With a week of delay (I caught a horrible cold) I arrived in Holland at the 23.10.2011, just a day after the General assembly of the CCS Motor yacht section in Lucerne.

MY ROLLING SWISS II was laying calm and save in her berth in Pekelharinghaven, Medemblik. It took me two days to go through the whole Trader 42 and its inventory list, to check, store or remove all the remaining food and to note all the little problems and things, which should be repaired or amended during the Winter lay at Peter de Klerks ship yard. And finally my Lady was ready for her winter lay.

On Tuesday morning I went through a rather long list with a lot of small issues with Peter de Klerk. After “MY Rolling Swiss II” was lifted  out of the water, we checked the underwater section for damages- and we were delighted not to find any damage! …

Our skippers did a great job! Many Thanks for that!

MY ROLLING SWISS II did a great season 2011: From 01.04.2011 until 08.10.2011 she was at sea for 26 weeks and sailed 5099 nm during 883 engine-hours. She vistited 126 different ports in 7 countries and  – had 3 engine oil changes… About 146 Skippers and crew members enjoyed their holidays on “Rolling Swiss II” during the 2011 season…. with more than 90% occupancy on the cruises again! 

I just got only positive feedback from our members.

The cruisie schedule for 2012 has already been set, and is shown on the CCS website… so, please check it out at www.cruisingclub.ch!

Looking already forward to meet you again in spring 2012!

Marc Pingoud, CCS motor yacht section
Manager of Trader42 “Rolling Swiss II”

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01.-08.10.2011 – Practical Radar-Training

Radar Training on Board 01.10. – 08.10.2011

Leaving Switzerland on Friday by train, Ernst, Rolf, Thomas and me reached Amsterdam Centraal Station early morning on Saturday where we found a quite promising weather. Marcel, our skipper already one week underway on ROLLING SWISS II was waiting for us at the Sixhaven in the heart of Amsterdam. After the arrival of Walter the fourth crew member we quickly left the port to do some food shopping for the upcoming week.

After that we started for the foreseen itinerary Amsterdam – Lelystad – Indelopen – Oudenschild – Stavoren-Hoorn – Medemblik.

The purpose of this cruise was to learn about radar and to get familiar with the excellent electronic equipment on board of RS II. We had two very good instructors, Marcel and Ernst both of them well experienced sea bears with a lot of knowledge on navigation and metrological matters. Each day was organized that we had some hours of theoretical instructions in the morning or afternoon depending on the weather forecast and the planned day trip. During the cruises each crew member had the opportunity to sit in front of the radar-plotter and to exercise what has been instructed before. Step by step we got more and more used to correctly tune the equipment, to identify land banks, boys, moving targets and to distinguish between low light signals and waves or even rain on the radar screen. Not to forget the use of the very helpful MARPA function, a very strong support to identify course, speed and probable collision points with our “enemies”.

Well prepared we started our night trip from Oudenschild to Stavoren Wednesday evening after twilight. In the beginning the red and green lighted buoys were still easily identifiable. Then the night getting darker we identified the buoys on the radar screen even before they became visible with the glasses, quite impressive.  The final approach to the harbor of Stavoren became quite tricky since all the lights from the landside were even more confusing than helpful. However we found a good berthing place and enjoyed than a good late night dinner well prepared by Ernst.

On the following day after crossing to Hoorn we had to do theoretical test to be qualified for radar utilization. The whole crew passed the test with success thanks the competent instructions from Marcel and Ernst.

On Thursday already the last journey from Hoorn to Medemblik was on the program. The weather turned, a rough wind and waves came up. This was good opportunity to use the power of RS II’s engines, to go over hull speed and feel the strengths and possibilities of our Trader 42 motoryacht. Quite a difference, the Rolling Swiss II turned into a Speedy Swiss and the last trip became much more comfortable then with low speed through the nasty waves of the Ijsselmeer. 

Arriving at Medemblik RS II reached the place her to stay over wintertime while the crew closed the very instructive week with a last common tasty dinner.

Summarizing the whole week I feel that this training was quite successful and I can recommend it to everyone not really familiar with the electronic equipment on board of RS II.

