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

Tourists No More

10 July 2009 | Aitutaki, Cook Islands
"Come use the pool anytime you'd like! My kids are attending high school in Australia and it's awfully quiet around here," says Annie, the owner of Bishops Tours and Propane. "Come back to the bank tomorrow morning, I'll bring in some paw-paws for you," smiles Moanna from behind the teller desk in the bank in the center of town. "Don't worry about bringing the scooters back to the office, just leave them at the main pier with the key under the mat. We'll get them soon enough," soothes Quinton from the scooter rental shop. The Aitutakians say once you arrive on their island you are no longer a visitor, but rather, a native. They must take that to heart because after 9 days here, we feel like we are departing family members. Sure, it may be part of their heritage and desire to welcome tourists, but damn, they are good. They also say to eat as much of the local food as possible because they have not only outlawed dogs, but also calories. Grin! Needless to say Zen obeys the guilt-free rules, calories be damned.

Thursday night topped off our stay here with the best "island night" dance and fire performance we've seen to-date. Our kids were invited up to dance and proceeded to shake their hips and knock their knees. Guess they did it right, because locals stopped us in the grocery store the next day, inviting them to join an island troupe! But alas, after checking weather reports and the calendar, we knew it was time to detach ourselves from this hospitable lagoon and sail north to Suwarrow. Our friends on s/v Flashback emailed us details of Suwarrow, focusing on the local family inhabiting the island as the Park Rangers. It's standard procedure for them to run low on supplies and for cruisers to bring food and anything else helpful. At this point, they are out of cooking propane. Ahhhhh, let's see if Annie could sell us a bottle from her propane company. After a quick call on the VHF radio, she assured me that although Aitutaki is running low on propane for the next 8 days until the supply ship comes in, she'd find us something to bring to the rangers. She found a bottle filled it, delivered it to us at the harbor along with a free stalk of about 50 bananas.

After spending 3 months in French Polynesia it's hard not to make comparisons between the Cooks and FPoly. They sure are different. For us, the heritage, legends, and mostly the hospitality granted to us by everyone here is in a category of their own. The islands of French Polynesia are legendary, but the Cooks hold a special place in Zen's heart. Kia Orana, Aitutaki!
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
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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