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RYA Day Skipper and Competent Crew Course- Learn the ropes on a traditional sailing boat

Complete your RYA Competent Crew or RYA Day Skipper on a Traditional Brixham trawler over 6 days in June 2019. Explore the Devon coast calling into local ports and anchorages. Immerse yourself in this teaching environment and learn about navigation, pilotage and how to be an effective crew member. 

Embark
Sat, 08-06-2019 - 14:00
Brixham
Disembark
Fri, 14-06-2019 - 12:00
Brixham
Duration
6 Nights
Vessel
Golden Vanity
Voyage No.
GV080619

Berths and voyage availability

TYPE: Per Person. AVAILABILITY: Provisionally Full. PRICE: 695 GBP. BOOK NOW
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Golden Vanity - RYA Competent Crew and RYA Day Skipper Course

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

The joint course offers advantages to everyone. Both beginners looking for their first RYA qualification as Competent Crew, and the more experienced looking to complete their Day Skipper. Those studying for Competent Crew can, if they have the ability complete sections of the Day Skipper practical syllabus and see what they need to do for the next step up the ladder. Those doing the Day Skipper practical have an enthusiastic crew to work with and you will gain command experience.

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS FOR BEGINNERS

  • Earn a RYA certificate that proves you are a Competent Crew
  • Explore the Devon and Cornwall Coast under Sail
  • Learn the skills to Move up from Dinghies to Yachts
  • Learn How to Sail a Gaff Rigged Vessel
  • Learn practical skills from demonstrations and doing
  • consolidate existing sailing experience with professional instructors

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS FOR DAY SKIPPERS

  • Gain an internationally recognised RYA qualification - if you pass the course
  • A chance to actually be the skipper for short passages (under supervision)
  • Learn how to apply the day skipper theory navigational skills at sea
  • tips on doing it all at once - navigation, sailing and crew safety
  • Improve your leadership skills and the crews confidence in you
  • Explore the Devon and Cornwall Coast under Sail

 

Golden Vanity

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

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. (6 day course. Maximum 5 students to one instructor on any RYA course, fully inclusive prices).

Previous experience for the Competent Crew Course: -

None. You can be a complete beginner that has never stepped on a boat before.  

It is also good for those who have done a bit of yacht, keel boat or dinghy sailing and want to be sure they have the basics to sail bigger boats where you can go cruising and live on board. Check out the course Syllabus to see some of the things you will be learning. 

RYA Competent Crew Course Syllabus.

 

Vanity out in all weathers with a reefed mainsail
Vanity out in all weathers with a reefed mainsail

RYA Day Skipper

Skippering a boat is fun, and this RYA day skipper course is about taking your first steps towards taking charge, with the safety net of an instructor on board. Everyone will be given a chance to navigate and take control of "Golden Vanity" on short coastal passages. You will also have plenty of practice at coordinating manoeuvres under sail and power, and learning how to cope with emergencies. Learn big boat watch leader skills on deck, and navigational techniques below with GPS and radar and a large chart table. Successful completion of the RYA day skipper course means you should feel confident enough to tackle short day passages as skipper in tidal waters. It is important that you complete your Day skipper theoretical course before starting your trip in order to make the most of your time afloat practicing what you have learnt. 

When on your RYA Day Skipper course or Competent Crew, your skipper will help you work towards the parts in the RYA logbook and syllabus. Signing up to this course is by no means a guarantee that you will achieve your Day Skipper or Competent Crew qualification as there are many factors which could affect completion, including weather, conditions, student preparation and competence. The crew will try their utmost to work through all of the parts and award you with a certificate at the end to be proud of. 

Previous experience required before booking a Day Skipper Course

Sailing experience - The official requirement is a minimum of 5 previous days at sea on a yacht, covering at least 100 miles and 4 night hours.

Navigation and Theory knowledge - to 'Day Skipper Theory' level of understanding.

Our view at Classic Sailing is that you should be happy tacking and gybing a boat and understand the difference. You need enough wind awareness to trim sails on all points of sailing and steer by the wind, not instruments.

You need a good level of understanding of how to navigate, even if you have not had much chance to put it into practice at sea. The sort of things you will be expected to know will be fixing positions on a chart, working out tidal heights and streams, looking up port information, setting courses to steer, making 'rules of the road' decisions based on the COLREGS. If you have experience of this already or have been taught a lot by other sailors, you don't have to complete a Day Skipper Theory Course to sign up for a Day Skipper Practical Course,  but it increases your chances of passing hugely.

