Zen - family cruising catamaran

Family of 4 sailing from New England to Auckland, New Zealand '08-'10

26 August 2010 | Portsmouth, Rhode Island
27 April 2010 | Rhode Island
05 April 2010 | Fort Lauderdale, FL
24 March 2010 | Portsmouth, RI
19 February 2010 | middle of Pacific Ocean
12 February 2010 | Waiheke Island, NZ
08 February 2010 | Auckland, New Zealand
30 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
26 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
22 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
20 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
17 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
14 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
08 January 2010 | Los Angeles, CA
07 January 2010 | Newark International Airport
27 December 2009 | Rhode Island, USA
10 December 2009 | New Delhi, India
02 December 2009 | South Island, NZ
13 November 2009 | Whangarei, New Zealand
10 November 2009 | Opua and Kerikeri, New Zealand

Thanks for Celebrating!

14 September 2009 | Neiafu, Vava'u Island, Kingdom of Tonga
The drums are knockin' out a beat at a heart stopping rate, while the fire dancer, only a couple of arm lengths away, is eating, twirling and throwing the blazing fire in rhythm to the percussion. Add two beautiful local dancing girls, a menu as long as your leg, about 40 friends, gorgeous fresh flowers and greenery, a traditional band, disco dancing, a perfect sunset, plus a gaggle of children. And let's not forget the cakes, cakes and more cakes! That was my birthday party in Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga. Tommy came up with the entertainment ideas, décor and menu, but Sandy and Kathy from the Giggling Whale Restaurant executed it flawlessly, gathering together local Tongans, Steve the cake specialist from Crow's Nest Café, and a decorating committee, aka Suzanne (s/v Carinthia) and Lauren (s/v Wayward Wind). They also entertained the kids by inviting them to paint the bathroom walls with all our boat names and logos. So, even when the party ended, our memory of the night will continue through the colorful, playful walls of the loo!

The evening was filled with fun and dancing, but Krista from m/v Karma planned her own gift for me. She and Richard dinghied around, gathering me and many of my boat buddies for a surprise girls brunch. We arrived, all dolled up in dresses and sarongs, to the Crow's Nest Café, where Tess and Steve filled us with a delicious brunch and we filled each other with friendship. Moving around the table of 10, everyone answered what they considered to be the "best and worst" of cruising. The "Worsts" ranged from seasickness and teary goodbyes when our paths diverge, while the "Bests" were filled with culture, family bonding and personal growth. Each person divulged what the next year held for them, sharing dreams and plans. In the end, it was over 4 hours of girl-time, with everyone promising to do this again in New Zealand at a spa, zoo or city café!

Many of my birthdays are spent in beautiful anchorages while cruising. Since my last birthday, which was celebrated in Grenada, Zen has logged over 7,000 nautical miles. Cole asked of all my birthdays which one ranked as my favorite. There's too many fond memories, thanks to my parents and a joyous childhood, while the adult years are credited to my very special husband. Thank you to everyone who celebrated my day this year, it was unique, special and very, very memorable and certainly one of the very best! Mille Grazie!
Vessel Name: Zen
Vessel Make/Model: Atlantic 48' catamaran
Hailing Port: Newport, RI
Crew: Tom, Monique and Kids
Tom, Monique, Cammi, and Cole. Tom is the CEO/Founder for a high-tech advertising firm, which he just sold to a large US media company, giving us the ability to set sail. [...]
Eight years ago, we sold our advertising company, and left terra firma on our monohull, "Uliad", for a family cruise. As soon as we returned to land, immediately we started planning our 2nd cruise. Here's the continuation of our journey, except this time the kids are active crew members, [...]
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/zen/
Zen's Photos - s/v Zen - family cruising catamaran (Main)
New Zealand, Dockwise, and Florida
82 Photos
Created 14 January 2010
Bangkok, New Delhi, Rhode Island holidays and New Zealand
118 Photos
Created 27 December 2009
Australia & New Zealand
117 Photos
Created 3 November 2009
Tonga and New Zealand
102 Photos
Created 3 September 2009
Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga
86 Photos
Created 9 August 2009
French Polynesia and Cook Islands
113 Photos
Created 28 July 2009
French Polynesia
49 Photos
Created 31 May 2009
Pacific Ocean Passage and French Polynesia
120 Photos
Created 19 May 2009
Panama City to Galapagos
81 Photos
Created 28 February 2009
Panama Canal, Costa Rica and Las Perlas
118 Photos
Created 28 January 2009
Cartagena, Panama, Puerto Rico/US, and Costa Rica
111 Photos
Created 30 December 2008
Autumn sailing
124 Photos
Created 13 September 2008
Where we are sailing in 2008/2009
1 Photo
Created 13 July 2008
Summertime '08
108 Photos
Created 1 July 2008
8 Photos
Created 31 May 2008
Delivery from Maine to Newport summer 2007
15 Photos
Created 27 April 2008
November 2007 - Tom, John and Scott
11 Photos
Created 27 April 2008
American Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands in 2007
358 Photos
Created 27 April 2008