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

Rarotonga quaint little town

20 August 2008 | Cook Islands
I love Rarotonga! The town is small, pretty, has nice restaurants and shops.... And most of all the people are so nice and welcoming! Yesterday we witnessed the arrival of an old time sailing pirogue that left the Samoa islands and came all the way to Rarotonga with 16 sailors (2 women among them), it was a ceremony with songs, speech and food. It is very similar to French Polynesia (as far as the singing, the intonation of the speech and the men dancing) but the women are much more covered... Rarotonga is a country of the common wealth with strong connection with New Zealand (their money is the New Zealand Dollar, although they have some of their own bills and coins and a one cook island dollar representing a tiki with strong manhood! Surprising...) The country economy seems more vibrant than French Polynesia, the people are also much more industrious and ambitious if I may say, the prices are of course cheaper so the tourists are more receptive to spend some money (especially among us, cruisers, with a long term budget in mind). No swimming here, however there are some beaches around the island, the nicest being on the south east, but nothing like Bora Bora for snorkeling. The inside of the island is very lush and beautiful, you can see papaya trees (called pow-pow) and lots of fields of Taro (sort of roots similar to potatoes).
J'adore Rarotonga! C'est une jolie petite ville avec de bons restaurants et de jolis petits magazins... Et puis surtout, nous avons retrouves la gentillesse et l'accueil des polynesiens. Hier nous avons eu la chance d'assiter a l'arrivee d'une ancienne pirogue a voile venant des iles Samoa, l'equipage de 16 comprenaient 2 femmes et ils sont venus sans moteur, tout a la voile. La ceremonie d'acceuil etait tres belle avec des chants, des fleurs, et les hommes ont dances traditionellement, cela ressemble beaucoup a la polynesie francaise (les rhytmes, les intonations, les chants, les danses marquesiennes des hommes, mais les femmes sont beaucoup plus couvertes.) rarotonga est un pays du Common Wealth soutenu par la Nouvelle Zelande (leur money est le dollar new zelandais, mais ils ont certains billets et pieces propres aux Cook islands, leur piece de un cook island dollarest tres explicite: un Tiki avec de tres grosses et voyantes parties sexuelles!) L'economie du pays semble beaucoup plus florissante que la polynesie francaise, et les habitants des cook sont beaucoup plus energiques et ambitieux si je puis me permettre (je sais, la verite n'est pas toujours bonne a dire!).Les prix sont beaucoup plus abordables et du coup le tourisme est en plein boom, nous le voyons aussi parmi les voyageurs qui ont un budget a long terme comme nous, nous sommes beaucoup plus enclin a depense ici (location d'une mobylette -vespa $85 par semaine par exemple, a Tahiti, ce serait pour la journee!). Par contre les fonds sous -marins ne sont pas tres chouettes a Rarotonga meme, ce n'est pas l'endoit pour profiter de l'eau bien qu'il y ait de jolies plages dans le sud est de l'ile. L'interieur de l'ile est splendide, tres verte, tropicale, beaucoup de cultures (essentiellement les arbres a papayes et le taro- une sorte de tubercule).
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
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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
25 Photos
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
35 Photos
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.
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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Created 29 October 2008
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Created 15 September 2008
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Created 16 August 2008
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Created 3 August 2008
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
1 Photo | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 28 June 2008
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Created 16 May 2008
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Created 16 May 2008
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".
1 Photo
Created 1 October 2007


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