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.

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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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About a green forest, a pressure cooker and a Swiss salami…

16. – 23. april 2011
Friday, 15. April, we flew to the big island, looking forward to the cruise on the new twin engines Motoryacht of CCS. A training cruise is planned; with the skipper Marc on board, who is as well the manager of ROLLING SWISS II, we expect some instructive days. The Trader 42 boat emerged as quite spacious and the interior accessories; we wouldn’t dream about. Everything else, but made in China?! We really are surprised.

Marc introduces us to the first movements with intuition and patience. We learn how to turn the boat on place without moving the rudder; just leaving it in its center position. Surprising the possibilities of a two engine drive. Later in the day we went further to explore the northern area of Portsmouth harbor. Quite strange, the chart doesn’t fit with what we see around us. What do these damned green colored areas mean? There is only water around us, no forest at all. After a little while it suddenly dawned on us: areas can fall dry. Well two sweet-water pilots learnt a lesson.

Video, mpg, 19MB): missing the forest

Some hours later in the Medina River near Cowes on the Isle of Wigh, the next challenge is waiting for us. Well, In fact we already managed the real problem in the evening before. We had to calculate, if there is enough water to avoid grounding near Folly Inn at low water during spring tide. Very strange, the club’s forms we were used to looked different than we remembered – so many tables on the front and the back of the sheet. Even our battle-hardened ships engineer Max got into trouble. However, trying hard we found the right solution. Around 18:00h, launching on the jetty we got the confirmation: just enough.

The following days, we went back and fore on the Solent, between the “Big Island” and the Isle of Wight. There was one evening to enjoy the enchanting nature of Newton River, another day the cruising on the Beaulieu River or visiting the charming little town of Yarmouth and also fascinated by the white color of the Needles at the western end of the Isle of Wight. We were cruising in a real nice area indeed, not that bad South England. However there was a nice summer temperature and no rain at all during the whole week, might be a contribution to our good feeling.

Always very busy on maneuvering we progressed quite well, at least this is the opinion of the writer. The only point where some doubts remain is: Easing the boat against a spring line is still not very clear and subject of discussions. More than once the spherical fender did a good job to protect the bow, poor chap. At the middle of the week we were asked by Trader motor yachts Ltd to run some fuel consumption tests by single engine operation. At the side of the fairway we went up and down the Solent maneuvering between two buoys by running the engines under different rpm’s. At the end had established the requested measuring report and some of the crew felt remembered the old times, when doing test runs on big Sulzer Marine Diesel Engines. One following our exercise by AIS might have caused astonishments and head nodding.

The highlight of our journey has been saved for the end of the week. A night cruise down the River Hamble near Southampton and back to Haslar Marina in Portsmouth. Starting little after 22:00. we sailed downstream in direction to the fairway for the big vessels. Downstream, green on portside, no problem you think. However since the whole river presents as one big marina, lights are blinking and flashing from every side; quite challenging. In addition the wind shields are mirroring and even a little filmed over. Not to figure out what would happen on a rainy or foggy day and some heavy waves. Lying back buoy by buoy we more safely at our berth in the marina near 01:30. Very instructive indeed, even for our skipper, who intensively observed the radar. Finally we found a reason to slice our Swiss Salami brought along, to drink a glass of wine and go to sleep rather late.

Video (mpg, 16MB): approaching Portsmouth by night

Then the last day is left to prepare the ship for the next crew. Given that the boat leaves the area, Marc gets Trader for the very last remaining guarantee works to be fixed. Ourselves twiddling around the soundless Navtex, but were not really successful. The pressure cooker sent by Marc from Switzerland by post to the Marina unfortunately remains untraceable – stranded somewhere in a depot in the UK. Before saying goodbye to first crew members we had a nice dinner at Gunwharf Quays. Finally everything comes to an end and each of us looks forward to see his family to spend some time on the upcoming Easter holidays – even though we were just in good mood for our next cruise on ROLLING SWISS II.
By Christoph, crew member of CCS Cruise 08-2011-16

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CCS-Skipper Training 2011: Experience on the Solent

In one sentence: A skipper training on ROLLING SWISS II is not only perfect for motor yacht skipper candidates but as well for the “real” sailors as well! While many challenges you would have on a sailing yacht remains very similar, there will be an experience of some new dimensions on MY RS II.  … and with a skipper with the enormous experience of Christoph,  a lot of progress is guaranteed – and it’s fun! So our cruise became a combination of nautical challenges with the experiencing of the beauty of the Solent!

