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

Pollywogs to Shellbacks

21 February 2009 | Under way
Mermaids, donned in floral wreaths, and dolphins carrying their master, approached while an underwater orchestra played a majestic symphony. Yeah, and let me tell you about the horse we sacrificed. We never found a horse, per my brother's suggestion, but other gifts of "value" were forked over to the Trident Master, King Neptune. Today the good crew on Zen turned from mere Pollywogs, as sea lore goes, into experienced Shellbacks. The celebration included drinks, merriment, crowns, royal garb, tatoos and of course, sacrifices and offerings. You can see from the photo, our fearless captain embraced the centuries old folklore wholeheartedly. Other than our fun and games midday, not a whole heck of a lot is going on. We slowed down the boat so we could arrive in the anchorage during morning sunlight. Zen will pull into Academy Bay on Sunday morning, along with another boat named "Brick House". And you'll never guess their hailing port....Middletown, Rhode Island. What are the odds of that? We have not met them yet, but have chatted on the radio and should have tons to talk about for miles to come. Our friends on s/v Lightfoot arrived yesterday and are scoping out the tours ashore. They have 2 kids around the same ages as ours, they'll be the welcoming committee when we come into the harbor. The ocean is like glass tonight. You can see the reflection of the stars upon it. When sleeping off-watch, it can get pretty loud between the water rushing by or the engines spinning, but tonight, it's silent, even more tranquil than at anchor where the little shrimp munching near the hulls can get stereophonic. It is so calm, I just heard the breath of a dolphin swimming by the bows on his way to catch dinner. Moon isn't up yet, and it's pitch black, I sure hope it was a dolphin, or I am getting punchy out here. Gotta go tend the wheel. Going too slow for the autopilot. We are traveling with just the main sail at 1.8 knots, with wind of only 0.4 knots. That extra boost is a favorable current pushing Zen directly toward our destination. And what a spectacular destination it is! I can't even believe it!
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