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Members Update

Dear Members,

Firstly I’d like to apologise for the lack of emails being sent out this week. Unfortunately our entire clubhouse team is having to isolate since a confirmed positive Covid test among them, so our usual processes have been disrupted.

The clubhouse has been deep cleaned and since the further lifting of restrictions, it can now open for the use of toilets and showers. If you do enter the clubhouse, please sign the track and trace form or use the QR code with the NHS app at either entrance.

We have a temporary volunteer team opening the bar on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th July in the evening from 6pm. We are also very happy to announce that we have Chimichangas Mobile Catering food van coming to the club on the Saturday from 6pm, so please join us for some fantastic Mexican street food.

Ollie is back serving drinks from Sunday 25th July and we’ll resume food coming out of the kitchen from the following Wednesday 28th July.

Although restrictions have been eased, HRSC aren’t changing many. For the continued safety of our staff and members while Covid transmissions remain high in the area:

* We will carry on operating with table service only, both inside and out on the balcony

* You won’t be served at the bar, please remain at your table to be asked for your order

* You’ll need to book tables inside for food, while the balcony remains first come first served. Any walk-ins may have a longer wait for food

* We ask that masks are worn at all times except when sitting down at your table

* Please continue to check in with the NHS T&T app and/or the track and trace forms provided

Thank you for your cooperation while we work hard to remain open for your enjoyment. Our Facebook and Instagram pages will have updated information for you.

Thank you

Nick Glossop, Vice Commodor

Upcoming RYA Level 1 & 2 Courses

Dear Members

The Helford River Sailing Club is offering more dates for RYA Level 1 & 2 Courses which take place at the Childrens Sailing Trust. The new dates are as follows:

LEVEL 1     SATURDAY JULY 31st and SATURDAY AUGUST 7th

Will give you a basic understanding of boat handling techniques.

LEVEL 2     SATURDAY AUGUST 14th and SATURDAY AUGUST 21st

You will become a competent sailor in light winds, improving sailing techniques and manoeuvres, rigging, launching, safety capsize, recovery and basic rules of the road.

Both courses take place over 2 consecutive Saturdays. If you have had some previous dinghy sailing experience you can go straight to the Level 2 course, but doing both levels will give more practice and time on the water.

The courses take place in single-handed dinghies so you will need a wetsuit. Buoyancy aids are provided by CST. You will picked up from HRSC pontoon and ferried to the beach on the north bank of the Helford where the courses take place.

The cost of each course is £150

If you would like to sign up for a course please email me

moc.kooltuonull@1nostaweigna 

Kind regards

Angie Watson

Captain Adult Sailing

Kitchen Closure

Dear Members,

It is with great sadness that due to one of our kitchen staff testing positive for Covid we’re having to close the kitchen while a PCR test is carried out and the kitchen is deep cleaned.

We’ll let you know as soon as we can open again.

Junior Sailing is now fully subscribed for 2021

Junior Sailing is now fully subscribed for 2021.

If you or your child is interested in joining Junior Sailing next year please ensure you submit you application early to avoid disappointment..

For more information please contact Captain Juniors – Sally Badger on moc.liamgnull@csrh.sroinuj

We are open for food!

We are now running a small blackboard menu, Wednesday to Sunday .

Table services only, please book in advance. We will try to accommodate walk-ins if space allows. Masks to be worn when not seated, please.

Please see club opening times for more details on kitchen hours.

To book call 01326 321460 or email moc.liamgnull@csrevirdrofleh

The new regulations and what they mean to HRSC

The clubhouse can accommodate around 45 people inside, with additional outside seating. Everyone MUST be seated at a table, these are arranged to comply with social distancing guidelines. (There is NO bar seating –approaching the bar is PROHIBITED). Orders for food and drink will be taken and paid for at the table.

Front of House Team will serve drinks and prepare the tables and then serve food. We have limited staff to keep everyone separate, so please be patient.
I cannot stress enough the importance of adhering to these guidelines. Failure to do so could result in the clubhouse being closed once again. We will review them as soon as possible, as the roadmap continues to develop.

