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

Coco de Mer gunboat finishing Coco de Mer gunboat finishing
(2015-03-08 13:03:59 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/200s] ISO 200)
Coco de Mer gunboat finishing
Green undergrowth Green undergrowth
(2013-03-26 17:10:27 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/25s] ISO 200 Focus 5.96m)
Green undergrowth
Snow White III and Sea Times Snow White III and Sea Times
(2017-05-02 14:05:01 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Snow White III and Sea Times

(2019-05-03 12:10:51 NIKON D850 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/2000s] ISO 125)
Eustatia and Neckar Islands These two islands are privately owned, the far one by Sir Richard Branson
(2016-03-27 13:13:33 NIKON D7100 [f/11.0, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Eustatia and Neckar Islands
Michael Beans inaugural show at Leverick Bay Michael Beans inaugural show at Leverick Bay
Michael Beans inaugural show at Leverick Bay

[16°59.7574'0"N 61°46.6275'0"W ]
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 207 Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 207
(2014-04-29 13:57:18 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/1000s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 207
Tugboat porthole Tugboat porthole
[18°7'27.25"N 62°59'5.22"W ]
Tugboat porthole
Frankfurt weather The snow made for a mess at departure with many, many delays including ours. The whole airport seemed to have only 2 functioning de-icing trucks.
Frankfurt weather
Takapuna at sunset The normal picture didn't look nice, so I tried some effects from Photoshop on this image.
(2014-02-25 18:17:32 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Takapuna at sunset
Nick's Selfie Nick's selfie while snorkeling at Creole Rock
(2015-04-03 11:57:32 Hero3-Black Edition [f/2.8, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Nick's Selfie
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