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

Finally the full refit of Zanshin is finished and it is time for these web pages to once again be filled with a bit of life. After a lengthy refit after the ravages of hurricane Irma, Zanshin is finally back in the Caribbean and ready for further adventures.

“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

Breakfast in Bingen After an hour's trip from Frankfurt I stopped at Backhaus Lüning in Bingen am Rhein for some breakfast. For ¬ 4 I got 2 cups of coffee, various jams and jellies and 4 small rolls; just enough to give me a boost of energy for the upcoming trip west.
(2011-06-12 07:44:50 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/40s] ISO 320 Focus 1.12m)
Breakfast in Bingen
Heineken Regatta 2013 FR7 Photo taken from a dinghy right next to the park boundary marker next to Creole Rock in Grand Case, St. Martin. This yellow marker was used as FR7 in the final day (Sunday) of the 2013 Heineken Regatta in excellent conditions.
[18°7'4.01"N 63°3'25.84"W (facing W)]
Heineken Regatta 2013 FR7
Rainshowers after a long drought This rain was welcome after over a month without a drip hitting Zanshin's dirty and salty decks.
(2015-05-14 10:49:43 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Rainshowers after a long drought
#224 - Aeolus #224 - Aeolus
(2015-05-01 12:01:34 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/800s] ISO 100)
#224 - Aeolus
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 Race - Start Line 3 Final Race - Start Line 3
[17°0'29.82"N 61°48'21.26"W ]
Final Race - Start Line 3
Splicing gear in Paradise My splicing gear out along with one of the best books out there on rigging (with a chapter on splicing). At first I wanted to try his excellent rope-to-chain splice for 3-strand, but the book recommended practicing the complex splice on extra line before using it and I only had the one length of 3-strand to work with, so I ended up using a simple eye-splice.
(2013-03-01 17:42:27 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/14.0, 1/15s] ISO 100 Focus 1.33m)
Splicing gear in Paradise
Emergency Bag - unused My fully stocked emergency bag luckily saw no use at all!
(2015-05-01 16:55:24 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Emergency Bag - unused
School of small fry in the wreck The small fry uses the protection of the old wreck pilothouse.
[18°7'22.18"N 62°59'12.58"W ]
School of small fry in the wreck
Southern Stingray off Creole Rock A southern stingray on the outside of Creole Rock.
[18°7'6.95"N 63°3'22.75"W ]
Southern Stingray off Creole Rock
Bowthruster Battery Bank The forward compartment on Zanshin with the batteries for the bowthruster and the anchor windlass.
(2011-12-19 21:43:30 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/60s] ISO 800 Focus 1.12m)
Bowthruster Battery Bank
Sleeper Sleeper
[17°0'0.56"N 61°46'37.13"W ]
Sleeper
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