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HELFORD RIVER SAILING CLUB

Founded in 1948 and located on the south bank of the Helford River in some of the best sailing waters in England with shore facilities and pontoons.

Members and visitors using the Clubhouse will be met with a warm welcome from our friendly team including Club Steward Ollie and Chef Julian. A varied menu is available and the bar is stocked with a large selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. There are laundry facilities with washing machine and tumble dryer, and showers to freshen up after a day’s sailing.

Sunday April 11th 2021

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New members are always welcome. Please visit our membership page. Holiday Membership forms are available from the bar and office.

The Club always extends a special welcome to families and children. We have a strong junior sailing side and one of the founding objectives of the Club was “to encourage generally messing about in boats in a seamanlike manner” With this in mind, we ask parents to be aware of the inherent dangers of being near water, cliffs and a busy car park. What may be obvious to an adult could present an immediate danger to a child. We ask parents to be responsible for their children, to take warning signs seriously and ensure that lifejackets are worn as appropriate. That said, the river gives us all, both young and old, a tremendous playground right on our doorstep. . . . Enjoy it to the full.

Opening Times

13th April to 31st May

Tuesday – Friday 
Bar 1700 – 2300
Kitchen 1700 – 2100
Saturday
Bar 1100 – 2300
Kitchen 1200 -1600 & 1700 – 2100
Sunday
Bar 1200 – 2100
Kitchen 1200 – 1600
Bank Holidays
Bar 1200 – 2300
Kitchen 1200 – 1600 & 1700 – 2100

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Sailing Update

Hello and welcome to what will hopefully become a regular HRSC sailing update.

The RYA have issued guidance on what sailing activities can happen vs the government’s timetable. In summary organised activities are permitted from 29 March, and changing rooms and toilets can open from 12 April – when we should also be able to enjoy a socially distanced drink on the balcony 😀. From 17 May the club should be open indoors (subject to the rule-of-6), until 21 June when all restrictions will hopefully be lifted.

Junior Sailing

Following last year’s break Junior Sailing will start up again in May. Many applications are already in, but there’s still time if you haven’t applied yet – The forms are here. As time is short please complete them electronically and email to Sally (moc.liamgnull@csrh.sroinuj). The cost this year is £15, which is excellent value for 17-ish evenings of RYA assessed tuition! Cheques should be made payable to HRSC and sent in separately to the office.

Adult Sailing

Adult Sailing is due to start this month, with the Wayfarers due to get on the water shortly. Please contact Angie Watson (moc.kooltuonull@1nostaweigna) if you are interested in joining the Tuesday evening sessions. With a maximum of three to a boat this outdoor activity is covid-secure and a great way to get rid of the lockdown blues. The cost this year is £15, cheques should be made payable to HRSC and sent in separately to the office.

Dinghy Racing

Here’s the Dinghy Racing Calendar for April:

  • Sunday 18th 10:30 – On the water sail 
  • Thursday 22nd 18:00 – Racing
  • Sunday 25th 16:30 – Mini regatta
  • Thursday 29th 18:30 – Racing

Remember, the club’s boats are available for members to take out racing. We have Fusions, Fevas, Lasers, Toppers, Oppies and a Vision – numbers are limited and boat allocation for racing is handled by Duncan on the WhatsApp group, so check out the website for joining instructions. The full 2021 dinghy racing calendar is on the website here.

Yacht Racing

Our intension to have informal “practice races” on Wednesday evenings from 14 April with a regatta on Sunday 2 May to kick things off.

Here’s a summary of the yacht racing calendar this year:

  • The Spring Series starts on 05/04/21for 5 weeks (1 or 2 races per evening)
  • The Summer Series starts 16/06/21 for 7 weeks
  • L’Aber Wrac’h Race is planned for 25/06/21
  • Falmouth week is 08/08/21
  • Autumn series Starts  18/08/21 with the season finishing in late September

To get involved as skipper or crew head over the HRSC Keelboats Facebook page. The community there is friendly and active, with new sailors welcome. If you have any questions please talk to Alex (ku.oc.llobmarnull@slliM.rednaxelA).

