Rolling Swiss’s Blues Cruise No 2

  19.05. – 26.05.2012 Norrköping – Stockholm

Skipper: Stephan
Crew: Priska und Thomas

Stephan and I stayed another week and brought our new crew member in the early afternoon at the train station in Norrköping – that was the good surprise.

Shopping, introduction to the boat and rest – we started with a night voyage; the  unexpected surprise.

An unforgettable experience in the face of many beacons and buoys and of course the music of Philipp Fankhauser, and so ended up we safely to the the islands, where we made coffee as the sun came up.

What now followed was incredible: 6 very warm and even hot days in the archipelago around Stockholm, with hardly busy harbours and bays.

This unique area was almost empty for us, and accordingly we planned beautiful routes through the islands each day, the direct route was frowned upon. So we explored natural bays, anchorages, sailing each time for 1 to 3 hours and always arriving in a beautiful new place.

So, we stayed in a nature reserve on a buoy of the Swedish of yacht clubs with our boat completely open in the evening sun with best view of the islands and fauna of the reserve. At Ringsö we successfully tried to moor stern to, a unique experience. The only night in an official port was in Trosa, where we enjoyed our single meal at a restaurant.

Otherwise we were three sea Gypsies, travelling the archipelago; in the most beautiful places we would stay for a break, a meal or for the night. This of course meant eating al fresco and unforgettable moments on the aft deck of our yacht; breakfast, picnic or drinks; We lived virtually only out there this week. And to the music of Philipp Fankhauser, a veritable Blues cruise.

The trip took in about 165 miles over 33 engine hours in the Stockholm area, where the ships around us were always numerous and then densely settled in the Islands. Our arrival into Stolkholm will remain unforgetable.


Author: Thomas

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Rolling Swiss’s Blues Cruise No 1

  12.05.-19.05.2012 Karlskrona – Norrköping

Skipper: Stephan
Crew: Roger and Thomas

Cold, wet – Oilskin and boots came on for the first day on board in Karlskrona, but only for harbour manoeuvres and an in-depth introduction to the secrets of this beautiful yacht.

Paradise weather on the next day for the journey through the archipelago to Karlskrona, then to the North. To the seemingly permanent music of Philipp Fankhauser this trip in lovely, and helpful wind and weather conditions took us over nearly 200 sm first through the open Kalmar Strait and then along the archipelago along the coast through incredible routes led, ran past often  with only a few metres between us and the rocks.

Great care was needed, but the navigator and helmsman were always thorough and checked the plotter and charts frequently, to make the right decision. A perfect training cruise, in a wonderful area.

The long days of the North shortly before midsummer further rounded out the experience. The nights were still quite fresh, during the day it needed also good clothes, but it was warm in the sun.

In Kalmar (second night) we were alongside the Harbour, just a short walking distance to a sauna,  the port in Figeholm (3 night) was still completely empty, on the fourth night, we made out on a buoy of the Swedish of yacht clubs in a natural harbour where we used the dinghy for going ashore, then on to the port of Fyrudden (4 night) and Nävekvarn (5 night), the last night in Norrköping Rosen.

With one exception (Kalmar) the crew  always ate on board. Roger would get us at anchor and the drinks and food, (Gin Tonic Baltic style) as the sun stayed high and then the whisky (Lagavulin) at dusk, which lasted until shortly before midnight, will be long remembered.

Often we started very early, as it was again almost as bright as day from 4 h. The start went well each amazing after muesli with Filmjölk (Swedish sour milk) and hot Swedish toast thanks to the toaster bought in Karlskrona.
Bottom line: A perfect cruise on a beautiful vessel and in a unique location.

