Life & Travels Afloat in our Moody
One of the first things we did was join the Moody Owners’ Association. We had a tremendous amount of fun and made many new friends. We suddenly had a completely new social life with periodic banquets interspersed with events like the Folly Bop, the Osborne House Proms, Barbecue and Games at Bembridge and visits to Exbury Gardens. Many events also included a walk at the destination (as well as drinking!), and a race on the Sunday.
Our introduction to racing was through the Dixon series of races organised by the MOA. We learnt the basics of racing, and though we had a very heavy boat, we had a lot of fun and even won the odd trophy! We were delighted when we were invited to do Round the Island with Peter and Nina Dovey on Delfini, a Moody S38.
We managed to get a table at the Folly for New Year’s Eve one year, and were rapidly joined by more friends. This became a regular MOA event with just under 30 people each year turning up in fancy dress. Whatever the weather, even Force 10s one year, all the Moodys turned up and had a wonderful evening of food, drink, dancing and fun! We probably had most fun with the MOA when we were the event co-ordinators of the Solent Branch. We were a very sociable crowd and there was lots of partying!
We were able to take advantage of a wealth of knowledge both from people who knew very much more than we did both face to face and through the Information Exchange.