> 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
Greetings from Rona II. It's early morning on Monday, still dark, and has
been a busy night as we've changed steadily down from genoa, staysail, full
main and mizzen, to no 2 yankee, staysail, second reef and mizzen. The wind
has come aft a little and we are trucking along.
Tactically over the next couple of days we're trying to play to Rona II's
strengths. She's an absolute weapon with the wind a little aft of the beam
and around 18 knots of breeze, so with more wind (and a higher sea state) to
the north west, and less of both to the south east, we're adjusting our
(generally north east) course to try and keep ourselves in exactly that much
wind. Ultimately it looks like we'll go quite a long way north before
turning east, covering a longer distance in order to stay in Rona II's sweet
spot for as long as possible.
It's too early to properly know what the rest of the fleet is doing but we
suspect we're the most north