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Piers and Lin du Pré bought their new Fleming 55 / 129, Play d'eau, in 2003.

She was berthed in Beaucette Marina, Guernsey in the Channel Islands at N49° 30’.197 W002° 30’.350 until she was sold in October 2021.

This site charts the thrilling adventures they had in her.

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12 May 2013 – Free bus pass day

Dave of Yacht Invictus (née Akemi) cooking my birthday breakfast
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Today I was 65 years old and qualified for my free bus pass!

Birthday Breakfast (and a duck egg)

After my 12 birthday cards had been opened and displayed, there was a knock on the side of the boat. ‘Piers – you awake?’ Dave of Yacht Akemi had sent an envoy (Nick Blampied who was working on Dave’s yacht) to invite me to a birthday breakfast of bacon and eggs.

Arriving on Akemi, Dave announced that since I was ‘birthday boy’, I would be honoured by being given his last duck egg!

A few moments later and a plate was passed to me with acres of crisp bacon topped with the colossal duck egg all sandwiched between two slices of bread. How luscious and decadent.

Having licked my fingers (and the plate – for which I make no apology) and washed it all down with some good coffee, we started swapping flying stories before it was time to return to Play d’eau.

What a great way to start to start the birthday celebrations.

Birthday Lunch

At 1330, accompanied by my sister Hilary and brother in law Christopher, Lin and I climbed the pontoon walkway to The Restaurant at Beaucette Marina to meet some Guernsey friends, David and Diana, for another round of eating excellent food and drinking even more good wine.

Many hours later and full to bursting, we all left the restaurant for tea and coffee on Play d’eau.

Birthday dinner

Birthday dinner? Needless to say, none of us felt we could eat anything more. We were full to the brim. Instead, we watched the gripping DVD (Invictus) before falling into bed.

What a great day, and boy, it’s a hard life being 65.

from the Saloon of
Play d’eau
Fleming 55

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Duck or chicken egg? No comparison
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Simply luscious and decadent
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