Aug 2017

HRCST 20th anniversary

Margaret Green very kindly hosted a party at Calamansac in Port Navas on Sunday 6th August to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the Trust. John Green, Margaret’s late husband, started HRCST at Calamansac in 1997 with a few boats and a lot of determination and enthusiasm. Today the Trust operates over 80 boats and teaches more than 600 children each year.


Aug 2017

Living life on the edge – young sailors crew Black Dog to racing victory!

The five children who joined the crew of racing yacht Black Dog Team Gul and went on to score a win on the opening day of Falmouth Week [6 August] described their experience with an emphatic “amazing!”.

“Hiking out over the edge at speed was incredible,” said Ross Payne, 12, while 13-year-old Ollie Heffernan added: “It was challenging but really exciting. We had to work as a team to solve problems and keep the boat ahead of our competitors.”

The small team – Ross and Ollie plus fellow sailors Jacob Midgley, Gabriel Faulkner, and Rowan Skingley, came via the Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust (HRCST), a Cornwall charity dedicated to helping young people discover a love and respect for the sea through learning to sail and kayak.

Guided by Stuart Sawyer, owner and skipper of Black Dog and the rest of Team Gul, the children had chance to put the skills they’ve developed with HRCST into practice in a real regatta race in a fully competitive environment.

“The children got stuck in from the moment they came on board,” said Stuart. “We did a safety briefing and agreed boat positions and then they immediately set to work with the team, who were great in teaching and supporting them. It was good to see the children helping in various roles, from winching up the mainsail, trimming the 155sqm spinnaker and dropping the sails. All the crew took time to steer the boat and got stuck in. The wind really came up as we entered the Helford River, with 18 knots, so they were all hiking out and did a fantastic job. We are huge supporters of the Trust and all they do for children through sailing, so it was great to be able to help the charity.”

Mike Comyn, HRCST chief instructor, added: “What a memorable experience for the children. I am delighted to hear how well they performed. Many thanks to Stuart and his crew for providing this marvellous opportunity.”

For Gabriel Faulker, it was a chance to progress from sailing single-handed to working as part of a dynamic racing crew. He said: “As I boarded Black Dog I felt over-awed. As the youngest member of the crew, I knew I had to focus on this big boat and be ready to step up to the mark. The crew were amazing and settled my nerves. By the end of the race, with victory in sight, I felt my confidence and sailing had jumped to another level. It taught me to aim high.”

“It was a brilliant experience,” added Rowan Skingley. “It was very different to what we were used to and very fast – our average speed was around 6.5 knots, and we hit 10 knots going downwind!”


Aug 2017

Falmouth racing yacht plans to ‘Trust the Children’!

Falmouth racing yacht ‘Black Dog’ is being turned over to a group of children on Sunday [6 August], for the first day of Falmouth Week!

A team of children has been selected to race on Falmouth’s most competitive racing yacht, Black Dog. All of them come via Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust (HRCST), a south-west charity dedicated to helping young people discover a love and respect for the sea through learning to sail and kayak.


Jul 2017

Curnow School

It’s been another successful term for HRCST’s students with special educational needs – including the post-16-year-olds from Curnow School, seen here enjoying a Thursday morning session at Calamansack.

“Sailing with HRCST is one of the highlights of their year,” said Curnow School group leader Neil Pellow-Firth. “The sessions provide the students with a unique opportunity to develop not just their self confidence and teamwork skills, but also their understanding of water safety. The HRCST team is amazing. Our students and staff love every minute of the experience.”


Jul 2017

Interschools Regatta

Congratulations Trannack!

and thanks to Andrea Oakes for these photos:

Jul 2017


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.


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

More Curnow School Photos

These photos courtesy of Neil Pellow-Firth

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!



Dec 2016

HRCST Carol Service

The Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust (HRCST) celebrated a record-breaking year with a fund-raising advent carol service at St Constantine Church on Monday [28 November]. 

Children from Mawnan and Constantine primary schools, many of whom are learning to sail with the HRCST, formed a candlelight procession through the church before an evening of readings and musical performance. They were joined by the church choir and the Trengilly Singers, in a service led by St Constantine vicar the Reverend Stewart Turner.


Nov 2016

Christopher Fawell

Enormous thanks to our retiring co-Chairman


Nov 2016

HRCST is now a CIO

On 1 November 2016, the start of our new financial year, Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust, like many other charities, became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation – a “CIO”.


Sep 2016

Golf at Budock Vean

Twelve teams of four golfers competed in the HRCST golf day at Budock Vean Hotel on Friday 16th September.  Charles Richardson, co-chairman of HRCST, was delighted that the event raised over £2,000 for the Children’s Sailing Trust.

The Longest Drive competition, sponsored by Nova Construction, was won by Piran Trezise and the Ladies Longest Drive was won by Ann Pollard.  The Nearest the Pin competition, sponsored by RTP Surveyors, was won by Roger Mildren.

Strong, gusting winds made the course challenging, even for the best golfers, but the Texas Scramble format led as usual to some excellent, low scores.  The winning team was Roger Mildren, Alan Engall, Tim Goddard and Chris Ramsden.

More photos …

Sep 2016

Giles Williams

Giles Williams, who was an enthusiastic supporter of the Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust, died unexpectedly on September 9th.

Giles was a partner at KPMG in London. Their chairman described him as “one of the world’s leading experts on financial services regulation” and “the ‘go to’ adviser for the major financial institutions, regulators and governments”. He was also a born and bred Cornishman who loved this part of the county and was committed to making a difference here.

Many people will have seen KPMG in bold letters on one of our boats, as it was donated by Giles and his partners.

Giles will be much missed by all his many friends around the Helford River. 

Giles’ family have asked that any donations in his memory are made to the HRCST.

Find out more.

Apr 2016

Swords and Sails

A Trinity House “Elder” dressed in full regalia had his swords ready for keeping order as the Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust celebrated the addition of seven new boats to their fleet.

Apr 2016

Helford River Junior Regatta – Kindly Sponsored by Holiday Cornwall

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

Sep 2015

Chamberlain Cup 2015 Result

Well done to the dedicated few who turned out for this years regatta. Although the wind was light we had some great racing with competitive sailors at all levels.

Well done to Finlay for the overall win, it was very close!

Jul 2015

2015 Inter Schools Regatta Results

Wendron 1st, Mawnan 2nd, Coverack 3rd

May 2014

Obituary: John Green MBE

Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust was founded by John Green who holidayed and lived at Calamansac for many years. John passed away on 4 May 2014  leaving a wonderful legacy of thousands of children and adults who love the waters of the Helford River as John did as a child. more…

Jul 2013

Inter Schools Regatta Results

St Martin 1st, Mawnan & Trannack 2nd

Jun 2010

John Green MBE

June 2010: John Green has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours. John founded the Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust back in 1997. Since then the trust has gone from strength to strength and has allowed thousands of youngsters to learn to row and sail.

Jun 2008

New Tenders

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