Zanshin sailing off Nevis Sailing from St. Kitts to Nevis, the crew on Katzenellenbogen caught this picture of me sailing with the single volcanic hill on Nevis in the background.
Zanshin sailing off Nevis

“Zanshin” is a Jeanneau 57 model sailboat; with 57 feet (17m) there's a lot of room aboard for supplies as well as for people. She was built at the Jeanneau factory outside of Nantes in France, then shipped to Annapolis, MD in the USA where she was commissioned and from there I sailed down to the Caribbean, where Zanshin has been ever since.
Since then I've been sailing up and down the Caribbean island chain exploring the various islands for extended periods. I'm planning on going through the Panama Canal and heading into the Pacific for the long journey across the Pacific. Since the “barefoot route” around the world uses the warm tradewinds that blow to the west it means that heading back east is difficult and uncomfortable. Thus, once past Panama there's no going back and I'm enjoying my time in the Caribbean so much that I'm loathe to leave.
Since I single-hand Zanshin I like to avoid weather and seas as much as possible, which means that I'm most likely not going to sail the challenging route in the high latitudes going past the great Capes of the world - I'll use the man-made canals to shorten the journey.

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This site has grown over the years and contains a mix of dated and new material, from manuals and technical details to stories and my daily blog. The blog is in actuality something of a daily dairy and I always post several pictures daily along with a brief description of my adventures (or lack thereof) each day.

Please enjoy browsing the site and, for those who find themselves sailing in unknown waters:

“Immer eine Handbreit Wasser unter dem Kiel.”
(May there always be a handsbreadth of water beneath your keel)

Random Site pictures

Desi clearing her mask during a dive at Ile Fourchue in St. Barths.
[17°57'22.88"N 62°54'36.55"W ]
There's the Dolphin! The Ketch crew was pointing at the dolphin, which of course my camera didn't catch!
[15°52'6.01"N 61°35'4.56"W (facing NW)]
There's the Dolphin!
Finish mark being taken out The yellow finish mark being taken out into position by our pin boat.
(2014-04-27 10:43:42 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/11.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Finish mark being taken out
Charter monohull While this size and type of boat dominaated the charter market in years past, the prevalent boats now seen under charter are catamarans and the mid-sized monohull seems to be a dying breed.
Charter monohull
School of Bluestriped Grunts School of Bluestriped Grunts
(2015-04-18 13:02:18 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/1000s] ISO 200)
School of Bluestriped Grunts
Just after the signal The all clear has been sounded for this class at the 2017 around the island race
(2017-04-29 08:23:11 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Just after the signal
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 214 Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 214
(2014-05-01 11:27:48 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/640s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 214
Vines covering a branch Vines covering a branch
(2014-04-07 11:56:12 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/40s] ISO 100)
Vines covering a branch
The Caves, Norman Island This was taken inside the larger of the caves that are located just around the corner from "The Bight" on Norman Island in the BVI.
[18°18'54.6"N 64°37'25.26"W (facing SE)]
The Caves, Norman Island
Final preparations for the finish Alfred coordinating our final preparations for the first day's finishes.
[17°0'0.86"N 61°46'42.84"W ]
Final preparations for the finish
Crab scampering off to shelter Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
[15°34'19.92"N 61°27'7.3"W ]
Crab scampering off to shelter
Sea Spray Sea Spray entering the lagoon. While powerboats have their advantages, this one looks so loaded with "Stuff" that it seems somewhat top-heavy and unstable
(2016-04-07 16:57:57 NIKON D7100 [f/7.1, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Sea Spray
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