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Wed 12-06-2024, 14:00Dublin, Ireland Mon 17-06-2024, 10:00Oban, Scotland Provident 5 NightsPV120624

On this final leg of our journey back to Scotland, we hope to leave Dublin and head to Oban by way of Newry – the home of ‘Leader’, another Brixham Trawler. Leader and Provident made up 3 thirds of the now disbanded Trinity Sailing Trust. The ships have sailed together many, many times – it will be great to see the old friends side by side once more.  Approaching Oban from the sound of Jura and the sound of Kerrera is a great way to arrive in Scotland..

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Fans of Brixham Trawlers
Enthusiasts of both stunning landscapes and varied wildlife
Anyone in need of a staycation!


  • Explore the North Irish Sea
  • Hopefully meet up with fellow Brixham Trawler ‘Leader’
  • Abundant wildlife


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 & Leader


Old Friends

The final leg of Provident’s journey from her old home to her new one see us continuing our voyage up the Irish Sea. On route we hope to visit Newry to see Provident’s fellow Brixham Trawlers, ‘Leader’.  Approaching Oban from the sound of Jura and the sound of Kerrera is a great way to arrive in Scotland in style!

Built to trawl under sail, Brixham Trawlers such as Provident & Leader are strong and capable ships that are totally at home on a sea voyage. Crossing the Irish Sea will be no problem aboard the very sturdy Provident! Which leaves you free to enjoy the voyage, great food, good company and varied wildlife along the way! There are chances to a variety of dolphins, Orca, huge sunfish, basking sharks and a stunning array of seabirds.

You embark from Dublin’s fair city. Depending on how far up the River Liffey we are moored, we may even stop the city’s traffic as the Tom Clark Bridge raises for us to pass under! There is plenty to see, do and explore while in Dublin if you’re able to arrive in the city day or two before your voyage. Visit the replica emigrant ship Jeanie Johnson, soak in the city’s history in it’s fascination museums and make sure to find time to grab a ‘proper’ Guinness – it really does taste better in Ireland!

Arriving in the unofficial capital of the West Highlands, Oban’s transport links make onward travel planning nice and straightforward. We’d recommend staying a while after your voyage to explore the town, perhaps visiting McCaig’s Folly with its stunning views across the bay, or nip into the distillery for a bottle to share with friends back home!

Living History

100 year old 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. 

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 (1924). By the mid 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. 

Sailing in Scotland with Classic Sailing
Wild Scotland


The Irish Sea is that part of the North Atlantic which separates Ireland and Great Britain. The Irish Sea has a reputation for being choppy but more often than not it’s not difficult, instead offering great sailing and plentiful opportunities to see a variety of wildlife.  While we can’t guarantee the weather, early summer can offer some really good sailing. The temperature is on the rise but not unbearable. The worst of the winter storms have subsided and the wildlife is abundant. 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

Dublin, Ireland

For joining Maybe, Morgenster and Blue Clipper, the joining location has been provisionally confirmed as the North Wall Quay, North Dock, Dublin 1, Ireland.

Any changes will be communicated to you before your voyage start date. Make sure you make a note of the ship’s number found in your confirmation email in case of any problems on the day.

Oban, Scotland

For joining your vessel in Oban, the North Pier in the map shown below will be the best place to meet the crew. Your vessel will either be tied up alongside the wall, or out at anchor. Make sure you take a note of the ship’s number found in your confirmation in case of any problems on the day.

Oban: Gateway to the Highlands and Isles


Situated on the west coast of Scotland, Oban is a vibrant seaside town known as the “Gateway to the Highlands and Isles.” With its stunning landscapes, rich history, and renowned seafood, Oban offers a captivating blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage that attracts visitors from all over the world.


As you arrive in Oban, you’ll be greeted by the town’s iconic landmark, McCaig’s Tower, perched on a hilltop and offering panoramic views of the surrounding islands and mountains. Explore the charming streets lined with colourful buildings, browse the local shops for unique crafts and souvenirs, and indulge in the freshest seafood at one of the many excellent restaurants.


Oban is the perfect base for exploring the breathtaking Scottish Highlands. Take a scenic drive along the stunning coastal roads, visit the historic castles such as Dunollie Castle and Dunstaffnage Castle, or embark on a hiking adventure in Glen Coe, one of Scotland’s most dramatic and awe-inspiring glens.


Getting to Oban is convenient, with various transportation options available. From Scotland, you can travel by train on the West Highland Line, which offers a picturesque journey from Glasgow to Oban. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the stunning views of lochs, mountains, and charming villages along the way.


If you’re coming from southern England, you can reach Oban by car via the A82 and A85 roads. The drive takes you through breathtaking landscapes, including the enchanting Loch Lomond and the majestic Rannoch Moor.


For those preferring to fly, the nearest airports to Oban are Glasgow Airport and Edinburgh Airport. From there, you can rent a car or take a train to complete your journey to Oban.


By selecting sustainable travel options and actively participating in carbon offset initiatives, you can make a positive impact while journeying to your voyage, where an unforgettable adventure awaits you.

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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