Some Heavy Weather!

Our CCC cruise on “Rolling Swiss II” took place 14th-21st August,  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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