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Jan 17, 2019 - Thu
Falmouth GB
Wind 13 Knots, NNW
Pressure 1015 mbar
scattered clouds
Humidity 75%
Clouds 40%
Day Cond. Temp. Wind Humidity PressurePres.
thu jan 17
5°C /5°C 11 Knots, N 100% 1024.2 mbar
fri jan 18
8°C /8°C 18 Knots, S 100% 1014.62 mbar
sat jan 19
9°C /8°C 7 Knots, WNW 100% 1011.05 mbar
sun jan 20
8°C /7°C 14 Knots, N 100% 1023.87 mbar
mon jan 21
10°C /10°C 19 Knots, WSW - 1032.7 mbar
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.

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…

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.


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.

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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!


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.


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.


Jun 2018

On the water with Camborne College’s Foundation Learners

Thank you to students on the Foundation Learning course at Cornwall College Camborne who held a number of fundraising events at the College over the summer term and raised £350 to donate to HRCST!

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Jun 2018

HRCST Junior Regatta

“Our Junior Regatta this year was a great success. A challenging day in easterly winds with a good rolling swell tested our young sailors’ abilities but they rose to the occasion. 30 children raced across 2 separate courses with our Terra and Pico fleet competing in 5 different races and our Oppie fleet in up to 9 races.”

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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


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


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

Feb 2018
Rowan and Helen

Rowan and Helen

Helen and Rowan

We are delighted to welcome Helen Bishop-Stephens our new Fundraising Manager. Helen has a background in the arts including fundraising and marketing. Since returning to Cornwall she has led a Heritage Lottery-funded restoration project at Harvey’s Foundry Trust in Hayle and a marketing and events programme for the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Hub at Cornwall Chamber of Commerce. She grew up crewing mirror and wayfarer dinghies on Restronguet for her sailing-enthusiast parents. Now that her children are showing an interest in being on the water, she vows to let them hold the tiller. Well, sometimes.

Rowan Blewett is Trusts Administrator and has held posts in community fundraising and events at Cornwall Hospice Care and Shelterbox. She is a keen sportsperson who enjoys netball, snowboarding and hiking. She can often be found at the Helford retrieving her dog from the water.

If you’d like to get involved with fundraising, we’d love to hear from you. Contact helen@nullhrcst.org.uk or phone 01326 250765

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