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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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What did we do in Rochefort?

Before and After

I needed a haircut. Lin said, rather too eagerly, ‘I’ll do it.’ This would be a first in the 47 years since we started going out together. I said, ‘no.’ She said, ‘think of the savings.’ I said, ‘no.’ She said, ‘I did all our boy’s haircuts until they were 11.’ I said, ‘no’. Lin said, ‘trust me, I know what I’m doing.’ I said, ‘no,’ my voice beginning to show my annoyance …

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L’Hermione – a 26 cannon fast frigate

L'Hermione in wet dock at Rochefort

At 66m LOA, a beam of 11.24m and a displacement of 1,082 tonnes with her 26 canons and ammunition, the three masted L’Hermione is a replica of the eighteenth century jewel of the French navy. Commanded by Comte de La Touche-Tréville, L’Hermione was originally launched in 1779 at Rochefort’s naval dockyard …

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Leg 11 – La Rochelle to Rochefort – 31 July 2013

There are many of these huts on stilts with huge nets along the Charente

We’ve had a great time in the Bassin des Chalutiers. One of our sons, his wife and two children came to meet us for a day; we met Pat and Michelle who spend their life racing their Class 40 yacht, Croix du Sud, all over the world – literally; we explored …

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