Many thanks to Marcel and Ernst.

Florin, Crew member on cruise 08-2011-40

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24.09.-01.10.2011 – Manoeuvering and skipper Training

We caught up the lost summer in the Netherlands. Driving at 20 knots we enjoyed wind and sun laying on the nicely holstered foredeck, wearing T-shirts and shorts only.

Starting at Sixhaven, Amsterdam, we followed the East coast in short legs northwards reaching the North Sea near Texel, hoping to experience there driving through high waves with our Trader 42. No waves but customs control on sea, however with no complaints. The way back led through the Kornverdersands lock and further following the Frisian West Coast. Many maneuvers in ports and locks and a crew thirsty for more knowledge made the cruise becoming to a inspiring and fulfilling experience.

I say many thanks and whish always a palm of water under the propellers.

Stephan, Crew member on cruise 08-2011-39

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17.-24.09.2011 – Manoeuvres Training on the Dutch waters

Wow, what a luxury yacht! Were my first thoughts when I went for the first time on board of the Trader 42 “MY ROLLING SWISS II”.

My Crewmembers Jacques, Anthony, Michael, Skipper Hanspeter and I started with our trip on Saturday afternoon when it was raining and windy. Our first goal was to go through the canal to the open sea, because only so our miles will count for the license. We were very lucky that next day the wind was calm and we could do the passage on the open sea to the Ijselmeer without any problems.

The Ijselmeer was always busy with lots of old sailing ships cruising around. All crewmembers had always lots to do: to navigate, watch out for other ships which are maybe on collision course with us, radarplotting, work with the nautical chart and the GPS, prepare the ship for the locks, writing the logbook and time to time we had a played man over board.

And when we were not on the route to another place, we did al lot of different manoeuvres in the marinas. Our Skipper gave us a lot of information about the boat and his functions, about drop anchor, radar and so on.

At the end of our trip we could say that we reached all our goals! We learned a lot and had a great time together.

Thank you guys. Maybe another time!

Doris, Crew of Cruise 08/2011/38, CCS section “lake of Thun”

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10.-17.09.2011 – Inside Passage from Emden to Amsterdam

After a well organised and efficient journey we have reached our starting port Emden, where we took over MY ROLLING SWISS II on Saturday morning from the previous crew. After arranging the luggage, checking the storage, shopping, discovering Emden and dining, we were surprised by the evening event just beside MY ROLLING SWISS II: Emden was celebrating the annual lampion festival in memory of a devasting Allied bomber ride during WW2. A lot of private boats, decorated with thousand of lamps, are parading in the harbour.

Regarding the long term weather forecast we were just preparing for a river cruise than
an off-shore cruise… Well, seemed that the 10 nautical miles on Sunday from Emden to Delfzjil remains the whole salt-water experience on the cruise. We switched all our systems to the units kilometers and kilometers per hour and started our river cruise through Friesland. In fact we were not really disappointed about that – In any case we could explore a new famous region by boat!

Accompanied by heavy winds we are passing the following days a lot of Windmills and navigated across some pseudo “Meere” (lakes are called Meere in Friesland) – Unusal to take such pictures from a CCS off-shore cruiser. Some pictures gave the impression to be on the river Rhine. Here in the heart of Holland, the cargo ships has the same size than on the Rhine, including the private car on the aft deck.

We had to pass an uncountable number of locks and draw bridges during our “inside passage” to Amsterdam. On the Rhine we are used to pass lock levels from up to 12 meters – well we were a little bit disappointed, that here there is mostly less than 50 centimeter… Another experience!

Rain with heavy winds was our escort the whole week long. Because of matching cruising legs, nice self cooking and good meals in restaurants we kept our good mood all the time. In the famous restaurant in Blockzjil on the pictures we didn’t dine – the prices were a little elevated…

On Thursday finally we got the chance to sniff a kind of a sea breeze during crossing the Markermeer. And in the evening a romantic picture of a dark red sunset over open water…

Friday, the last cruisng day we head to the famous Sixhaven in Amsterdam. On the way we did not take part in the elefant races of the cargos – we had some spare power, which kept us in front of them – until the next (and last) lock…

Conclusion of our cruise:

You (man and woman) don’t need salt water all the time to have fun – So what about a cruise on the River Rhine on MY ROLLING SWISS II next year? First time a CCS-Yacht will head to our homeport Basel!

