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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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Launch delay

The chart for 0001 Tuesday 23 December 2014
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Why can’t the weather behave and do as it’s told? But then I suppose it’s no more then expected.

Although one of the fronts moved slightly north, the other moved south and is hovering over the north coast of France sandwiching the English Channel like jam in the middle with WSW F6 winds gusting F7 and rain.

Post surgery

So after plastic surgery, is it really fair to send Play d’eau into such weather? Even for a sea-trial?

No. Certainly not. She’d have to battle her way straight into high breaking waves and rain for more than fourteen hours without being able to pull off the road, so to speak, and take a break. The passage would be really nasty and certainly no Christmas present for her, let alone for her crew.

So we wait

So we’ll wait. There’s bound to be a break in the weather, sometime. We’ll take it and arrive in Beaucette Marina in glorious style after a good and gentle crossing, feeling and looking good.

from the Meteorological Office
of our temporary abode
not on Play d’eau
Fleming 55

4 comments to Launch delay

  • Pip Flynn

    What a disappointment but a sensible decision after the love and care that’s been spent on her over the past few months.
    Fingers crossed there’s a break in the weather in the not too distant future.
    Now you can just relax and enjoy the festive period.
    On that note, we take this opportunity to wish you and all the family a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
    Pip ‘n’ Pete

  • Hil

    Is there a foreseeable gap in the forecast? Bother, bother! They say that patience is a great virtue – but I think you have been patient for long enough.

    Lots of love, Hil x x

    • Hi Hil, There may be a gap 29/30 December, but we need to cautious since with the winds having been blowing for so long and so strong, the seas could still be nasty even if the wind is calm on the day. We’ll see.

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