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

Tahiti - Land of Pleasure

16 May 2009 | Tahiti, French Polynesia
Happy 10th Birthday to Cole! Turning ten in Tahiti. Wow. The day started early, you parents know what "early" means. It was an awesome family day in French Polynesia. After 2 days of ocean passage from the Tuamotus, Zen cleared into Tahiti on Saturday afternoon. Our eyes drank in the scene: large tankers moored in an active shipping port, incoming 747's flying overhead, and the fast paced auto highway bordering the reef fringed pass. Welcome back to civilization after many weeks in the atolls. Originally, we thought of bypassing Papeete, Tahiti altogether, hearing it was dirty, hectic and theft-ridden. At the last minute, we decided it would be a shame to come this far and not make a stop. After a few evenings of parallel boat parking in very tight anchorages we decided to take a slip at a beautiful marina for a few nights. It was 3 days of terrific food, friends and minor boat projects being checked off our list. Very satisfying. Provisioning, propane, fuel, tools, and laundry, "check". Wednesday's weather looked good, we said goodbye to our buddies and tried to take Zen down to the Billabong Int'l Surf Competition. "Try" is the keyword. As we rounded the bottom of the Island about 15 miles away, we were slammed with opposing 30kt wind and 8 foot waves. Sunlight was necessary for entering the pass and the opposing wind and waves would not allow us to arrive before sundown. No big deal, we cut our losses and headed back to the spot we had just departed. Guess it was a good thing, later that evening we rec'd an email detailing some seriously bad news regarding Monique's grandmother's health. After some international cell calls, hemming and hawing, the flights were booked and Monique left Zen to support her family back in the US. A family friend quickly gave Monique leis made of shells before departing Tahiti. Local tradition claims they are needed to guide her safe return. Monique arrived home safely after 18 hours of travel. Her Grandmother is doing better but still not out of the woods. Prayers for Etta are welcome and appreciated.

Life has continued on Zen. Cammi is finishing her final tests for the school year and Cole is close behind so the day after Monique departed we joined our friends on a boat named Carl Linne for an afternoon sail. The picture above was taken by Capt. Greg as we relaxed on the bow net of this beautiful 100 foot sloop. Just another day in Paradise. More about our adventures in Tahiti later....
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