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

It has taken quite a while before I've returned to updating this site. As some have suspected, Zanshin was damaged during Irma. She was on the hardstand at Nanny Cay and although she was tied down with screws, she toppled like a domino with all the other boats in the row. She suffered 2 holes in the hull from stands, was dismasted and the deck hardware was bent/broken or sheared off. But I was very fortunate in that my 2 glued-on solar panels kept on charging the batteries and I had left all 3 bilge pumps turned onto automatic mode. Thus the flooding during hurricane was quite limited and the insides were kept dry and clean - unlike everything topsides. It took a long time for Nanny Cay to lift Zanshin and I'm now in the process of getting her repaired. I'll start posting pictures and blog updates in a couple of days!

“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

They wouldn't let me board... The Maltese Falcon boarding passarelle was just out of reach...
[17°0'44.71"N 61°46'19.06"W (facing W)]
They wouldn't let me board...
Statia under the boom Statia under the boom
[17°23'16.77"N 63°5'42.6"W (facing NE)]
Statia under the boom
Locura Locura
[17°0'0.56"N 61°46'37.13"W ]
Locura
Portsmouth sunset with yacht The unobstructed view from the Portsmouth anchorage in Dominica makes for some spectacular sunsets
(2017-03-31 18:08:51 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/22.0, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Portsmouth sunset with yacht
Curved spreaders and unstayed masts The 3 unstayed carbon fiber masts of the Maltese Falcon at the docks in Falmouth harbour.
[17°0'44.71"N 61°46'19.06"W (facing W)]
Curved spreaders and unstayed masts
Duct taped Genoa This temporary repair to the leech (trailing edge) of the Genoa was done with a bit of sail tape (very stick and tough tape) and a lot of cheap quality duct tape that didn't want to adhere to anything. But it was sufficient to prevent the damage to widen and the repair by a pro was quick, easy and cheap. The trick is to have a sewing machine strong enough to pierce the very heavy sailcloth. I had no luck with a big needle and pliers but have heard that one can use a Dremel drill with a small head.
Duct taped Genoa
Michael Beans inaugural show at Leverick Bay Michael Beans inaugural show at Leverick Bay
Michael Beans inaugural show at Leverick Bay
SKAT guarding the North Sound The military-looking megayacht SKAT looks like she's guarding us in the North Sound.
[18°29'45.49"N 64°22'21.93"W (facing S)]
SKAT guarding the North Sound
Elmtones live at The Elm The Elmtones doing their early dinner show at the Elm
[18°25'36.64"N 64°39'26.01"W (facing NE)]
Elmtones live at The Elm
Ghalazio crossing the finish line Ghalazio crossing the finish line
(2017-05-02 14:20:05 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Ghalazio crossing the finish line

(2019-04-28 13:01:59 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/4.5, 1/1250s] ISO 64)
Kinsale - Companionway Kinsale - Companionway
Kinsale - Companionway
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