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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. This year will be one of committed fund-raising efforts to make this a reality.

An artist's impression of the Trevassack Lake project
An artist’s impression of the Trevassack Lake project (click to enlarge)

Find out more about Trevassack Lake

Find out more about the Trust

Download the HRCST Annual Review 2017


Let our friendly experienced RYA instructors teach your child to sail during this Half-Term or Summer Holiday.

Book a Holiday Course

Holiday Course Sailing

Become a Friend of HRCST

Financial contributions from our friends are vital to enable the Trust to continue its work.


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
  • Preparing the site at Trevassack
  • Safety boat operation
  • Sailing instruction and assistance
  • Office administration
  • Fundraising

If you are interested, please contact
Charles Richardson:
or Mike Comyn:


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Jul 2018

Interschools regatta

We had baking sunny weather with almost no breeze for this years Interschools regatta. 8 enthusiastic teams participated from our various schools and competed in rigging, kayaking, sailing quiz, and as a result of no wind, rowing.


Jun 2018

10 new boats for the HRCST fleet!

We have 10 fantastic new Optibat ‘SailQube’ boats thanks to our 21st Birthday Celebration Dinner. The boats were delivered on Monday 25 June and by the end of the week children from across the Lizard were enjoying their sailing lessons on the new craft.


Jun 2018

HRCST appoints its first CEO

Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust (HRCST) has announced the appointment of its first CEO.

Locally-based Simon Osborne will take up the position in early July. Until recently Simon was a Director of Sea Kayaking Cornwall and Gylly Adventures – two very successful local businesses that he helped to found.


Jun 2018

HRCST Junior Regatta

“Our Junior Regatta this year was a great success. A challenging day in easterly winds with a good rolling swell tested our young sailors’ abilities but they rose to the occasion. 30 children raced across 2 separate courses with our Terra and Pico fleet competing in 5 different races and our Oppie fleet in up to 9 races.”

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Jun 2018

On the water with Camborne College’s Foundation Learners

Thank you to students on the Foundation Learning course at Cornwall College Camborne who held a number of fundraising events at the College over the summer term and raised £350 to donate to HRCST!

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May 2018

Falmouth Accountancy firm, Hodgsons support local youth sailing charity

Falmouth-based Accountancy firm, Hodgsons, is sponsoring the Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust’s 2018 Junior and Youth Regattas.

James Hodgson, Partner at Hodgsons Chartered Accountants said: “We’re delighted to sponsor this event, which has grown and grown in recent years and celebrate young people’s achievements on the water.”

The Youth Regatta takes place on 9 June and the HRCST Youth Regatta on 7 July. The Junior Regatta runs from 10am-3pm and can be viewed from the Durgan to Mawnan coastal path. For more information about learning to sail with the Trust, see


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