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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

Leg 20 (2015) – Roscoff to Beaucette

A Mach 2 fly-past

Drat! Given a recurring gearbox problem and deteriorating weather forecasts, we made the decision to forgo our ‘jolly’ along the north Brittany coast and return straight to Beaucette.

After a day off and a lovely walk into Roscoff, we were ready to leave. …

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Leg 19 (2015) – Camaret to l’Aber Wrac’h to Roscoff

Against the black clouds, the sunlight was breathtaking

Even though we’d had a somewhat tiresome passage yesterday, it had been unexpectedly rewarded by the second best dinner we’ve had whilst on holiday this year.

If ever there’s a reason to visit Camaret, it’s the Restaurant of the small Hotel Vauban. Having eaten and although tired, we felt back on form. …

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Leg 18 (2015) – Sainte Marine to Camaret

The day we left, the dawn sun was glowing through the milky cloud

We’ve never, ever been in such threatening seas.

Leaving Sainte Marine heading south, the wind was calm and the sea flat but soon we were heading into a slow, smooth swell which I have to say was rather enjoyable, even soothing. …

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Leg 17 (2015) – Lorient to Sainte Marine

An aerial pic showing the entrance to Lorient is guarded by the Citadel

The forecast knew it, we knew it, and it was – lumpy.

But well worth it to reach Sainte Marine from which we can judge the attack on the Finistère Peninsula. Camaret, L’Aber Wrac’h and Roscoff, here we come …

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Leg 7 (2015) – Pornichet to Les Sables d’Olonne

Play d'eau sets out for another lovely day of cruising

It was the Festival of Music, ‘a speciality’ we were told. What we didn’t know was that it started late evening and ended early morning.

But was the destination to be Pornic or Pornichet? Last time it was Pornic and it has to be said that although the village was lovely, we found the marina oppressive. Having never visited Pornichet before, Pornichet it was. …

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Leg 6 (2015) – Port Haliguen to Pornichet

As we left port, we fell into another yacht race

Now we have to give fair warning. We could easily become addicted to this cruising on glassy flat seas with calm wind and dark blue skies.

We’ve had yet another gorgeous day of cruising, destination Pornichet, on the north coast of the mouth of the Loire where Lin’s Dad took part in Operation Chariot, the raid St Nazaire …

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Leg 5 (2015) – Port la Fôret to Port Haliguen

We ate at the wonderfully eccentric Créperie

A serenade, flat seas, hot sun, dolphins, the ‘joy’ of falling into the middle of a yacht race in crowded waters, and just a touch of sunburn.

To celebrate such a brilliant time in Port la Fôret of jazz, more jazz, meeting friends and being in such a beautiful area, we decided to eat out. …

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Quelle surprise

The Cornouaille Jazz Band with Piers

‘Would you like the band to play on Play d’eau?’ asked Alain. Without even a micro-second hesitation we replied, excitedly, ‘Brilliant!’

It was two years ago that we’d tried to set this up but it hadn’t possible. The marina was too full take us for the planned date. …

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We had a visitor

The snow white Little Egret

A small sound made me look up. An Egret was stalking its dinner in the shallows on the other side of the pontoon. Only a few metres away from me.

Slowly and stealthily feeling its way in the shallow of the water’s edge, it would waggle its feet in the sand to stir up anything that might be hiding. …

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Encore, encore

Alain Duhait, trumpeter of the Cornouaille Jazz Band

‘Concert at Port La Fôret, Sunday at 16 hours in the same place of there 2 years.’

Alain Duhaut sent me this email just as we leaving Audierne. Alain’s the trumpeter of the Cornouaille Jazz Band whom we met two years ago at Port la Fôret.

How exciting is that? …

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