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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
> talent
> to ask the hero how long he had been diving for prior to this, discovering
> that he was not, in fact, a commercial diver, and only dived on Sundays.
> Nevertheless, the whole crew was thankful for his services and the Skipper
> tipped him 20 euros.
>
> In the evening, the afterguard set the crew on an inter-watch photo
> competition, with items such as "smallest dog in Le Havre" and "best
> plank".
> When attempting to get a photo in an Irish pub, Cambridge fresher Theo
> Normanton managed to persuade the barkeep to let the rest of the Vikings,
> as
> well as all of the Mongols behind the bar (eat it Mayans), and again in
> the
> pub next-door. He also managed to begin planning the crew party, going as
> far as to ask if there was an Irish band that would be willing to play on
> Rona. The owner/bartender was happy to assist, exchanging contact details
> and getting in touch with his associates to secure us a band as soon as
> the
> crew left. We look forward to seeing him again when we return to Le Havre.

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