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

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Day 4 to Australia

06 September 2011 | Brisbane
Arrived up the river in Brisbane at 1pm yesterday after a four day sail from Noumea. Did customs etc and then continued another hour up the river to downtown Brisbane at dockside marina. Will try and post some pictures now that I am in the land of fast internet.

Day 3 to Australia

04 September 2011 | 26 02S 155 59E
More of the same. Blew a hole in the mainsail while it had 2 reefs in so now only able to use with the 3rd reef in, so going a bit slower. Quite rough last night but much better today. 181 miles to go, 205 miles this 24 hour period.

Day 2 to Australia

03 September 2011 | 24 35S 159 23E
The past 24 hours have been on the rough side as we are taking the waves from the side and even slightly ahead. Wind has been close to 25 now for a while. We have two reefs in the main and still moving along nicely. Forecast shows the weather window should last until we reach the coast. Weather can still be a bit winter like here at this time of year. 386 miles to go, 210 miles this 24 hour period.

On to Australia

02 September 2011 | 23 21S 162 56E
So we spent a little over 24 hours in Noumea, defiantly a place that needs returning to. If we had not left yesterday the next possible weather window was on the 12th and that would not be a sure bet. We docked right next to our sister ship "Tahina" with Frank and Karen aboard and would like to have spent more time talking with them as well. The country was a pleasure to check in and out off with zero fees. The marina staff were super nice and the rates reasonable. We left at 1300 hr with a nice 17 to 20 knot breeze that lasted throughout the night. This morning it blew itself out so have had the screecher up since. This will be an 800 mile passage with 596 to go after 24 hours.
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 - Papeete first impressions
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le marche de Papeete
a la poste
Deux St francis catamarans a Papeete
au bord de la route. On the side of the road.
le truck, a cheap way to get somewhere around Papeete. Le truck, un moyen bon marche de se deplacer a Papeete
Dans le truck... in the truck...
les truck restaurant sur le port de Papeete. The restaurant trucks a Papeete
Les colliers de fleurs de tiare qui sentent si bon. The flower necklaces which smell so good!
encore des couronnes de fleurs.
Femme au marche confectionnant des colliers de fleurs. At the market, a women creating a flower necklace.
All those herbs smells so good! Toutes ces herbes qui embaument le marche.
une sorte de lychee poilu! a hairy lychee, the kids loved it!
in Papeete, the fish are as colorful as the flowers. A Papeete les poissons sont aussi colores que les fleurs!
Au quai de Papeete avec nos amis d
Une pirogue dans le port de Papeete.
la biere nationale de Tahiti, Hinano. THe national beer, Hinano.
Arriving in Papeete at sunrise. Arrivee a Papeete au leve du soleil


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