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A family travels from Florida to New Zealand aboard their St Francis 50 catamaran
Gt to Panama Day 4
04/23/2011, Caribbean Sea

7pm Last night was uneventful with just one squall carrying no additional wind. The first rinse Ovive has had since departing Florida. It was nice to walk on the decks this morning without the salt buildup. This morning was back to the screecher, sailed slow until 11:30am then motor sailed until 12:30pm then dropped the screecher and sailed slow with the kite for a while. Around 1:30pm the wind steadily increased to 20 knots. We were hitting 11 knots in calm seas. Then at 6pm down with the kite and out goes the genoa. Oh, and another Mahi Mahi this morning. So you see we are not always just watching the water pass by. All is well with only 285 miles to go.

Gt to Panama day 3
04/22/2011, Caribbean Sea

7pm Had a windy night, had to add second reef after surfing to 17 knots. Better after that. Today the wind was largely absent. Flew the kite this morning and then switched to the screecher as the wind moved forward. Just took down the screecher and replaced with the jib for the night. Caught a nice bull Mahi Mahi. Seas were flat all day after being up during the night. All is well on Ovive

04/22/2011 | Joe & Nancy G
My heart is with you even if I can't be. Sail on
O'Vive, God speed & fair winds
Day 2 Gt to Panama
04/21/2011, Windward passage

7:pm We rounded the eastern tip of Cuba this morning and have been dead downwind since. We flew the kite from 11am until 6pm We were doing 7-8 knots this morning and up to 12 by the time we lowered the kite. We are now wing and wing with one reef in the main doing 8-9 knots. Did 225 miles though the water and 200 over ground yesterday 6:30am to 6:30am. Not bad as that included leaving GT harbor and traversing Hog Cay cut. All is well on Ovive

04/22/2011 | Jenny
It sounds great, wish we were with you, good to see the boat has a reputation for catching fish.
Day 1 GT to Panama
04/20/2011, Acklins Island Bahamas

Left at 6:15 am, through Hog Cay cut just after 9. By 11:30am leaving Nuevitas Rock. Anywhere from hard on the wind to now a beam reach. wind 17-22k speed 8.5-10k. We are 125 miles north of the eastern tip of Cuba which we should round tomorrow lunchtime?

04/20/2011 | Don Ewart
Following with great interest. Enjoying your commentary.
George Town
04/18/2011, George town

Arrived in Gt yesterday morning. Caught another fish on the way. Checked into the country this morning, will probably check out tomorrow and leave Wednesday morning. Wind is forecast to go north of east and strong so should be able to sail towards the eastern tip of Cuba. Not much has changed in Gt but wanted the blog to reflect where we are.

04/20/2011 | asselin marilyn philippe
woah !! belle pÍche ! nous sommes contents d'avoir de vos nouvelles

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