Author: Thomas

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In Hohheitsgewässern

05.05. 12.05.2012 Stralsund – Karlskrona

Skipper: Marcel
Crew: Bruno, Richi, Traudl
When the last crew members arrive in the morning of May 5th at the yacht port of Stralsund (Mecklenburg/West Pomerania), the first of the usual tasks – ship transfer and bulk buying – are already done, and we can go directly to the “get together lunch” in the city centre on the square before the delicate facade of the Town Hall and at the massive Nikolai Church. In the afternoon, the first highlight of the trips follows already: the instruction with extensive manoeuvres rides in the port and in the preceding channels.
Departing the next morning northward through the shallow waters of Kubitzer is narrow but well marked with buoys, then between the islands of Rügen and Hiddensee through – later Rolling Swiss II shows what she really is made of – full power into the open Baltic Sea – what fun!
The first stage ends in Glowe on the North coast of Rügen; the second in the Danish Bornholm and at the end of the third we find ourselves in Swedish waters – Simrishamn (a place incidentally, where thousands of  years ago – in the Stone Age – goods were already being moved by ships!).
The weather, up to now not very nice, rather covered with pale light and calm sea, is now raining; Moreover, the wind from the South strengthens significantly. It causes rough seas with nasty short waves, but these are mastered by our Rolling Swiss II thanks to slightly increased engine power with around 14 knots. The archipelago area before our next stage of Ahus requires the full attention of the crew because it is almost completely under water, but only just; after safely not hitting anything, the port facilities, a small Creek up to the self-declared “schwabbligen webs” of CSS-Yacht Club, where then the reception is so kind, as promised. Ahus is a coastal settlement that dates back at least to the 12th century, and where today the widely popular “absolute”vodka is distilled.

The last stage leads us to Karlskrona. Hazy, foggy weather, drizzle and difficult visibility conditions closer to the city through an extensive archipelago has shown quite adventurous in narrow roads which were formerly also strongly attached and peppered with obstacles. In Karskrona the Swedish Naval History is a worthy place ubiquitous – so for the upcoming transfer of the rolling Swiss II to the next crew.
The conclusion of the trips as usual: Cleaning, clean up, etc.; only the refuel proved to be little problematic : unattended petrol station, usual credit cards are not accepted by the machine – however not a fiasco, thanks to calm nerves.
Resumé: the training, namely the mediation of MB knowledge succeeded perfectly. In addition, thanks to a comradely spirit and  interesting geography;  a most instructive trip at sea – the skipper and the RG-Zürich!

Author: Richi

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What have I learned today?

28.04.-05.05.2012 Kiel – Stralsund

Crew: Fabio, Hans-Georg, Hanspeter and Markus
“Qu’est-ce que j ‘ai appris Aujourd’hui’ hui?”, asked Fabio at the evening debriefing on the rolling Swiss II. “je pensé, que je n’ai rien appris.”, he mused. “But”, my response was, “you have learned about yourself”.

What happened on the day? Rather windy conditions of BF 6 were forecast on the second day of our trip  towards Heiligenhafen in Kiel. We had planned two alternative routes in the event that severe weather could increase. “We” was a crew qualified on a high level: two proven skipper CCS with over 10’000 nm experience, a future skipper of CCS, who  wanted to get his last qualification, a future Skipper2, a member with the German high seas ticket and distinguished with good practical electronics and radar capabilities.

And the weather did strengthen: the more Rolling Swiss II ventured from Kiel fjord into the open water, the wind was all the stronger and the waves were higher. BF 7 and a swell of 1.5 m, we decided to take the shorter route along the coast towards Heiligenhafen. The decision was correct. Shortly thereafter, two members of the crew were in their berths horizontal: seasickness. A third suspect stood at the railing, eyes fixed on the horizon, and did not want to take a different position at any cost. The waves broke over the bow, such that we were no longer dry in the cockpit. Our “hardcore sailor” assumed the role of trouble shooter. He had to secure the Interior of the vessel that seemed to have become alive: what was not nailed down flew around. Locked drawers and closets were opened and their contents glided through the Interior of the vessel. The foredeck mattresses came off and we had to choose whether we wanted to sacrifice them to the sea. The salvage succeeded on a wild ride with the waves. Again struggling against the waves we sought refuge behind an island off the wind increased to BF 8-9. On the motion of the waves the protection proved rather wrong  because the waves became larger due to the shallower depth. Suddenly, a blip on the radar was identified on the AIS as a SAR-vessel who had showed up. She joined us about a half hour later. We were under observation and protection of the German sea rescuers – A soothing feeling. As we approached the entrance of Heiligenhafen, the ship  disappeared. After the difficult mooring (wind speed) I have registered ourselves to the harbour master. “Well, how is it out there?”, was his question. “Not without” was my response. “I thought that as well,” he said dryly, “you are only the second, and probably last ship that arrives here today.”

