Neu erscheint dieser Blog direkt auf der CCS-Homepage – Es bleibt jeder Crew freigestellt, in welcher Sprache sie ihren Beitrag verfassen möchte. Wir freuen uns auf spannende Berichte mit eindrücklichen Bildern eurer Törns – Danke fürs Mitmachen und : „Leinen los für die Saison 2012“!“
Nouveau, à partir de la saison 2012 ce blog apparaîtra directement sur la page d’accueil du CCS. Chaque équipage est libre de s’exprimer dans le langage qui lui convient afin de mieux contribuer à l’édition. Nous nous réjouisson de vos exposés, de vos photos captivantes de votre croisière. Merci d’avance pour votre participation et : «Larguez les amarres pour la saison 2012».
Leaving Switzerland on Friday by train, site Ernst, check Rolf, Thomas and me reached Amsterdam Centraal Station early morning on Saturday where we found a quite promising weather. Marcel, our skipper already one week underway on ROLLING SWISS II was waiting for us at the Sixhaven in the heart of Amsterdam. After the arrival of Walter the fourth crew member we quickly left the port to do some food shopping for the upcoming week.
After that we started for the foreseen itinerary Amsterdam – Lelystad – Indelopen – Oudenschild – Stavoren-Hoorn – Medemblik.
The purpose of this cruise was to learn about radar and to get familiar with the excellent electronic equipment on board of RS II. We had two very good instructors, Marcel and Ernst both of them well experienced sea bears with a lot of knowledge on navigation and metrological matters. Each day was organized that we had some hours of theoretical instructions in the morning or afternoon depending on the weather forecast and the planned day trip. During the cruises each crew member had the opportunity to sit in front of the radar-plotter and to exercise what has been instructed before. Step by step we got more and more used to correctly tune the equipment, to identify land banks, boys, moving targets and to distinguish between low light signals and waves or even rain on the radar screen. Not to forget the use of the very helpful MARPA function, a very strong support to identify course, speed and probable collision points with our “enemies”.
Well prepared we started our night trip from Oudenschild to Stavoren Wednesday evening after twilight. In the beginning the red and green lighted buoys were still easily identifiable. Then the night getting darker we identified the buoys on the radar screen even before they became visible with the glasses, quite impressive. The final approach to the harbor of Stavoren became quite tricky since all the lights from the landside were even more confusing than helpful. However we found a good berthing place and enjoyed than a good late night dinner well prepared by Ernst.
On the following day after crossing to Hoorn we had to do theoretical test to be qualified for radar utilization. The whole crew passed the test with success thanks the competent instructions from Marcel and Ernst.
On Thursday already the last journey from Hoorn to Medemblik was on the program. The weather turned, a rough wind and waves came up. This was good opportunity to use the power of RS II’s engines, to go over hull speed and feel the strengths and possibilities of our Trader 42 motoryacht. Quite a difference, the Rolling Swiss II turned into a Speedy Swiss and the last trip became much more comfortable then with low speed through the nasty waves of the Ijsselmeer.
Arriving at Medemblik RS II reached the place her to stay over wintertime while the crew closed the very instructive week with a last common tasty dinner.
Summarizing the whole week I feel that this training was quite successful and I can recommend it to everyone not really familiar with the electronic equipment on board of RS II.
After a well organised and efficient journey we have reached our starting port Emden, cialis sale where we took over MY ROLLING SWISS II on Saturday morning from the previous crew. After arranging the luggage, pharm checking the storage, shopping, discovering Emden and dining, we were surprised by the evening event just beside MY ROLLING SWISS II: Emden was celebrating the annual lampion festival in memory of a devasting Allied bomber ride during WW2. A lot of private boats, decorated with thousand of lamps, are parading in the harbour.
Regarding the long term weather forecast we were just preparing for a river cruise than
an off-shore cruise… Well, seemed that the 10 nautical miles on Sunday from Emden to Delfzjil remains the whole salt-water experience on the cruise. We switched all our systems to the units kilometers and kilometers per hour and started our river cruise through Friesland. In fact we were not really disappointed about that – In any case we could explore a new famous region by boat!
