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Mount's Bay Area
Newlyn Fish Festival 2013, "Weekend of Sail in Newlyn", Use of Sweeps & Fish Festival 2011 - Painting on the Old Quay Newlyn - Reinactment Corbeau de Mer 2010 at Newlyn - Mousehole "Sea Salts & Sail" 2012 - Trafalgar Celebrations - Sailing Club - Newlyn Fish Festival - Raft Race Day - Mullion - Day Sails - Golowan
Newlyn Fish Festival 2013
Busy once again working hard to promote the association and feed the visitors! A fabulous day and enjoyed by all - a very successful day - don't miss next year!
Mousehole "Sea Salts and Sail" New Images for 2012
Happy Return is a regular visitor to this event every other year when Leon and Sylvia Pezzack arrange a Lugger Festival at Mousehole in West Cornwall to celebrate the village's sea-going heritage. It began as a small affair back in 1997 when the first festival welcomed just eight traditional sailing boats, while in 2012 Leon said that he hoped to see more than 30. "There's music and cookery and other activities on offer, but at its heart it is about boats and fishing and the reason Mousehole came into being" said Leon.
Rose of Argyll from France is being sculled in Mousehole harbour and PZ17 Peel Castle returns to Mounts Bay at last. Vilma, a 1934 Danish fishing vessel and Peel Castle leaving Newlyn after the Mousehole event bound for the Brest Festival and Reliance is seen entering Newlyn harbour.
"Weekend of Sail in Newlyn", Use of Sweeps & Newlyn Fish Festival 2011
There was a gathering of old sailing fishing luggers moored in the Old Harbour, Newlyn and sailing in Mounts Bay during Newlyn's Fish Festival 2011 weekend. They entered the Old Harbour on August 27th, Saturday evening, and the crews came ashore to enjoy a barbecue.
On Sunday the 28th, the luggers had a day’s sailing around Mounts Bay and returned to the accompaniment of music and dance from the traditional Cornish group Tros an Treys.
On Festival day the luggers moved into the new harbour when visitors could go on board and get a feel for what a working life on one of these unique boats must have been like.
In the afternoon, they took part in a strenuous rowing event. Few have seen these heavy boats being rowed, as the crews heaved on their heavy sweeps as in days gone by. Here are Rose of Argyll (now from France), Jono Brikhill and crew showing how it can be done on Guide Me and Barnabas with the engine running - just in case! The Happy Return is seen alongside the MBLA stand where members are busy cooking and selling Cornish Sardine Baps.
"Painting on the Pier" Day at the Old Quay Newlyn
Happy Return, Barnabas and Ripple were moored in Newlyn on March 12th 2011 as part of British Tourism Week to allow local and visiting artists a unique opportunity not seen for over a generation. There are hopes that this will be the first move to create an heritage harbour in Newlyn within the 500 year old harbour wall. Well know local Newlyn artist Bernard Evans can be seen on the bottom row second from the left.
Trafalgar Celebrations 2005
The Happy Return took part in the Penzance Trafalgar Celebrations on Saturday 22nd October 2005 during a sea re-enactment in Mounts Bay.
She relayed the first news of the Battle of Trafalgar and Nelson's death from HMS Pickle (played by SV Ruth) making her first landfall in October 1805.
Penzance Sailing Club Nationals
The Happy Return standing off marshalling for various events at the Penzance Sailing Club.
Newlyn Raft Race & Newlyn Fish Festivals
On August Bank Holiday Mondays we have a stall at the Newlyn Fish Festival selling tasty freshly cooked hot Cornish sardine rolls. Happy Return is in Newlyn harbour giving tours and demonstrations. The Pendance Band often plays on board and many people come along to chat with us and enjoy the fabulous day.
Pete Goss attended the 2008 Festival with the Spirit of Mystery prior to his voyage to Australia.
Raft Race Day, held in aid of the Newlyn Harbour Lights, is usually around the same time and the Happy Return stands off as a safety boat with the Penlee Lifeboat.
Mullion Day Sail
Mounts Bay Day and Evening Sails
Golowan Festivals and Quay Fair Day
The Happy Return is in Penzance wet dock with the stall on Quay Fair Day during the Golowan Festival in June. The Golowan Band often comes on board and plays to the crowd. These shots are from 2003 when the Happy Return was incomplete awaiting her masts and rigging and we were desperately raising funds from these and similar events to complete the restoration.