CAR PARK CLOSURE 27th – 29th November

We’re having a make-over! So our car park and driveway will be closed to all vehicles from next Monday (27th) to Wednesday (29th)


Our Bar will be open as usual. That’s 5-11pm on Tuesday & Wednesday, so please still come down for that!

Members and Guests are advised to park in the public car park next door while the works are being carried out.















Christmas Craft Fair – THIS Saturday!

Join us on this Saturday, November 25th, for our Christmas Craft Fair. This festive event is dedicated to raising funds for the RNLI, a vital organization in our community and for our members.

Date and Time: November 25th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Set up begins at 9:30 a.m.

At the fair, enjoy the holiday spirit with festive treats such as mulled wine, cider, minced pies, and our usual selection of HRSC bar snacks. Explore a diverse array of stalls offering something for everyone, including contributions from the RNLI. Christmas cards and calendars, handcrafted candles, textile tea towels, artwork, fabric books, cozy cushions, unique driftwood items, prints, greeting cards, beautifully knitted creations, hand-painted pebbles, exquisite jewelry, and more.

All stalls showcase the work of local artisans, highlighting the incredible creativity in our area. This is a wonderful opportunity to support and celebrate the talents of our local craftspeople. Importantly, every penny earned from table rentals will be donated to the RNLI, a cause we are genuinely passionate about. 😄


Capture the spirit of the season and share a piece of the Helford River with your friends and family! We’re delighted to announce the availability of our limited edition Helford River Sailing Club Christmas cards, each featuring a charming depiction of our clubhouse adorned in festive decorations.

These exclusive Christmas cards are a perfect way to spread holiday cheer and keep your loved ones connected to the beauty of our sailing club. Whether you’re near or far, these cards offer a warm glimpse into the joyous atmosphere at Helford River during this special time of the year.

Available from the BAR | £2.50 per Card


Undoubtedly, this was destined to be a monumental night in the HRSC calendar. Throughout the summer, our adventurous junior sailors, supported by our fantastic volunteers, braved all types of weather to master the fundamentals of sailing and enhance their proficiency in the ever-changing conditions of the Helford River.

HERE’s a Review of the Event by our Captain of Juniors – Vanessa Glossop

What an unforgettable night! As anticipated, Posh Nosh truly stood out as one of the Club’s most spectacular evenings this year. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of you for your unwavering support and for sharing in an absolutely splendid and enjoyable night. Flight 42 truly set the stage for an extraordinary party!

Of course, the spotlight of the night shone brightly on our remarkable Juniors. Let’s take a moment to celebrate the well-deserved awards we presented:

Optimist Champion Cup – Rose Lawry: Recognized for her exceptional attendance, positive attitude, boundless enthusiasm, and her invaluable assistance in launching and retrieving boats. Rose consistently goes above and beyond.

Acorn Cup for great potential – Tiggy: Awarded for her fearless participation in cup and regatta racing, her resilience, and her determination to persevere, even after experiencing a boom collision twice this season.

Carol Lawrence Cup for the most promising newcomer – Yolanda: Despite her wrist injury (not related to sailing with us, we must clarify), Yolanda proved to be a versatile standout, making her mark in her first year with us.

Topper Cup for the best single-hander – Oliver Stone: His unwavering determination and resilience were evident when he capsized at least ten times during the May Cup but remained determined to finish, except for missing the final race due to a head injury.

Most Improved Junior Cup – Pearl Nolan: Pearl’s dedication to learning, her ability to absorb and apply feedback, and her natural talent allowed her to make remarkable progress throughout the season.

Dubois Junior Cup – Lucas Shepherd: Lucas earned this award through outstanding racing performances, including an impressive 4th place finish in the May Cup.

Junior Yacht Helm Cup – Olivia Cattle: Recognized for her exceptional performance as a Junior Helm and her commendable attitude, which left a lasting impression on Ed, the keelboat owner she helmed for. Her killer smile is an added bonus!

Andrew Ward Cup for consistency, courtesy, and commitment – Florence Cunliffe: Florence’s capabilities, dedication, and helpfulness to others, along with her continuous pursuit of improvement, have made her a standout sailor.

The Hewett Family Cup – Jo and Seb Rowe: This award is a tribute to a family that holds a special place in the hearts of our junior sailing team. Jo and Seb are known for their unwavering commitment, organizational skills, and their tireless efforts to ensure smooth sailing. We would be lost without them.

The Stella Cup for excellence in attitude and attainment – Daisy Norton: Recognized for her unwavering determination in facing challenges head-on and for her consistent progress in the sport. (Apologies for the tears when presenting this one; it always gets to us. The Stella Cup is a […]

SUNDAY ROASTS | Rave Reviews!

Make sure you head down to the clubhouse for a Sunday Roast soon. They’re getting rave reviews! | Sundays 12-2pm

This week, Andre is preparing cauliflower, leek, and mustard cheese, and his gravy received rave reviews last week, so be sure to join us for a delicious meal. We’ll have topside of beef from Dales, pork, and incredibly flavourful turkey, as well as a walnut and cranberry nut roast. Additionally, we’ll serve Yorkshire puddings, thyme-roasted potatoes, balsamic red cabbage, a winter root vegetable puree, stuffing, red wine-infused gravy, heritage carrots, locally-sourced greens, and parsnips.

Enjoy wonderful views, drinks and great food this Sunday at HRSC

To reserve a table call the clubhouse on 01326 231606

Menu for Posh Nosh | 7th OCT

Posh Nosh is making a comeback! This year, we’re shaking things up with a more relaxed atmosphere and a lively band to keep our young sailors entertained! Come join us this Saturday night at 6:30pm for fantastic food and great company. We highly recommend making a reservation in advance!

PLEASE Pay at the bar in return for a BBQ ticket and pudding ticket.

