Skip to main content

The Last Leg One Post!

28/4/17

The sun shone on the Sines waterfront for the 2017 leg 1 crew parade. The
Rona crew, clad in yellow capes made from the ripped spinnaker, slotted in
behind our on the water rivals Wylde Swan and the parade began. The crews
made their way along the waterfront, playing to the cheering crowds before
heading up the hill into Sines to finish in the Castle. It seemed that the
whole town had turned out to cheer for the parade and the Rona crew ensured
that they were given a show. We ran through our repertoire of Rona chants
and parade routines and distributed Rona wristbands to the crowd. Our
chanting became increasingly competitive with Wylde Swan and we were more
than happy to remind them of the race results with a chant of 'If you won
line honours clap your hands.'

The parade stopped in the castle grounds for the presentation. The first
award to go to Rona II was the communications award, this goes to the boat
that has done the most to aid race control with radio communications. It was
ours thanks to the mate Charlie who worked tirelessly throughout the race to
relay messages between boats at the front to Santa Maria Manuela, the race
control boat, at the back. Secondly we did of course have to collect the
line honours trophy, Oisin the youngest crew member and Paul the oldest
collected the trophy.

The final event was the crew party which saw music dancing and merriment as
all the crews had the chance to let their hair down at the end of a tough
trip. The Rona crew were in good form however skipper Roy's dancing did
raise a few issues... The crew left the party early due to a curfew imposed
by the skipper and retired to the ship to get ready for an early trip to the
airport.

This is the last blog post by leg 1. Leg 1 crew wish to pass their thanks
t the organizers from Sail Training International and the host ports of
Royal Greenwich, Torbay and Sines for their hospitality. We wish the girls
on Leg 2 fair winds and the best of Rona luck.

Over.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

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
> …
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
ca…

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 …