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Uncle Giles launched at Port Navas

Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust (HRCST) has named its newest boat in memory of one of its enthusiastic supporters.

Giles Williams, who owned Port Navas Yacht Club on the Helford River and lived nearby, died unexpectedly last September aged 54. A born and bred Cornishman, Giles was a partner at KPMG in London and described as one of the world’s leading experts on financial services regulation.

Nearly £10,000 was donated to the Trust in memory of Giles, half of which was used to buy an RS Feva sailing dinghy. His friends and relatives gathered at the yacht club on Friday [28 April] to watch the naming ceremony, as his nieces Martha and Nancy Ellemann poured Giles’ favourite beer over the hull of ‘Uncle Giles’.

HRCST sailor Rafi Oakes, with chief sailing instructor Mike Comyn, Richard Nathan, Vicky Williams, Nancy Ellemann, Tom Ellemann, Antonia Ellemann, Daniel Williams, Charles Richardson and Martha Ellemann.

HRCST, which was started in Port Navas 20 years ago, provides free sailing and kayaking lessons for children through 21 local schools. Having recently relocated to a new base at Helford Passage, the charity celebrated a record-breaking year in 2016 during which it welcomed more than 600 young sailors – 90 of whom had special educational needs or disabilities.

“Giles is sadly missed by his many friends around the Helford River,” said HRCST co-chairman Charles Richardson. “We’re honoured to welcome ‘Uncle Giles’ to our fleet of more than 80 boats, as it will prove invaluable in the development of our young sailors’ skills. We now have five of the more challenging RS Fevas to complement the many Picos and Optimists that are used for beginners and less experienced sailors.

“Giles loved this part of the country and was committed to making a difference here,” added Charles. “We hope that the boat is a fitting tribute to the tremendous support he has given HRCST over the years.”

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