2-COURSE BBQ and pudding

Adults and big kids £15 per head

Small kids £10 per head


Adults and big kids £12 per head

Small kids £7 per head


Artisan Lamb Kebab – Lebanese Flat Bread – Loaded Salad – Mint Yogurt

Artisan Chicken Kebab – Lebanese Flat Bread – Loaded Salad – Garlic Mayo

Artisan Smoked Artichoke Kebab – Lebanese Flat Bread – Loaded Salad – Truffle Yogurt


Mini Chicken Kebab – Salad – Flatbread

Loaded Hot Dog –  Fries

Loaded Veggie Dog – Fries


Chocolate Trifle – Chantilly Cream – Caramel

Lemon Cheesecake – Almond – Yuzu Biscuit

Bramble Meringue – Berry Compote – Cream

Our Dessert Station will be set up on the waitress counter. If you are having a dessert, you may grab and go when you have finished your main BBQ, in exchange for a dessert ticket.


The Helford Sailing Club Dinghy Regatta was a thrilling event that showcased the impressive skills of both young and adult sailors. The competition was fierce, and the results of the HRSC Regatta clearly highlighted the talent and determination of the participants.

In the Under 18 category, Rafa Oakes and Gus Harris secured a well-deserved 1st place with their exceptional teamwork and sailing finesse. Martha Philpott’s impressive performance earned her the 2nd position, demonstrating her dedication to the sport. The 3rd place was secured by the dynamic duo of Lucas Shepherd and Jackson Cunliffe, whose joint efforts navigated them through challenging conditions.

The adult participants displayed their sailing prowess as well, with Jonathan Cunliffe clinching the top spot in the Adults category. Philip Philpott’s sailing skills earned him the 2nd place, while Rupert Whelan’s performance secured the 3rd position.

The regatta was a true testament to the dedication of the sailors and the supportive environment of the Helford Sailing Club. The event saw an impressive turnout of 14 junior participants, reflecting the enthusiasm and interest among young sailors. Despite the tricky conditions marked by strong gusts throughout the day, the sailors showcased their resilience and adaptability, even in the face of occasional capsizes.

Overall, the Helford Sailing Club Dinghy Regatta was a resounding success, with participants of all ages exhibiting their sailing abilities and contributing to the event’s vibrant atmosphere.

As always we would like to thank our Captains of Dinghies for their efforts to make the event happen as well as our Safety Boat Crew and everyone who assisted on the day.


The Regatta Tea this year at Helford River Sailing Club took an unexpectedly bustling turn, as both the tide and weather conspired to challenge the timings of the festivities. Participants from Falmouth Sailing Week sought refuge in HRSC’s hospitality, complete with fantastic cakes, sandwiches, and teas, all meticulously coordinated by Di Best & our social committee.

The tide, unusually low for this years Regatta Tea, compelled our liberty boat crews to disembark passengers at Golden Gear steps, from where the competitors faced a short trek across Treath’s beach to reach the club. Thirsty sailors found solace in the Ale bar, while the Cornish Food Hub’s BBQ filled plates, and racers.

The party really started as the clubhouse came alive with live music from Tiger Tales. At least 150 members and sailing guests found themselves dancing along to the music by the end of the evening. The terrace offered a perfect vantage point, treating everyone to the full panorama of the Helford River.

Despite the challenges, the Regatta Tea turned into a resounding success, a testament to the spirit of camaraderie and celebration that binds the sailing community together.

We’d like to thank everyone who donated their food, time and efforts to making the event such a success.

REGATTA TEA | Please could we have a raise of hands for your generous platter donations?

Dear Members,
It’s that time of year where Falmouth Sailing Week is nearly upon on us. As a Club we are always very proud to host the Falmouth Week Regatta Tea on the first day. It has always been a great occasion on our social calendar, with wrap around entertainment and evening food being planned as usual. Members old and new, please join in on Sunday 6th August from 3pm.
As is usual, we’d like to rally the troops to help bring our famous HRSC tea for the sailors together. Please could we have a raise of hands for your generous platter donations? Sandwiches, sausage rolls, quiches, tartlets, cakes, brownies and any picnic-style delights are most welcome.
Please let our Captain of Social, Diana Best, know on [email protected] or 07557342805 what you will be delivering to us on the day so we can make sure we have a diverse spread for all tastes. If you are able to volunteer on the day to help with plating up and clearing away please also talk to Diana.
Food donations can be dropped off as usual from 11am on Sunday 6th August at the Club and someone will be here to gladly receive them.
Many, many thanks in advance, your generosity really makes the wheels go round on this fabulous event.
Best wishes,
Vanessa Glossop
Vice Commodore’s Wife and Captain of Juniors. 

REGATTA TEA – HRSC hosts Falmouth Week Sailors

The Helford River Sailing Club’s tradition of hosting the hungry sailors of Falmouth Sailing Week is a well known and traditional event. It’s a great way to foster camaraderie among sailors, sharing super delicious cakes, sandwiches, and teas while rekindling friendships that have developed over the years of attending the races.

As always there will be tea, homemade sandwiches & cakes galore as well as fantastic food from the Cornish Food Hub plus amazing live music from ‘the Tiger Tales’ who will be playing from 5.30pm.

The Cornish Food Hub will be offering a wonderful BBQ all day!

Please let our Captain of Social, Diana Best, know on [email protected] or 07557342805 what you will be delivering to us on the day so we can make sure we have a diverse spread for all tastes. If you are able to volunteer on the day to help with plating up and clearing away please also talk to Diana.

Helford Boat Maija – won all three of her races at Falmouth Classics this year!

Maija is a 50 year old Pioneer 10, owned by Chris Olsen. She races and does well in the HRSC Wednesday Evening Series. 

Only three years ago, she was a boat yard derelict at Waldringfield in Suffolk. Her current owner got her seaworthy and with her current race crew was delivered to Gweek, where she was restored, mostly by Chris.

She performed well in the Falmouth Classics last year, but excelled herself this time around. As long as she does well in the forthcoming Fowey Classics, she stands in good stead to win her class and possibly “best boat” of the whole classic series.

