Take an RYA Competent Crew Crew or Day Skipper course on board a traditonal gaff rigged wooden sailing boat.
Built for renowned marine artist Arthur Briscoe in 1908 Golden Vanity is a Mumble Bee class of Brixham Sailing Trawler. She provides a hands-on sailing experience and a fantastic 'platform' to learn how to sail on.
Sailing a 'gaffer' is different from sailing a modern boat. The main sail of a gaffer has 4 sides with a piece of wood, the gaff, on the uppermost side.The cutter element of her is that she has more than one headsail and in Golden Vanity’s case she has 3.The interaction of the headsails caused by having more than one, combined with the bellied 4 sided shape of the mainsail, make for an extremely powerful rig yet because each individual sail is relatively small it is all very manageable.
Golden Vanity has spacious decks and high bulwalks. She is very stable and wonderfully seaworthy. Apart from a capstan that is rarely needed, there are no winches on board unlike a modrn yacht. Traditional rope handling techniques are used.
Below decks is cavernous. She sleeps 10 in total. Up forward on deck is a forehatch that with steps that lead down to 6 cosy bunks and a spacious heads. Coming aft into the saloon is a good sized galley on the starboard side and a table and seating area to port. There is a comfy ‘shelf’ bunk above and outboard of the seating area. The seating area can also be used as a bunk if need be. Aft of the saloon is the chart table and 2 single bunks which is where the skipper and mate usually sleep.
She has hot water and heating for the cooler months.
This course is for complete beginners or those that have done a bit of sailing before but not with a gaff rig.
This course is for aspiring skippers. You need to be at least competent crew level and done a bit of gaff sailing before.