John Warman Saunders Memorial Sail

Click the link below to see the Spotlight piece about the Memorial sail


John Warman Saunders was the original and first owner of Happy Return - see a bit of history below.

Today - 28 May 2019 - we had the John Warman Saunders memorial sail with members of his family over from Australia.

BBC spotlight will be showing the highlights in tonight’s show

It was a great sail and a memorable day for Happy Return.

Pictures in the slide show include -

Bradley the four times great grandson of John Warman Saunders. Today he helmed the boat as did his forefather over 100 years ago.

Also a picture of David Keast with a very nice plaque given to Happy Return today by Trish Creed great granddaughter of John Warman Saunders .

Peter May at the helm with John Warman Saunders great granddaughters Trish Creed and Louise Conway who Joined us today with their families for the memorial sail.

John Tellam tells the story of Happy Return to the BBC

A bit of history -

HAPPY RETURN (FE 5) was built at Kitto’s Yard, Porthleven, as a Mounts Bay pilchard driver for John Warman Saunders of Folkestone to replace his previous Cornish lugger GOOD INTENT which was lost in a gale off Folkestone in 1904. All three crew (the owner and his two sons John and Edward) were saved and the name of the new lugger celebrated that fact.

Fundraising Car Boot Sale - Wednesday 22 May

There will be a MBLA Car boot sale Wednesday 22nd May.

This is to raise much needed funds for Happy Return as there is no Newlyn Fish Festival again this year.

If you have any items to donate please bring to Sainsbury's car park (near the petrol station end) on Saturday morning 18th May at 10:00 AM for collection by Di Copperwheat.

Alternatively you can contact Di by phone to make alternative arrangements.

Weekend Sail - May Bank Holiday

I great weekend voyage aboard Happy Return this bank holiday.

Departing Penzance on Friday and sailing around the lizard to anchor up at Cadgwith for a visit to the Cadgwith Cove inn and a session with the Cadgwith singers.

Saturday saw us making for Helford and finding a river anchorage for the night and a call in at the Ferry Boat Inn.

We departed on Sunday and made for a refuel at Falmouth then on to the beautiful St Mawes where we walked around the village and refuelled ourselves at the Victory Inn.

Monday saw us depart for Penzance and home with a very sunny voyage but sadly little wind.

Crew members Skipper John Vanderhoff, George Whittaker, Peter May and James Walker.

Fundraising Opportunity

MBLA: Fundraising Opportunity...

Hi Everyone,

Do you do On-Line shopping? Sites like Amazon,, Tesco and many more. Would you, your family & friends like to raise some funds for your chosen charity in our case: Mounts Bay Lugger Association at no cost to yourself?

1) You can do this via "Give As You Live" (GAYL) web site and there are a number of opportunities for you. First you need to create your own Give As You Live account:

Go to: "Don't Have An account" "Sign Up For Free" and create your own user ID & password.

Next you will be asked to choose your charity. To support Mounts Bay Lugger Association in the "Choose Charity" box type mounts bay and click on search. From the list of options choose Mounts Bay Lugger Association (The one with the photo of Happy Return), click on the blue button - Support Us.

Scroll through the list of On-Line store and put into your favourites if you want.

For MBLA to receive a donation from your on-line shopping, first you need to log into your GAYL account, select the store you want to shop, i.e. Amazon, click on the green button Shop & Raise. You will now be taken to your site (Amazon) where you can log in and shop and pay as normal. When finished you can return to GAYL and get a message "We've tracked your visit to ... (Amazon)"

If you have made a purchase, you will see how much you have raised within 24 hours.

2) You can also purchase In-Store pre-payment cards. E.g. Tesco. Buy a pre-payment card, choose any amount you want and shop in store and pay for goods/groceries etc. with this card. The card may be topped up if you wish. Log in to GAYL web site, click on the Shop In Store button & chose your card.

3) Give a DONATION? For those members who already gave MBLA a donation with their membership renewal or other reasons many thanks and much appreciated. But now anybody who visit our web site: can go to the footer of any page and click on the GAYL logo and it will take you to their site, scroll down to the Green Donate button and follow the instructions and links.

Various sites donates various amounts to charities and all depends on how much you buy. Usually the sums are small, but many, many small amounts can add up to a large amount. We now need to encourage as many members or friends of members to join in.

I hope this makes sense, if you have any problems, please contact me and I will do my best to help you. I have tried it and it does work through my own account and the MBLA web site to give a donation.

All the best,


Contact Dave via mobile or use the “Email Skipper Dave” button on the sailing calendar page.

Painting and Fitting Out


We are aiming to get the painting finished on Thursday and Friday of this week 19 and 20 April.

If you can spare a couple of hours on either day to waive a paint brush it will be good.

Muster on HR any time convenient to you from 10:30 on. The forecast is for dry, settled an fair weather, so ideal for painting.

Fitting Out

We will be fitting out on Saturday of this week. This involves shifting all the gear from winter storage back on board, bending the sails on the spars, and generally preparing HR to go sailing!

If you can help, muster at any time convenient to you from 10:30 on.

Parking in Pz is becoming a bit of a nightmare, but the small car park adjacent to the barrier at the entrance to the South Arm should be available on Saturday as Penwith Marine Services will be closed for the Easter break.

Anyone with a van will be particularly welcome as we need to shift quite a large amount of gear.