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    Junior Sailing 2020

    Hi All.
    I hope you’re all well and haven’t been washed away with all the rain we’ve had this winter! On the plus side it will be summer soon and we’ll be back to sailing, therefore please find attached the application form for Junior Sailing 2020! 

    There are a couple of changes this year, most notably the cost will now be £15 per child for the summer, this is in the interest of keeping Junior Sailing as inclusive as possible.

    The application form looks a little different however the information is the same, if you are completing it for more than one child please ensure they have one application each however you can duplicate the emergency contacts. as long as this is very clear when you submit them. 

    As ever we are always looking for volunteers to help out so if you would like to support more than just at the start and finish of the sailing session please do let me know. Furthermore if any juniors are interested in becoming Assistant Instructors please let me know prior to sending their applications in. 

    Application can be sent to HRSC or emailed directly to this email address, all money must be sent to HRSC directly. 

    I’m really looking forward to another fabulous summer on the water and hope to see you all soon!

    Best wishes

    Junior Sailing Application 2020


    My first experience of racing was in a Shrimper belonging to HRSC member Simon Sugrue. Simon had kindly asked me to join him as his crew, racing off Mylor and St. Mawes on Thursday nights and Sunday mornings in the Carrick Roads. He was a great teacher and shared with me many tips on how to win races! It was then I realised what fun racing can be and how much there is to learn.

    Four years ago, I decided to have a go at racing in a Club Wayfarer at HRSC with Pete Headland a fellow Tuesday sailor. I was quite nervous at first, I knew that I would be sailing against far more experienced dinghy racers. However, I found after a few weeks, although I was far from up to their standard, they were friendly
    and keen to encourage me. In particular Captain Dinghies, Stephen Brooks is extremely helpful. The races are “handicapped” and the scoring is based on average lap so the faster boats and helms may complete 5 laps whereas slower boats and helms may only complete 3 laps during the course of a race. This means you don’t have to worry about being left out on the river with the Safety Boat after everyone else is in the bar!

    If you would like to join racing next year one Thursday evening or Sunday email Captain Dinghies or just turn up. It’s best to come down to the club an hour or so before the race is due to start to allow enough time to rig the boat and get down to the start line. As well as Club Wayfarers, Fevas, RS Visions, Fusions, Lasers and a Pico are available in the dinghy park for racing.

    Captain Dinghies will either tell you the course on shore or the Safety Boat/Committee Boat will tell you once you’re out on the water. You can download the racing courses from the website.

    The Dinghy Racing Calendar is printed in the Yearbook. When you are on Captain Dinghies email list he will email weekly to let you know the weather forecast and previous race results. He does have a very original turn of phrase!

    This year Tracey will be forwarding racing information to all members to encourage them to give it a go.

    We would particularly like to encourage more juniors to join the adults.
    Lily and Freya have been frequent racers this year.

    So, to sum it up, come and have a go at Dinghy Racing. It’s fantastic fun! If I can do it so can you!



    This summer’s sailing has been awesome.

    We did a lot of fun activities, on land and water. On Friday nights there are a lot of children that learn to sail, it’s a good way to make new friends and also see old friends from last year’s sailing.

    Learning to sail is so much fun, from capsizing drills, learning to race, on windy nights having to hike out and learning to rig a boat; so much fun!

    I been sailing since I was 8 years old and this year I have learnt
    so much and the friendly instructors helped me to push my limits of sailing to achieve what I wanted to do. This year one of the instructors, Chris Hosken, took me out on one of the racing days called the May Cup. I loved it to see other side of sailing, after that I got really into racing and I entered in some more races and also some sailing regattas. Hopefully I will be doing more next summer, when I am out on the water sailing I feel like I can do anything!

    Junior helm was great. It’s an evening where kind adults take us out on their sailing boats and let us have a go. When it’s bad weather and can’t go sailing we have theory nights; we learn knots , rules of the water and lots more. But it’s done in a fun way with games and competitions and we get to win a prize. This summer has been the best and I’m looking forward to next summer.


    Juno COGS 2019

    2019 was our 4th season racing Juno in the Cornwall Offshore Group Series. The season started early, with the first race to Fowey scheduled for the weekend before Easter. The forecast was not good and on the day, the Race Officer took a view that Force 7 Easterly was bit much for a sail to Fowey and postponed.

    We had a lively trip back across the bay to Helford with gusts over 30 knots. First time I’ve clipped on to do that trip! We missed the cross channel downwind master blaster to Roscoff, because I was ill, but Olly Berryman had an excellent sail in Sea Jade finishing 2nd behind Stuart Sawyer in Black Dog. The Trinity Race (Falmouth, Wolf Rock, Eddystone, Falmouth) was the first time Jack Lawrence and I sailed two-handed together, and by the end of that race we were officially a team. It was a shame Olly had to retire on the leg to Wolf Rock, as he was sailing well particularly well in the light winds and the result could have been very close.

