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Leg 5 - The Final Blog!

After a long, hard month, the Rona II crew are returning home. For the past few days, the three watches have been cleaning and getting the boat ready for the delivery crew who will return her to the Hamble, and enjoying the hospitality of Le Havre.Wednesday morning was spent cleaning the boat to try and make it look like it hadn’t just crossed the Atlantic, and like the crew hadn’t been painting the town red the night before. At lunchtime they were given shore leave and the chance to have a well-deserved shower, but due to Rona II’s early arrival in Le Havre, the showers weren’t open, so everyone onboard had to go to the swimming pool, purchase Speedos, and shower after a colder than anticipated swim. In the evening, the crew were invited to our fellow competitor yacht Peter von Danzig for a little get together, and everyone enjoyed being able to talk to the other crew about their Atlantic experience.Thursday is traditionally the day of both the Captains’ Dinner and the Rona II …
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A summary of the inland waterways of Normandy.
Rona II engages full holiday mode. After 24 hours in Le Harve we set sail
for the historic town of Caen on the morning tide. After a not-too-vigorous
motor sail to Oustreham, we took a trip through a lock, under the famous
Pegasus Bridge we arrived at our miniature pontoon (made for yachts about
half our size) set right in the middle of beautiful Caen. Upon our arrival
we were greeted by -- nobody. This level of service and general attendance
at work has become a common observation of the French for the crew. We
responded by posting lookouts in the cockpit to catch the marina office
attendants when they arrived for their ten-minute shift and to direct them
to the nearest Normanton to negotiate the terms of our stay.

We spent the following day on a trip out soaking up the rich culture the
area has to offer. We took a very fancy train to Bayeux and the whole crew
visited the ancient Bayeux tapestry. Other activities involved visiting the

Rona II blog 23rd Aug 2017

> Disaster strikes! After arriving in the visitor marina of Le Havre at
> 0430,
> Rona II drove over a stray rope which had been left in the water.
> This tangled around the propeller, causing the Skipper to call for the
> anchor to be dropped a mere 10 metres from our intended mooring position.
> The crew then had to inflate the rubber dinghy and set world class rower
> Theo Darlow to take a line to shore where himself and Dr Sam Wareing
> pulled
> the boat in.
> In the morning, the afterguard set off to find a commercial diver to cut
> the
> rope free from the propeller. They located a man named Patrick, who
> arrived
> to the scene of the incident at about 1500 donning full scuba gear; he
> quickly got into the water and began working away at the stern of Rona II.
> After roughly 45 minutes of fishing bits of rope from the marina water,
> the
> crew saw Patrick emerge victorious. Angus Elliman used his bilingual
> …

Rona II blog 24th Aug 17

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> I have a confession to make today I Theo Darlow have attempted to make
> cakes without the approved Rona cake mix. Its really hard!!!!! It all
> started when i was instructed to make a sponge. First of by creaming the
> sugar, butter and eggs together. Now I'm not a baker, although I have
> watched the great British bake off so was a self proclaimed expert. No
> longer. I didn't realise that you don't need cream to cream something
> together. We didn't have any cream so the next best thing was milk. I had
> also been told equal amounts of everything I had used 500g of everything
> else so I assumed 500 ml of milk was also to be added, to complete the
> creaming process. This made some sort mixture that resembled scrambled
> eggs. I persevered adding th…

Rona on tour! 25th Aug 2017

Rona on tour

For the people of France a mass of 22 Rona crew members must have been an
intimidating experience, however this is the situation we found ourselves in
when we went for a look around the local area.

Breakfast was a fairly normal experience with the Vikings smashing it out so
much to have nothing to do for 30 minutes except eating the first two
courses before anyone else on the boat had woken up (which was all thanks to
the incredible leadership of watch leader for a day Alex McFarlane) . On top
of that they also got not one, not two, but three congratulations from none
other than Nathan Meager (the mate)!!! The first step of our adventure took
us to the town of Bayeux. For those who don't know the importance of this
town it is the location of the Bayeux tapestry which depicts the run up of
events and the battle where William the Conquer defeats King Harold in 1066
at Hastings. This was followed by a walk around town to take in the culture
followed up by Vik…

Rona arrives in France!

It's been a very busy 24 hours on Rona II. Docked in Gunwharf Keys and
staying overnight, the past two days have been filled with shopping,
showers, visits to the boat from family and numerous trips to Burger King
and Subway before setting sail to France. Many of the crew took advantage of
the big sale at the local Musto outlet, appearing back on deck with their
trendy new Musto Crocs. Thanks to the Normanton Grandparents, the crew
enjoyed a delicious sponge cake which of course did not hang around for long
after dinner on the second day of the back to back Normanton watch.

Rona II also had a visit from Milo's Grandma at Gunwharf who took the helm
by storm, despite the terrified look on her face as a ferry passed by and
caused the boat to sway...'I already feel sea sick!' she shouted. After
leaving Gunwharf the crew took a trip down the Solent to pay a visit to Big
Lizzie, the new aircraft carrier based in Portsmouth. We can confirm that
Big Lizzie is indee…

Rona returns to Universal and familiar waters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The 21st of August on Rona 2 saw the Mayans on mother watch again. Leaving
the hard job of motoring from Swanage Bay to Portsmouth to the Vikings and
Mongols. Luckily moods were high as last night around 10 pm Ed Clark's
parents kayaked out, whilst we were at anchor in Swanage Bay in the heavy
rain to see their precious child and drop off a care package of Ed's mums
famous flapjacks. Something that the crew has been looking forward to
eagerly all day.

The day also consisted of a trip up the mast for crew member Theo Darlow to
retrieve the burgee and fix some minor problems with the head of the
mainsail. He later commented, "it's a lot higher than it looks", yet
maintains he wishes he'd been able to go higher. Whilst Theo was up the
mast, occasionally, dropping things on his unsuspecting crew who had winched
him up the mast, Rona 2 was skillfully steered up the Hamble River to
Universal Shipyard. On arrival at Universal the torn spinnakers where …