Sabina and Roger, Crew of Cruise 08/2011/37

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03.-10.09.2011 – From Kiel to Emden with „Dieter“ and „Erich“

I arrived on that wonderful Saturday morning for my first motorboat trip at the harbour of Kiel, where Peter, our skipper, Lothar, his vice skipper, Georg and Stephan were already expecting me. After practicing in the harbour, we were driving to Laboe, where Andreas joined our crew. There, we emptied the local Supermarket and went to swim in the Laboe Ostseebad.

Early Sunday morning, we headed towards the Nordsee-Ostsee-Kanal, which we entered while the sun was rising. After a few hours, we turned in to the Eider River and reached Nordfeld, a little nest in the middle of North Frisia. There, a 71-year-old man named Roman helped us land giving instructions in proper Swiss German!

„I can’t see you, but I can hear you“, shouted the gate keeper at us through the fog on Monday morning. Slowly, we were boating towards the Eidersperrwerk, which we passed before lunchtime. The weather rapidly turned worse; cyclones “Dieter“ and “Erich“ had arrived; however, thanks to perfect preparation and navigation, we arrived savely in the Harbour of Cuxhaven.

Thomas, the harbourmaster, kindly advised us in East Frisian not to depart the next day, saying, “If you’re going to leave my harbour, I’m going to shoot you!“. We followed his advice and went by train to Bremerhaven on Tuesday and to Hamburg on Wednesday instead.

On Thursday afternoon, we left Cuxhaven and headed towards Emden. The weather was still rough with six beauforts and up to four meter high waves. Every two hours, we swapped shifts. Thanks to very strong antiemetics, I was no longer feeling sea sick and could even enjoy the ride. However, everybody seemed quite happy to reach Emden harbour after 120 nautic miles and 16 hours at sea on Friday morning. Well done Skippers, Crew and Rolling Swiss II.

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27.08-03.09.2011 Heading back to Kiel – with gastronomical recommendations…

Our travelling via Hamburg took about 5 hours more than scheduled, due to a defect on the overhead contact line. However we reached Stralsund still on the same day. On Saturday we took over Rolling Swiss II in perfect condition from the previous crew. Many thanks again.
The remaining time we spent visiting the historical town of Strahlsund. For interested people we recommend to visit the Ozeaneum which is part of the German Sea Museum at Strahlsund. The Ozeaneum was selected as the “Museum 2010”. Beside attractive aquariums and leisure events the main emphasis is on educational programs. The visitor should also read and understand the world of the oceans and become sensible for issues around the blue water planet. A low-pressure area passed north of Stralsund and the latest weather forecast announced wind with 4-5 bft waves of 0.5 – 1.0 m. Further prognosis was that the cyclone only slowly moves eastwards increasing wind and waves. We decided therefore to quickly move westwards to gain the backside of the cyclone.
1. Day,  Stralsund – Warnemünde
Heading north, the first step led from Stralsund through the northern passage between the islands “Bock” and “Gellen”. Continuing on course west we passed “Darser Ort”, approached Warnemünde to berth in the marina “Hohe Düne”. The “Hohe Düne” might offer a very good infrastructure, however it’s not a real charming place.  Furthermore downtown Warnemünde can be reached by ferry only. For this reasons we suggest to berth in the port “Alter Strom”, it’s closer to the city. A gastronomic hint: The cozy “Bier & Brandweinkontor”.
2. Day, Warnemünde – Wismar
The weather forecast still announced wind W 4-5 bft and waves 1.0 – 1.5 m. Following the coast further west we reached Wismar towards evening  where we berthed in the „Alter Hafen“.
3. Day, Wismar – Fehmarn
On the third day the weather didn’t improve considerably. Protected by the land in the west our crossing to Fehmarn went quite calm. We approached the port of “Burgtief” and there, due to the rather short journey, we did some more berthing maneuvers under strong wind conditions.
4. Day, Fehmarn – Ærøskøbing
Finally the weather cleared up, so we decided to cross for Denmark and visit Ærøskøbing. The challenging part during this quite longe trip was the angled fairway around the island Langeland , Ærø and Tåsinge. In this area our attention was attracted by many well maintained “oldies”.  The charter business for this kind of journeys seems to be quite profitable. Ærøskøbing has its own charm. It seems that the gapless arranged old houses in the narrow alleys don’t allow right angles. The culinary level of the little town is convincing.  Our recom-mendation:  „Mumm“ in the center of the village.
5. Day, Ærøskøbing – Kiel, Laboe
Unfortunately the last day already begins. The waether is still improving and we drive round the island Ærø northerly having a short stopover at Faaborg, isle Fyn. Then we turn south, heading for Kiel. First we moor a Laboe and enjoy again a delicious dinner in the restaurant “Fischküche” near the harbor.
6.  Day, Yachthafen Kiel
Doingjust a short passage from Laboe to the “Kieler Yachthafen”where we cleanup RS II for the next crew. A last dinner at the “Kieler Yachtclub” and our journey tends towards its final end.
Once more we had a benefit from the skippers’ experience and are looking forward to the next common cruise.
We thank all the crew members, Hanspeter und Florin for imparting their knowledge, and Paulette for taking care of our physical well-being.
Crew of Cruise 08/2011/35
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20.-27.08.2011 Holidays around the island “Rügen”

