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

Talofa Samoa (new Photo Albums ready now)

09 August 2009 | Apia, Upolu, Western Samoa
Talofa is hello in Samoan. Fa'amolemole is please. Air conditioning, fa'amolemole?? It's up to 96 degrees here and the humidity is about 200-percent. Tom repaired our little portable cooler and not a moment too soon. Water is great, but cold water is key. Thankfully, we had plenty of that on our tour of Samoa. Our guide, Tao, was a character and a half, giving loads of personalized commentary. The weather did not cooperate and rain was the order of the day. But the most unique experience, was learning about the many family villages scattered throughout Samoa. In our Photo Gallery you'll see a traditional open hut, or fale, centrally located in each village. It acts as a living and sleeping room for one whole family, spanning multiple generations. Besides the fale there are surrounding huts, sometimes enclosed for cooking, bathing, and if supplemental money comes from overseas educated children, a few private sleeping homes. Everything is done the Samoan way, in traditional communal manner and with a smile. While driving through the island, natives were waving and smiling towards us at every bend in the road. Lunch was at a beach resort and a long visit was done at a blow hole/garden/trench site. Large open caverns, about 50 feet in depth and 100 feet in circumference appear like sink holes with tunnels underneath, opening to the sea. At the bottom of the caverns is sea water flowing in and out. Entering is done by climbing down a long, handmade ladder. Tommy discovered the underwater path, through a canal out to the sea entrance. Both Cammi and Cole held their breath, dove down and swam out to the sea and back again to the open-topped cave. Kids had a ball!

After many dinners at restaurants, walks to town, provisioning and diesel runs and let's not forget the multiple trips to the ice cream shoppe, we are finally clearing out of Samoa, bound for Tonga. It's only 150 miles from Apia to Niuatoputapu, Tonga, an overnight sail for Zen. Flashback is joining us for that passage but Karma and many other pals will be diverting to other parts of Tonga. Many cruisers slow down at this point, downshifting into 2nd gear, enjoying Tonga or Fiji to their fullest. Normally, if going to NZ, a yacht visits Tonga, while if going to Australia, Fiji is on the beaten path. Hopefully, we can squeeze in a couple weeks of Fiji in September before going back to southern Tonga for our journey to NZ. No, we can't be greedy, but if the weather works, we'd love for the kids to experience the Indian-Fijian culture. Sadly, we are at the "goodbye" zone for many of our buddy boats. We all say it, but the goodbyes are the hardest part. In December, we said adios to our friends on s/v Albatres in the San Blas Islands, Panama. They sailed up to New England while Zen went through the Panama Canal and westward. Currently they are saying their "hellos" to our family and friends in Rhode Island. We are very happy to intertwine our land friends with our ocean friends. Hopefully, some of these folks we are leaving behind in the South Pacific will cross our paths again.

Take a peek at our updated PHOTO GALLERY to see some of the great pals and adventures we've had. The albums entitled "Summer '09" and "Spring '09 Volume 3" are brand new. Enjoy!!
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