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.

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

Some guests atop the high point behind the beach on Ile Fourchue on St. Barths.
(2014-02-23 17:22:34 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.3, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Anegada Anchorage Anegada Anchorage
[18°43'16.5"N 64°22'59.35"W (facing N)]
Anegada Anchorage
Ile Fourchue yacht A beautiful sloop glimpsed through the rocks at Ile Fourchue
(2016-02-26 16:03:29 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/32.0, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Ile Fourchue yacht
Club Med II anchored Club Med II anchored
[18°26'57.55"N 64°26'10.22"W (facing W)]
Club Med II anchored
Sunset over White House Bay Sunset over White House Bay
[17°14'59.5"N 62°39'26.44"W (facing W)]
Sunset over White House Bay
Great Barracuda The dive site at Coral Gardens off Great Dog Island in the BVI is a pretty shallow-water dive with an artificial reef formed by an airplane wreck (purposely sunk there).
[18°28'45.85"N 64°27'14.08"W ]
Great Barracuda
Inverted Spanish Hogfish A upside-down hogfish swimming under the pilothouse roof.
[18°7'27.25"N 62°59'5.22"W ]
Inverted Spanish Hogfish
Freshly waxed topsides on Zanshin Eric did a great job on the topsides, I hope they keep their shine for a while.
(2015-02-12 11:31:47 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 200)
Freshly waxed topsides on Zanshin
Fish hiding in the cinderblocks These cinderblocks make a great home for these fish.
[18°6'17.92"N 63°4'4.94"W ]
Fish hiding in the cinderblocks
Tugboat dive at Tintamarre Video of diving the Tugboat off Tintamarre in St. Martin
Tugboat dive at Tintamarre
Cruiser Wind Surf in the North Sound Cruiser Wind Surf in the North Sound
(2013-02-07 10:31:16 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/200s] ISO 100 Focus 5.96m)
Cruiser Wind Surf in the North Sound
Lagoonies in St. Martin This is a popular bar and restaurant for cruisers inside the Simpson Bay lagoon - making it very accessible by dinghy.
(2014-01-24 11:17:06 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.0, 1/40s] ISO 200)
Lagoonies in St. Martin
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