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

Day one to the Cooks

14 August 2008 | Bora Bora to Rarotonga
Well it was very rough for the first 18 hours and now 24 hours into the trip it is starting to calm down. We were the only boat to leave Bora Bora yesterday due to the high winds. The only problem for the boats that waited for today or tomorrow is they may not have enough wind. Our wind has already dropped to 14-18 knots, down from 24-30 knots yesterday. It's always a hard decision when to leave on a passage. We left the minute we dropped Nathalie's family at the airport ferry. Sometimes better not to wait for perfect weather as it may get worse. Of course I am getting ahead of myself as we are only 24 hours into a 3+ day passage. 340 miles to go, 195 miles covered the past 24 hours.
It was very sad to say goodbye, I always have a hard time when I leave my family in France but this time was the hardest, maybe just because I feel so far away (13000 miles) but they know that they are always so closed in my thoughts and heart....I haven't spend that much time with my brother since 20 years and it felt so good to see him and his family, of course Mom was in Heaven with her four grandchildren even when the decibels went sky high! But it was time for the plane to leave and for us to continue on our voyage...Goodbye French Polynesia and Hello Cook islands.... The first day was a very fast and uncomfortable sail with 30 knots of wind but the next day we had to use the motor we are now almost there (30 miles to go, total trip 536 miles) and it feels good to arrive in port and be expected by friends, Orca III and Malachi will be there and we are probably going to moore right in between them both in this tight little harbor of Rarotonga. During this passage, the kids really participate (they always do through their watch and Alec has always been very interested by the sail change and navigation) but I saw a change in Emilie, she reefed the sail, help with the spinnaker, with the screecher(on this trip we had all sail combination!!!), she came a long way from being totally indifferent like at the beginning of the trip when it was really not her cup of tea...
Je suis toujours tres triste lorsque ma famille s'en va mais cette fois, cela a ete tres dur! Peut-etre car 13,000 miles nous separent maintenant, pourtant ils sont toujours si proches dans mon coeur et mes pensees. Cela fait 20 ans que je n'ai pas passé autant de temps avec mon frere et cela m'a fait un immense plaisir de le voir avec sa famille, il n'a pas change, toujours aussi genereux, gai et amusant. Et Maman a bien sur ete tres heureuse de retrouver ces quatre petits enfants meme si les decibels etaient un peu fort par moment! Mais il est temps de repartir, notre prochaine etape etant les iles Cook (NZ)... Le permier jour a ete tres rapide et inconfortable, un vent de 30 noeuds et une houle de cote, la totale!... et puis le lendemain... au moteur, aujourd'hui (le troisieme jour), les conditions sont ideales, l'ocean est presque plat et le vent de 12 noeuds de travers nous donne une vitesse de 8.5 noeuds avec le screecher, les enfants font leur devoirs.... C'est tres agreable de savoir que nos bateaux amis sont déjà la pour nous acueillir dans le petit port tres etroit de Rarotonga (Orca III et Malachi), ils nous attendent avec une petite place juste entre eux deux...J'ai remarque un changement important Durant ce dernier passage, les enfants font pratiquement toutes les manoeuvres avec leur pere maintenant (ils ont toujours assure leur garde la nuit et Alec a toujours ete interesse par les changement de voile et la navigation) mais Emilie cette fois s'est vraiment mise a l'oeuvre: mettant le rie, ajustant le screecher, aidant avec le spi, ellea bien change depuis notre depart ou elle etait completement indifferente a toutes les manoeuvres...
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)
16 Photos
Created 13 May 2009
2009 Family Island Regatta
24 Photos
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.
48 Photos
Created 29 March 2009
We flew back to the States while O'Vive is on her way back to Florida on Dockwise.
22 Photos
Created 25 February 2009
Lampwork glass beads studio in Whangarei
39 Photos
Created 14 February 2009
13 Photos
Created 9 February 2009
25 Photos
Created 9 February 2009
On our way back, Nelson and the famous Abel Tasman trail.
9 Photos
Created 25 January 2009
South island east coast and meeting in Murchinson with Orca 3 and Malachi
35 Photos
Created 24 January 2009
Alec took the plunge!
17 Photos
Created 18 January 2009
Te Anau, Milford sound,
31 Photos
Created 18 January 2009
Franz Jose glacier, Hokitika,Kunakaiki,scenic road from Haast to Wanaka (near Queenstown),Queenstown, Arrowtown.
68 Photos
Created 10 January 2009
Transfer from North to South island.
23 Photos
Created 10 January 2009
73 Photos
Created 6 January 2009
THrough Kawau island, Mimiwhangata, Tutukaka, Great Barrier island, and an amazing dive at poor night.
57 Photos
Created 29 December 2008
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Created 28 December 2008
Nathalie went to visit her family in France.
47 Photos
Created 27 November 2008
Boats we met during our Pacific Crossing
22 Photos
Created 15 November 2008
54 Photos
Created 11 November 2008
En route pour la Nouvelle Zelande
10 Photos
Created 9 November 2008
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Created 29 October 2008
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Created 15 September 2008
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Created 6 September 2008
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Created 6 September 2008
37 Photos
Created 16 August 2008
57 Photos
Created 3 August 2008
the two sister islands of Raiatea and Tahaa
49 Photos
Created 23 July 2008
F, between Tahiti and Bora Bora
23 Photos
Created 23 July 2008
8 Photos
Created 11 July 2008
9 Photos
Created 4 July 2008
1 Photo | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 29 June 2008
Les iles des Tuamotus Kauehi, Fakarava et Toau
1 Photo | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 28 June 2008
5 Photos
Created 16 May 2008
26 Photos
Created 16 May 2008
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Created 16 May 2008
8 Photos
Created 16 May 2008
French polynesia first islands, the Marqueses
20 Photos
Created 28 April 2008
45 Photos
Created 21 March 2008
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Created 21 March 2008
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Created 18 March 2008
31 Photos
Created 24 February 2008
From the San Blas to Las Perlas Crossing the Panama canal
41 Photos
Created 21 February 2008
18 Photos
Created 31 January 2008
Chub Cay, Staniel Key, Georgetown
22 Photos
Created 31 January 2008
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.
8 Photos
Created 1 October 2007
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".
1 Photo
Created 1 October 2007


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