Category Archives: Sailing Log book

The summer has arrived, let’s hope that isn’t the whole summer!

Over the last few weeks we had a crisis of confidence with the engine due to the overheat in our first shakedown.  As you will have seen from other blog posts regarding the engine and engine room, we had gone through a process of regaining confidence and this weekend was to be our shakedown, sea […]
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Anchoring in the Stour

At the time we didn’t realise it would be our last time out of the year but with a summer holiday to Puglia and a wedding in Cyprus we were running out of weekends. We wanted to get some time away from it all, which after all was the reason we bought the boat! We […]
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Our first time on Mariadz as a Moody 54

It had been a long drawn out purchasing process which had only been made bearable by the cheerfulness and determination of John Rodriguez but after a tearful farewell to the Dufour we finally had our new baby. She had been brought back from the Solent in terrible weather and put into her new berth by our […]
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Home from Dunkirk (part 3 of 3) – successful

The day after our aborted trip to Ramsgate doesn’t start well from a weather perspective. We check a couple of weather forecasts and also speak to the harbour master.  The morning is a write off but there is an eight hour weather window with a little wind that we will be heading towards. This is […]
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The return from Dunkirk (part 2 of 3) – pan pan

This is not the story of one of the tele-tubbies (if you don’t get that ask your parents/grand parents) but the story of how it almost went wrong and the lessons we learned. Eventually, it is getting time for us to leave Dunkirk having had a lovely couple of days and we decide that we […]
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Our first trip to Dunkirk (part 1 of 3)

We had decided that we wanted to cross the channel again and we asked Lisa Jones if she would join us.  I’m sure that Lisa won’t mind me mentioning that she was in recovery from treatment for Cancer (we will always have everything crossed for her). Lisa has only been on sailing boats called Mariadz […]
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Very Easily Led

So we had bought the Dufour and had a number of lessons from experienced skippers. It was time for us to take our first steps across a sea.  But we may have had the training but we certainly didn’t have the confidence yet. Our good friends Richard and Janet of Easily Led had spoken to us […]
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