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Leader's 125th Birthday Bash

Leader's 125th Birthday Bash

The 1892-built vessel, which forms part of the UK National Historic Fleet, a status that ranks her alongside the likes of HMS Victory and the Cutty Sark, will be heading up the river Dart to sail past the site where she was built at WA Gibbs’ yard, Galmpton. Those on board will be having a champagne toast to the iconic ­vessel and there will be a talk about her history and a birthday cake. Leader will then spend several days sailing along the Devon and Cornwall coast, calling in at ports.

We thought it would be criminal if we didn’t celebrate the old girl’s birthday milestone in style. 

She'll be joined by her regular crew, the operations director Ben, plus many guests who have a special place in their hearts for Leader as you look at her history through the decades during what is shaping up to be a memorable evening.

Over the course of the week she will be sailing along the Devon and Cornwall coast, stopping off at host of ports along the way, where Leader has regularly called in over the years.

Everyone on board will be handed a special, limited-edition T-shirt for guests to take home as a memento from the week.

Leader fished in UK waters until 1907, when she was sold to new owners in Sweden. She operated on the west coast there until 1970, after which she became a sail training vessel for the Swedish Cruising Club. At the time she was one of the largest of the Brixham sailing trawlers, known, despite their ketch rig, as the ‘big sloops’. In 1985, she moved to the west coast of Scotland, where, as Lorne Leader, she was used for sailing holidays and charter for 10 years. In 1996, she was brought home to south Devon and operated out of Dartmouth until 1999, at which time she became part of the Trinity fleet based in Brixham.

Read more about Leader and her history here. 

Brixham trawler Leader under full sail with blue skies and calm seas

You can book a berth onboard to take part in her celebrations on the voyage page here. 

Latest news text: 
Birthday bash planned for Leader's 125th anniversary, historic Brixham trawler Leader celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.

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