City Trader!

We collected „Rolling Swiss II“ on the Markermeer, near Amsterdam. Initially, it had been planned that we would meet the boat at Sixhaven in the heart of Amsterdam- but (unforunately for us!) there was a big SAIL 2010 event in the city that weekend and all the berths were occupied.

After crossing the Markermeer we entered through a lock into the small river of Vecht.  It wasn’t long before we passed under our first very low bridge. We detached the SSB-Antenna and hinged down the VHF antennas and made it under the bridge by a centimetre! We were very happy not to have to fold down the whole mast!

We enjoyed the picturesque river with all its nice houses along the banks.

Our cruise brought us through the Dutch canals to Rotterdam, where we had to have our first oil change of motors and gears.

It’s crazy how fast „Rolling Swiss II“ has clocked up her first 320 hours of operation!  In just a few months, she has done 320 hours and covered hundreds of miles!!

While the weather was rainy and windy, we spent several days on the canals in the Netherlandic Rheindelta before cruising up the river Schelde to Antwerp.

After spending a night near Gent in Belgium we docked early enough in Brugge to spend the evening visting this famous and charming town. Even as Swiss people, we enjoyed the Belgian chocolate!

The next day we sailed on the canals to Oostende. With perfect timing for us, the weather improved and the winds were calming down . . . so we were able to cross the Channel next day with beautiful sunshine, slow winds, wonderful sights and only about 1 to 1.5m high waves. It was a great trip!

The heavy traffic in the Channel is really something! From time to time we ran „Rolling Swiss II“ at higher speeds to move out of the the way of cargo ships in good time.  Our first stop in the UK was Ramsgate, where we wound our watches back on hour and used the extra time to a good drink to celebrate our arrival!

Over the next few days, we cruised up the river Thames, passed the Thames barrier and refueled our tanks near the London landmark: Tower Bridge.

We also passed by the Tower of London, the City and the Houses of Parliament as „Rolling Swiss II“ became a City Trader for the day!

Marc Pingoud, CCS, September 2010

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Some Heavy Weather!

Our CCC cruise on „Rolling Swiss II“ took place 14th-21st August, physician   during which time we sailed from Emden in Germany to Amsterdam . . . and had quite an adventure on the way!

We took over the Trader 42 „Rolling Swiss II“ from the previous crew on Saturday, and headed towards Greetsiel. On Monday, we made our way round Schiermonnikoog en route to the Dutch haven of Lauwersoog.

On leaving Lauwersoog, different stations were offering various weather forecasts so we were unsure what to expect. . . !

As we set off, the weather was quite sunny and waves pretty calm. . . but that changed suddenly around noon when sailing near Terschelling! The wind increased to 6 Bft, the sky became more and more cloudy and the waves grew in one hour to 4.5 metres!

For some of our crew, this was their first experience with big waves on the open sea- and there was some seasickness! But we were all convinced that the Trader 42 is built to overcome with the bad weather conditions.  Under the competent guidance of the skipper and the steersman, our boat was always under control. Most of the time the autopilot kept the course without any problem . . .  just once, the skipper took over to steer by hand to find a smoother course.

As the weather finally eased, we arrived at the comfortable town port of Harling. We were pretty exhausted by happy in the knowledge that with „Rolling Swiss “ we own a boat that is always controllable and safe even in difficult weather conditions, as she is a Category A ocean-going yacht (one of the smallest motoryachts in Europe to be in this category!)

We ended this very exciting and eventful day with a short sightseeing tour, a good meal and toasted ourselves with a nice bottle of wine . . . we don’t remember exactly, one or several!

Hanspeter Rosenberg, CCS, August 2010

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At Home on the Canals!

There were seven of us aboard the Trader 42 „Rolling Swiss“ for this cruise from Bremerhaven to Emden.  Near the start, we passed the lovely old the old lighthouses “Alter Weser” and “Roter Sand” on the way to Helgoland.

An excellent surprise in Helgoland: as it is a duty-free island we bought beef filet for just 19 Euro per kilo! Brilliant!

Due to a warning message from the ship’s electronics, we turmed back to Cuxhaven to sort out the repair, and everything was resolved there quickly and successfully…. so we were on our way to Ludwigshaven.

It was very exciting entering into the old navy port of Wilhelmshaven, a special permission was needed to passé through. After the sea lock, we reached the picturesque Ems-Jade channel.

It was the most fantastic experience: the friendly lock and bridge guardians led us in timely manner from one lock to another…sometimes they accompanied us on bicycle and  everything was for free!

We stayed a night in the picturesque village of Hooksiel, for free again!

At the lock, we had the opportunity to use one of the Trader 42’s most excellent features: the adjustable radar arch! It is a great feature of the boat, that we can lower the mast and bring the air draft down to just 3.5 metres!

Some of our crew members needed to gain some more miles to attain their cruising sea licences and prove their experience at sea…. So, we decided to „race“ to Borkum in one go – which we achieved! The next day, we headed to our final destination-Emden- to hand over to the next crew…

CCS Crew, August 2010

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