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 '09/'10 Volume 1
Cole reading to Lolly in South Island, NZ
Tom, aka Superman, over Queenstown
Bband taking gondola to the top
This is a two lane road!
Barkman/Burgess kids at Mt Cook in NZ
Darnique and Molene!
Ballerinas at Lake Tekapo in NZ
Burgess Family shot at Lake Tekapo, NZ
Barkman Team Leaders....love them!
Bband at Lake Tekapo
Girls playing while awaiting Cole
High above Auckland
Tom and Pete taking in the culture in Auckland
Lauren and Cole in Auckland
At the Grove in LA
With Maelisa in LA, making the very most of an unexpected layover
Kate, Monique and the Patriots; wow, did we miss American Football!!
Monique, Bethany, Ashley and Dana on Christmas Eve
Monique and younger bro, Jason
Cammi giving cousin, Sophia, American Girl twins
Tommy laughing his butt off w/his sister, Mary, niece, Amy and Dan.
Christmas in East Greenwich, wow, Mom that was an amazingly delicious meal!  Grazie!
Jet lag?  Hectic?  Too many ravioli?  Yep, and he really was snoring!
The whole gang at the DiNapoli
Getting silly
All the cousins (and a few pals)
Our hostess with the mostest: Bethany!
Traditional toast w/egg nog
Burgess Family and Harley (15 and half year old puppy dog)
Gingerbread houses at Nonna
Cammi, her buddy, Tory, and Cole
Cole putting the speed on
Cammi goes first
Sledding in Portsmouth after the blizzard
Cookie Exchange
Cookie Exchange
Cookie Exchange
Thomas and Cole making forts during the blizzard
Early gift opening session w/the grandmas
Thanks Mum and Mom for secretly decorating our home as a surprise!  Great gift.
Our welcome committee upon our RI arrival.  Home sweet home.
Homeschooling in Abu Dhabi airport lounge.  Good job, guys.
New friend at the fruit/veg stand in Nizamuddin, New Delhi
Pietra dura artistry at Humayun
Typical roadside scene, New Delhi
More horn...it
Precious stones carved by hand like it was done when the Taj was built
Us with the artist who created our table in Agra, India
Our marble pietra dura table and bowls...pieces of art.
Kids learning the art of pietra dura
Decendents of Taj Mahal showing their skills w/precious stones in city of Agra, India
Decendents of Taj Mahal showing their skills w/precious stones in city of Agra, India
Cammi and Taj Mahal
Cole and Taj Mahal
Happy to have given the kids a closer look at their Indian heritage
PK teaching kids about unique architecture of Taj Mahal
Pietra dura; inlaid precious stones into Indian marble
Notice the script around the border, it
Putting on slippers at the Taj
Cammi ecstatic at the Taj Mahal
Our family at the Taj Mahal, December 2009
Sunrise at the Taj Mahal
One of the Seven Wonders
Cole flying high at the Taj
Entrance gate of Taj Mahal
Colorful saris at Agra Fort
PK, our outstanding tour guide, pointing out the largest mobile stone bathtubs at the Agra Fort
Cammi and Tom overlooking the Taj Mahal from Agra Fort
Mumtaz Muhal
Tower that held Shah Jahan captive in Agra Fort
Local residents of Agra Fort
Seat of royalty in Agra Fort
Pietra Dura artistry in Agra Fort
Newly married couple in Agra Fort
Unique Indian arches of Agra Fort...that
Agra Fort
Parakeets at Agra Fort
Mischievous monkeys in Agra Fort
Monique, Cole and Cammi at Agra Fort
Donkeys hanging out in local store
Fruit stand on way to Agra from Delhi
Mom and son waiting to cross the street
Constant beeping on streets of India
People, people and more people in India
India Gate, New Delhi
Garden in front of my family
Cammi, Cole and cousin, Shobit in Delhi
Cammi, Cole, Monique and cousin, Subela
Rickshaws in Delhi
Crowded bus in Delhi
Kids in matajii
Cammi admiring my mom
Auntie Kamlesh bringing us into Mataji
Our view of Humayun
Bangkok - puppies for sale
Bangkok - puppies for sale
Longboat in Bangkok (remember those old James Bond movies?)
Cole taking our hotel boat for a spin in Bangkok
Tom and Monique taking it all in, Bangkok
Our hotel dock in Bangkok
Post buffet scene at our Bangkok hotel
Dinner show, Bangkok