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News

RYA Courses

HRSC are delighted with the increase of interest in dinghy sailing this year, and plan to make RYA courses available to members.

The first of these RYA Courses is being provided for HRSC by the Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust (HRCST), base north of the Helford River. This two day RYA Level 1 course, which gives you a basic understanding of boat handling techniques will be held on Saturday 19th and 26th June from 9.15am to 5.00pm. The cost of a two day course is £150, however this is dependent on filling the courses with a total of 6 persons.

HRCST will pick up participants from the HRSC pontoon, and buoyancy aids will be provided but not wetsuits etc.

There are currently 3 spaces available. For further information and to request a place, please contact Captain Adult Sailing Angie Watson via email moc.kooltuonull@1nostaweigna or call 01326 280536.


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.


Kitchen Closure

Dear Member, 

It is with regret that we must inform you that our chef has chosen to leave the club for personal reasons. His last service will be this Saturday. We’ve already started the search for our new chef, in the meantime please bear with us as this may take some time. As always Ollie and his team will be there to welcome you for drinks. 

Thank you for your patience. 

Nick Glossop

Vice Commodore


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.


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

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.

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Calling all Rescue Boat Coxswains & Crew

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.

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Member Update

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

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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


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


COVID 19 UPDATE

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


COMMODORE’S REPORT

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


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, moc.liamgnull@gniliascsrh 


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,

Tracey


Sunday roasts are now back!

Now the weather is more autumnal and the club less busy, the inside of the clubhouse is now open for drinking and eating, including our classic Sunday roasts (which will be served on plates with proper cutlery!)

This has meant we have had to follow the health and safety regulations laid down by the Government.

The procedures now are:

  • Enter the club house by the balcony door wearing masks and sanitise your hands.
  • The door to the front of the club will be locked to come through into the club but is available to exit in case of emergency. This is because of track and trace restrictions.
  • Dress warmly as all the other doors and windows will need to be open to help with ventilation and control of the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Ollie/ Becky or another member of staff will greet you and show you to a table, which is limited to 6 people.
  • They will need to take your name and contact number for track and trace or you can use your NHS App and scan our QR code.
  • They will take your order for drinks/food and serve them to you at the table.
  • To use the toilet facilities, you need to follow the one-way system and wear your mask.
  • Unfortunately, people need to stay at their tables and not mingle inside the clubhouse.
  • When we serve food, we are encouraging members to book their table prior to coming in to eat as we only have limited tables.
  • To book a table please either email moc.liamgnull@csrevirdrofleh or call 01326 231460.

Thank you to all members for being respectful of others and following the Government rules


Friday September 11th

Photos from Junior Sailing by Chris Hosken

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Wanted: Anarth 10

Do any members have an Anarth 10 they wish to sell?

Perhaps an old one that needs a bit of attention which isn’t being used?

If you do please get in touch with Tracey in the office on 01326 231006

or email moc.tcennoctbnull@nimda-csrh.


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…


L’Aber Wrac’h

It is with regret that HRSC has had to cancel the annual L’Aber Wrac’h race.

Owing to the Covid 19 pandemic and current UK / French Government Quarantine restrictions HRSC is unable to run the Helford to L’Aber Wrac’h 2020 Race.

The race is always a huge event in the HRSC calendar and will be sorely missed by all those who take part each year in the actual race and the social event that precedes it.

The next Helford to L’Aber Wrac’h Race will take place on 25th June 2021.

We look forward to seeing you then.

HRSC Committee