Thank you Chris Newman for informing us of this fantastic story for the Helford sailing community

the May Cup | 50th Anniversary Race



On the Water at 1:00 PM | First race starts at 1:30 PM | BBQ at Clubhouse starts 5.30pm

Helford River Sailing Club is set to commemorate a remarkable milestone this summer as it prepares to host the 50th running of the May Cup on July 15th 16th. The annual family sailing race, with its long history, holds a special place in the hearts of the May family, whose deep connection with the Helford River spans several generations.

The love affair between the May family and Helford River began in the 1950s when Susanna May’s grandparents, Jack and Lynn Hills, first holidayed in the picturesque village. During that time, Fido May’s parents resided in Restronguet, and he often ventured to Helford, fostering a fondness for the area that would be passed down through the generations.

In the early years, Jack Hills became a member of the Helford River Sailing Club, fuelling his family’s passion for sailing. The three Hills siblings, Susanna, Martin, and Mimi, grew up learning to sail on the river, immersing themselves in the exhilaration and serenity that the Helford waters provided. Their early experiences on the water laid the foundation for a lifelong connection with the sailing club.

The family’s association with Helford River Sailing Club solidified when Susanna and Fido tied the knot and started a family of their own around 1964 or 1965. The May family’s sailing adventures extended beyond the river, with memories of a voyage to France aboard a Silhouette 17 etched in their minds from those early years. While Fido preferred the speed of motorboats over traditional sailing vessels, he always found a way to contribute by serving as the rescue boat for various river events and Falmouth Week, demonstrating his unwavering support for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution). Through these endeavours, he forged connections with the skippers of working boats around Falmouth, further enriching the family’s maritime experiences.

In the May family’s sailing chronicles, a special place is reserved for the oyster dredger named Mary Rose, a vessel treasured by all. While Mary Rose was never raced due to its unfavourable tacking capabilities, it symbolized the spirit of family togetherness on the water, providing countless unforgettable moments for the May family.

In 1971, Susanna assumed the role of a dedicated sailing instructor, teaching her children and others in the community how to sail in a Mirror dinghy. This endeavour inspired Susanna to organize a handicap race that would bring together sailors of all ages and abilities. Her husband, took it upon himself to find a trophy, leading to the birth of the May Cup in 1973.

As the years passed, the May family’s sailing journey evolved. In their teenage years, they entered the Delta cohort, an entirely different sailing experience. Their vessel, Triton, numbered 19, competed in the Delta Championship, the Nairn Cup, and the regular weekly races. Sailing in the 1970s presented its challenges, with courses set from The Point and […]

L’Aber Wrac’h Race Report | 2023

The 62nd Helford to L’Aber Wrac’h race was held on 23rd June 2023 This year we had thirteen yachts, 6 French and 7 English, taking on the challenge of the Channel crossing, with 11 boats crossing the finish line. 

The wind was changeable, starting with a good breeze on the nose, which then went Westerly and variable near the French coast in the morning, the ultimate boat taking 3 hours to go six miles. 

The 1st five yachts finished within within 32 minutes of each other, a credit to the handicap committee. Only two boats retired, one motoring on to L’Aber Wrac’h, seeing seven pods of dolphins and two whales on the way and the other returning to Helford.

The prizegiving was held at the Yacht Club des Abers with a speech by David Kerlan, Mayor of Landeda & L’Aber Wrac’h and Rob Hewett, representing HRSC. Rob and Sue Hewett presented the prizes.

RACE RESULTS – The Winners

1st Calypso Jean Francoise Caraes

2nd  & Sundancer Trophy for 1st Helford Yacht –  Xenia Paddy Royall 

3rd Atahualpa David Guillam

Marie Jo Trophy was awarded to James Christie on Xenia, as the youngest competitor in the race.

The Bobby Martin Trophy for the 1st Yacht under 30” was awarded to Chris Clark on Grand Cru


Thanks must go to Daniel Dagorn, for the Prizegiving photographs and the YCA for the Race reception. Also to Rob Hewett, Anthony Jenkin, Johnny Walker, John Mills for Race Organization, and those who arranged and helped with a great Champagne reception.

NEW BAR & Restaurant Opening Times

Opening Times


Our Bar:

Monday – CLOSED

Tuesday & Wednesday 5pm – 11pm

Thursday & Friday:12-2:30pm, 5-11.00pm

Saturday: 12-11pm

Sunday: 12-9pm
(Note: All close times are discretionary)

Our Kitchen:


Monday – CLOSED

Tuesday & Wednesday 6pm – 9pm

Thursday & Friday: 12-2pm then 6-9pm

Saturday: 12-2pm then 6pm-9pm

Sunday: 12-2:30pm
(Note: The kitchen may open for events that are outside of these times)

HELFORD to L’ABERWRAC’H – Pursuit Race – June 23rd

Prepare to embark on an unforgettable adventure as the much-anticipated Helford River L’Aberwrach Race comes to Helford River Sailing Club! This will be the clubs 62nd annual race and is taking place on Friday 23 June 2023. It’s an exhilarating channel crossing challenge and is a true test of seamanship, endurance, and strategy. We invite you to join us on this remarkable journey that crosses the vast expanse of the English Channel. Or just come along to the fabulous Champagne Reception on Thursday June 22nd, its up to you 🙂

This race has become a celebrated highlight in the Helford River Sailing Club calendar. So don’t miss out!



Tomorrow night, we will host a RECOVERY PARTY welcoming the arrival of our French boats. Champagne will flow & Pimms will be poured between 7 & 8pm. Don’t forget to buy your raffle ticket which might give you chance to win a bottle of Champagne.

The Cornish Food Hub will be serving up their legendary food starting from 5.30pm. So get ready for a feast fit for champions! The main bar will remain open long into the night. PLUS: Prepare to have your spirits lifted by the sensational sounds of Cornish band, the Stowes

The real action begins on Friday as the race kicks off in a blaze of glory! As is traditional before the race there will be a morning breakfast served before the competitors leave – details & timings to follow.

You can find the entry forms, Notice of Race, and Coastguard forms for the race here. Make sure to dot your i’s and cross your t’s, as French customs require the forename, surname, date, and place of birth for all crew members prior to the race. Rest assured, the dedicated L’Aber Wrac’h Committee has gone above and beyond to ensure a seamless arrival in France.

