Provident - Relay Southwest

Open day on Provident – Torquay 5th July

Brixham sailing trawler ‘Provident’ open to the public

On Friday 5th July Trinity Sailing will be welcoming people on board Provident to take a look around the 1924-built vessel.

She is arriving in Torquay on Thursday, July 4, as the boat is being used by a charity fundraising team, called Relay Southwest, who will be sailing her non-stop from Falmouth.

The open day is being held in the harbour on the following day, between 9am and 4.30pm, on Friday, July 5, which will also include demonstrations and displays from the police and fire service, along with a food market.

Toby Russell from Trinity said: “This is an opportunity for people to come along and see what spending time on one of these beautiful vessels is like, whether you have a strong interest in Brixham Trawlers, or you have just seen one of our boats on the water and been captivated by the sight of them and want to have a look around — everyone is welcome.

“Along with our experienced crew members, I will be there to welcome people and answer any questions that people may have about Provident, and what we can offer through our sail training experiences or sailing voyages on our boats.

“The sail training work we provide benefits hundreds of young people up and down the country”.

DS Simon Costin, who is coordinating the Relay Southwest event, said: “The benefits of sail training for young people can’t be overstated. Through Relay Southwest we are raising funds that will directly benefit the young people of Torbay, so we want the people of Torbay to get behind us.”

The Relay Southwest Team will attempt to circumnavigate Devon and Cornwall by running over 130 miles, cycling more than 160 miles, and sailing 80 nautical miles in under 80 hours.

The aim of the event is to increase awareness of the issues affecting young people and raise money for the Trinity Sailing Foundation.

Young people from all kinds of backgrounds, and all levels of ability, gain enormously from the opportunity of sail training with Trinity on traditional vessels.