History of Cornwall Watersports.
Formally trading as Charlestown Watersports the business was originally set up to try and encourage young people into watersports, and to fill a hole in the market that existed in the St Austell bay area. In 2004 Charlestown Watersports started trading with a couple of kayaks, windsurfers and a rescue boat. Unfortunately in 2011, Charlestown Watersports lost its battle with English Heritage to operate from Charlestown Harbour necessitating a move to Pentewan Sands where the business has flourished developing into what it is to-day. Cornwall watersports now boasts a 6.5 meter Hysucat rib, and a 6.2 meter rib with a 135 hp engine (ex-racing rib) fitted with a ski pole for learning water skiing and wake boarding, and a safety rib. As of March 2018 we will be adding JetSki tours to our list of activities. There is now water-skiing, Sombrero rides, banana rides, wakeboarding, stand up paddleboards, windsurf, kayak and pico sail boat hire. The retail side of the business is starting to work well with some excellent bargains to be had!
In March 2017 Steven and Rebecca Baker took over Cornwall Watersports from Bruce, working together to keep up the high standards and reputation of the watersports centre. Since the takeover we are striving to expand, adding new thrill rides and bringing in JetSkis covering activities for all ages. We have also expanded on our sailing fleet, with 6 pico’s, a magno racing boat and a wayfairer for family sailings. Last season we started paddle boarding sessions once a week for the locals where we’ve seen a steady rise in numbers throughout the season. We shall be re-opening for Easter 2018 and looking forward to a busy summer.
About the original owner
Bruce Keeping, a St Austell man, learnt to sail at the age of 4 and has not been off the sea since, his enthusiasm and passion for watersports is contagious. He trained as a physical education and maths teacher, ran his own windsurfing school and built Division I racing sailboards. Bruce’s board won the World Championships in 1988 sailed by his brother Peter Keeping and the British nationals the following year in 1989 sailed by Bruce (See under windsurfing). He spent 8 years in the Middle East, as a Recreation manager and then General manager of a marine company in Kuwait, before returning to the UK in 1997.
6.2 meter Vectra hull fitted with trim tabs and water ballast system. The Bagheera has a 135 hp 2 stroke, which is as you boaters will know, gives extremely fast throttle responses and is good for water skiers and wake boarders. It is fitted with a training pole to teach water skiing and to give a big wake for wake boarders we can load the water ballast tanks to give a bigger wake.