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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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A Red Letter Day

The two ‘weasels’ with Dad in the dinghy
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We had a great treat yesterday.

One of our sons, his wife and two children are on holiday staying with two of their dear friends who live in Riberac, France.

Yesterday, they all came to visit us on Play d’eau in the Bassin des Chalutiers, La Rochelle.

Arriving just before lunch it was so good seeing them all again; we’d missed the family so much, and the two grandchildren, the ‘weasels’, gave us such hugs.

Their friends had created and brought a superb lunch with them, after which some of us dozed and had a siesta. Meanwhile, Play d’eau’s dinghy had become the focus of attention.

The weasels, as the grandchildren are known, tested the Torqeedo battery operated outboard to the full. Brilliant fun all round.

Madam in charge in the dinghy with Dad as an optional extra
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A late afternoon stroll into the old town with ice creams was ‘de rigueur’ followed by dinner of various moules dishes on the quayside to complete our red letter day.

It can’t get much better than this.

Piers and Lin
from the Saloon of
Play d’eau
Fleming 55

PS – Lin has almost managed to eradicate the cherry stains from the sofa….

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5 comments to A Red Letter Day

  • Kim

    Hugo is still mortified about the red wine on upholstery MkI incident – a recent topic of conversation…

  • Hil

    I knew you would have fun-I am so pleased.I am sure it was a day none of you will forget.Was there smoked salmon for “Madam”?They will be back-and blow the cherry stains!x x

  • Pip

    Glad that you all had a fantastic time – and at least the sofa has been properly christened. Won’t be so drastic next time!! 🙂

  • Diccon du Pre

    Yes it was a fantastic day! Worth the long trip and everyone had a nice day out in La Rochelle – very pretty city. The kids loved playing in the dinghy.

  • Valerie

    What a great time ur having! [Envy, envy, France is so far from here!].
    Thanks for your latest news & lovely pics.
    Heatwave? Here in Brisbane, it’s 26degrees in WINTER on sunny days , cool nights though. Good humpback whales travel weather.
    The Ashes cricket currently features strongly in our media, England ahead with Colonial Aussies trailing with fighting spirit. We’ll get ’em!
    Enjoy the fab French food & wine …. I feel another bout of envy coming on! Have FUN. Happy Days & love to all, Val

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