OceansWatch, the not-for-profit sailing organisation that works to help coastal communities conserve their marine environments, develop sustainable livelihoods and ensure access to primary schools, is looking for crew to sail from Cairns to Mooloolaba and/or to Sydney, on Moksha, a lovely 54ft Hanse yacht.
by Nancy Knudsen
The yacht is very well equipped, and is one of the two lead yachts used by Oceanswatch for their projects. As well as the two yachts, OceansWatch has an armada of activists in the form of more than 100 member-owned yachts.
Magic Roundabout, OceanWatch's prime lead boat, is based in New Zealand for work in the South West Pacific. It is a Sweden 34, and this year is based in Vanuatu.
OceansWatch plans to assemble a fleet of about 7 project lead yachts. Our preference is for Wharram Islander 65's as they represent outstanding value for money, are able to carry a team of 10 and are a style of boat that communities in developing countries have an affinity for. These Catamarans will be built by Andy Smith's boatworks in the Philippines. Donated Lead Boats
If you have a yacht that you would like to donate or loan to OceansWatch as a project lead boat, please contact us to discuss possibilities. We can offer a range of donation or lease options and your yacht will be maintained to exacting New Zealand Catagory 1 offshore standards by professionals.
If you would like to sponsor a Wharram Islander 65 lead boat with partnership benefits please contact us.
For more information about Oceans Watch go to their website?nid=74155
, and to inquire about volunteering as crew for the Australian coastal passages, email to Julia Alabaster on info [at] oceanswatch.org
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