In the debriefing, the question by Fabio came: “qu’est-ce que j ‘ai appris Aujourd’hui’ hui?”

You have learned about yourself, we have come to know about ourselves as a crew and about the sea. Finally we learned about Rolling Swiss II. It developed social skills to take responsibility for each other and to put the abilities to the test, and also to respond with empathy to persons and material. Pretty much what our Vicecommodere APA Ulrich Schmid in the latest CRUISING describes as follows: “what good is the best trip organisation if we do not perceive that a crew member no longer may look us in the eye: an unmistakable sign of a conflict early on.” (…) What sounds so complicated, is simply poignant: Eyes on! Ears on! “Heart on!”

The crew of sailing trips 08/12/18 from Kiel to Stralsund, we are looking forward to look you in the eyes at  the next meeting. We have turned ourselves into a team, the yacht and the surrounding elements during a week with empathy. We have also learned much.

Beat, skipper CCS

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Cruising aboard Rolling Swiss II

21.04.-28.04.2012 Hamburg – Kiel

Skipper: Pierre-Alain
Crew: Catherine, Josiane, Marie-Claire, Jean-Jacques, Jean-Paul

 The cruise started so well when a distraught teammate stood in the saloon:
“Skipper! How do you install the toilet roll?”
Well, yes , these are the surprises sometimes waiting for skippers. But other experiences are certainly more interesting…
This cruise from 21 to 28 April took in  the Hamburg – Kiel area.

On the first day, after the provisioning the boat and calculating currents in the river Elbe, we decided to sail at 17: 00 from the Hamburg Hafen City to join Cuxaven located at the mouth of the Elbe.  Of course, to travel  the 57 miles, will take more than 5 hours at 1400 rpm with a speed surface of 8 knots and 10 in the water, which means we will be arriving at night.  The first hours of navigation are used to practice the techniques  that we will need at night: watching the chart, shadowing, lights, quick flash lights, group and duration, colours, everything would arise shortly before our eyes and we had better be prepared to interpret the light signals  that would lead us to port safely.

Sunday, en route for Heligoland, the beautiful small German island off the mouth of the Elbe often heckled by a sometimes hostile North Sea. We have the chance, 3-4 Bft of the NW, with 1.50 meters of waves. While the boat is feeling the swell it is possible to adjust the flaps and engine speed to  make perfectly acceptable navigation and it is 5 hours later that we based in the small port of Helgoland, just in front of the Smiling Swiss III, majestic Hallberg-Rassy 43, also of our club.

On Monday, we take the channel to the Eider we reach on a rising tide. The skipper prepares the crew, especially the navigator  and the helmsman of the day:
Cautiously, we arrive on the mouth of a river. The vagaries of the tides and the flow of the river can pose us some problems. Do not rely on mapping paper or electronic! They will certainly be wrong! Well do  look at the chart, local fishermen give lot of advice to just anchor whenever necessary, not to enter into the mouth of a river if the visibility is less than 2 miles and watch the waves.
As soon as the buoy marking the clean water of the Eider in sight, the remarks of the skipper were fair. The navigation had begun well following the charts, but quickly after, we decided to navigate on the foreshore. Sometimes panic from  the paper chart, sometimes the electronic chartwhich indicated a boat “on the green”, but strict compliance with buoys and marks certainly guided us slowly through that beautiful, but also hostile, landscape, where seabirds come to rest, standing on sand covered with 1-2 cm of water…. 5 metres from us and of our Trader 42!
About 10 miles later, the helmsman had the bow in the lock to into the Eider.  At 3: 10 pm we took the 2th lock, one that allows us to access the port for private motorboats of Friedrichstadt Club who gave us a great welcome as ever.  The little village of Friedrichstadt , named the Dutch city was built in the 1840s by Dutch. Today high 2500 souls dwell in a special atmosphere that really sticks with people who have experienced it.

