Trinity’s crew, and a team of volunteers, are busy getting all three boats ready for the 2015 season with less than two months to go before the first voyage.
Leader’s new mate, Stan, is sharing how things are going for him and his team, and here’s how the refit went last week:
“So that’s week five of refit complete and we have made some great progress on board Leader. On Monday we took advantage of the calm conditions to move the boats from Dartmouth to Brixham, where they will spend the next few weeks of refit. I was on board with Ben, Lea and John and we had a very unusual view of a mast-less Provident in front of us for the 10 miles up the coast.
“Tuesday was absolutely freezing but there was no shortage of volunteers to use the heat gun to strip more varnish from the galley. The team also managed to sand the entire front of the boat from the saloon forwards, and get it undercoated ready for Wednesday.
“On Wednesday we split into two teams, with half of us glossing the surfaces we had prepared the day before, and the other half of us hand sanding the intricate parts of Leader’s galley. It was a long day to paint everything that we had prepped and the team made a fantastic effort, working through both tea breaks, in order to get to a position where we could leave the boat to dry overnight.
“Thursday morning saw a 4.30am start in order to move Leader to the grid so we could service her seacocks, however, the band of high pressure over the UK forced tidal heights lower than expected and unfortunately we couldn’t get her on. A massive full English on Provi solved any problems the guys may have had with the early start and we have another window to move her back to the grid later in the month.
“Friday was a more relaxed day with skipper Ben, Luke and Teymour braving the temperature up at Totnes to work on stripping Leader’s bowsprit, while Hugh and I managed to varnish 75 per cent of the galley.
“As you might be able to tell we have had some very hard working volunteers this week: John stayed over from the refit weekend; Maddie, Ieuan, Little Ben, Joe, and Luke all came down for a couple of days; and Teymour and Lea have been down since last week.
“Unfortunately all, apart for Teymour, have had to head-off to other parts of the country and, in Lea’s case, Tres Hombres, but thank you all so much for the work you have put in. I think you can all see the difference you have made.
“Next week our main projects are going to be finishing the galley, stripping the spars, and making a start on Leader’s sole boards. If you fancy giving us a hand we will make you very welcome Just give the office a call on 01803 883355.
“Valentines weekend is February 14th and 15th so, if I have just saved you from forgetting, you owe us some sanding. It’s also our next volunteer weekend and we already have five people signed up and we are planning a good party Saturday night. Again if you want to get involved give Matt or Harry in the office a ring on the same number.”