Accompanied by heavy winds we are passing the following days a lot of Windmills and navigated across some pseudo “Meere” (lakes are called Meere in Friesland) – Unusal to take such pictures from a CCS off-shore cruiser. Some pictures gave the impression to be on the river Rhine. Here in the heart of Holland, the cargo ships has the same size than on the Rhine, including the private car on the aft deck.
We had to pass an uncountable number of locks and draw bridges during our “inside passage” to Amsterdam. On the Rhine we are used to pass lock levels from up to 12 meters – well we were a little bit disappointed, that here there is mostly less than 50 centimeter… Another experience!
Rain with heavy winds was our escort the whole week long. Because of matching cruising legs, nice self cooking and good meals in restaurants we kept our good mood all the time. In the famous restaurant in Blockzjil on the pictures we didn’t dine – the prices were a little elevated…
On Thursday finally we got the chance to sniff a kind of a sea breeze during crossing the Markermeer. And in the evening a romantic picture of a dark red sunset over open water…
Friday, the last cruisng day we head to the famous Sixhaven in Amsterdam. On the way we did not take part in the elefant races of the cargos – we had some spare power, which kept us in front of them – until the next (and last) lock…
Conclusion of our cruise:
You (man and woman) don’t need salt water all the time to have fun – So what about a cruise on the River Rhine on MY ROLLING SWISS II next year? First time a CCS-Yacht will head to our homeport Basel!
I arrived on that wonderful Saturday morning for my first motorboat trip at the harbour of Kiel, where Peter, our skipper, Lothar, his vice skipper, Georg and Stephan were already expecting me. After practicing in the harbour, we were driving to Laboe, where Andreas joined our crew. There, we emptied the local Supermarket and went to swim in the Laboe Ostseebad.
Early Sunday morning, we headed towards the Nordsee-Ostsee-Kanal, which we entered while the sun was rising. After a few hours, we turned in to the Eider River and reached Nordfeld, a little nest in the middle of North Frisia. There, a 71-year-old man named Roman helped us land giving instructions in proper Swiss German!
„I can’t see you, but I can hear you“, shouted the gate keeper at us through the fog on Monday morning. Slowly, we were boating towards the Eidersperrwerk, which we passed before lunchtime. The weather rapidly turned worse; cyclones „Dieter“ and „Erich“ had arrived; however, thanks to perfect preparation and navigation, we arrived savely in the Harbour of Cuxhaven.
Thomas, the harbourmaster, kindly advised us in East Frisian not to depart the next day, saying, „If you’re going to leave my harbour, I’m going to shoot you!“. We followed his advice and went by train to Bremerhaven on Tuesday and to Hamburg on Wednesday instead.
On Thursday afternoon, we left Cuxhaven and headed towards Emden. The weather was still rough with six beauforts and up to four meter high waves. Every two hours, we swapped shifts. Thanks to very strong antiemetics, I was no longer feeling sea sick and could even enjoy the ride. However, everybody seemed quite happy to reach Emden harbour after 120 nautic miles and 16 hours at sea on Friday morning. Well done Skippers, Crew and Rolling Swiss II.
Leaving from Emden with my new crew, under the command of Urs, who decided to pass the Jade channel to reach the German Bight. I’m too tall for some bridges there,
so it’s necessary for my crew to lower my mast to pass through. During the whole day
by strong wind and heavy rain – I’m giggling: The skipper is soppy like a sponge, we
are navigating snugly on dead slow towards Wilhelmshaven. By following the canal, at least ten times people on bicycle or by foot told the skipper that I’m very beautiful. The bridges open according to my movement, even an ambulance (with flashing red lights) was
waiting my passage. At the German Marine Port Wilhelmshaven, waiting for the
opening of the big lock I assisted on an air force exercise simulating a low
level mission attack to the port. Finally and again under heavy rain we passed the big lock to reach the port of Bremerhaven, the most easterly port I’ve seen together with my skipper last year. After that we left for Hamburg to encounter my next crew.
The changing of the crew in the City-Hafen in Hamburg went quite quick since the skipper remained on board with me. We even left the same afternoon heading for Brunsbüttel
to enter into Kiel Cabal (Nord-Ostsee-Kanal, NOK). After one night of recovery
at Rendsburg I passed the lock of Holtenau on Monday, 27. June 2011 at 12:00
a.m. to dive the first time into the Baltic Sea. The skipper made me discover the Schlei and then, back in Kiel he confides me to the next skipper Marc, who is the person looking after me.
