to Dec 7

Full Sailing Program for 2018

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.

NOTE - you need to be a member - if you are not then - JOIN

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

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to May 25

Cruise to Scillies - Monday 21 to Friday 25 May

A reminder that we still have places available on this cruise to the Scilly islands.

Departure is anticipated at about 9am on Monday the 21st May and returning to Penzance on Friday the 25th.

We hope to climb some of the high peaks of the Scillies Massif such as the twin summits of Sampson and the North face of Great Gannilly to mention but a few, providing we don't have a blowout in our flip flops.

May is an excellent time to visit the islands when the days are long and the tourist are few.

For more information or to book your place on this once in a lifetime cruise, email Skipper Mark.


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9:30 AM09:30

Saturday Sail - 19 May - Muster 9.30

We still have some places available for a Day Sail this Saturday 19th May '18.  Muster 09:30 AM for 10:00 AM departure, back approx. 6:00 PM.  

The weather looks good with light winds.  We will anchor somewhere for lunch so please bring a pack lunch, tea/coffee provided.

Please contact Skipper Dave.


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5:30 PM17:30

Sailing and Anti-fouling this week

Sailing and Anti-fouling this week

Sailing this week.

We still have places for an evening sail with John Tellam on Wednesday. Muster is on the North arm of the Penzance wet dock at 17:30 with a departure time of 18:00.

The weather forecast is for a nice North Easterly wind so will be very calm in the bay.

For a place call Skipper John.


We will also be anti-fouling Happy Return on Friday of this week, a small crew will be needed to move the boat at 08:30.

Muster for scrubbing off and anti fouling is at 11:30 on the slip by the Ross bridge, which is opposite the Mermaid boat trips office.

Wellies will be needed all are welcome to come down.

And lastly, there are still places for the Scillies next week if you are interested.


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12:00 PM12:00

Evening Sail - Thursday 10 May

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Summer's here
and the Lugger need you

There are places available on HAPPY RETURN for an afternoon sail this Thursday, so don't delay and book now with skipper John vd H by email text.

HR will be berthed in her usual summer berth alongside the quay of the Penzance harbour's North arm, just behind the shell shop.

Muster at noon for departure at 12:30. The forecast for Thursday is currently looking good and conditions this week are for settled weather.

Hope to see you on board.

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to May 7

Weekend Away Sail - Friday 4 May

Weekend Away Sail
There are still some places available for this weekend away sail around the Lizard.  

Depart Friday 4th May,

Muster 07:00 AM for 08:00 AM departure.  (If you want you can stay on board Thursday night?  Return Monday 7th May.

If interested please contact skipper Peter.  

Peter rarely accesses his voice mail.  Note:  If you call Peter and phone goes to Voice Mail, please DO NOT leave a message as your message may not be read?

HR is still moored in the wet dock, Penzance.

Weather looks good for the weekend, fare winds and sunny.


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2:00 PM14:00

Saturday Sail

There are a few places left for this sail.

Please contact skipper John v d H by text or email to book.

Muster at 14:00 for departure at 15:00.

Happy Return is currently berthed in the wet dock adjacent to the Harbour Master's office.

This will be a gate sail, and we will be back alongside in the wet dock by 17:30.

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5:30 PM17:30

First Sail - Thursday Evening at 5.30pm

Well this is the time you have all been waiting for with such tremendous anticipation. Sailing at last.

The first sail of the year will be on Thursday evening, mustering in the wet dock at 17:30 for a 18:00 departure.

The weather is fine with light winds so a good shakedown for the start of the season. Names in to Skipper Mike - by phone or email.

It is time to have a look at the sailing programme and get your name down for the trips which take your fancy, don't delay do it today.

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10:00 AM10:00

Antifouling this Friday - 10am

As shown on the on the sailing programme, Happy Return will be moved to the slip on Thursday prior to anti fouling this Friday morning.

Muster for antifouling is at 10:00am on Friday at the sailing club slip. Work clothes and wellies are a must. everyone is welcome to come along and give a hand.

