On Friday, 10th of June 2011 the first crew members arrived on the Rolling
Swiss II. Contrary to the initial planning we received the yacht in the inner
port of Medemblik at the shipyard de Klerk. On Saturday, after the arrival of
the other crew members we left the shipyard passing a lock to reach the main
port of Medemblik.
With good weather and calm sea we left Medemblik on Sunday in direction of Oudenschild on the Isle of Texel. As for the next day the weather was to become worse we continued up to the Isle of Terschelling. Due to White Sunday Weekend we found the port overcrowded. We had to moore alongside of a “Wadden Sea Cruiser”. All of us were quite surprised to see the cruiser actuating its skegs hydraulically.
Under misty weather we said goodbye to Terschelling and reached later on Leeuwarden via Harlingen. There the whole crew was fascinated by this picturesque Dutch village.
On Tuesday we travelled through the canals to arrive at Lauwersoog. Sometimes the canals
were quite narrow and very precise steering of the Rolling Swiss II was requested. Some of the crew members found maneuvering in the locks very challenging.
Having beautiful weather we crossed from Lauersoog to Borkum Island, to enter into the
“Bundesschutzhafen”. The very badly maintained port didn’t really invite for staying, therefore we decided to explore the Isle on bicycle. By the way, Borkum is full of tourists during summer time.
Thursday we left Borkum with the idea to bunker fuel at Delfzijl. However the gasoil
station was closed. Luckily we found a shipyard near the Ems flood barrage to fill up our tanks. Due to foul ground the approach to the shipyard was a final nautical challenge for us. Via the sea lock of Emden we reached our final destination at Ratsdelft of Emden.
We had a varied sailing trip, with demanding navigation in a very interesting area round
the wadden sea.
Johannes, Skipper of cruise 08-2011-24