Mark your calendars, folks! The L’Aber Wrac’h Champagne Reception is an event you won’t want to miss. We can’t wait to see each and every one of you there!

🌟 Join us at Helford River Sailing Club for a memorable Father’s Day Roast! 🌟

Celebrate Dad’s special day with a delicious two-course meal for only £19! And that’s not all! As a token of appreciation for all the amazing fathers out there, we’re offering the Dads of your group a complimentary pint of their choice. Join us for an afternoon filled with good food, great company, and the stunning riverside views of Helford.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to make Father’s Day truly special.

We’ll be serving Beef, Pork Belly & Nut Roasts plus our exciting menu of delicious deserts.


Book at table now to reserve your spot! Call our clubhouse on 01326 231606

HRSC Talks Series: Liz Fenwick & The Secret Shore

Saturday 13th May from 6.30pm.

A great opportunity to meet Liz Fenwick, hear her talk about her new release ‘The Secret Shore’, and grab yourself a copy, hot off the press. Book yourself a table for food while you’re here!

Here is what to expect … “As one of the Navy’s most skilled mapmakers, Merry knows the very lives of men far away depend on her work in the War Office.

But when a family crisis draws her back to her beloved Cornwall, Merry finds herself working alongside an enigmatic American officer on secret operations spanning the rugged coasts of Cornwall and Brittany which she knows so well.

But not everything is as clear as the maps she draws. As rumours and suspicion swirl around her family, Merry is increasingly drawn to Jake, despite the defences she’s built around her heart. It’s a dangerous time to fall in love when there is everything to lose as the tides of war are rising…

The award-winning author Liz Fenwick returns with a glorious, sweeping novel full of intrigue and passion.”


Upcoming events schedule

We look forward to seeing you at the following events scheduled for Spring and Summer.

Easter Bank Holiday Monday (10th April)
All day BBQ and Children’s Beach Scavenge with Easter Egg Prizes!
With Live Music from 1.30pm with Will Eason and Joe Hurworth

Bank Holiday Monday (1st May)
Another bank holiday, another fantastic BBQ!

Coronation Bank Holiday Monday (8th May)
All day BBQ to celebrate the King’s Coronation
With Live Music from Akoustek Band at 1.30pm 

Liz Fenwick book launch (Saturday 13th May)
Join us to grab yourself a copy of Liz’s new book ‘The Secret Shore’

Bank Holiday Monday (29th May) 
Again, another BBQ for a buzzing bank holiday

L’Aberwrach Champagne Reception (Thursday 22nd June)
Drink champagne and dance along to the fabulous Cornish band, The Stowes! 

Falmouth Week Regatta Teas (Sunday 6th August) 
With Live Music from the Tiger Tales Band 

Odds and Sods (Saturday 19th August)
Join us to listen to the fabulous Cornish Male Choir on our balcony

Please keep an eye on our social media feeds and our website for regular updates about all of these events organised by your Social Committee. 


More info on the HRSC Dinner & Dance

Tickets are now SOLD OUT. There is a waiting list and members will be contacted on a first come first served basis if tickets become available.

If you have a ticket, please make sure you email into the Office or Lee ([email protected]) with your menu choices and dietary requirements (click for menu) asap (Mon 20 Feb). Any payments and menu choices not received in time will be released and offered on a first come first served basis to those on the waiting list.

HRSC bank details: Lloyds Bank

Sort Code: 30-94-07

Account Number: 00090120

If you still need to book a room, please find below the preferential room rates for the night of the 18th March at the Greenbank. All rates include breakfast:

Classic Inland Double/Twin at £99.00 Per Room Per Night

Classic Harbour View Double/Twin at £129.00 Per Room Per Night

Superior Inland Double/Twin at £159.00 Per Room Per Night

Superior Harbour View Double/Twin at £189.00 Per Room Per Night

Deluxe Harbour View Double/Twin at £209.00 Per Room Per Night

To reserve a room, please call the Greenbank Hotel direct on 01326 312 440 and press option one. Quote ‘HRSC Dinner & Dance’ when booking.

We look forward to seeing you there!


New Year’s Eve Party Menu

For those of you planning on coming to the New Year’s Eve Party, we are pleased to attach the menu for the evening, below. This is not a fixed menu, so you can choose as many courses as you wish from the selection.

A reminder of the order of play on the night: 

– Champagne cocktails 5-7pm 

– Dinner 6-8.30pm

– Live music from the fabulous Tiger Tales 9-11pm

– See in the New Year

To make a booking, please call on 07587 795665 or email [email protected].

Whether you are coming down to eat or simply to enjoy the bar and band with your friends, we look forward to welcoming you as we see in 2023.


Christmas Menu throughout December 2022

We hope you are starting to a feel a little festive and that you are already making plans for December.

The Cornish Food Hub at HRSC is delighted to offer a special Christmas Menu throughout December, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 6-9pm. We have pleasure in linking the menu HERE: Special Christmas Menu.

THIS IS BY PRE-BOOKING ARRANGEMENT ONLY FOR YOUR PARTIES. Food is only otherwise available from a general menu on Fri and Sat evenings, 6-8pm.

As members, you are able to sign your guests into the club, so come on down for your pre-Christmas staff parties, family gatherings and festive feasts with your friends.

Pre-booking is essential for our Christmas Menu. Please call on 07587 795665 or email [email protected].


HRSC Talks Series: Helford Under The Water, Sue Scott

Wednesday 23rd November at 8pm

Join us to hear a presentation by Sue Scott from the Helford Marine Conservation Group and our Fal and Helford Estuary Officer. The Helford is highly protected for its natural beauty, scientific interest and value to the fishing and shellfish industry. In this presentation, Sue explores Helford’s underwater world, its wider importance and what we all can do to help protect it for the future. 

KITCHEN & BAR will be OPEN so please treat yourself! An easy, basket menu will be served from 6-8pm. Please book a table on 01326 231460 or email [email protected].

