A sail training voyage with Trinity involves..
Sail training with Trinity involves helping to crew a traditional sailing vessel on a voyage to several destinations, usually lasting about a week.
You don’t need to have sailed before — our friendly and experienced crew will show you how to do everything and ensure that it is all done safely.
The exact route depends on the weather, and particularly the wind. Sailing vessels can sail across the wind or away from it, but not directly into it. That means we don’t decide exactly where to go in advance but plan the route as we go along — so no two voyages are ever the same.
During the week you will get involved in all the activities on board the ship. That includes hoisting sails, steering, keeping watch, changing course and helping to plan which places to visit.
As well as learning lots of new sailing skills everyone helps out with other parts of life on board — including helping to prepare and cook meals for the whole ship’s company and helping with tidying and cleaning up. Mealtimes are all shared together around a big table in the large ‘saloon’. Between meals there are drinks, snacks and fresh fruit to keep your energy up.
A typical day on board:
- Tidy up and prepare boat for sea
- Set sail for a new destination
- Sailing: time to learn about navigation, seamanship, knots
- Lunch on the move
- Take the helm, keep lookout, watch out for wildlife and land ahead
- Arrive at new anchorage or port
- Swim, go beachcombing, explore ashore
- Evening meal on board, or maybe barbecue ashore
- Review the day’s progress and plan ahead, free time, evening events
When you arrive on board you can choose your berth for the week and then have time to unpack and settle in, stowing your belongings in the storage spaces provided. Before setting sail we will explain how to do things safely and what to do in an emergency.
Then it is all hands on deck to weigh anchor and leave harbour, hoist sails for the first time and get used to the motion of the ship as she heads for the first destination.
The first day’s voyage will normally be a short one, with time to explore ashore before enjoying dinner and discussing plans for the following day. Next morning after breakfast the first long passage of the week begins. Each day, as well as sailing, there will be somewhere new to visit: quiet coves with sandy beaches, sheltered rivers, secluded islands, bustling fishing villages and picturesque ports. There may be opportunities for night sailing under the stars, and watching the sunset and sunrise.
Sailing is a wonderful way to get away from it all, do something different, meet new people and discover more about yourself and what you are capable of doing. Working as part of a team in new surroundings, facing and overcoming the challenges of the sea, making new friends and learning new skills is exciting and very satisfying.
At the end of the voyage you will get a voyage completion certificate, recording the places visited, the weather encountered and the number of miles travelled. You can also work towards the syllabus for a Royal Yachting Association course, and if successful you will leave with an RYA certificate and personal logbook.
What to bring:
All kit should be packed in a soft collapsible bag, suitable for stowage in lockers. We recommend the following (but speak to your group leader if you are in any doubt):
- Trainers or soft soled shoes
- High factor sun cream (at least SPF30)
- 2 Warm jumpers
- Warm hat & gloves
- 2 Pairs of trousers (not Jeans)
- Toiletries, swim wear and a towel
- Warm tops that you can wear in layers
- Sun hat/cap
- A few t-shirts
- Water bottle (with your name on it)
- Socks & underwear
- Spare glasses (if you wear them)
Here’s what some of our recent young crew have said following their voyage with Trinity:
“An amazing experience, it’s something that will stay with me for the rest of my life”. Ross
“I can honestly say that this has been one of the best weeks of my life! To anyone who’s thinking of going on Tall Ships I have only one thing to say, DO IT! It will change your life!” Hannah
“You’ll hardly ever have the chance to do it again so grab it while the opportunity is there. This has been one of the best weeks of my life‚ it builds your confidence because you learn to make more friends and get to know yourself more. You can’t put it into words how good it is; you just have to be here”. Tegan