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Opening Times

13th April to 31st May

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

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Sailing Update

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

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

Junior Sailing

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

Adult Sailing

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

Dinghy Racing

Here’s the Dinghy Racing Calendar for April:

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

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

Yacht Racing

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

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

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

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


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

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

See the club’s website for contact details.

Wishing you a great year on the water…

Dom Brandreth

Rear Commodore Sailing

August Rock

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

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

John Head
Chairman of Helford River Navigational Aids Committee

New Commodore

Dear Member

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chris Hosken

Commodore HRSC

Dinghy Park Clean Up

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

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

Cadgwith Fishing Cove Trust

Dear Members,

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

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

Drying Mooring

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

The cost is £440 for the forthcoming season.

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

Thank you


RIB needed

Do any members have a RIB they wish to sell?

One of our members is on the look out for one that will fit a finger berth, so a maximum length of 5m.

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

or email moc.tcennoctbnull@nimda-csrh.

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

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,


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


The 70 year old August Rock navigation buoy has been replaced this season by a brand new buoy, thanks to the generosity of Trinity House Charitable Trust.

It remains a starboard hand buoy and is lit green flash every 5 seconds .

Could we, the Helford River Navigational Aids Committee, who manage the buoys voluntarily, remind river users to remember all four navigation buoys are simply aids to navigation and you should be particularly careful near low water springs?

John Head
Chairman HRNAC