Challenges and fun – not less than with a sailing yacht!
Navigating at night?  On a motor yacht with more HP than on a sailing yacht, lights move more quickly, what even makes it more interesting. Maneuvering? – Sure, it’s easier with twin engines than only with a single one. But when wind is blowing into a narrow section of shallow water, even the two engines and the rudder must be coordinated very well!
Interested in anchoring ?  I would recommend the beauty of the Beaulieu River or maybe Newton River.
A dinghy tour in tidal waters – Lymington area might be your choice. Or interested in a tricky entrance with narrow channel and a sill, just heading  to Lengston, Sparks Harbour.
Having more of lazy time on a motor yacht than on a sailing yacht might be a myth. Even being out of a port in deep water, instead of having for hours the same bearing with a few knots, the motor yacht will accelerate a bit, so next challenge and beauties move ahead much quicker. And for cruise preparation (for skipper training) was the same: Every day three harbors and some anchorage in the tidal waters of the Solent in April 11 have to be planned a bit.
Trader 42 – ROLLING SWISS II – A beautiful motor yacht!
It is not only the challenges of a Skipper Training, which makes a cruise on ROLLING SWISS II a great experience. ROLLING SWISS II is a perfect equipped and beautiful yacht with great comfort,  a lot of space, an impressive maneuverability.

The Solent: A great area for yachting with many impressive places!
What about a quick Lunch in Bembridge – a very nice tidal port? – But be aware, don’t stay too long: Water level only allows for a few hours to pass the serpentines of the entry channel safely. When navigating in the Solent you shouldn’t miss Cowes.  Much has been written about this Mecca of British yachting, full of history, it’s just a place one has to have been.  And if you’re there, head to the famous needles! A bit of luck with the weather – as we had – and the Solent is probably one of the greatest yachting areas you can imagine.

Interested to see some of the largest cruising ships of the world? – Be impressed during a harbor tour in Southamton.  See thousands of yachts close to each other? – Head to Humble River!

English Food or cuisine à la Suisse
But don’t forget the culinary highlights! I am looking forward Jean-Daniel and Jacques (two of our crew members) offering culinary cruises. What great diners! So aperitif in the sunset (e.g. at Chichester as recommendation) and dinner on board is just perfect. The alternative may be to try out mussels „à la marinière”, British style with cheese, as ordered in a historic pub in Yarmouth.

A great experience
Our cruise took us to all the mentioned places and to some others more, so much more could be added in this blog. But still, the best is you book a cruise on MY ROLLING SWISS II and take the experience  yourself! And again, if you are a “real” sailor: The new CCS motor yacht will add some experiences, which you would never make on a Sailing Yacht – promised!

By Philippe Moser, CCS Cruise 08-2011-15

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CCS under observation…

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…!

Video-RSII as winching platform (mp4 – 22MB)

Video – RSII as winching platform (Quicktime – 18MB)

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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CCS Flag officers on board!

Cool and windy weather, lots of activity on shore in the shipyards along Hamble River, a pretty nervous CCS boat manager giving us a warm welcome on our arrival by taxi and the last technical works at the Yacht by specialists of the shipyard – thus the situation we found at the beginning of the three day visit of the CCS flag officers on board ROLLING SWISS II.

And what a shock for the skipper it was, when he realized that the Commodore and Vice-Commodores not only intended to maneuver and test the boat in all nautical conditions and situations, but also planned to really use all the very comfortable onboard-facilities such as pantry, showers and many more things that obviously not many crews had used a lot before.

Let’s pass the results of all those activities over the next three days from Saturday to Monday in short review:

Saturday morning gave us a chance to have a closer look at all the very sophisticated technical aspects of the yacht. Well prepared for the first day’s cruising down Hamble River into the Solent, everybody of the crew took the chance to get a feeling for the boat’s behavior under two engines, far away from harbors, berths and other yachts, before getting into Southampton Harbour.

Unfortunately, Sunday morning’s maneuver exercises at Southampton’s Ocean Village Marina passed much too quickly for everybody. What a pleasure to handle the TRADER 42 with her two engines and a bow thruster in narrow spaces and windy corners!
And what a surprise to read the log off Hurst Point on the way to the Needles a couple of hours later: 24.5 knots – a new CCS record (thanks to an outgoing current and a calm sea)!
Passing a calm night at Yarmouth in early spring brought a remarkable impression of The British way of life in remote villages and pubs. Thanks for that to our Skipper Marc Pingoud, who obviously has been here before, thus knowing exactly the best place to go for Great British Burgers, Sirloin Steaks, Fish and Chips and of course Guinness and Ale!

