Who We Are
The Trinity Sailing Foundation was conceived in 1998 and brought into being at the start of 1999 by the bringing together of three organisations with shared interests in sail training for young people linked to the preservation of historic vessels.
Trinity Sailing Foundation is the United Kingdom’s leading owner and operator of historic sailing vessels supporting disadvantaged people and preserving maritime heritage.
- To aid the personal development of disadvantaged young people, particularly those who are at risk of failing to make a successful transition to adult life.
- The preservation of its historic sailing vessels, by providing them with a socially beneficial modern role.
- To advance the education of the public in maritime matters.
The Foundation has an active Trustee board that is closely involved in the running of its activities and ensuring good governance. A small office team is responsible for overseeing the operation of the vessels, dealing with the individuals or groups who are its clients and raising the funds required to support young people and ensuring they are not prevented from participating through lack of financial resources. The Trustees meet quarterly and management meetings comprised of the office team and three of the trustees are held each month to review all aspects of the Foundation’s activities in detail.
A dedicated and lively team of sea staff crew the boats and ensure that high quality outcomes are achieved that meet the needs of individual clients. Staff regularly progress within the organisation, many beginning as volunteers, moving to more senior salaried roles over time, and not infrequently finishing by becoming part of the management team.
Trinity’s three vessels are “Leader”, built in 1892 and the largest in the fleet; “Golden Vanity”, the smallest dating from 1908 and “Provident” built in 1924. All are examples of the different classes of Brixham sailing trawler, a now-legendary type of working vessel. All three have become part of the National Historic Fleet, the vessels judged to be of pre-eminent importance in terms of maritime and industrial heritage.