More info below:



Wednesday 19th October at 8pm
KITCHEN & BAR will be OPEN so please treat yourself! 😊 🍝 🥂 An easy, bar-snack menu will be served 6-9pm.

Join us at HRSC to meet Liz Fenwick, author of many award-winning contemporary Cornish novels. Hear her take on the importance of research in her novels, and the part real human experiences play in shaping her stories.

Liz says, “The talk will be about the role research plays in my writing and the importance of people’s personal stories. Those divisible tales and snippets give a book a touch of honesty and reality. Do you have a story that might work in one of my books? If so please come along and share it with me. It could end up in the narrative of my next book!” Now, that’s an exciting prospect!

For all Liz Fenwick fans, avid readers and lovers of our Cornish shores and way of life, this talk is not to be missed!


HRSC Quiz Nights

We will be running our popular Quiz Nights on the occasional Saturday night throughout Winter.

Come on down for a small-plate meal (click Read More to see the menu) and exercise those brain cells with friends afterwards! Look out for confirmation of the quizzes on the website, email and social channels.


Around the World Fridays

We are excited to announce our ‘HRSC Around the World Fridays’ this Autumn and Winter. 

Once or twice a month, on a Friday evening, the Club’s Cornish Food Hub will introduce us to a bespoke tasting menu featuring different cuisines from around the world. Keep an eye on the website, emails and social feeds for updates!

BOOKING these popular evenings is ESSENTIAL!
Call 01326 231460 or email [email protected].

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Champagne Recovery

This Thursday 23rd June! The traditional Champagne Recovery to welcome all the French boats who have made it over for the Helford to L’Aber Wrac’h Race.

Stickers for the Champagne will be available to buy on the door for £10 and there is a cash only bar on the balcony in addition to the main bar for the evening.

The wonderful Akoustek will be playing for us through the festivities and the Cornish Food Hub are treating us to another of their amazing BBQs.

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”.

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.

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.

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 [email protected] to express your interest.

Thank you


Adrian Miller

It is with sadness that we report the passing of past Commodore Adrian Miller on 1st February. Although suffering from a long term illness he was ultimately a victim of the Covid 19 pandemic. 

Adrian served as Commodore from 1998 until 2001, having previously served as Secretary and Vice Commodore.

During his first year he oversaw the club’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. The highlight was the Jubilee Regatta on the 6th June with races for allcomers. To compliment the celebrations Adrian produced the booklet “Helford River Sailing Club The first fifty years”, a general history of the club and clubhouse.

His second year saw the 40th anniversary of the annual race to L’Aber Wrac’h with over sixty boats taking part.

During his third year Adrian was instrumental in setting up the Charter of Friendship with L’Aber Wrac’h and Landeda. Copies of this Charter hang on the wall of the club and the wall of the Hotel de Ville in Landeda.

Adrian’s lasting legacy was at the time less noticeable, but has stood the test of time. He was keen to see the sailing facilities at the club improved and Adrian did a substantial amount of the groundwork and behind the scenes negotiations that resulted in the planning application for the dinghy park extension and the pontoons that we all enjoy today.

The club extends its sincerest condolences to his wife Pam and the rest of his family.

Rob Hewett – Trustee


We have regrettably decided to close the clubhouse until the current lockdown is eased. We will be working to open as soon as possible. Please keep an eye out for further updates.

Helford River Sailing Club


Despite the unprecedented year 2020 has turned out to be, surprisingly we have seen an increase in new members joining the cl ub. We’ve been lucky enough to employ Oliver Hassell as Club Steward. Ollie previously worked at the Prince of Wales in St. Martin and I think you’ll all agree that he offers a very warm welcome on arrival.

Tuesday’s Adult Sailing has been steady and Wednesday night’s Keel Boat Racing has seen a regular 4-6 boats throughout the summer season, with the sailors coming up to the clubhouse to enjoy a meal and a few drinks after their time on the water. My thanks go out to Sally and the junior sailing volunteers who have given up their spare time to ensure that our young sailors get to enjoy the river safely. Although we couldn’t host as we normally would, the Falmouth Week Regatta saw 116 boats in the water, which was a huge success.

I’d like to thank all the Committee for their hard work during this difficult year, but especially Tracey, Penny and Jane for their work in preparing the club ready to welcome you all back after our first lockdown. I’d also like to thank our temporary chefs Chris and Adam who stood in at short notice and have done a sterling job feeding all the hungry sailors. Also thanks to Ed and Dave for their continued commitment to keeping the pontoon in a good state of repair. And last of all my thanks go to Peter, Mike and Tracey for their support on the financial side of the club which has been vital, especially during this unusual year.

I would like to wish all members a very happy and peaceful Christmas and a healthy New Year.

John Bolitho – Commodore

Winter Newsletter 2020Download

HRSC Keelboat sailing

An invitation to join HRSC’s Keelboat Facebook page.

The purpose of this group is to promote cruising and racing from the Helford River.

Cruising takes place ad hock by members posting intentions to cruise to specific destinations in company.

Racing takes place each Wednesday 6.30pm from May till September subject to weather and tides.

NOR is announced on the Facebook page and the website each week.

Please feel free to contact HRSC by Facebook @ Helford River Sailing Club Keel boat sailing or email, [email protected] 

End of season

Dear Members,

As the end of the season is fast approaching, I just wanted to send a quick reminder that we require all vessels to be removed from their moorings and the pontoon by Saturday 31st October 2020.

Many thanks,


What’s happening at Your Club?

Since opening on 4th July, the Club has sprung back into life in spite of limited hours which are under constant review depending on demand. As the main summer season gets under way, our opening hours will increase and with that an enhanced menu.  For the moment we are still in the experimental stage of re-opening whilst complying with the covid regulations, so watch this space for further details!

Single-handed dinghies can be taken out by competent sailors and 3 wayfarers are in the water so that family groups can sail together. 

