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O'VIVE PACIFIC CROSSING
A family travels from Florida to New Zealand aboard their St Francis 50 catamaran
Fishing in the Jumentos
David
04/04/2009, Water Cay, Bahamas

We have been anchored here for 3 days eating the seafood we catch every day. Today Nathalie asked "can we eat meat today" so our catch went into the freezer. We will try and add to that tomorrow so we will have some available should the weather not be cooperative when our friends arrive on the 11th. Hopefully the weather will be great and we can bring them down here to spear some fish for themselves. For those of you that don't have the google plug in I suggest you download it, a very small application and you will be able to get a good sense of how remote an area this is.
David

We arrived in the busy town of Georgetown and took off the next day for the Jumentos. There are 80 miles of unhabited islands where only a few of the very numerous winter cruisers adventure themselves.... And it was splendid.... The wind finally layed off , the water got warmer and we were able to spearfish everyday!
It was great, we found some groupers, hogfish, lobster (before the season ended) and conch, and lots of queen triggerfish but we are not interested in those (Gaston on the Tuamotus would Love those, he was always getting the green parrot fish for Lunch in the Pacific, here in the Bahamas, they would not touch it for nothing in the world!).
We also met a nice couple on a catamaran, he is 77 and him and his wife (both pilots) just spend their time either sailing their catamaran, driving their Rv or flying on a little plane they just built... the energy some people have is amazing (by the way she was an amazing spear fisherwoman, got more fish and lobsters by herself than the four of us!).
We are on our way back to Georgetown to wait for the arrival of Amy and Dave , our friends from Colorado, we sure hope to have a nice sail to the Jumentos with them as well.

Nathalie

04/18/2009 | Nancy & Joe
WoW! We wish we could help you eat lobster! I Love the Blue warm water too! Your photos are great & you all look so Happy! Keep having Fun, Love, N & J
04/21/2009 | Nathalie Houston
Hi Joe & Nancy, fly on over and we will eat some together! Dave
Back in the Bahamas
David
03/27/2009, Staniel Cay, Bahamas

Ovive is back in the Bahamas. We left Ft Lauderdale on March 19th just before midnight. We were going to leave the next morning on the 20th but by leaving late on the 19th we avoided a Friday departure (which we have done with no adverse affects before) but more importantly jumped across before the wind started blowing. And it has been blowing ever since! It's nice to be back in the clear water of the Bahamas. We never saw water as clear as here all the way across the Pacific. Although there are many other boats it seems very quiet without Orca III and Malachi.

03/28/2009 | Malachi
Dear Nathalie, we hope you had a wonderful birthday! and we hope the rest of you are enjoying your time in the beautiful Bahamas! So warm, not like here in NZ
O'Vive back in America!!!!
Nathalie
03/15/2009, FT Lauderdale, FLORIDA

O'Vive arrived today and we are so happy to reunite with her. Dockwise did a great job, she needs another deep fresh water cleaning and she will be all new again!
The kids are in the Keys with their friends this week-end, they were so excited to see everybody again.
I spoke to my friend Marg from Malachi tonight, New zealand is so far and I miss them all so much, New Zealand is getting colder already (72 deg during the day, cooler at night).
Florida is also around 75 deg and cooler at night, the sky is blue and beautiful....

So nice to be back in Florida and see our friends!
Nathalie
03/12/2009, , Melbourne Beach,Deerfield Beach, FL

We left Colorado, crossed the country (by Car) and arrived in florida for a first stop In Melbourne Beach, FL to see Jorge and Bonnie, they moved from the Keys to a very nice house very quiet with a lot of land near a protected park where all kind of animals can be seen (even an armadillo), the kids cruised on a golf cart all day , they had a ball! Then we went a little further south to Deerfield Beach where we stayed at Joey and Nancy's house for a few days and enjoyed sharing our stories (Whitney is getting Married, June 15th!!!!!!) ,all the pictures, DVD and adventures... What a nice time we had seeing all our friends!!!

Back in the US, Skiing with Amy and Dave.
Nathalie
02/25/2009, Crested Butte, Colorado, USA

We flew back to L. A. then Denver on the 18th of February. It was a long trip (well aprehended by David who hates flying) but the weather was fine and everything went well. We headed towards Crested Butte to visit another kid boat, our sailing friends Amy and Dave (we met them in 2003 in Georgetown, Bahamas). They live in a beautiful ski town far from the beaten track called Crested Butte ( five hours from Denver) and it is a wonderful quiet spot for extreme skiing so we are so excited to see our friends again and ski all together. They are very busy between hockey and skiing (definitely outdoors people who would have loved NZ!). It is fun to ski, hang out and bead (Dionne: Amy is making one of your bead bag, you see, you are famous around the globe!, my Mom in France have the whole bead class doing bead bag now, when they are finished, they will take a picture and e-mail it to you!). A bientot.

02/25/2009 | Phoenix
Welcome back! Look forward to meeting you in the Keys and sharing a few stories. Lynda
02/26/2009 | Pat Reischmann
Now I'm jealous, sail the pacific and then ski the Rockies, you lucky dogs!
03/01/2009 | Jocelyn
i love the pictures! ive been looking almost every day so see if they were up yet! i miss you guys!
03/04/2009 | Dionne
great pictures , miss you guys here!
03/15/2009 | Thierry
Grosses bises à vous tous.
Nous avons beaucoup skié ces derniers temps et pensons à vous souvent.
Les MOULIN

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