About this site

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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Where’s Play d’eau?

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Recent Posts

Launched and waiting

Launched, sea-trialled and waiting to come home
(photo courtesy Kim Hollamby)
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Play d’eau’s been launched and awaits a weather window to come home.


As Play d’eau gleams in the late afternoon light, she’s moored and floating free at her berth with sea-trials and pre-flight checks completed. It must be so good for her to feel the water, again.

Captain Kim Hollamby

Kim Hollamby, who has taken time out to oversee the launch and sea-trials, will bring her to Beaucette at the first opportunity.

Guy Nicholls of Solent Marine Surveys, the surveyor for Play d’eau’s blister and GRP correction work, will crew.


With an area of high pressure about to settle over the UK bringing chilly but calmer weather, Kim is planning to cast off on the evening of the 28 December to arrive at Beaucette at midday 29 December, to coincide with high water.

We’ll be waiting.

Piers and lin
from the Christmas Meteorological Office
of our eldest son’s house
not on Play d’eau
Fleming 55

4 comments to Launched and waiting

  • Pip Flynn

    Hope Kim and Guy have a safe and uneventful journey over.
    After the storms that battered our windows last night fingers crossed the high winds calm down in time!
    Then Play d’Eau will be set for a New Year’s Eve party – but don’t spill any red wine!

  • Hil

    You will be waiting- and so am I! I am so thrilled for you and shall imagine your reception. It will be so so exciting. Please film it all- her approach, her entry and her mooring. Can’t wait to hear about it all. Hooray!

    Lots of love, Hil x x

  • Pip Flynn

    Has the grand lady arrived yet??

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