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Thu 23-05-2024, 14:00Brixham, UK Mon 27-05-2024, 10:00Brixham, UK Provident 4 NightsPV230524

Celebrate Provident’s 100th Birthday over 4 days while we prepare to take part in the Brixham Heritage Regatta. The regatta will take place on the weekend of the 25 and 26 May. Provident will have pride of place in the harbour and we will be welcoming lots of guests on board. There will be guests for the 4 day event and extra guests during the day for day sailing. 

The regatta’s current organiser is working hard to attract as many heritage sailing trawlers as possible to join the celebration of Provident’s 100’s birthday – it’s set to be a brilliant event and we hope to encourage former ‘Provi’ sailors to join and share their knowledge and her history with us.

Have a look at this amazing footage of the regatta from 1936, curtesy of British Pathé

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Ideal Voyage for …..

Fans of Provident from both Scotland and Devon (and anywhere else!)
People who want to experience thrill of big boat racing
Those with Gaff-rigger experience – things happen fast while racing!


  • Festival atmosphere
  • Be part of the action of a trawler regatta
  • See other heritage vessels sailing hard


Vessel type / Rig Gaff Ketch
Guest Berths 8
Beam 18ft
Draft 9.2ft
Deck Length 70ft
Overall Length 92ft
Tonnage 85 tons
Year Built 1924
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Voyage Description

Brixham Trawlers
Provident fully canvased


Celebrate Provident’s 100th Birthday!

Join Provident in her centenary year back in her home port of Brixham for the annual Heritage Regatta! It will be Provident’s first appearance at the event for some years and we’re hoping as many operational heritage trawlers as possible will attend the event to help celebrate Provident birthday. 

The Regatta has taken place regularly since the 1800’s! At the 1914 event, King George V presented the Regatta’s Perpetual Challenge Cup for Sailing Trawlers over 40 tons – still a coveted trophy today! 

100 years of history

Provident is a Brixham Sailing Trawler and spent the majority of her working life fishing out of her home port of Brixham. Brixham has been an important fishing port for hundreds of years, and it continues to be so today. It’s location, tucked away in eastward facing Torbay keeps the harbour well sheltered from the prevailing westerly winds, making Brixham a great location to sail (and fish!) from.

Provident’s story is even older than she is – the Provident you see today is in fact a copy of an earlier trawler of the same name. The original Provident was stuck and sunk by a U Boat in 1915. Today’s Provident was one of the last sailing trawlers to be built. By the 1920’s, the heyday of trawling under sail was quickly fading out in favour of more modern motor vessels. In contrast, 50 years prior (in the 1880’s) there were  over 3,000 sailing trawlers registered around the UK.

After her life as a sailing trawler came to an end, Provident became a private yacht in America for some years. More recently she was a she returned to Brixham to work as a Sail Training vessel with Trinity Sailing Trust. 

mid april devon taster voyage on provident the brixham trawler
Provident under sail


Some of the best UK sailing trips happen in May – the temperature is on the rise but not unbearable. the Worst of the winter storms have subsided and the wildlife is abundant. However, this is the part of your sailing trip that unfortunately we unable to control! As a result we cannot guarantee that all destinations/experiences referred to in this description will be in your itinerary exactly as stated, however we will always do our up most to deliver a great experience. Things can change quickly, but the crew are incredibly knowledgeable and familiar with the coastline and of course the ship and her capabilities. 


On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best and safest sailing routes for the forecast. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but when it comes to sailing, you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description provided is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or prior experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. As such, the scheduled joining ports, routes, activities and/or destinations may be altered. Due to the complexities of weather systems, this may be at very short notice. 


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. Handling cargo adds an extra dimension – building teamwork and communication skills and leaving you with a great sense of achievement.


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.

Start & End Port

Brixham, UK

Joining or leaving point.

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

For Pilgrim, 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:

PILGRIM Black hull and bulwarks with yellow stripe

Brixham transport and parking details

Kit List

What to pack for a sailing holiday on Provident

What is Included:

  • Bedding
  • All meals and soft drinks aboard.
  • All safety equipment, including lifejackets
  • Fantastic sailing

What is Not Included:

  • Travel to and from your voyage
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Alcohol (although reasonably priced wine, beer and whisky will be available to purchase on board). Consumption of alcohol is always at the discretion of the skipper
  • Waterproofs - If this is your first voyage good walking waterproofs will be fine. We only recommend buying sailing waterproofs if you are frequent sailors.
    • You will find exploring ashore in walking gear much better than struggling around in sailing kit!

What to Bring

  • Enthusiasm!
  • Waterproofs - see above.
  • Your own towel.
  • 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 are also helpful.
  • (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.
  • Any medication, spare spectacles. Seasickness tablets or pressure-point wrist bands (talk to your pharmacist)
  • Your own logbook if you'd like to keep track of your sea miles
  • Tech chargers (USB sockets are available in all the cabins) and waterproof cases for anything valuable


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