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 - Fall '08
Architecture and old horse carriage in Centro, Cartagena
Fresh papaya
Traditional Fruit Vendors in Old Town Cartagena
Cartagena Carnivale participants and our trusty skipper
Cartagena Carnivale
Dancers in Cartagena
First excursion into old town, Cartagena with Albatres and Someday Came
Cole and Oscar (from s/v Albatres) in Old Town, Cartagena
Balconies in Cartagena
Old convent, now hotel, in Cartagena
Inquisition Museo in Cartagena
Cole and Cammi w/old town in background, while on tall ship, Gloria in Cartagena
On tall ship, Gloria
tall ship Gloria, one night, there were crew members, each w/a light, on each level of sails, singing!  These folks know how to celebrate!
Cammi and Daddy on Gloria, Cartagena
Kids skyping w/their friends in US
Nightly entertainment in old town squares
Oscar, Cammi and Cole w/the dancers
Gloria aloft
Cammi in sou-sou (sp?) in front of Cartagena
Cammi and a mime in Old Town, Cartagena
Cole wearing Rick
Cole and the trampoline
Cammi airborne and some ballet moves
Cole and Oscar at Club Nautico Marina
Rick, on s/v Tara Vana, playing a little jazz on the sax for us
Cammi and Cole learn the steel drums from Ami.  The drum is called a "pan".
Cole works on the "pan" while visiting Tara Vana for a musical field trip after school last week in Cartagena.
Me wearing Ami
Ami teaches the kids steel drum!  How cool!  We were entranced.
Zen on anchor in Cartagena (island of Manga in background)
Castillo de San Fillipe at night in Cartagena
Our multicultural Thanksgiving feast on Zen, folks from California, Canary Islands and Germany all attended!  We shared what we are most grateful for this year.  The list is long!
American Thanksgiving at Club Nautico, Cartagena
Ami gets a dance w/a folkloric dancer
Band for American Thanksgiving at Club Nautico in Cartagena
Our Thanksgiving entertainment at the marina festival
Thanksgiving night
Cole loves Ami!
Someday Came and Zen on Halloween evening
Decorating cookies on Someday Came
Halloween gingerbread cookies
Maddie, canine pirate
Friends on s/v Constance from Gloucester, MA w/Maddie in costume
sailing in Los Roques
sailing in Los Roques
sculpture in Roques
kids in Roques
laundry while underway
Los Roques
little Roques islands...water very shallow
local village outside security gates of Bahia Redonda in Puerta La Cruz
Isla Margarita in the distance
parrot arm
Jorge and Tom under the waterfall
Cole strikes his favorite pose
Cammi and Cole at waterfall
Climbing up one of the falls
Using a rope to get up to next level
Heading to the restaurant and trails
Look at the beautiful brightly colored pink petals!
Local pig near waterfall trails
Luna and approving sidekick
Green and lush trails
Notice little monkey as pet hanging on leg
Puerta La Cruz bounty!
Rainy day activities
Cammi up the rig
Luna, Jorge, Male and Zen crew in Mochima National Park, VZ
Luna and Male on the way back to Puerta La Cruz
Cammi in Mochima
Luna, our deaf four-legged friend
Cole at the helm of a very fast tender!
Amistad!  Friendship in PLC - bountiful gifts off our bows
Arepas!!!  Loved them!
Cammi and Caroline with their "homework" - a game board they designed
Cole and karate on a rainy day
rainy day activities in VZ
Hurray!!!  Someday Came is with Zen - two Rhode Island family boats!
Testigos Sunset w/Ben & Sam from Indy
Sunset in Testigos
Driftwood Testigos
Team Zen
Capt & 1st Mate
Cole, strike a pose
You can see Cammi and Cole in the distance running to the sea
Restaurant in Testigos
en route to Blanquilla
Cole on watch
Sunset on way to Blanquilla
Independence under spinnaker
Sunset Blanquilla
First bounty of the sea, 2 big tunas
Monique fillets
Tuna 1 of 2
Typical fishing boat in Testigos
Sunrise as we depart Grenada
Cammi, Marshall (Panache) and Cole
Cole scurfing
Cole and Parker (Panache)
Cole and Parker
Scurfing in Prickly Bay
Cammi and Cole video chatting with the Barkman family
Birthday evening in Grenada
Cheryl and Tom helping to dry the cocoa beans in traditional way
Orange cocoa pod w/"wet" beans inside
River rafting trip in Grenada
Front coming through Tobago Cays
Trunk fish
Cammi & Cole - Tobago Cays
Petit Tabac
Cole in Petit Tabac taken by Mathias
Cammi in Petit Tabac taken by Mathias
Sunset in Tobago Cays
Zen with Reymanns of Cataway and Stewarts of Panache...sunset in Tobago Cays
Reading en route to Grenada
Looks like a school....but oh, so blue!
Cammi jumping off Panache - photo by Mathias
Cole launching off Panache - photo by Mathias