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Feb 16, 2019 - Sat
Falmouth GB
Wind 13 Knots, S
Pressure 1021 mbar
light rain
Humidity 100%
Clouds 75%
Day Cond. Temp. Wind Humidity PressurePres.
sat feb 16
12°C /10°C 15 Knots, S 96% 1026.62 mbar
sun feb 17
11°C /10°C 14 Knots, SSW 97% 1017.18 mbar
mon feb 18
10°C /7°C 12 Knots, WSW 96% 1018.89 mbar
tue feb 19
10°C /8°C 10 Knots, SW 95% 1024.93 mbar
wed feb 20
12°C /11°C 24 Knots, SSW - 1023.66 mbar

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

Become a Friend of HRCST

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


Work with us!

We are currently looking for experienced instructors to work with us for the 2019 season.

Take a look at our current vacancies!

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 call 07555 785102 or email info@nullhrcst.org.uk

Recent News
Oct 2018

Competitors James Greville-Smith, Charlie Berry, James Keen and David Kennedy


A charity golf event raised more than £2,000 for HRCST this September. We’re very grateful to the Budock Vean Hotel for providing the facilities, to the local businesses that offered sponsorship and to the golfers who supported the event with such enthusiasm.

Our thanks go to the following local businesses for their support: Towergate Insurance, Microcomms, West Country Foods, Hine Downing Solicitors, Cornish Holiday Cottages, Sally Wills, Trebah Gardens, Merlin Golf Club, Maenporth Electrical, St Austell Brewery, PFS Helston, Roskillys, Currie & Brown, ARCO2, Digs Property, Robin Curnow, Pendennis Shipyard, Mylor Builders and Savills (UK) Ltd.

Recent News
Oct 2018

Messing about on boats

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boatsWind in the Willows

Heloise and Isabelle Kennedy have been sailing with HRCST for four years. Here Heloise tells us how lessons with HRCST helped her: “You get to be a better sailor” says Heloise “without realising (because you are having so much fun).” I’m sure Rat would approve. What she doesn’t let on is which she prefers: lunch at the Ferryboat or the Shipwrights…

Recent News
Oct 2018

Pendennis joinery manager Tim Tregear (left) with joinery apprentices, renovating the bridge.

In focus: Bridging the Gap

HRCST has exciting plans to build an inclusive water sports centre at Trevassack Lake on the Lizard Peninsula.  The Trevassack Lake centre will offer a wide range of watersports training for children and young people, as well as serving as a new facility for the local community.  Our fundraising is making good progress and we were delighted to be awarded a grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation towards the project in September.

We are also grateful for the fantastic support recently received from local businesses: Haulfryns who have lent us a portacabin as a site office; Trebah Gardens which donated the former Monet’ footbridge for use at the Lake and Pendennis Shipyard, that carried out restoration work on the bridge.


Recent News
Aug 2018

Jilly Pridmore and Randall Brook, current and former Head Teachers of Mawnan Smith Primary School

Head to Head

Confidence, cooperation and courage are among the many qualities that children can develop when learning to sail.

Former Mawnan Smith School headteacher Randall Brook has witnessed this frequently over the last 20 years or so, thanks to the school’s close association with the HRCST. He now volunteers at the school’s Friday afternoon session – alongside new headteacher Jilly Pridmore.

Read More…

Recent News
Jul 2018

Interschools Regatta 2018

Sun, sea shanties but no sailing at this year’s Interschools Regatta

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


Recent News
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.


Recent News
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.


© Helford River Children's Sailing Trust
Registered charity number 1165396