Saint Malo – Le Havre a lively, nurse instructive Journey from 14 to 21 may 2011
Yacht: MY Rolling Swiss II / Trader 42
Participants: Skipper: Werner; Co-Skipper: Florin; Crew: Marianne, Marcel, Daniel, Christoph
Ports called at: Lézardrieux – St. Peter Port – Braye – Cherbourg – Le Havre
Length of the trip: 290 nm$
Notice: Wakeup call at dawn (!); strong winds up to 6.5 bft; consumption of an uncountable number Stugereon tablets; extremely good atmosphere on board, “Seven Star Cuisine” (Werner’s comment)
Conclusion: Very enjoyable and diversified cruise through a fantastic area, with extreme
currents and high tidal range up to 12 m and last but not least Werner’s commitment to Rolling Swiss II: “She is a super chest”.
For my mind the above keyword would be meaningful enough, however some more explanations are given by describing the first day’s cruise on the open sea:
Soon after leaving the harbor at 08:15 a.m., the skyline of St. Malo still within eyeshot range the first crew member already hung over the railing, followed by the second, the third and finally by the fourth one. For the remaining two men, Werner and Marcel there was nothing else for it but to navigate MY Rolling Swiss II over the next 42 nm, trough 3.5 m high shaking waves against 6 bft wind to finally, safely reach the port of Lézardrieux. Entering the marina the stomach has already calmed and after having a little beer together the team agreed to continue the cruise as planned, to regularly and collectively swallow the said Stugeron pills in short intervals.
Marcel’s “Seven Star Cuisine” not only filled our empty stomach, it was his contribution to a pleasurable, convivial evening.
After the first day’s intermezzo and the measures taken accordingly we enjoyed the remaining days at the Bretagne and Normandy and I’ll keep this journey in a fond memory for a long time.
Many thanks to all, Marianne, Crew member of Cruise 08-2011-20
Under the command of Skipper Ernst „MY ROLLING SWISS II“, salve the Trader 42 of the Cruising Club Switzerland, ed cast off from St. Malo (France) on May 8th with a mixed crew of French and German speaking participants: François as 1st Officer, Pierre-Yves, Gérald, Franziska and Daniel – all of Switzerland.
During the week long leisure turn we called at the following harbours and anchorages: Iles Chausey – St. Helier (Jersey) – Derrible Bay (Sark) – St. Peter Port (Guernsey) – Tréguier – St. Quay / Portrieux – Erquy – St. Cast / Le Guildo. The final call was at the Bas Sablons Marina in St. Malo again.
The stops in Jersey and Guernsey were quite spectacular in as far as they fell by coincidence on Liberation Day. We could learn about the hard times of the German occupation, witnessed the Liberation Day Parade with speeches and concerts and had a glorious view in St. Peter Port of the night fireworks.
At the various places visited we undertook some sight seeing and explored the many good restaurants, while underway exercising the navigation skills was mandatory for all participants. All of them were impressed and wholly satisfied with the comfort and the performance of ROLLING SWISS II.
Saturday, 30.04.2011, St. Malo
09:00 Receiving the boat, then shopping, preparation and safety instruction for the whole crew.
17:30 – 20:00 first maneuvering exercises. Each crew member at least once at the rudder, undocking and docking with spring line. Dinner at the restaurant.
Sunday, 01.05.2011, St Malo
12:30 leaving the berth with course to St. Quay-Portrieux
16:30 mooring alongside the pier, just after mooring: rain showers.
During the day we made run MY ROLLING SWISS II for the first time at full speed.
It’s the Skippers birthday…
Rough sea during cruising to St. Helier, Jersey. Sea sickness comes up, but remains limited
Controlled on sea by the French Custom. Original ship documents of ROLLING SWISS II were not on board, however at least the didn’t give us a fine. We were just recommended for the future, to carry the original papers on board (Remark by CCS: It’s done…).
Cruising with calm weather to St. Peter Port, Guernsey.
