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

Arrived in Niue, living the dream?

06 September 2008 | Niue
So, I have to be truthful. You are home, on land, and like me two years ago when I was reading avidly the adventures of cruisers, I was saying "lucky them, I would like so much to do that...."it does sure seem like it is all peachy and rosy, the perfect dream! Well I would say 90 % of the time it is but I do hate the 10% left! This morning was one of the prime example of not living a dream: We are still in Aitatuki now since 10 days waiting for weather and the wind is not laying off! We decided to go today in 25-30 knots of wind with a formed sea and 5 meters waves and my stomach is so tight that I am already seasick before departure. I am so afraid, it is not even funny and to top it all we have to begin by getting out of the pass which is a narrow manmade cut very shallow at one point.... So we made it ok... We have the main (three reefs in it), the wind is coming from the back so the movement is not as bad as I thought it would be, but we are still protected by the lee shore of the island, the big bad waves have not reached us yet! The ocean is dark blue with white caps all over! Yesterday two boats tried to leave Palmerston and came back after 15 minutes and the other; 1 hour...it was too rough. Right now O'Vive is sliding through at 9.5 knots and we have hardly any sail out!!!! The movement is slightly better and I am feeling a little better as I see that the boat can handle it fine. We are on our third day out , first night, neither me or David could get any sleep (30-35 knots and rough), 2nd night was better and we were exhausted, so we slept much better, and today third day is heaven, the wind came down at 20-25 knots, the waves are down, only 3 meters by now. Two other boats broke their automatic pilot and had to steer by hand, so we feel lucky... and I have my David, never doubting (or at least never showing it) and the kids seeing their dad confident that everything will pass and we will be in a beautiful island soon enough, are never complaining too much and sleep still like babies in a 35 knots wind when it is hammering out there. I know the true sailors are going to laugh at me but I also am sure that a lot of the cruisers have the same stomach ache before leaving, I just thought I will share this with you, lucky guys on land, sleeping tight in your stable bed tonight.....but I still would not change my place with anybody for a million dollars when I am going to see the island on the horizon tomorrow, and the sailboats of our friends waiting for us.... there is nothing like arriving...... It is a firework exploding in your stomach and it makes go away all the little stomach aches.
We arrived in Niue September 6th at 10:30am local time: 581 miles in 72 hours and 15 minutes!

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.
22 Photos
Created 25 February 2009
Lampwork glass beads studio in Whangarei
39 Photos
Created 14 February 2009
13 Photos
Created 9 February 2009
25 Photos
Created 9 February 2009
On our way back, Nelson and the famous Abel Tasman trail.
9 Photos
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!
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.
68 Photos
Created 10 January 2009
Transfer from North to South island.
23 Photos
Created 10 January 2009
73 Photos
Created 6 January 2009
THrough Kawau island, Mimiwhangata, Tutukaka, Great Barrier island, and an amazing dive at poor night.
57 Photos
Created 29 December 2008
58 Photos
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
22 Photos
Created 15 November 2008
54 Photos
Created 11 November 2008
En route pour la Nouvelle Zelande
10 Photos
Created 9 November 2008
8 Photos
Created 29 October 2008
78 Photos
Created 15 September 2008
36 Photos
Created 6 September 2008
31 Photos
Created 6 September 2008
37 Photos
Created 16 August 2008
57 Photos
Created 3 August 2008
the two sister islands of Raiatea and Tahaa
49 Photos
Created 23 July 2008
F, between Tahiti and Bora Bora
23 Photos
Created 23 July 2008
8 Photos
Created 11 July 2008
9 Photos
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
5 Photos
Created 16 May 2008
26 Photos
Created 16 May 2008
4 Photos
Created 16 May 2008
8 Photos
Created 16 May 2008
French polynesia first islands, the Marqueses
20 Photos
Created 28 April 2008
45 Photos
Created 21 March 2008
12 Photos
Created 21 March 2008
12 Photos
Created 18 March 2008
31 Photos
Created 24 February 2008
From the San Blas to Las Perlas Crossing the Panama canal
41 Photos
Created 21 February 2008
18 Photos
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