20.08.2011 Stralsund – Barhöft
We take over the MY ROLLING SWISS II at Stralsund. Once shopping and storing of food and beverages is done as usual we leave in direction Barhöff. During this short leg we become more familiar with our Trader 42. Doing some exercises (Tellerwende, keep position against wind) even the coast guard offered their assistance (you never know what Swiss people are preparing).
21.08.2011 Barhöft – Neuendorf (Hiddensee)
From Barhöft we head to Neuendorf on Hiddensee Island. The 12 miles trip leads mainly through narrow waterways. The island of Hiddensee is nature protection area, no cars but plenty of biting midges. On bicycles we cross the island through moorland, bird sanctuaries and romantic looking villages; however we can’t escape the midges. After a tasty dinner we refresh ourselves with a vespertine skinny-dip (is this conform to CCS rules?) in the sea.
22.08.2011 Neuendorf – Ralswiek
Again we follow plenty of sticks to reach our destination (19 nm). Once more the speed is limited to max. eight nods only. At Ralswiek we attend the open air spectacle “Störtebeker” on a natural stage with impressive scenery.
23.08.2011 Ralswiek – Lohme
From Ralswiek to Lohme (38 sm) after one hour of “buoys counting” we reach the open sea. Finally our Trader 42 flexes its muscles. After driving two hours full speed, passing near the famous chalk cliffs we already arrive at our destination.
24.08.2011 Lohme – Baabe
The trip to Baabe (39 nm) leads us again to the open sea. Today there are waves of about 0.5 m. But still ROLLING SWISS II, unperturbed “rolls” with 20 kn over the waves. The engines a little sweating (some water with antifreeze and a little fuel in the bilge) are mastering their job very well. Visiting the wellness hotel Solthus at Baabe, the crew enjoyed a well merited recovering with sauna and massage.
25.08.2011 Baabe – Peenemünde – Museumshafen Greifswald
Very well recovered we start in direction of Peenemünde. After 18 miles of “funny stick searching” and full speed driving we reach Peenemünde. There we visit the “Historisch–Technisches Museum” at the “Heeresversuchsanstalt Peenemünde”. From here the  worldwide, first launch of a rocket to the space took place.  Needless to say, after that we had a short crawl through the submarine. After short refreshment we continue in direction of Greifswald (19 nm). Passing the drawbridge, Wieck we berth straight at the “Museumshafen” between old gaff schooners, fishing cutters and classic yachts. Now, last, but not least ladies are free for shopping.
26.08.2011 Greifswald – Stralsund
The final leg back to Stralsund takes about 24 nm. Full speed for the last time and we arrive at Stralsund. Here we fill up fuel. Although we went full speed whenever possible our consumption added up to 37.5 liters per hour only. Now then, make clear ship and our holidays on ROLLING SWISS II are over.
Natalie, Crew of Cruise 08/2011/34
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13.–20.08.2011 Danish waters – some hard work of navigation

After a good instruction and handover by the old crew (many thanks to Rolf and Ueli), we departed from Copenhagen by rain. Each member of the new crew (Franz, Alexander, Edi and Patrik) made their first prudent manoeuvres with our beautiful Trader 42 motor yacht. Due to the rain we didn’t visit the old hamlet of Dragør this first evening.

