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

Zen is HOME!

26 August 2010 | Portsmouth, Rhode Island
After sailing from Newport, RI to New Zealand via the Panama Canal, here's Zen, in front of our Portsmouth home, in the tiny state of Rhode Island. As planned, we sold our townhouse and purchased a single family home for the kids' high school and university years. When friends come by, and thankfully, many do, they ask three questions:

"What was your favorite place?"
A. The Cook Islands

"Is there any place you would relocate to?"
A. Only locale that rivals Rhode Island - NEW ZEALAND

"Kids, would you do it again if you could?"
A. YES! In a heartbeat!
A. YES! Absolutely!

That about sums it up. We have officially altered our children's lives forever. Cruising may fade into the background for a little while, as they blend into their world of teenagers. But, we believe, it will resurface to help them navigate through their own journeys. Our global sailing cruise may be over for now, but we'll continue to enjoy the bliss of coastal cruising for a few years, before we take off again when the kids reach university.

As we reflect and recount our trip for family, friends and strangers, we simply say, "It was GREAT! Literally, all of it. Every single bit of it." The four of us are most grateful to the innumerable locals who welcomed us, the cruising friends who are now family, the cultures that awed us and our land friends who never, ever lost touch and celebrated our adventure.

Approximate Nautical Miles Sailed: 20,000
Number of Countries Visited: 20
Number of Months: 20
Fastest Boat Speed: 28 knots (Panama)
Longest Passage: 17 days (Galapagos to Marquesas)
Fastest 24-hour Run: 240 miles

Tom the Writer

27 April 2010 | Rhode Island
Tom has been banging away on that laptop, mostly financial data, industry research and statistical analysis, but he took some time out to reflect on his favorite pastime. Cruising. Take a peek at his article in this month's "Bluewater Sailing/Multihulls Quarterly". Click below on "Multihulls Quarterly: Zen's Den".

Multihulls Quarterly: Zens DenView more documents from Burgess Media LLC.

USA Welcomes Zen

05 April 2010 | Fort Lauderdale, FL
"Be on the ship at 7:00am Easter morning", says Patrick, the loading master for Dockwise Yacht Transport. Valentines in Auckland and Easter in Ft. Lauderdale. Do you think they get a discount at the commercial docks for holiday berthings? Nonetheless, our Easter was spent first in a cab, then on a huge ship, and finally aboard our floating home, s/v Zen. She was dirty, had a pile of shrinkwrap (that's Tom in the picture above with the wrap on the tramp), plenty of residue glue, a couple of projects to attend to and small dots of stains on the nonskid thanks to the exhaust coming from Super Servant 3's stacks. But, all was easily fixed with a little elbow grease. Cammi and Cole were in charge of many jobs, and I was quickly reminded of how a sailboat naturally bonds our family. Working as a team, the day went by quickly. By late afternoon, we were chatting with our neighbors at the Ft Lauderdale marina and were immediately reminded of the yachtie persona: friendly, helpful and quick to smile. Twelve hours after our pre-sunrise cab ride, we were sweaty, smelly and ready for some serious food. No, it wasn't my mom's, grandmother's, or aunt's amazing 5-hour holiday meal, but it sure fit the bill. The popular restaurant, called Anthony's Coal Oven Pizza, immediately found us a table instead of giving the standard response of, "Sure, table for 4, that will be about an hour's wait." Normally, we are surrounded by tons of extended family, egg hunts and fancily clad kids and adults. This time we could not have been further from that scene. It was tank tops and strangers, but two things were consistent, the warm reception and the perfectly cooked delicious food. Our megayacht neighbors suggested the joint and nailed it. Our table of four was happy, thrilled with the work accomplished, and content with the Easter celebration.

The week in Ft Lauderdale will be even shorter than a week. And the cruising we had hoped to squeeze in from April through June in the Bahamas is out. Team Burgess, always changing with the wind, is being promptly sucked into the 'real world', mostly due to Tom's new company that is way more than off the ground. Although 2 more months of cruising is quite enticing, when reality and opportunity calls, we are more than rejuvenated to listen. Zen will see us again in May or June, when a nice weather window opens, and we'll sail her straight up to Newport, where she'll enjoy being back at the ever-friendly, Newport Shipyard.

We are sore, tan, and counting down the days until we say adieu to our beloved blue boat. Our sincere thanks goes out to the crews of Dockwise Super Servant 3, s/y Nelson, and s/y Isabelle, for helping to bring Zen safely through 55 knots of wind and huge waves. We are so happy to have her in back in the US of A!!
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 - Summer '08
Prickly Armada - kids from Zen, Cataway, Panache, & BeachMagic
Prickly Armada - kids from Zen, Cataway, Panache, & BeachMagic
Prickly Armada - kids from Zen, Cataway, Panache, & BeachMagic
Mamma & Betty - Grenada
Mamma, Rhody and Betty - Grenada
Mamma, Rhody and Betty (upside down)
Jenny rescuing Amanda w/Cammi - Grenada Marine
Amanda - about 1 month old
Amanda - rescue day - Grenada
Cake celebration
Gecko pal
View of St Davids Harbor
Gecko pal
Gecko pal
Grenadian Organic Chocolate
Belmont Estates, 400 acre working plantation
Belmont Estates, Grenada
Belmont Estates, Grenada
Belmont Estates, Grenada
Belmont Estates, Grenada
Cammi and friend, carnival, Grenada
Grenada Carnival
Carnival, Grenada
Our family car in Tobago Cays
Tobago Treasure Hunt (working w/handheld GPS)
Tobago Treasure Hunt
Tobago Treasure Hunt (Cammi w/clue)
Forward view of reef, all reef, due East, Tobago Cays
Lobster ala Tobago Cays...love Cole
Aft view Tobago Cays
Our Tobago Cays visitor
me, the photographer
Our loyal, wonderful, anchor
Our mini-keels, 3 feet from the nice sandy bottom
Tobago Cays, Grenadines
yes, it
eating in the rain shower
iguana molting
deer at Barbados Animal Refuge
Mommy & Baby
Port St Charles, Barbados
I can hang w/the best of
Marie Galante flying hero
Barbados Animal Refuge
Bird Island Antigua - Zen anchored behind
blow hole in Bird Island
Zen off Bird Island Antigua
Top of Hell
Captain and First Mate
Crew 1 and Crew 2
warship off Antigua
homemade Beef Bourgignone - Tom had to photograph his dinner!  He was a darn happy skipper!
Cole at recess
Our well worn ensign
Cammi at recess
Cole and Tom....mom getting artistic  :-)
18 months worth of bags to be checked on American Airlines!
Bon Voyage cake
Cammi 11, Cole 9 - Make a wish
Etta incognito!
The dancers.
Big kids take over slides!
Great party rental
Peace out!
Happy family!
Camera crew
Party tent
Girls and grandma
Lisa, Dar, and me
Festival, graceful, beautiful and silly fun
Kate and me....backstage.
Me and Kelley...how I will miss All Star Dance Academy!
Mi cugina, Bethany.
Strike a pose.
Boyz take the show.
Ready to rehearse.
Cousins pool party
Ballerinas poolside.
My new cousin in NYC.
Sweet Berry Farm, Cole, Erika and Cam
Sail Newport.
Son sails dad!
Advanced Bug Students....in ONE Bug!
New Englanders or Californians?
This sail is bigger than me!
Andy, Tom, Thomas and Cole at 3rd Beach
Hang loose!
Surfers at 3rd Beach
Carla, Mike and Kids.  Carla joined us on our first cruise on Uliad.
Grenada fun
Grenada fun