Volunteering

Volunteers keep the club going and make it what it is. If you’d like to get involved there are lots of ways to get out on the water and help. We need:

  • Safety boat drivers (with Powerboat L2 cert) for dinghy racing (Thursday nights and Sunday mornings) – Talk to Duncan
  • Experienced dinghy helms for Wayfarers on Tuesday nights – Talk to Angie
  • Race Officers for dinghies and yacht racing (Wed/Thurs nights + Sat mornings) – Talk to Duncan and Alex

See the club’s website for contact details.

Wishing you a great year on the water…

Dom Brandreth

Rear Commodore Sailing

August Rock

There is now a temporary unlit buoy marking the August Rock. It will be sometime before a new lit buoy will be on station but negotiations are moving forward . 

In future the main lit buoy will be brought in during the winter months which is disappointing, but the Gedges in an easterly is not a fun place!

John Head
Chairman of Helford River Navigational Aids Committee

New Commodore

Dear Member

I have the honour of being elected Commodore of HRSC, so a little profile of my connection to the Helford River and HRSC.

I was born just outside of St Keverne, about a quarter of a mile from Coverack Bay. At 18 months old the family moved to Withan Farm which ran down to Frenchman’s Creek. We spent a few years at Treveador Farm again bordering Frenchman’s Creek and the Helford River, a short time at Trewothack Farm overlooking Falmouth Bay, back to Withan Farm where I lived until I moved to my own farm which overlooks Carn Creek, so all of my life has been within a short distance of the water.

Boating started at Treveador with my family, fishing trips on the river, picnics on the many beaches and coves. As the years went by much of my spare time was pottering about on the river in a 12ft punt with a seagull engine, and a well-used pair of oars!

Sailing for me started when my sons had the opportunity to learn to sail with HRCST, I went along to help and was encouraged to have a go, so I did and became hooked, I was then encouraged to train to become a Dinghy Instructor, and for the last five years have been the Senior Instructor overseeing the Junior Sailing sessions. This training couldn’t happen without our fantastic and enthusiastic volunteer instructors. Being elected Captain Safety Boats for three years and then elected Rear Commodore Sailing for two years, as part of HRSC Committee it has been challenging, stressful and rewarding in many ways.

The offer of crewing on Yachts was again a new experience and one which I enjoy on a weekly basis, racing within the river, occasionally Falmouth Sailing Week and other events within the bay – a huge thanks to everyone that gave me these opportunities.

My day job, I’m a farmer growing vegetables on a relatively small scale, all produce is sold within a 10 mile radius of my farm, Pubs, Restaurants, Village shops etc so many of you will have eaten some of our produce in the Club or other places within the area.

The difficulties of the last year have made for some changes in the way the club runs, but our aim is to provide a great experience at HRSC whether you sail or potter about on the river or just wish to sit on the balcony with a glass and a meal.

A huge thanks must go to the retiring Commodore and Committee members who have worked tirelessly to keep the club open and thriving over the last difficult year.

Special  thanks to Peter Watson our retiring Treasurer, who’s steadfast attention to every detail has kept the club on a sound financial footing even in this difficult year.

Looking forward to seeing you in the club or on the water soon.

Chris Hosken

Commodore HRSC

Dinghy Park Clean Up

There are still some kayaks, canoes and dinghies left in the dinghy park down by the slipway.

If they belong to you could you kindly remove them prior to our clean-up for the forthcoming season?

Cadgwith Fishing Cove Trust

Dear Members,

HRSC would like to show our support for the Cadgwith Fishing Cove Trust and the community in their endeavour to purchase the iconic buildings within the cove.

This fishing life shown on BBC TV recently gave a great insight into the work of this community of fishermen and their families.

crowdfunder.co.uk/cadgwith-fishing-cove-trust

Drying Mooring

The Club has one Drying Mooring suitable for boats up to 22ft available for rental.  It’s situated a short distance from the end of the Club pontoon and will dry out on a big spring tide.

The cost is £440 for the forthcoming season.

If you are interested in renting this mooring please give me a call in the Club office on 01326 231006 or email moc.tcennoctbnull@nimda-csrh to express your interest.

Thank you

Tracey