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 2
Raising the American flag in US waters again!
Tom on the tramp w/the shrinkwrap while still on Dockwise Yacht Transport in Ft Lauderdale
Tom and Disco getting the sheets ready
Canting mast on G3
Ollie setting the main halyard
Ollie calling the start line
Rail meat (skippers 2 sons in foreground)
Tom assisting on foredeck
G3 charging ahead w/cuben code zero
Hulls a
Watching for puffs
Code Zero and Mainsail
Tom and Monique aboard G3 trimaran in Waiheke Island Regatta
Crossing the line, capturing the record of 1 hour and 55 minutes
G3 trimaran at rest in Viaduct Marina, just a few spots away from Zen
Cheering for the New Orleans Saints on Superbowl Sunday (Monday in NZ)
Sushi Train restaurant in Auckland.  Sushi on moving conveyor belt.
Head chef at Sushi Train cooking up some salmon and scallops
Voyager Maritime Museum in Auckland
Tom appreciating Sir Peter Blake
Monique and Tom at Voyager Maritime Museum in Auckland
Rocket ride in Auckland, no, we did not rent it.  Grin!
Oram Marine in Auckland - quite the program!
Fish market in Auckland
Our favorite Pacific fish: Hapuka
Fish market in Auckland
Infamous NZ green lipped mussels
Viaduct area in Auckland
Zen on catamaran row in Viaduct Harbor
The beautiful yacht Endearvour getting a refit in Auckland
Zen and the SkyTower in Auckland
Signore Pasta de Bologna making tortolloni at Farmers Market in Auckland
French pastries at Farmers Market, good thing Tom wasn
Lauren (Wayward Wind), Rina (Follow You Follow Me), Suzanne (Carinthia) and Stacey (Lightfoot) accompany me to the Farmers Market in Auckland on Saturday morning
Zen sailing into Auckland with her code zero
NZ America
Cuben heaven - main sail and code zero
Casper, the hot shot from North Sails NZ, comes onboard Zen for a test sail from Waiheke to Auckland
Zen on anchor at Waiheke Island, NZ
Surfside Anchorage in Waiheke Island
Peninsula of Onerahi, the neighborhood we lived in for 2 months when we first arrived in NZ
Friendship Yacht yard.  Isabelle in foreground, a 75
Coverage for local Whangarei boats along the riverfront
Stone sculpture located only a short stroll from Town Basin Marina, Whangarei.  Kids loved to climb it.
Departing our favorite town: Whangarei, NZ
Zen with mast and stays at Town Basin Marina, Whangarei, NZ
Putting our mast on at Friendship Yachts
Northland Rigging and Tom setting our port side shrouds and stays
Jerry setting our starboard stays
Mast being lowered onto Zen via Atlas Crane at Friendship Yachts
Bruce and Alene from Migration, keeping the party going through dinner!
Bruce, a children
Photo by Margie...Zen couple listening to great music together.
s/v Dosia, Qayak, Migration and Follow You Follow Me celebrating Tom
Tom in Pahia, NZ showing off his original "Dosia-made" cake
Tom taking a break from Bday festivities to appreciate the view of Bay of Islands
Allan, from s/v Follow You Follow Me, and the band playing some phenomenal tunes at Alfresco
Monique, Margie and Rina on Tom
The Birthday Boy, with the official Zen hat and a new led clip on light (gift from Alene and Bruce)
Margie presenting Tom w/her creation
The Monkey Feet gang laughing it up w/Tom on Zen
Zen, awaiting her mast, but sitting pretty at Town Basin Marina, Whangarei, NZ
The boys of Friendship Yachts slapping on the antifoul paint onto our daggerboards while Zen hovers in mid-air
Ian Gray, our project manager from Friendship Yachts, and Tom watching the trucking procedure for Zen
New pointe shoes for Camo while in PA.
All smiles for the B-Band siblings
Ian Page, our semi-pro cricket player, putting some elbow grease into Zen
Margie using dremel to clean the propeller
Tom, Krista and Richard on Karma w/Auckland in background
Geoff and Jules (Flashback) and Marge (Dosia) join Tom for inspection at Friendship Yachts
Zen, Dosia and Flashback - family photo!!!
Cammi homeschooling at Barkmans house with Abby
Boys and Cars - Thomas and Cole - Christmas in RI
Sweets in Queenstown, NZ
Always smiling...yup, they just can
Crossing my fingers I don