Friends of The Vigilance
We are an important part of our local heritage, unique in the fact that we are run entirely by volunteers in a not for profit manner. It is essential for our long term future that we enhance our steady income with funds to address the ongoing challenges of maintaining an elderly heritage sailing vessel. WE are something different to support, something that enhances local lives and economy, something that, when experienced is never forgotten.
Vigilance of Brixham BM76 Vigilance is a piece of living Brixham history. The last sailing trawler to be built at Upham's Yard in 1926, she worked with the local fishing fleet until the mid 30's. During the war she saw service as a barrage balloon mooring vessel. 'Vigilance' is of recognised national importance. She is registered as a UK historic vessel, number 741 and is part of the UK historic fleet. 'Vigilance' is unique within the local fleet of heritage vessels in Brixham because she is owned and run by a consortium of volunteers and is used solely for the benefit of the local community and the visitors to the Torbay area. This is confirmed by our Mission Statement, namely: To maintain the heritage of our Brixham Sailing Trawler, 'Vigilance of Brixham', for the people of Brixham and the visitors to Brixham and Torbay. Vigilance is a familiar sight in Tor Bay with her iconic red sails, traditional for the Brixham Sailing Trawlers, and is an image which is treasured and promoted as part of Brixham's fishing heritage and the tourism offer in Torbay. These days Vigilance is a hard working tourist attraction, conducting short day sails, longer voyages and charters, and educational trips for local groups. We celebrated her 90th birthday in 2016, a timely reminder that her long term future depends on us now more than ever. Our fundraising committee, 'Friends of The Vigilance' have recently been awarded Registered Charity status. We hope to be able to meet the financial challenges Vigilance presents us with, keeping this wonderful asset afloat and working for the good of our local community for years to come. You can find us on Brixham's Town Pontoon for a chat, or better still - COME SAIL WITH US!