A family travels from Florida to New Zealand aboard their St Francis 50 catamaran

08 May 2013
06 September 2011 | Brisbane
04 September 2011 | 26 02S 155 59E
03 September 2011 | 24 35S 159 23E
02 September 2011 | 23 21S 162 56E
31 August 2011 | New Caledonia
30 August 2011 | 21 10S 168 312E
29 August 2011 | 21 25S 171 52E
28 August 2011 | 21 03S 175 17E
27 August 2011 | 20 17S 178 49E
26 August 2011 | 19 26S 177 46W
25 August 2011 | 18 48S 174 20W
23 August 2011 | Neiafu, Tonga
21 August 2011 | 19 00S 170 22W
18 August 2011 | 19 45S 168 16W
15 August 2011 | Beverage Reef
14 August 2011 | 19 39S 166 06W
12 August 2011 | 18 52S 160 14W
03 August 2011 | Aitutaki
01 August 2011 | 18 18S 157 49W

The village of Hanavave

20 April 2008 | Fatu Hiva ( Marqueses)
Our stay at Fatu Hiva was memorable and we will remember the welcome and kindness of the Hanavave villagers for a long long time. We traded a lot of pamplemousses, bananas, papayas for tee-shirt, pens and stickers with the kids. I got a beautiful basket carved from wood by a local artist Tahaki who came on our boat with his family. Any cruisers who have a few fenders and floating line can really trade with the men of the village for some beautiful tiki and wood carving items. An interesting thing which I have noticed is that although Marquesiens are very generous , they are very particular when it comes to trading: for example , when I traded my wood basket with Tahaki, I did not have any fenders to spare, so David offered him several items that he expressed interest in : snorkel, mask, flippers, sunglasses and shakles, I added to it a beautiful bead necklace (the one I make) as a present for his wife Marie-Iris. She ask me if I could do another necklace in mauve in exchange of a wood tiki that Tahaki will make and I was delighted but I realized the next day that Tahaki was not really for it. So keep in mind, when you want a tapa, deal with the women (jewelry, perfumes) and when you want anything wood carved, deal with the man (anything to do with boat or tools) but do not mix, it does not work. We although had a surprising and wonderful festivity happening during our stay: The school put up a show for the departure of the school district controller ( a French lady who was tin the Marqueses since six years and was going back to France). The whole village including the cruisers were invited to the event and the next day at 8:30am we were all there, what a treat! We saw the kids dancing and singing in marquesian, French, even in english (the oldest), it was absolutely fantastic! Then we had a small buffet with local fruits and foods. The same day, in the evening, we organized a musical encounters between villagers and cruisers at the dock and spent several hours listening to their guitars and songs, they are so talented. We brought cake and other goodies and it was quiet a success. David, Steve from Orca III and Gilles from Cholgas spent two days fixing miscellaneous things in the village from a car, to a generator, a fridge, a weed eater, and the police man of he island told us that we were welcome back anytime! You can see that it was very hard to leave...
Notre sejour a Hanavave, la generosite et la gentillesse des habitants et des enfants du village restera dans nos memoires a tout jamais. Nous echangions des fruits (pamplemousses, bananes, papayes) contre des stylos, des tee-shirts et des autocollants/tattoo. Les enfants etaient toujours avec nous, surtout puisque nous parlions francais et je me suis fait trois amis, Jean-Pierre, un petit garcon tres degourdi et tellement gentil, Edwige qui est tombee amoureuse de mes bagues swarowski, et Catherine tres calme avec un sourire a faire craquer le diable lui-meme, elle n'entendait pas tres bien mais lit sur les levres parfaitement. Je me suis attachée a ces enfants en quelques jours et nous avons eu la chance d'assister a un evenement particulier qui a ete un enchantement; En effet l'ecole fetait le depart de l'inspectrice de toutes les Marquises qui repartait en metropole après 6 ans de poste, la pauvre, le retour va etre tres dure! Donc l'ecole du village organisait une fete ou tout le village, y compris les cruisers etaient convies. Quelle belle fete, les couronnes de fleurs, les danses, les costumes traditionnels, les chants, tout y etait! Edwige m'a offert son collier de fleurs a la fin de la fete, Catherine m'a invite a danser, cela a ete un moment incroyable!
Le meme soir, nous avons organize une rencontre musicale Marquesiens-cruisers sur le quai, il pleuvait mais les marquesiens etaient au rendez-vous abrites sous les rochers, nous sommes donc tous arrives avec les gateaux (C'etait l'aniversaire de Steve sur Orca III) les boissons et nous avons fait la java marquisienne (encore les guitares et les chants)!!! C'etait super. Pendant deux jours, David, Steve de Orca III et Gilles de Cholgas ont repares des tas de truc dans le village, du generateur du policier, a la voiture d'une dame, a un frigo et meme un coupeur d'herbes, ils etaient remercies avec des fruits et ont ete contents de travailler ensemble et de pouvoir apporter un peu de leur connaissance au village qui nous a si gentiment acueilli. Le policier nous a dit que l'on etait les bienvenus a tout moment, cela nous a fait tres plaisir. Vous voyez qu'il a ete tres difficile de partir....
Vessel Name: O'Vive
Vessel Make/Model: St Francis 50' catamaran
Hailing Port: Tavernier, Florida USA
Crew: David, Alec, Emilie, Nathalie
About: Captain David, 1st mate, Nathalie and the crew Alec (12) and Emilie (15)
O'Vive's Photos - (Main)
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Created 13 May 2009
2009 Family Island Regatta
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Created 26 April 2009
We are finishing our 18 months sabatical where it all began, the Bahamas... still with O'Vive which has been shipped back from New Zealand on Dockwise.
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Created 29 March 2009
We flew back to the States while O'Vive is on her way back to Florida on Dockwise.
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Created 25 February 2009
Lampwork glass beads studio in Whangarei
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On our way back, Nelson and the famous Abel Tasman trail.
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South island east coast and meeting in Murchinson with Orca 3 and Malachi
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Alec took the plunge!
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Te Anau, Milford sound,
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Franz Jose glacier, Hokitika,Kunakaiki,scenic road from Haast to Wanaka (near Queenstown),Queenstown, Arrowtown.
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Transfer from North to South island.
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THrough Kawau island, Mimiwhangata, Tutukaka, Great Barrier island, and an amazing dive at poor night.
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Nathalie went to visit her family in France.
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Boats we met during our Pacific Crossing
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En route pour la Nouvelle Zelande
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the two sister islands of Raiatea and Tahaa
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F, between Tahiti and Bora Bora
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Les iles des Tuamotus Kauehi, Fakarava et Toau
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French polynesia first islands, the Marqueses
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From the San Blas to Las Perlas Crossing the Panama canal
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Chub Cay, Staniel Key, Georgetown
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Our first catamaran was a Manta 42. She was built in St Petersburg and we went to pick her up in November 2000. We spent every summer cruising the Beautiful Bahamas islands (700) from the busy Nassau harbor (We never stay more than 2 or 3 days)to the more remote islands like the crooked islands or the ragged islands (also known as the Jumentos and the friendliest of all , Long Island. We never got tired of the turquoise waters , the kindness of the Bahamians and all the fun we had with all the friends we made over the years.
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We picked up O'Vive end of May 2007 in Georgetown, Bahamas and after a few weeks ,we brought her back home to the Florida Keys in order to get her and us ready for the "Grand Voyage".
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Created 1 October 2007


Who: David, Alec, Emilie, Nathalie
Port: Tavernier, Florida USA