Happy return was sailed round to Gweek on Friday 6 October and lifted out of the water on Saturday evening. She has been moved undercover and on Monday a working party removed all the sails, spars, deck boxes and general clutter.
Andrew Massey, our shipwright, has started work on resealing the deck seams with modern mastic sealer so that next year we will be able to stay dry below when the weather is wet above.
Happy Return will be at Gweek for six weeks while this work and some additional small repairs are carried out. Nick Darling is providing the link between MBLA and Andrew for this project; please contact Nick if you need any further information.
While she is in the dry, we will be taking the opportunity to repaint the hull above the waterline and to examine the masts and repaint them. This will provide an opportunity for members to join small working parties which will mainly gather on Saturdays to carry out this work. John Ditton has agreed to co-ordinate these working parties and if you are interested in taking part please contact him.