20-10-12 – 27-10-12 On the way home to Basel

Our ship manager left RS II in the yard in Medemblik, ready for the Rhine tour. In
picturesque Medemblik, we took RS II from the yard on a rainy day. After
checking the repairs, we left the yard in the direction of Amsterdam. On
leaving Medemblik the lock did not work properly. It took the lock keeper 3
attempts to open the lock. After about one hour in the lock we left Medemblik.

Shortly after a pleasant sunset we arrive in Amsterdam, in Six harbor. Entering
the tight harbor entrance in the night required all of us for the first time. Our Helmsman passed with flying colors.

On Sunday we left Amsterdam in the direction of the Rhine Canal. It is impressive how much commercial shipping there is, even on a Sunday. The cruising speed of Rolling
II matched, more or less, the speed of the barges. So we could travel almost
the entire length of the canal behind one Dutch barge. On Sunday evening we
docked in Tiel. A Swiss couple approached us in Tiel marina. The Article in
“Boote” had impressed them and they wanted to take a look around RS II. We where happy to oblige them.

We arrived in extraordinarily beautiful autumn weather, on Wednesday evening in
Düsseldorf. The last day of our trip took us, in rather cold and foggy weather,
to the Rhine city of Cologne. RS II has really excelled on this trip. We had
zero problems the whole trip. This is defiantly thanks largely to our ship
manager Marc Pingoud. This is thanks largely down to his hard work, so big
thanks.

Skipper Johannes

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