The Scilly Islands in april on a motor yacht – what a dream!

23.04.2011  – 29.04.2011
Skipper: Pierre-Alain
Skipper II: Jean-Paul
Crew: Josiane, Alexandre, Alain, Patrick

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
St. Helier.

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.

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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!

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About a green forest, a pressure cooker and a Swiss salami…

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.

Video, mpg, 19MB): missing the forest

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.

Video (mpg, 16MB): approaching Portsmouth by night

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

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CCS-Skipper Training 2011: Experience on the Solent

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!

By Philippe Moser, CCS Cruise 08-2011-15

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