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

Nada in la mare

20 February 2009 | Under way
A large fishing boat, with outriggers and a helicopter, crossed our bows this afternoon. On many occasions, these boats are trailing nets behind them, ones that are not friendly toward sailboats. We cut our engines, sails have been useless for the past 24 hours...no wind at all, and Tommy hailed the working boat over our VHF radio. No answer. I tried in Spanish, my infantile vocabulary worked. They had "nada in la mare", nothing in the sea. It's laughable, I speak like a 3-year-old, but with lots of manners, por favor and muchas muchas gracias. Minutes later, they launched their helicopter and did a really low level fly-by Zen. Lots of waving and smiling, then, they were gone, chasing the fish. We had seen some kind of large billed fish only 30 minutes prior, bet that's the game they're after. Only other big news, we swam in the big blue ocean today. It was flat calm and too enticing. Everyone jumped in, Don grabbed the waterproof camera, and shot a bunch of cool shots of Zen in the middle of the Pacific. We'll post them at some point when we find a good internet café. It's great having another cruiser aboard, especially one that's such a good friend. We were all laughing the other day, "Wouldn't it be funny if we just took off from the Galapagos bound for the Marquesas while Don was sleeping?" Don quickly replied, "You kidding? I'd love it!" That was the start. It's nice to hear Don's having such a good time w/the Burgess clan and would want to continue onward. He's trying to do some juggling to get his land responsibilities neatly tied up. A 3 week visit may turn into a 3 month visit. He's like family, so we are more than happy to add him to our adventure. We've passed the halfway mark with only 177 miles to go. There's a bunch of other cruising boats near us. One has already arrived, one arrived today, and rest of us will pull into Academy Bay, Santa Cruz in a day or two. Everyone hangs in the Galapagos for about a week to 10 days, doing tours and topping off on provisions and fuel before leaving again for French Polynesia. Some folks sail on to the Marquesas and others to the Tuamotus or Tahiti. In any case, the next leg is a long one. The next closest islands are 3000 miles away. The Galapagos trip is a warm up for the next leg. We are already starting to plan for our "big sail", but for now, we are excited about seeing all the animals in Galapagos. Buenas noches!
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