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

Surgical Strike

29 July 2009 | Apia, Western Samoa
"Did we just hear a fog horn?" Holy cr_ _, rush up to the cockpit, scan the horizon, no running lights, not close to land. What was that? There it is again. Put on the radar. Nope, it's midnight and there's nothing out of the ordinary.

After 5 minutes of straining my eyes and ears in the dark, while sitting in the front cockpit, Tommy figures it out. The noise we hear while down in our hulls are WHALES. They are talking to each other. Constantly! Back and forth, back and forth. Zen, having 2 hulls, sometimes makes a humming sound when she's going through the water. Are they talking to Zen? Is Zen talking back? Am I loopy because it's my night watch, there's no moon and the stars are so vivid you feel like you are sailing in a celestial blend of sky and ocean? We never actually saw a whale on the final leg to Pago Pago, American Samoa, but we hope to spot a few on our departure out. Which is happening a few days earlier than we expected. This turned out to be our quickest island visit ever. In fact, it's better to refer it as a surgical strike, 18 hours from start to finish.

Many cruisers have said this place is the armpit of the South Pacific, but the people ashore are so nice! Unless you are waiting for crucial replacement parts or homeschooling curriculum shipped from the US, there's very little reason to come here. The anchorage is tight, the holding is poor due to the wrecks, tires and garbage littering the seabed, and the overwhelming aroma of the Starkist tuna cannery is enough to make you swoon and fall down. But yes, the people are nice. On a bright note, a gallon of diesel is just over $2.00, there's wifi in the harbor, and the provisioning is easy and plentiful. They got that going for them. Thankfully our friends on s/v Flashback, who have been here for about a week, are joining us in our speedy departure from Pago Pago. They had some engine issues but are back up and running. Having pals scope out the lay of the land and then share their knowledge makes for very fast errands in a faraway land. The girls, Julie, Cammi and I, hopped on the local bus bound for 2 big provisioning stores. Two hours later, we had a couple of taxis full of food, ready to load into the dinghy. The boys, Geoff, Tommy and Cole went to the chandlery and customs/immigration/health/harbormaster. By 3:00p we were done and ready to exit. So long American Samoa! The people are really nice. Enough said. We are now happily berthed in Apia, Western Samoa, 80 miles west of American Samoa.
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