    Then followed a whole raft of races, Gull Rock Manacles, Saltash to Fowey and then one of my favourites, the night race from St Mawes to Eddystone and back. Once round St Anthony lighthouse we popped the kite in about 15 knots south-wester and dropped it 3½ hours later at the Eddystone light. A full moon illuminated the way back to St Mawes, and the wind stayed good allowing us to cross the finish line 2 minutes shy of 8 hours after we started, which is certainly a personal best for me. Good job we finished early, because Tom Lake hadn’t bought his sleeping bag. The following weekend we raced to L’Aberwrach with boat well tuned up and a top crew and we picked up some good prizes, one of which was a bottle a whiskey, which was mostly consumed after a good result in the COGS race to Penzance.

    Propellor issues prevented from taking part in the Penzance to Scillies and Back race, but Olly kept the HRSC burgee with his first victory in the offshore series. After a break in August COSG racing resumed in September with a Fowey and back champagne weekend. It was a real honour to have my Dad on board that weekend and show him what Juno can do. The final race of the season was Dodman Range Buoy C and back. We took some quite spectacular waves in a lumpy Easterly beat and I’m still trying to work out how sea water got inside the glass bit in the oven door! So our final tally was 3 bullets and 4 second places, which makes Juno the 2019 Coastal Series champion. And congratulations to Sea Jade and Olly Berryman who won the 2019 Offshore Series.



    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.


    Percuil Regatta & HRSC Racing

    Freya (13) & Lilly (12) had a great day crossing to and competing at the Percuil Regatta Sunday, 25th – results to follow at St Mawes SC. Thanks to their Parents and Tom & Troy for escorting them across! More Pics on St Mawes Face Book Page. Percuil SC and its regatta have been merged into St Mawes SC.

    At HRSC on the same day TJ Hart gambled on a full RIG and took first over a TopperTastic holiday maker.More

    Dinghy Race Results Sunday 11th August

    HRSC Dinghy Race Results Sunday 11 8 2019

    A gusty Laser 4.7 day with Lily Butler, Freya Skingley and Linda World taking the top 3 positions. Visitors Oscar & Jasper from Exeter took the double handed trophy trailing as they did behind the talented trois filles. Sophia Walker also on her first outing with HRSC soon got her wings soloing in her Laser Pico; improving in confidence and performance with every lap. A great day for all 7 young at heart ladies out sailing.

    L’ Aber Wrac’h Race Report 2019

    Results: 21st June 2019

    1st Jeronimo Patrick Elies

    2nd Juno Johnny Walker & winner of Sundowner Trophy for 1st Helford Yacht

    3rd Jackdaw  Gill Fox

    Marie Jo Trophy -Youngest competitor  Act of Defiance  Emeric & Titouan Guidal     aged 6 and 8 years.

    Consolation prize for last Yacht to finish– A set of charts and sponges!

    Ma Bro Francois Barat

    The 60th Helford to L’Aber Wrac’h Pursuit race saw the spirit of the race well and truly restored with 51 entries and 50 starters. 21 French and 30 UK yachts entered. 

    The first yachts crossed the start line at 11.30hrs, the last at 17.45hrs. They had a light breeze until the Manacles and then a good breeze until 21.00hrs when it disappeared until the Easterly filled in at 03.00 to 04.00 hrs in the morning. Those that went East caught the wind first.

    Jeronimo crossed the line at 10.54, Juno at 11.00 and Jackdaw at 11.12. The next 8 yachts then finished within 4 minutes of each other, Ma Bro was the last to cross the line at 15.44.

    Celebrations were greatly enjoyed both sides of the Channel with music and fireworks to add to the Champagne Recovery Party at HRSC and an excellent spread of food, drink and music after the Prizegiving at Yacht Club des Abers. John Bolitho, commodore of HRSC, was presented with a painting by the Mayor of Landeda for the Club.

    Thanks must go to the Handicap Committee – Terry Pascoe, Ian Wort and Olly Berryman and the staff at HRSC, especially on the night of the Champagne party when they worked incredibly hard for many hours. Hopefully the success of this year’s race will inspire people to carry it on for many years to come. See you all next year, l’annee prochaine!

    Sue Hewett

    YACHT RACE RESULTS | 12 June 2019

    Early Summer Series 2019

    Results as of 9:17 on June 12, 2019