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

Hovering Great Barracuda On this second dive of the day I noticed many schools of barracuda. I saw at least 30 in total and I wonder where they all came from, and why - perhaps it was feeding time.
[17°57'23.04"N 62°54'36.61"W ]
Hovering Great Barracuda
Barge pushing up the Rhine river The Rhine carries a lot of barge traffice, both upstream and downstream.
(2011-06-12 09:09:13 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.5, 1/80s] ISO 100 Focus 10.60m)
Barge pushing up the Rhine river
Crowds gathering for the 17:00 opening The crowds are starting to gather at he SMYC shortly before the 17:00 Sint Maarten bridge opening.
(2015-03-04 16:58:41 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Crowds gathering for the 17:00 opening
Looking forward after departing Annapolis Looking through the dodger after departing the docks at Annapolis on the first day trip on the new boat.
(2011-12-02 16:39:35 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/160s] ISO 125 Focus 3.16m)
Looking forward after departing Annapolis
Cerulean Quest and Cayenne finishing Cerulean Quest and Cayenne finishing
(2017-05-05 12:40:36 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.2, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Cerulean Quest and Cayenne finishing
Sous Vide Making sous-vide steak aboard during passage is a nice luxury. Once I'm ready for dinner I'll sear the steak that has been cooking since 15:00 and serve it with some onion and garlic sauce along with a baked potato.
(2020-01-26 21:14:32 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/3.5, 1/40s] ISO 140)
Sous Vide
Prizegiving for the day's races The first prizegiving at Nelson's Dockyard is for the around the island race
(2017-04-29 19:21:42 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Prizegiving for the day's races
New bottom paint New bottom paint
New bottom paint
Lines on Zanshin Coiled lines ready for use on Zanshin.
(2015-03-30 13:20:43 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Lines on Zanshin
Temporary temperature probe position The temporary position of the temperature probe for the new thermostat in the freezer.
(2014-01-23 09:29:48 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/60s] ISO 200)
Temporary temperature probe position

(2014-03-08 16:49:24 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Coming into to Antigua Coming from Deshaies, Guadeloupe to the southern shores of Antigua on passage and destined for Falmouth Harbour.
[16°58'52.6"N 61°46'3.76"W (facing N)]
Coming into to Antigua
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