Port Navas Calendar

The very first Port Navas calendar has been printed and will go on the sale at the Regatta on August 7th. It has been created by Lee Frost and Melissa Cooke and features a selection of photographs and painting by both PN residents and local artists.

The calendar is A3 in size and will be sold for £10 per copy with a clear protective sleeve or £10.50 with an A3 card mailer so it can be posted out to family and friends.

If you don’t manage to grab a copy at the regatta, you can buy one (or several!) after August 7th by phoning Ann Frost on 07952 622237 or emailing annfrost19@gmail.com.

All profits from sales of the calendar will be shared between the PN Regatta charities and PN Village Hall.

Port Navas Yacht Club


Pope’s Garden

Thank you to J and D for our wonderful new bench. Sit and enjoy the tranquility and blossom. The garden is maintained by Cate and Pauline with a small band of volunteers for all the community to enjoy. Do walk over the bridge and enjoy this special little oasis.


We just wanted to let everyone know that after a valiant fight with Motor Neurone disease, John Ford died on 17th April. He is buried in Constantine Church. Our thoughts are with his wife Teresa, their three lovely children Hannah, Ed and Ellie and the whole Ford family.

John loved The Helford and was looking forward to spending more and more time down here after a long and successful career in the Far East.  We will miss his energy, enthusiasm and love of life.

John at the helm of Gemima with his family and Fran, Judy and Finn


Last year Port Navas resident John Ford was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.  John’s sister Fran writes:

My 57 year old brother was diagnosed in March last year with this cruel disease. Since then he has lost weight, become progressively weaker and is now struggling to walk and talk.

We have been inspired by Kevin Sinfield running 7 marathons in 7 days for his team mate Rob Burrow, and want to raise as much money as we can for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, who have been helping us deal with this terrible progressive disease.  

As a family we are going to travel the total distance of 7 miles for each of the 7 days, either by walking or kayaking. 

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Fran, Pie, Finn and Euan are raising funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Here’s a link to their Just Giving Page:

Setting up the Christmas tree

A Portrait of Port Navas

October 2020 – Photography by Nicola Finan

Port Navas Regatta

The Port Navas Regatta was first held in August 1914, in the same week that war was declared. It was not held again until 1921.

The Regatta Committee of 1921

There were lapses again in the years before and during the second war, and after the war it was often difficult to get a committee together. The Regatta was re-started properly in 1962 and has been run every year since until this year when it fell victim to the coronavirus pandemic.

We’re all looking forward to next year’s Regatta. In the meantime Margaret Scott thought you might enjoy this collection of old posters.

For more about the re-establishment of the Regatta in the early sixties scroll to the bottom of History > The Regatta for the late Maurice Tonkin’s personal notes.

2005 Regatta visitor

Those of us who were here for the 2005 Regatta will remember the visit of CV 2747, a beautifully restored 1930 ‘Snubnose’ Morris van. “Skip’ Thomas, Sally’s father, had used CV 2747 in a pickup configuration for transporting oysters in the early 40s. Michelin, who restored the van to commemorate their UK centenary, recognised her place in Port Navas history and organised this special appearance.

Helford River speed limit (6 knots)

Visitors to the Helford River may not appreciate that a 6 knot speed limit applies over most of the river. Boats under power are asked to observe the limit and avoid creating any wake.

The dark blue area on this map shows where the limit applies. Click to enlarge.