France-Begium-Netherlands: In 10 days from Le Havre to the Ijsselmeer

A remark from the the administrator: The skippers of CCS are free in selecting their story for this blog. It seems, seek that getting experience with ROLLING SWISS II during some stormy and wavy days in the Channel is rather popular…

Tuesday 24.05.2011 Heavy Sea in the English
Channel

We left Dieppe under WSW 5 and waves of 1.5m hight. Then reaching the hight of
« Baie de la Somme a special wether forecast (BMS) announced on channel
79, ailment 8-9 bft. Considering that my three crew members became already sea sick and
and sent their meals back to sea, I took the decision to head for Boulogne
sur mer since, due to low tide we couldn’t reach Baie de Somme, setting the engines
at 2500 rpm and adapting the flaps. I was really astonished and amazed
about the behavior of our Trader 42 „ROLLING SWISS II“ in such heavy sea with waves of 3-3.5 (occ. 4m) height. Running at a speed of about 14 nods, navigation became
quite comfortable and as it would be impossible at hull speed. I spent around 2.5
hours lonely on the rudder under these conditions, however always with an
impression of safety. ROLLING SWISS II is not just I very nice boat, she really likes the
waves…

Urs, Skipper of cruise 08-2011-21

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The „Seven Star Cuisine“- Cruise … – and a Stugeron tablet as a dessert

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

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The Channel Islands – Intensive training with some fireworks


Brittany from 07 to 14 may 2011

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.

by Ernst, Skipper CCS cruise 08/2011/19

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Exploring Brittany

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.

Monday, 02.05.2011
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…).

Tuesday, 03.05.2011
Cruising with calm weather to St. Peter Port, Guernsey.

Wednesday, 04.05.2011
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

Thursday, 05.05.2011
St. Helier – Lézardrieux, late lunch in the harbor then cruising to St. Quay – Portrieux
20.30  mooring in the harbor

Friday, 06.05.2011
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.

Cruising Distance: 233 nm; engine hours 36,5, Consumption: 17.4 liters per hour

by Daniel, Skipper CCS cruise 08/2011/18

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