During high tide at 08:03 we reached Herm. With sinking tide we left in time the small harbor of Gosselin at the east cost of Sark; mooring at a buoy and visiting the island of Sark.
14:45 leaving the buoy and crossing to St. Helier, Jersey.
18:00 mooring in the harbor after a lot of maneuvering exercises in the offshore terminal
St. Helier – Lézardrieux, late lunch in the harbor then cruising to St. Quay – Portrieux
20.30 mooring in the harbor
St. Quay – Portrieux – St. Malo, Bas-Sablons Marina
12 :20 mooring at the petrol filling station, bunkering diesel- but only in small portion posible, only 70 EUR at the time. In the afternoon cleaning the boat carefully to prepare handing over to the next crew.
And – last common dinner in a restaurant….
Saturday, 07.05.2011, St. Malo
09:00–10:30 handing over ROLLING SWISS II to Ernst – and travelling home by train via Paris and Basel.
Saturday 23. april 2011 18:00
All crew members are present; Alex and Patrick joined the team, which
had already completed the takeover of ROLLING SWISS II berthed in Haslar Marina
as well as the shopping of food for the week. After inspecting the swimming
palace, ROLLING SWISS II and the mess to convert each to the English local time,
the crew went out to enjoy the local meals at the restaurant of the port.
Sunday 24. april 2011 07:30
Anchors aweigh and navigate to Dartmouth, the first leg of our journey
to reach the isles of Scilly. The weather is splendid and we navigate on an
extremely calm sea. After surrounding the Isle of Wight in the north, we
followed our way near the coast. The spirit of the crew is the same as the
meteorology, standing on pretty and everybody is following the advices of
Pierre-Alain, our skipper, to guide the yacht, the GPS and the radar. 91 nautical
miles later we docked at the pontoon at Dartmouth to stay overnight.
Furthermore it’s to mention that Jean-Paul made a “surgical landing” and set
the maneuvering goals quite high.
Monday, 25. april 2011 07:00
Weigh anchor and head for Newlyn (Penzance), the last leg before Scilly.
Weather and atmosphere on pretty (Patrick still looking for his floating tire
green). Following the coast of Cornwall, still learning to maneuver the ROLLING
SWISS II by one finger (preferably the forefinger) activating the auto pilot,
the GPS and to capture other ships on the radar screen. By the way to mention;
it’s an extraordinary instrument to support the navigation. The crew swapped
their competencies of setting the sails by the manipulation of the installed
electronic means. After two days of intensive manipulation, the results are
satisfactory, giving the permission to navigate on the right course. At the end
of the day we docked at the harbor Newlyn, the biggest fishing port in the
south of UK where a rude population is living by (it’s said) their
own rules. However we were received very warmly.
Tuesday, 26. april 2011, 07 :00
Hoist anchor again! Three cheers for holydays and the early birds who
swallow mile just to see some insulated islands. We are heading for our final
destination, St Mary’s, anchorage area of Hugh Town. St. Mary’s is the most
important island of the archipelago of the Scilly’s. In a blink the crew quickly
found back to the terrestrial habits stores – ice cream – pub, store – ice cream – pub …. We even were
seen as strong oarsmen arriving for the competition of rowboats (most popular
sport of the archipelago, where the sportsmen of the various islands compete
with six oar rowboats). By the way and especially addressed to our detractors
that our physical aspects didn’t cheat the local journalist, who confirmed our
top elite class …
Wednesday, 27. april 2011, 12:00
We leave for a sightseeing of the archipelagoes, surrounding northerly
and visiting the Gallows Island (but don’t worry we didn’t scarify anyone and
aside from that the gallows were broken. Then we passed near the rocks where
the seals are sitting (a colony of about 200 seals, according to different
sources). After this visit we decided to head for Jersey and to cross the
Channel longitudinal on its center. Doing this way we would encounter enough
vessels to prove our competences of radar plotting and the utilization of the RIPAM.
130 nautical miles waiting for us we organized the watches by coach in order to
avoid any disturbance for lovers of snoring music.
24 hours later we moored a Jersey in the offshore terminal of St. Helier
to fill up fuel, since it’s cheaper there, than in France. After that we took a
shower, we had a crew dinner and then watching “mini-skirts” in the streets of
Even our cruise slowly went to the end – but Pierre-Alain was still
looking for his bonnet.