See you all on Friday


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7:00 PM19:00

Annual Dinner - Senara Restaurant

MBLA Annual Dinner - 7 for 7.30 - 19 January 2018

The MBLA annual dinner will take place at the Senara Restaurant, Penwith Collage, Penzance, on Friday the 19th of January 2018, at 7:00 for 7:30pm.

The dinner is open to all members and their guests.

Dress code is smart casual.

Those of you who attended last year will I hope agree that the venue, choice of menu and quality of food was a cut above pub standard and Senara has again put together an imaginative menu which appears below.

The cost of the evening is £20 per head.

On arrival: Glass of red/white wine or Peroni/ale
1.    Leek and potato soup  (Vegan alternative available)
2.    Vodka cured sea trout, celeriac remoulade, watercress, lemon oil
3.    Chicken liver parfait with onion jam and melba toast
4.    Porchetta, Lyonnaise potatoes, sautéed kale, port jus
5.    Roast pumpkin, leeks, crispy sage. saffron turned potatoes, toasted hazelnuts and sauce vierge
6.    Senara fish pie with seasonal vegetables
7.    Cornish cheeses, chutney, crackers
8.    Apple and rhubarb, clotted cream
9.    Tea
10.    Coffee


If you would like to book, please contact skipper John v d H preferably by email.

Include - the names of everyone in your party and their choice of menu using the number code shown against each item on the menu.

John will acknowledge receipt of your booking by email.

Please pay at the time of booking, preferably online:

Payee: MBLA
Sort Code: 40-36-13
Account No 91415484.

IMPORTANT: Please state your surname as the payee reference in order for us to identify who the payment is from.

Space at the Senara Restaurant is limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.


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7:30 PM19:30

Talk by Andy Watts - Culdrose Search and Rescue - & Curry Evening

Talk by Andy Watts - Ex Culdrose Search & Rescue & Curry evening

Penzance Sailing Club With Bar

Reservation Required plus payment of £13:50pp

Curry Menu: 

Chicken Curry            -        Medium Spiced

Vegetable Curry         -        Medium Spiced

Rice                             -        Plain Rice

Nan Bread      

Bookings to Skipper John v d H                          

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11:00 AM11:00

Afternoon Sail Saturday 30th September - NOTE NEW START TIME 11 am

Afternoon Sail Saturday 30th September...

Finally HR's engine has been fixed.  

This will probably be the penultimate sail for this year before HR goes to Gweek for winter maintenance.  

The weather looks fair with light winds.  It will be a Penzance harbour gate sail so time will be limited to harbour gates being open.  

Note because of this we will have to meet at 11:00 for 11:30 AM departure (not meet 11:30 as per sailing program).  Back by approx. 14:30 PM. 

If you already have booked for this sail with me please re-confirm that you are still available.  Because of all the confusion and previous cancellations your plans might have changed.

There are still places available so to book please contact Skipper Dave 

Note:  Happy Return is moored in the wet dock, Penzance. 

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6:00 PM18:00

Evening Sail Tuesday 19 September

Evening Sail Tuesday 19th September...

Sorry for the late notice but there is an evening sail  Tuesday 19th September.  We are almost near the end of the sailing season now with only a few scheduled sails remaining so please come along and enjoy the last sails remaining.

Hopefully the faulty fuel pump on HR will be fixed by tomorrow PM?

To book please contact skipper Peter - Muster 16:00 (4:00PM) for 16:30 (4:30PM) departure.  If still problems with HR's engine Peter will contact those members who booked to cancel.


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9:00 AM09:00

Newlyn Fish Festival

Newlyn Fish Festival

Just to remind you the Newlyn Fish Festival is not too far way.  The committee is busy planning for the event to be held on Bank Holiday Monday 28th August '17.

Is there any member who wishes to come along and help and also have a current Food Hygiene Certificate please contact Skipper John T ASAP.

