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RYA Competent Crew Practical course - Explore the devon coastline and learn the ropes on a traditional sailing boat

This RYA practical Competent Crew course is a perfect way to explore the Devon coast in May 2019 while learning the ropes of being an effective member of crew. Learn how to sail the boats, how to tie lots of knots and generally live on a boat. Perfect for beginners or those who have sailed dinghies and other modern boats and want to formalise your learning within this organised RYA course. 

Embark
Sun, 12-05-2019 - 14:00
Brixham
Disembark
Fri, 17-05-2019 - 12:00
Brixham
Duration
5 Nights
Vessel
Golden Vanity
Voyage No.
GV120519

Berths and voyage availability

TYPE: Per Person. AVAILABILITY: Available. PRICE: 545 GBP. BOOK NOW
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Golden Vanity - 5 Day RYA Competent Crew Course in Devon

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

This voyage aimed at beginners, to introduce traditional sailing, seamanship and personal safety to the level required to be a useful crew member on a cruising yacht. Whilst sailing this 100 year old vessel, you will also learn lots of additional traditional sailing techniques and learn all about the gaff style rig. 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • RYA certified course, Competent Crew and Start Yachting Practical Course
  • Explore Devon whilst developing your sailing skills
  • Become part of the crew
  • Develop your knowledge including sailing terms, ropework handling and seamanship
Golden Vanity

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

These courses are 5 day voyages and based on the South Coast of Devon and Cornwall.

RYA Competent Crew

We want you to develop a love of sailing, and the best way to make a start on any boat is to feel you are a vital and competent part of the crew. On the RYA Competent crew course, we will teach you the seamanship skills of steering, setting sails, reefing, and tying knots with conviction ! The course is about going places, so you can experience a wide range of sailing experiences:- anchoring in remote bays, mooring in sheltered rivers, coming alongside harbour walls or pontoons, night sailing. The skills you learn will be relevant for modern yachts, but after the RYA Competent Crew Course you should also feel at home on traditional boats and tall ships with blocks and tackles. ( 5 day course. Maximum 5 students to one instructor on any RYA course, fully inclusive prices)

RYA Competent Crew Syllabus (Practical Course)

Aim: To introduce the complete beginner to cruising and to teach personal safety, seamanship, and helmsmanship to the level required to be a useful member of the crew of a cruising yacht.

Knowledge of sea terms and parts of the boat, her rigging and sails. Sufficient knowledge to understand orders concerning the sailing and day to day running of the boat.Sail handling Bending on, setting, reefing and handling of sails. Use of sheets and halyards and their associated winches.

Ropework Handling ropes, including coiling, stowing, securing to cleats and single and double bollards. Handling warps. Ability to tie the following knots and know their correct use: figure of eight, clove hitch, rolling hitch, bowline, round term and two half hitches, single and double sheet bend, reek knot.

Fire precautions and fighting. Awareness of the hazards of fire and the precautions necessary to prevent fire. Knowledge of the action taken in the event of fire.

Personal safety equipment Understands and complies with the rules for wearing of safety harnesses, lifejackets and personal buoyancy aids.Man overboard Understands the action to be taken to recover a man overboard.

Emergency equipment Can operate distress flares and knows how they should be used. Understands hoe to launch and board a liferaft.Manners and customs.

Understands the accepted practice with regard to: use of burgees and ensigns, prevention of unnecessary noise or disturbance in harbour including courtesies to other craft berthed alongside.

Aware of the responsibility of yacht skippers to protect the environment.

Rules of the Road Is able to keep an efficient lookout at sea.

Dinghies Understands and complies with loading rules. Is able to handle a dinghy under oars.

Meteorology Awareness of forecasting and the Beaufort Scale.

Helmsmanship and Sailing. Understands the basic principles of sailing and can steer and trim sails on all points of sailing. Can steer a compass course, under sail and motor.

General duties Has carried out general duties satisfactorily on deck and below decks in connection with the daily routine of the vessel.

Golden Vanity

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

Whether you are at beginner level or learning to be the skipper or navigator, this coastline will give you a broad education. The courses are about going places, so you can experience a wide range of sailing experiences:- anchoring in remote bays, mooring in sheltered rivers, coming alongside harbour walls or pontoons, night sailing. 

