to Mar 13

Full Sailing Program for 2019

Book yourself onto a sail by contacting the Skipper by phone or text if you know it - else click on the link below to send an email.

Enjoy a sail around the bay - have a “Taster Sail” - no need to join.

If you send an email - please bear in mind that the the skipper may be away or at sea and not respond quickly.

Enjoyed your taster sail - we would love you to become a member? - JOIN

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6:00 PM18:00

Evening sail around the bay

There are places available on the sail this Thursday evening, mustering at 18.00 hours. The weather promises to be fine with light winds, just perfect for a gentle evening trip around the bay in good company.

Please contact skipper Alan by phone or use the Skipper button to book your place.

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5:00 PM17:00

Sail in the bay

There is an evening sail this Monday 20th May, muster at 5:00 PM for 6:00 PM departure.

The weather forecast is looking more favourable with the winds going around to Northwesterly and light in strength so will make the sail more comfortable. The recent easterly winds made the bay a bit choppy and uncomfortable for sailing.

If you are new to Lugger sailing this will be a good opportunity to come along and learn new skills or just relax and have a good chat amongst the crew.

There are still places available, if interested please contact: Skipper John T by phone of email button to book.

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1:30 PM13:30

Sail around the bay

Midweek sail

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, so it's time to hop on HAPPY  RETURN for a spin around the bay. 

Wednesday 15th PM sail.

Muster is at 1:30 pm for departure at 2:30 pm, and you'll be back on dry 
land by 5:30 pm. 

If this tickles your fancy, please book with Skipper John v d H by text  or email using the skippers button.

See you on Wednesday for another nautical adventure!

John van der Hoff.

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5:30 PM17:30

Sailing this week - Thursday and Saturday

We have two sails for you this week the first is on Thursday evening, mustering onboard at 5:30pm and departing once we are all sorted out.

The second sail is bright and early on Saturday morning mustering at the outrages time of 8:30am.

The weather is looking very good for both events so give Skipper Mark a call to book your place.

Don't delay and book today you know it makes sense.

See you sailing soon.

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12:00 PM12:00

First Sail - 30 April

The 2019 sailing program starts as of Tuesday 30th April. Painting and maintenance are all but finished and subject to the weather conditions Happy Return will be sailing in the bay this coming week.

Muster is on board at twelve noon in the wet dock, Penzance with departing at 1.00 pm.

Return to the wet dock no later than 4.00 pm.

To book your place please contact John T on his mobile or use the “skipper” button on the sailing calendar page to book your place, there are still some places available.

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9:30 AM09:30

Anti Fouling Friday 22nd March 2019

It is time to scrub and anti-foul Happy Return once again ready for the forthcoming sailing season.

If the weather behaves its self we will be moving the boat on to the slipway next to the Penzance sailing club at 06:00 on Friday morning.

Members are asked to muster on the slip from 09:30 prior to scrubbing the bottom off.

The rig of the day is old cloths or coveralls, wellies and a hat.

Please let me know if you can make it.

We should be all finished by about 2pm.

Should the weather turn foul then we may slip by a day and do it on the Saturday.

See you all soon

Beat Regards


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7:30 PM19:30


Evening Talk - Penzance Sailing Club

You are all cordially invited to an evening presentation by Nick Tregenza in the Penzance sailing club at 7:30pm on the 6th of March. The presentation will include the biology of the marine mammals we are likely to see in the bay and also a talk on the C-POD, underwater monitor that picks up the voices of Dolphins, porpoises and whales which is widely used around the world.

The evening will start at 7:30pm so kindly arrive in good time. All are welcome so bring a friend or two, the bar will be open and parking is free in the harbour car park. This is an opportunity to get together prior to the sailing season so please do your best to come along.

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7:30 PM19:30

Special General Meeting

Your Association is convening a Special General Meeting to make you aware of the various challenges facing the MBLA now, and in the years ahead. These include the following:

Finance and Fundraising

Committee Officers

Qualified Skippers

This Meeting will take place on Saturday 1st December at Penzance Sailing Club, commencing at 7.30 pm.

Please make every effort to attend this very important Meeting.

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9:30 AM09:30

Happy Return Engine Problems

HR Engine Problem:

Please note that ALL sailing on HR has been cancelled until further notice due to a fault with HR's engine fuel supply system.

Also, please ensure you have the current Sailing Program and disregard any previous copies you might have.

Please DO NOT contact Skipper Mark as he is still in hospital and unable to assist. We wish him a speedy and successful recovery.

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to Sep 25

Sailing Calendar Reinstated

I am please to inform ALL members that the problem with HR's main mast has now been fixed.  Our shipwright Andrew Massey has done a good quick repair on the mast, so HR is back sailing again. 

George is taking HR around the Lizard & East from this Friday (7th to 10th Sept) not sure if there are any spaces, but if interested please contact Skipper George.

There is a planned sail as per Sailing program on:

Wednesday 12th Sept, Evening Sail, Contact Skipper Mike H

Thursday 13th Sept, Evening & taster sail, Contact Skipper Mike H

Saturday 15th Sept, Day sail, Contact Skipper Dave K

If you have previously booked on any of these sails before the cancellations all sails due to mast problem you might want to re-confirm your place with the skipper.

We will send out another email blast reference the Day sail next week when weather conditions are better known.

We look forward to seeing you all back on board again for the last few sails for this year.

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12:30 PM12:30

Afternoon Sail Wednesday 8th Aug...

Afternoon Sail Wednesday 8th Aug...

DON'T DELAY, BOOK TODAY... for an opportunity of more nautical nonsense on Happy Return.

