Rona II in Quebec

Rona II is as far away from her home base as she's ever been and here is a picture of her passing the iconic and most photographed hotel in the world, the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec.

The final leg 6 crew of the Rendez Vous 2017 will head to Canada this coming Saturday to join Rona II and will race her back to Le Havre, finishing by September 3rd. We wish them all the very best of luck and look forward to seeing them all returning safely to le Havre.


2017 so far

We are now well over the halfway point in the season and what a season it has been so far.  While Rona II is representing the Project on the other side of the Atlantic, Donald Searle and Merrilyn have been working hard this side with over 1100 people having sailed on the boats to date.

Many congratulations to all the race crews who have represented themselves and the Project impeccably and in their adventures managed to pick up some silverware.

Leg 3 (Bermuda – Boston) 2nd in class

Leg 4 (Boston – Prince Edward Island) 1st in class

Good luck to all on Leg 5 who begin the adventure from Halifax, Canada back to Le Havre on 1 August.  Fair winds to Rona II and her crew!

You can follow the race adventures on and also track the boat back across the Atlantic on

You can also read about one of our crews experience on Leg 1 via  

We still have a few places left on our voyages this season so if you are interested in taking part then please contact us

The 2018 programme will be released in September and so it begins all over again!


Berths available for 16 - 19 year olds

Berths have come available on the following voyages for 16 to 19 year old girls: 13th -19th July and 20th-26th of July.

This is a great opportunity for those wishing to sail for the first time, build experience or work towards an RYA qualification.

Get in touch with Ann as soon as possible to secure a berth
Bursaries are available towards the voyage fee of £200, so please enquire about eligibility.

Haberdashers' award grant to the Rona Sailing Project

We are delighted to share the news that the RSP has received a grant from the Haberdashers’ Company to support disadvantaged young people to sail with us during the 2017 season. This grant will be used to ensure that young people who are experiencing difficulties in their lives including young carers , have the opportunity to experience sail training. As a volunteer-based organisation, we depend on such charitable donations along with the time and commitment of all of so many volunteers to run our sail training programme.

 The support from The Haberdashers’ Company ensures that the sail training experience is accessible to a range of young people who otherwise would not have the opportunity. These people include young people from a range of socio-economic backgrounds experiencing social, emotional and mental health issues. We are confident that the support from the Haberdashers’ will equip them with invaluable life skills and experience to help them overcome problems they are experiencing. We see time and time again, the change in young people’s confidence and self-esteem which in turn makes a difference in how they view themselves and deal with people. We look forward to supporting young people to achieve their goals in 2017 with the assistance of the Haberdashers’ Company, to whom we extend our sincere thanks.

 Please contact us on 01489 885098  if you or someone you know would like to sail with the Rona Sailing Project.

The Haberdashers Company

The Haberdashers Company

Leg 1 from start to finish

Well done to all on Leg 1 on the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta (Greenwich - Torbay - Sines 8 - 30 April).  An experience they will never forget.

  • Skipper - Roy Anderson
  • Mate - Charles Clarke
  • Watch Officer - Ciara Jones
  • Watch Officer - Rybeka Parsons
  • Watch Officer - Paul Craig
  • Watch Leader - Aidan Sykes
  • Watch Leader - Will Grigsby
  • Watch Leader - Ferghal Swanwick
  • Crew - Jordan Tappenden, Thomas Irmiger, Jeremy Zhen, Joshua Pearson, Alex Earey, Harry Raffan, James Ainsworth, Dom Hall, Isaac Bury, Thomas Kendall, Thomas Chapman, Oisin Cullen, Joe Oram, Charles Nainty-Luxmoore

To read more about their experiences and the future legs please go to our Facebook page.

Rona II takes line honours for Leg 1

Quoted from Paul Bishop, Race Director Sail Training International...

“The final stages of race one proved to be incredibly exciting with many of the supports staying awake at home to witness the close finish between Rona II (UK) and Peter von Danzig (Germany) unfold on our live satellite tracker website. Both crews have sailed outstanding races with the lead changing frequently over 1,000 miles of racing. In the end Rona II managed to gain line honours in sight of her rival by 17 minutes and 55 seconds.

Roy Anderson, skipper of Rona II said “we had a neck and neck race with Peter von Danzig right up to the finish line” and he wished them good luck for race two to Bermuda. Hans-Heinrich von Maydell, skipper of Peter von Danzig congratulated Rona II on their success and explained that Rona II had made a good tactical decision by standing further off the Portuguese Coast to gain from the stronger winds. Both crews are enjoying the warm hospitality and weather here in Sines and there are plans for well-deserved celebrations”.


Rona II leaves for the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta

It's all started!!  Rona II departed from her home base on Saturday 8 April in bright sunshine on her way to London to join the other boats taking part in the Rendezvous Tall Ships 2017 Race.  Over the next 5 months she will visit Portugal, Canary Islands, Bermuda, US, Canada and France before returning home on 8 September.  Over 135 young people and volunteers will be experiencing an amazing adventure and we will be bringing you regular updates.

At the moment she is enjoying the sunshine along the French coast having already visited Dieppe and Boulogne and sampled some local cuisine.

Further updates can be seen on and also on Instagram #rsptransat2017 

We wish them fair winds and following seas!

Sponsored swim generates nearly £800 for the RSP

Chris Pilling raised nearly £800 in a sponsored swim for the Rona Sailing Project. Chris's target was £400, so the amount raised is fantastic. What makes the effort even more incredible is that less than three weeks ago Chris had only swam just over 1.5km and today he swam 5km.

The funds raised will be used to provide direct support to young people to sail with us, who otherwise couldn't afford to. We would like to extend our sincere thanks and congratulations to Chris and all his supporters.

The sponsorship page is still live so it's not too late to read his story and to sponsor him here

If you know of anyone who wishes to sail with us and may require assistance to do so, please contact