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Looe Lugger Regatta
The Happy Return takes part in the Looe Lugger Regatta held at the begining of every other June.
Looe Lugger Regatta Trophy for "Happiest Crew" Looe 2011
Here are a few images from Looe with a summary of the 2011 Regatta by Julia Johnson:-
" 9 Strong Blokes And The Jib And Galley Maid"
"Skipper Mark Mitchell, Mate Nick Darling, crew Neil Mills, Martin Crompton, Mike Tudor, George Whittaker, John Moody, Mike Halse, John Caddy and Julia Johnson.
Friday evening we were met warmly by all the organisers of the Looe Regatta committee ensuring all boats were happily moored. We enjoyed a splendid buffet in the fish market and there was much buzz and excitement of the weekend to follow while ship crews caught up with greetings and gossip since the last meeting. Enjoyed a few bevvies in the pub whilst awaiting the tide to dry. Skipper and Mate changed the propeller to our “go faster prop”. Very serious business indeed if one is prepared to do it in the dark!
The Looe Regatta saw Happy Return mess up rigging the jib halyard; wrap up the mizzen halyard with the Happy Return pennant; tangle the sheets on the outrigger; knot up the down hall to the main yard; and generally bungle the first couple of tacks. What a beginning all before the official start. So we were not spectacular in the first race. However, a few tacks proven, enhanced our performance and gave all the ancient old crocks on board time to shake their bones about.
In the glorious warm and sunny weather, with all the heaving and hauling, brews of tea were not called for, rather gallons of squash – and of course, a few kilos of ships cake. Lunch was brisk and the fine weather saw the halyard monkeys in repose on the deck.
And so into the afternoon race. Tacks developed into very slick operations and despite the lighter breeze, we fairly galloped round the course having such a fine time that when we received the hooter to finish we put another loop round the cans just for good measure.
The day was followed by dinner in the pub and then over to the fish market to enjoy the music and lyrics of a hot stomping band into the later hours before everyone collapsed in heaps in various places round the dock to recuperate in readiness for Sunday.
A chilly start and not a breath of wind on Sunday morning. All the boats out on the bay lolloped and drifted for a good three hours awaiting the MC to lay the course and more to the point hail some breeze to get us round it. HR crew busied with jobs to do on board until resistance to more eating succumbed. Lunch and death by rosé wine and cake again!! But hey it was good. Eventually, once everyone was thoroughly sated, the breeze kicked in the course layer romped around the bay with everyone in hot pursuit and eventually he made his course decision. This time HR skipper and crew were right on the money and had a great race neck and neck to the line with Rose of Argyll and beating an old customs cutter.
Regrettably, yours truly had to then make a quick escape as a friend was kindly giving me a lift back to Penzance. From those who stayed for the Sunday evening bun fight and prizegiving I heard that HR made it in 8th overall and were presented with a shield in recognition of our good sporting lugger spirit. George W, John C, Nick D, Neil M and Mike T were all sailing the HR home on Monday."
Previous Looe Lugger Regattas:-