Flight of Aghavni

a Topjian family traveling journey

Vessel Name: Aghavni
Vessel Make/Model: Oyster 485
Hailing Port: Easton, MD
Crew: We will write about the unique experiences of owning and operating a long distance sailing vessel, and sharing time with family in a meaningful environment of the splendor of God's creation.
About: Aghavni is an Armenian word meaning Dove, which for us has many special meanings.
Extra: It is the symbol of the Holy Spirit at Jesus’ baptism. It is the deliverer of new life promised to Noah after the flood. It is the name of our dear neighbor, Ms. Agnes Chapman, who passed away peacefully at age 97. And finally, the dove is a universal symbol of peace in a fallen world.
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Recent Blog Posts
06 May 2019

All good in the hood!

Hello dearest friends and family!

25 April 2019

French Polynesia!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

26 March 2019

Heading Offshore!

Looking forward to our longest passage yet. Have a blessed Lenten season. Hopefully we will arrive to shore in time to celebrate Easter!

25 March 2019

Preparations

Question: Is it cheaper to buy toilet paper in Galapagos or French Polynesia?!

25 March 2019

Mass

Celebrating a Catholic Mass this morning in Isla Isabella. The church icons are beautifully handpainted, showing the unique beauty from scenes on the island.

25 March 2019

Snorkeling

Getting fitted today for our guided snorkeling trip!

All good in the hood!

06 May 2019
Keri Topjian
Hello dearest friends and family!

We are greatly enjoying our time in French Polynesia and savoring the beauty of the people and islands!

Boat and crew are well, and we are routinely humbled by this amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience.

As much as I want to share and document our experiences with you, I must apologize for the lack of blog entries. We have been very busy with running the ship, maintaining order (school and life) on board, and trying to relax in between!

Actually, moving forward, there will be lengthy gaps in the blogging on this site. There are many reasons but the main ones:

1. Internet access in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is rare and frustrating at best. Think 1990's dial up without Air Conditioning.
2. My phone was finally and officially destroyed by Apple when doing a routine software upgrade. Good news is that they have apologized and offered to replace it---but unfortunately the closest Apple Store to here is somewhere in New Zealand? Thank God that I backed up most of the photos on a private server, but we still lost many of them along with videos. But, life goes on!
3. Live life and write about it later. I'm committed to keeping a daily diary that we can use in future posts.

Summary: The fishing has been amazing, we are slowly adjusting to life on a boat, and we are trying to soak up every minute together--as it all seems to slip by so fast!

I am committed to updating the blog and will do it as time permits, so don't give up on checking it! Gaps will simply be longer as we get to larger towns. And YES!, we do read all your comments and review them with the entire family, so keep them coming!

Peace and Blessings to to all!

S/V Aghavni

French Polynesia!

25 April 2019
Keri Topjian
Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

A safe arrival to beautiful Fatu Hiva, Marquesas, French Polynesia!

We have so much to write and share details but wanted to let everyone know we are doing wonderfully and enjoyed a special Easter service in Polynesia.

Thank you all for your support and prayers! Details to arrive soon....

Heading Offshore!

26 March 2019
Keri Topjian
Looking forward to our longest passage yet. Have a blessed Lenten season. Hopefully we will arrive to shore in time to celebrate Easter!

Preparations

25 March 2019
Keri Topjian
Question: Is it cheaper to buy toilet paper in Galapagos or French Polynesia?!

Answer: Just buy some wherever you can!

We are busy now with our final preparations to leave these islands, and we turn our attention to the longest passage planned to date-3000 Miles!

We have a very favorable weather window this week with the trade winds filling in after a few weeks of lower latitude locations.

Expect us to be off the grid for some time and will try to post before we leave!

God bless!

Mass

25 March 2019
Keri Topjian
Celebrating a Catholic Mass this morning in Isla Isabella. The church icons are beautifully handpainted, showing the unique beauty from scenes on the island.

We could loosely follow the liturgical order and reading from the Bible, but the Spanish sermon went way over our heads! Still, it’s lovely to worship in different parts of the world.

Snorkeling

25 March 2019
Keri Topjian
Getting fitted today for our guided snorkeling trip!
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