In October 2013, Trinity Sailing Foundation received first stage approval from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant of £900,000 to restore and preserve the historic Brixham sailing trawler, Torbay Lass. The first stage of the application was to provide funds with which to carry out temporary repairs to the ailing vessel and draft the detailed bid for the major grant. The round one success means that Torbay Lass will be able to return to Brixham harbour under her own power, and there await the final decision about her future.
As well as funding the major task of restoration, which will be carried out ashore in Oxen Cove over a two to three year period, the second round application will cover:
• Apprenticeships in shipbuilding and repair
• Training courses for young people in marine skills, from engineering to shipwrighting
• Opportunities for volunteers in various roles, including assisting with practical work, acting as guides and carrying out research for a community project
• The creation of a Heritage Trail in the town
• The launch of a Conservation in Action programme, led by volunteers
Torbay Lass was built in 1923 and fished under sail until 1938. She was used as a sail training vessel for more than 50 years, but has fallen into disrepair and was in danger of being lost until the Save Torbay Lass campaign was started.