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

Finish Your Food

22 September 2009 | Maninita Island, Vava'u Group, Kingdom of Tonga
For a week or so, we've hopped from anchorage to anchorage. Some are as little as 5 miles apart, while others are a whopping 10 miles. Grin. Most of the islands are protected by reefs, so waves are not really a factor. Cruisers call one another after the morning VHF net/news and make plans to meet at one of the many outer islands. When you finally run out of sugar, eggs or toilet paper, heaven forbid, it's only a short sail back into town to restock the necessities. Everyone is now either waiting to sail to Australia, via Fiji, or going direct to New Zealand. The conversations over pot lucks, beach combing and snorkel sessions always lead to the weather systems and potential opportunities to make a run for it. We've always used Commanders weather routers, a team in the US who help boaters get from place to place, based on their professional interpretation of weather patterns. October 4th is the earliest we'll be able to set sail to N-Zed. Zen is scheduled to have a little spa treatment in Whangarei, NZ. Yes, she'll get all gussied up before being shipped back to Florida via Dockwise Yacht Transport. So far, there's about 4 boats from our 2009 fleet joining us on the transport ship out of Auckland.

Today, after having spent 3 days with a terrific gang in Vaka'eitu, s/v Dosia and Zen took off for Maninita Island, the southern-most island in the Vava'u Group. It was all too reminiscent of the Aitutaki entrance with reefs all around and the potential of needing a stern anchor. Zen got in first, set the hook, and after glancing around, wondered if it might be easier to just raft Dosia to us. Out came the lines and fenders. As Dosia entered the pass and saw us lined with fenders, Margie yells, "Sleepover!!" while Drew manages a perfect parallel parking job. Looking at the two dissimilar boats tied to one other, we knew the swell would roll us into one another later in the evening. They untied and safely anchored about 250 feet away. This little lagoon anchorage is big enough for only two or three boats at the most. To the east of Maninita is Nuie, about 230 miles away. To the west is Fiji at about 450 miles. In between is open Pacific Ocean...reef anchorages and the brilliant protection they offer sailors is still amazing to me.

Food is being eaten at an alarming rate. NZ customs officials are notorious for incinerating all food items visiting yachts carry into their protected waters. Cruisers know it's smarter to enter N-Zed with little to no food. Tonight we got rid of some Mexican items. Margie and Drew came bearing salad and chili. Add a few tortilla chips, salsa, dessert and voila, dinner is served. Last night was pot luck on Karma. There was hardly any room for plates, Krista's table was covered with buffet items. The conversations were equally rich: Drew had a very close encounter with a calf and mama whale under 15 feet away while snorkeling a reef. Tonight, after circumnavigating our island by foot, the 6 of us watched some classic comedy; "Bill Cosby - Himself". Laughter was loud, the painted sunset sky was our backdrop and the rolling waves over the reef giggled continuously around us. That's life while "killing time" before a passage.
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, [...]
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Zen's Photos - s/v Zen - family cruising catamaran (Main)
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82 Photos
Created 14 January 2010
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Tonga and New Zealand
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