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Piers and Lin du Pré are the owners of the Fleming 55 Play d'eau, based in Beaucette Marina, Guernsey in the Channel Islands at N49° 30’.197 W002° 30’.350.

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Leg 4 (2015) – Audierne to Port la Fôret

An unhappy house near the entrance to Port la Foréet

The NE F6/7 had been relentless, howling across Audierne ever since we arrived accompanied mostly by strong sunshine with the occasional spot of rain.

But the weather was no match for Play d’eau. She was becoming uneasy and wanting to move on with her holiday. Play d’eau won, of course. …

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Letter from Audierne

The cellars of De Vigne en Vin d'Audierne

Oh how we love this small, unspoiled market fishing town which has no pretensions or modern glamour to smother its original reality. Thankfully, the long arm of ‘Progress’ has kept its destructive hands away from Audierne.

Meanwhile, the town’s extensive shell fish industry has kept it firmly on the haute cuisine map by serving much of France with fresh crab, lobster, langoustine, sardines and line-caught fish. …

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Leg 3 (2015) – Camaret to Audierne

Ocean Pearl squeezes into the marina

After our horrid yet triumphant marathon passage making yesterday, we had a day off to recuperate – with croissants and hot chocolate.

If we missed tomorrow’s weather window we’d be stuck for at least a week whilst the forecast NE gales played endless and annoying percussion by slapping rigging against masts of neighbouring yachts. …

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Leg 5 – Audierne to Port La Forêt – 25 June 2013

Brining his catch home, a fisherman proudly displaying his boat's moustache

With the sun daring to make one of her rare but welcome appearances during the summer months, Play d’eau and ship’s company waved au revoir to the small, unspoiled town of Audierne. Although it may not have had the finest of marinas, it’s ‘real’. Wi-Fi may only be available from a bar on the quay front provided you keep drinking Cidre Pression (quel domage) …

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A Maritime history of Audierne, Brittany

A Caravelle sailing vessel. There were 100 of these 60 tonners at Audierne

During the late XVIth and early XVIIth centuries, Audierne’s Breton sailors became known for their coastal navigation skills creating a commercial industry of almost a hundred 60 ton ‘Carvelle’ sailing vessels, all based in Audierne …

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Leg 4 – Camaret to Audierne – 20th June 2013

La Vieille lighthouse at the south end of the Raz de Seine

Well, the wind screamed through yacht rigging and it poured with rain during the night but by 6am it had exhausted itself and become a reducing F4 with misty drizzle. By the time we cast off at 1113 it was a mere NW’ly 2. Perfect Play d’eau weather …

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