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New Fundraising Tool for The Trinity Sailing Foundation Posted on

The Trinity Sailing Foundation has launched a new fundraising tool so you can help support the charity when shopping online.

Christmas is coming, which means a lot of our supporters will be buying gifts on the internet. Now every time you buy something online this season – from stocking fillers to your festive food and drink or even a winter holiday – you could be raising money for Trinity with easyfundraising.

With over 3,300 retailers including John Lewis, Amazon, and Expedia ready to give us a totally FREE donation for every online purchase it’s time to get shopping! Sign up here it wont cost you a thing and will be helping support The Trinity Sailing Foundation and hundreds of disadvantaged young people.

Here is a short video which shows you how simple it is and how you can support our work:


Recognising the Warning Signs of Abuse in Children Posted on

The Trinity Sailing Foundation is committed to changing the lives of disadvantaged young people through challenging experiences of self-discovery. Some of those we work with have suffered various traumas. But how can you recognise a child who is a victim of abuse and in need of help?

Many telltale signs point to abuse, and it is important to understand them and the particular type of abuse that is occurring so the proper aid can be given.

The Different Types of Abuse

Domestic abuse does not only mean violence, although that can be part of it. There are, unfortunately, many different ways that children can experience being abused. These various ways include:

  • Physical Abuse: Violence directed at the child with the intent to harm.
  • Sexual Abuse: Forcing a child to engage in an explicit sexual activity.
  • Emotional Abuse: Also known as psychological abuse which involves withholding affection as well as criticism and threats.
  • Substance Abuse: Exposing children to drugs and illegal substances through use, sale, or manufacture.
  • Neglect: Not seeing to the child’s physical, medical, emotional or educational needs.
  • Abandonment: Leaving the child alone permanently or for extended periods.

The Warning Signs

As each type of abuse is different, they have different warning signs that signal that the child is suffering. If these behaviours or conditions are observed in a child, it is worth looking into, to determine if they are being abused in these ways.


Frequent and unexplained injuries including cuts, welts, bruises or burns. Constantly “on edge” and flinches from sudden movements. Shies away from touch and does not wish to go home.


Avoids a particular person for no reason. Displays sexual behaviour inappropriate for age (flirting, seducing, sex or sex-like acts). Has an STD or pregnancy, especially under the age of 14. Does not wish to change clothes in front of others.


Excessively withdrawn, anti-social and isolates self. Shows extreme behaviours such as compliant, demanding, adult or infantile. Acts unattached to parents or care givers.


Evidence of this type of abuse is usually seen in the parent or caregiver. However, bizarre or sophisticated knowledge of drugs or illegal substances may be a warning sign.


If a person has become socially isolated and is frequently absent from school, or other organised events, then this is a significant sign that neglect and abuse may be taking place. If the child appears to have injuries or dental problems that have not been treated, or is wearing inappropriate or inadequate clothing, then these are also common red flags that they are not being looked after. Finally, if neglect is particularly severe, then the child may be seen begging or stealing money or food.

What Can Be Done?

A typical behaviour in all abused children the feeling that they are alone and no one cares. It is important for adults to educate themselves about abuse and debunk widely held myths so that they are ready to help. Once abuse is dealt with, social interaction and acceptance are needed for all victims of abuse.

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Have you booked your 2018 sailing adventure yet? Posted on

Trinity Sailing’s 2018 voyages are filling up fast so please do not delay if you would like to join us next year.

Several voyages are now close to full capacity, while others have sold-out completely.  Next year’s programme contains some familiar and much-loved destinations, alongside some new experiences.

Our trip on Provident to the Douarnenez  Festival only has two berths remaining, and Leader‘s voyages on the west coast of Scotland are filling up fast.

One of our Devon and Cornwall breaks are full, along with a voyage to Brittany and The Channel Islands.

We also have several themed trips next year, including: Parent & Child Voyages; Brixham Heritage Regatta; An Art Cruise; Shanty Sailing Week; Torbay Airshow, and Dartmouth Regatta.

Golden Vanity will be busy offering Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards’ Expeditions, and RYA tuition weeks for Day Skipper, Competent Crew, and Start Yachting.

To book, or find our more, please call us on 01803 88 33 55 or send an email to

You can view, download, or print, our full 22-page 2018 brochure here.


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Have you got what it takes to become a crew member? Posted on

The Trinity Sailing Foundation is pleased to announce two new positions for staff deckhands.

