I'm Blue Dream, a Dufour 350 Grand Large launched in 2016. After having been around Europe in shows, I landed at La Spezia on December 1st and was delivered to my shipowners, a couple at their first sailboat.
The first trip was a beautiful sunny sunday. With all the "first-time care" they led me to Portovenere trying out my equipment and enjoying the comfort I can offer them.
On Christmas Eve they presented me the rest of the family: three boys who seemed to be not very seafaring. The most incredible is Letizia - the only sailor; the two males were more reserved and suspicious. So I also learned that besides being their "toy" I will be used to relive Guido's desire to teach sailing.
It is the first of the year and they have not left me alone. So after leaving the dam they hoisted the mainstay and complimented the bow and navigated for the first time without a motor. On board I felt a lot of emotion.
My shipowners have badly considered the strong wind of grecale that takes me forward, which, together with the current, makes it "difficult" to leave the mooring. They did a couple of attempts that have cost me some scrapes, but they were more affected than me. To comfort me they washed me.
I appreciated Letizia's great desire to make me sailing. Looking out of the cloudy day and with little wind, she tried in all ways to adjust my sails and as a real barefoot "German", so spartan and showing her muscles we met.
It is certainly the most difficult season and the one during which boats that are not rebuilt force the most apprehensive shipowners to unexpected visits. So during the heavy grecale of February a couple of nights i saw Guido appearing, with fatigue and apprehension he came to reinforce moorings.
Sailing in March is not common, but my shipowners wanted to sail in the presence of Letizia. They were nice days, but marked by a hard and tiring night navigation and a return with little wind and much motor. But we will not forget Alex!