Tuesday, a long navigation on the Eider awaits us. Successively, we shall have the pleasure to request the opening of the road bridge , and then the North Feld lock. After the Bridge of Pohlen was also too low for us, we stop in the small port of pleasure for a meal. Well satiated, we continue our journey  through two more locks. After  Lexfähre and Giselnau, we are leaving the Eiders to join the NOK, the Canal de Kiel (German: Nord-Ostsee-Kanal), which is a 98 km canal which connects the North Sea (at Brunsbüttel) to the Baltic Sea (in Kiel). The canal provides a shortcut of 280 miles nautical (519 km). With more or less 120 boats per day on average, it is the most popular man made  waterway in the world.
After carefully navigating  the NOK, in particular watching the ferries that allow cars and other pedestrians to reach the two shores, we arrive at Rensburg. Access to the port requires of us quite a bit of attention, with the passage of two successive channels, a front and a back. Past this narrow gorge, we discover a quiet inner harbour. We take our berth without drama on the pontoon for big vessels over15 metres, with the kind cooperation of the Hafenmeisterin, a great friend of the CCS.
In the evening, a small glass in a bar reminded us that this day was our second anniversary.

Wednesday;  day manoeuvres:  5 H 30, all the team members sleepy at the helm. In the program, take a boat in current or wind, rotate 360 ° only by engines, left and right, place a teammate on base on a pontoon, parking between two poles in a port, etc. These exercises were very much  appreciated by the crew that has been very disciplined, calm and efficient in these manoeuvres.
After a frugal meal for some Apple Pie and cod for other, we set sail for our base for the night: Flemurder See, a pocket on the NOK where it is possible to spend the night at the anchor.

Thursday, early start to reach the exit of the NOK in Holtenau lock that gives access to the Baltic Sea. We go out of the Kieler Förde to join the Kieler Bucht where the cargo traffic is a boon to the plotting with the radar. We forget the MARPA to use paper and blue green and red pencils. Threats from converging boats are easily identified, the rules and strategies of the COLREGs were well followed, allowing us to safely reach the entrance of the Schlei, an inlet of 42 km dug in German lands in the direction of Schleswig. We stopped in the friendly town of Kappeln where its streets without cars inspired us to wander.

Friday morning has the drama, the vessel had just wake up, when coming from nowhere, a team member jumps into the saloon wielding a metal rod!
“COP, how to put in place the WC of the toilet paper roll?”.
This vital question, PAB, our skipper took a few minutes of reflection and suggested that the team member to consult the documentation of the boat, documentation which is held in ten official files carefully stored in a cabinet dedicated to the documentation and nautical guides.
This welcome break gave the rest of the crew the respite to enjoy a hearty breakfast.
Life on board was able to return to normal on board, the toilet paper was fully operational again! Phew, panic over!

It was at noon we reach our disembarking port in Kiel Stickenhörn. All participants loved the comfort of this magnificent boat, and this beautiful region. Worth a visit.

 Auteur: Pierre-Alain


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Between freighters on the river Elbe

14.04. 21.04.2012 Emden – Hamburg

Skipper: Ueli, skipper II: Christian crew: Werner, Raphael, Bruno and Michael


Slightly cloudy and a fresh wind from the North: thus the weather, presents itself as we the rolling Swiss II take over. The crew go shopping returning with four filled shopping carts. Locals had sent us  a small neighbourhood store.

Then we practices the first manoeuvres in the old inland port of Emden. The boat  responds properly and the bridge is still intact!

The tour program will be discussed after the briefing by skipper Ueli. To accompany this there are pizza slices from the boat’s own oven and cool beer.

Christian then leads us to the restaurant The 3 Crowns: after the gurnard with crab sauce and potatoes, the stomachs growled.


0600 Tagwache! This is a strict day: starting first thing, and on a Sunday! The reason for the early is that we – without losing much time – get the old inland port on the River EMS.

Just in time at 0655, we pass the 3 bridges for pedestrians, road and train and leave the old inland port. 0735 We use the big sea port and follow a food carrier. Then there is the way free to Delfzijl, where we stop for refuelling.

Further on theway to Borkum we discuss whether the plotter should be set up  to run with north-up or head-up. Skipper Ueli then sets that would be north-up. Shortly before Borkum, we pass the Aida Mar, which comes fresh from the shipyard, now is stationed in Emden, and today performs her first commissioning test.

Around 1300, we arrive in Borkum. The anchor dropped,  Raphael  prepares the first food served today  - Focaccia. Meanwhile, the last clouds have moved. While Werner and Christian prepare tomorrow’s day, the rest of the crew is on foot walking to Borkum.

Shortly before the tower guard closes the doors of the old lighthouse at 17.30, Raphael and Michael climb the tower in record time. After a detour to the beach, a taxi drives us back to Rolling Swiss II. Later, Michael served salad and pasta with Zucchetti sauce.


