The Scilly Islands in april on a motor yacht – what a dream!


23.04.2011  – 29.04.2011
Skipper: Pierre-Alain
Skipper II: Jean-Paul
Crew: Josiane, Alexandre, Alain, Patrick

Saturday 23. april 2011 18:00
All crew members are present; Alex and Patrick joined the team, which
had already completed the takeover of ROLLING SWISS II berthed in Haslar Marina
as well as the shopping of food for the week. After inspecting the swimming
palace, ROLLING SWISS II and the mess to convert each to the English local time,
the crew went out to enjoy the local meals at the restaurant of the port.

Sunday 24. april 2011 07:30
Anchors aweigh and navigate to Dartmouth, the first leg of our journey
to reach the isles of Scilly. The weather is splendid and we navigate on an
extremely calm sea. After surrounding the Isle of Wight in the north, we
followed our way near the coast. The spirit of the crew is the same as the
meteorology, standing on pretty and everybody is following the advices of
Pierre-Alain, our skipper, to guide the yacht, the GPS and the radar. 91 nautical
miles later we docked at the pontoon at Dartmouth to stay overnight.
Furthermore it’s to mention that Jean-Paul made a “surgical landing” and set
the maneuvering goals quite high.

Monday, 25. april 2011 07:00
Weigh anchor and head for Newlyn (Penzance), the last leg before Scilly.
Weather and atmosphere on pretty (Patrick still looking for his floating tire
green). Following the coast of Cornwall, still learning to maneuver the ROLLING
SWISS II by one finger (preferably the forefinger) activating the auto pilot,
the GPS and to capture other ships on the radar screen. By the way to mention;
it’s an extraordinary instrument to support the navigation. The crew swapped
their competencies of setting the sails by the manipulation of the installed
electronic means. After two days of intensive manipulation, the results are
satisfactory, giving the permission to navigate on the right course. At the end
of the day we docked at the harbor Newlyn, the biggest fishing port in the
south of UK where a rude population is living by (it’s said) their
own rules. However we were received very warmly.

Tuesday, 26. april 2011, 07 :00
Hoist anchor again! Three cheers for holydays and the early birds who
swallow mile just to see some insulated islands. We are heading for our final
destination, St Mary’s, anchorage area of Hugh Town. St. Mary’s is the most
important island of the archipelago of the Scilly’s. In a blink the crew quickly
found back to the terrestrial habits stores – ice cream -  pub, store – ice cream – pub …. We even were
seen as strong oarsmen arriving for the competition of rowboats (most popular
sport of the archipelago, where the sportsmen of the various islands compete
with six oar rowboats). By the way and especially addressed to our detractors
that our physical aspects didn’t cheat the local journalist, who confirmed our
top elite class …

Wednesday, 27. april 2011, 12:00
We leave for a sightseeing of the archipelagoes, surrounding northerly
and visiting the Gallows Island (but don’t worry we didn’t scarify anyone and
aside from that the gallows were broken. Then we passed near the rocks where
the seals are sitting (a colony of about 200 seals, according to different
sources). After this visit we decided to head for Jersey and to cross the
Channel longitudinal on its center. Doing this way we would encounter enough
vessels to prove our competences of radar plotting and the utilization of the RIPAM.
130 nautical miles waiting for us we organized the watches by coach in order to
avoid any disturbance for lovers of snoring music.

24 hours later we moored a Jersey in the offshore terminal of St. Helier
to fill up fuel, since it’s cheaper there, than in France. After that we took a
shower, we had a crew dinner and then watching “mini-skirts” in the streets of
St. Helier.

Even our cruise slowly went to the end – but Pierre-Alain was still
looking for his bonnet.

Friday, 29. april 2011, 05:00
Hoist anchor for the last time (still following our tough schedule) and on the way
for Chausey where, according to Josiane, who asked the pendulum, Pierre-Alain
would find his bonnet. We anchor at Chausey leave to hunt the grail bonnet
which didn’t appear either. Therefore we state here that Pierre Alain is much
better in skippering than hunting bonnets. Our journey goes to the end; we take
course to St. Malo, the final destination of a 392 miles trip which drove us
through a big part of the English south coast, down to the Scillys and back to
St. Malo via Jersey and Chausey. We anchor at St. Malo for lunch, (Jean Paul
still maneuvering very well) then complete the cleaning of the boat to prepare
the handover to the next crew.
Then the journey ends as it always ends in this region; at Cunningham in
front of a good whisky.

This article was written under the conditions of a crew life, to say in
a fantastic ambience. We wish to thank the skipper and the co-skipper for their
high quality job. By the way; finally Pierre-Alain’s bonnet was found in St.
Malo.

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An additional remark from Marc Pingoud, the manager of ROLLING SWISS II:
Three years ago, when the motor yacht section of the Cruising Club Switzerland (CCS) started the evaluation to find the “perfect” new motor yacht for CCS, we did not expect, that our ROLLING SWISS II will berth one day at the Scilly’s, especially as early as in april… – Many Thanks to our Trader 42 – I’m absolutly convinced, that we have taken the right choice for our ROLLING SWISS II!

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