Devon as a Sailing Ground

West of Brixham is the impressive Berry Head, its high limestone cliff's home to Peregrine falcons. The other side of the Bay is equally popular with rock climbers and you can sail past the distinctive Thatchers Rock.  It is rare to go East from here as the port choices are limited without covering big distances.

Dartmouth & River Dart

Only a short evening sail away is the almost hidden entrance to Dartmouth and Kingswear. The river is gorge like with a bend in the river which hides the historic ports until you are almost off Town Quay.  The new harbour-master is actively encouraging the charter vessels to sail up the River Dart, creating a timeless scene for tourists and lots of sail handling for you.

Start Point & Hallsands

The iconic white lighthouse on this famous headland features in many maritime paintings, and marks the tide ripped Skerries sand bank. If you take the inside passage you might stop at the abandoned village of Hallsand, where buildings were claimed by the sea in a great storm.

Salcombe - Golden Beaches & Yachting Mecca

Not many harbours have such perfect golden sands revealed at low tide. Salcombe is a holiday heaven for those who love messing about in boats, but very busy peak season. If you are lucky enough to get a mooring off the town you can admire your classic boat from the waterside inns.

Devon Cawsand

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance
  • Waterproofs upon request

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towel
  • Personal Travel Insurance

 

 

Brixham, UK

Latest port updates

Google Map - Events Pontoon Brixham

Brixham Joining or leaving point.

 

Assemble towards the end of the Events Pontoon Red Point above. Zoom in to your ship! 

For Pilgrim, Provident, Leader, Golden Vanity and Grayhound, your boat will be berthed on Brixham Town Pontoon, on the east side of Brixham Harbour, opposite The Prince William Pub. Your joining times can be found on your confirmation email.

The boats can be recognised as follows:

LEADER Black hull and bulwarks, with red stripe (07811 330 536)

PROVIDENT Green hull with black bulwarks above (07811 330 537)

GOLDEN VANITY Pale blue hull with black bulwarks above (07811 330 538)

PILGRIM Black hull and bulwarks with yellow stripe (07867 898625)

How to get here

By Road & Parking

Driving Directions

From the North

On the M5, continue past Exeter. The road becomes the A38 shortly thereafter.
Keep left and fork LEFT onto the A380, signposted for Torquay. Continue on that road to the end of the dual carriageway, straight over the large roundabout at Newton Abbot and through Kingskerswell.
Then turn RIGHT at the next roundabout onto the Ring Road, signposted for Paignton and Brixham.
Carry on past the end of the dual carriageway and through the outskirts of Paignton. Go straight over at a large crossroads following signs for Brixham, past Booker, Sainsbury’s and Bookham on the right. Turn right at the next T-junction on the A3022, signposted Brixham and Dartmouth.
Stay on that road, keeping to the left-hand lane at the traffic lights on the outskirts of Brixham. At the traffic lights in the centre of the town, by Brixham Theatre, turn left into Market Street and follow signs for the harbour. Turn right into The Strand, leaving the harbour on the left. The road turns away from the harbour then hard left up King Street. You will see the harbour below you on the left.
About 600 yards further on there are signs for a car park on the left, by the water’s edge. Go down the ramp, turn left and drive past the lifeboat station to the unloading bay by the marina building. You are allowed time to put your belongings in a trolley and bring them to the pontoon where the boat will be moored, which is about 200 yards past the marina office.

From the East, 

On the A303 the road becomes the A30 and joins the M5 just North of Exeter. Follow instructions as above.

From the West, 

Stay on the A38 past Plymouth, exit at junction signposted to Totnes and Paignton by a shell garage. Follow the road into Totnes; turn Left at the first set of traffic lights down a hill, and then right at the T-junction. Go straight over the two roundabouts following signs to Paignton, and out of Totnes. As you enter Paignton turn right towards Brixham at the large junction, and follow directions as above.

Parking

After checking in, take your car to the long-stay 'Breakwater' car park on the opposite side of the main road. The entrance is about 50 yards past the entrance to the waterside car park and marina area. Post code is: TQ58BY

There are many car parks in Brixham, most are long stay with the exclusion of Brixham Central.

