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Rain!

Legs dangling over the ocean,
Water whizzing by in quick motion,
With the sun beating down,
This tan is going brown,
Thank you factor 30 sun lotion.


Following our happy hour half way party yesterday, we were suddenly reminded
of home when it started raining - the first time we've had rain at sea!
There wasn't a huge rush to the hatch as the skipper expected, as we were
all quite glad to be cool and covered in fresh water for once. The
refreshing weather didn't last long, as today has been very hot and sunny
with the off and mother watches tanning on the aft deck. The wind that the
clouds brought has also disappeared, and we spent much of today sitting in
light winds with the on watch banished to the scuppers. We've now been
flying spinnakers solidly for 8 days, only taking them down twice daily to
check the halyards. The light winds have allowed Mark to start fishing -
although attempts have so far been unsuccessful so we had to skip fresh fish
and instead had curry for dinner. It's widely agreed that the chicken curry
is much better than the beef, and we discovered that poppadums in the oven
turn purple, strangely.

Highlights of a fairly relaxed day include a Dan Buoy floating past, the
first sign of life since we saw our last ship several days ago. We also
served up proper filter coffee, strained through a J cloth and kitchen
roll - surprisingly good. We are also currently crossing the mid atlantic
ridge - although the view hasn't changed much. Goodnight from Rona II!

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> Disaster strikes! After arriving in the visitor marina of Le Havre at
> 0430,
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> 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.
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> the
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