Cruising Report: Caffè Latte

We first met this infectiously vibrant couple from Montréal, Yolène & Jean, at the 2012 Annapolis Sailboat show during their search for a 40’ish foot boat to realize their cruising dreams. Since taking delivery of Caffè Latte in the spring of 2013, they have been busy! We recently received this cruising report from their current location in Grenada..

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“We purchased the Grand Large 410 in 2013 in view of our project: doing the ARC Carib 1500, sailing the Caribbean and eventually crossing the Atlantic to get into the Med. We had chosen the tall mast, deep keel, off shore sails and inner forestay options. In July 2016, we left Lake Champlain and motored our way through the Champlain Canal all the way to the Hudson river. With the mast in place, we spend sometime in the NYC area and sailed all summer in the Long Island Sound, Block Island and Martha’s Vineyard. In September, we sailed from Sandy Hook to Cape May and then up the Delaware Bay through the C&D Canal and in to the Cheasapeake Bay.

We found the boat behaved really well in the moderate seas we encountered that summer. In October we sailed down the Cheasapeake to Portsmouth, VA to get ready for the ARC Carib 1500. We departed on November 5th and were in Tortola, BVI after a 10 day passage. Again,the boat behaved beautifully.

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Since November we have been cruising the Caribbean Islands and truly appreciate the boat’s sailing ability and live-ability. Life on board is sweet! We are a couple on board and there is ample space. To fully prepare the boat for cruising life we added; a watermaker, 500 W of solar panels, a 300 W hydrogenerator, an arch, a full wardrobe of sails, a whisker pole, bow sprit and of course all the required ARC safety equipment.”

You can follow the adventures of Caffè Latte via their cruising blog.  Thanks to Yolène & Jean for checking in!

We wish you fair winds and following seas on your dream cruise!

Hardware From The Heineken Regatta

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Every year in early March the spectacular Caribbean island of St. Maartin plays host to  the largest warm water regatta in the world. This legendary sailing event offers a great combination of four days of challenging races and fantastic parties; living up to the event’s motto of “Serious Fun”!

No strangers to “Serious Fun”, Neil Harvey and Mike Cannon chartered a Dufour 455 from Kiriacoulis Charters for the regatta and sent in this report…

“Four of us crew stayed aboard the boat docked at Palapa​ Marina, including 2016 Rio Paralympic silver medalist (in the 3 man Sonar boat) Brad Kendell.

The boat was very well laid out, even in a Charter configuration, and was enjoyable to stay upon.

The Dufour 455 was very easy to steer in the trying upwind conditions beating up the Anguilla passage in the Round The Island Race. Despite there being many larger boats in the Bareboat fleet, we took home the trophy for not only best corrected time in fleet, but also fastest elapsed time Around The Island !

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It was quite a windy weekend of racing, which found us at times, furling the jib up with as many as 4 rolls upwind, and playing the traveler constantly.

We finished 1st in class & 1st in fleet in all 3 races completed, to take home the Overall Bareboat trophy despite having a few elderly gentlemen in the crew.”

Congratulations to the entire team of KHS & S Contractors! In the true spirit of the Dufour brand, they fully enjoyed both the comfort and the performance built into every model.

If you’re considering a new yacht, connect with one of our local dealers here and discover the amazing qualities of the Dufour brand for yourself!

Thanks to Neil Harvey for sending in the report!