This season has been fantastic for the charity. Hardiesse has taken out many happy sailors, was a key part of the Falmouth Classics Festival and been to France and the Isles of Scilly.
Starting at the beginning of the year with an open day at Penryn Quay (the home of Hardiesse in the winter) was a great way to welcome new volunteers as well as long serving ones. Visitors enjoyed looking around the boat, learning about the history of the charity and choosing from the amazing array of cakes on offer! We would like to thank everyone who came and supported us, but also all the local businesses that gave raffle prizes.
Every year the dedicated volunteer crew take out a class of school children aged twelve, every week in term times from April-July. This year was no different and it was great to see so many local young people enjoying sailing in Cornwall.
The Hardiesse cruises this year consisted firstly of a great week sailing in France (albeit slightly wet) where the crew had an amazing time exploring and eating baguettes! After that, the team went to the Isles of Scilly, a glorious paradise just off the Cornish coast perfect for swimming and wildlife watching.
This year Hardiesse was alongside Falmouth Haven for the famous Falmouth Classics weekend. We were open to the public throughout the festival. The crew enjoyed welcoming people on board and there were also some keen visitors who climbed the rigging. Fun was also to be had on the water in the parade of sail and in the rowing/sculling races in which the years of practice paid off with Chris maintaining his title as champion sculler!
Hardiesse is now back at her winter berth in Penryn for routine maintenance and a few special projects (e.g. the production of a new GRP dinghy). If you are interested in volunteering and getting involved in any aspects of the charity and sailing in Falmouth, please feel free to get in touch via the Contact Us page or by emailing us directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.