Cornwall LivingIssue #124

On the water

A world of aquatic fun and skill development awaits at Trevassack Lake and the Helford River.


People of all ages and abilities are catered for by the Children’s Sailing Trust (CST), the Cornish charity that provides opportunities for children to build confidence, competence and resilience through sailing and watersports.

The Trust was set up in 1997 by founder John Green MBE, who wanted all children to be afforded the same opportunities he had growing up around the Helford River. Fast forward to 2022 and hundreds of happy children are now grown up and bringing their own children to the latest CST venture at Garras, near Helston. 

Since opening in late 2021, CST HQ is now based at Trevassack Lake, a 26-acre former quarry site featuring a ten-acre freshwater lake where the watersports centre provides a safe and supervised environment for all. Visitors aged six to 106, beginners, improvers and those with accessibility requirements can enjoy themselves on the water – or off it! The site features a Learning Centre with flexible classroom space, a popular waterside café and even accessible, self-catering holiday homes as part of Trevassack Holidays. 

Whatever your age or ability, Children’s Sailing Trust will have an experience right for you, from booking a sailing course on the Helford River, to swimming in the lake or taking to a paddleboard for the first time – and the lakeside café allows parents and carers, or even passers-by, to sit waterside and watch the wildlife with a delectable brunch or simply coffee and cake. 

Through CST Experiences you can hire the Learning Centre or Lake as a venue – for anything from a meeting to your wedding day – the tranquil, stunning backdrop of the cliffs around the lake make for the perfect setting for your special day and you can even book the onsite Trevassack Holidays luxury accommodation for yourself and guests. 

All surpluses made from CST Experiences and Trevassack Holidays go straight back into the charity pot to continue the work of subsidising watersports activities for young people for years to come.


Childrenís Sailing Trust