The volunteer roles would begin this December and cover the 2018 sailing season. During the refit period the ideal candidates would be required to work five days a week. Once the season is up and running the rota would be four weeks on and one week off.

Although this is an unpaid role; uniform, food and accommodation will be provided while on-board. The opportunity would also be an ideal way to start a career in the sail training industry, and there will opportunities to lean traditional maintenance skills.

Ben Wheatley, Operations Director, said: “The new recruits will receive lots of instruction and hands-on training and there is potential to promoted to Bosun, during the season, and the possibility of further progression within the organisation.”

Trinity operates three gaff rigged sailing vessels from Brixham, in Devon. Leader, Provident, and Golden Vanity are used for a combination of youth sail training, RYA courses, adult cruising holidays and DofE Award voyages.

The new positions are working on board Leader and Provident.  The deckhands will work under the supervision of the vessel’s professional skipper and mate, learning the ropes, and gaining experience of seamanship and practical youth work.

There is also scope to work towards the following qualifications:

  • RYA Competent Crew
  • RYA Day Skipper (Practical)
  • RYA Watch Leader
  • Navigational Watch Rating
  • Yacht Rating

Applicants will need to hold  — or  Trinity can help arrange — a valid ENG1 or ML5 medical fitness certificate.

All our crew and staff are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check, which Trinity’s office team will arrange.

For more information, or to find out more, please email ben via or call 01803 88 33 55.


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Would you like to volunteer for the weekend with Trinity Sailing? Posted on

Trinity Sailing is glad to announce the continuation of its popular programme of volunteer maintenance weekends, starting this November.

Ahead of the new season we will be running approximately one volunteer weekend per month; the next two are scheduled over November 11 and 12, and December 16 and 17. Both will take place in Dartmouth where our vessels will be berthed for the winter.

Operations Director Ben Wheatley said: “For each volunteer weekend, we are happy to provide food and accommodation on board in exchange for getting your hands dirty, and we usually work between 0800 hours and 1600 hours each day.

“Volunteers of all abilities are welcome, as long as you over the age of 18 and reasonably fit and well. If this is something that you would like to get involved in, or you are interested in any aspect of volunteering with Trinity, please do get in touch with us via me email or by telephone on 01803 88 33 55.

“These weekends are a good mixture of work and fun, with a good chance to socialise with other like-minded people who enjoy spending time on board our vessels.”

Harri Smith

2017 Sailing Season Comes to an End. Posted on

The Trinity Sailing 2017 season has officially finished for the year.

Golden Vanity was the last of the fleet out this weekend, finishing of an RYA Day Skipper week. She has now arrived in Brixham, to join Leader and Provident, back on the heritage pontoon. All three vessels will soon be off to Dartmouth for a few months.

We will be keeping on some members of our sea staff over the winter to keep on with the maintenance so our vessels will be back ready and shipshape for the 2018 season, starting next Easter.

Leader and Provident will be alongside Dartmouth’s town pontoon, with Golden Vanity kept out secure on a mooring buoy, over Christmas. After the festive season more of our crew members will be returning as the refit season picks up pace and all three vessels will be brought back to Brixham.

There are some volunteer weekends coming up over the next few months, if anyone would like to come and help with the refit work. Food and accommodation will be provided in return for people getting their hands dirty, under the guidance of our professional crew. To find out more, please send an email to our Operations Director, Ben, via

We have started taking bookings for sail training and look forward to welcoming some schools and youth organisations, both new and existing. Our 2018 cruising programme is now live. You can also download, or print, our brochure here. We look forward to seeing you all on board next year!

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Join Leader for a Day at Sea Posted on

Have you always wondered what it would be like to sail a Brixham Trawler, but had second thoughts about how you will find the experience?

We are putting on a day sail next month, on board our 1892 vessel Leader, for anyone who would like to sample life on board and see if it is for them.

Come and see what sailing with Trinity is all about and whether you might like to book a weekend, or a week, away with us next year.

You will join us for a day of sailing around the beautiful Devon coastline and we will serve you some yummy lunch up on deck.

The voyage, between 10am and 4pm, takes places on Sunday, October 1. Tickets are £75.

To book, or find out more, call the office team on 01803 88 33 55. Alternatively email

Leader 1892

New 2018 Brochure Coming Soon! Posted on

We are just putting the finishing touches to our 2018 cruising sailing programme.

