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O'VIVE PACIFIC CROSSING
A family travels from Florida to New Zealand aboard their St Francis 50 catamaran
CAST OFF!
Nathalie
01/11/2008, Nassau, Bahamas

CAST OFF THE LINES!
That is it! We departed this morning at 6:30 am from Tavernier, our hometown, to the Bahamas, Nassau then Georgetown in the Exumas. This is a well known route to us since we went there almost every summer the last five years.
The kids of the street came, as they promised, at 5:30am! They said their goodbyes to Emilie and Alec, it was so nice, they really like each other a lot and it was very emotional. We crossed Snake Creek Bridge at 7:00 am and there were Pam and Sara waving "bon Voyage", we will miss them so much!
Too many tears so early in the morning...
It is now 3pm and we are almost across the Gulf Stream heading for South Riding Rock. We will continue on the bank overnight and then to Nassau. We had light winds (Luckily since we are motoring right into it, what is new, I can't wait to go in the direction of the Trade Winds, One day...) and a beautiful blue sky with almost no clouds!!
It is TRUE, I cannot believe it, we are on the first day of our Adventure and I am so Happy!!!!
GRAND DEPART!
Ca y est, nous sommes partis a 6h30 ce matin de notre maison a Tavernier pour la premiere etape, Georgetown ,dans les iles Exumas des Bahamas. Nos petits voisins (5) sont tous venus nous dire au revoir a 5h30 du matin, je n'en croyais pas mes yeux, cela a beaucoup compte pour Emilie et Alec a qui ils vont bien manquer. Puis en passant sous le pont de Snake Creek Bridge, Pam et Sara etaient la aussi pour nous souhaiter "Bon Voyage".
Ces derniers jours de preparatifs ont ete epuisants et j'ai passť la premiere partie du voyage a dormir! Je serai donc fraiche pour prendre mon tour de veille ce soir et laisser David se reposer.
Difficile a croire, notre reve se realize enfin et nous voila au premier jour de ce nouveau depart, quel Bonheur!
Pour cette premiere traverse, nous avons un beau ciel bleu sans nuages et un vent leger (tant mieux puisque l'on ne peut pas naviguer, nous allons bien sur a l'Est d'ou le vent souffe!, nous utilisons donc les moteurs a environ 7-8 noeuds). Nous continuerons toute la nuit et demain jusqu'a Nassau pour ensuite descendre le long des iles Exumas jusqu'a Gorgetown.

01/12/2008 | vincent dye
Yes ; now i can see you on the Map !
i can feel the excitement in your hearts while reading your blog after your departure ! what A GREAT EXPERIENCE ! I m so happy for you all that my tears are coming into my eyes !
Enjoy dear Friends ! we just live once !
Kisses.
01/12/2008 | Amy Bright
Congratulations, O'Vive! There you go - the lines are cut! How wonderful to see your new postition and know you are on your way on your great Adventure! We look to see where you are every day!

amour beaucoup et bisous, Amy & the Boys
01/12/2008 | Morgan Beaton (who else??:)
HELLO!!! You've only have been gone for a few days and we all(including Reece) miss you soooo much! What are we going to do for another 361 days(yes i am counting down!)?!?!?!?! After you couldnt see us any more we sat on the boat house roof until we couldnt see your light on your mast any more. then we had crepes in your honor. Im sure you are all having an awesome time and w will be looking forward to your e-mails every day! Im watching you position dot, you are pretty far! Well i hope that you will all enjoy this amazing adventure while i sit at home,go to school, and do other non-exciting things, LUCKY!!
LOTS 'O' LOVE!
*~Morgan~*
01/13/2008 | Philippe ALFONSI
Hi to all the famlily,
We wish you a great and happy new year and of course to enjoy your adventure.
We are all well and we are forecasting our next hollidays in Corsica for 4 weeks in july.
Big kisses to you all,
Philippe, Laure, Ludo & Martin
PS: send us on which email we can give you some news appart from your blog.
01/19/2008 | Sarah Brown
Hey Emilie! Sorry i havent talked to u in a while. midterms came up and it was intense!! anyway, how r u? whats going on?
01/25/2008 | Paola
what a pleasure to read about your past 2 weeks. We think about you a lot ... what an adventure! Wish I could convince my husband to take a year off and travel around the world!! May be you can convince Phil when you come back Nat. How is homeschooling doing? Hi to Emilie from Nic. Love to you guys and good sailing. Talk to you later
O'Vive back Home!
Nathalie
11/29/2007, Tavernier, Florida

Finally O'Vive is back home, in the Florida Keys.
She is kind of ready but we still need every minute of the 4 weeks we have left before our EDD.

