O'VIVE PACIFIC CROSSING

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

Arrived Fatu-Hiva

17 April 2008
Dave and Nath
We arrived at 10 am this morning. Total passage time 16 days and 5 hours. 56 engine hours to leave Galapagos and the rest under sail. Caught 3 nice mahi-mahi and 1 hour later a 45 lb yellow-fin tuna with-in a stones throw of the shore. So have been busy cleaning fish and just now eating it!.
4/17/2008
Arrived safe at Fatu Hiva! (Marqueses, French Polynesia)
16 days and 5 hours, our crossing went very well and we would like to thank Eole and Neptune in the same breath for such a great trip! We are now in a very calm anchorage in the most southern islands of the Marqueses archipel called Fatu Hiva. The small bay of Hanavave is so spectacular that it takes your breath away, what an amazing place to set anchor after a long time at sea. The picks surrounding the bay are often lost in the mist and almost give an eerie, mystic feeling to the place. There are 10 sailboats in the bay and we saw with pleasure the vessel Cholgas , a French single handler, Gilles, who we met in Wreck Bay in the Galapagos. He welcomed us with the famous Marquesian pamplemousses (the sweetest grapefruit you will ever taste, it is almost like grape) and of course we shared our mutual adventures and gave him some fresh tuna we just caught before we reached the anchorage. After fishing every day , we finally caught the biggest tuna we have ever seen right in the outside of Fatu Hiva. We were just in the process of putting away three beautiful mahi-mahi and I was kind of hinting to David that it would be nice to reel the lines in ( we were approaching the bay and some downpour were going to welcome us requiring our full attention), but just then the line went "zzee zzeee" and it was a big tuna, at first when the kid saw the dorsal fin , it was so big they thought it was a shark, but we managed to pull it in and it was a 47 pounds yellow fin tuna!!!!! What a great moment and an hour later, we were in the most dramatic landscaping I ever seen , slowly swinging on our anchor deeply set in 60 feet of clear water. It really worth the apprehension of the unknown, the fear I had about the crossing, all is so incredibly surprising , and gratifying, I would have never imagine.
16 jours et cinq heures, notre grande traversee s'est tres bien passee et j'en profite pour remercier Eole et Neptune. Les enfant ont ete supers et ont garde leur quart comme des adultes toute les nuits ce qui nous a permis d'arriver fatigues mais non pas epuises! O'Vive est vraiment un super catamaran, elle a demontre de tres bonnes performances en vent leger (avec le spi, a 15 noeuds de vent, vitesse du bateau 9 noeuds! ) de meme qu'en vent plus intense (bien sur elle peut aller assez vite surtout si il y a des vagues et nous commencons a surfer!!! ) C'est un grand bateau, et de ce fait la plateforme est tres stable, la plupart du temps le voyage a ete tres confortable, le bruit a ete ce qui etait le plus genant. L'arrivee a Fatu Hiva restera a jamais gravee dans ma memoire. De la premiere vision des pics perdus dans la brume, jusqu'au mouillage avec a peine 10 bateaux dans un cadre feerique, la petite baie du village d' Hanavave, la baie des Verges renommee la baie des vierges (c'est plus acceptable?) est absolument epoustouflante de beaute et degage des ondes mystiques (non, je vous assure ce ne sont pas les trois semaines en mer qui me tapent sur le caillou!). Les Marquesiens sont adorables, gaies, tres relax, c'est vraiment le paradis. Nous avons retrouve Gilles, un navigateur solitaire que nous avions rencontre aux Galapagos et il nous a acueilli avec de delicieux pamplemousses du pays, et puis peu a peu les bateaux que nous connaissons arrivent les uns après les autres, Silver Curl (Gerhart et Gisela), Kuanidup(Pascal et Genevieve),nous faisons aussi d'autre connaissances- finalement des bateaux avec des enfants du meme age qu'Emilie et Alec, Orca III (Kyle, Mia et Emma) du Canada-. Il y a plusieurs bateaux avec des ados venant du Mexique, ils devraient arriver sous peu. Il semble jusqu'a maintenant que le voyage Mexique- les Marquises (bien que ce soit a peu pres le meme nombre de miles) est plus long (entre 22et 28 jours en moyenne), les alizes etant un peu moins forts et plus variables que les alizes du sud de l'equateur. Tous ces bateaux viennent plutot de la cote ouest des USA, soit americains soit canadiens.Bien sur, il faut que jementionne la peche miraculeuse que nous avons fait juste avant notre arrive a Hanavave: Trois Mahi-Mahi et un enorme thon de 25 kilos!!!! Imaginez David et Alec, meme Emilie qui ne s'excite pas tellement sur nos records de peche etait extatique! (En attendant, J'etais a la barre et commencais a paniquer car la terre approchait et il y avait un grain tres serre qui m'empechait de voir la cote, J'avais beau leur dire de se depecher ils etaient tellement après leur poisson qu'ils me pretaient a peine attention, heureusement en ralentissant la pluie a eu le temps de passer avant notre entrée dans la baie! Les moments de peche dans la famille Houston-Dupart sont toujours des moments tres intenses et tres vocaux (ils doivent nous entendre jusqu'a Noumea!!!!)
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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
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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.
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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
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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 15 September 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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1 Photo | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 29 June 2008
Les iles des Tuamotus Kauehi, Fakarava et Toau
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Created 28 June 2008
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Created 16 May 2008
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Created 16 May 2008
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
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

O'VIVE UNDER WAY...

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