A Week In Brixham: Salty Summer Adventures

Welcome to Brixham

Brixham is an absolute favourite salty place of ours. Our adventures have taken us here frequently over the past few years, and we keep coming back for more. The past week has been no different and we wanted to share what we’ve been up to, and introduce some of the inspirational salty folk we keep bumping into.

Introducing I.R.I.S. 1921

I.R.I.S. is a 1921 Looe Lugger, owned by captain & marine artist Toni Knights. Toni has owned I.R.I.S. for over 18 years, and is nearing the completion of a long restoration & refit, ready to head south for warmer climes. I.R.I.S. is 40ft on deck, with a traditional lug rig, and her home berth is in Brixham. She has been sailing around Torbay engineless for the past few years, and is much admired locally & further afield.

The current mission? Get I.R.I.S. ready for sea, and sail her across the Channel to the Douarnenez maritime festival which starts on the 25th July 2018… it will be the first time she’s ever been. As you can imagine the boat is a current hive of last-minute activity.

The Skipper, Toni Knights

Toni is a legend amongst these parts – traditional sailing skipper, trawler captain and marine artist. Toni works as a skipper for Trinity Sailing, based here in Brixham, and devotes the rest of his time to his much-loved I.R.I.S., a living and breathing piece of Toni’s own artwork.

Inspired By Marine Art

21-year-old sailor Charlie is also a very talented artist, and friend of Toni, who has been helping adorn I.R.I.S. with beautiful drawings. We interviewed Charlie about her recent trip sailing onboard Scallywag, a Volvo Ocean 65. And here’s Charlie’s latest artwork – visiting the heads on I.R.I.S. will never be the same again:

Testing the Mediterranean Marquee

Lent to the cause by SaltyJobs, we helped I.R.I.S. put up this smart marquee, ready for quayside art sales in the Mediterranean!

Flying the Flag

Of course, we couldn’t help ourselves – SaltyJobs are onboard, the flag goes up! It looks just great against the summer sky:

Catching Up With Trinity

Trinity Sailing Foundation are based in Brixham, operating their three traditional vessels Leader, Provident and Golden Vanity. It’s always great to catch up with the crew and hear about their latest voyages. Even better when they’re supporting the SaltyJobs cause! Eli is First Mate onboard Golden Vanity, and latest winner of our salty t-shirt competition.

Sail On A Folkboat

Making the most of the weather at the weekend, I also went out for a blast around Torbay on an engineless folkboat, which was great fun and another new experience – thanks Simon:

Salty T-Shirt 

Simon lives on his folkboat and works as a trainee shipwright in Brixham, and is going to see how dirty he can get his white t-shirt. He’s made a good start already. And that’s his boat on the wall over there – yep, the one with the fresh red anti-foul…

Bumping In To Queen Galadriel

The Cirdan Sailing Trust’s vessel Queen Galadriel even turned up alongside in Brixham, which I was very happy about. I first sailed onboard her as a 17-year-old young volunteer and then returned in 2016 to work the full season as First Mate.

Hello Me Old Shipmate!

It was great to go aboard and say hello to my old Bosun Charlie, who has since completed his Yachtmaster and promoted to First Mate this season. Nice one young Charles!

Meeting Bonaventure

It was also great to meet Bonaventure, a 2012 50ft Bermudan cutter built on traditional lines, on the pontoon next to Queen Galadriel. We chatted with her crew Mungo & Stella, who have been working with a film crew onboard – sounds just as challenging as sailing with young people! The most amazing woodburner we’ve ever seen is also onboard:

Summer BBQs

As I’m sure you’re aware, the weather has been pretty awesome for a while now. We’ve been making the most of it not only with sailing and salty adventures, but with BBQs too – against horizons like this…


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