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01 November 2009 | Cairns

"Cruising" to Townsville

06 November 2009
September 30-November 1
With 20-25 knot breeze and 3-5 foot swells, I hardly call the trip to Townsville cruising. On a night watch, Anna and I had to wake Chris up..we were on a collision course with the above boat. We tacked safely out of the way, gawking at the cruise ship as it rolled on by...it must be a really cheap cruise...then caught a whiff and realized it was no cruise ship but a sheep freighter. Not a pleasant smell...especially to my nose which was sensitive due to a few days of seasickness.
The trip was not miserable though! When I wasn't leaning over the side of the boat, we did see a turtle and fed some baby sharks Irene's leftover kebab...yum. Chris, being the ethically responsible skipper he is, had to whip out the kayak and VHF when he noticed a small motorboat that was dragging it's anchor while stopped at Fitzroy Island for the night. He found the owner on shore, scratching his head, wondering where his boat had gone.
We did miss Halloween though (an American favorite)...unless dressing up in our foul weather gear counted.
Vessel Name: Magic Roundabout, Cat Knapp & Anna Rose
Vessel Make/Model: Sweden Yachts 34, Anna Rose '43 yacht
Hailing Port: Whangarei, NZ
Crew: Chris Bone, Irene Llabres, Katherine Rainone, Anna Pohl
Permanant skipper Chris is a professional yacht skipper and runs a yacht delivery company- Pacific Yacht Deliveries. He has been an environmental activist for many years, including 2 years as a skipper for Greenpeace on the yacht Vega. [...]
The long term use of Magic Roundabout was donated to OceansWatch to carry out Marine conservation and provide humanitarian aid to the coastal communities in the Pacific. OceansWatch has set up an ongoing training system for yachties and divers to monitor reef health throughout the Pacific using the [...]
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Who: Chris Bone, Irene Llabres, Katherine Rainone, Anna Pohl
Port: Whangarei, NZ
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