Provident is owned and run by Trinity Sailing Foundation, which also runs two other traditional Brixham sailing vessels – Leader and Golden Vanity. All three were built on the Dart river at Galmpton. Leader and Provident are two of the last working sailing trawlers still afloat.

Provident is 95 feet long and weighs 85 tonnes. She was built in 1924, as a replacement for an earlier vessel of the same name, sunk during the first world war. After a period in private ownership, she arrived in Salcombe in 1951, where she became the founding vessel of the Island Cruising Club.

In the late 1980’s, Provident underwent a major refit, and was re-launched in 1991. She continued to sail with the ICC until 1999, when she started working from Brixham as part of the Trinity Sailing Foundation.

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After two years of preparations involving an estimated 13,760 hours of voluntary effort, Waterford successfully hosted The Tall Ships Races 2011 from June 30-July 3.
It’s estimated that 500,000 people enjoyed the spectacle in the city and along the Suir Estuary. To all those individuals and organisations that made this huge international event possible and to the people of Waterford who embraced the occasion brilliantly – thank you. To those who visited Waterford, we look forward to welcoming you back soon and invite you to visit to keep up-to-date on what’s happening in Ireland’s oldest city. To the sail training family at the heart of The Tall Ships Races, we look forward to your return!

Here we showcase a small selection of Dylan Vaughan’s photography from four magical days.