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.

You can contact us here.

Where’s Play d’eau?

If the new owners have the AIS on, you can find where Play d'eau is right now.

Click here.

Zoom in and our position will be shown on a map.

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Where are we?

Which city are we in?
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Thursday 3 April. It’s the beginning of our South African adventure.

Can you guess from the photo?

Alarm clock, coffee (tea for Lin), taxi, airport, check-in, security, departure lounge, is the fog going to delay us? No.

Blue Islands flight SI 310 is on time for the exhausting ten minute flight to the ‘other island’ (Jersey).

We disembark and wait two and a half hours before boarding Blue Island flight SI 295 for – did you guess right?

Grand Amrath

We are billeted in the Grand Amrath Hotel, Amsterdam, a somewhat strange looking Art Deco early 1900s building, originally designed as the HQ for six major Dutch shipping companies.

The glass roof at the Grand Amrath
showing South Africa
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The roof is two enormous stained glass windows depicting the sides of the earth. I took a photo of the side showing South Africa for the Emirates pilot in case he gets lost en route on Saturday knowing he’d be grateful.


When Toby and I have been to METS, Kahlenberg has always treated us to dinner at Looks. So Lin and I ate there.

The menu showed only four starters and main courses and three desserts. But what options. So inspired. Apparently the menu’s changed every six weeks which keeps regulars coming back and back.

We can see why. We weren’t disappointed. The cooking was tinglingly exciting.


We wonder what’s on the menu in this ‘coffee shop’
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Today we walk, work, and plan.

We have two days when we return and will spend the time visiting the art museums of great Dutch Masters. And maybe Looks, again?

On Saturday, we leave on Emirates EK150 for Cape Town via Dubai.

We have the photo ready for the pilot.

Piers and Lin
from the virtual saloon of
Play d’eau
Fleming 55
Beaucette Marina

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4 comments to Where are we?

  • Alan Richmond

    Hi, Piers and Lin

    Wonderful picture of that window. Better tell the pilot that Magnetic North has moved a bit.

    I used to eat at the Bali restaurant in Amsterdam. Wonderful Indonesian stuff, but that was a few decades ago.

    Enjoy SA, I’m sure you will

    Best regards


  • Hil

    I love your blogs and I love your photos. It’s unusual to find a stained glass window in only one colour.I thought the tracery might be lead. Do you know who made it? When in Rome do as the Romans do…so on your bikes P and L. Lots of love, Hil.

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