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 - Spring '09 Volume 1
Miss Papeete Beauty Competition - Tahiti
Bridges while touring Tahiti
Kids w/waterfall in Tahiti
Four wheeling in Tahiti
Tour truck in Tahiti
"Mom is great, gives us chocolate cake!" - excerpt from Bill Cosby about breakfast foods
Cole aka Foodface
Happy 10th Birthday, Cole in Tahiti!
Marina Taina, Maeva Beach, Tahiti
Tahiti, looks like a floating restaurant
Le Marche in Papeete, Tahiti
Southern Fakarava, Tuamotus - island hotel w/bungalows
Pension lobby; Fakarava, Tuamotus
Local hut in Fakarava
Hand woven huts, Tuamotus
Hallway to your hotel room from the lobby in Fakarava, Tuamotus
Cole emerges! Fakarava, Tuamotus
Cole subterranean on his own little island; Fakarava, Tuamotus
Zen Crew - Fakarava, Tuamotus
Zen in heaven, Fakarava, Tuamotus
Our view...not bad, eh?
Reef, motu and sky - Fakarava, Tuamotus
Reef watching - Tuamotus
Fish petting off the stern of Zen - Makemo, Tuamotus
Gifts of flowers - Makemo, Tuamotus
Cammi and Cole very content - Makemo, Tuamotus
s/v Migration set sails for Marquesas from Tuamotus
Bruce and Alene on Migration
First Communion on Makemo
Monique and Cammi w/Zen anchored in Makemo lagoon behind
Entrance pass to Makemo Atoll, Tuamotus
Handmade woven decorations in Makemo, Tuamotus
Arial view of Fatu Hiva-Bay of Virgins anchorage
Cammi and Katy gazing at waterfall on Fatu Hiva, Marquesas
Zen and Hippnautical living it up at Fatu Hiva
Robin and Cole talking to pigs in Fatu Hiva
Marc designing Tom
Stone guardian at Bay of Virgins, Fatu Hiva
Cole learning the local drums at a residence in Fatu Hiva, Marquesas
Dinner for 5 cruising boats at a local home in Fatu Hiva
Dance practice in Fatu Hiva
Music at Fatu Hiva
Anchorage at Fatu Hiva, Marquesas
Cammi learning flute from Bobbie Jo while Apple listens; Tahuata, Marquesas
Rebecca and Patrick on s/v Brickhouse, couple from Middletown, RI in Hiva Oa
Ua Huka anchorage
Boys from Chtimagine getting creative w/legos; Daniels Bay, Nuku Hiva
Maeva and Cammi getting crafty; Nuku Hiva
Kids playing in Daniels Bay, Nuku Hiva
Nuku Hiva Horse
Lush and green waterfall in Nuku Hiva
Zen and Chtimagine at waterfall in Nuku Hiva
Cole arrives at waterfall after 90 minute hike, Nuku Hiva
Waterfall and flowers, Nuku Hiva
Crossing rivers on hike to waterfall, Nuku Hiva
Majestic mountains hiking to waterfall, Nuku Hiva
Stepping stones, Nuku Hiva
Pamplemousse all over the place, Nuku Hiva
Walking through backyards, Nuku Hiva
Skull and mango pit, Nuku Hiva
Path to waterfall, Nuku Hiva
Weeds...wow, Nuku Hiva
Little chapel on way to waterfall, Nuku Hiva
Hike to waterfall, Nuku Hiva
Starting our hike to waterfall, Nuku Hiva
Cole in the greenery, Nuku Hiva
Chtimagine from France; liveaboards heading to Antarctica via NZealand
Parking lot for waterfall in Nuku Hiva
Tom checking Zen over his shoulder, Daniel
Mountains in Nuku Hiva
Daniels Bay, Nuku Hiva
3 generations in Nuku Hiva, Marquesas inviting Monique and Cammi to lunch
Pig dance at Nuku Hiva, Marquesas
Risque!  Nuku Hiva, Marquesas
Marae - ancient tribal ritual site - Nuku Hiva, Marquesas
Nuku Hiva, Marquesas
A favorite village in Nuku Hiva, Marquesas
Professional spray down after salt water swim from the dinghy; Nuku Hiva
Zen in Nuku Hiva
Abundance at our pig roast in Nuku Hiva
s/y Carl Linne and s/v Zen enjoy a pig roast in Nuku Hiva
Our pig roast extraordinaire! Nuku Hiva
The underground oven in Nuku Hiva
All the girls in Nuku Hiva, Gabi, Monique, Blakesly, Jinny and Cammi
Our chariots in Nuku Hiva
Gabi and Steve tending to an injured foot, Nuku Hiva
Nuku Hiva
Catholic church in Nuku Hiva
Stonework in Nuku Hiva
Church in Nuku Hiva
Flowers abound in Nuku Hiva
local school in Nuku Hiva
Artists coop in Nuku Hiva
Vendors at quay in Nuku Hiva
Carl Linne s/y in Nuku Hiva after ocean passage
Captain Greg on s/y Carl Linne
Scoping our our first anchorage after our 17 day passage; Nuku Hiva
Cammi admiring the landscape - Nuku Hiva
First sight of land after our ocean passage
Typical Pacific Ocean sunset during our passage
Fishing during our ocean passage
All spinnaker during ocean passage
Galapagos dive - school of fish
Galapgos dive - starfish
Galapagos dive - starfish
Tom and Cam preparing for Galapagos dive
Galapagos dive - stingray
Galapagos dive - momma seal
Cammi finishing her Galapagos dive