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)

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Zanshin battery SOC Chart over time of the state-of-charge of Zanshin's batteries
Zanshin battery SOC
Hairdrier and defrosting My visitors Sandra and Sascha had brought a portable hair drier, which I used to good effect in defrosting my refrigerator icebox
(2017-04-07 14:19:56 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/160s] ISO 250)
Hairdrier and defrosting
Quiet time at the Protest Desk Fortunately there was no rush at the protest desk this fine racing day.
(2014-04-28 17:25:23 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/40s] ISO 100)
Quiet time at the Protest Desk
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number GBR 976R Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number GBR 976R
(2014-05-01 11:02:40 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number GBR 976R
Le Bourg anchorage This part of the anchorage is for yachts, while the other is for the local fishing boats
(2017-03-28 10:57:10 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Le Bourg anchorage
Yacht pounding upwind 2 A large sailing sloop under power going from St. Martin to St. Barths at speed and against the waves. Here she's landed and she's lifting up in the previous shot.
[17°59'55.14"N 63°1'58.89"W (facing SW)]
Yacht pounding upwind 2
Scrub Island construction Construction ongoing in 2010 for the facility and resort on Scrub Island in the BVI
[18°27'38.89"N 64°31'7.52"W (facing NW)]
Scrub Island construction
Sophia, Cocoa and Alexis Sophia, Cocoa and Alexis
(2013-04-03 10:11:36 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.5, 1/200s] ISO 100 Focus 1.50m)
Sophia, Cocoa and Alexis
Surfing Falmouth A NE swell of over 3 meters and wave periods of around 20 seconds generated a heavy surf on Antigua. I was on boar trying to work while the boat was occasionally rolling heavily so I decided to dinghy over to where the action was and take a picture or two of the surf and surfers.
[17°0'33.88"N 61°46'47.25"W ]
Surfing Falmouth
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number ANT 227 Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number ANT 227
(2014-05-01 13:44:51 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/400s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number ANT 227
Juvenile spotted Drum A juvenile spotted Drum hovering close to a protective anemone with a shrimp in the background.
[18°7'3.86"N 63°3'25.06"W ]
Juvenile spotted Drum
Whisper Whisper
[17°0'29.82"N 61°48'21.26"W ]
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