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 '09 Volume 1
Whangarei Quarry Park - all plantings done 100% by volunteers - talented ones!
Whangarei Quarry Park - waterfall
Whangarei Quarry Park - Monique, Cammi and Cole - taken by Tom on Oct 24 - morning field trip - school in afternoon
Whangarei Quarry Park - Cammi and the unique flora
Whangarei Quarry Park
Whangarei Quarry Park - Cactus and Kids
Whangarei Quarry Park - family shot - notice all the layers of clothing...and it
Whangarei Farmers Market - one of many young musicians playing from about 6:30a until 10:00a every Saturday
Whangarei Farmers Market - kids awaiting their fresh crepes for breakfast, yum.
Whangarei Farmers Market - small rock band
Whangarei Farmers Market - flowers galore
Whangarei Farmers Market - those are local sea urchins in the front
Whangarei Farmers Market - violin trio
Whangarei Farmers Market on Saturday mornings
Zen being hauled out for regular maintenance at Friendship Yachts and Dockland 5 in Whangarei, NZ
Zen being hauled out for regular maintenance at Friendship Yachts and Dockland 5 in Whangarei, NZ
Zen being hauled out for regular maintenance at Friendship Yachts and Dockland 5 in Whangarei, NZ
Zen being hauled out for regular maintenance at Friendship Yachts and Dockland 5 in Whangarei, NZ
Zen being hauled out for regular maintenance at Friendship Yachts and Dockland 5 in Whangarei, NZ
Zen being hauled out for regular maintenance at Friendship Yachts and Dockland 5 in Whangarei, NZ
Putting the straps on Zen prior to the crane hauling her out of the water
80 Ton crane getting ready to haul Zen out of the water in Whangarei, NZ
Master bedroom in Onerahi home (there
Full kitchen in Onerahi, but yes, the kids still do the dishes by hand.  :-)
Cammi holding the Sky Tower in Auckland
Our rental home in Onerahi, NZ.  They employ very modern architechture and keep living mostly to one level.  The friendly owners live only a few doors down.
Front entrance in Onerahi home.  Interior of house was newly renovated.  We are the first tenants.
Cole leaning on the Sky Tower in Auckland.  In the photo, we are in Viaduct Harbor.
Auckland - Viaduct Harbor
Auckland - yacht Endeavor
Rolling hills on our 2 hour drive from Whangarei to Auckland
Cows on our 2 hour drive from Whangarei to Auckland
Our view from Whangarei Town Basin Marina
Whangarei Heads - peninsula about 30 minutes outside of Whangarei
Zen berthed at Whangarei
Our neighbors at Town Basin Marina, NZ - they particularly enjoyed paddling around under Zen, in between the hulls, quacking happily the whole time.
Whangarei Heads - don
Cole and Tommy with a Camaro Z28 in Whangarei
Brian and Tom getting the sails and boom off Zen in preparation for pulling the mast
Zen delivered the crew safely to the Q-dock at Marsden Cove in NZ - first moments on terra firma...well a floating dock, close enough.
Tom hand steering at inside steering station for a little while during the larger wave sets...about 7-8 meters in height from astern...while on passage from Tonga to NZ
Double rainbow welcome in NZ after a 7 day passage
Little piece of the jib pushing us along while we cross through a front during our ocean passage to NZ
Kids eyeing up the large mountainous waves training towards Zen on ocean passage to NZ
Salt encrusted compass
Cammi and Hallie from s/v Lightfoot - great girl just a year older than Cammi, from Colorado
Passed from one cruiser to another, this is North Minerva reef
Geraldine (Jaye-Jaye) and me posing with our jewelry design teachers in Neiafu, Tonga
Cammi and I learned basket weaving in Neiafu, tonga
Monique carving a whales tail pendant in Tonga w/her teacher supervising (class was a birthday gift from Jaye-Jaye on s/v Blue Dawn...Thanks so much!  I loved it!!)
Karma (Richard and Krista) doing a fly-by delivery of cheeses to Zen.  Those dinghies really are the family cars!
Tonga - anchorage 31 - temporary rafting with s/v Dosia (Margie and Drew)
s/v Tara Vana, Zen, Flashback, Dosia and Karma at Aquarium Cafe, our home away from home, in Neiafu, Tonga
Fruit and veggie market at Neiafu, Tonga
A girls stroll: Monique, Julie, Margie, Krista, Ami and Cammi
Aaron from s/v Wayward Wind boogying on his birthday w/a fakaleilei
Welcome to Tonga, Ami and Rick!!
Tom and Cammi are victorious in the Cornhole Tournament...they came in 2nd overall
Final day of the Vavau Tonga Regatta - Cornhole Tournament
Look at that winning form!  Margie (and Drew) throw to win, beating Cammi and Tom.
Zen anchored off "Goat" island
Dinner at Giggling Whale with s/v Blue Dawn
Girls of s/v Honeymoon, Zen and Dosia at the Vavau Yacht Club
Kids on bow looking for reefs as we enter Hunga Island in Tonga
Happy couple at Vavau Yacht Club, Tonga
Vavau Yacht Club, Tonga
Watermelon on the back deck of Zen, Tonga
Cammi learns about silkscreening from Isa at Tropical Tease in Neiafu, Tonga
Cole in his glory, 4 wheelin
Geoff from Flashback finds bony treasures!
Viliami, a local graphic designer, creates an updated and authentic logo for Zen in his native kupesi style.
Local crafts hand delivered to Zen in Neiafu, Tonga
Layering of spices and herbs demonstrated by Tess at Crow
Neiafu Harbor
Tess showing her talents in the kitchen in Neiafu.
Body art at Jet
Pedicure party for Jet
Happy 12th birthday to Jet on Bravado, shown with mom, Judith.  We
Zen flying her chute during the Vavau Regatta
s/v Thumbs Up does kava tasting at the Giggling Whale restaurant
Lauren and Margie check out the blue starfish
Billy giving trims at the opening registration day of Regatta Vava
Drew relaxing on s/v Dosia
Cole with Jesse (s/v Lightfoot), Sasha and Gabe, twins living on Vava
Cammi and Cole tubing in Vava
Margie and Drew from s/v Dosia readying for a tube ride
Crazy goat communicating w/Tommy in outlaying anchorage in Vava
Tommy working to get to that coconut
Fresh, free papaya!  Tonga
Margie and Drew underway on s/v Dosia to an outer anchorage alongside Zen
Cammi, Cole, Morgan and Wyatt from s/v Lovesong