On Saturday 09.10.2010 the last cruise CCS cruise of 2010 ended in Southampton. In my role as the person responsible for the boat, I went to the UK for several days to check that all was well with the boat…
I took over the Trader 42 from the previous skipper, and then got down to work! I needed to check the whole inventory, identify any damage, and make the list of all works to be done over the winter by Trader. I also cleared out the kitchen of food!
I then went through a rather long list with Peter Ellis (an engineer who has worked on Traders for more than fifteen years), who will do most of the work during the boat’s winterisation.
On Monday 11.10.2010 we took “Rolling Swiss II” towards her new home for the winter: Universal Marina, Southampton. On the way, we saw the brand new cruise ship “Queen Elizabeth” (which was actually named by the Queen of England herself the following day!)
At Universal, “Rolling Swiss II” was lifted out of the water. We checked the underwater section for damages- and we were delighted not to find any serious damage! … there were some little scrapes on the starboard propeller, from when it scraped the bottom on the river Thames earlier in the season. It was not a surprise, because the skipper had already reported this incident to me soon after it occured.
Having stored the boat safely in Southampton, I said goodbye to her for this year…
She did a good season 2010: From 26.06.2010 untill 08.10.2010 she was on cruisies for 15 consecutive weeks and sailed 2777nm during 485 engine-hours. About 70 Skippers and crew members enjoyed their holidays on “Rolling Swiss II” during the 2010 season…. that more than 90% occupancy on the cruises- our highest occupancy yet for a CCS season! I was delighted to receive lots of positive feedback from our members as well.
The cruisie schedule for 2011 has already been set, and is shown on the CCS website… so, please check it out at www.cruisingclub.ch!
See you in spring 2011!
Marc Pingoud, CCS- Motoryacht division
Responsible for Trader42 “Rolling Swiss II”