We encourage anyone interested in sailing to join MBLA whatever your skill level. You don't need any experience, however if you are ambitious we have developed a programme to help you improve and ultimately become a qualified Skipper.
Never been aboard? Don't worry, day sails and evening sails in Mount's Bay are a great way to start. Our fully qualified skippers and other friendly experienced crew members will ensure that you are safe, and if you want, will show you how to muck in to get you familiar with the lugger. You may be happy with this level of involvement and we will always be pleased to have you on board to enjoy you trips on Happy Return.
If you have been on board a few times you will have helped with some aspects of boat handling and may want to progress further. We will work with you at your own pace to gain more experience in all the different techniques required to sail the boat and to build an understanding of how they all fit together in managing the boat. You will probably want to join our longer 2–5 day trips to increase your time on the boat and experience of other skills such as anchoring and mooring in different conditions.
You may then progress to the level of 'Mate', when you will work with the Skipper to manage the trip and take responsibility for certain aspects of the boat's management.
For members with ambition to progress further, we can support you in developing a full range of skills with the support of our qualified skippers, including navigation, electronic instruments, engine management etc., and can provide opportunities for advanced sailing experience such as longer sails and night passages, which can meet the requirements to enter the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster practical examinations and become a skipper of Happy Return in your own right.