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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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Recent Posts

Croissant Competition – Summer 2013

What do you think of these?
They come from two different bakeries
click to enlarge

How would you judge a good croissant?

Can you help? We’d love to know what you’d look for.

The baking hot question

Are all croissants the same? I mean, a croissant is a croissant is a croissant, n’est ce pas? Mais, peut-être pas.

One of the key elements of visiting France to which we really look forward, is our first croissant. That staple of all things French. Even more so than the Eiffel Tower, Pastis, or scary driving.


Imagine it’s breakfast. The smell of baking is in the air. You’ve ordered, and you’re served a croissant straight from the wood oven. It’s hot and looks glorious.

Lift it to your nose. Breathe in the aroma. Prepare to take a bite…

Judging criteria

But how do you judge if it’s the best you’ve ever had?

What do think of this one?
click to enlarge

So far, we’ve visited over twenty ports during our three month cruise along the north and west coasts of France, and we’ve tried croissants from well over forty Boulangeries.

During this time, we’ve found croissants vary considerably from ‘Oh, yes!’ to ‘Oh, no!’ and ‘That’s a shame’.

Our judging criteria (so far) has been based on six facts,

  • Does it look good?
  • Is it the ‘right shape’?
  • As you bite, is the outside crispy and do bits of crust fly everywhere?
  • Is it buttery?
  • Is the inside light, fresh and soft?
  • Does it leave you glowing with croissant pleasure?
How would you judge the Croissant?

Please let us know how you’d judge a croissant. We’ll publish our winners at the end of September when we’ve returned home to Beaucette Marina, Guernsey.

Happy croissanting!

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

1 comment to Croissant Competition – Summer 2013

  • Hil

    I too would all those critera,but would add..does it collapse after the first bite so the remaining croissant is like eating buttery cardboard.Perhape we should try making some?? x x x

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