Lugger News June 2016 - Part 1


Hope you are enjoying this lovely weather and getting lots of sailing. 

Do you know that you are able to track Happy Return just go to the Marine Traffic website put in the necessary data and you can follow her on her trips.

Whilst Happy Return was being totally rewired this winter the Trustees thought it would be an added safety measure if we fitted an AIS system to her, this has now been completed and is registered. In addition to members being able to track her there are many safety features, one of which gives a warning if we are on a collision course with another ship, useful I think you will agree. I would think that some members will already know via our Facebook page but it is good for all to be aware.

We note that some of our members are not opening their Mailchimp messages from the Chairman and Membership Secretary.  This has become our main method of communicating with you the members.  The postal system is far too expensive and unreliable. The majority of members are connected to the internet either by phone or computer we feel this method of communication is the most reliable and speediest so please check your emails and spam boxes and open your messages.     

The season is now well underway and to date the weather has been reasonably kind with few cancellations due to bad weather. This weekend Happy Return is in Scilly, I gather from Mark Mitchell, the skipper the weather was good and the trip was very enjoyable. Unfortunately our first trip to Scilly over the May Day bank holiday had to be cancelled. There are another two more trips and PASSAB to Scilly this season. These are usually very popular with the members so don’t delay book early. In fact I would say to avoid being disappointed book early for any trip even a sail round the Bay as these are very popular too.

For members who haven’t yet been on a trip to Scilly I thought you might like to read two separate members experiences of their trips to Scilly :-
We mustered at 5 am on 14 September 2012 to set sail to the Isles of Scilly. My cousin Megan and I had seen a boat before but never actually set sail on one. Although, we had been deemed ‘capable’ for the trip by our uncle Mike Tudor, on a practise sail the day before, I was very nervous. After getting the boat ready, hoisting the sails and navigating out of Penzance harbour and round Mousehole Island, dawn began to break, the rain set in and the wind picked up. My worst nightmare had begun to materialise; I was on a wooden sailing boat in moderate seas and beginning to feel queasy. Our skipper Mark dived downstairs (correction, ‘below deck’) and started making a sausage sandwich for us. I politely declined. As we prepared for our first tack (Meg and I had seen Ben Ainslie in the Olympics so knew the lingo)

 I felt the unmistakeable heave of my stomach. “Not there Penny, be sick downwind otherwise we’ll all be in the way!” About 8 hours later Uncle Mike woke me up and I took the helm. The seas had calmed, it was sunny and we could see Scilly. It was the most beautiful evening and arriving into the bay

between the Isle of Gugh and St. Agnes at sunset, was just wonderful and worth every bit of being ill. Nick, Keith, Mark and Mike provided chilli and wine, Meg and I provided banter and haribo. A great first night.

The rest of the weekend involved walking, sightseeing, island hopping, pubs and many laughs.The return trip was great with a pilot whale, container ships and the lesser spotted Mike Tudor seen snoozing in the dinghy. Thank you to all involved, a great experience and I loved it.

Saturday & Monday Sail - 4th & 6th June

Saturday & Monday Sail:
Afternoon Sail - Saturday 4th June:

There are still some places available for this sail.  Winds are light so come along for a easy sail around the bay.  Weather is forecast good with light winds.  Muster 13:30 for 14:00 departure.
Contact John Tellam 01736 362281 to book your place.

Evening sail on Monday 6th June:
There are still some places available for this sail, so grab the mermaid by the tail now and contact John van der Hoff (01736 786349 or 07775607574) to book.  Muster is at 17:00 for 17:30 departure.  You'll be back on dry land by 21:00.  Get sailing before summer's over!

Happy Sailing!!!
All the Best,

Dave / John.

Saturday Sail - 14th May

UPDATE: Today's (Saturday 13th May) cruise was tremendous! In the above image you can see the exact course of Happy Return  around Mount's Bay. This plot is generated from our onboard AIS system. You can follow Happy Return whenever and wherever she sails. See earlier post for details.

New members are encouraged to take this great leap in to the unknown.  The forecast is fair. Muster is at the very civilised time of 10:30.  An opportunity to sharpen your sailing skills after the winter lay up.  So contact the skipper, John vd H (phone number is on the paper sailing program) to secure your place.  Happy Return has escaped from the confines of the wet dock and is now berthed on her usual summer residence on the North arm. 

ETA back in Penzance is 14:30.

 See you on board!

 All the Best,

Dave / John.

Happy Return is now on AIS

Hi Guys,

Now we finally got 95% of the electrics completed, especially the New AIS and got it talking to the Standard Horizon chart plotter and also I have registered with Marine Traffic so for those who like to follow HR can go to this site and follow her progress or see where she is.

Here is the link to Marine Traffic: (Search "Happy Return" in the search box in the top left hand corner) as you will now see we have a photo for HR.  (It takes up to 48 hours for any photos to be verified before seen on the web site).  I have also added some other details like weight, draught etc.  This has not yet been uploaded.

If you want to log into the web site, you may need to register - it is free.

It was great to test the AIS on last night’s sail.  Contacted Falmouth CG, they could see us OK and replied back with our speed & course.  Also noticed a CPA (Closest Point of Approach) alarm from Scillonian 111,             if we maintained our course & speed and same for Scillonian 111 we would be within 0.3Nm within 10 minutes.

All the best - David Keast - 7th May


Friday 6th May afternoon/evening sail - around the Bay

The forecast is good and we still have some places on Happy Return this Friday at 16:30. So time to get your sailing started for the year, we muster at 16:30 on the boat and depart at 17:00 finishing at about 20:00.

If you areinterested then text or call Mark - all are welcome at any level. If you are new to Lugger sailing this is a fine time to get started, we have a whole season ahead of us so lets go.

See you soon


Annual Membership Renewal Fees DuE

Wednesday 16th March - AGM and Membership Renewal fees due.

Members are reminded that the annual membership fees are due in March - please renew prior to the AGM.

Reminders are being sent now by email or post - if you are receiving your reminder by post it will be a tremendous help if you can let David Keast our Membership Secretary have your email address - email address will be available soon