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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.

BOOKING OUT CLUB DINGHIES ➤

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.

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.


Colin Charles Brown

Colin Charles Brown

Many club members were saddened to hear that Colin Brown had recently passed away. The club would like to offer our deepest sympathy to his family. Here is an obituary written by his son Matt with contributions from friends and a picture of Colin at the helm of his Drascombe Coaster “Aziz”.

First Laser Training of the Year.

Good turnout for the Laser training. The wind wasn’t too cooperative, but a fun and useful couple of hours (with Duncan Skingley providing entertainment with his no-wind capsizing skills ).Many thanks to Keith Wilkins and Linda for running the session.

Strong Easterlies ….

It’s looking like with the forecast for tomorrow’s dinghy racing (Thursday) and Sundays, we are going to have to cancel. Especially as it is going to be wind against tide ! So next race is going to be Thursday evening 29th April and then some race training on the Sunday 2nd. If any one can […]

Dinghy Racing Sailing Instructions out now!!!

Here are this years Dinghy Racing Instructions and Entry form. If you can have a read and bring a signed Entry form that would be great, I will have some at the club tomorrow if you dont!! https://helfordriversc.co.uk/…/HRSC-DINGHY-SAILING… https://helfordriversc.co.uk/…/Dinghy-Race-Entry-Form…

  • Colin Charles Brown

    Many club members were saddened to hear that Colin Brown had recently passed away. The club would like to offer our deepest sympathy to his family. Here is an obituary written by his son Matt with contributions from friends and a picture of Colin at the helm of his Drascombe Coaster “Aziz”.

    It is with much regret that we inform you of the untimely death of club member, Colin Brown. Those that had the pleasure of knowing Colin will remember him as a quietly spoken, unassuming man with a Nottingham accent; (which Cornwall never eradicated) and who was always willing to help others.

    Colin became a member of HRSC from 2004 after acquiring his first boat, a Wayfarer,  “Hobo” , which he used to enjoy exploring the sailing opportunities offered on the Helford River. He sailed Hobo extensively; frequently to Falmouth, St Mawes and Coverack, enjoying the simple pleasure of being on the water and feeling the wind on his face.

    He was a great supporter of the Club, leading the Adult Sailing/Wayfarer group for three years, providing leadership when it was needed. He passed on his knowledge of sailing to anyone who needed it. Often, when becalmed on a Tuesday evening Wayfarer night, waiting for the tide to turn or for the rescue boat to actually fulfil its function, Colin’s Nottingham accent would drift over the water and could be heard describing all sorts of information to novice sailors which he deemed essential for the safe sailing of Wayfarers.

    Dave Sumner has an abiding memory of Colin on one of the club Wayfarers, on a starboard tack in a stiff breeze balancing on the larboard gunnel and traversing the river at a rate of knots, revelling in the joy of the moment of being lucky enough to be part of such a wonderful sport.

    Chris Cuff remembers that in 2013 Colin decided to add to his collection and bought a Drascombe Coaster, Aziza, that soon became his pride and joy, which he kept on a mooring just off the Clubhouse. Colin sailed Aziza in local waters, often running up to Mylor, Fowey or Falmouth whenever the weather was in his favour, as well as further afield. He had so much pleasure from being on the water, sailing with family and friends, sharing his passion and all Helford has to offer.

    Colin was hoping to retire this year and teach his two grandsons, Gruff and Gwyd, to sail and love the water as much as he did. Aziza will be on the water again this year helmed by his son, Matthew and son-in-law Owain, to continue the great legacy Colin left behind.

    He died peacefully at home on Sunday 18th April 2021, leaving his wife Linda, his son Matt and daughter Kerensa. In addition he will be missed by his son-in-law and daughter-in-law together with his two grandchildren. As the funeral is being held in Nottingham on the 5th of May 2021, a donation to the Brain Tumour section of Cancer Research UK, instead of flowers, would be appreciated by the family.

    He was a ‘gentleman’ and will be missed by those who had the privilege of knowing him.

  • First Laser Training of the Year.

    Good turnout for the Laser training. The wind wasn’t too cooperative, but a fun and useful couple of hours (with Duncan Skingley providing entertainment with his no-wind capsizing skills 😃).Many thanks to Keith Wilkins and Linda for running the session.

  • Sunday 18th April results
  • Strong Easterlies ….

    It’s looking like with the forecast for tomorrow’s dinghy racing (Thursday) and Sundays, we are going to have to cancel.

    Especially as it is going to be wind against tide !

    So next race is going to be Thursday evening 29th April and then some race training on the Sunday 2nd.

    If any one can help with safety boats on any of these days or for other races please contact me.

    Cheers Duncan 07817875706

  • Great to be out on the water!

    Great sail today, even some planing at times. A few early season ‘technical hitches’ through the fleet!

    So here is the results for today’s warm-up race.

    CLICK TO ENLARGE