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No sailing, but a busy day aboard Rona II

This was a very French start to a very French day: at 0900 the Tricolor was
hoisted to signify the start of Bastille Day onboard Rona II. Our culinary
stars for the day, mother watch the Mayans, started well, with them
presenting the crew with great pancakes and only a small galley incident
that the mother watch insisted was "flambéing."

Matt (Woodcock - we've got three Matts...) was woken up for his watch to the
merry sound of mother watch singing Bonne Anniversaire and providing "le
porridge" to start his birthday. His card, beautifully drawn by Watch
Officer Nathan's sons Tay and Cai before we left, was also presented. Mother
watch in fact kept themselves very busy today by baking various cakes, three
excellent meals, and three varieties of bread, including a plaited loaf
"they quickly whipped up" between meals!

The skipper's quiz started today with a political history round featuring
questions such as " A Norwegian politician became a puppet leader of his
country during the second world war, and his name became a byword for
treachery. Who was he?" As you would imagine we of course knew the answer...

The highlight of Bastille Day for many was a surprisingly tuneful and
well-acted performance of 'Confrontation' from Les Miserables, performed by
a mixture of Mayans and Vikings, but mainly Normantons.

Many of the crew decided to have their first cold salt water shower on the
aft deck and now the boat resembles a launderette, covered in drying boxers
and towels.

Also starting today was "An Audience With...", where Milo presented a
lecture on some of the finer points of photography, using subjects such as
dolphins, Rona II's crew and our current companion vessel Gulden Leeuw.

Our quote of the day started when the mate, Andy Wright, started talking
about his wife's horse riding, commented that "Horses bite at the front,
kick at the rear and are pretty tricky in the middle". This uncontroversial
statement was followed by Lewis' perhaps more controversial suggestion that
this may be the same for people's other halves. We report it without
comment, other than that it got q big laugh at the time. [Here it should be
noted that Lewis and the Leg 5 crew do not represent the sole views or
opinions of themselves, the Rona Sailing Project, the entire male gender or
any other affiliated parties.]

Sailing update: As you may be have been able to tell by all the extra things
going on today we are still motoring to the new start line, where we hope to
set off under sail within 24 hours of Friday at 1800 GMT.

Today's blog comes to you mainly courtesy of Alex and Olly. Stay tuned!

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