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

Surprises in Santa Cruz

27 February 2009 | Santa Cruz, Galapagos
Arriving in Santa Cruz, Galapagos was a surprise on many levels. There are 15,000 inhabitants, human that is, in this port alone. It's much more sophisticated than I imagined. Over 25,000 people live on these not-so-remote islands that are located about 650 miles due west of Equador. Humans began colonizing these islands in the early 1800's and, Charles Darwin arrived in 1835 to study the plant and animal life. Unfortunately, during the first half of 19th century the whalers nearly wiped out the tortoise population, using the animal as the main source of meat on extended expeditions. Each whaling ship provisioned their holds with somewhere between 100 and 600 tortoises. Thankfully, there's a conservation effort in place and we met a few tortoises up-close and personal. We arrived during the Mardi Gras celebration and many official offices were closed, thus delaying our check-in procedure. After a few days, we got passports stamped and rec'd the go-ahead from the port captain to roam Santa Cruz and beyond. Zen can only anchor in this harbor, while we can take day or overnight trips to the surrounding islands for tours. Romping through 100-yard-plus natural underground lava tubes, seeing the land iguanas bathing in the sun with teenage surfers riding a curl in the background, and visiting the Charles Darwin Research Center, where the 200-pound 120 year old tortoises pose for the cameras and the iguanas rest in a pristine surrounding, are just some of the fun things we've done while here. On Zen the animal life continues with blue footed boobies drifting by our hulls, huge pelicans coming to rest on our bows for a few minutes, swimming iguanas touring around us, and sleek seals swimming in search of fish. At night, we've overlapped with another US family on s/v Lightfoot. They too have a daughter and son who are enjoying this adventurous lifestyle. Sometimes we all eat together, sometimes kids stay onboard for a movie while the parents dine out. Lightfoot and Brick House (a great couple from Middletown, RI!) just departed for the majestic Marquesas, we wish them a speedy journey and will overlap w/them in French Polynesia. One surprise in Santa Cruz is the cuisine. As you all know, "it's all about food" for Zen. We are touring the world to taste all the local flavors, and boy, did we get it here. Peering into the busy kitchen, while perched on a ledge, Cammi, Cole and I watched David, the executive chef at Angermeyer Restaurant, prepare the meals we were about to enjoy. It was like watching Food Network, live. David gave us anecdotes from his childhood and morsels to die for. It was such fun that we went back for a Chef's Choice Evening that included a 7-course-meal for $35 per person. It was delicious, fun, exciting and a perfect ending to a day of animals and adventure. David, with us as his audience, had a good time, too. So much so, that he'd like to join us on Zen for his night-off. It will be a family event with all involved in the cooking. More surprises to come undoubtedly.
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