Classic Sailing tip- if you arrive early, drop your bags on board and look for street parking on the residential streets high above the harbour out towards Berry Head. Mounts Road is often a good bet .

 

Train

Paignton is the end of a Branch Line from Exeter St Davids (Main Station). Trains come to Exeter from many parts of the UK. http://www.raileasy.co.uk

Take the train to Paignton (may require a change at Exeter or Newton Abbot), and then by taxi (about 15 minutes) or bus (Number 12, 25) to Brixham. There is a taxi rank outside the train station and the bus station is opposite. The bus arrives in Brixham beside a car park. Walk through the car park to the far end, continue down the narrow lane at the end you will then come to the Harbour. Turn right, then left, keeping the harbour on your left, walk towards the Marina, the boats are on the Town Pontoon opposite The Prince William Pub.

Bus and Coach

Paignton Bus Station is beside the Railway Station and there are buses (No 15) and coaches going to Brixham.  National Express Coaches got to Paignton and Brixham. http://www.nationalexpress.com/coach/index.cfm

For Local services http://www.carlberry.co.uk/rfnlistr.asp?L1=PAI003&op=D

Air & transfers

Exeter Airport (EXT)  is about 50 miles away. Exeter UK Flights currently from Aberdeen, BelfastCity, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Jersey, Leeds – Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich.

Taxi - Torbay Taxi 01803 213 521 www.torbaycabcompany.co.uk

History

Brixham has been a fishing port for many centuries and is still one of the biggest fishing ports in England.

The last invasion of England.

On 5th November 1688 Prince William of Orange landed in Brixham. Before moving on to Exeter and later to London, his army camped on the high ground around Brixham, whilst William ‘went down the hill unto the Fishermen's little house; one of which he made into a Palace for that time‘. He later went on to be crowned King William III of England.

Attractions

Brixham has a great little museum called Brixham Heritage Museum and is well worth a visit.
Berry Head is a large dramatic headland a short walk out of Town and there are lots of good coastal walks.

There are many facilities’ in the Torbay area, cinemas, theatre galleries etc. www.englishriviera.co.uk

Annual Events

Brixham Heritage Festival and the Pirate and Shanty Festival both happen in May.

We are keen to keep this information accurate and we welcome your comments skippers@classic-sailing.co.uk.

 

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Brixham, UK

Latest port updates

Google Map - Events Pontoon Brixham

Brixham Joining or leaving point.

 

Assemble towards the end of the Events Pontoon Red Point above. Zoom in to your ship! 

For Pilgrim, Provident, Leader, Golden Vanity and Grayhound, your boat will be berthed on Brixham Town Pontoon, on the east side of Brixham Harbour, opposite The Prince William Pub. Your joining times can be found on your confirmation email.

The boats can be recognised as follows:

LEADER Black hull and bulwarks, with red stripe (07811 330 536)

PROVIDENT Green hull with black bulwarks above (07811 330 537)

GOLDEN VANITY Pale blue hull with black bulwarks above (07811 330 538)

PILGRIM Black hull and bulwarks with yellow stripe (07867 898625)

How to get here

By Road & Parking

Driving Directions

From the North

On the M5, continue past Exeter. The road becomes the A38 shortly thereafter.
Keep left and fork LEFT onto the A380, signposted for Torquay. Continue on that road to the end of the dual carriageway, straight over the large roundabout at Newton Abbot and through Kingskerswell.
Then turn RIGHT at the next roundabout onto the Ring Road, signposted for Paignton and Brixham.
Carry on past the end of the dual carriageway and through the outskirts of Paignton. Go straight over at a large crossroads following signs for Brixham, past Booker, Sainsbury’s and Bookham on the right. Turn right at the next T-junction on the A3022, signposted Brixham and Dartmouth.
Stay on that road, keeping to the left-hand lane at the traffic lights on the outskirts of Brixham. At the traffic lights in the centre of the town, by Brixham Theatre, turn left into Market Street and follow signs for the harbour. Turn right into The Strand, leaving the harbour on the left. The road turns away from the harbour then hard left up King Street. You will see the harbour below you on the left.
About 600 yards further on there are signs for a car park on the left, by the water’s edge. Go down the ramp, turn left and drive past the lifeboat station to the unloading bay by the marina building. You are allowed time to put your belongings in a trolley and bring them to the pontoon where the boat will be moored, which is about 200 yards past the marina office.

