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
18 August 2019

August 15

We skipped a day in our lives! We will have never seen the sunrise or sunset of August 15, 2019 as we sailed across the international date line directly from the 14th to the 16th! Kids were glad we had no birthdays on that day!

18 August 2019

Psalm 50

Enjoying an amazing Catholic church service today in the town of Niefu. The voices are so beautiful, sung in 4 part harmonies, echoing through the valleys and bays like an opera in a cathedral. It is truly right to worship thee, O Lord, Creator of all!

18 August 2019

Calm

After weeks of rolly anchorages in Cook Islands and Niue, exposed to ocean swells and winds, we are enjoying the peacefulness of this protected harbor in the Va'vau group. What a blessing!

18 August 2019

Tonga

A few days sail and we have arrived to the Kingdom of Tonga! New courtesy flag goes up.as we clear customs and complete entry formalities...

12 August 2019

On to the next stop...

Had an absolutely amazing time in Niue. People were very friendly, island is beautiful, and food was great! We have cleared customs, loaded up on fuel, water, food and the laundry is done!. We are all set to head offshore tomorrow. Next stop, Kingdom of Tonga!

12 August 2019

Pizza Party!

Talk about being in the right place at the right time! We were having lunch and noticed a newly built pizza oven. When we asked owner about it, she said they were still learning how to.use it! Well--in no time were we set up and having the most incredible pizzas in the Pacific! Thanks to Victoria/Tony at Hio Cafe, Chef Jeff on Seahorse, and Heavy Sevy for stoking up a mean fire in the box!

August 15

18 August 2019
Keri Topjian
We skipped a day in our lives! We will have never seen the sunrise or sunset of August 15, 2019 as we sailed across the international date line directly from the 14th to the 16th! Kids were glad we had no birthdays on that day!

Another fun experience as we continue our travels west to go east! Go figure!

Psalm 50

18 August 2019
Keri Topjian
Enjoying an amazing Catholic church service today in the town of Niefu. The voices are so beautiful, sung in 4 part harmonies, echoing through the valleys and bays like an opera in a cathedral. It is truly right to worship thee, O Lord, Creator of all!

Tongans take the Sabbath day very seriously with no work or play allowed (including swimming, laundry, fishing, etc). They spend the day together as families, going to church, then dining together at home and enjoying each other's company. It is a good reminder for us to slow down the harried pace of life and enjoy what really matters-family and friends.

Calm

18 August 2019
Keri Topjian
After weeks of rolly anchorages in Cook Islands and Niue, exposed to ocean swells and winds, we are enjoying the peacefulness of this protected harbor in the Va'vau group. What a blessing!

Tonga

18 August 2019
Keri Topjian
A few days sail and we have arrived to the Kingdom of Tonga! New courtesy flag goes up.as we clear customs and complete entry formalities...

On to the next stop...

12 August 2019
Keri Topjian
Had an absolutely amazing time in Niue. People were very friendly, island is beautiful, and food was great! We have cleared customs, loaded up on fuel, water, food and the laundry is done!. We are all set to head offshore tomorrow. Next stop, Kingdom of Tonga!

Pizza Party!

12 August 2019
Keri Topjian
Talk about being in the right place at the right time! We were having lunch and noticed a newly built pizza oven. When we asked owner about it, she said they were still learning how to.use it! Well--in no time were we set up and having the most incredible pizzas in the Pacific! Thanks to Victoria/Tony at Hio Cafe, Chef Jeff on Seahorse, and Heavy Sevy for stoking up a mean fire in the box!
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