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What did you do before lunch?

22/05/2017

What did you do before lunch today? This is how the girls of Rona II spent
their morning.

Blue Watch:
Today has been awesome. The adrenaline rush that we were all expecting from
sailing across the Atlantic. Wind in our faces, white sails flying, scuppers
in the water.
Some fascinating clouds last night - columns of grey cloud illuminated by a
glowing orange sunset, had us all wondering what weather was in store, but
nothing blew up during the night. This mornings hard edged grey cloud was
slightly more ominous, giving us the heads up on our first Atlantic squall.
We called Len on deck and he took one look at the cloud before ducking down
again, calling up that we'd need waterproofs. We felt slightly undressed in
our light rainproof jackets when Len reappeared in his bright yellow foul
weather gear.
We headed beneath the cloud. At first all was fine, the wind only slightly
increasing, maybe it won't be so bad?! Then like a champion boxer the
squall hit us with it's first blow. Sophia had to dive off the helm leaving
Len to recover from a quick 360 turn as the wind gusted and the cloud
cracked open pelting the deck with huge blobs of rain. There were grins all
around as the weather turned it up a notch. It was awesome. That adrenaline
rushing, exciting, life on the edge sailing we love!

White Watch:
Today has been less awesome. Our most experienced chunderer started as she
meant to go on with one in the bag (well, over the edge of the boat) before
breakfast, closely followed by Philly whose excellent aim meant the
spinnaker guy that was cow hitched on the rail needed a good clean: full
marks for colour and consistency, it was exactly like Len's oillies. No one
was expecting today's bout of sea sickness, more than 3 weeks into life at
sea.

Spirits stayed high all around though as everyone powered through, mostly
still smiling despite the added challenges of cooking pizza and cleaning the
bilges at a heel angle of 25 degrees!

Red watch:
We're getting some much needed rest after two 4 hour night watches on the
heel and seeing in Mark's 31st birthday under the stars.

And so goes another day aboard Rona II. Who knows what tomorrow will bring
us, but you can bet we'll be ready for it (or at least the on-deck watch
will).

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