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

Beating Drums

25 March 2009 | Hatiheu Bay, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas
Ou est la fete? Where is the party? It's here, that's for sure. Nuka Hiva has been everything I anticipated and more. The locals smile, I mean really smile, all the time. They have beautiful flowers over the place. Most notable are the gardenias, my favorite, always placed in their hair, enhancing the natives' ever-present beauty. Since it's "All About the Food" on Zen, Nuka Hiva has lived up to that motto, too! Last night, we, along w/the crew from s/y Carl Linne, feasted on the traditional Marquesan pig roast in Hatiheu Bay at Chez Yvonne. A young pig is dressed with sweet potatoes, small sweet bananas and breadfruit, wrapped in banana leaves, ti leaves (local plant), and finally in burlap, then covered with extremely hot rocks, and placed in an umu, or earthen oven and covered with dirt for a period of 6 hours. The resulting meal is very moist and delicious. The chef brought us to see the process of digging up our meal. Kids loved it and every morsel of the feast. An invitation to see a traditional dance celebration was extended to us by the owner of the restaurant for the following day. What a field trip it was. We tested out our French, asked the locals where to go, and basically followed the beating drums, through the village and up a dirt road that leads to the archeological site called Kamuihei. As we were walking, a pick-up truck, carrying drums and performers, stopped and offered us a ride, which we took. It was apparent we had arrived when we stopped at an absolutely huge banyan tree, surrounded by gigantic, ancient stone walls, carved tiki heads and wooden totem-like poles. This was a tribal burial and community site from long ago. Sacrifices were made, skulls were hung and cannibalism was in its heyday. Soon after Tommy helped carry a huge drum up to the banyan "stage", the show began and made quite an impression on all of us. On our hike back down to the village, we witnessed a monster coconut fall naturally from its high perch. It came down with such velocity and clatter, both kids announced there are more injuries and deaths from falling coconuts than from shark attacks. Well, I guess they are learning something. I constantly wonder how all these amazing experiences will influence the paths of their lives.
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)
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