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

Aitutaki to Niue day 1

04 September 2008 | enroute, Pacific
David
Aitutaki to Niue Thursday 11am We stayed in Aitutaki for longer than we wanted to due to a slow moving BFH (Big Fat High) sitting to our southwest (1040+hpa). It blew 30 to 40 knots for days along with rain and cold. Forecast wave heights of 18-28 feet just outside of the harbor. It was the first time we had stayed longer than we had wanted to. Well after climbing the highest hill 3 times and eating in the same restaurants even though they were good, well you get the picture. So yesterday Wednesday September 3rd after being there for 10 days we decided to leave even though conditions had still not settled down. This because I saw a trough forming east of Niue that was forecast to become a pretty deep low right in our path by Sunday. The next opportunity to leave would have been in another 10 days. So that explains why we are out here in this weather, we left at 11:15am with a little sun shining, by the time afternoon arrived we were out of the lee of the island with 3 reefs in the main a scrap of jib poled out the other side surfing down the waves at up to 20 knots. Shortly after night fall we rolled up the jib completely and spent the night under main alone. We were still surfing some of the larger waves as the wind built to a steady 30 knots gusting to 36 knots with rain every so often. Any more wind and I would have removed all sail. The problem with large waves and wind is your average mile per day number is not fantastic as you are keeping the average speed down to keep the surfing under control. Give me 18 knots and smoother seas and I will have a much higher average speed. This morning finds us under rain but the wind has dropped to 20-25 knots so we have the jib out again. We left with three other boats, "Upps" our German friends had to change course to Palmerston Island to try and find some calm water to repair their self steering gear. "Excalibur" a Australian boat is doing well about 50 miles behind us and "Enswann" a French boat who does not have a radio is somewhere behind them. Mono-hulls do not like to sail directly downwind as there is no sideways pressure on the sails to keep them from rolling. Looking back at them rolling almost gunnel to gunnel in the big waves does not give me any urge to trade boats! "Orca 3" is waiting for us in Niue and "Malachi" is leaving Niue for Tonga today as they have to pick up friends there on the 7th. 188 miles in the last 24 hours 382 to go.
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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
39 Photos
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.
68 Photos
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
58 Photos
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
54 Photos
Created 11 November 2008
En route pour la Nouvelle Zelande
10 Photos
Created 9 November 2008
8 Photos
Created 29 October 2008
78 Photos
Created 15 September 2008
36 Photos
Created 6 September 2008
31 Photos
Created 6 September 2008
37 Photos
Created 16 August 2008
57 Photos
Created 3 August 2008
the two sister islands of Raiatea and Tahaa
49 Photos
Created 23 July 2008
F, between Tahiti and Bora Bora
23 Photos
Created 23 July 2008
8 Photos
Created 11 July 2008
9 Photos
Created 4 July 2008
1 Photo | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 29 June 2008
Les iles des Tuamotus Kauehi, Fakarava et Toau
1 Photo | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 28 June 2008
5 Photos
Created 16 May 2008
26 Photos
Created 16 May 2008
4 Photos
Created 16 May 2008
8 Photos
Created 16 May 2008
French polynesia first islands, the Marqueses
20 Photos
Created 28 April 2008
45 Photos
Created 21 March 2008
12 Photos
Created 21 March 2008
12 Photos
Created 18 March 2008
31 Photos
Created 24 February 2008
From the San Blas to Las Perlas Crossing the Panama canal
41 Photos
Created 21 February 2008
18 Photos
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