Monday passed much too quickly also for all the interesting MOB-trainings in the choppy and windy Solent, for maneuvering in bloody windy conditions in Cowes Marina and later on again at Portsmouth’s Haslar Marina.

Tuesday morning: Everybody on board being kept busy cleaning the boat – what else? And then back to work in Switzerland.

Marc, a huge thank you for a great and very interesting time you gave us on board your “baby”. Thanks to you, even die-hard sailing freaks among the participating CCS flag officers can now imagine to skipper one of the attractive future cruises ROLLING SWISS II is going to undertake in the months and years to come.

Beat M. Schifferli, Commodore of the Cruising Club of Switzerland

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Cruises in 2011 – To the Baltic sea into the Limfjord in Denmark and the Island of Ruegen

The very first cruise in 2011 MY Rolling Swiss II was already in January 2011 from her winter lay in Southampton to London  – she sailed not in the water, but on the lorry: Cleaned and refurbished she did very well on representing Trader’s 42 Signature model at London Boat show during 10 days.

In the rainy morning of Wednesday, 30 March 2011 Hanspeter, the Captain of the CCS Motor Yachting Section and me arrived at Southampton. After some last checks, Rolling Swiss II was launched in the afternoon at Universal Marina in the River Hamble. The main works during the winter have already been finished. But some little work has still to be done until Saturday morning, when the first cruise of the season 2011 will be starting.

MY Rolling Swiss II will be challenged within the next 28 weeks in 2011: Non Stop from each Saturday to Saturday our Trader 42 will sail from the English Solent to Brittany, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Hamburg into the Baltic sea, by passing Kiel Canal. She will carry CCS Crews to Denmark into the famous Limfjord and after some cruises in the Kattegat, Rolling Swiss II will call at Copenhagen on her way to the German island of Ruegen.

In autumn MY Rolling Swiss will take her way to her winter lay in Medemblik at the Jisselmer. At the end of the season 2011 there will be some special cruises with themes as maneuvering and radar training in Holland.

Well, and mid of October 2011 I will lift her out of the water again, after she has sailed for about 800 hours and maybe up to 5000 nautical miles.

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Marc Pingoud
CCS Yacht Manager Rolling Swiss II

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Bye Bye! … until 2011

On Saturday 09.10.2010 the last cruise CCS cruise of 2010 ended in Southampton. In my role as the person responsible for the boat, I went to the UK for several days to check that all was well with the boat…

I took over the Trader 42 from the previous skipper, and then got down to work! I needed to check the whole inventory, identify any damage, and make the list of all works to be done over the winter by Trader.  I also cleared out the kitchen of food!

I then went through a rather long list with Peter Ellis (an engineer who has worked on Traders for more than fifteen years), who will do most of the work during the boat’s winterisation.

On Monday 11.10.2010 we took “Rolling Swiss II” towards her new home for the winter: Universal Marina, Southampton. On the way, we saw the brand new cruise ship “Queen Elizabeth” (which was actually named by the Queen of England herself the following day!)

At Universal, “Rolling Swiss II” was lifted  out of the water. We checked the underwater section for damages- and we were delighted not to find any serious damage! … there were some little scrapes on the starboard propeller, from when it scraped the bottom on the river Thames earlier in the season.  It was not a surprise, because the skipper had already reported this incident to me soon after it occured.

Having stored the boat safely in Southampton, I said goodbye to her for this year…

She did a good season 2010: From 26.06.2010 untill 08.10.2010 she was on cruisies for 15 consecutive weeks and sailed 2777nm during 485 engine-hours. About 70 Skippers and crew members enjoyed their holidays on “Rolling Swiss II” during the 2010 season…. that more than 90% occupancy on the cruises- our highest occupancy yet for a CCS season!  I was delighted to receive lots of positive feedback from our members as well. :-)

The cruisie schedule for 2011 has already been set, and is shown on the CCS website… so, please check it out at!

See you in spring 2011!

Marc Pingoud, CCS- Motoryacht division
Responsible for Trader42 “Rolling Swiss II”

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Final Cruise! (With Video!)

The first season for our new CCS motoryacht iwas coming to an end, but not before we had our turn! On Saturday, 2. October, six of us CCS members met up- eager to experience a training cruise on board of the beautiful yacht “Rolling Swiss II”. Two crew members, already sailing skippers, were on the cruise in order to get trained as motoryacht skippers as well.

