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 '09
Aaron and Lauren from s/v Wayward Wind, 4-wheelin
Of course our boy did some driving in the bush!!  Vavaooooom on Vava
Burgess Family - September 09 - Vava
Our 4-wheeling kart tour team - Wayward Wind, Lovesong, Flashback, Zen and Dosia
Tom and Cam getting ready for the adventure tour in the Tongan dirt!
Villiami, the local graphic designer who revamped the Zen swoosh with his unique rendition
Tess teaching Southern Indian cooking to Cammi at Crows Nest Cafe
Tess and her students: Cammi, Monique, Annie (Trio) and Krista (Karma)
Tess and her special curry leaves - Neiafu Harbor, Vava
Neiafu Harbor, Vava
Cammi, Cole, Gabe and Sasha on Zen in Neiafu Harbor, Tonga
Swallows Cave in Vava
Body paint: Lauren (Wayward Wind), Cammi, Monique and Giselle (Monkey Feet)
Jet and Judith (Bravado) w/painted ankles
Kathy (Lovesong) sharing her birthday cake at Giggling Whale Restaurant, Neiafu, Vava
Kava ceremony in Neiafu
The Monkey Feet gang comes to say "hello".  Haven
Cole exploring during our kart tour of Vava
Blue starfish...pretty, but stinky.  Vava
Turqoise below, fruit bats above. Vava
Zen and Flashback hiking down the volcano with Niko on little island across from Niuatoputapu called Tofahi, Tonga
Niko, Cole and Cammi atop a volcanic rock in Tofahi, Tonga
Cole opening the bamboo to drink the sweet fresh water inside. Tafahi, Tonga
Cammi enjoys bamboo water at peak of volcano in  Tafahi, Tonga
Gifts to Zen: Breadfruits and limes - Niuatoputapu, Tonga
Niko and Cole in the channel of Niuatoputapu, Tonga
Tom with our Code-Zero cuben sail, making an adjustment in Niuatoputapu, Tonga
Breadfruit at Sia
Fish wrapped w/spinach (taro) leaves, all baked in a banana leaf
Krista and Monique with Sia
Afternoon tea on Karma - Richard, Sia and Julie (Flashback) - Niuatoputapu, Tonga
Niko in mourning woven mat - Niuatoputapu, Tonga
Laura doing burlesque show in Niuatoputapu, Tonga (see Burlesque blog entry for full story)
Cammi posing w/her friends who acted as her guides for high school - Niuatoputapu, Tonga
High school dance practice, Niuatoputapu, Tonga
Cammi and her guide for high school - Niuatoputapu, Tonga
Dance practice at the high school - Niuatoputapu, Tonga
Cole and Sia
Sia putting on the traditional woven belt for Cammi
Cammi and Cole waiting for their school bus on Niuatoputapu, Tonga
Toah doing a traditional Tongan dance - Niuatoputapu, Tonga
Cooking class, Tongan style, at Sia
Tom and cruisers help launch a boat for Laura that had been in storage - Niuatoputapu, Tonga
Saltwater channel connecting Niuatoputapu to Laura
Walking through the village in Niuatoputapu, Tonga
Niuatoputapu, Tonga
Burgess Family after volcano hike on Tafahi, Tonga
Cammi and Richard (Karma) dancing at Sia
Standard pig scene - Niuatoputapu, Tonga
Sia and her cooking students: Krista, Monique and Cammi
Harbor village and cemetary - Niuatoputapu, Tonga
Main dock - Niuatoputapu, Tonga
Drying the material used to make woven mat skirts - Niuatoputapu, Tonga
Niuatoputapu, Tonga
Garbage collection system - Niuatoputapu, Tonga
Trench Cave Pool, Uplolu, Samoa
Trench Cave Pool, Uplolu, Samoa
Trench Cave Pool and Gardens, Uplolu, Samoa
Julie and Krista buying fresh coffee beans, Apia, Samoa
Ticket booth at Trench Cave Pool, Uplolu, Samoa
Paddles for 50-person boat sport canoe in Apia
New fabric being cut for our aft deck, Apia, Samoa
Our world travellers in Apia, Samoa
Kava drinking at main open market, Apia, Samoa
Woman selling me veggies, fruits and cooking tips in Apia, Samoa
Surprise!  Double Header in Apia.  Harry Potter and Transformers 2 (Zen and Qayak)
Our blended families: Karma, Zen and Flashback in Apia, Samoa
Vista in Samoa
Catholic church in Samoa
Open fale and surrounding huts in a local village in Upolu, Samoa
Fia fia dance night in Apia, Samoa
Helping to train Quizzy, the drug dog, in Apia Marina
All the guys admiring Jesse
Rainbow, the puppy, at Jesse
Cole pressing the gas pedal and revving things up - Upolu, Samoa
Our big Samoan traditional Sunday feast was held here at Jesse and Sula
Sula laughing with her first international guests (Julie and Krista)
Samoan Sunday Feast - Upolu, Samoa
Jesse and Tom getting served appetizers by the ladies - Upolu, Samoa
Julie, Geoff, Cole and Cammi in Apia Marina