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

Warm welcome from Opua Yacht club

15 November 2008 | Opua (New Zealand)
This week has been a busy one to say the least....Everyday was filled with an entertainment organized by the Opua Yacht Club. It Felt so good to reunite with all the cruisers that made the crossing and to meet the people from Opua, John and his wife from Windflower live on a boat right here in Opua and they (and of course a lot of other people from here, I can't remember all the names) organized a really fun week for the "All point rally to Opua", it is just so nice of them, we got to eat very good (barbecue, pizzas, seafood from the bay....) and went to an amazing show retracing the New Zealand history with traditional Maori songs and dances...We saw that the Maori facial expressions are surprising and very different than in the other part of the pacific, they were used to impress the newcomers and gauge their courage . The women dance also with some "pompons" at the end of a string that they swing around with expertise....the tip of their fingers vibrate when they dance (comparing to the fluid slow movement of the hands of the other islands traditional dancing.)
The New Zealanders are proud of their dual heritage (Maori and Europeen) and although their history did not go without confrontations, they did work out their differences to create one unique nation...they seem to be really genuine people very concern of their environment, close to nature, loving the outdoor (how can you not when you roam through such beautiful landscape!!!!).
We already visited quiet a lot around Opua, Paihia (a small touristic town on the bay), Kerikeri ( where we go food shopping, has a great market and plenty of wonderful vegetarian gourmet café for lunch, a delight!), Russell (a historic village with stunning surrounding)... We also took a long ride to the north tip of the island (Cap Regina) where the Tasman sea encounters the Pacific Ocean, the 90 miles beach (where you can drive on 4X4), and the sand dunes (the kid's favorite spot, they could actually surf on them!)...
Nous n'avons pas arêtes de la semaine.....Chaque jour, une activite organisee par le yacht club d'Opua a permis de reunir tous les bateaux de la traverse 2008 ainsi de faire connaissance avec les cruisers locaux. John et sa femme de Windflower (et beaucoup d'autres dont je ne me souviens pas le nom, desole) ont organizes une semaine fantastique pleine de repas au club (barbecue, pizzas, fruits de mer) et une soiree inoubliable de chant et de danses Maori relatant l'histoire de la Nouvelle Zelande. Les expressions facials Maori sont tsurprenantes et tres differentes des habitants des autres iles du Pacifique que nous avons visites, ells etaient utilisees pour impressioner les nouveaux arrivants et jauger leur courage. Les femmes dancent avec des pompons au bout de ficelle qu'elles bougent de facon expert dans l'espace, leurs mains sont agitees de vibration (ou tremblements) qui sont aussi tres different du movement lent et fluide des mains des tahitiennes.
Les New-Zelandais sont tres fiers de leur dual heritage Maori-Europeens et bien que leur histoire ne soit pas sans confrontation, ils sont arrives a regler leur differences et creer une nation tres originale. Ils semblent tres vrais, pres de la nature, aiment les sports, randonnees, camping, voile et sont tres concernes par la protection de leur environement (comment ne pas vouloir proteger ces splendides paysages!).
Nous avons déjà explores pas mal les alentours d'Opua: Paihia (une petit village touristique du bord de mer), KeriKeri( ou nous allons nous approvisionner, un tres joli marche et de tres bons petits restos vegetariens), Russel (un village historique ou nous avons decouvert une balade geniale).... Nous sommes alles jusqu'au cap Regina au nord de l'ile ou la mer de Tasmanie et L'ocean pacifique se rencontrent, de tres beaux paysages, une plage de 90 miles ou les 4x4 peuvent rouler, et les dunes de sable (les enfants ont pu surfer sur les dunes, super!)....

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
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,
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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Created 29 October 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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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
French polynesia first islands, the Marqueses
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Created 28 April 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