From the East, 

On the A303 the road becomes the A30 and joins the M5 just North of Exeter. Follow instructions as above.

From the West, 

Stay on the A38 past Plymouth, exit at junction signposted to Totnes and Paignton by a shell garage. Follow the road into Totnes; turn Left at the first set of traffic lights down a hill, and then right at the T-junction. Go straight over the two roundabouts following signs to Paignton, and out of Totnes. As you enter Paignton turn right towards Brixham at the large junction, and follow directions as above.

Parking

After checking in, take your car to the long-stay 'Breakwater' car park on the opposite side of the main road. The entrance is about 50 yards past the entrance to the waterside car park and marina area. Post code is: TQ58BY

There are many car parks in Brixham, most are long stay with the exclusion of Brixham Central.

Classic Sailing tip- if you arrive early, drop your bags on board and look for street parking on the residential streets high above the harbour out towards Berry Head. Mounts Road is often a good bet .

 

Train

Paignton is the end of a Branch Line from Exeter St Davids (Main Station). Trains come to Exeter from many parts of the UK. http://www.raileasy.co.uk

Take the train to Paignton (may require a change at Exeter or Newton Abbot), and then by taxi (about 15 minutes) or bus (Number 12, 25) to Brixham. There is a taxi rank outside the train station and the bus station is opposite. The bus arrives in Brixham beside a car park. Walk through the car park to the far end, continue down the narrow lane at the end you will then come to the Harbour. Turn right, then left, keeping the harbour on your left, walk towards the Marina, the boats are on the Town Pontoon opposite The Prince William Pub.

Bus and Coach

Paignton Bus Station is beside the Railway Station and there are buses (No 15) and coaches going to Brixham.  National Express Coaches got to Paignton and Brixham. http://www.nationalexpress.com/coach/index.cfm

For Local services http://www.carlberry.co.uk/rfnlistr.asp?L1=PAI003&op=D

Air & transfers

Exeter Airport (EXT)  is about 50 miles away. Exeter UK Flights currently from Aberdeen, BelfastCity, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Jersey, Leeds – Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich.

Taxi - Torbay Taxi 01803 213 521 www.torbaycabcompany.co.uk

History

Brixham has been a fishing port for many centuries and is still one of the biggest fishing ports in England.

The last invasion of England.

On 5th November 1688 Prince William of Orange landed in Brixham. Before moving on to Exeter and later to London, his army camped on the high ground around Brixham, whilst William ‘went down the hill unto the Fishermen's little house; one of which he made into a Palace for that time‘. He later went on to be crowned King William III of England.

Attractions

Brixham has a great little museum called Brixham Heritage Museum and is well worth a visit.
Berry Head is a large dramatic headland a short walk out of Town and there are lots of good coastal walks.

There are many facilities’ in the Torbay area, cinemas, theatre galleries etc. www.englishriviera.co.uk

Annual Events

Brixham Heritage Festival and the Pirate and Shanty Festival both happen in May.

We are keen to keep this information accurate and we welcome your comments skippers@classic-sailing.co.uk.

 

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Golden Vanity

Golden Vanity was built to provide a stable platform to be out in all weathers and serving beginners and youth crews equally. Golden Vanity is a perfect size vessel you can learn to take command of which is why her main role is teaching RYA courses and enabling young people to plan their own sailing expeditions - with instructors guiding their personal journey.

Golden Vanity is a proper working boat with blocks and tackles and a capstan for the anchor. She has the capable feel of a much larger craft as she is only 39 feet on deck. Golden Vanity was built in 1908 on the River Dart in the same yard as sailing trawlers like Leader and Provident. With her tan sails and gaff rig Golden Vanity was designed in a style that would not look out of place amongst the working Brixham fishing fleets of the time, so her owner and artist Arthur Briscoe could paint them at work. 

