News in May 2015

One for the Bucket List: Denmark to Scotland on Leader Posted on

We are a little over a month away till the main event in the adventure sailing calendar — the 2015 Tall Ships Races.

The three legs — covering Northern Ireland, Norway, and Denmark — are nearly sold out on Leader, however we have a fantastic voyage, for people of all ages, kicking-off in the final host port of Aalborg, in Denmark.

We are inviting people to join Leader, in Aalborg, on Monday, August 3, for the culmination of the Tall Ships festivities. There will be a huge final party with stacks going on: Live music, sporting events, great food, fireworks, ahead of the final parade of sail — an amazing spectacle as around 100 striking vessels from around the world head out the Danish port on their way home.

Leader will be in the thick of the action as she begins her own journey home. Once out of Danish waters, this will be a thrilling voyage as she crosses the North Sea on her way to the pretty Scottish coast, finishing off at the top of the Caledonian Canal.

There is still time to get on board, tick this one of your bucket list, and say to your friends and family that you have crossed the North Sea on a 123-year-old wooden sailing vessel.

Book your spot now on the eight-night voyage, (August 3 – 11) for just £695, by calling 01803 88 33 55, emailing team@trinitysailing.org, or book on our sailing holiday page. We still have limited availability on the three Tall Ships Legs for those aged 15- 25, call Harry in the office to find out more.

Tall Ships 2015

Renowned Wildlife Expert Joins Leader in 2015 Posted on

Trinity Sailing is delighted to announce that a renowned wildlife expert will be joining Leader for a specially-themed cruise this summer.

Kenny Taylor, who has worked with both the BBC and National Geographic, is heading the Wildlife Cruise in Oban with the regular Trinity crew.

The six-night cruise departs Oban on Saturday, August 22 and will be exploring picturesque ports and harbours around the west coast, as well stops in some pretty, not so well known, anchorages looking for a wide-range of a marine animals.

Kenny is hopeful there will be several chances throughout the week so a whole host of animals, from rare birds to basking sharks.

He said: “The chances are high of seeing Guillemots, Razorbills, Puffins and different Gulls on the water as they search for fish shoals.

“Close inshore, Black Guillemots — magnificent in their dark plumage and carmine beaks and legs — dive for Butterfish and make high-pitched, whistling calls.

“Sometimes flocks of Seabirds over one spot can show where there could be a Minke Whale — or even a couple of Minkes — feeding.

“Inshore, Harbour Porpoises are fairly widespread but a good challenge to see since they don’t stay at the surface for long.

“Both Bottlenose and Common Dolphins could decide to come and have a close look at Leader, bow-riding to match speed then powering away at a much greater rate of knots to show how fast you can really travel in these waters.

“Some calmer bays could give the chance of seeing a Basking Shark — the second largest fish in the world.

“This is prime territory for Scotland’s re-established population of Sea Eagles, birds that match the grandeur of the scenery with their two-metre wingspans.

“People onboard will be encouraged to keep scanning the skies for both Sea Eagles and Golden Eagles, and for a range of other raptors –not least the nationally scarce Hen Harrier.

“Some of the islands – especially Jura – are excellent for Red Deer, which look great on ridges against the sky when seen from the sea. Wild Goats on moorlands and Otters in the inshore are other land mammal possibilities.

“Ashore, this is prime time for orchids in bloom and I will have a look to find a variety of species. Also if the weather turns really calm, and hot, part of the ocean magic of these waters can come with blooms of phosphorescent algae. These turn into sparkles of yellow-green fire at night.”

To book a place on Leader’s Wildlife Cruise, call Harry in the Trinity office on 01803 88 33 55, email team@trinitysailing.org, or complete our online booking form. (LIMITED AVAILABILITY).

Golden Eagle

Tall Ships Races 2015: Kristiansand to Aalborg Posted on

Are you thinking of joining Leader for the 2015 Tall Ships Races?

 

After the first race from Belfast, and the cruise-in-company leg across western Norway, she will be arriving in the Norwegian town of Kristiansand where the crew will be soaking up the festival atmosphere before the second race to Aalborg, in Denmark.

The Tall Ships Races are now just under two months away and the organisers in Kristiansand have released a short promotional video giving young people more idea about what to expect on the southern Norwegian coast when they arrive.

Spaces are now extremely limited across all three legs, call us on 01803 88 33 55 to check availability or book before it’s too late.

For information and prices, head to our Tall Ships Races 2015 page.

Leader Tall Ships

Final Chance to Own Signed Provident Print Posted on

A limited edition print of Brixham sailing trawler Provident, thought to be the last available of its kind, has gone under the hammer to raise money for the Trinity Sailing Foundation.

The stunning signed print, titled simply “Provident” by well-respected artist Michael Lees, had a limited number of 850 prints and it is thought this is the last available copy.

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.”

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.

The other print, number 550, was sold last week — with all the proceeds going to the Trinity Sailing Foundation — so this is the last chance if you would like to own an original signed print.

You can make a bid, via eBay, with the auction going live today (Friday, May 1st) and lasting for 10 days

You can place bids HERE

To learn more about the work of Michael Lees and his exclusive prints please visit http://www.artlees.com/

Provident - Michael Lees