By 0900, the last are up after a long night. Because the weather conditions are unsafe, we don’t know yet whether we will be going out. After extensive breakfast, everyone has a few free minutes.

About 1230, we gather on deck to the team meeting and decide that we do not want to take risks today. Instead, we leave from 1300 to practice manoeuvres in the port. Everyone helms Rolling Swiss II.

After a short snack, we visit the Alfried Krupp, a Seenotkreuzer a  27 m German search and rescue ship which is stationed on Borkum. We visit the bridge, the support vessel Glückauf, the engine room and the trade fair. In particular also the engine room with the 3 diesel engines, which share an impressive performance of 3’194 PS together.

Answering the question whether the conditions for the tomorrow’s trip to Cuxhaven are good, the foreman of the Alfried Krupp with the wisdom: “Kräht the cock on the crap, the weather changes or it remains as it is”. He has helped not really on us. For this, the Professional on the question of the crew out explains that he, of course, has setting with the north – up, by which he definitely finished yesterday’s discussion.

After 2 hours on board, we handed over a CCS flag and 50 euros for the DGzRS the crew. Then, we said goodbye and take our lunch, not on board as usual, but in the Hafenkneipe. The Alsatian tart tasted wonderful.

Back to preparing dinner on board: vegetable risotto with eggplant, Zucchetti and hot peppers. Then, we discuss tomorrow’s trip to Cuxhaven. We will get up at 0600 so that we 1 hour before the flooding tide turns.


After 0600, the alarm clock wakes us from sleep. After breakfast, we prepared the ship to travel. Around 0800, skip II Christian helms the Rolling Swiss II into the Vorspring and we leave in the direction Cuxhaven Borkum. Navigator Werner  makes up one watch with skip Ueli and Michael, while skipper Christian Bugnard, Raphael, and Bruno make up the second watch. Shortly after 1400, we enjoy the Pasta Casserole prepared by Michael.

In the area of the channel from Bremerhaven, skipper Ueli appears on the bridge, stops te engines, and gathers the crew on deck. What happened, asks the crew. Ueli takes out a slip of paper which states that Bruno, Michael, Raphael, and Werner had just achieved the 100m at sea, needed for the offshore licence for motor yachts. After a photo shoot, Rolling Swiss II resumes her journey.

After 1800, we’re in the fairway to Hamburg. Against 2100 we run into Cuxhaven, and moor Rolling Swiss II. Meanwhile the cocktails are ready and shortly afterwards Bruno serves spaghetti Carbonara. The crew’s hunger after the long, intense day was such that  from the spaghetti 1 kg only very little was left. The first ocean-going sailors go to their berths around midnight, whereas the others prepare tomorrow’s route Wedel to Hamburg.


After the breakfast, we depart around 1030 and continue towards Hamburg with tide on our side. On the way some large freighters cross us, but significantly less than we had expected. We arrive in the Marina at  Wedel after 1630, and hose down Rolling Swiss II. Then we walk to the Welcome Centre “Willkommhöft”, where we enjoy a beer. On the way back, we insert a stop for a snack of herring or Currywurst. At 2100 we arrive in the harbour restaurant, where we take our dinner.


After breakfast, Raphael arranged a spare part for the bilge pump, which had not worked properly during the handover. Around 1040, we pass the Welcome Centre “Willkommhöft” that greets us with a flag and plays the Swiss national anthem! A special moment for all of us and particularly for skipper Ueli, who then called to thank at Fritz Niemeyer from the Welcome Centre.

The last miles on our cruise go by unspectacularly. A single tanker overtakes us, a  few cross us. Shortly before the Hamburg harbour we pass Blankenese. Around 1200, we turn to starboard into the Süderelbe, and our harbour tour starts with our own yacht. Then we drive into the Elbe River a little further up, up to our destination. Shortly afterwards we contact and go to the City Marina, where skipper Ueli skilfully moors Rolling Swiss II. This was the last manoeuvre of our trips.

Around 1400 there’s a glass of white wine. Later, the crew meets for dinner and after a toast to the Reeperbahn or the great freedom we enjoy a nightcap in the lightship that is anchored a short distance from the Rolling Swiss II .