The photo above is Golden Vanity under sail with her bigger Brixham 'sister' Leader behind. (photo by Valery Vasilevskyi)

Statistics
  • Length overall:    53ft
  • Length on deck:  39ft
  • Year Built:  1908
  • Rig: Gaff Cutter
  • Total guest crew: 5-7 
  • Total professional crew: 2 

 

RYA Courses - Learn the ropes on a classic boat
Photo by Sam Morgan Moore: RYA Courses - Learn the ropes on a classic boat

THE EXPERTS VIEW: WHAT GOLDEN VANITY DOES BEST 

RYA Courses on a Classic Boat

Golden Vanity offers the chance to do a RYA Competent Crew or RYA Day Skipper courses on a classic boat. Whilst Golden Vanity is the same length as a typical 39ft teaching yacht, she has much wider wooden decks and decent bulwarks (solid wood wall around the deck) which give a sense of security in rough weather. You can sail Golden Vanity with just a jib and a mainsail, or add a staysail, jib topsail and gaff topsail and really 'spread your wings' in light winds. 

The RYA Competent Crew course is for both total novices and those who have tried a dinghy, or tall ship and want to become a thinking crew member who can anticipate the next move. The 6 day live-aboard voyage is a full on practical sailing course where you learn by doing: Emergency drills, ropes and seamanship and and take part in anchoring, setting sails, reefing, steering with the wind and motor, picking up moorings, helping tie up the boat on a pontoon or quay wall.  

Day Skipper is for those who have already sailed and are hungry for a bit more responsibility. They should understand about tacking an gybing and how to trim sails and keep crew safe.  They also need have some basic navigational knowledge, so it helps to do a RYA Day Skipper Theory shorebased course first.

For more on the RYA Competent Crew and Day Skipper courses, and why it is so brilliant to do it on a gaff rigged cutter, see our pages on Royal Yachting Association courses.  These have full details of the RYA course syllabus and next steps up the sailing qualification ladder. 

www.rya.org.uk

If you are not sure which course level is best, then ring one of our instructors on 01872 580022.

Golden Vanity is a 1908 gaff cutter offering skippered charter and RYA Courses
Photo by Peter Hunt - Golden Vanity in Torbay

Duke of Edinburgh Award - Expeditions and Residentials

Golden Vanity has carved a bit of a niche for herself with young people doing their Duke of Edinburgh Award. Initially she offered adventurous voyages which would qualify for the residential section of the Gold DofE Award.  Each 16- 25 year old sailor would have to be up for the challenge of living on a self sufficient sailing boat for 6 days with other young people they had not met before. 

Golden Vanity now also offers the change for keen young sailors to do their DofE Expedition as a coastal sailing expedition, instead of the more traditional backpacking expedition across Dartmoor or similar terrain.  The first part of the voyage is a training course to make sure the crew will have the skills to run the boat themselves.  They then plan the cooking and navigation back in harbour, buy the food and set off on their adventure.  There is a professional skipper/RYA instructor and mate on board if they hit a snag.

Golden Vanity for DofE Expeditions and Residential adventures
Golden Vanity for DofE Expeditions and Residential adventures

Short Breaks, Artist Voyages & Adult Charter

Whilst Golden Vanity can only take 5 students for RYA courses, she has up to 7 guest berths so she is quite versatile for groups or families who might want to book a whole boat with  skipper.  She has been charter at Maritime Events like Brixham Heritage Regatta, and offered individual berths on themed voyages like watercolour painting or mother and daughter weekends. 

Golden Vanity is run by a sail training charity and has a skipper and a mate who are used to working with all ages and abilities.

Sailing and Art Voyage with Toni Knights
Sailing and Art Voyage with Toni Knights

WHAT TO EXPECT

STYLE OF SAILING

Golden Vanity has had a long working life and is much loved by the thousands of people who have learned to sail on her. She is a perfect size for a first command and many of the skippers of larger ships in the traditional sailing world today have refined their leadership and small boat skills on Golden Vanity.

She is a gaff rigged cutter so her mainsail requires at least two people sweating and tailing on the peak an throat halliards, and sheeting in the mainsail can take 2 people if its windy.  She normally sails with two headsail - a staysail and a jib on the end of the bowsprit, so tacking and gybing needs teamwork on the side decks to let fly one side and pull the sheets on the other.  Like all the Classic Sailing fleet there are no winches and human strength is boosted by blocks and tackles.

