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A family travels from Florida to New Zealand aboard their St Francis 50 catamaran
Anchoring fun at Aitutaki
08/03/2011, Aitutaki

Entered the pass at Aitutaki at 9:30am only to find a large catamaran had anchored poorly in the anchorage causing all the subsequent boats to position themselves in relation to him. So that means the harbor is full even though there are only 7 boats. Not only that, he has taken on the task of guiding all the boats in and telling them where they should anchor so it just keeps getting worse and worse. Now if some of the boats need to depart other boats will have to move to let them out. So we spent hours yesterday trying to secure ourselves properly outside the harbor as the port captain did not want any more boats inside. Basically manually tying ourselves to rocks under water as there is no holding in a 3" layer of sand over rock. After taking all day to accomplish that and not to my complete satisfaction another catamaran is directed to anchor out by us just before sunset. Of course it's even worse for him as he has no light so winds on top of some coral heads. In order to get him off he had to come very close to us and now the sun has set and one off his crew swims down to check his lines and reports back that the rock he tied the line to is no longer there. So I am holding him off the rocks that I am secured to with the dingy in full revs, the sun is gone and thankfully he makes the decision to abandon the idea of staying the night in that spot. So I let him hang on another line his crew had secured to another rock and went and asked some local guys if they could guide him into the harbor where he was not allowed earlier by the port captain but at this point it was becoming a real safety issue so the locals came out in their boat we just did it. Steve on Heatwave turned out to be a great guy and I hope any damage from the rocks is minor. Ashore last light we met some of the other boats at a potluck and they told us that they would defy the guy on the large cat and make room for us and Heatwave today. We shall see how they feel about that today after all the drinking that was going on last night.

08/04/2011 | Don Ewart
Funny story (after it's over)
116 Miles To Aitutaki
08/01/2011, 18 18S 157 49W

3:40 pm. Had a slow night but the wind has picked up today. Saw a whale late yesterday. Everyone is doing fine with our new crew growing accustomed to the shipboard routine. Raining a little this morning but a fairly nice day today with some periods of sunshine although mostly overcast. Only 176 miles this 24 hour period but the light winds were taken into account when deciding what time to leave Bora Bora. The plan is to arrive first thing in the morning at Aitutaki and we may have to wait an hour or two outside the pass waiting on the tide.

Bora Bora and Onwards
07/31/2011, 17 30S 155 03W

We picked up a free mooring ball at Bloody Mary's and spent our entire short stay there. Had lunch there twice, a good burger for $1000 cpf. Climbed to the lookout and went to a few snorkel spots. Bla bla. Easy to hitchhike everywhere and speaking to the locals it's sad to see how poorly the island is doing in this economy with lots of closed hotels not being kept up, therefore becoming an eyesore. People are nice and the lagoon is as beautiful as ever. We left the pass yesterday afternoon at 3:30pm and now at 3:30pm have covered 196 of the 484 mile passage to Aitutaki in the Cook islands. I was just about to post this when the main halyard shackle broke sending the main crashing down and leaving the halyard pulley 71' up in the air. So up the mast I went and an hour later we are under way again. Won't help our next 24 hour average.

Raiatea, Tahaa
07/27/2011, Between Tahaa and Bora Bora

We had a very smooth overnight from Moorea to Raiatea and still one of our new crew members was seasick so we will have to monitor that situation closely. As soon as we arrived we tied to the free town dock and did the hike up Taptoi hill. Then after lunch we went over to Tahaa and picked up what used to be a free mooring but now the guy comes out just before sunset and tells us that it's $2000 xpf. Oh well. We did enjoy the night in company of Free Spirit though and this morning we all went to a vanilla plantation and then a pearl farm which was interesting as we had not had a proper pearl farm tour as of yet. Now we are underway to Bora Bora a bit sooner than I would have choose but with a bit of bad weather coming though tomorrow it's best to get to our last stop before our jump off to Raro.

07/28/2011 | amy bright
Glad to know you are feeling better and are underway again! Thinking you you, O'Vive and the crew and wishing you smooth sailing and a good voyage!
07/28/2011 | Malachi
David, we think of you often and remember the great times we shared in the places you are revisiting, which sure makes me envious. We love you and miss you and wish you and the crew health and safety for the coming legs.
Back in Moorea
07/24/2011, Moorea

Yes something was wrong; it was time for a partial crew change. So we went back to Tahiti and dropped off Seb and Lise-Marie. This was all happing while I was quite sick, which has improved some since but after several hundred dollars spent at the clinic they still don't know what it is. Something stomach related, at least that's where the symptoms are. Then we started the crew search which is always a bit tricky if you have certain standards about who you would let on the boat. So this took a while but now we have Judy from Australia and Kerstin from Germany and we arrived back in Moorea yesterday afternoon. The plan is to be in Rarotonga by the 8th to pick up the owner so we will have to get a move on. The blog updates should be up to date again going forward.

07/24/2011 | Vicki Foster
We are happy to hear you are feeling better...maybe some bad bugs were in the water you were working in at the Quay....
07/26/2011 | verant lise-marie
We had a great sailing time on board on o'vive.
Thanks for everythings and good luck for the the following part.
Sebastien and lise-marie

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