Don’t forget the annual May Cup dinghy race is being held this Sunday 19th with a forecast steady northerly 9-14kts and lots of sunshine (at the time of writing!).  This usually attracts lots of participants, let’s hope so this year.

Please use the dinghy WhatsApp group for booking out boats as we have a disinfection and cleaning routine in operation and not all boats are available at any one time. 

Covid Policy

For the reassurance of members and staff, we have invested in a so-called ‘fogging’ machine which can disinfect whole rooms and items against both viruses and bacteria with minimal disruption and without using harsh chemicals.Please follow the one-way system to the toilets marked by arrows and notices.For the moment, showers have to remain closed because of the need to clean between uses. As before a 2m distancing policy is in operation throughout the club premises.  Again, the Committee thank you for your patience over this extraordinary time – we aim to relax regulations and get back to normal as soon as it is considered safe to do so. 

We look forward to seeing you at the club and on the water – stay safe.

Club Dinghies

During these unusual times, the Committee are keen to enable you to use club dinghies at HRSC.  The RYA have advised us to proceed with caution, so as a first step we have decided to make club dinghies available to the Adult Sailing Group.

More info…


As is usual at this time of year the river gets to look a completely different place, where in the summer there is hardly a mooring not used, to now its just a few of the working fishing boats on their moorings. The summer has been favourable to sailing this year with few if any cancellations in any races, there were a few yacht races when we did wonder if we would ever get back to the mooring, thank goodness for the engine, and full credit to those who always sail to their moorings.

Dinghy racing has been well attended on most outings with two very good regattas run by Captain Dinghies and his team; the training taking place over the last few weeks of the season has been a great success thanks to Keith Wilkin and Linda, some rising stars in laser racing are benefiting gaining confidence and skills.

My own last sail of the season was a leisurely cruise up to Gull Rock and back with Andrew on Morgawr in mid October, a stunning day with a good steady WNW wind.

The junior sailing finished at the end of the summer holidays and was well attended, thanks must go to our great team of qualified instructors who turn up each week and give their time to teach the next generation of HRSC sailors.

I look forward to seeing many of you in the club at our events throughout the winter months.



A HUGE THANK YOU to all the Lady Members who kindly donated the delicious cakes, scones, sandwiches sausage rolls and quiches for the regatta tea on Sunday! The tables were absolutely laden with homemade mouth-watering fayre to feed the hungry sailors! Thank you so much for all your help and generosity!

Kind Regards,

Penny Bolitho and Di Best

August Rock Buoy

The August Rock buoy Fl green 5sec is now back on station after its winter overhaul. It has been moved slightly [50 metres] and an update for waypoint purposes will be published soon.

The winter gales do cause concern and we have put down a new mooring block with eye and new chain with welded shackles, expensive but very necessary.

John Head
Helford River Navigational Aids Committee.

Drying moorings

The Club has 3 drying moorings suitable for boats up to 22ft available for rental.  They are situated a short distance from the end of the Club pontoon.  They will dry out on a big spring tide.

The cost is £440 for this season.

If you are interested in renting one of these moorings please contact Penny at the Club office – 01326 231006 or email [email protected].

Thank you

Navigation buoys

Picture © The Corporation of Trinity House 2016

Helford River Navigational Aids Committee are pleased to announce that they have secured a grant from Trinity House Charitable trust to renew the Voose buoy. It will be larger than the present buoy and will also be lit. Light sequence Q fl 1sec. We hope to have it on station by mid July.

Members are also warned to keep well clear of Bar buoy at low water springs. Remember it is only an aid to navigation. The same applies to August Rock buoy!

Club Slipway

The Club slipway will be closed to all vehicles from 17.30 to 20.30 on Friday evenings from May to September. This is for the safety of our junior sailors.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Membership Drive

This year the Committee is making a special effort to increase the membership of the Club. In particular we will be encouraging local residents to join.

With this in mind we will be taking out Temporary Event Notices, otherwise known as TENS licences for particular events. A TENS licence will allow non-members to attend the Club and purchase alcohol without being signed in by a Member. In other words it means that during these events the Club will open to non-members.

The first of these events will be the Big Spring Party on Saturday 21st April. ‘The Soundcasters’, a popular band from Kent, already known to many locals having played previously many times at The Shipwrights, will be headlining. Our new stewards Alex and Patrizia will be serving internationally inspired street food.

From Saturday May 26th to Friday 1st June the Club will be open to non-members. This will be a great opportunity to promote the Club at the start of the season. It will allow non-members to experience what the Club has to offer both on the water and in the clubhouse during a whole week. On the Saturday they will be able to try the activities we are organising for the ‘RYA Push the Boat Out’ event. You will be hearing a lot more about this event.

Invite your friends and neighbours so they can experience the friendly and welcoming atmosphere of HRSC.

We will ensure that non-members are aware that parking in the Club car park is only available for Members.

Angie Watson Vice Commodore

Commodore’s Report: Spring 2018

As many of you will be aware the tidal surge, caused by Storm Emma on 1st March, caused a lot of damage to the pontoon, the heart of the Club’s infrastructure. Then, the following day, a tree trunk was swept under the seaward pontoon. I am pleased to confirm that our insurers and the underwriters have reported that the loss is recoverable and have no objection to us authorising Falmouth Divers to commence work on the repairs, which we hope will start on Monday 26th March.
However the Club will be paying for elements considered to be part of general maintenance. Therefore we will be organising fundraising events to contribute towards this extra expenditure throughout the year.

I am pleased to see that our new stewards Alex and Patrizia are settling in so well. They are both good chefs and I am encouraged to see the Club is now busy with Members enjoying their food and drink.
I would like to thank all the Committee members for their support and hard work and wish all Members a successful and enjoyable year on and off the water.

John Bolitho Commodore

Spring Newsletter 2018

Pontoon Open

Thanks to a massive effort by HRSC Commodore JC Bolitho and his teams, and indeed Falmouth Divers, by the 20th April:

Pontoon was open for business – MIND the GAP between the Quay & Repaired Bridge.
Dinghy Park, largely cleared Racks repaired
Dinghy Racing Marks refurbished, set & racing began in glorious sunshine
Wayfarers repaired and rejuvenated
Wayfarer, Drascombe, Safety & Committee moorings redesigned & replaced.
Committee & Safety  boats overhauled and improved to an exceptional standard.

