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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Recent Posts

Coming and Going

Diccon and family on the south coast

As soon as Diccon and Charlottes’ two children, Oscar and Maia, scrambled down the Flybe aircraft steps, they started running towards the terminal building leaving Mum and Dad behind. Baggage in hand, all four emerged from Customs and the children ran into our arms.

With cries of ‘Can we go to the beach?’ and ‘Can we go on the boat?’ we find the car, drive to Beaucette Marina and board Play d’eau …

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Family comes to stay

Ricky takes the family to Herm for the afternoon

A treat! Our eldest and his family flew over to stay with us on Play d’eau for a long Bank Holiday weekend.

Mid-afternoon last Saturday, we met his family at Guernsey’s airport and took the coast road back to Beaucette. In a display of welcome to Guernsey, out came the sun banishing the grey clouds to England and creating a clear blue sky just for us. …

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Intentions, intentions

Our dear friends John and Beryl

I’ve failed! Despite all the best intentions, I haven’t kept our website up to date. With Play d’eau bringing us safely home to Beaucette on 26 September 2013 after a glorious 980nm 2013 summer cruise, the plan was to post at least one update a week. Have I achieved this? No. Only one, and I’ve been making all the excuses known to mankind. …

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Beaucette, Guernsey

The quietness and tranquillity of Beaucette Marina, Guernsey

Have you ever wondered about coming to Beaucette Marina? Ever wondered how the marina was created – its history from quarry to marina? And what about the restaurant which seems to have changed hands a number of times over the last few years – it is OK? …

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The Restaurant at Beaucette Marina – our ‘local’

Al Fresco drinks and dining at The Restaurant at Beaucette Marina

Having tasted the fare at The Restaurant at Beaucette Marina I can only say how delighted we are to have such a great venue as our ‘local’. With its position overlooking the marina and distant islands, Valerie, with Head Waiter Max and their staff are attentive hosts …

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Beaucette Marina, Guernsey

Tranquil Beaucette Marina, Guernsey click to enlarge

Beaucette Marina Guernsey with its 115 berths is the quietest, if not the most beautiful and tranquil marina we have found in all our years of cruising.

Positioned on the NE corner of Guernsey, Beaucette Marina is the only privately owned marina in the Channel Islands …

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Beaucette’s Restaurant

A popular dishLobster, straight from the sea that morningclick to enlarge

2021 –

Beaucette Restaurant reopened under new management in 2021, as Saltwater

2012 – 2021

During these years, the restaurant was known as The Restaurant at Beaucette Marina, and opened for business in June 2012, under the management of Chef Patron James …

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Birthday celebrations come to an end

We ate at the Chef's table at Bohemia, Jersey

Three weeks of birthday celebrations finally came to an end on Monday. A totally brilliant time which will need at least a year to recover!

My post ’65th birthday celebrations!’ reported the first ten day phase of this extravaganza, which ended on 9 May when the last of our sons with their families, and our dear friends …

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12 May 2013 – Free bus pass day

Dave of Yacht Akemi cooking my birthday breakfast

Today I was 65 years old and qualified for my free bus pass! And to start the day, Dave of Yacht Akemi cooked me a birthday breakfast with a duck egg …

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My 65th birthday celebrations!

Celebration lunch at Pier 17

Shell Beach with the family playing cricket click to enlarge

Wow! What can I say apart from thank you so much to Lin who had arranged days and days of celebrations involving all my immediate family to come to Guernsey for the long Bank Holiday weekend and beyond for my 65th birthday.

For months, …

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