In the morning, the crew settles into the usual chores until Rolling Swiss II shines almost as new, while skipper Ueli  does the administrative work in the cockpit and with each Member of the crew discusses qualifying.

While skipper and Deputy skipper spend the afternoon on the rolling Swiss II, the crew makes for the city centre. But despite intense search, it finds no inexpensive salad servers! We will be leaving  some money for this replacement to the next crew in addition to some Cola zero.

The doors of Henssler Henssler, where we enjoy sushi and more at the end of our trip, open on time at 1800. On foot, we make our way home, visit the Elbe tunnel and return for a farewell drink in the lightship.

While skipper Ueli and skipper II Christian received Hamburg-pendant as mementos from the crew, they presented a Germany pennant with the exact coordinates where the four had reached the 100 m for your powerboat offshore licence each Member of the crew. Rafael handed over a sailor shirt which he had bought in the afternoon in return for the pennant.


While the crew members disembarked early in the morning and to make their ways home, the skipper passed the ship to the next crew. A reunion is certain. Plan it out at the next Interboot in Friedrichshafen?

Author: Bruno

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Travel trip with surprises

07.04 – 14.04.2012 Enkhuizen – Emden

Skipper: Rolf, skipper II: Peter crew: Erika, Bernhard

Takeover MY ROLLING SWISS II when the weather in Enkhuizen. Residual complaints of the yacht: broken wiper spring and horn problems (possibly membrane wet). Cruise plan change and tomorrow repair in Medemblik.

MOB at sea and manoeuvring in the port were exercised. A short burst of high speed  driving could not be missed  and was real fun. The each respective skipper worked very sell with the waves. Through independent planning and practicing, the crew could gain valuable experience and in safety. This was due the remarkable experience of both skippers. A special thank you to Rolf and Peter.

About Makkum we drove in fresh, but mostly beautiful weather (some wind, no big waves and partly sunny) to West-Terschelling. There were only a few travellers in the beautifully located port. Due to heavy winds and waves we waited a day with beautiful weather on the island. For Erika a “must” doa bike ride.
The next day  went to the island of Ameland and  to Lauwersoog. At ideal flow conditions, the next day we managed to get to Emden.
Driving into Emden -> yawning emptiness, no berths in the outer harbour, no gas station – everything was under renovation. A challenge that we had to tackle immediately. A new appropriate port was required. At least 20 phone calls were needed to rectify the situation, but no one answered the phone or the number was no longer in service! The result: a beautiful place behind the lock almost located in the town of Emden. Thus, a nearly smooth, but beautiful trip ended with an established leadership and crew.
-We have certainly learned something on ROLLING SWISS II: “Even by surprises to be flexible and remain calm, without losing the fun thing.”
-It is really comfortable on board ROLLING SWISS II, even in fresh wind and cold temperatures – therefore can only be recommended.

Bernhard, crew member


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Executive cruise with the “MY ROLLING SWISS II” in the Wadden Sea

31-03-12 to 07-04-12

It is a very cold Friday afternoon when we all arrive from different directions and by different modes of transport in Enkhuizen.  An icy wind is blowing it and us becomes quickly clear that this week is no CCS executive holiday …

On Saturday, foods are bought and stockpiled and once again the impression strikes me, that should be enough for at least a month. The cabins are allocated and packed, and then follows the very detailed and very well prepared safety briefing by Florin.

The moving out postponed because of a small problem with an alternator. Fortunately, the repair is soon completed and on Sunday we drive directly out to Harlingen. First by the IJsselmeer, and then by the lock of Kornwerderzand, into the Waddenzee. To do this, we must know that, in the Netherlands, sea, means Zee and vice versa, Zee, sea. And while the Waddenzee thus considered the sea, it is considered in the Netherlands as inland waters and therefore, formally, the VHF, remains switched  to channel 10. Disadvantage, DSC-cannot be used. Nevertheless it also listens to the normal VHF channel 16 from the coast guard, but because you cannot program the devices to dual watch ATIS, 10 / FM, 16, we argue what is to be done. Two devices?

Harlingen is a tidal Harbour which is why we us search a place on a deep water berth, and sleep soundly. On the following day, we go out to one of the Frisian Islands. West Terschelling is our goal. Along the Pollen dam, it is tempting to use the Betonnung channel. But beware, on the chart we found a note: the “pleasure craft” have to wait outside of the channel! Finally , after going through a tight channel, Slenk, and you reach West Terschelling.