12/24/2007 | vincent dye
Merry Christmas to you all and a very warm and lovely Journey ! We ll follow you daily on your map and we ll miss you a lot .
Lots of Love . Vincent Ivana Matthieu & Alexandre
01/07/2008 | paola
BON VOYAGE!
are you gone yet?! WE wish you the best for 2008, especially a smooth sailing.
Love,

Paola, Phil, Nic & Sasha
01/09/2008 | Nancy & Joe
Bon Voyage O'Vive! Your on your way to Great & Exciting adventures. Have a Wonderful time & take Lots of photos. Love & Smooth Sailing, N & J
01/19/2008 | sarah brown
btw, i miss u a lot! i wish u were back here again :) -_- *hearts*
O'Vive needs a lot of work
Nathalie
10/02/2007, Bradenton, Florida

O'vive needed a lot of equipment and or adjustement on board: from a water maker to the Single Side Band Radio, and a few little surprises to fix or improve, this kept David busy full time on the west coast of Florida for 2 months! He got the professional help and great advices from Pat Reishmann (Pat has been involved with Manta Enterprises for a long time and knows quiet a lot about catamarans).Bradenton was a neat little place, I went with the kids to visit David for a long week-end and we visited the Salvator Dali museum, the library, the shore area and park. The marina was very clean, quiet and safe, also very accomodating regarding the extensive work we had to do. One very interesting phenomenom of this area is the shrimps and the capharnaum they make, I was wondering what was this crunching noise around the hull , it was millions of shrimps who love this mixture of salty-fresh water!

01/12/2008 | Mimi
Super! Bon voyage! Une Bonne Anne et sutout une Bonne Sante! Allons suivre la progression de ce magnifique voyage. Mille bisous de nous tous! Pensons bien a vous!
Mimi & Family
In Preparation of our Grand Voyage
Nathalie
09/11/2007, Tavernier, Florida

We were in search of a great program (meaning easy to learn but displaying a lot of info). After a few try at Page maker program, we definetly decided that this blog system will fit our needs just fine with a minimum of efforts. There is so much to research and prepare between the homeschooling (The kids are still in Traditional Public shool at this time), the first aid kit (I should say wagon) and all the add-on to O'Vive that we want to have before we leave in December that David and myself are busy all day long. We used to work long hours so it seemed at first that you could accomplished so much in a whole long day ! But since everything is new, it requires research, consensus and power of decision! We are so excited though! Our dream of 20 years is about to come true!
We have been cruising every summer the Bahamas waters for over 7 years now on a Manta 42, our first catamaran called Melusine (a french mermaid's name). We really enjoyed Melusine very very much but we decided to get something bigger for our trip, the kids are taking a lot more room than when they were 5 and 7!
The Bahamas were absolutly beautiful and quiet remote when you get to areas like the ragged islands, south of Georgetown. We loved the turquoise waters, spearfishing and all the good friends we made there.
By now whomever reads this blog besides friends and family has probably figured out that I was a foreigner (French, but leaving in the U.S since 20 years now and a US citizen), by the way I turn my sentences, also more than likely by the way I spell, sorry!!!
Anyway it is great to be in the "getting ready" part of the dream, I love it!!!
Any info from Florida resident who boatschooled children (middle and highschool) would be greatly appreciated!!!

09/13/2007 | Monique Burgess
Nathalie,
We too are a family of 4 on a cruising catamaran. Currently we are in Newport, Rhode Island, but will be bringing the boat south to Florida for the winter. During kids' school vacations this winter we'll be cruising Bahamas and Keys. Hope we overlap on our travels. During winter of 2009 we plan to go through Panama Canal towards the Pacific. Glad to meet another cruising family. Hope to see you in Florida!! Fair winds, Monique@sailingzen.com
09/17/2007 | Ivana
Dear all,

we are so happy that your dream becomes reality. We will miss you for sure, but we well keep in touch thanks to this blog !
Lotes of love.
Ivana bxfs
09/22/2007 | Philippe ALFONSI
Hi to all the family,
We will follow your trip with your blog.
We wish you great time.
Big kisses from France.
Philippe, Laure, Martin & Ludo
09/25/2007 | Vincent DYE
Hello dears , what a great way to make your dreams come true ! i m really pleased for you all.Hoping the chocolates are still fien and that Nunuche as David love them !
11/23/2007 | Ralph & Carmen Gutzmer
Dear all,

hoprfully your boat will be ready to go on time.

It was a pleasure to meet you. Thank you for taking the time, to make us familiar with ex MELUSINE, now RELAX.
We are sure, we will meet you again!
All the best
Ralph & Carmen
12/30/2007 | Nancy & Joe
Wonderful job on this whole web-site/blog!How 's your schedule going? We will call youlater. Love, Nancy
01/02/2008 | Amy Bright
Happy New Year, Familie Houston and O'Vive! We think of you every day. There is lots of snow and skiing is great! Hockey is in full swing too... the boys (two "little", one big) are skating smoothly and look perfect. School's out until Jan 7 and we're having fun! Miss you tons and look for your updates. XXOO, Amy, Dave, David and Peter

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