The sight of small sailing dinghies being skippered single-handed by equally small children is common from May to October on the Helford River. The children, aged 8 to 18, are involved in our innovative programme of accelerated learning, designed to build confidence and self-esteem which, in turn, has proven to accelerate academic learning. The fact that it also happens to be great fun is an added bonus.

Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust provides the opportunity for every child in the schools we serve to:

  • learn to kayak and sail single-handed
  • discover love and respect for the sea
  • gain confidence for life
  • accelerate academic learning

We also offer training in sailing and powerboating for adults.

Now the next big step.

As a result of some major bequests, the Trust has recently been able to acquire a 25 acre flooded quarry on the Lizard at Trevassack.

It is intended that this will complement the existing operations on the river and will importantly become a superb facility for children with Special Needs and Disabilities, both locally and from all over the country.  Design and development work is well under way. The next year will be one of committed fund-raising efforts to make this a reality.

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Chief Executive

Salary circa £40,000

Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust is seeking to appoint a dynamic Chief Executive to lead and develop the charity through the exciting next stage of its development.

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Diary Dates

Spring/Summer Term Sailing

24th April 2017 to 24th July 2017

Group A Youth Training

5th May 2017 to 21st July 2017
17:45 - 20:00

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Chamberlain Regatta

22nd July 2017

Summer Holiday Course 1

31st July 2017 to 3rd August 2017

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Afternoon Session (9 places left)

Summer Holiday Course 2

7th August 2017 to 10th August 2017

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Afternoon Session (2 places left)

Budock Vean Open Golf Day

13th August 2017

Charity Golf Day in aid of Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust. More info…

Summer Holiday Course 3

14th August 2017 to 17th August 2017

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Afternoon Session (10 places left)

Summer Holiday Course 4

21st August 2017 to 24th August 2017

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Afternoon Session (4 places left)

Summer Holiday Course 5 – New!

28th August 2017 to 31st August 2017

Morning Session (9 places left)

Autumn Term Sailing

11th September 2017 to 6th October 2017

Volunteers wanted

Volunteers are essential to the viability of the Children’s Sailing Trust. Volunteers help with safety boats and general support for the Sailing Instructors on and off the water.

We would like to recruit many more volunteers, especially with Trevassack Lake coming on stream over the next few years. There is plenty to do and it is all enjoyable and rewarding!  We will welcome you and we will train you.

  • Boat maintenance
  • Fundraising
  • Preparing the site at Trevassack
  • Safety boat operators
  • Sailing instruction and assistance

If you are interested, please contact Charles Richardson (charles@hrcst.org.uk) or Mike Comyn (mike@hrcst.org.uk).

Jul 2017

Interschools Regatta

Congratulations Trannack!

and thanks to Andrea Oakes for these photos:

Jul 2017

YOUNG SAILORS SHARPEN THEIR SKILLS IN JUNIOR REGATTA

More than 30 young sailors tackled lively conditions at the Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust (HRCST) junior regatta on 1st July – many of them gaining their first taste of racing.

The children raced single-handed in three dinghy categories, Optimist, RS Tera and Laser Pico, in a day that combined coaching with competition.

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Jun 2017

NEW DATES LAUNCHED!

We have launched some new dates for our holiday courses this summer. Check out holiday-courses for more info and booking.

May 2017

Team Work

Awesome day up the river as the new sailors experienced the open water of the east end. Feisty winds tested Mullion and Constantine sailors off Grebe beach. I was proud of the whole team's efforts.

Children, volunteers and staff all set the bar for the summer season. Thanks go to the lead sailors today who sacrificed their own strong-wind fun to help their younger or less experienced school mates.

Mike Comyn

May 2017

Mullion School Sailing

Thanks to Jonathan Thornton for these photos

May 2017

Curnow School on the river

Thanks to Jonathan Thornton for these photos

May 2017

Constantine School Outing

Thanks to Jonathan Thornton for these photos

May 2017

St Keverne School

Thanks to Jonathan Thornton for these photos

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