Tuesday morning. Documents are required, we check the folder but it is missing a crucial document,; the contract of sale for M/Y ROLLING SWISS II, showing, that the CCS has purchased exactly this Trader 42 and taxed her in the EU. Well, the CCS has a competent Secretariat of course, because a little later, the right document, is available by E-mail, and after checks the customs leave us.

After endless manoeuvres, forwards, backwards, side to side, towing the dinghy, Christoph pulls out all the stops and leaves out barely a manoeuvre or a task.

Passing a shallow in the  IJsselmeer direction, having calculated the tides,we approach the sensitive spot, the depth sounder is only at the Peek and suddenly it displays an absolute depth of 1.80. We have draught a of 1.20 m? We quickly fished the tape measure out of the box and into the water. The measurement results, 1. 30 m. It is enough!

Nights are spent in Makkum, the rearmost Jetty is still free on the side of the head. The next day the ports follow Hindeloopen, Stavoren Spoorhaven and inland port, reached by a lock – in which we will have a  little food – and the Marina of Stavoren where we all start manoeuvring. As it has become dark, followed by a trip on over to Enkhuizen. Wind, waves and rain, don’t really make it easy. The next challenge is evident when approaching the port entrance. Which of the 15 red lights is that the port entrance? Most belong to the Navidukt or the lock in the Markermeer. Nevertheless we reach safely Enkhuizen at 22.30 h.

As cultural highlight, we reach Horn the next day. A beautiful town, but even this treat must be earned by extensive anchor manoeuvres.

Somehow our fluxgate seems to “spin” and an electrician is still on board at 10pm. He has a software update for plotters and 70 ST.  He treated the CCS excellently, such people must come again. The next day is still a complete calibration of the entire Raymarine system, which can be completed successfully, as well as our Executive trip.

Thanks to Christoph, which let us participate in his encyclopedic, nautical knowledge.                               

Peter, crew member

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“Special action” on the IJsselmeer and “Stunt scenes” on the North Sea

On Saturday, 24 March 2012, we roused M/Y ROLLING SWISS II from her hibernation in Medemblik, Holland, in the beautiful sunshine. We are: skipper Marc Pingoud, Walter, Pavel, Christoph, Martin and I, Peter Kumli. With shopping, a sound safety training, including educational demonstration of a “dry starts of an automatic life jacket” and the day is over very quickly getting to know of the vessel.

On Sunday, we can take the beautiful, perfectly equipped Trader 42 on first manoeuvres in Medemblik and Stavoren. Be careful! (Briefly) pimp throttle each of the two motors has 380 PS, as piers, other ships and other obstacles are otherwise very fast very close. In the evening, we moor in Enkhuizen.

Monday brings  Vice Commodore of marketing, Urs  Salvisberg, on board M/Y ROLLING SWISS IIand at  1000 H at position 52O46′ N 005O20′ E we have to find SAILING SWISS III and SMILING SWISS III. From a RIB, he commanded the CCS fleet by radio into formation. Just as the two sailing yachts under spinnaker or gennaker cruise in parallel, emerges a helicopter, with an open side door. The professional photographer Morten Strauch photographed from  the side from the helicopter! The video maker Heinz also holds on it tightly. ROLLING SWISS makes nice concentric passes between the two sailing boats.

The photo shoot takes almost an hour with direction by URS. There are certainly fantastic pictures! Also videos are shot by ROLLING SWISS II temporarily alongside SMILING SWISS III and later  SAILING SWISS III at a distance of approximately 4 meters, so that in the cockpit of can be filmed.

Innocent boaters in the area and people on land are likely to have wondered what it takes to shoot a new Bond film. The AIS image of MY ROLLING SWISS II of this morning speaks volumes (see picture).

From 27 to 29 March we cruise the narrow waters of the Wadden Sea. The city harbour in Harlingenis already closed on our arrival. With fender boards we moor up to a sheet pile wall. The tidal rise up to flood everything as planned work. The well-protected ship makes good with the “ascent”. The “descent” also passes smoothly, and in the morning, we wake up again below.

