23.08. – 30.08.2014 Nantes – St Malo


Skippper: Hanspeter and Andreas
Crew: Lisa, Thomas, Jacques und Michael

A trip in the area of the theory course

08/22/2014 Basel – Nantes – St Malo

On Friday, 4 of the 6 crew members meet at Basel-Mulhouse airport and travel from
Basel to Nantes. In Nantes, we rented a car, so it didn’t take long to get to St. Malo, without the aid of GPS. In the hotel we meet the other two crew members, we are complete. Together we eat in a restaurant and get to know each other a bit.

08/23/2014 St. Malo

In the morning we go to the harbour and take over Rolling Swiss II. We decide to wait  until Sunday before leaving. On the program for today are; the shopping, the attachment
of the davits with rope to the deck railing, the stowage of the outboard in the engine room, the instruction of skipper II about the safety equipment on board and a general theoretical introduction to handling a slightly larger motor yacht ,”Rolling Swiss II”. In the evening we eat on board. It’s is a wonderful risotto by skipper II.

Sunday, 8/24/2014 St. Malo – St. Helier, Jersey

A beautiful day to sail out, little wind and waves. We are making good progress and have to wait a bit to cross the sill of the port of St. Helier. After about 6 hours we can moor up. In the evening we eat at a fancy restaurant, on the recommendation of the harbour master. The food is fine; we have a lot of fun. The waiter doesn’t seem used to guests that ask for the wine list a second time (again ….?).

Monday, 8/25/2014 St. Helier, Jersey – St Peter Port, Guernsey

The air pressure has dropped … the wind has increased and hence the wave height. An uncomfortable crossing awaits us! But the ship and crew crack on bravely, and we enter St. Peter Port as early as 13:30 (with one cleat less onboard ..). The author now reports the taking of a Stugeron, and feels much better in the coming days …… In St. Peter Port, we are on a floating pontoon with no connection to shore. With the help of our neighbour’s dinghy we go into the village to buy some things (We didn’t use the davit during this trip). Tonight we pamper ourselves with a delicious meal from the galley.

Tuesday, 26/08/2014, St. Peter Port, Guernsey – Cherbourg, France

We thought we should leave early. However, a review of the tide chart shows that we ought to best set off in the afternoon. We are flexible, and make a few harbour manoeuvres, so that we can go ashore and enjoy the morning. We all eat Lunch together at a restaurant in St. Peter Port. Then it’s time to “cast off”. Wind is still there, but it feels a little more comfortable than yesterday. At about 12.6 knots we go through between Alderney and Cap de la Hague with the current. Meanwhile, even the GPS has dropped out. But nothing can disturb us. In the night, some time just after 22:00 we arrive in Cherbourg. We still eat something small on board and go quickly to our bunks; tomorrow we will depart early.

Wednesday, 08.27.2014, Cherbourg, France – Ouistreham, France

A long day travelling approximately 71.0 Nautical miles! The weather has improved, progressing faster than expected, the current takes us. Along the way we encounter a French customs boat. We are asked via VHF 8 to report and provide some information about the crew and Departure and destination port. A nice distraction while driving. Next we need to pay attention to fishermen buoys. We arrive at 15:30 clock In Ouistreham and moor up inside this beautiful harbour. We try and buy a new mooring line in the many ship-chandlers, without success. However, our evening meal was a great success!

Thursday, 28/08/2014, CAEN- and Beach Day (instead of D-Day)

Today we visit the Allied coastal landing sites. We’re finally in Normandy! It is 70
years ago, since the landings took place. We visit the “Pegasus” bridge, an American military cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer (Omaha Beach), the Allied beachhead at Arromanches and a German gun emplacement, which also failed to prevent the invasion. Meanwhile a crew member visits the city of Caen, a beautiful city to stay in. In the evening we all meet up again on board the “Rolling Swiss II” and eat in the same restaurant as yesterday. We are doing well!

Friday, 29/08/2014, Ouistreham – Le Havre

The last tour day. We have been going through the locks already since early and are at 10 o’clock already in Le Havre. The ship is “cleaned and checked”. The handover for the ship has already taken place. In the evening there is the “Captains Dinner”, then one last whiskey on board. …

Saturday, 30.08.2014, Le Havre – Paris – Basel

Today we say goodbye to the “Rolling Swiss II”. One last photo, then off to Paris in a rental car, then by train to Basel. Two of the crew members take the train to Paris and stay there for a few days. It was a great, fun-filled week in the practice area of the theory course.

Michael

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