Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust provides free and subsidised sailing lessons to children from over 20 primary schools and 3 special schools in Falmouth, Helford and The Lizard. HRCST provides the participants with the dinghies for racing in keeping with the Trust’s mission to make sailing accessible to all.
Aimed at encouraging young sailors aged 8-16 years who have lessons with the Trust to try competitive sailing, the Junior Regatta is often the children’s first experience of racing. As well as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd competition places to be won, HRCST regatta organisers award prizes for achievements such as the best start, most improved sailor and even best capsize to make sure the event is fun for all participating.
HRCST Sailing Instructor, Sammy Hubbard says: “Racing can be a daunting thing. Introducing children who have reached a basic sailing standard to racing early, increases their confidence and sailing ability massively.”
Once the junior sailors have had experience of racing, they are encouraged to join the Youth Regatta with all classes of boats racing for the top 3 places. Participating in the regattas has a positive impact for local events too, with Cadgwith Regatta Committee reporting more young sailors joining in with improved water knowledge, safety awareness and confidence.
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 hrcst.org.uk