The following explains these restrictions.

ARRIVAL

  • Face Coverings must be worn until seated at a table.
  • Wait to be assigned a table. Do NOT move to a table until directed as they must be cleaned and sanitised after every visit.
  • Please sign in or alternatively, you can check in via the NHS Covid-19 App by using the NHS QR Code displayed.

LAY OUT

  • Tables are set up for 2, 3 or 4 or 6  people to meet social distancing and to also reflect  group sizes. Please do NOT rearrange any tables or chairs or move between tables

ORDERING and PAYMENT

  • Orders for food, condiments and drinks will be taken at the table.
  • Food menu and specials displayed on a blackboard. 
  • Pay when ordering. Contactless payment should be used whenever possible. 

SERVING

  • Front of House Team will serve drinks and food direct to your table.
  • These procedures are in place to minimise handling.

LEAVING

  • Leave all glasses and plates on your table. Do NOT return anything to the Bar or Kitchen.
  • Please always comply with Front of House Staff requests.

FACILITIES

  • Access to the toilet facilities, changing rooms and showers are open.
  • Please follow social distancing rules

Important Club Notice

Outside of bar opening times and the presence of club staff, the club facilities (including toilets and showers) must remain closed, even to visiting yachts.

This is due to government Covid-19 guidelines and our ability to enforce track and trace. We will let you know when this changes.

Annual L’Aber Wrac’h Race

Dear HRSC Member,

It is with regret that we announce the Annual L’Aber Wrac’h race has been cancelled again this year. The organisers are hoping that they will be able to host it again in 2022.

However, all is not lost! There will be a race next month, followed by a party in the evening with live music. Full details to follow.

Report from Helford River Navigational Aids Committee

As of Friday 14th May 2021 the starboard hand August Rock buoy is again on station. Flashing green every 5 seconds.

The buoy broke away in a horrendous south easterly gale in February and was destroyed on the rocks. Despite numerous dives by Mike Anselmi and his team no chain or bloke could be found. An indication of the ground swell etc. in this region. Mike did not charge for this and the HRNAC is most grateful to him.

The cost of complete renewal of this mark is in the order of £8000. This means in future the lit buoy will be brought in during the winter months and will be replaced by a small green marker buoy.

All 4 navigational buoys are now on station but please note, all these buoys are seasonal and so take care out of season and don’t ever go near Bar Buoy at low water springs!

John Head HRNAC

Calling all Rescue Boat Coxswains & Crew

Dinghy Sailing, Adult Sailing, Yacht Racing and Junior Sailing are already underway!

The rescue boats are a critical part of all HRSC activities and without those members that regularly give up their time to provide cover these activities simply couldn’t take place.

I’m trying to get our records up to date of all members who can provide cover as well as those that would be happy to go out as crew to help, get involved with and see some of the activities on the water first hand.

If you can help as Race Officer for different events, could you also let us know.

Please email me so we can make sure we have the correct details including information relating to experience on the water, type/s of boat and any RYA training already undertaken.

If members would like to do any RYA training also let me know so we can look at whether it’s possible to arrange any courses to be run through the club.

I know we have a number of new members and if anyone isn’t necessarily familiar with the boats we have, where the keys, equipment, fuel cans etc are, or maybe hasn’t spent a huge amount of time on the river and would like to get out and see where we sail, I’m happy to arrange to meet you at the club to run through everything I can.

All the best,

James Norton

Captain Rescue Boats

moc.liamgnull@notron44semaj

Member Update


Dear Member,

With the new regulations underway today I am pleased to announce that we can now allow people inside the clubhouse.

To book a table please email moc.liamgnull@csrevirdrofleh or call 01326 231460

(Table service only.)

You are still required to sign in on arrival and face masks are to be worn unless seated.

We’re open tomorrow

Bar 1700 – 2300

Kitchen 1700 – 2000

Our new Summer opening times and menu will start from the of 25th May,

details to follow.

We look forward to welcoming you back inside your Clubhouse.

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.