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

Gaston and Valentine's Motu

18 June 2008 | Toau,Tuamotu
6/18/2008 Chez Valentine et Gaston, Toau (Tuamotus ,French Polynesia). Just north of Fakarava, lay another small atoll called Toau. Valentine, Gaston and their relatives (12) have been welcoming cruisers here since 2002 and it is a little piece of their life in paradise that they invite you to share with them for a few days The little anchorage on buoys is perfectly calm and valentine's cooking is amazing. The day of our arrival, Gaston went lobstering at night (3am) and Steve and Jay decided to go along with them, Valentine warned them that Gaston was running on coral .. Actually he is flying, after about 10 minutes, the guys could see him in the distance, and after another 5 minutes he disappeared behind the corner. Gaston, a gas lantern in one hand, a basket in a backpack was to score 20 lobsters, our guys did not see one and were having a good laugh back at the base where they waited for Gaston until 5:30am! We had our first lobsters in French Polynesia and it was a feast, Valentine and Gaston, Dyonne and Steve (Orca III), Marg and Jay (Malachi) and another german catamaran (Aho) were there to share the good time. The next day, the guys went to help Gaston to build a fish trap and put it together in the beautiful turquoise waters. It was very interesting and this time the guys felt good by really shortening the time to make it and be a real asset to Gaston who would have taken two days to make it by himself. The kids play volleyball, swing around in the boson's chair on Orca III, snorkel and play monopoly, Schooling is decreasing big time, we are almost finished for the year (they are already out at home) As you can see another great place , great people, good friends and good weather can not get that much better

ooh yes we miss you but you are in your heart . Au nord de Fakarava, se trouve un petit atoll, Toau, ou Valentine et Gaston acueillent les voiliers de passage depuis 2002. C'est un petit bout de paradis ou ils nous invitent avec leur famille a partager leur vie de tous les jours qui pour nous est pleine de surprises Le soir meme de notre arrivee, Gaston partait a la peche a la langouste vers 3 heures du matin, les garcons etaient interesses de se joindre a lui et Gaston fut d'accord Valentine nous a un peu averti, Gaston court sur le recif en attrapant les langoustes . Elle n'a pas menti!!! Gaston ne court pas , il semble voler une lanterne de camping dans une main, un gros panier a laniere dans le dos, de bonne chaussures en plastique et voila au bout de 10 minutes, Steve et Jay ne voyait que la lanterne brillee au loin puis il disparut derriere la bay . Ils en furent soufflés mais ont bien rigole!!!! Le soir meme Valentine preparait un festin dans son restaurant, nous etions quatre bateaux (Malachi, Orca III, O'Vive et un autre catamaran allemand tres sympa, nous avions laisse les 7 enfants sur Malachi) plus Valentine et Gaston. Nos hotes mangent avec nous (cela se fait comme cela meme si le repas est payant), cela se passe comme une reunion de famille sur une grande table sous la paillote a cote de l'ocean ., C'etait delicieux . Tres sympa Le lendemain, Gaston devait fabriquer un piege a poisson et le disposer dans le lagon (en effet il doit 200 poissons en echange de la reparation de son moteur a un monsieur de Tahiti), les garcons cette fois ont ete tres effectifs car le piege etait fabrique et en place en un peu plus d'une demi-journee, cela aurait pris a peu pres 2 jours a Gaston . C'etait tres interessant et puis ils adorent faire des choses comme cela ensemble Les enfants font du volley, nagent, tounent et virevoltent dans la chaise boson de Orca III (leur favorite activitee!) et jopuent monopoly L'ecole est pratiquement finie pour l'annee, quelque cours a finir dans la semaine qui suit et ils seront libres jusqu'en aout Comme vous le voyez, un temps splendid, des amis, des hotes tres sympathiques dans un cadre merveilleux, il ne nous manquent rien ou Presque . Vous .Bisous .Nath.
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 - (Main)
16 Photos
Created 13 May 2009
2009 Family Island Regatta
24 Photos
Created 26 April 2009
We are finishing our 18 months sabatical where it all began, the Bahamas... still with O'Vive which has been shipped back from New Zealand on Dockwise.
48 Photos
Created 29 March 2009
We flew back to the States while O'Vive is on her way back to Florida on Dockwise.
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Created 25 February 2009
Lampwork glass beads studio in Whangarei
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Created 14 February 2009
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Created 9 February 2009
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Created 9 February 2009
On our way back, Nelson and the famous Abel Tasman trail.
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Created 25 January 2009
South island east coast and meeting in Murchinson with Orca 3 and Malachi
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Created 24 January 2009
Alec took the plunge!
17 Photos
Created 18 January 2009
Te Anau, Milford sound,
31 Photos
Created 18 January 2009
Franz Jose glacier, Hokitika,Kunakaiki,scenic road from Haast to Wanaka (near Queenstown),Queenstown, Arrowtown.
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Created 10 January 2009
Transfer from North to South island.
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Created 10 January 2009
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Created 6 January 2009
THrough Kawau island, Mimiwhangata, Tutukaka, Great Barrier island, and an amazing dive at poor night.
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Created 29 December 2008
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Created 28 December 2008
Nathalie went to visit her family in France.
47 Photos
Created 27 November 2008
Boats we met during our Pacific Crossing
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Created 15 November 2008
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Created 11 November 2008
En route pour la Nouvelle Zelande
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Created 9 November 2008
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the two sister islands of Raiatea and Tahaa
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Created 23 July 2008
F, between Tahiti and Bora Bora
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Created 23 July 2008
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Created 11 July 2008
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Created 4 July 2008
1 Photo | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 29 June 2008
Les iles des Tuamotus Kauehi, Fakarava et Toau
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Created 28 June 2008
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French polynesia first islands, the Marqueses
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Created 28 April 2008
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Created 21 March 2008
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Created 18 March 2008
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Created 24 February 2008
From the San Blas to Las Perlas Crossing the Panama canal
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Created 21 February 2008
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Created 31 January 2008
Chub Cay, Staniel Key, Georgetown
22 Photos
Created 31 January 2008
Our first catamaran was a Manta 42. She was built in St Petersburg and we went to pick her up in November 2000. We spent every summer cruising the Beautiful Bahamas islands (700) from the busy Nassau harbor (We never stay more than 2 or 3 days)to the more remote islands like the crooked islands or the ragged islands (also known as the Jumentos and the friendliest of all , Long Island. We never got tired of the turquoise waters , the kindness of the Bahamians and all the fun we had with all the friends we made over the years.
8 Photos
Created 1 October 2007
We picked up O'Vive end of May 2007 in Georgetown, Bahamas and after a few weeks ,we brought her back home to the Florida Keys in order to get her and us ready for the "Grand Voyage".
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Created 1 October 2007


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