This shows current news stories for members and non-members.
The Association will be taking part in the “Clubs and Associations Day” on Friday 23rd September by presenting about the Association and meeting members and potential members between 4-5pm at the British Marine Lounge. If you would like to visit us email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Huge congratulations to Jeremy Vine and his Dufour 34 “Pickle” for being the highest placed Association member in the recent Round The Island Race.
Jeremy came first in ISC Div 5C (beating the second place boat by around 14 mins) and an admirable sixth position overall.
He is also awarded the Dufour Association’s trophy and set of engraved glasses.
The Association has announced an initiative for new “meet-ups” in place of rallies. These enable members to organise meetings of Association members and receive support to promote and potentially finance these meetings. Members see details here.
Latest issue of the Association magazine is now out with articles including: Going Solo – western Med cruise, Close Encounters of the Lights Kind, Rogue Waves and Boats, Replacing Hull Fittings With Tru-Design, Rudder Trouble (38 Classic),
Galley Gossip, Living The Dream During A Pandemic?
This trophy is awarded to the author of the best article in Dufour News magazine and this year there was a tie with both Paul Hutton-Ashkenny and Sue Garrett being declared winners. Both had written articles about cruises during the COVID pandemic, and they each win Dufour Association glasses as well as an award for the original article as all authors receive.
Each year the Association awards its “Round The Island” trophy to the member whose Dufour yacht is best placed in this race around the Isle of Wight.
This year the number of entrants for the race numbered just over 1000. Some 33 Dufours took part but the overall winner was Kaboodle, a Dufour 375 owned by Association member Dave Harper. Kaboodle was 33rd overall and first in its group. Kaboodle beat another member’s boat by just 48 seconds on corrected time in a race that for them lasted about 8 hours!
Dave is awarded the trophy for the year and also receives a personally engraved Dufour Association glass.
Reflecting the growth of the Dufour Association we have increased the committee size with two new members from beyond the UK and they will work with more non-UK members to develop the Association for all.
Member votes have been counted and the three prize winning members awarded. We had some great photos, well done to all who entered and thank you to those who voted for the winners.
Latest issue of the Association magazine is now out with articles including: – – Dufour 30 Owners Review,
– Replacing Sheaves in Lewmar Type 1 Genoa Cars,
– Dufour ACM Elite Owners Review,
– It Was The Rum That Did It (Cruising Bahamas)
The Association’s magazine online archive now goes back to 1981. This provides further technical information for older yachts, and many additional ideas even for today’s yachts.