Now’s the time to pat each other on the backs,  shake hands by way of thank you,  get out on the water,  and celebrate the season to come when greeting old, new friends and holiday makers alike.

If the Helford is not an elixir of life – what is?

er, yer dont have to drink it, just immerse, something which racers, canoeists and swimmers do willingly (mostly)


Yoga Classes at HRSC

Fo Beresford will be restarting Yoga Classes at the Clubhouse from Friday 12th January for a six week period until 16th February from 09.30 to 11.00.

The cost will be £52 for the six week period or £10 per individual session.

This class is bookings only so please make sure you contact Fo if you would like to join in.

Fo has no internet at the moment so please call her on 01326 221353 or 079723 59261.

Beginners and returners welcome.


Died peacefully 12.12.2017 AGED 70 YEARS

We are very sad to report that Allen Benney, who was a long-standing Member of the HRSC and served on the Committee for many years, has passed away peacefully at Fairholme Nursing Home.

Allen loved the Helford River and sailing was his passion, with a boat and mooring on the river for over 53 years. He was an active member of the Club from 1972; racing his various yachts throughout the years, both on the Helford and in Falmouth, especially enjoying the Falmouth Week Regatta and the Sunday Pursuit Series, and into the Autumn as a Member of Flushing Sailing Club. He was fiercely competitive and had a regular crew of friends who put up with his yelling and determination to ‘stand on!’ for over 30 years.

Allen served as Hon Treasurer for many years when the Club was experiencing financial difficulties and through his determination and fortitude, being very sound and honest he guided the Club out of its problems and into a safe financial footing. He was also Rear Commodore Admin. and Vice Commodore. It was thanks to Allen that our deep-water moorings were all updated with larger sinker blocks that he had made up and brought out in his tractor and trailer from his farm in Helston at his own expense.

Allen was generous to a fault and incredibly kind. He never liked to see anyone alone and was always the first person to welcome visitors to the Cub. When Jane was Commodore he introduced himself as the ‘Commodores Wife’ and enjoyed entertaining at the bar! He was an enormous support during Jane’s time as Commodore.

Allen served on the WCORA (West Coast Offshore Racing Association) Committee with Wally Royal who remembers their trips to Plymouth in his Land Rover with great fondness.

Allen took enormous pleasure and pride in taking Privateer 20 years ago across the Atlantic, via The Canaries and Cape Verde Islands to the Caribbean and back, via Bermuda and the Azores. He had wonderful friends who accompanied him both ways and they had a lot of fun.

The funeral will be held at Helston Methodist Chapel, Coinagehall Street on Friday 22 December at 1.00pm and afterwards at the Clubhouse from 3.00pm


Now that most of the boats and yachts are on dry land for safety over the winter season, and waiting for repairs and servicing to be done before launching again for next summer which I hope goes well for all Members, we have time to reflect on the season which hopefully we have all enjoyed.

The Club has been very popular this year and our new stewards have done extremely well. Word has been spreading up and down the coast about the great atmosphere and food at the Club. As a result of this we have had visits from many visiting yachtsmen and women, other sailing clubs and South West Gaffers to name but a few, all enjoying the Club facilities. Members have also been making the Club really busy this year, so much so that it has been necessary to buy extra seating for the balcony. Not only have the clubhouse and balcony been really busy but all the activities the Club runs have gone very well this season. Our Social Committee has arranged a really good social calendar for 2017/2018 and Members should keep a close eye on the Club emails and also this Newsletter for details. The ladies on the Social Committee have done us proud this year.

You will see from this Newsletter that all Membership, Mooring and Berthing fees will increase for 2018. Last year the fees were not increased because of the poor service offered to Members due to the lack of stewards. The increase for next year is to keep in line with inflation and more importantly to keep the Club on a sound financial footing. If you look around at the other local sailing clubs you will find that they do not offer as many activities or sailing boats that can be used free of charge, so that Members still have a good deal financially. In order to secure any stewards for this year the Club had to subsidise them as another year without stewards would have badly damaged the Club’s reputation and been a financial disaster. As the Club has been extremely busy this summer the Committee feels that it was a good decision. The winter season is also always difficult for stewards to make a living and they lose most of the profit made in the summer, thus the need for a subsidy. This arrangement is however up for negotiation in December.

As from the AGM on 19th January 2018 you will have a new Commodore who I hope will enjoy the job as much as I have and I am sure he or she will make a great success of it. All is looking good for 2018 here at the Club and better weather next summer would be a bonus.

Finally I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a successful New Year.

Mark Buckley – Commodore

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Thank you

I would like to say a huge thank you to all the Members, tea helpers, Committee, safety boat crew, liberty boat crew, office, kitchen and bar staff for making Sunday such a huge success. Our reputation as the best day of Falmouth Week has certainly  been upheld.

The tables were groaning with the quantity of delicious tea that was donated and there was not a crumb left!

The Club has received many congratulations on the hospitality provided.

Thank you – we could not have done it without you

Heather Ibotson
Vice Commodore

Anchors and ground tackle

In the last week anchors and ground tackle have gone missing from the Committee Boat and Fun Yak without the knowledge of Captain Safety Boats. Chris Hosken makes a considerable effort to maintain the boats so that members can sail in safety. It is vitally important that the boats are maintained and carry the correct equipment. As an RYA recognised training centre the Club and its equipment have to pass a rigorous inspection by the RYA and the lack of anchors on safety boats would result in a fail and curtail of Junior Sailing.

Accidents do happen – for instance throwing the anchor without ensuring it is tied to the boat – embarrassing it may be but someone needs to be told so that it is replaced.

Please note that the anchors and tackle at the Club be they on boats or sailing marks are there for a reason. Should you consider such items are required elsewhere ask your team leader – just don’t do what you think is right as it impacts others.

