The first season for our new CCS motoryacht iwas coming to an end, but not before we had our turn! On Saturday, 2. October, six of us CCS members met up- eager to experience a training cruise on board of the beautiful yacht “Rolling Swiss II”. Two crew members, already sailing skippers, were on the cruise in order to get trained as motoryacht skippers as well.
At the beginning of the season, I had the pleasure to meet Malcom Trigg, the owner of a another Trader 42. We agreed to meet again on Saturday, 3. October to make a journey together.
Then, we had a lovely Sunday lunch at Bucklers Hard on the Beaulieu River. Malcolm is very happy with his Trader 42 …. even though- despite his more powerful engines with 425 HP- he couldn’t go faster than us (with 380HP) on that day!
On Monday it became serious…. with all crew members practising numerous training manouevres. Then on Wednesday we made a trip to Poole admiring the White Rocks. Crossing to Poole with 5-6 bft gave us the chance to really the seagoing capabilities of the Trader 42! Everyone agreed that- even on big waves- by adapting our engine power output, “Rolling Swiss II” rolled considerably less than other boats we had been on.
Certainly, a special highlight of the cruise was the arrival at Portsmouth at night… surrounded on all sides by numerous lights, as we navigated through a lot of heavy vessels traffic. Then we said goodbye to the boat in Southampton at the end of our extensive training cruise. Conclusion: Objectives achieved and already eager for the 2011 season!
Marcel Geering, CCS