An interesting start to New Year's day aboard Rona II. The dawn light
enabled a field dental practice to open for a short time on the aft deck.
Watch Officer George Hopkins, after walking head first into a spinnaker pole
last night came off with a chipped tooth. After a night of discomfort his
Watch Leader and newly qualified dentist Sam Wareing took to the tooth with
an emery file to curb the sharp edge. At the other end of the hierarchy the
Mongol deputy Director of Renewable Resources has been suddenly fired from
his post on allowing a tin can to fall into the bilge, the height of
incompetence in his line of work and the last straw adding to a string of
The effects of a post Christmas comedown hasn't affected the standing of
Rona II in the race, holding first in class and sixth in the fleet overall.
With the Mayans back on mother watch; breakfast was churned out and squared
away within the hour leaving time for Mate, Andy Wright, to present a short
> Disaster strikes! After arriving in the visitor marina of Le Havre at
> 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
> the boat in.
> In the morning, the afterguard set off to find a commercial diver to cut
> rope free from the propeller. They located a man named Patrick, who
> 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,
> crew saw Patrick emerge victorious. Angus Elliman used his bilingual
It's been a very busy 24 hours on Rona II. Docked in Gunwharf Keys and
staying overnight, the past two days have been filled with shopping,
showers, visits to the boat from family and numerous trips to Burger King
and Subway before setting sail to France. Many of the crew took advantage of
the big sale at the local Musto outlet, appearing back on deck with their
trendy new Musto Crocs. Thanks to the Normanton Grandparents, the crew
enjoyed a delicious sponge cake which of course did not hang around for long
after dinner on the second day of the back to back Normanton watch.
Rona II also had a visit from Milo's Grandma at Gunwharf who took the helm
by storm, despite the terrified look on her face as a ferry passed by and
caused the boat to sway...'I already feel sea sick!' she shouted. After
leaving Gunwharf the crew took a trip down the Solent to pay a visit to Big
Lizzie, the new aircraft carrier based in Portsmouth. We can confirm that
Big Lizzie is indee…