In the run up to the 2017 season getting underway we will be introducing the current Trinity Sailing Foundation team. Today we caught up with another member of our sea staff — Harri Smith.
What is your role at Trinity Sailing?
This year I am sailing as mate on board Golden Vanity. This is my second season with Trinity, having sailed as mate on board Provident last year. I first came to Trinity as a volunteer in 2012 helping to recommission Leader after a big refit. I wasn’t able to come back and sail until 2015 and I enjoyed it so much I applied for a job.
What did you do prior to joining the team?
My first experience of sailing was as a young person on another sail training vessel. I found it so inspiring and enjoyable that I began volunteering as much as possible. In 2012 I decided to give up my desk job and run away to sea and I have been working in sail training ever since.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love the variety. I love the maintenance side, learning about these incredible vessels and having an understanding of both the historic and modern skills needed to keep them working. I love the sailing; exploring news places and meeting a huge variety of different people.
Where is your favourite sailing destination?
As I mentioned, I love going to new places. Golden Vanity is the smallest vessel I’ve ever worked on so I am looking forward to exploring lots of lovely little spots that I have been unable to get in to with larger vessels before.
When you’re not sailing, what else do you enjoy doing?
Maintenance?! I do actually really enjoy making homemade rope and canvas craft work. Out side of the “boat world” entirely, I really enjoy cooking and I love music. I’ve always done a lot of singing and now I am learning to play the guitar so that I can accompany myself!