Vanity is tiller steered, so dinghy sailors will feel at home. There is no cockpit (sunken seating area) but there are plenty of places to sit with a view on deck.

Skipper Ben on gaff cutter Golden Vanity. Classic Sailing Holidays & RYA Courses
Skipper Ben lending a hand on gaff cutter Golden Vanity.

Life on board

Golden Vanity is run by a sail training charity that is also a RYA Recognised Training Centre, so the instruction is thorough, safety orientated but also fun enough for all ages to remember the key seamanship lessons. The whole idea is that you really are the crew, and everyone takes part as best as they are able. The mate will generally cook meals on a charter voyage but on courses or DofE expeditions everyone takes turn to cook, prepare the boat for sea each day and keep the ship clean and tidy.

The smaller vessels in the Classic Sailing fleet like Vanity, are likely to do much more tacking and gybing in and out of small ports and rivers than the larger ships, so there is always plenty of sailing action.  With only a small crew it is not so easy to dip out of pulling on ropes as everyone is needed.  This is great for a sense of camaraderie and it also means crews bond very quickly.  The person that makes a cup of tea for 9 people in rough seas becomes a 'hero' amongst their crew mates. Mealtimes in the evening there is no separate galley so chopping a few vegetables whilst chatting around the saloon table is always well received by the cook of the day.

Golden Vanity has nine berths in total in bunk beds.  Bedding (duvets and pillows are supplied.)

The original owner Arthur Briscoe was a professional sailor on working square riggers around the world before he was an artist, so he had high standards for his own 'yacht' in terms of seaworthiness and cosy quarters below. He sailed Vanity around the Low Countries with Erskine Childers, who went on to write 'Riddle of the Sands.'  If you imagine sailing in that era, then you will have a flavour of Golden Vanity's interior. As you descend down the companionway steps, below decks is surprisingly spacious, and quite a long way down.  The flat decks and low accommodation roof mean your living space is mostly below water level, and you feel well cocooned with varnished wood and sheltered from the elements.

Golden Vanity is tiller steered
Becky from Classic Sailing office passing her Day Skipper on Vanity

 

 Accommodation

Golden Vanity
Golden Vanity

 

BELOW DECKS

Golden Vanity has nine berths in total in bunk beds.  Bedding (duvets and pillows are supplied.)

Below decks, the space is communal and typical of a Victorian age yacht. You can see the deck beams and ships timbers and realise how strongly these vessels were built.  Golden Vanity has been restored many times but you are sailing a piece of history over 100 years old. She is on the Core Collection of the Historic Ships Register as the last surviving example of a tiny 'Mumble Bee' Brixham Trawler.

The original owner Arthur Briscoe was a professional sailor on working square riggers around the world before he was an artist, so he had high standards for his own 'yacht' in terms of seaworthiness and cosy quarters below. He sailed Vanity around the Low Countries with Erskine Childers, who went on to write 'Riddle of the Sands.'  If you imagine sailing in that era, then you will have a flavour of Golden Vanity's interior, although she has a fridge, 12v electric lighting, modern navigational aids and a 75HP engine.

Vanity has a beam of 20ft so she is nearly 5ft wider than our other RYA sailing school vessel Moosk, so she feels quite roomy down below. There is only one berth in the saloon and the rest are in a forward cabin, so if you are on a RYA course with 5 students or not fully booked then you can keep the saloon free of personal belongings for socialising.

 The forward bunks are slung on wires so you can level them if the boat is heeling on one tack for a long time. Vanity has crossed the Atlantic but most the trips these days are coastal hops with the odd bit of night sailing. The skipper and mate sleep in aft bunks in the same communal area as the rest of the crew.  

The saloon and galley area has a big table for all the crew to sit around. There is a reasonable size washroom with hot and cold water and a toilet. There is no shower on this vessel.  Most the small ports and marinas will have showers ashore, but if you are anchored in a beautiful cove you might have to go wild swimming for your bath.

