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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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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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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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The trumpet shall sound

Alain played on the back of Play d'eau

The phone rang. It was a French number. I answered cautiously. ‘Allo?’

It was Alain, the trumpeter from the Cornouaille Jazz Band! He’d arrived in St Peter Port from Port La Forêt in his 6m yacht and could we meet …

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No Jazz today – we’re full

You may have seen the post we made about the Cornouaille Jazz Band. It was an unexpected treat to see them perform when we visited Port La Forêt on the south-bound leg of our cruise down the west coast of France in June …

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Jazz on the Bandstand & ‘au revoir Port La Forêt’

The Trumpeter, who was my point of contact

A hot sun in a clear blue sky with a cool breeze and a sea mist rolling up the estuary, set the scene for the Festival of Jazz at the bandstand on the last day of our extended visit to Port La Forêt. The group’s five musicians assembled their instruments and put their heart and soul into playing blues, trad, and Chocolat ‘River Rat’ syncopations …

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Port La Forêt – we’re staying a while

A Jazz group was practising on the bandstand ready for Sunday

You’ve probably gathered we like it at Port La Forêt. So much so, that instead of moving on after two days we’re staying. Why? The village of La Forêt-Fouesnant is a lovely half mile walk away around a lake and half way there is the Crêperie Quartier d’été with its wonderfully eccentric owner just waiting to delight you with his crêpes and Fouesnant cidre served Breton style in pottery cups …

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