News in April 2015

Auction Open for Limited Edition Signed Provident Print Posted on

Two limited edition Provident prints, thought to be last available of their kind, are to go under the hammer to raise money for the Trinity Sailing Foundation.

The stunning signed prints titled simply “Provident” by well-respected artist Michael Lees had a limited number of 850 prints and it thought these are the last two available.

Mr Lees has produced several maritime-themed pieces of artwork, which have been endorsed by the likes of Sir Robin Knox-Johnson.

He said: “Michael Lees’ painting shows that he is one of those rare artists who is able to capture the moods of the sea and ships.”

The two prints — which are signed copies number 550 and 551 — were kindly passed on to Trinity by keen sailor and Devon man Ian Grimble who said he would like to see all of the proceeds go towards the boats’ upkeep.

You can make a bid for the prints, via eBay, during two auctions, with the first going live today (Friday, April 17th) and lasting for 10 days. The second sale will begin on Friday, May 1st and also last for 10 days so there will be two opportunities for you to get in the highest bid.

You can place bids HERE

To learn more about the work of Michael Lees and his exclusive prints please visit




Provident - Michael Lees

BBC Filming Day with Trinity Posted on

A television crew from the BBC have spent the day filming on board Trinity Sailing’s oldest vessel.

The crew from Spotlight — the regional news programme for the south west — spent more than four hours on board 1892-built vessel Leader on Tuesday (April 14).

Trinity’s crew took the television team on a short sail, in glorious spring sunshine, around Torbay. Eagle-eyed viewers might have seem some footage on last night’s bulletin, where shots of Leader were shown during the weather.

Spotlight were filming a piece on board to go with a feature they are working on focusing on how the General Election outcome will affect people in south Devon.

Harry Gottschalk, Trinity’s Office & Sales Manager, said: “No date has been set when the footage will air, but we expect to see it on screens next week. We will keep people updated on our three social media sites when we know more.”

You can view last night’s episode on BBC iPlayer here until 6pm tonight.

BBC Spotlight filming on Leader

Mate’s Blog: Leader’s Back to Sea Posted on

Trinity’s crew have finished their first sail of the 2015 season taking a boat full of guests on a weekend trip around the Devon coastline. By all accounts, a great time was had and Leader is now out with a sail training group until Friday.

Leader’s new mate, Stan, is sharing how things are going for him, and his team, throughout the season and here’s how the first few days have been:

“We’re finally back to sea! On Good Friday Leader rounded Brixham’s breakwater for the first time since November last year for her first trip of the season — a three day Easter cruise.

“Day one saw gusty conditions, averaging around force six. After briefings the crew helped us reef down our main sail and hoist our number two jib in stops. Even with this conservative sail plan we were flying up the coast and bearing away out of Torbay, before gybing, and heading back in to anchor just outside Torquay in very flat but windy conditions.

“The breeze moderated overnight and, after some careful prep the next morning, we hoisted the anchor under sail and headed west past Berry Head. We thundered on round under number two jib, staysail, reefed main and reefed mizzen. The wind eased over lunch and, after another slick gybe, we headed into the River Dart.

“We kept the sails up in the fluky winds past Kingswear, dodging gig racers. We carried on up a couple of miles to the riverside village of Dittisham where our now well-drilled guests quickly dropped the entire rig as we slowly cruised back downstream to Dartmouth.

“After a quick run ashore for showers, our cook Anne served an amazing dinner of roast pork belly followed by a huge Easter egg birthday cake for one of our guests. After Happy Birthday was sung, our Bosun, Martin, carried on with a few shanties before we all headed out to sample some of Dartmouth’s watering holes.

“Sunday was the last day of this short voyage and, after a very welcome eggs benedict before (thanks Anne!), we made our way back to Brixham past Man Sands and St Mary’s beach.

“The last couple of days have been an amazing start to the season, thanks to all our guests for a brilliant trip. We would love to have you back on board again!”