On Thursday, March 29, at 1400 we rendez-vous with “flying focus” in the North Sea, planned under the direction of Den Helder. A high wind warning is active for this day for the “German Bight” area. The north-eastern side of the island of Texel is located on the southwestern edge of this region. The skipper decides times to view the situation on thethe water and assess. It is moderate, a wind from 4 to 5 Beaufort from the same direction and a wave height of 1,5-2 meters from NNW await us – it is “go” for the next photo shoot.

Flying focus” appears on time at 1400 am. It is the company name of the aerial photographer who now appears in the plane in low-altitude flight at the meeting point – he specialises in aerial photography in strong winds about 8 BFT over the North Sea (YouTube). Today for him there is only a mild breeze but for us big waves … he gives us the instruction “full speed” against wind and waves

A true “Hell Ride” begins at a speed of about 18 knots. Pure action! -but of course always on the safe side as it should be. The boat is  immersed in the incoming waves, foam covered the Control Panel, for a moment you can see only water, then the Trader 42 moves out again. Time and again, the aircraft emerges with the professional ship photographer. It flies to our ship at heights of 5 to 20 metres above the Wellenkämmen.

Now comes the instruction to sail M/Y ROLLING SWISS II at her hull speed (about 8 kn) against the wind and waves. Later “full speed” is desired again, because now some video sequences are to be shot. At the end, the aircraft flies a short mile ahead, us communicated by radio, that he would now fly past to leave in the low-altitude flight to Gegenkurs on our side, and thanks us for our cooperation. He even roars the Cessna around 5 meters over the Wellenkämmen and with the right wing tip 10 meters from our helm, climbs high and disappears – thanks to Herman Achteraus-: you are doing a great job!

Slightly shaken today after the shoot, but the passage of the  lock at den Oever and the night journey to Medemblik lies ahead of u. After the traffic on the bridge is stopped, the keeper radioed us, that, the bridge,  due to a technical malfunction could not be opened. The cars are allowed to drive again. We are and wait for more news. Two customs officials come on for a routine check. When they realised how professional  the CCS boats are in dealing with authorities, they leave us again soon without having looked into the ship itself. Half an hour later (coincidentally?) the bridge works again.

The lock traversed, we make our way to the outer pier in the Marina of den Oever. After the delicious spaghetti prepared by Pavel, we wait until it is dark night and then continue in the direction of Medemblik. Initially through a buoyed area  where it is clear how difficult it is to navigate at night and know which navigation mark is which! Early in the morning we arrive in Medemblik.

The short drive to Enkhuizen at noon is followed by the usual refuelling and cleaning of the vessel, packing and the last dinner together. Saturday morning and the boat is then taken over by our successors.

Thank you very much our skipper for the tireless support in our training and the many new skills that he has given us. A very educational and action-packed week has passed by rapidly.

Peter Kumli, Member of the crew

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Season Starts!

15th March 2012

Today on the 15.03.2012 early in the morning the thermometer shows that in Zurich it is still something around 0° – in the afternoon, for the first time, it  already hits 20°! These are the harbingers of spring! In a few days, MY ROLLING SWISS II of Cruising Club Switzerland (CCS) in the Netherlands to be awakened from hibernation  - on the 24.03.2012 the first cruise starts!

The Trader 42 Signature of the CCS has had plenty of maintenance and upgrades and enhancements over the winter. Better than ever, she is now equipped for demanding operations of the club.

Over the next 32 weeks, MY ROLLING SWISS II will be given new challenges: North Sea, Baltic Sea, Göta Canal, Swedish and Finnish archipelago, Helsinki and St. Petersburg during the white nights. Then on the Rhine and to Basel! No yacht of CCS has never been to the North, East and South – and that still all in a single season!

On Friday, 09 November 2012, we expect that MY ROLLING SWISS II will be in Basel. By then she will have clocked up about about 6000nm and approximately 1000 operating hours. She will be the first vessel in the CCS fleet to have come to her home port under her own steam. We will be pleased to present you the “ROLLING SWISS II” on the occasion of the CCS GM 2012 weekend 24-25 November 2012!

Interested in a cruise? -Look in the CCS cruise program.

You can watch the voyage of ROLLING SWISS II via AIS and also with yellow brick. The links are located at the right margin.

Have fun Marc Pingoud
CCS, Schiffsverantwortlicher of MY ROLLING SWISS II.

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