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

Niue, a big rock with a big heart!

10 September 2008 | Alofi (niue)
We Love Niue! There are between 1000 to 1500 people left in Niue, most of the 6000 inhabitants left little by little for New Zealand and when cyclone Heta hit in 2004, the population really dropped, leaving a good 50% of the houses abandoned. But the small town of Alofi is very hospitable and one of a kind! Beginning by an original way of lifting your dinghy (lifted on the wharf by a crane that you operate yourself at the great joy of Alec and David, all men get a kick out on this one), Alofi does not seem like much at first but you just get into it and find yourself busy every day (market, weaving class, pool table, the cutest little yacht club, site seeing or just hanging out with cruisers or the locals that are absolutely a joy!). Yesterday we went on a full day trip with 4 other boats; we left early, all 14 of us packed with our picnic in the van, what a wonderful day we had! We first stopped at the Tahava / Matapa site and hiked for about 20 minutes before reaching some amazing caves near the seashore where this gigantic arch (Tahava Arch) open on breaking ocean waves, inside, a small transparent pool is so pretty that you can't not just jump in it. We also explored the other pass that led to Matapa Chasm, a nice snorkeling and swimming spot. The afternoon was spent to visit another site on the south east side of the island, called Togo Chasm: another 20-30 minute hike in the forest took us to a very strange and hypnotic lunar landscape of coral spikes. The wind on the east coast was ferocious and the waves crashing on the rocks where we were standing were mesmerizing, we stayed a long time just watching the power of nature. We finished the day at Falala...la restaurant where the food was delicious and to top it all we were served by Miss Niue! Emilie and Alec are so happy to find kids again, the days go by very fast.... Tomorrow we are going to a weaving class....
Niue est super! L'ile a entre 1000 et 1500 habitants, la plupart des 6000 habitants present il y a quelques annees ont quitte l'ile petit a petit pour la Nouvelle Zelande et depuis le cyclone Heta en 2004, 50% des maisons sont maintenant abandonees. Mais le petit village de Alofi est acueillant et tres original! En commencant par la levee de l'annexe a la grue (au plus grand plaisir des petits et grands garcons qui s'amusent follement a opere la grue plusieurs fois par jour), les journees passent tres vite entre le marche, les cours de vannerie (ou plutot palm tree weaving), le petit yacht club, deux restaurants, et surtout le contact avec les autres bateaux et les locaux qui sont tres sympas et toujours pres a discuter. Hier nous sommes partis faire un tour de l'ile avec 4 autres bateaux. Un depart tres tot, 14 personnes plus le picnic, masques,tubas, serviettes, le van etait a maximum capacite, quelle rigoalde!Premier stop au site Tahava / Matapa ou une marche d'environ 20 minutes nous a menee a des caves fantastiques en bord de mer ou une arche ouverte sur l'ocean completait le spectacle. De belles petites piscines naturelles d'eau sale nous invitaient a nager, l'eau est tellement transparente les fonds colores sont tres attractifs! Nous avons aussi explore le second chemin qui nous a mene a Matapa, un endroit a ne pas manquer , nage entre les rochers et de jolis poissons tropicaux. Le site de Togo au sud est de l'ile est aussi a ne pas manquer: Apres une marche dans la foret de 30 minutes , l'arrivee dans un paysage lunaire de piques coralliens est hypnotique! Nous avons fini la journee au restaurant Falala...la ou un delicieux repas nous a ete servi par Miss Niue elle-meme! Demain le marche a 7h et la classe de vannerie....
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
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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.
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
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Created 14 February 2009
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Created 9 February 2009
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Created 9 February 2009
On our way back, Nelson and the famous Abel Tasman trail.
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Created 25 January 2009
South island east coast and meeting in Murchinson with Orca 3 and Malachi
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Created 24 January 2009
Alec took the plunge!
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Created 18 January 2009
Te Anau, Milford sound,
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Created 18 January 2009
Franz Jose glacier, Hokitika,Kunakaiki,scenic road from Haast to Wanaka (near Queenstown),Queenstown, Arrowtown.
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Created 10 January 2009
Transfer from North to South island.
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Created 10 January 2009
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Created 6 January 2009
THrough Kawau island, Mimiwhangata, Tutukaka, Great Barrier island, and an amazing dive at poor night.
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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
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Created 15 November 2008
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Created 11 November 2008
En route pour la Nouvelle Zelande
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Created 9 November 2008
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Created 29 October 2008
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Created 3 August 2008
the two sister islands of Raiatea and Tahaa
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Created 23 July 2008
F, between Tahiti and Bora Bora
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Created 23 July 2008
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Created 11 July 2008
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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
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French polynesia first islands, the Marqueses
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Created 28 April 2008
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Created 21 March 2008
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Created 24 February 2008
From the San Blas to Las Perlas Crossing the Panama canal
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Created 21 February 2008
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Created 31 January 2008
Chub Cay, Staniel Key, Georgetown
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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".
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Created 1 October 2007


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