Executive cruise with the “MY ROLLING SWISS II” in the Wadden Sea

31-03-12 to 07-04-12

It is a very cold Friday afternoon when we all arrive from different directions and by different modes of transport in Enkhuizen.  An icy wind is blowing it and us becomes quickly clear that this week is no CCS executive holiday …

On Saturday, foods are bought and stockpiled and once again the impression strikes me, that should be enough for at least a month. The cabins are allocated and packed, and then follows the very detailed and very well prepared safety briefing by Florin.

The moving out postponed because of a small problem with an alternator. Fortunately, the repair is soon completed and on Sunday we drive directly out to Harlingen. First by the IJsselmeer, and then by the lock of Kornwerderzand, into the Waddenzee. To do this, we must know that, in the Netherlands, sea, means Zee and vice versa, Zee, sea. And while the Waddenzee thus considered the sea, it is considered in the Netherlands as inland waters and therefore, formally, the VHF, remains switched  to channel 10. Disadvantage, DSC-cannot be used. Nevertheless it also listens to the normal VHF channel 16 from the coast guard, but because you cannot program the devices to dual watch ATIS, 10 / FM, 16, we argue what is to be done. Two devices?

Harlingen is a tidal Harbour which is why we us search a place on a deep water berth, and sleep soundly. On the following day, we go out to one of the Frisian Islands. West Terschelling is our goal. Along the Pollen dam, it is tempting to use the Betonnung channel. But beware, on the chart we found a note: the “pleasure craft” have to wait outside of the channel! Finally , after going through a tight channel, Slenk, and you reach West Terschelling.

Tuesday morning. Documents are required, we check the folder but it is missing a crucial document,; the contract of sale for M/Y ROLLING SWISS II, showing, that the CCS has purchased exactly this Trader 42 and taxed her in the EU. Well, the CCS has a competent Secretariat of course, because a little later, the right document, is available by E-mail, and after checks the customs leave us.

After endless manoeuvres, forwards, backwards, side to side, towing the dinghy, Christoph pulls out all the stops and leaves out barely a manoeuvre or a task.

Passing a shallow in the  IJsselmeer direction, having calculated the tides,we approach the sensitive spot, the depth sounder is only at the Peek and suddenly it displays an absolute depth of 1.80. We have draught a of 1.20 m? We quickly fished the tape measure out of the box and into the water. The measurement results, 1. 30 m. It is enough!

Nights are spent in Makkum, the rearmost Jetty is still free on the side of the head. The next day the ports follow Hindeloopen, Stavoren Spoorhaven and inland port, reached by a lock – in which we will have a  little food – and the Marina of Stavoren where we all start manoeuvring. As it has become dark, followed by a trip on over to Enkhuizen. Wind, waves and rain, don’t really make it easy. The next challenge is evident when approaching the port entrance. Which of the 15 red lights is that the port entrance? Most belong to the Navidukt or the lock in the Markermeer. Nevertheless we reach safely Enkhuizen at 22.30 h.

As cultural highlight, we reach Horn the next day. A beautiful town, but even this treat must be earned by extensive anchor manoeuvres.

Somehow our fluxgate seems to “spin” and an electrician is still on board at 10pm. He has a software update for plotters and 70 ST.  He treated the CCS excellently, such people must come again. The next day is still a complete calibration of the entire Raymarine system, which can be completed successfully, as well as our Executive trip.

Thanks to Christoph, which let us participate in his encyclopedic, nautical knowledge.                               

Peter, crew member

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