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.

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“Immer eine Handbreit Wasser unter dem Kiel.”
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Bourg sunset panorama
Stainless polishing the sinks I used a compound called Collinite to clean and polish the sinks and fixtures in the kitchen to bring back that sparkle.
(2015-03-01 10:14:34 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/25s] ISO 125)
Stainless polishing the sinks
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Clare and Stephen observing
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(2017-05-02 13:59:30 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/320s] ISO 100)
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[18°7'4.01"N 63°3'25.84"W (facing W)]
Heineken Regatta 2013 FR7
Bristolean Bristolean
[17°0'0.56"N 61°46'37.13"W ]
Wiring LED lights Here I'm wiring up the 2 blue LED lights on the aft section of Zanshin I. What at first seemed like an easy and quick task took a lot more effort - including moving the complete contents of both aft Lazarette lockers out onto deck in order to get access.
Wiring LED lights
Tour boats in the Hamburg Speicherstadt The Speicherstadt was a warehouse district built on wooden piles (which can still be seen in the pictures) and was a bonded storage area where goods that hadn't paid duty were stored or transshipped.
More pictures from this tourist trip to Hamburg can be seen at Hamburg Port tour 2011
[53°32'35.54"N 9°59'8.29"E (facing NE)]
Tour boats in the Hamburg Speicherstadt
Race boat Flags The flags flying off the back of the Start Boat B, Katzenellenbogen
(2014-03-07 08:38:23 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/1600s] ISO 100)
Race boat Flags
Atop Le Chameau looking north The visibility today wasn't great, but I did get this panoramic shot from atop Le Chameau despite the conditions
(2017-04-18 11:05:21 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.5, 1/1600s] ISO 250)
Atop Le Chameau looking north
Preparing our Flammkuchen Agathe preparing the dough for the Flammkuchen dinner while Desi looks on .
(2012-03-06 10:53:29 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/15s] ISO 125 Focus 1.12m)
Preparing our Flammkuchen
Dalton Dalton
(2017-04-30 13:14:00 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/250s] ISO 100)
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