CCS Flag officers on board!

Cool and windy weather, lots of activity on shore in the shipyards along Hamble River, a pretty nervous CCS boat manager giving us a warm welcome on our arrival by taxi and the last technical works at the Yacht by specialists of the shipyard – thus the situation we found at the beginning of the three day visit of the CCS flag officers on board ROLLING SWISS II.

And what a shock for the skipper it was, when he realized that the Commodore and Vice-Commodores not only intended to maneuver and test the boat in all nautical conditions and situations, but also planned to really use all the very comfortable onboard-facilities such as pantry, showers and many more things that obviously not many crews had used a lot before.

Let’s pass the results of all those activities over the next three days from Saturday to Monday in short review:

Saturday morning gave us a chance to have a closer look at all the very sophisticated technical aspects of the yacht. Well prepared for the first day’s cruising down Hamble River into the Solent, everybody of the crew took the chance to get a feeling for the boat’s behavior under two engines, far away from harbors, berths and other yachts, before getting into Southampton Harbour.

Unfortunately, Sunday morning’s maneuver exercises at Southampton’s Ocean Village Marina passed much too quickly for everybody. What a pleasure to handle the TRADER 42 with her two engines and a bow thruster in narrow spaces and windy corners!
And what a surprise to read the log off Hurst Point on the way to the Needles a couple of hours later: 24.5 knots – a new CCS record (thanks to an outgoing current and a calm sea)!
Passing a calm night at Yarmouth in early spring brought a remarkable impression of The British way of life in remote villages and pubs. Thanks for that to our Skipper Marc Pingoud, who obviously has been here before, thus knowing exactly the best place to go for Great British Burgers, Sirloin Steaks, Fish and Chips and of course Guinness and Ale!

Monday passed much too quickly also for all the interesting MOB-trainings in the choppy and windy Solent, for maneuvering in bloody windy conditions in Cowes Marina and later on again at Portsmouth’s Haslar Marina.

Tuesday morning: Everybody on board being kept busy cleaning the boat – what else? And then back to work in Switzerland.

Marc, a huge thank you for a great and very interesting time you gave us on board your “baby”. Thanks to you, even die-hard sailing freaks among the participating CCS flag officers can now imagine to skipper one of the attractive future cruises ROLLING SWISS II is going to undertake in the months and years to come.

Beat M. Schifferli, Commodore of the Cruising Club of Switzerland

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