Muster on the north arm of PZ harbour at 12:30 for departure at 1 PM.

We'll be back on dry land by 4.30 PM latest.  Book your place with skipper John vd H by phone or use the skippers link on the Sailing Calendar page.

Don't forget to bring your lunch and sun block!  Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

See you on Wednesday.

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9:30 AM09:30

Day sail to Porthcurno/Mullion Sunday

There are still a few places available for this Sunday 5th August day sail to either Porthcurno or Mullion depends on the weather and wind direction.  

Please book ASAP if interested so not to be disappointed.  

The weather looks light to moderate winds with lots of sun, should be a nice warm, pleasant days sailing.  Don't forget the sun cream.

Muster 09:30 for 10:00 departure, return approx 8:00 to 8:30 PM.  Please bring pack lunch, tea/coffee/milk provided.

To book please contact skipper Dave on his mobile or by email link on the Sailing Calendar page.  

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10:30 AM10:30

Saturday Sail- Muster 10.30

It's high summer and the crowds are about to invade so this is an ideal opportunity to escape for some tranquillity on our beautiful Lugger.

If you are a new member please grasp this opportunity to "wet you feet" and "learn the ropes".

Enough already, muster on the north arm of Pz wet dock at 10:30am for 11:00 departure.

You will be back on dry land by 2:30pm.

Please bring some lunch to prevent scurvy. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided on board.

Please contact skipper John vd H by phone or email.

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2:30 PM14:30

Sea, Salts and Sail - 2018

Sea, Salts and Sail - 2018

This weekend will see the Sea, Salts and Sail Festival taking place in Mousehole.

This event is a bi-annual celebration of  all things Cornish, which will include classic boats, live music, singing, food aplenty and lots of fun and frivolities.

We, like many classic sailing groups will be attending and showing our support for this excellent charitable event. The organisers are hoping that up to forty traditional boats will be attending over the course of the weekend.
Skipper John T is our coordinator for the weekend and also the main Skipper for Happy Return over this period.

We would like to have a good turnout for the festival in supporting this excellent event. Happy Return will be moving from Penzance to Mousehole on Friday afternoon, which will include a good sail in the bay. Muster at 2:30pm for a 3pm departure on the North arm, finishing up in Mousehole at about 5:30pm. 
The organisers are planning to hold two sailing events each day over the weekend. Due to the time of low water, all the boats will move out of the harbour each morning and return in the late afternoon.

Penzance Sea Cadets and Mousehole Rowing Club will operate a water taxi system to and from the boats which will be anchored off.

Crew are needed for all sailing events, so please contact John T by phone or use the email link if you are interested or if you have any questions.
This will be a great weekend, so please show your support and come along.

Watch this space later in the week with some more information.
See you soon.

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9:30 AM09:30

Sunday Sail - 1 July

Sunday 1st July, day sail (to Mullion depends on wind direction?),

Muster 9:30 AM for 10:00 departure.  Back approx. 5:00 PM.  

Plan is to anchor somewhere for lunch so please bring pack lunch.  Tea/coffee provided.
Contact Skipper Dave by phone or use the email button.

See you on board.

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12:00 PM12:00

Additional Sunday Sail - 24 June

We have an impromptu sail on Sunday afternoon, muster at midday on Happy Return for a 12:30 departure.

All are welcome to come and sail, but remember it is quay fair day so parking will be a little interesting.

To come call skipper Mark or send an email via the Sailing Calendar link. 
It is sunny and time to sail so get your skates on.

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10:00 AM10:00

Friday 22 June - Extra Day Sail


Although this event is not a published in the sailing programme, this sail presents a golden opportunity for you to get out on the water.

The forecast promises sunshine and favorable winds so go on and spoil yourself.

We will muster on the North arm of the Penzance wet dock at 10am for a 10:30am departure. You will all be back on dryland no later than 3:30pm. 

If you fancy some of that, then please book with skipper  John vd H,  

Don't forget to bring something for lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided onboard.

If you are a new member then this is a great time to have your first sail on Happy Return so don't delay, book today. If you are unsure then just give John a call.


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to Jun 24

Falmouth Classics 21 - 24 June 2018

Falmouth Classics 21 - 24 June 2018

There are a few places left for this trip, so please contact me asap to avoid disappointment.

We are spectating rather than racing so it will be a relaxed affair with overnight anchoring and visits  to local hostelries on the beautiful Helford river, St. Mawes etc.

Novices or hardened sea salts are all welcome to join in.

Please contact skipper John vd H via email using the link in the Sailing Program.



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6:30 PM18:30

Evening sail 19th June 2018

Evening sail - Tuesday 19th June

There are a few spaces available for this sail.

The current forecast predicts a sunny evening with light SW wind. Ideal!

Meet at 6:30pm on the north arm of the Penzance wet dock.

To book, please contact Skipper John vd H by phone or use the email link on the Sailing Program post.

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10:00 AM10:00

Day Sail To Kennegy Sunday 17th June

Day Sail To Kennegy Sunday 17th June...


Due to illness of the published skipper for this event Skipper Dave will take his place.

If we can get sufficient crew the event will be on, if not I will have to cancel so if interested please contact Skipper Dave ASAP to book your place.

Day sail Sunday 17th June, Muster 10:00 am for 10:30 departure and return approx 6:00 pm.  Bring packed lunch as we hope to anchor somewhere to relax, take in the scenery and not talk world cup football.  Lol.  Tea/coffee provided.

Please contact me Skipper Dave.

See you on board.

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