This is a big fund raiser for MBLA where we barbeque Pilchards, sell teas/coffee & also a cake stall.  We would appreciate any help during the day with barbequing, selling teas/coffees etc. or just sell MBLA to the members of the public.  Hopefully we can also gain some new members.

For you ladies out there if you can make/supply a selection of cakes, buns etc. for us to sell on the cake stall it would be much appreciated.

If you can help for a few hours etc. please contact Lorna Halse via Skipper Mike

Dave / John / Lorna.

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2:30 PM14:30

Saturday Afternoon Sail - 5 August Muster at 2pm

Afternoon Sail 5th August...

Happy Return is currently docked in the south corner of the wet dock (adjacent to the Waterside Meadery). Muster will now be on Happy Return at 1400 for departure at 1430, when the gate to the wet dock opens.

There are a few places available for this sail so book now to avoid disappointment and despair.  Muster at 13:30 for departure at 14:00.  Back on dry land at about 18:30.  Please book with the skipper, John van der H

You know you want to.

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12:15 PM12:15

Afternoon Sail Thursday 20th July - 12.15pm

Afternoon Sail Thursday 20th July...
Sorry for the late notice but there is an afternoon sail this Thursday 20th July, meet 12:15 midday for 12:45 departure.  Note at the moment HR is moored in the wet dock at Penzance so departure will be governed by the opening of the lock gates.  It is hope to return back to the North arm after the sail subject to permission from the harbour master.

Please note that John VD H was down for this sail, but he is unable to make it so I will do it for him with Mark as Mate.  If interested please contact me ASAP to book your place.  All are welcome.

Contact Skipper Dave


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9:00 AM09:00

Sunday Morning Sail - 2 July - 9am

There are still places available for the day sail on Sunday 2nd July, gathering at 9am on the North Arm for a 9.30 start. Don't be put off by the weather outside at the moment as it is set to improve, with the forecast for Sunday dry with sunny intervals and light northwesterly winds. 

So telephone skipper Clive Humphrey on 01209 719893 to book your place.

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to Jun 26

Scillies Long Week-end - 22 June

There are still some places available for this long weekend sail to Scillies.  

Depart Thursday 22nd June, meet at 06:00 and return Monday 26th June.  

Because of the early start you might decide to stay on board the Wednesday night if that is easier for you.  The skipper Peter will be there with you.

The weather looks good, sunny and warm for most of the weekend.

Contact:  Skipper Peter May - to book and for more details.

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7:30 PM19:30

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 15th March. -  7.30 for 8 pm.  Annual General Meeting

Nominations for election to the Executive Committee and any other business items should be sent in writing or email to the secretary Neil Mills by 1st March.

Members are reminded that the annual subscription of £20 becomes due at the AGM. However, those who joined after 1 September 2016 are covered through to March 2018.
Contact Details -

Please forward anything you consider might be of interest to our members to the secretary, Neil Mills.

Please address all membership applications and renewals to David Keast.

You can send emails to our committee members on our Contacts Page


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to May 25

Annual Maintenance

Annual maintenance: Begins Saturday 9 January at the wet dock, Penzance, at 10.30 every Saturday. 
All welcome.  Liaise with Mark Mitchell or John Van der Hoff  to ensure maintenance will be taking place on that day.


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to Oct 31

Full Sailing Program for 2017

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.

NOTE - you need to be a member - if you are not then - JOIN

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

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6:45 PM18:45

PZ Sailing Club event open to MBLA Members "Rockpool Wonders"

An introduction to the marine life of the Mount's Bay Marine Conservation Zone;
Penzance Sailing Club, Albert Pier. Wednesday 18th January - 6:45pm - MBLA Members are Welcome.

Marine biologist Matt Slater shares his enthusiasm and stories of the wonderful marine life in Cornish waters and specifically Mount's Bay Marine Conservation Zone. Find out about how you can get involved with monitoring the health of this incredible place, and how you can help influence the way the area is managed. Organised by Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Penwith Local Group.

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