Well, this was a rather special cruise for MY ROLLING SWISS II and for me as her skipper…
The main goal on this cruise from 05.-09. april 2011 in the Solent was to train two experienced sailing skippers on a motor yacht, so that they are able to drive and manoeuvre a motor vessel with twin engines – a common CCS task actually.
But during this cruise we were accompanied by an editor of the well known German magazine “BOOTE” and a photographer. They recorded our cruise and the way CCS does training on motor yachts in order to write an article for the magazine. Well, I will not go into details about this cruise and only point out one highlight – May you will read the full story about this cruise in the September edition of the BOOTE magazine which will be out in a couple of months.
Just the highlight of this cruise should be mentioned here: MY ROLLING SWISS II got the chance to act as a winching platform for training by helicopter 104 of the Solent Coastguard. We had to sail with a speed of about 18 knots direction to the Needles – with a helicopter some meters above us, a medical and a stretcher at the winch – and an awful noise around us…!
This was an unforgettable experience for the whole crew. CCS will use the lessons learned for further instruction for CCS skippers and for teaching students. Magazine BOOTE will publish a story about this training in the august edition.
Thanks to my Crew, who had to work hard during this days, to my German colleagues – we are looking forward reading “our” story – and of course to Solent Coast Guard and the crew of helicopter 104.
Marc Pingoud, Skipper CCS Cruise 08-2011-14B
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