(Day Skipper Theory Course options are approx 40 hours at evening classes or as a taught intensive classroom course....or taking as long as you like at home with one of our Day Skipper Theory - distance learning courses)

On Line Day Skipper Theory Courses - Learn Navigation at home

 

If you don't have a clue what we mean by this then we suggest you give us a ring so we can explain the terminology and find out more about your sailing experience before you book. In the office we have a RYA Cruising Instructor, two Yachtmaster Instructors and a RYA Dinghy Instructor Telephone 0044(0)1872 580022.

Language is not a massive barrier as most skills can be practically demonstrated if English is not your first language.

 

Check the Day Skipper Theory Syllabus 

 

Golden Vanity Becky Prizeman

Voyage Itinerary and Ports - Devon & Cornwall Coast

You can do a RYA Course in the UK or abroad, but the Devon and Cornwall coast takes some beating for variety, scenery and challenge. Off the coast of South Devon and Cornwall, the water is deep with a few rocky hazards, but none of the complexity of the Solent's sand bars and busy shipping.  Day Skippers can can dip into more challenging pilotage when you enter the ports and estuaries.

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. 

Perfect day in Cornwall - headlands and bays
Cornwall - a couple of pilot cutters enjoying headlands and bays

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
  • Towels
  • 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.

Anchorage Guest House Brixham www.brixham-anchorage.co.uk

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.

Anchorage Guest House Brixham www.brixham-anchorage.co.uk

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 - Paul Lawton

Paul has been in the sailing industry for about 14 years. Having sailed around many parts of the world, and has found the south-west coast of England to be his favourite. Being an RYA Chief Instructor, Paul will be Golden Vanity’s skipper this sailing season, as well as relief skipper for Provident. Paul loves being able to introduce people to the joys of traditional boat sailing. He enjoys watching them learn new skills, and sharing with them the natural beauty of the surrounding coastlines. Prior to joining Golden Vanity as skipper, Paul worked as a Secondary School maths and science teacher at Steiner Academy in Exeter. In his free time, he enjoys all types of travel and sea kayaking around the Devon and Cornwall coast.

Golden Vanity full time skipper Paul Lawton
Golden Vanity full time skipper Paul Lawton 2017

Operations Manager/Relief Skipper - Ben Wheatley

Ben started his maritime career sailing on square riggers, working his way up through the ranks to First Mate. He first joined the Brixham Trawler fleet in 2013 as skipper. After 12 years of working on tall ships and sailing to a number of beautiful destinations, Ben decided he wanted to find a place to base himself and start a family. Today, Ben is based in Brixham where he oversees the operational side of the organisation, supporting the skippers and crew on board the vessels during the sailing season and coordinating the refit plans during the winter months. He enjoys spending time with his family, and gets to have his “tall ship fix” when he fills in as skipper for the fleet of vessels. He is a very knowledgeable skipper and loves to teach others. If you are one of the lucky ones that gets to sail with Ben this season and you are interested in traditional rigged vessels, he is the best person to ask!

Golden Vanity voyages with Relief skipper Ben Wheatley
Ben Wheatley is operations manager and relief skipper for Vanity, Leader and Provident

Harri Smith (Mate)

Harri’s first sailing experience was on a sail training vessel as a teenager, she found it inspiring and enjoyed it so much that she began volunteering. In 2012, she quit her desk job and ran away to sea. She has been working in sail training ever since. Harri started as a volunteer for the fleet in 2012, helping to recommission Leader after a big refit. She then went on to sail the massive 45m Barquentine Royalist. Harri jokes that she seems to work her way down to smaller vessels, being the mate on 27m Provident for the past two years, and now mate on 16m Golden Vanity – the smallest vessel she has ever worked on. Harri is looking forward to exploring the lovely little spots that she has been unable to get in to with the larger vessels she worked on. Much like the sailors did hundreds of years ago, Harri enjoys doing homemade rope and canvas craft work in her free time. If you want to learn or brush up on your knots, make things out of rope, leather and canvas, or even learn some fancy work – Harri is the gal to talk to! Outside of the “boat world” Harri loves music and cooking. She has the voice of an angel, and often sings sea shanties. To top it off, she is also learning how to play guitar so she can accompany herself whilst singing.

Harri Smith is often the mate on 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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