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 2017

Become a Friend of HRCST

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.

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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2018 Youth Training

27th April 2018 to 20th July 2018
17:45 - 20:00

£130 (0 places left)

Half-Term Holiday Course AM

28th May 2018 to 31st May 2018
09:30 - 12:30

£140 (0 places left)

Half-Term Holiday Course PM

28th May 2018 to 31st May 2018
13:30 - 16:30

£125 (16 places left)

HRCST Youth Regatta

7th July 2018

Summer Holiday Course 1 AM

30th July 2018 to 2nd August 2018

£140 (0 places left)

Summer Holiday Course 1 PM

30th July 2018 to 2nd August 2018
13:30 - 16:30

£125 (20 places left)

Summer Holiday Course 2 AM

6th August 2018 to 9th August 2018

£140 (16 places left)

Summer Holiday Course 2 PM

6th August 2018 to 9th August 2018
13:30 - 16:30

£125 (24 places left)

Summer Holiday Course 3 AM

13th August 2018 to 16th August 2018

£140 (13 places left)

Summer Holiday Course 3 PM

13th August 2018 to 16th August 2018

£125 (21 places left)

Summer Holiday Course 4 AM

20th August 2018 to 23rd August 2018

£140 (12 places left)

Summer Holiday Course 4 PM

20th August 2018 to 23rd August 2018

£125 (23 places left)

Summer Holiday Course 5 AM

27th August 2018 to 30th August 2018

£140 (22 places left)

Summer Holiday Course 5 PM

27th August 2018 to 30th August 2018

£125 (24 places left)

Mar 2018

Storm damage at Porth Sawsen

Like many foreshores along the Helford, Porth Sawsen received a battering by high winds and heavy seas overnight. The boat compound was badly damaged, though most of the fleet remains in one piece. Anyone able to volunteer help to restore order would be gratefully received. Contact Mike on 07939 711328

Feb 2018
Rowan and Helen

Rowan and Helen

Helen and Rowan

We are delighted to welcome Helen Bishop-Stephens our new Fundraising Manager. Helen has a background in the arts including fundraising and marketing. Since returning to Cornwall she has led a Heritage Lottery-funded restoration project at Harvey’s Foundry Trust in Hayle and a marketing and events programme for the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Hub at Cornwall Chamber of Commerce. She grew up crewing mirror and wayfarer dinghies on Restronguet for her sailing-enthusiast parents. Now that her children are showing an interest in being on the water, she vows to let them hold the tiller. Well, sometimes.

Rowan Blewett is Trusts Administrator and has held posts in community fundraising and events at Cornwall Hospice Care and Shelterbox. She is a keen sportsperson who enjoys netball, snowboarding and hiking. She can often be found at the Helford retrieving her dog from the water.

If you’d like to get involved with fundraising, we’d love to hear from you. Contact or phone 01326 250765

Jan 2018

Floating Classroom

A big thank you to everyone who took the trouble to vote for HRCST’s entry in the Aviva Community Fund competition last year.  We applied for £25,000 to build a floating classroom and we managed to get 4,198 votes.  We didn’t win but we gained a huge amount of positive publicity from this national, high profile competition and we plan to try again next time!

Jan 2018

Learn to sail on the Helford

Learning to sail is a great way to learn a new skill AND address any water fears that you or your child might have. We run holiday courses at Easter, May half term and throughout the summer school hols, or private lessons for any ages on Fridays and Saturdays from May to September.

Dec 2017

Budock Vean Golf Club

The Captains of Budock Vean Golf Club - Mo Salomé and John Rule - pictured here (photo by Andrea Oakes) chose HRCST as their Charity of the Year for 2017 and on 11 December presented Charles Richardson, co-chairman, with a cheque for £3,907.  The members collected this fabulous amount from a variety of events during the year.

Dec 2017


HELFORD River Children’s Sailing Trust (HRCST) celebrated its 20th year of operations with a fund-raising advent carol service at St Constantine Church on Tuesday [5 December].

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Aug 2017

Margaret Green – Tom Green – Nigel Bligh

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.


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