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!
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.
Enormous thanks to our retiring co-Chairman
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”.
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.
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.