Friday, 29. april 2011, 05:00
Hoist anchor for the last time (still following our tough schedule) and on the way
for Chausey where, according to Josiane, who asked the pendulum, Pierre-Alain
would find his bonnet. We anchor at Chausey leave to hunt the grail bonnet
which didn’t appear either. Therefore we state here that Pierre Alain is much
better in skippering than hunting bonnets. Our journey goes to the end; we take
course to St. Malo, the final destination of a 392 miles trip which drove us
through a big part of the English south coast, down to the Scillys and back to
St. Malo via Jersey and Chausey. We anchor at St. Malo for lunch, (Jean Paul
still maneuvering very well) then complete the cleaning of the boat to prepare
the handover to the next crew.
Then the journey ends as it always ends in this region; at Cunningham in
front of a good whisky.
This article was written under the conditions of a crew life, to say in
a fantastic ambience. We wish to thank the skipper and the co-skipper for their
high quality job. By the way; finally Pierre-Alain’s bonnet was found in St.
An additional remark from Marc Pingoud, the manager of ROLLING SWISS II:
Three years ago, when the motor yacht section of the Cruising Club Switzerland (CCS) started the evaluation to find the „perfect“ new motor yacht for CCS, we did not expect, that our ROLLING SWISS II will berth one day at the Scilly’s, especially as early as in april… – Many Thanks to our Trader 42 – I’m absolutly convinced, that we have taken the right choice for our ROLLING SWISS II!
16. – 23. april 2011
Friday, find 15. April, we flew to the big island, looking forward to the cruise on the new twin engines Motoryacht of CCS. A training cruise is planned; with the skipper Marc on board, who is as well the manager of ROLLING SWISS II, we expect some instructive days. The Trader 42 boat emerged as quite spacious and the interior accessories; we wouldn’t dream about. Everything else, but made in China?! We really are surprised.
Marc introduces us to the first movements with intuition and patience. We learn how to turn the boat on place without moving the rudder; just leaving it in its center position. Surprising the possibilities of a two engine drive. Later in the day we went further to explore the northern area of Portsmouth harbor. Quite strange, the chart doesn’t fit with what we see around us. What do these damned green colored areas mean? There is only water around us, no forest at all. After a little while it suddenly dawned on us: areas can fall dry. Well two sweet-water pilots learnt a lesson.
Some hours later in the Medina River near Cowes on the Isle of Wigh, the next challenge is waiting for us. Well, In fact we already managed the real problem in the evening before. We had to calculate, if there is enough water to avoid grounding near Folly Inn at low water during spring tide. Very strange, the club’s forms we were used to looked different than we remembered – so many tables on the front and the back of the sheet. Even our battle-hardened ships engineer Max got into trouble. However, trying hard we found the right solution. Around 18:00h, launching on the jetty we got the confirmation: just enough.
The following days, we went back and fore on the Solent, between the “Big Island” and the Isle of Wight. There was one evening to enjoy the enchanting nature of Newton River, another day the cruising on the Beaulieu River or visiting the charming little town of Yarmouth and also fascinated by the white color of the Needles at the western end of the Isle of Wight. We were cruising in a real nice area indeed, not that bad South England. However there was a nice summer temperature and no rain at all during the whole week, might be a contribution to our good feeling.
Always very busy on maneuvering we progressed quite well, at least this is the opinion of the writer. The only point where some doubts remain is: Easing the boat against a spring line is still not very clear and subject of discussions. More than once the spherical fender did a good job to protect the bow, poor chap. At the middle of the week we were asked by Trader motor yachts Ltd to run some fuel consumption tests by single engine operation. At the side of the fairway we went up and down the Solent maneuvering between two buoys by running the engines under different rpm’s. At the end had established the requested measuring report and some of the crew felt remembered the old times, when doing test runs on big Sulzer Marine Diesel Engines. One following our exercise by AIS might have caused astonishments and head nodding.
