Warsash Sailing Club continue to support the RSP

For the third year in a row, the Rona Sailing Project has been chosen as the Commodore's Charity for the Thursday evening pursuit series. In addition to the entry fee which is to be donated to the RSP at the end of the series, there was a cash collection, to which club members donated most generously.

As a volunteer-based organisation, we very much appreciate being chosen as the Commodore's Charity, and to receive such overwhelming support from the committee and club members. 

We have identified a group of young people from Hampshire who will benefit directly from generosity from the proceeds. 

The Project Director would like to extend sincere thanks to everyone involved in the Thursday evening pursuit series, and wishes all participants the best of luck.

Parker Bullen Solicitors make donation to the RSP

We are most grateful to Parker Bullen Solicitors for making a very generous donation to the RSP. The donation will be used to sponsor young people to sail with us in the 2018 season.

Donations such as this one are vital to enable us to give young people the opportunity to experience sail training, and have an experience of a life time that they may otherwise miss out on. 

Many thanks to everyone at Parker Bullen.

If you would like to make a donation to the RSP to sponsor young people to sail, please call us on 01489 885098 or email ann@ronasailingproject.org.uk 

The Royal Southern Yacht Club Charity launch grant programme

The Royal Southern Yacht Club (RSYC) Charity have launched their 2018 grant programme. If you have booked a berth to sail with us, and need assistance with the voyage fee it is worth considering making an application. The RSYC Charity is a great supporter of the Rona Sailing Project and is very keen to help young people get on the water.

If you haven't yet booked a berth - you can do so and apply for the grant. Please get in contact with us if you need further information or advice on completing the application form. 

You can apply for up to 50% of the total voyage fee and the application process is very straight forward: 

Follow this link for more information and to download the application form: 


Rona II awarded MCA/ASTO vessel of the year

We were very proud to pick up the award for sail training vessel of the year for Rona II at the annual ASTO conference held at the Solent University Conference Centre on Friday 26th of January.

It was awarded to the Rona Sailing Project for ‘fulfilling both the Sail Training aspirations of ASTO and the seamanship and safety requirements of the MCA’. The highlight of 2017 was the very successful Transatlantic Regatta, which was the result of more than 2 years of hard work and planning by many volunteers and crew, of whom the RSP is very proud. 

Rona II was recognised as one of the hardest working and most resilient of sail training yachts in the world. She has taken more than 7,200 young people sailing, has completed 21 International and 4 Transatlantic Tall Ships Campaigns and has run more than 265,000nm in her career to date. We remain incredibly proud of what our volunteers and crew have achieved on Rona II, which continues to take so many people to sea on life-changing voyages. We look forward to many more years of operating Rona II. 

If you would like the opportunity to sail on her in 2018 please visit our Voyage calendar online, or call the office on 01489 885098 for more information on other opportunities to sail with the RSP.

Project Shipwright Mark Norman and Project Director BrId Barrett collecting the MCA/ASTO Vessel of the Year award at the annual Association of Sailing Training Organisations (ASTO) conference, held in Southampton.

Project Shipwright Mark Norman and Project Director BrId Barrett collecting the MCA/ASTO Vessel of the Year award at the annual Association of Sailing Training Organisations (ASTO) conference, held in Southampton.

More than 200 Volunteers attend the annual RSP reunion

The Trustees of the Rona Sailing Project were delighted to welcome more than 200 enthusiastic volunteers to the Project's Annual Reunion. Held on January 6th at the Royal Overseas League in London, the Annual Reunion is one of the highlights of the RSP Calendar, drawing volunteers of all ranks to celebrate the fantastic achievements of the Project over the 2017 season and to plan and prepare for upcoming 2018 season.

Awards were also given to some volunteers for outstanding volunteerism in 2017 and long service to those who have given 25 and 40 years to the Rona Sailing Project. As a volunteer-based organisation, we depend on the dedicated service of so many people and we were very happy that so many dedicated volunteers attended this great event, and we extend our thanks to them and all RSP volunteers. 

We wish everyone a safe and happy sailing season.


Crew feedback

2017 was a great season for the Rona Sailing Project, with Rona II and her crew of 16-25 year olds participating in the epic Transatlantic Tall Ships Race, visiting Portugal, the Canaries, Bermuda, Canada, America and France. Closer to home not only was a full Sail Training Voyage programme run on Donald Searle and Merrilyn, visiting ports on the South Coast of England, France and the Channel Islands, volunteers and crew also visited Ireland and participated in the ASTO Small Ships race.

The Rona Sailing Project asks all trainees to complete a Feedback Form at the end of their voyages. There are various questions, which we use with a view to getting better at what we do. However we are particularly proud that 99% say that they would recommend the Project to a friend, and 98% that they have made new friends.

If you or someone you know would like to sail with the RSP - please contact us for details ann@ronasailingproject.org.uk or on 01489 885098


Rona Sailing Project does well at the ASTO Small Ships Race

The annual Small Ships organised by ASTO was held in Cowes on Saturday 7th of October.  While the race is highly competitive, prizes are also awarded for the best dressed crew and the Spirit of the Race which makes the event a lot of fun for all the young people taking part.

Four of the 22 vessels taking part this weekend were from the Rona Sailing Project. Crewed by 14-19 year old Scott and Amory Award holders from the 2017 season, Lady Shona, Merrilyn, Rona II and Donald Searle certainly were a force to be reckoned with.

Jake Carter, who skippered Lady Shona won the youngest skipper award, while Merrilyn and Donald Searle skippered by Jim Clarke and Steve Burgess respectively both won third in their class. Merrilyn also got a prize for the youngest combined crew.

Rona II, skippered by Bill Jermey was not only 1st in class but also was the first boat home to win line honours. Very many congratulations and well done to all the RSP crew and Afterguard, who did themselves and us very proud.

The RSP would also like to thank ASTO for organising on such a fantastic event and for their continued support to the Sail Training Organisations in the UK. We are already look forward to the 2018 Small Ships Race


RDV 2017 overall results

RDV 2017 Leg 5 results are in and Rona II was raced well by her crew achieving 1st in fleet on elapsed time and 1st in class C/D on corrected time. We were also awarded the Fleet Media Prize.

The Rendez Vous 2017 Campaign was a huge success for the Rona Sailing Project and the campaign team lead by Gareth Parker (pictured below being held by his crew)

Rona II, achieved first in class C/D in the overall 2017 Series and a special commendation as one of only four vessels to complete the entire RDV 2017 race series.

Huge congratulations to everyone who sailed on Rona II and to all the many volunteers who contributed to the overall campaign, you have done yourselves and the Rona Sailing Project proud.

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Rona II in Le Havre

Below is a picture of Rona II's reflection on a building as she left  Canada with a fantastic farewell from the crowds! Having finished the last leg of the race off the Eddystone Lighthouse, she is now safe in Le Havre enjoying the festivities. A delivery crew will join her there, and she will finally be at home on Tuesday 5th of September after an epic 5 months away. 133 afterguard and trainees have had an amazing summer bringing home lots of silverware and lifelong memories.


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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.