Should anyone have any information concerning the whereabouts of the missing items please contact me [email protected]

Clive Dudley
Rear Commodore Sailing

Captain Social position on Committee

There is currently a vacancy on the Club Committee for a Captain Social. This position would be ideal for someone who likes organising and attending social events at the Club and can be very rewarding.

If you feel you would like to be involved in the running of your Club please contact Mark Buckley at [email protected] or email the Club office at [email protected].

Regatta Day

A big thank you to everyone who helped make yesterday’s Regatta Day such a success.

To everyone who made food contributions for the teas, the barbecue helpers and the washer uppers, the bar staff, the liberty boat crews and everyone else who gave up their time to help out.

Many thanks again –

We couldn’t have done it without you!

Sale of HRSC Committee Boat Q20

Bids must be sent in by post to HRSC,  Helford, Helston TR12 6LB, or delivered by hand to the Club office no later than 1stJuly 2016.  Please include your name, email address and/or mobile or home phone number with your bid.
All bids will be kept secret and we will select a qualified person to oversee that honesty and fair play takes place when bids are opened and the integrity of the Club cannot be questioned.
The Q20 may not be taken from Club premises until full payment has been made by the successful bidder.
The Q20 can be seen by appointment with Chris Hosken. Please contact him on 01326 231240 or email [email protected].
The Q20 boat is sold as seen and the Club takes no responsibility for it after the sale.

Helford River Navigational Aids Committee Update

To all HRSC members from Helford River Navigational Aids Committee

Just an update on the navigational buoys in the river as at June 2016.

August Rock buoy replaced with a “new” buoy. New Light that is longer range. Green flash every 5 seconds
( Picked it up 3.2 miles out on a clear night at beginning of June)

Voose buoy rebuilt in stainless steel and base repainted.

Car Croc replaced with brand new east cardinal buoy. In addition it is now lit. Flash Quick (3) 10 seconds.

Bar buoy. Cleaned and repaired

A special thanks to HRSC for their help and to all those individuals who have contributed. If you have been meaning to contribute financially but just not got down to it, then it isn’t too late! There are continual ongoing running costs for this voluntary committee.

Email John Head (chairman HRNAC) at [email protected] for details

Last weekend’s cruise to Fowey 

Last weekend’s cruise in company to Fowey was most enjoyable despite the lack of wind on Friday and Saturday.
Friday’s gentle float in the sunshine was very pleasant and we all had a very good afternoon and evening in Fowey, all looking lovely in the evening light.
Many thanks to those of you who joined us and commiserations to those who had to cancel at the last minute for various social and work obligations. We will certainly repeat the venture later in the summer.
I will be away cruising in Brittany for the rest of this month but if anyone wishes to organise a cruise in my absence that would be great.
Let’s hope for good sailing weather in the weeks to come.
Nick Gough
Captain Yachts

Commodore’s Report

Now that the winter is over, we will hopefully enjoy a far better summer than last year which will enable us all to get out onto the water and have lots of fun.

We have new Stewards who started at the Club just before Easter and we wish George and Linda Dykes the very best in their new venture. As we all know working here at the Club and keeping everyone happy is a challenging job! If you have any comments or suggestions please pass them on to our Vice Commodore, Heather Ibotson. May we take this opportunity to remind Members that only food purchased from the Stewards may be consumed on Club premises.

Training courses at the clubhouse are back on the agenda so please sign up to learn new skills or to refresh existing ones. The initial course run this year was the First Aid course on 2nd April. Please keep an eye on the Club website and emails for future courses.

We have now provided some facilities for children in the end room of the clubhouse so the whole family can now come down and enjoy time together at the Club. Parents are reminded that children do need to be supervised at all times please.

The ever popular adult dinghy training on Tuesday nights will continue. Wednesday evening keelboat racing needs a lot more support this year. Handicap, 707 and white sail racing can all be accommodated so please come along and join in. Dinghy racing on Thursday evenings has a strong and active contingent and is very competitive and will no doubt thrive again this season. Junior sailing will take place again on Friday evenings and is, as always, very well supported.

During the winter months Yoga classes have been held at the clubhouse and these will soon be joined by Art and Spanish classes. Please look out for notices about these and possible other classes on the website and emails.

Now is a particularly good time to join the Helford River Sailing Club as the joining fee has been reduced to £10 so please encourage your friends to join.

We have an active social calendar planned for this summer as you will see later on in this Newsletter. Notable amongst the events are the L’Aber Wrac’h Champagne Party on Thursday 23rd June and the Falmouth Week Helford Regatta Day on Sunday 7th August. Please come along and support your Club and our new Stewards.

Finally may I wish all Members a very happy and fun-packed summer both on and off the water and I am looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible down at the clubhouse.

Mark Buckley – Commodore

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The Committee is currently seeking to appoint new Stewards to run the Club.  If you would like to be considered for these positions or know of anyone who might like to apply, please contact Penny in the Club office on 01326 231006 or email [email protected].

Model Yacht Racing at HRSC

Would any Members be interested in taking part in model yacht racing during the winter months? 

We already have some Members who are keen but it would be good to have more to make up regular racing sessions.

If so there could be two series, one before Christmas and one after the New Year. 

 If you are interested in becoming involved in this very enjoyable pastime, please contact Penny in the Club office on 01326 231006 or send an email.

Committee Vacancies

The following positions on the General Committee will be vacant as from the AGM in January 2016:

Rear Commodore Sailing
Honorary Secretary
Captain Dinghies
Captain Juniors
Captain Social
Captain Amenities

If you would be interested in any of these positions or need any further information please contact the Commodore, Mark Buckley, on 01326 281057 or email [email protected].

Thank You

The Commodore and Committee would like to say a big ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who gave up their time to make yesterday’s Regatta Day so successful.

Those who contributed to the teas or helped to prepare, serve and clear them up.  Those who drove the liberty boats to bring the racing crews to and from their boats.  Those who put up and took down the marquee.  Those who helped out with Regatta administration.

In fact everyone who was involved.

We do appreciate your help – thank you.