The next day we made quiet a long trip of 57 miles along the coast of Falster, the shipping channel in the Faxe bight up to Stege, a port that is a little bit offside. The Faxe channel has several shallows marked with numerous cardinals. A good and slightly stressful
opportunity to repeat the meaning of these navigation marks.

From Stege to Femø (22sm) we had westerly winds (5-6 Bft) and nice waves. We couldn’t resist to drive full speed in this amazing conditions. Wow, the two engines of the boat sounded like turbines! In the little but nice port of Femø our Rolling Swiss II was the biggest boat. In consideration of this, we initialised the signal for the drawing down of the flags at sundown.

Again under best weather conditions we cruised from Femö via the really golden Guldborg Sund to Nykøbing (Falster). Nykøbing is mentioned in every tourist and naval guide as place you must visit. Honestly, this town and the Italian restaurant with Turkish cooks we visited didn’t persuade us.

After a long waiting for the opening of he King Arthur bridge early in the morning we passed the southern part of the Guldborg Sund: many buoys, often a very narrow shipping channel and quiet strong tidal currents. The helmsman and navigator in duty had to work fully concentrated. After passing Gedser we began with the passage of the Baltic Sea. Our target, an anchorage berth near Barhöft (isle of Rügen) we reached after several hours of a quiet cruising (sunshine, no wind and no waves) followed by a powerful thunderstorm. The highlights of the evening were another good meal cooked by the Alex and Edi, the sundown, some beers after a short tour in the dinghy and billions of midges.

On Thursday we first headed to Barnhöft port to bunker water and to buy beer. On both we were really very short. 600 litres of water through a thin hose, that takes 45 minutes respectively the first four of the new bought beers. We continued our cruise along the isle of Hiddensee to the nice town Ralswiek. There in the evening we enjoyed an open-air performance of the “Störtebeker Festspiele”. A lot of action, an obscure story, but good entertainment.

Already our last cruising day had arrived. We navigated through the shipping channels up to Stralsund. At more than one place, these channels are very near to the next shallow.

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06.–13.08.2011 Some days in the waters around Copenhagen

Diary of the cruise with extended picture gallery:

Saturday, 06.08.2011
Kopenhagen – Rungsteg
Taking over our ROLLING SWISS II, shopping food, getting safety instructions and leaving Christianshaven passing near the marvelous Little Mermaid.
Sunday, 07.08.2011:
Rungsted – Helsingor
Maneuvering in the port to have all crew members controlling well the RS II. Watching the
coast guard executing a MOB operation. We kept sharp lookout as well, but unfortunately
without success.
Later visit of the Castle and the City of Helsingor. After dinner spontaneous decision to
navigate with the  dinghy and have coffee in a restaurant across the harbor.
Monday, 08.08.2011:
Helsingor - Vedebaek
In Vedebak we bought fresh fish from professional fishermen. For dinner we ate the eel
with relish and enjoyed the evening.
Tuesday, 09.08.2011:
Koge – Rodvig
Heading south to Oerensundbridge, Kari and Alexander celebrate their 500th nm.
Wednesday, 10.08.2011:
Koge – Rodvig
Under stromy wind and waves up to 2m MY ROLLING SWISS  II and the crew performed well. There was a quite narrow berth in Rodvig. However, the well trained crew mastered the challenge thanks the high maneuvering performance of our Trader 42.
Thursday, 11.08. and Friday 12.08.2011.
Via Dragor back to Kopenhagen
Cleaning the yacht, changing engine oil by a technician, fixing the generator and checking the ship inventory and the very instructive cruise was already over.
Kari and Rolf of Cruise 08/2011/32
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