From:                              Helford River Children's Sailing Trust <>

Sent:                               24 July 2019 09:30


Subject:                          HRCST - providing sailing for ALL




HRCST July Newsletter: Lakes, larks and a race or two!


It has been a busy season for HRCST Sailing Instructors Mike, Martin and the team so far! Our activities began with ‘taster’ sessions at Easter this year; followed by the first ever Community Open Day at Trevassack Lake in May where we were able to trial our new adapted Hansa boats and kayaks and culminated with the annual Junior, Youth and Interschools Regattas in June and July.

In between, we ran fundraising events at The Little Ship Club, London and The Tolmen Centre, Constantine. And as ever, demand has been high for sailing lessons from schools across West Cornwall.


Watersports for ALL at Trevassack Lake Open Day



Over 600 people attended our Community Open Day at Trevassack Lake on Sunday 19 May to view the site plans and take part in free sailing, kayaking, paddle-boarding and swimming sessions. Activities were made accessible thanks to a newly installed pontoon and hoist at the lakeside.
We were delighted that the Open Day featured on BBC Spotlight South West news. You can view the coverage and read more about the day here.
Thanks to grants from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Coastal Communities Fund, construction work will begin at Trevassack Lake in late November. The funding secured enables us to build the Learning Centre and two of the 7 planned residential lodges which will provide adapted accommodation for families with children with disabilities and special educational needs.


Fun in the Sun at the Interschools Regatta




Glorious sunshine and a light wind made conditions perfect for this year’s hotly contested Interschools Regatta, where dozens of young sailors gathered to put all they’ve learned in their after-school sessions into practice.
Congratulations to winners, Trannack School and runners up, Mawnan Smith and Germoe Primary Schools. Read our race report here.

We look forward to seeing you on the Helford this summer.
Best wishes

The team at HRCST



Support Us


The Little Ship Club Reception


We were delighted to be joined by Andy Hunt, Chief Executive of World Sailing, Paralympic Sailors Hannah Stodel and Massimo Dighe and Round-the-World Yachtsman, Mike Golding at our second London fundraising event which took place on 12 June at The Little Ship Club in the City of London.
For Andy, encouraging the next generation of world-class sailors is paramount: “Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust do excellent work skilling up and building the confidence of young sailors. World Sailing relies on organisations like the Trust for the elite sailors of tomorrow”. Hannah and Massmio spoke movingly about the possibilities that Trevassack Lake will create for young sailors with disabilities just starting out in the sport.
If you’re interested in attending future fundraising events, please contact us via email.


Medical Maelstrom at The Tolmen Centre



Thank you to Michele Sharkey, Anthony Seddon and Sam Freegard of Medical Maelstrom for a fabulous evening of light entertainment and satirical song which raised £1800 towards our sailing lessons and to The Tolmen Centre in Constantine for hosting the event. You can read more about it here.
If you are interested in holding a fundraising event of any kind, please do get in touch.


And finally...why do we ask for donations?


Cornwall is famed for its maritime history and industry - nowhere in the county is more than 20 miles from the sea - but without nurture these links will diminish.
You may consider the Helford a wealthy area. But out of sight, beyond the idyllic creeks and wooded valleys, 25-35% of children in the areas we serve live in poverty (after housing costs*). At the heart of what we do is removing the financial barriers to children taking part, by providing activities to enhance the school curriculum at a time when school budgets are hard-pressed.
Children who sail learn about risk and boundaries, how to manage challenge and become resilient and gain water confidence. Our plans for the Lake mean that we can extend this offer: providing lessons to children with severe disabilities and activities for all year-round.
It costs £30 for a child to sail with us for one session. Your support will mean that we can continue to provide these activities either free of charge and at an affordable price.

*Public Heath Intelligence, Cornwall Council.







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