News in August 2016

New RYA Voyage Added to 2016 Programme Posted on

Due to popular demand we will be running an additional RYA week on our 1908 vessel Golden Vanity.

If you have ever wanted to improve your sailing knowledge and experience, and get a recognised RYA certificate, now is your chance on our traditional wooden — and historic — vessel.

Start Finish Nights Vessel Cost
Sun, Sep 14 Fri, Sep 18  6  Golden Vanity £695

These activity weeks offer the opportunity to have formal instruction while enjoying a sailing holiday.

Based in Brixham, this is an ideal cruising ground for those wanting to learn to sail.  Tor Bay offers sheltered waters to the prevailing winds and the many estuaries and harbours on the south coast offer plenty of opportunities to teach the syllabus and learn how to sail traditional vessels.

The courses we offer begin with ‘Start Yachting’ for complete beginners; ‘Competent Crew’ for those looking to build up their skills; and ‘Day Skipper’ for those who wish to be introduced to all aspects of skippering a yacht.

If you are uncertain as to which course would be most suitable for you, or would like further information or advice, please contact us and speak to one of our instructors.

Your skipper will be an RYA qualified Cruising Instructor or Yachtmaster Instructor. To find out more about the RYA and the cruising scheme certificates, visit theRYA website.

Start Yachting

The Start Yachting course is designed to run as a short break and offers an introduction to sailing for complete beginners. By the end of the course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and have an awareness of safety on board. Holders of the Start Yachting certificate can go on to complete the Competent Crew course in a reduced time of three days, instead of the normal five, or over two weekend breaks.

Competent Crew

Competent Crew is a sailing course aimed at those starting out in sailing, and wishing to learn the fundamentals required to be a useful member of crew aboard a sailing boat. No previous sailing experience is required. Topics covered include seamanship, knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, sail handling and ropework, knowledge of safety procedures, helmsman-ship, and the principles of sailing.

Day Skipper

The Day Skipper course is aimed at those with previous sailing experience who wish to become competent to skipper a small yacht by day in familiar waters. It is assumed that they will have at least the knowledge of a competent crew member, and must have a minimum of 5 days, 100 miles and 4 night hours logged before undertaking the course. Some basic navigational knowledge is required, either through practical experience or a Day Skipper Theory course. The course goes into greater depth on the topics covered in Competent Crew, and also includes navigation, pilotage and boat handling under sail and power.

For more info, to book, or ask questions, call our office team on 01803 88 33 55 or email


Leader largest vessel at the 2016 Small Ships Races Posted on

Leader is the largest and oldest boat taking part at the 2016 Small Ships Races, it has been confirmed.

Traditional craft and modern sail training vessels from across the UK will be taking part in a competitive race from Dartmouth to Gosport later this month. At 105 ft, the 1892 Brixham trawler— built at W. A. Gibbs’ yard at Galmpton on the River Dart — 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 — weighing in at 105 tonnes.

The ASTO (Association of Sail Training Organisations) Small Ships Races are run under the rules of Tall Ships Races with the aim to bring a range of crafts together for their crews to compete and socialise with similar boats during a thrilling week at sea.

Owned and operated by the Trinity Sailing Foundation, Leader will be sailing with 12 guests aged between 15 and 25, along with her regular crew. The vessel will be joined by 1924-built Brixham trawler Provident — also owned by the charity — which will have a team of 11 deserving young people on board, sponsored by the Royal Dart Yacht Club as part of their 150th anniversary celebrations.

Harry Gottschalk, Trinity Sailing’s Marketing & Sales Manager, said: “The fleet will meet up in the River Dart on Saturday, August 20. After around 48 hours of practice races, crew meetings and celebrations, Leader and the other vessels will set off for Gosport. After the competition the crew members will be heading out on a parade through the town centre, ahead of a prize-giving ceremony and final party. Trinity’s two vessels will then spend three nights gently sailing back to Brixham, stopping off at various ports and anchorages from some exploring on the way back.”

If you are aged between 15 and 25 years-old, at the time of going to press, there are still two spaces available on board Leader. Call Trinity Sailing on 01803 88 33 55, email, or visit to find out more.