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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 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 7 – Port Haliguen to Vannes – 2 July 2013

The Vedettes don't take prisoners. Travelling fast, they pass close and make large wakes

Our next port of call, the walled town of Vannes, is at the top of the beautiful inland sea, the Golfe du Morbihan. Covering 100 square kilometres (approx. 12,000 hectares), with more than 40 islands, the largest of which is the Île aux Moines with its 7km coastline …

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Leg 6 – Port La Foret to Port Haliguen – 1 July 2013

Threading our way through the reefs, we passed within 50m of this outcrop

A cold, grey sky greeted us as we emerged from our cabin and raised the blinds in the saloon to view the outside world. Whilst Lin went to fetch fresh croissants (a pink job) I busied myself with engine and nav checks (a blue job) …

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