Skipper: Ulrich und Bernhard
Crew: Gabriel, Heiner, Walter, Zoran
Beautiful when the tides work out as calculated
23/05/2014 Basel – London – Portsmouth
The plan was, depart from Basel Airport to London Gatwick, from there travel on to Portsmouth by train. One of the crew members will arrive the next day and will meet
up with the rest of the crew at the ship Rolling Swiss II in Portsmouth.
In Basel the two skippers greets the one crew member. Where were the other two?
Both report a failure of their electronic navigation. For still unexplained reasons, one deviates to Geneva airport and the other to Zurich Kloten Airport; probably an exercise in alternative ports (!).
Theremaining crew check in and take the plane to London Gatwick. And the Commodore
is also on board, Hmm … two crew members missing, instead the Commodore is on
board … is this a test for the Skippper?
All ends well; the two other crew members finally arrive in Portsmouth from the
alternative ports Geneva and Kloten. The first night all together is spent in a hotel.
Once we reach the harbour, there is Rolling Swiss II, a great ship. Our sixth crew
member also arrives, now we are complete. On time, at 10:00 clock, the skippers
conduct the ship handover. Skipper II makes the safety inspection while three crew members go shopping in the city. At about 14:30, everything is secured and stored, unfortunately a bit too late to go out. So it is decided to stay in port today.
05/25/2014 Portsmouth – Cherbourg Marina
The time has come; we cast off at 06:00 o’clock, towards Cherbourg and look forward
to the exciting crossing of the English Channel, a shipping lane for which requires very high concentration. Not forgetting the time difference between England and France. Today we covered an impressive 80 nautical miles and, although a bit tired, we savour the fact, once moored up in Cherbourg, with a well deserved sundowner.
5/26/2014 Cherbourg Marina – Braye Harbour
Today is a good day for late risers; Cast off at 10:00 clock in the direction of Alderney.
Since this leg is a comparatively short distance, there is enough time for a “man overboard” drill. Now it’s serious, quick reactions and the exact commands are given. The helmsman is busy holding course, all crew members perform very well, after a bit of practice. The two skippers glows, and shows the screen; Congratulation, 100 nm, three crew members have done their duty, manoeuvring and navigating as required, additional engine miles. On arriving in the Port Braye we moor up to a buoy, for some of the crew members, this is the first time. It is a good opportunity to try out the tender. Since it has space for a maximum of 4 persons, skipper II was allowed to drive it twice and clearly had fun doing it.
27/05/2014 Braye Harbour – St. Peter Port
At 09:30 we cast off and find time for practicing “turn the ship on the spot”. Finally we leave the harbour under the guidance of the two beacons on the mainland. A navigator is required to instruct the helmsman.
Since we have sufficient time, we go past St. Peter Port, to the very beautiful and picturesque bay Port Es Saies Sark, where we anchor. Two intrepid crew members take
the plunge into the cool water.
We leave the bay after an hour in the direction of St. Peter Port. Now time will tell if our tides calculations are correct. It comes good of course, once learnt is never forgotten; thanks to a good education from CCS.
28/05/2014 St. Peter Port – St. Helier
By our tidal calculation we left St. Peter Port harbour at 09:25 and crossed the harbour tidal sill with not just a foot of water beneath the keel, but rather 1.2m of water. Safety is the top priority.
We arrived in the port of St. Helier were we decide to moor outside the port tidal sill, so that we can cast off the next day regardless of tide. Rolling Swiss II travels almost independently along a pontoon. The water level rises and in a few moments the sill disappears under the water. We are amazed; because the many sailing ships are pushing and shoving in order to get a “Pole Position”. Who will be the first to cross the
disappearing sill; what a lot jostling!
05/29/2014 St. Helier – St. Malo
Strengthened, cheerful and of course prepared we leave the port to our final destination. For most, this is the first time they had taken a boat to St Malo. Thinking back to our theory test is helpful as we navigate this very exciting and navigation mark cluttered area. It is a wonderful experience to finally implement the theoretical knowledge in practice. It is also fascinating how closely the calculated values match the actual conditions.
The mighty fortress city greets us, a stunning silhouette, which we will be happy
I am writing to express my thanks to all crew members, very pleasant and fair comrades with whom every day gave something to laugh about. A successful week with beautiful memories.