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 - Winter 2009 Continued
Immigration Officials approving my "flower iced tea concoction"
Off our aft deck
Dim Sum in Panama City
Happy Dim Sum Customers
Flamenco Marina
View from Zen of Panama City
What are these flowers?  Do you know the name of the drink made with these, boiled in water with fresh ginger and brown sugar?
Riding up Rio Cacique in Las Perlas
Rio Cacique
Rio Cacique
Fillet the Yellowjack
Caught in the Pacific!
Kuna in the "real world"
Bananas abundance
Truckloads of bananas in Panama City fresh market
Local expert giving me lessons in Spanish on how to make the flower ginger iced tea - photo from s/v Lightfoot
Fresh market in Panama City - photo from s/v Lightfoot
Stacie Stewart from Lightfoot capturing the colors
Photo taken by s/v Lightfoot
Photo taken by s/v Lightfoot
Our bounty!  Stacie
Tony, our taxi driver, helping w/provisioning at the fresh market in Panama City - s/v Lightfoot
Entering Miraflores Locks
Going down into Pacific in Miraflores Locks
Rappelling down waterfalls in jungles of Costa Rica
Rappelling down waterfalls in jungles of Costa Rica
Tom post-waterfall rappel
Tom coming down in Costa Rica
Adios to Ricky
Ricky picked up on the Pacific side
Pacific port for container ships
Entering the Pacific for the first time
Fun times for Cammi in CR
Tanker ship sharing the chamber w/us
Cammi looking at the landing
Gavin and his wind vane (grin!)
Cammi getting wet
Cole in CR
Monique going down cliff
This is the only way to join my family at the bottom?
There goes Cammi!
Cole, my budding photographer
Ricky communicating w/the lock operators on our behalf
After many years of dreaming, plotting and planning, we are finally here!!  Very grateful and relieved.
Miraflores locks on Pacific side
Miraflores - Pacific side
Throwing the monkeys fist line from shore to Zen
Cammi in position
Tommy almost at the bottom of 150
Cole doing his first rappel
Cole going down
The "mules" - trains to pull the tankers through the chambers
Rafting up before Pedro Miguel locks on Pacific side
Bridge of the Americas on Pacific side near Panama City
Titan, huge crane
Learning correct positioning for rappelling
Tom zipping in Selvatura, CR
Cammi zipping in Selvatura, CR
Monique zipping in Selvatura, CR
Cole zipping in Selvatura, CR
Ricky, Andre, Don, Tom and Frank relaxing on the ride from Gatun Lake to Pacific locks
Sunrise over jungle surrounding Gatun Lake
Sunrise at Gatun
Gatun Locks, looking aft towards the Atlantic 85 feet below our sterns
Gavin, our neighbor, and his homemade wind vane
View from our salon while in Gatun Locks
Doors closing behind us, waiting for water to fill our chamber in Gatun Locks
Doors closing behind us, waiting for water to fill our chamber in Gatun Locks
Doors closing behind us, waiting for water to fill our chamber in Gatun Locks
Monique and Snow Drift in Gatun Locks, Panama
Tom and Francisco, our canal advisor, in Gatun Locks
Turbulence of rising water in Gatun Locks
Cammi and Tom on the bow of Zen in Gatun Locks
Tom enjoying a good laugh w/Gavin
Entering Gatun Lock #1 on Atlantic Side
Cammi and Cole saying "adios" to their pals at the marina
Matthew, Caroline and Nathalie
Matthew, Caroline and Nathalie at Shelter Bay Marina
Zen crew at Shelter Bay, taken by Giorgio on s/v Argo
Even more provisioning in Colon
Cleaning cans brigade
Preparing for the Pacific.  Lockers full...now time to fill the bilges
Happy Birthday, Tommy!!
San Lorenzo fort where Capt Morgan destroyed and stole all the gold
San Lorenzo fort near Shelter Bay Marina in Colon
Cammi up at the spreaders...for fun!
Zen crew, 2 in foreground, Monique in background coming down waterfall in CR
Cammi rappelling down 150 foot cliff
Tandoor oven in Tabacon resort in CR
Tommy learning about Indian food in CR
Our kids in the Tabacon natural hot springs in CR
Fun, speed and Cole all go together in CR
Preparing to zip down w/Lake Arenal, CR in background
Adventure and more in CR
Ecothermenales in La Fortuna, CR...relaxing after hiking all day...you bet!
Cammi and Enter at your own Risk!
Kuwati followed us to edge of volcano
Volcano erupted, dark grey plume visible and rocks spewed
Zen at Arenal Volcano, CR
Edge of volcano, CR
Wild coffee beans growing in CR national park
Our encyclopedic guide in CR, Leonardo
Cole checking out the rocks coming down volcano
Evening from our hotel in CR
Volcano, CR
Volcano, CR
Maids left us a surprise in our room, CR
Wild woodpecker on Cano Negro, CR
Do you know what bird this is?  Can
We entered Nicaragua via boat
Rare sighting of a pink spoonbill in Cano Negro, CR
Can you see the Cayman?
White faced monkey, Cano Negro, CR
Bats in formation of a snake to scare away predators in Cano Negro, CR