A family travels from Florida to New Zealand aboard their St Francis 50 catamaran

12 October 2008 | Neiafu (Tonga)
08 October 2008 | Neiafu
15 September 2008 | Vava'u islands (Tonga)
12 September 2008 | Marla Island, Vava'u Group, Tonga
10 September 2008 | Alofi (niue)
06 September 2008 | Niue
05 September 2008 | enroute, Pacific
04 September 2008 | enroute, Pacific
28 August 2008 | Aitutaki, Cook Islands
25 August 2008 | Aitutaki, Cook Islands
20 August 2008 | Cook Islands
16 August 2008 | Rarotonga
15 August 2008 | Bora Bora to Rarotonga
14 August 2008 | Bora Bora to Rarotonga
12 August 2008
27 July 2008 | Bora Bora
17 July 2008 | Huahine

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Day 4 to Australia

06 September 2011 | Brisbane
Arrived up the river in Brisbane at 1pm yesterday after a four day sail from Noumea. Did customs etc and then continued another hour up the river to downtown Brisbane at dockside marina. Will try and post some pictures now that I am in the land of fast internet.

Day 3 to Australia

04 September 2011 | 26 02S 155 59E
More of the same. Blew a hole in the mainsail while it had 2 reefs in so now only able to use with the 3rd reef in, so going a bit slower. Quite rough last night but much better today. 181 miles to go, 205 miles this 24 hour period.

Day 2 to Australia

03 September 2011 | 24 35S 159 23E
The past 24 hours have been on the rough side as we are taking the waves from the side and even slightly ahead. Wind has been close to 25 now for a while. We have two reefs in the main and still moving along nicely. Forecast shows the weather window should last until we reach the coast. Weather can still be a bit winter like here at this time of year. 386 miles to go, 210 miles this 24 hour period.

On to Australia

02 September 2011 | 23 21S 162 56E
So we spent a little over 24 hours in Noumea, defiantly a place that needs returning to. If we had not left yesterday the next possible weather window was on the 12th and that would not be a sure bet. We docked right next to our sister ship "Tahina" with Frank and Karen aboard and would like to have spent more time talking with them as well. The country was a pleasure to check in and out off with zero fees. The marina staff were super nice and the rates reasonable. We left at 1300 hr with a nice 17 to 20 knot breeze that lasted throughout the night. This morning it blew itself out so have had the screecher up since. This will be an 800 mile passage with 596 to go after 24 hours.
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)


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