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

Raiatea first bad experience in French Polynesia

26 July 2008
Today is the first time we had a bad experience in our voyage. We were anchored in a deep bay of Faaroa (actually on a buoy) and we decided to go up the river of Aopponau with the dinghy. The ride was really beautiful and you can go up for about a mile. On the way in, we crossed a dock accessing a botanical garden where a bunch of kayaks were afloat .A lady told us that it was really pretty and we were welcome to visit, she added that it was safe to leave our things there. So we went ahead and walk around for about half an hour. The group with the kayaks left just as we arrived. When we came back from our walk, our spare gas tank (full of gas) had disappeared. So be aware! Do not leave anything in your dinghy and chain your gas tank around this area. We also had two pairs of water shoes disappearing as well, so I would advise the cruisers to be careful in Raiatea. Beside this, we had a wonderful time hiking in Tahaa and Raiatea with absolutely breathtaking views. One hike (one hour) is located in the main city of Uturoa, where you can dock for free and restock with veggies, fruits and merchandises. You can follow the direction of the gendarmerie and take the first small street just before the gendarmerie, it will lead you all the way up the hill of Tapioi (you can see the antennas on the hill from the dock ) where the view is fantastic, it is a great aerobic exercice as well!!! Another very nice hike is located in a bay of Vairaki, it reminds me the hike in the mountains of the Marquesas. If you take the path next to the ranch, it is about 2 km of easy walk and it is very pretty. Once you arrive at the river, you must cross it and it becomes more challenging: We did not go all the way up to the falls but we were told it was well worth it, there are 3 falls and ropes that lead from one to another. We were too worn out by our previous hikes to continue but for info the total hike is about 2 hours... Tomorrow we are leaving for the famous most beautiful island of the world.... Bora Bora.
Aujourd'hui, pour la premiere fois depuis le debut de notre voyage, nous avons eu une mauvaise experience. Nous etions amarres a une bouee dans la grande baie de Faaroa et nous avons decide de prendre le lit de la riviere Aopponau avec l'annexe. La ballade traverse une vegetation luxuriante , la riviere peut se remonter sur 1 km et demi. Sur le chemin nous avons croise un petit quai flottant qui donnait acces a un jardin botanique sur lequel etait attachée une dizaine de kayaks. Une dame nous a dit que c'etait joli et nous a recommande la visite. Elle a ajoute que nous pouvions laisser nos affaires sur place sans probleme. Donc nous y sommes alles et avons marche une demi heure dans le parc. Le groupe avec les kayaks partait alors que nous arrivions. Quand nous sommes rentres de notre ballade notre seconde nourrice d'essence avait disparue. Donc faites attention a cet endroit, ne laissez rien dans votre annexe et cadenassez vos reservoirs! Deux paires de chaussures ont aussi disparues de notre annexe , donc faites attention a Raiatea. A part cela, nous avons passé de tres bon moments en rando a Raiatea et Tahaa avec des points de vie splendides! Une rando d'une heure se trouve dans la ville principale de Uturoa, prendre le petit chemin juste avant la gendarmerie en direction de la colline de Tapioi (vous pouvez apercevoir les antennes depassant du sommet) . La vue est fantastique et c'est aussi un bon exercice d'aerobic!!! Une autre tres jolie ballade se trouve dans la baie de Vairaki, cela m'a rappele le paysage des montagnes des Marquises. Si vous prenez le chemin menant au ranch (il y a une pancarte avec le nom du ranch, vous ne pouvez pas le manquer), il y a a peu pres 2 Km de paysage splendide et une marche tres facile jusqu'a la riviere, au dela, cela devient plus hardu mais après s'etre renseigne aupres de randonneurs de passage, cela vaut vraiment le coup, trois cascades de suite et des cordes menant de l'une a l'autre, pour nous c'etait un peu trop loin ce jour la (la ballade est de 2 heures en tout, jusqu'a la riviere cela prend environ ¾ d'heures) et nous etions fatigues de nos randos prececdentes ( a part Jean-Mi toujours partant, il voulait y aller en courant pour nous dire si cela valait le coup!, nous l'avons dissuade!). Demain nous partons pour la fameuse plus belle ile du monde .....Bora Bora.
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)
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Created 13 May 2009
2009 Family Island Regatta
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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.
22 Photos
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!
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Created 18 January 2009
Te Anau, Milford sound,
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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.
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Created 27 November 2008
Boats we met during our Pacific Crossing
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Created 15 November 2008
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En route pour la Nouvelle Zelande
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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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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 24 February 2008
From the San Blas to Las Perlas Crossing the Panama canal
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Created 31 January 2008
Chub Cay, Staniel Key, Georgetown
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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