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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15 October 2019

Fashion

Girls were treated by dear friends on TripleShot to a sewing day and this beautiful dress is one of the many things they made while on board!

15 October 2019

Fish

We've been blessed in Fiji with plenty of fish to keep our freezers full! Photo of a bonito, from Tuna family. Also called Little Tunny. We cut these up into small fish bites and mamabear fries them up, Ray Croc style!

15 October 2019

Pumice

Sailing through the Bligh Waters separating the 2 main islands of Fiji; Vanua Levu and Viti Levu. A glorious "champagne sailing" day with 20 knots on a broad reach. Aghavni was in full stride, with a bone in her teeth, flying along averaging 8 knots all day as we crossed through the reefs.

12 October 2019

Bottoms Up

Enjoying a drink of yagona with friends. It is a local brew made from the ground up powdered roots of the kava plant.

12 October 2019

Shelly McGee

Kids goinf through their shell collections,

12 October 2019

Blice

Blice = Boat Lice!

Fashion

15 October 2019
Keri Topjian
Girls were treated by dear friends on TripleShot to a sewing day and this beautiful dress is one of the many things they made while on board!

Thanks to Yvonne and Steve for a great time over the past few weeks!

Fish

15 October 2019
Keri Topjian
We've been blessed in Fiji with plenty of fish to keep our freezers full! Photo of a bonito, from Tuna family. Also called Little Tunny. We cut these up into small fish bites and mamabear fries them up, Ray Croc style!

We also caught a lovely Yellowfin Tuna which we ate all over two days as sushi/sashimi style, raw with rice and veggies-complete with wasabi and pickled ginger. So delicious! Not sure how we will eat fish again after the trip, we have been so spoiled!

The rods have been screaming lately!

P.S. RIP to my last "Done Talkin" hat. It flew off about an hour after this photo while reefing the mainsail. Shout out to Marva Floors for keeping me cool across the Pacific! Thanks, Dave!

Pumice

15 October 2019
Keri Topjian
Sailing through the Bligh Waters separating the 2 main islands of Fiji; Vanua Levu and Viti Levu. A glorious "champagne sailing" day with 20 knots on a broad reach. Aghavni was in full stride, with a bone in her teeth, flying along averaging 8 knots all day as we crossed through the reefs.

Photo is one of the pumice fields of floating rocks from an underwater volcanic eruption in Tonga, over 500 miles away! We have been tracking it and are collecting samples for a research project in Australia (hopefully!). We deliberately waited a few weeks for the pumice fields and larger rocks that could damage the boat go through ahead of us over the past few weeks. Sailors have been providing updates through local radio nets.

We also hooked 4 fish today but only landed 2, as the other big boys shredded our lures!

We decided to skip a stop and push on to cover just about 80 miles before sunset. We don't sail at night in Fiji due to uncharted reefs and hazards. Plus, the scenery is so beautiful, it is worth the daylight!

Seriously, an incredible day on the water. Thank you, Lord!

Bottoms Up

12 October 2019
Keri Topjian
Enjoying a drink of yagona with friends. It is a local brew made from the ground up powdered roots of the kava plant.

It's hard to describe but it takes like muddy green tea and makes your mouth and gums numb. Apparently it is a mild form of narcotic and builds up in your system over time.

It is a longstanding Fijian tradition to enjoy among friends and visitors.

Shelly McGee

12 October 2019
Keri Topjian
Kids goinf through their shell collections,
washing them all down and organizing!

Blice

12 October 2019
Keri Topjian
Blice = Boat Lice!

Caught a head case from one of the local schools we visited. Hmmmm, about that hat sharing....

The good news is we arrived to a port today where we ran 6 loads of laundry and bagged all our stuff. We are past the 24 hour mark and seem to be in good shape!

Hats off to mamabear for using her essential oils for a homemade organic treatment!
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