The 2018 Trinity Sailing Brochure will be revealed soon. If you would like to receive a copy please send us an email via and we will add you to our mailing list.

We still have some limited availability left for 2017 here. See you all next season.

The Trinity Team.


New Opportunities for People Learning to Sail Posted on

People wanting to learn how to sail — or improve their existing knowledge — are being given more opportunities to master the skill later this year.

Due to phenomenal demand, the Trinity Sailing Foundation is now offering additional weeks of RYA tuition, on board their 1908-vessel Golden Vanity, for the 2017 season. All of the original designated Day Skipper, Competent Crew, and Start Yachting courses have now sold-out.

Trinity Sailing’s Marketing & Sales Manager, Harry GottschGolden Vanityalk, said: “Due to an increase in booking enquiries, and the fact our other weeks are now full, three new weeks’ worth of on board tuition has been added to the programme.

“Golden Vanity was featured in last weekend’s Telegraph, which was also created more enquiries, so we have taken the decision to extend the season in to October to allow even more people the opportunity to learn how to sail with us on our traditional and historic vessel, which belongs to the National Historic Fleet, putting her in similar company as the likes of the Cutty Sark.”

The new dates are:

  • Saturday, September 30 — Friday, October 6
  • Saturday, October 7 — Friday, October 13
  • Sunday, October 15 — Saturday, October 21.

Golden Vanity is thought to be the sole surviving Mumble Bee — the smallest of the original Brixham trawlers —   built in 1908. Although built as a working boat, she was used as a base by marine artist Arthur Briscoe to paint the local fishing fleet.

One of the friends who sailed with Briscoe was Erskine Childers – who had already written his famous yachting spy novel ‘Riddle of the Sands’. Before the First World War they sailed Golden Vanity extensively in the southern North Sea, regularly visiting Holland and Belgium, the ‘lowlands, low’ mentioned in the shanty.

Harry added: “Golden Vanity is rigged now just as she was when she was launched early last century.

“She has a ‘Gaff Cutter’ rig which is very versatile and powerful, easy to handle in light airs and strong winds, making her an ideal vessel to learn about traditional sailing methods. No previous experience is necessary, if you are looking to do Start Yachting, though we offer Competent Crew and Day Skipper for those with more knowledge.”

Start Yachting is an introduction to sailing for complete beginners, teaching steering, sail handling, ropework and awarenes of safety on board.

Competent Crew is aimed at people with a basic understanding who want to be more helpful as crew members, looking at seamanship, knowledge of nautical terms and boat parts, with a more in-depth look as roperwork, safety and the principles of sailing.

The Day Skipper course is aimed at those with previous sailing experience who wish to become competent to skipper a small yacht. 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.

Golden Vanity’s home port is based in Brixham where she spends her sailing season exploring Devon and Cornwall. Below deck she has been fitted out for her modern role. She has accommodation for seven guests and two crew members, has a saloon area, a galley, and a toilet (the heads).

All meals and refreshments, life jackets, bedding, and waterproofs are included in the cost which is £695 for the week on board.

For more information, or to book, please call 01803 88 33 55 or email




Have you got what it takes to work for Trinity Sailing? Posted on

The Trinity Sailing Foundation is looking to recruit a full time skipper!

We operate three wooden gaff rigged sailing vessels from Brixham in Devon. These are used for a combination of youth sail training, RYA courses, adult cruising holidays and DofE Award voyages.

 These three vessels operate around South and West coasts of the UK, also visiting France, the Channel Islands and Ireland during the sailing season. The vessels are usually operational from April to October and undergo refit and maintenance work from November to March. Refits normally take place in South Devon.

Trinity Sailing wishes to recruit a full time skipper, starting in September/October 2017.

Salary: £24,000 per annum.

Duration of contract: 12 months

Qualifications and Experience Required:

·         RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Commercially Endorsed)

·         Full ENG1 or ML5 Medical Fitness Certificate

·         RYA Cruising Instructor (essential)

·         RYA Yachtmaster Instructor (preferred)

·         Previous experience of traditionally-rigged vessels preferred

·         Previous experience of sail training required


Any offers of work will be subject to interview, on-board assessment and completion of an enhanced DBS check

To apply for this position, or for more information please contact:

 Ben Wheatley

Operations Director

Trinity Sailing Foundation

The Old Sail Loft

Pump Street


Devon TQ5 8ED



Tel: 01803 88 33 55


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