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.

trevassackFind out more about the Trevassack Lake

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donations Financial contributions from our friends are vital to enable the Trust to continue its work. If you would like to become a Friend of the Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust, please visit our Donations page.

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Download the HRCST Annual Review 2016

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Diary Dates

Spring/Summer Term Sailing

24th April 2017 to 24th July 2017

Volunteer Sailing Tuition – Wednesdays Excluding Half-Term

26th April 2017 to 19th July 2017
09:45 - 12:30

Helford River Junior Regatta – Kindly Sponsored by Holiday Cornwall

1st July 2017

Sailing in Optimists, RS Teras and Laser Picos this regatta is great for sailors at RYA level 2 and above.  more…

Inter Schools Regatta

13th July 2017
16:00 - 18:00

Chamberlain Regatta

22nd July 2017

Summer Holiday Course 1

31st July 2017 to 3rd August 2017

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Summer Holiday Course 2

7th August 2017 to 10th August 2017

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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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Summer Holiday Course 4

21st August 2017 to 24th August 2017

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Summer Holiday Course 5 – New!

28th August 2017 to 31st August 2017

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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 ( or Mike Comyn (

Jun 2017


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

Apr 2017

Uncle Giles launched at Port Navas

Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust (HRCST) has named its newest boat in memory of one of its enthusiastic supporters.

Giles Williams, who owned Port Navas Yacht Club on the Helford River and lived nearby, died unexpectedly last September aged 54. A born and bred Cornishman, Giles was a partner at KPMG in London and described as one of the world’s leading experts on financial services regulation. 


Apr 2017

New kayaks

On 19th April we took delivery of 8 new kayaks for the 2017 season which starts on 24 April.  Here is Mike Comyn, Chief Sailing Instructor, about to launch the new kayaks at Port Navas Creek.

Jan 2017

Principal and Chief Instructor’s Report 2016

Wow, 2016 was a cracker! Probably our best yet in every way. We aim to ‘raise the bar’ every season, and certainly we did this year with 609 individual young sailors who enthusiastically created a total of 5,002 sailor sea outings. We squeezed in an extra 42 teaching sessions this season compared to last. 

All this activity relies hugely on the framework of support behind the on-the-water team, namely the trustees, parents, drivers, school secretaries, teachers, coordinators and volunteers. Without all of these none of our success would be possible.

We would like to expand our volunteer bank next season to reduce the inevitable cost of ‘raising the bar’ and growing our operation to give as many children as possible a life changing experience. I would also like to encourage more adults to get involved both on the water and behind the scenes - fundraising is always a challenge!



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