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

Return to NZ

14 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
Returning to New Zealand is the closest thing to coming home. We have said it before, and we'll say it again, we love it here. The moment we stepped off the plane, retrieved our long lost luggage, and embraced our dear friend from m/v Karma, we lowered our shoulders, relaxed our jaws and settled in to Ataroa. Laughter was abundant while dining at Portofino in Devonport, an Italian restaurant run by a group of Yugoslavians, as Richard and Krista spoke their native language over carbonara and veal marsala. The bond of friendship amongst sailors, specifically cruisers, I can't talk about the global racers, is something that runs really deep. Maybe it's the weather we suffer through together, the language barriers, the little villages we navigate, whatever it is, it feels like family whenever we are together. Mushy? Yes. Reality? Yes.

After a very nice sleepover on Karma, a nice spacious powerboat, we hopped a bus to Whangarei about 3 hours north of Auckland. Again, we had huge, long, tight hugs awaiting us at the bus stop by Julie and Geoff from s/v Flashback. These guys actually rejigged their touring schedule to overlap with us. How great are they? About a month ago, they flew to NZ and left Flashback at a marina in Fiji. Within minutes, we drove to s/v Dosia to find Margie and Drew, one of our favorite couples afloat. Although they are fast approaching their time to deliver their newly sold boat to Australia, they played hooky and escorted us to Friendship Yachts to see our initial reaction to Zen's new hull color. "Stars and Stripes Blue" was exactly what we had hoped for. The color was perfect! Tom describes Zen as 90% done, but the last 10% is the hardest to wrap up. That sums it up.

Today, all our buddies left Whangarei via airplane or boat, sadly leaving us to zero in on our unfinished boat projects. Every morning, we depart our hotel and drive our rental car into the boat yard, to the long list of "must do's". If my sinus infection miraculously went away, this private time with my hubby would be even more enjoyable, but it lingers. And, I tried to convince myself this month away from our kids, who opted to stay with our best buddies in PA, would be a 2nd honeymoon. It's very hard to adapt to life away from my kiddos. Two years of being within 50 feet of one another was something so special, unique and precious, it's hard to be a hemisphere away. Until we reunite in Florida, I'll praise Skype and email which keep us connected to Cammi and Cole. Meanwhile, everyone in friendly, familiar and warm Whangarei keep asking us where our children are. It's nice to know they fondly remember our appendages. Who can I nurture this month? My new friend, a cuddly, excited, hyperactive 11-week old fox terrier puppy named Godzilla, who lives at the boat yard...that's who! No photos of Godzilla, but new albums and photos are posted...take a peek.
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