Golden Vanity - layout below is yacht style

 

Golden Vanity - Ship Specification

Golden Vanity - Line drawing of her gaff cutter rig

Official Number: 125111

Port of Registry: Brixham

Builder: J Sanders, Galmpton, Devon

Date Launched: 1908

Radio Call Sign: MCVY

Gross Registered Tonnage: 15.03

Length Overall including spars: 53 ft  (16.16 m) 

Length of Hull:  38 ft 9" (11.84 m)

Length of Waterline: 36′ 1″ (11.00 m)

Maximum Beam:  12′ 1″ (3.68 m)

Maximum Draft:   6′ 7″ (2.00 m)

Maximum Sail Area: 1250 sq ft  (116 sq m)

Displacement: 24 tons  (22 metric tonnes)

Engine: Beta Marine, BV3800 4 Cylinder 65 kW or 75 Hp

Golden Vanity - Skippers and Mates

Skipper - Jim

Renowned for his beaming smile and bubbly enthusiasm for life, he is excited to be taking up command of Golden Vanity this summer. Working alongside Ida who was the bosun on Provident last year they are a great partnership and there there is bound to be lots of laughter onboard. They will be kept busy this summer as they take part in the Classic's channel regatta, many RYA courses around the devon coastline and also some short adventures. Jim is not renowned for being idle and in his free time along with being a keen climber and sea kayaker, he is also in the early stages of rebuilding a 1977 original ‘Joshua’ — a steel ketch designed by the infamous sailor and circumnavigator Bernard Moitissier.

Jim the skipper of Golden Vanity
Jim the skipper of Golden Vanity

 

 

Current sailing grounds

Golden Vanity - Kit List

Classic Sailing Director Becky on Golden Vanity

Kit List for Golden Vanity

Included

  • Duvet
  • Pillow
  • Sheets, pillow case
  • Lifejackets and harness line

What is Not Included:

  • Offshore waterproof jackets and trousers can be borrowed (no charge) but you need to give us your size requirements on 01872 580022, or you can bring your own. 
  • Alcohol to have with meals when not sailing. (the ship generally has wine you can buy on board)

What to Bring

Please limit yourself to one soft bag or rucksack as there is limited storage space on board.

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (see above if you want to borrow sailing waterproofs)
  • Hats for sun and cold weather.
  • At least two sets of warm clothes - layers e.g. tracksuit bottoms, shirts, fleece jacket, wool jumpers, thick socks, and neck scarf. It can get cold at sea even in mid summer.
  • Swim suit, towel, and suntan lotion.
  • Flat shoes with a good grip e.g. trainers or sailing deck shoes. Sailing boots or wellies as the sea can come over deck if rough.
  • (An alterative to boots in summer is to bring another pair of flat shoes with a good grip in case the first pair get wet).
  • All terrain type Sandals are great for dinghy trips ashore – but you do need shoes which protect your toes for sailing.
  • Camera, binoculars, sketchbook, a relaxing read.
  • Passport for all Voyages
  • Passport for all Voyages. (UK Customs Vessels can do spot checks anywhere around the coast, even if the ship is not going abroad. If you don't have a passport please contact us for advice)
  • (an E111 Form from Post Office - Reciprocal Free Health Care in Europe) E111 New Edition
  • Any medication, spare spectacles. Seasick tablets - check with your Doctor, which brand if you suffer asthma or are on medication.
  • RYA Cruising Logbook for RYA Courses.
  • Musical instruments are always welcome.

Golden Vanity - Reviews

Golden Vanity crew

I have just finished a voyage on Golden Vanity. The skipper and mate had fantastic knowledge of the area and the boat. The food was amazing and the sailing was excellent. I am definitely going to book more voyages with Trinity Sailing again." Morten H W. Aug 2016

“The week was fantastic — so many great experiences. The whole trip on Golden Vanity was incredible. Thank you very much!” Hannah, RYA Voyage Golden Vanity, 

“In my 17 years of having a bright, enthusiastic and diligent daughter never have I seen her so animated as from the moment she stepped back ashore after the week’s trip on Golden Vanity.” Father of Connie, Golden Vanity, Duke of Edinburgh Voyage

 

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Solo sailors

The boats will always ensure that solo sailors sharing the same cabin are the same sex. If you wish to have sole occupancy of a cabin on any of our voyages a single occupancy charge will apply, this depends on which boat you wish to sail on. 

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