The highlight of our journey has been saved for the end of the week. A night cruise down the River Hamble near Southampton and back to Haslar Marina in Portsmouth. Starting little after 22:00. we sailed downstream in direction to the fairway for the big vessels. Downstream, green on portside, no problem you think. However since the whole river presents as one big marina, lights are blinking and flashing from every side; quite challenging. In addition the wind shields are mirroring and even a little filmed over. Not to figure out what would happen on a rainy or foggy day and some heavy waves. Lying back buoy by buoy we more safely at our berth in the marina near 01:30. Very instructive indeed, even for our skipper, who intensively observed the radar. Finally we found a reason to slice our Swiss Salami brought along, to drink a glass of wine and go to sleep rather late.
Then the last day is left to prepare the ship for the next crew. Given that the boat leaves the area, Marc gets Trader for the very last remaining guarantee works to be fixed. Ourselves twiddling around the soundless Navtex, but were not really successful. The pressure cooker sent by Marc from Switzerland by post to the Marina unfortunately remains untraceable – stranded somewhere in a depot in the UK. Before saying goodbye to first crew members we had a nice dinner at Gunwharf Quays. Finally everything comes to an end and each of us looks forward to see his family to spend some time on the upcoming Easter holidays – even though we were just in good mood for our next cruise on ROLLING SWISS II.
By Christoph, crew member of CCS Cruise 08-2011-16
In one sentence: A skipper training on ROLLING SWISS II is not only perfect for motor yacht skipper candidates but as well for the “real” sailors as well! While many challenges you would have on a sailing yacht remains very similar, there will be an experience of some new dimensions on MY RS II. … and with a skipper with the enormous experience of Christoph, a lot of progress is guaranteed – and it’s fun! So our cruise became a combination of nautical challenges with the experiencing of the beauty of the Solent!
Challenges and fun – not less than with a sailing yacht!
Navigating at night? On a motor yacht with more HP than on a sailing yacht, lights move more quickly, what even makes it more interesting. Maneuvering? – Sure, it’s easier with twin engines than only with a single one. But when wind is blowing into a narrow section of shallow water, even the two engines and the rudder must be coordinated very well!
Interested in anchoring ? I would recommend the beauty of the Beaulieu River or maybe Newton River.
A dinghy tour in tidal waters – Lymington area might be your choice. Or interested in a tricky entrance with narrow channel and a sill, just heading to Lengston, Sparks Harbour.
Having more of lazy time on a motor yacht than on a sailing yacht might be a myth. Even being out of a port in deep water, instead of having for hours the same bearing with a few knots, the motor yacht will accelerate a bit, so next challenge and beauties move ahead much quicker. And for cruise preparation (for skipper training) was the same: Every day three harbors and some anchorage in the tidal waters of the Solent in April 11 have to be planned a bit. Trader 42 – ROLLING SWISS II – A beautiful motor yacht!
It is not only the challenges of a Skipper Training, which makes a cruise on ROLLING SWISS II a great experience. ROLLING SWISS II is a perfect equipped and beautiful yacht with great comfort, a lot of space, an impressive maneuverability.
The Solent: A great area for yachting with many impressive places!
What about a quick Lunch in Bembridge – a very nice tidal port? – But be aware, don’t stay too long: Water level only allows for a few hours to pass the serpentines of the entry channel safely. When navigating in the Solent you shouldn’t miss Cowes. Much has been written about this Mecca of British yachting, full of history, it’s just a place one has to have been. And if you’re there, head to the famous needles! A bit of luck with the weather – as we had – and the Solent is probably one of the greatest yachting areas you can imagine.
Interested to see some of the largest cruising ships of the world? – Be impressed during a harbor tour in Southamton. See thousands of yachts close to each other? – Head to Humble River!
English Food or cuisine à la Suisse
But don’t forget the culinary highlights! I am looking forward Jean-Daniel and Jacques (two of our crew members) offering culinary cruises. What great diners! So aperitif in the sunset (e.g. at Chichester as recommendation) and dinner on board is just perfect. The alternative may be to try out mussels „à la marinière“, British style with cheese, as ordered in a historic pub in Yarmouth.
A great experience
Our cruise took us to all the mentioned places and to some others more, so much more could be added in this blog. But still, the best is you book a cruise on MY ROLLING SWISS II and take the experience yourself! And again, if you are a “real” sailor: The new CCS motor yacht will add some experiences, which you would never make on a Sailing Yacht – promised!