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We are delighted to announce the appointment of the Pilgrim Foundation President and Vice President at the Annual General Meeting. The meeting took place at the Brixham Labboratory at Freshwater Quay in Brixham on Friday 19th July 2019.

After nearly 20 years of ceaseless commitment to the restoration, preservation and operations of Pilgrim, Rod Coveney has stood down as Director, Trustee and Managing Director and has now been appointed Honorary President. Foundation Chair David Range made the annoucement and presentation with Sailing Director and Trustee, Lynda Davison.

Rod has had a pivotal role over many years leading the fundraising and organisation required to see the 1895 heritage sailing trawler Pilgrim of Brixham restored, maintained and sailing each summer out of her home port in the traditional manner.

Pilgrim President Rod Coveney
Presentation to Rod Coveney on his appointment as President

At the same time, former Director and Trustee, Neil Davidson was appointed to the role of Vice President. He joins the other Vice Presidents – Mike Chater, Johan Skibdahl and John Wilson. Over many years, Neil has been a stalwart of the Pilgrim team acting as volunteer crew and playing a vital role in the productuion of new masts and bowsprits. Whenever there is a job to be done or an Open Day to host, Neil is there sharing his expertise and his love of Pilgrim with everyone around him.

Pilgrim Foundation appoints Vice President - Neil Davidson
Presentation to Neil Davidson on his appointment as Vice President.

Both Rod and Neil will continue to play an active role in the efforts to preserve and maintain Pilgrim BM45. She is a living testament to the generations of Brixham fisherfolk who earned their precarious living based on fishing with these incredible sailing boats.

We’ve had three great new reviews since the start of the 2019 season. We routinely strive to exceed our guest expectations but seeing this post on our Facebook page provided wholesome praise for our professional and volunteer crew and all those other volunteers who work behind the scenes to keep our 124 year old beauty at sea!

Pilgrim Bm45
Tanya, Bruce and Guests having a brew! Pic by mate Julie Harris

“I had a fantastic few days sailing on the Pilgrim, the experience was well past my expectations and this was the result of the crew. The skipper, Richard clearly very experienced and dedicated to everyone’s safety and enjoyment. The first mate, Julie who works tirelessly to ensure everyone is safe, clearly very experienced and knowledgeable in sailing the Pilgrim. She’s also very focused and dedicated because not only is Julie the first mate she is the cook, where here she dedicates herself too ensure everyone is well fed with some fantastic food.. a real hard worker and a credit to Pilgrim. Crewmen, Bruce.. smashing guy who also is dedicated in ensuring everyone on board is safe and having fun. Crewmen, Bob.. smashing guy the same dedication ensuring the safety of everyone, however needs much more practice in playing the penny whistle.. Crewmen, Tanya.. who herself is recent to Pilgrim clearly dedicated to her role ensuring we on board were safe and enjoying the experience.. A fantastic crew who all work very hard in making this an unforgettable experience.

Gary Clements”

Thanks Gary – we’re glad you had a great trip and thanks also for taking the trouble to post for us.

We were also thrilled to receive this review on Trip Advisor

Pilgrim guests relaxing in port at the end of the day. Thanks Bruce for the pic!