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O'VIVE PACIFIC CROSSING
A family travels from Florida to New Zealand aboard their St Francis 50 catamaran
Arrived Fatu-Hiva
Dave and Nath
04/17/2008

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!!!!)

04/17/2008 | Jill
Great! I can breath now. I can't wait to hear all the stories! Is the bird still with you? Miss you all! Love, Jill
04/18/2008 | Davina Geddes
Still following your voyage, it looks fabulous.
04/23/2008 | jill
Hi Houston's,
Haven't seen any new info lately, everyone alright? We hope so!
Love,Jill, Steve, Morgan, Ryan & Reece
04/28/2008 | Sylvie White
Congratulations on making it so far and doing something everybody dreams about but never do ... I m so jealous !! Key Largo is sooo boring ... (could be stock in a worst place)
Great idea the web site !
Steven Frink is going to Tahiti next week
doubt you ll be in the same area.
He is going to Papeete/Bora/Fakareva
Fakareva is the place everybody recommand for the diving !
How do you like the Marquesas ?
Never made it there ! Is it worth it ?
Be safe and have fun
Sylvie White
sp_white@bellsouth.net
07/17/2008 | Gisela from Boca Raton
I hope you remember me..
Steve just gave me your blog and I am starting to follow your amazing adventure. It is beautiful to see all the pictures..... it feels like you are enjoying every moment. It just great that you are on this voyage.
We just started selling our house and will then move to Panama....
Do you still have time to make your rings???
Stay save and say hello to your family.
Gisela
Day 16
Dave
04/16/2008, Pacific Ocean

We are almost there and expect to arrive tomorrow! Second night with the spinnaker up but will probably have to figure something else out for tonight as there are squalls around. We are busy cleaning the boat. When reading story's of other people doing the same thing, quite often they mention a reluctance for the passage to be over as they are really into their routine etc.. I find no such feelings on this boat! 186 miles to go. Nous projetons d'arriver demain a Fatu Hiva, l'ile la plus au sud des Marquises. Le mouillage de Hanavave est un des plus spectaculaires au monde (la baie des verges, pardon, la baie des vierges!). Je 'n'arrive pa sa croire que ce movement de va et vient va cesser! NOUS SOMMES TOUS TRES IMPATIENTS!

Day 15
Dave
04/15/2008, Pacific Ocean

We flew the spinnaker all night as the weather was beautiful, even had moonlight until 3am. We caught a two meal mahi-mahi just before sunset. We have been hooking fish every day around that time but always loose them due to trying to real them in against the boat speed. Yesterday we made the effort to slow the boat down and it paid off. 375 miles to go. That's 432 statute miles (land miles) for the landlubbers. 375 miles encore, environ 2 jours. Nous avons peche un beau Mahi-Mahi hier. Tout va bien.

04/16/2008 | PAOLA
SALUT LES BEAUX, JUSTE UN PETIT COUCOU POUR VOUS DIRE QUE TOUT VA BIEN. 3-4 JOURS DE FROIS/FRAIS A MIAMI ET ON A RESSORTI LES PULLS, DE VRAIS CUL-GELES! PLUS QUE 6 SEMAINES D'ECOLE ET LES MONSTRES SERONT EN VACANCES .... YOUPI! NO MORE HOMEWORK POUR EUX ET POUR MOI. NOUS LISONS VOTRE BLOG REGULIEREMENT ET LES ENFANTS ENVIENT ALEC ET EMILIE POUR CE SUPER VOYAGE. BISOUS,BISOUS
04/16/2008 | Nancy
We are back! We all had a great trip from Antigua, Barbuda,St. Barts & St Martin,where we left "Someday". We all Enjoy reading your adventures & the photos too, so keep it up!!
Day 14
Dave
04/14/2008, Pacific Ocean

Are you as tired of reading about nothing as I am about writing about nothing? We are trying to predict our landfall but it is difficult as we are loosing our wind. The prediction is only 10 knots for the next 42 hours. So depending on wind we hope to arrive the afternoon of the 17th or the morning of the 18th. Perhaps the afternoon of the 18th? The different scenarios play though my so called mind. Some data: We fly the spinnaker for the 4th day in a row. The bird is on his/her 11th day. He/she has traveled approximately 2000 miles with us. 547 miles to go. Rien de tres nouveau, le vent est leger, nous esperons arriverle 17 apres-midi ou 18 au matin, plus que quelques jours!!!!!!

04/14/2008 | Paul
Like the updates, hope to see a picture of the bird. Sounds like you are having a great time.
Day 13
Dave
04/13/2008, Pacific Ocean

738 miles to go. We are flying the spinnaker for the third day in a row. 199 miles yesterday, our average is 198.8 miles per day making yesterday a average day. The booby has been with us for 10 days or so now, we are discussing how to get rid of him/her upon landfall if it does not leave voluntarily. Rien de nouveau a l'horizon, mais un beau ciel bleu et le vent est dans la bonne direction a 15-18 noeuds, que demander de mieux.... Fatu Hiva .....

04/13/2008 | Pat Reischmann
Been following the website, looks like you are having a great time, keep me posted on how the boat is doing,
Pat

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