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.
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.
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.”
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.
These photos courtesy of Neil Pellow-Firth