At the beginning of the season, I had the pleasure to meet Malcom Trigg, the owner of a another Trader 42. We agreed to meet again on Saturday, 3. October to make a journey together.

Although it was raining and the wind was quite strong we went out as agreed. During our common cruise we took various pictures and even some videos of the two Traders. Check out the videos here!

VIDEO! On the move in Portsmouth!

VIDEO! Trader go go go!

Then, we had a lovely Sunday lunch at Bucklers Hard on the Beaulieu River. Malcolm is very happy with his Trader 42 …. even though- despite his more powerful engines with 425 HP- he couldn’t go faster than us (with 380HP) on that day!

On Monday it became serious…. with all crew members practising numerous training manouevres. Then on Wednesday we made a trip to Poole admiring the White Rocks. Crossing to Poole with 5-6 bft gave us the chance to really the seagoing capabilities of the Trader 42! Everyone agreed that- even on big waves- by adapting our engine power output,  “Rolling Swiss II” rolled considerably less than other boats we had been on.

Certainly, a special highlight of the cruise was the arrival at Portsmouth at night… surrounded on all sides by numerous lights, as we navigated through a lot of heavy vessels traffic. Then we said goodbye to the boat in Southampton at the end of our extensive training cruise. Conclusion: Objectives achieved and already eager for the 2011 season!

Marcel Geering, CCS
October 2010

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Mythos Solent!

During our week on the Trader 42 “Rolling Swiss II”, the Solent waters were very active and variable… we had strong winds, fog, rain sun and storms! We also faced the challenges of various tides and currents, low water, water ways… as well speed ferries to navigate around!

This were ideal circumstances for practising helming with the radar, supported by AIS in the open sea, and for getting more familiar with tide calculation and weather forecasting. We practised and trained a lot, learnt very much and gained more and more confidence.

“Rolling Swiss II” showed her best side and responded well to all our maneuvres- although there are some limits in strong wind!  She doesn’t like those conditions too much, and becomes a little stubborn as many other yachts do!

We spent a fascinating and instructive week cruising on the fantastic Trader in various sea conditions!

Rebekka Baur, CCS, October 2010

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All at Sea!

Friday 17.9.2010:- All the crew members arrived… then we had an excellent dinner and social gathering in the evening

Saturday 18.9.2010:- After taking over the yacht and a big shopping expedition (no, no we don’t cook on board!) we went out for the first trip to become acquainted with Trader 42… positive first impression!

Sunday 19.9.2010:- Heading from Brighton to Cowes (Isle of Wight), the weather changed and we were suddenly dealing with 2m waves. We felt like were in a washing machine…the whole program: prewash, main wash and spinning!

However, during this 8 hours of bad weather, the Trader 42″Rolling Swiss” steadily ploughed through stream and waves. Even with “cross sea” the yacht was easy going and always reliable.

After reaching our destination port we checked the kitchen… and everything was still intact!

Monday  20.9.2010:- We visited Queen Victoria’s “Summer Cottage”, Osborn House. There is a marvelous garden with a glorious view out to sea.

Then we went on to Yarmouth, an idyllic small town, where we enjoyed the local restaurants.

Tuesday  21.9.2010:- In the morning we visited the Archeological Underwater Museum and the Aquarium in Fort Victoria, Yarmouth. Later, after lengthy discussions we decided to surround the Needles and then to head for Lymington. The Needles tickled our ambitions to take some beautiful pictures. The best view found, the helmsman had to keep the yacht in position to allow everybody to shoot his pictures. A real challenge, but worthwhile, as we all got the pictures we wanted!

With high speed, we pressed on to Lymington, made a “precision landing” in the harbor. Happily we found a nice pub with excellent food.

Wednesday 22.9.2010:- After some launching maneuvres in the port (each crew member must be able to control the yacht) we left in the direction of Buckler’s Hard up the Beaulieu river.

Half the crew went out by dinghy to announce our arrival to the harbor master. The rest of the crew took a refreshing bathe in the river!

Thursday  23.9.2010:- Our last day at sea, before handing over the next crew. Heading into Portsmouth- even though were on a quite important and very nice yacht-  suddenly we felt very small! From right and left, and back and front, we were surrounded by big tankers, ferries and luxury liners.

When we reached the port, we had a final dinner at a nice Indian restaurant to round off our trip.

Friday  24.9.2010- A visit on the Submarine Museum, Portsmouth and then we had to “clear ship” for the next crew and say goodbye to “Rolling Swiss”.

Rudolf Zürcher, CCS, September 2010


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