This shows current news stories for members and non-members.
Congratulations to the winners of the Dufour Association Photo Competition 2023: Kim Sturgess from the UK with “Newtown Creek dawn”, Nizam Mamode from the UK with “Firebird in Loch Scavaig, Skye and Magnus Skoglund from Sweden with “Springtime”. See the winning entries
Latest issue of the Association magazine is now out with articles including : Equipping Carpe Diem, Round The Island 2023 – A Family Affair, Curing the Elusive Deck Leak, Folly Meet-Up May 2023, Galley Gossip – West Country Delights, Our Engine Fails… and the Aftermath
This trophy is awarded to the author of the best article in Dufour News magazine as selected by Dorothy Eyre. For 2022 the winner is John Head for his article A Classic Voyage, part 1 of which was in the winter 2022 issue of Dufour News.
His article starts with buying a new boat (a Dufour 36 Classic) and, in part 1, ends with their arrival in Spain.
He wins a pair of Dufour Association glasses engraved with their boats’ names as well as the original reward of a voucher for having the article published.
Huge congratulations to Jeremy Vines 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.
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.