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 3
American Samoa
Pago Pago, Geoff and Tom
Tahaa, French Poly - Vanilla Tour - Drinking fresh coconuts
Suwarrow, Seven Islands, Monique and Baby booby bird
Suwarrow, Seven Islands, clam of blue
Suwarrow, Seven Islands, Cook Islands
Sign for Suwarrow painted by Zen and Park Rangers
Suwarrow, boys playing and dive bombing sharks
Cole and the twins on Suwarrow
Cole and the boys of Suwarrow, Cook Islands (while watching shark feeding)
Shark feeding at Suwarrow
Shark feeding at Suwarrow
Family Zen on One Foot Island in Aitutaki
Cammi shakin her stuff on Aitutaki, Cook Islands
First time ever for a cruising boat to be anchored in this location in Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Bora Bora, first night of Heiva Festival
Wedding at Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Our gang (Dosia and Karma) at Bloody Mary
Four Seasons, Bora Bora
Chapel at Four Seasons, Bora Bora
Bora Bora hermit
Zen, Dosia (Marge), Flashback (Julie) and Karma (Krista)
Sunset Dinner at Four Seasons, Bora Bora
Spinnaker Flying (Monique)
Spinnaker Flying (Cammi)
Spinnaker Flying (Tommy)
Spinnaker Flying (Cole)
Spinnaker Flying in Bora Bora off Flashback
Cammi doing the shimmy in Bora Bora
Bora Bora hike
Cole in Bora Bora...whatta perch
Group hike in Bora Bora
View of our achorage in Bora Bora
Group Hike in Bora Bora
Bora Bora Yacht Club
Cammi and a local friend
View from Zen in Bora Bora
s/v Obsession during a snorkel outing Bora Bora
Kids w/Tahaa Pearl Farm Owners
Inside of a black pearl
Field Trip to a local Pearl Farm in Tahaa, French Poly
Fakarava, Tuamotus
Fakarava, Tuamotus
Fakarava, Tuamotus
Fakarava, Tuamotus
Fakarava, Tuamotus
Zen and Bravado Buddies in Fakarava, Tuamotus
Paddling in Seven Islands, Suwarrow, Cook Islands
Suwarrow, Cook Islands
Rhode Island flag hung in Suwarrow Base Camp, Cook Islands (Thanks Stu Mills!)
Zen is the party boat for day trip to Seven Islands, Suwarrow
Betsy and Richard on Qayak come bringing M&Ms for a favor we did, big smiles
Hanging in Suwarrow with Whisper and Qayak
Cole and a coconut crab!
Whisper joins Zen on a reef walk in Suwarrow
Bonfire on Suwarrow
Soccer on Suwarrow
Suwarrow Base; pot luck night for the cruisers
Whisper and Zen kids in Suwarrow
Pot luck on Karma in Suwarrow
Homemade leis in Suwarrow (on m/v Karma)
Krista, Cammi and Cole on Karma
Park Rangers come for pot luck on m/v Karma
Sharks off Zen in Suwarrow
Lei making class in Suwarrow, Cook Islands (Annie from Trio, Gina from Solace, Veronica and Monique)
Veronica giving lessons on Suwarrow
Tom running the cruisers SSB radio net
Pot luck on Zen in Suwarrow, Cook Islands
Veronica brought Monique a beautiful lei for pot luck dinner
Goodbye to the fishermen in Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Cole finally shows his stuff on the dance floor in Aitutaki
Cammi shakin it, Aitutaki
Fire dancing in Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Authentic Aitutaki!
Beautiful Aitutaki!
Cammi learning the flute from Marge on her birthday
Happy Birthday, Cammi!
Typical home in Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Typical home in Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Sign in front of church, Aitutaki
Church, Aitutaki, Cook Islands
from top of Zen
stern view of Zen, Aitutaki
Pass entrance and channel in Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Passage to Aitutaki
Rig shot, Aitutaki
Cole up the rig
Cole graduates!  Thanks, Flashback for celebrating the end of 4th grade!
Standard parking for a Zen pot luck
Magic trick lesson from Richard (Karma)
Bora Bora fun off Zen
Art gallery opening in Bora Bora w/Obsession and Milonga
Cammi and Cole
Cammi pointing to Cameron Diaz
Sailing from Tahaa to Bora Bora
Coconut drinks in Tahaa
Typical snack of fresh grapefruit in Tahaa, FP
Tahaa, FP
Tahaa, FP
Vanilla plantation and packaging, Tahaa, FP
Alain Plantier, tour guide for Vanilla Tour, Tahaa, FP
Zen in Tahaa, FP
Starfruit in Tahaa, FP
Tour guide
Rowers drafting behind Zen in Tahaa, FP
Everyday road litter in Tahaa, FP
View from Tahaa to Bora Bora, FP
Shells in Tahaa, FP
Shell left in front of our hotel room in Tahaa, FP
Tahaa, FP