DofE Expeditions

DofE Expeditions

Trinity is an Approved Activity Provider for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition section.

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We offer sail training opportunities for both Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions on board our fleet of traditional sailing vessels.

Our qualified professional crew provide a fun way to complete your DofE Expedition and have a great  adventure at sea. No hiking required!  All your safety equipment, waterproofs and food are included.

What will the Practice and Qualifying Expeditions involve?

Trinity’s DofE Expeditions are a rare opportunity for young people to develop the skills required to safely command a sailing vessel in coastal waters.

Participants will learn the skills necessary to navigate and plan routes along coastal waters; navigate safely into and out of harbours;  and to manoeuvre a sailing vessel under sail and power. They will have to lead their crew on all aspects of running the vessel, from preparing meals to putting up sails and cleaning.

Trinity’s professional skipper will be on board to  ensure the safety of the vessel and crew at all times and also act as supervisor.

Trinity Sailing offer the opportunity for a Combined Practice and Qualifier Expedition period at sea. This enables a cost and time effective solution to those who wish to complete a challenging programme in a total of 10 days and 9 nights, and extends the horizon in terms of overall ports to visit.

There is a short break and overnight stay in port, between the practice and qualifying sessions to adjust to the step change in responsibilities and prepare for the qualifying event.

Voyage Start Finish Nights Vessel Cost
 Expedition Voyage (GOLD) Sat, Mar 31 Mon, Apr 09  9  Golden Vanity FULL
 Expedition Voyage (GOLD) Sat, Jul 14 Mon, Jul 23  9  Golden Vanity FULL
 Expedition Voyage (SILVER) Tue, Jul 24 Thu, Aug 02  9  Golden Vanity FULL
 Expedition Voyage (GOLD) Sat, Aug 04 Mon, Aug 13  9  Golden Vanity FULL
 Expedition Voyage (GOLD) Tue, Aug 14 Thu, Aug 23  9  Golden Vanity FULL
 Expedition Voyage (GOLD) Sat, Aug 25 Mon, Sep 03  9  Golden Vanity FULL

*ALL DATES ARE NOW FULL. Call our office on 01803 88 33 55 or email to reserve a space for 2019.

What prior experience is required?

Each participant should have some sort of prior sailing experience before undertaking the expedition with Trinity.  Either dinghies or on a yacht with friends and family would be suitable.  Our pre-programme training will provide you with all the other necessary skills required.

Practice Expedition

Using the RYA Day Skipper syllabus as a framework, the practice expedition is the opportunity to develop the key skills required to command the vessel.  For example passage planning, traditional navigation, and a range of sailing skills.

Qualifying Expedition

During the qualifying Expedition each crew member will have to plan a passage and safely guide the vessel  either into or out of a harbour or anchorage.

At the end of the expedition a DofE Assessor will visit the group on the vessel and talk to the team and assess the awarding the DofE Expedition qualification.

 RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course

In order for all participants to make informed decisions during their Expedition, some prior learning is required. The RYA Essential Navigation Course is included in the price and you will complete this, in a classroom setting, during your first day with us.

Where do we sail?

From our base in Brixham, your voyage will involve exploring the beautiful Devon and Cornwall coastline. Where you go will depend on the weather, and more so the wind, but there are loads of great destinations (e.g. Dartmouth, Salcombe or Fowey) and idyllic anchorages and bays for you to visit.

Please give the office a call on 01803 88 33 55 and speak to our skippers to find out more about what these voyages entail.

*All of our DofE Expedition voyages start and end in Brixham.