> 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
I thought it was time for me, the mate, to say a few words. I've been doing
my mate duties day by day, which to be honest has been made easy by the crew
and afterguard. My job is to ensure the safe running of Rona II above and
below decks. This task has been made easy by the strong afterguard and very
capable and hard working crew.
I have the general overview of what's going on, and make decisions on when
to change sails or charge batteries. My role is often not visible, but all
the same happening. I've just been called to the deck by the on watch as
they have noticed an upward trend in the average wind speed. I've not
called for a sail change but warned them that they may need to hoist a
number two Yankee (a smaller high cut sail, which goes on the front of the
boat) and put reef two in (making the main sail smaller), if the trend
continues. It's not all decision making, I've just been asked if I'd like a
coffee and afternoon
Today, the most festive of holidays was celebrated on the vessel Rona II,
along with the birthday of watch officer Nathan Meager. Funnily enough, this
is the first time that Nathan's birthday has been celebrated in unison with
Yuletide. To get everyone in the Christmas spirit, a cardboard Christmas
tree was created and duct taped to the mast. Mistletoe was also devised out
of slightly inflated white balloons and paper leaves, after the genius idea
from Will Davies, who quickly realised his tactical error. The Mongols on
Mother watch have been slaving away since 0500 local time to bring the crew
a delicious five course roast dinner - yes, really!
Crew member Harry Normanton managed to smuggle the most delicious birthday
cake onboard to share with everyone on Christmas day; which was baked by his
loving granddad. The cake was carefully converted into a birthday cake, now
reading "Happy 40th Birthday Nathan." Thirty-nine year old Nathan had very