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.

May Bank Holiday

Adrian Seys-Prosser

We very much regret having to report that Adrian Seys-Prosser passed away at home over the weekend.

Ade and his partner Jan lived at Covehill in Port Navas for many years before moving to Constantine a few years ago. They were always actively involved in village life and Ade loved living in Port Navas, appreciating its sense of fun and community spirit. He particularly enjoyed being part of the Regatta barbecue team each year. Many of Jan’s memories with Adrian are of happy times down at ‘the club’, crabbing on the quay and messing about in dinghies with the grandchildren. 

Ade will be missed by his family and by all who knew him.

Martin Winters, Stuart & Sally Annan, James Jowett with Ade at The Port Navas Regatta

Jonathan Thornton Completes 2.6 Challenge for HRCST

As a Trustee of the Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust, Jonathan Thornton has spent the last four years leading the development of a multi-million pound facility to enable children of all abilities, including those with severe disabilities, to benefit from all activities on and in the water. In order to raise funds during the 2.6 National Challenge, Jonathan decided to climb the height of the world’s tallest building – the 2600 feet Burj Dubai – in his own garden, which has a 100 foot descent to the River Helford. Jonathan’s wife Rose supported his endeavours by matching every pound raised to a total of £2600 and promising him a glass of bubbly on completion.

Alan Gardner

We’re very sad to report the untimely passing of Alan Gardner. Many in Port Navas will know Alan as the always cheerful and generous former owner of Port Navas Yacht Club. Sandra, Alan’s wife, has said that their years owning PNYC and getting to know all the members were some of the happiest years of their family life. Sandra has loved the Helford since childhood, and Alan grew to love it so much, never more content than when pottering about in his little boat and having a pint of Doom Bar or enjoying a meal and a few glasses of wine with friends!

Alan was interested in everything and everybody. He spent the last active week of his life in Port Navas before he showed signs of being unwell and he and Sandra had to cut their stay short. He collapsed 24 hours after they got home; spent the next three weeks in hospital, and was never able to return home.

Our thoughts go out to Sandra who is having to cope with both loss and self isolation due to Coronavirus. Alan will be cremated on 24th April with only Sandra, Jamie and Kerry present.

Alan was a lovely man who will be remembered fondly by many in Port Navas and around the Helford.