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Rona II and a more modern vessel - "El Galeon" -in the background...

Halifax: fireworks, and fresh food. Lots of fresh food...

Leg 5 crew disappointed in Rona II's condition but resolve to make the best of it...

Leg 5 is off! Excited crew... Excited parents too we suspect...

"Quayside Bustling" - a Rona II poem

Quayside bustling with feet from afar
Upon the boardwalk, sailors ran to take in the view
Event preparation for a Rona II Wimbledon-themed party
Boats, banners and bands parade through the town
Excitement is high and voices loud
Cinnamon swirls baked to perfection.

City lights dance on the St. Lawrence River
Irish Fiddler and a jolly crew, jig the night away
Time to explore; waterfall, walls and water
Yankee 2 hoisted, next stop Halifax!!

An anonymous, confident 1st-year student and cook writes...

As a first - year uni student, I was typically confident about my cooking skills.

...Never had I ever done mother watch.

This was my day:

0600 - prepare breakfast

0700 - serve 23 breakfast, (including those picky who wanted more of some and less of another.) *Charlie threw up

0730 - clean up after everyone including anti bac and sweeping - something that was foreign to me.

0900 - prepare 'elevensies'. A delicate task of preparing something 'adventurous' from a selection of tins AND not filling people up too much that they don't want lunch.

1100 - Present creation.

1115 - clear up creation remains.

1200 - make lunch. Boil pasta, add some herbs and hope for the best. (FYI, tinned cheese does NOT melt).

1430 - clear up lunch. (at this point hot water turns from hot to cold and tea towels become useless.)

1500 - Hurriedly prepared afternoon snack. Rushed use of last night's bread: add some marmite and pretend you made it.

1600 - Nap from cooking exhaus…

The quickest way to get a watch on deck

After two days at sea the crew is beginning to turn a bit pink with a bit less sun cream than needed being applied and the demand for after sun is very high this being said every one has a great tan! Cabin fever is starting to set in and the joy of attaching clothes pegs to people without them knowing is the greatest entertainment to be had.

Blue watch is getting a massive work out with variable winds causing the need for hoisting sails then dropping sails. You know what they say though; Sun's out, Guns out.


White watch have started the Rona dance club with many sing along bangers and every one joining in for a boogie.

Red watch have been slaving away in the galley with amazing breakfast muffins giving everyone a smile to start the day and coco pop cakes for happy hour although this did leave us a change from the lovely sunshine to more classic British summer weather, and by that I mean rain.

The skipper is also debating changing the call for "emergency stations" to …

Mysh Mary Berry and a whale... 10-07-2017

Monday 10th July 2017

In a land far, far away, on a quay in Miramichi the sun rose to a peculiar scene. Twenty three eager sailors lined up in suitable Rona II fashion to say aurevoir to HMCS Oriole, setting off into the unknown to begin their epic adventure.

As they travelled down The Mystical River of Miramichi they sailed through forested lands, under a vast bridge and past small churches perched on the riverbank. This jolly band of merry women and men were reminiscing on the kind and welcoming hospitality of their Canadians friends, deciding that they rather liked it here.

Later in the morning - a miracle! From the sweaty depths of the galley a culinary delight emerged. Mysh-Mary-Berry delighted the whole boat with delicious citrus sparkling fairy cakes. They were real good!! Once the post fairy cake excitement had subsided, the three watches diligently carried out their quests for the day. Tim proved that waterless shampoo could indeed work, magically turning a white towel yel…

The Cruise in Company crew takes over!

After months of eager anticipation and many surviving gruesome final exams, Rona's Cruise in Company crew set off to Canada. The journey to the 'Great White North' was relatively smooth except for one incident at Toronto airport which saw the crew 'lose' 5 members in the manic rush for our connecting flight to Halifax following slight delays to the previous flight.
Fortunately it turned out that those 5 crew members had sped ahead and were already seated on the next plane whilst watch officers were searching in panic all over the airport.

After almost a full day of travelling, we arrived at Miramichi to a warm welcome from the previous crew of Rona II. Thank you very much for the wonderful cake and leaving the boat in an impeccable state. We were all very grateful once everyone could finally rest in cosy and clean bunks.

The next challenge that the crew faced was the unpacking of the food. The combination of crowds of Canadians flowing on and off the boat and …