RONA II, Halifax to
Belfast First in Class !
selected by Rona II's skipper Chris Matthews for use in the 2009 tall ships race
from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Rona II is a 1990 Holman
& Pye 68 foot Bermudian ketch, one of 4 vessels of the Rona Sailing Project, a
charitable organization based in the UK that gives young people the chance to
experience teamwork building sailing adventures.
Rona II came in
first in class, finishing in 15 days 16 hours and 37 minutes. Congratulations to
the crew of 18 young men. This was certainly an enviable adventure of a
Matthews a custom version that circumvented the normal activation process so he
could make a tight crew change in Halifax prior to the race start.
"We had a great
race and came 1st in our class. Sailfast was great and without it we would not
have done so well, it was easy to use and even though we didn’t have the right
polars it was still accurate." - Chris Mathews, UK