair and was in danger of being lost until the Save Torbay Lass campaign was started. The Heritage Lottery Fund has provided a grant to fund temporary repairs and the cost of bringing the boat back to Brixham, so that restoration can begin. She is ready to leave the Thames when weather conditions improve.

 Notes to editors

About Trinity Sailing Foundation

Trinity Sailing Foundation is a registered charity (No: 1137405) dedicated to supporting the personal development of disadvantaged young people through offshore sail training and to conserve the nationally important historic sailing vessels in its care. Based in Brixham, its fleet of four historic sailing vessels, including Provident, also provide opportunities for traditional sailing holidays around the UK and Europe. Website: www.trinitysailing.org

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.  HLF has supported over 30,000 projects, allocating £4.7billion across the UK. Website: www.hlf.org.uk

For further information, images and interviews, please contact
Harry Gottschalk, Office & Sales Manager

Trinity Sailing Foundation, The Sail Loft, Pump Street Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8ED

Tel: 01803 883355  Email: team@trinitysailing.org

Trinity’s Fleet Prepared for Winter Posted on

Leader's resting place for the winterWith the 2013 season now finished, Trinity’s three vessels are being prepared for their winter refit.

Crew members from all of the boats have been stripping out all of the interiors and components, as well as de-rigging all ropes and spars.

Leader has now been moved in to Brixham’s inner harbour, and placed under a cover to protect her from the winter elements.

Provident remains at the town’s heritage pontoon but will soon be joining Leader for the winter, near the old fish market.

Golden Vanity will be placed on a mooring during the winter, before the crew return in early 2014 to begin varnishing work on all three of Trinity’s boats.

The full refit will get underway in late January, where the vessels undergo full systems serving, paint and varnishing throughout as well as upgrades and larger repairs. It is also Leaders turn for the slipway this year for a fresh coat of paint and servicing of her underwater components.

In April they should be gleaming ready for the full season ahead.