OceansWatch expedition updates

03 September 2013
03 September 2013 | Honiara
31 July 2011 | Vanuatu
20 December 2009 | Mooloolaba to Opua
18 December 2009 | Mooloolaba
30 November 2009
30 November 2009
23 November 2009
18 November 2009
17 November 2009
17 November 2009
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16 November 2009
06 November 2009
06 November 2009
06 November 2009
06 November 2009
01 November 2009 | Cairns


12 August 2009 | Rabaul
3rd August
Picture is of the streets of Rabaul
Chris woke up early to get us cleared into PNG ASAP. We lost a day in
Gizo which turned out to be another two days because we couldn't
clear into PNG during the weekend. After hailing anyone and everyone
on the VHF and sending emails and making phone calls for 2 days he
decided to go ashore to the office. The crew had to stay aboard the
ship until the 6 officials from quarantine, customs, and immigration
came to visit us with giant sandy boots on. The quarantine official
was really very upset with Chris for leaving the boat but eventually
he came around and they grew to be good friends!

As soon as we were cleared Chris went to get money changed and the
crew filled up the water tank with the jerry-can-dinghy method. We did
the same for diesel after Chris returned with some money.
We were excused from duty for the afternoon so that we
could see the giant belching active volcano up close. er... closer. We
piled into a HIACE full up with men, women, and children, and headed
to Rabaul which was described to me as having a post apocalyptic feel
to it. The town seemed pretty normal to me aside from the ash piled up
like little snow banks on the side of the road. Apparently there was a
very low ash content during the time when we visited. We had fun in
the market and met a lot of nice people. We tried a few different
snacks before we went looking for a good view of the volcano. Just as
we were approaching the shore, and the good view, Tuvurvur cracked a
loud boom and threw an impressive amount of debris into the air. It
spiralled up to an unbelievable height billowing and rolling with the
thermals that the intense heat it must create. It looked like a mushroom
cloud from those old atomic bomb testing films.
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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Magic Roundabout, Cat Knapp & Anna Rose's Photos - Main
OceansWatch team sailing to Opua
16 Photos
Created 14 June 2009
Work on the Magic Roundabout and departure from Whangarei
15 Photos
Created 8 June 2009
Pics of the 2009 project crew
4 Photos
Created 9 February 2009
A selection of pictures from our 2008 Vanuatu project
10 Photos
Created 1 August 2008
Reef Check training with Reef Check Australia in the Ha'apais April 2008
12 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 13 June 2008
Delivery to Vanuatu
2 Photos
Created 12 June 2008

Oceanswatch Expeditions

Who: Chris Bone, Irene Llabres, Katherine Rainone, Anna Pohl
Port: Whangarei, NZ

Current Position

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