St Mawes Sailing Club
No 1 The Quay, St Mawes, Truro, TR2 5DG
Roseland Youth Sailing Trust
Current Location: St Mawes SC > Sailing > Juniors

The Trustees of the Roseland Youth Sailing Trust are very grateful to St Mawes Sailing Club for allowing us to promote the work of the Trust on this website



Learn to Sail, Windsurf, Kayak, Sail on a Training Ship or just improve your water-sports skills



The Trust has been set up to offer financial support for the benefit of Juniors and Youths who couldn’t otherwise afford to participate in or advance their sailing, windsurfing or other water sports. To be eligible you must reside, attend school, work or be a member of a Sailing Club on the Roseland.


Financial support could be awarded in particular, but not limited to, the following areas of relevant expenditure;
• Support for sailing courses/instructor training fees
• Running costs e.g. Quay spaces
• Competition entry fees and associated costs (including travel and accommodation)
• Kit for boats e.g. new sails/kickers
• Sail training – Hardiesse, Rona Trust, Tall Ships
• Schools, to support provision of watersports lessons as part of the curriculum or as after school clubs/activity weeks.
• Clubs, for new kit.
• Suitable clothing

In 2016 and hopefully beyond we will offer FREE sailing lessons, as part of the curriculum, for all Year 6 children in Roseland Schools. After-school clubs for Secondary age children are also being funded.


Many parents living on the Roseland earning only a minimum wage would not be able to afford getting their children into these activities which can often be a expensive sport! With the sea on our doorstep learning to sail is not only a lifetime opportunity but also a great safety issue in Cornwall explaining the danger of the sea……Seamanship!!

The trust is a Registered Charity Number 1164283, so we are able claim tax back….
Please give generously by going to the Donate link in the right hand column…… Thank you

Also in the right hand column are downloads for guidance on how to make an application for a bursary and the application form.

In 2015, during the first few months of the trust we were able to grant nine bursaries.
These bursaries range in nature from learning to sail at various levels, attending a National Sailing Championships, and one sailing on a Round the World yacht whilst doing environmental research.

All of recipients are encouraged to report back to the trust and here are example reports from our 2015 applicants:


LASER NATIONALS by Joe Pothecary (age 14)

Joe Pothecary
Thanks to Mark Osborn’s encouragement, I entered the Laser Nationals 2015 at Mounts Bay SC, after receiving a grant from the Roseland Youth Sailing Trust. This was a great opportunity to see what it’s like to race, at a National level. My target for the week was not to be last. It was all about gaining experience!
On the first day the sailing conditions were good, so I got settled in and enjoyed my first couple of races. On Tuesday the winds became stronger and after completing the first race Kieran and I decided to come in, because we felt it was too windy and were both tired from our first race.

Mounts Bay
By Wednesday the sailing conditions had become even more challenging, the wind speed had increased to 36 knots and visibility was poor. At St Mawes SC I wouldn’t have been allowed to go out in these strong winds, this pushed me even further out of my comfort zone. Even though the winds were the strongest I’ve sailed, after completing the first race and coming 25th out of 34, I felt fairly confident and enjoyed myself. The second race of the day was cancelled due to the winds becoming too high.
Thursday there was very nearly to no wind and I struggle in these conditions so I didn’t do as well. On Friday I did a lot better, but not as well as I could have done due to a problem with my boat, which got gradually worse over the week.
Sailing is something that I really enjoy. Competing in the Nationals has taught me a lot and has been a great experience and I look forward to racing at a national level again. Thank you.



I am Shannon FrierShannonFrier1

Thanks to the Roseland Youth Sailing Trust I was able to sail to the mouth of the Amazon sailing from Recife, Brazil to Georgetown, Guyana. I was part of an “all female” crew with my sailing idol Emily Penn, the leader of eXXpeditions an organisation researching the connection between the oceans health and our own. Thank you so much for making this possible. Without the help of the trust I wouldn’t of been able to put the deposit down for my eXXpedition - because of the more than generous donation towards my research expedition others gained confidence in the fact I could raise the amount and began to generously donate. I have gained so much confidence from this experience of a lifetime, not only in myself as public speaker and an accomplished sailor crossing 2000 miles of Open Ocean but also that I can do something about the issue of plastic and toxic pollution in our ocean. shannon2.png Not only have I been out in the middle of the ocean conducting research but also now I am bringing my experience home educating everyone on the seriousness of single use plastics, the harm of persistent organic pollutants, encouraging more young children to think about sailing outside of racing and showing young girls that its not just the boys that can conduct serious sailing research expeditions. The contacts I have made from this expedition are life changing. I now have formed strong friendships with people who are the top of this industry opening up doors for future collaborations and jobs world wide.




Kieran Andrews

I would like to thank the Roseland Youth Sailing Trust for helping me throughout last year.

I have been sailing lasers for the past few years and last year RYST helped me so I was able to get some top level coaching from John Burford. I have really enjoyed the coaching and he has taught me some very good skills that I need for racing.

Last August Joe, Charlie and I went to the Laser Nationals in Mounts Bay and the entry fee was £160 and I wouldn’t have been able to go without the trust’s help. The Nationals were a very good experience and I also learnt about what goes on at big events and how you can meet new people.



Next to me in the boat park was a boy from Australia and we became good friends. Out on the water between each race we sailed up to each other and asked how each other’s races went.

This winter I was asked to do the RYA Zone Feva squad with Ollie Croft, training away each month going around southern England. It cost a lot of money to take part in the training so I applied for a grant from the trust and without them I wouldn’t be able to do it. I would also like to thank the Crofts for asking me to sail with Ollie and taking me to each training weekend and paying for the accommodation. The training is very in-depth and I can put those skills into my laser sailing.

I am finishing my last year at the Roseland School and then I’m going to Falmouth Marine School to do Watersports. The sailing I’m doing now will help me a lot in the course and hopefully I will get a qualification which will help me in the future.

Thank you for all the help you have given me.







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