The aim of the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club Sailing Trust is to encourage and provide the opportunity for families and especially children to experience sailing in the waters around the Port of Falmouth. It is hoped that this opportunity will enhance their lives and open up further avenues for them to explore.
The Trust will be based at the RCYC and the Falmouth Water Sports Centre
Trained members of the RCYC will provide tuition and safety cover for all participants.
Initially dinghies will be used but there will be an opportunity to progress to larger boats and to become members of a crew. The trust has three dinghies and the use of a 21ft keel boat at this time with the necessary support boats.
The Sailing Trust operates under the guidance of a group of members comprising the Sailing Trust Committee, currently Robin Taylor, David Coglan and Nick Woodley with very welcome and kind figurehead support from Sir Ben Ainslie.
The Trust has been set-up with support by David Coglan’s company, LillyFreya Wealth Management Ltd, and the RCYC at this time and our first event took place in late summer 2013, when the young Falmouth-based solo sailor Sam Goodchild took several young hopefuls out for a sail on his Figaro Class racing yacht.
This provided a marvellous opportunity for some local youngsters to experience a taste of life on the waves under sail, and Sam’s enthusiasm was greatly assisted on the day by Club members Robin Taylor, David Coglan, Phil Sissons, and Nick Ames, who spent several hours out on the water providing essential safety support.
The event was reported extensively in the Falmouth Packet and LillyFreya commisioned a video (see link below) by Hugh Hastings, who invited Sam Goodchild to take part and helped set up the event for the Trust.