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


HOLIDAY COURSES

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.
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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:
charles@nullhrcst.org.uk
or Mike Comyn:
mike@nullhrcst.org.uk

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Diary Dates

2018 Youth Training

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

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HRCST Youth Regatta

7th July 2018

Summer Holiday Course 1 AM

30th July 2018 to 2nd August 2018

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Summer Holiday Course 1 PM

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

£125 (10 places left)

Summer Holiday Course 2 AM

6th August 2018 to 9th August 2018

£140 (1 places left)

Summer Holiday Course 2 PM

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

£125 (18 places left)

Summer Holiday Course 3 AM

13th August 2018 to 16th August 2018

£140 (8 places left)

Summer Holiday Course 3 PM

13th August 2018 to 16th August 2018

£125 (6 places left)

Summer Holiday Course 4 AM

20th August 2018 to 23rd August 2018

£140 (10 places left)

Summer Holiday Course 4 PM

20th August 2018 to 23rd August 2018

£125 (14 places left)

Summer Holiday Course 5 AM

27th August 2018 to 30th August 2018

£140 (19 places left)

Summer Holiday Course 5 PM

27th August 2018 to 30th August 2018

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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 hrcst.org.uk

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May 2018
HRH The Countess of Wessex and Tom Green of Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust at the 21st Birthday Celebration Dinner at Fishmongers’ Hall on 17 April 2018.

HRH The Countess of Wessex and Tom Green of Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust at the 21st Birthday Celebration Dinner at Fishmongers’ Hall on 17 April 2018.

21st Birthday Celebration Dinner Success!

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HRCST held a 21st birthday celebration dinner on 17 April at The Fishmongers’ Hall in the City of London with HRH The Countess of Wessex in attendance. Guests, which included long-time friends and new supporters of the Trust, took part in an auction which raised a significant sum for the Trust. Co-Chair, Charles Richardson said, “we were thrilled with the outcome of the evening, which raised just under £100,000 for our future activities.”

We are very grateful to the many Cornish and national businesses that supported our fundraising by donating prizes to the auction.

Funds will go towards the Trust’s plans to expand its operations on the Helford River and open a National Centre for Water sports Excellence catering for children with special educational needs and disabilities at Trevassack Lake.

May 2018

Model boat made by Constantine Primary School for the Trust’s 21st Birthday Celebration Dinner

Thanks to Constantine school

Special thanks go to Constantine Primary School who created 18 model boats for dining table displays at the Fishmongers’ Hall.

You can view the model boats here.

May 2018

Floating Classroom Update

Louise Aspinall’s Marathon Challenge

Trust supporter Louise Aspinall will be raising funds for the Trevassack Lake Floating Classroom by running the Bournemouth Marathon on Sunday 7 October 2018.

You can make a pledge to support Louise in her fundraising for the Trust at justgiving.com

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Apr 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.

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

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