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

Alexis explaining how chocolate is made Alexis is explaining to us how the cocoa we just looked at is transformed into chocolate.
[15°33'49.22"N 61°27'6.4"W ]
Alexis explaining how chocolate is made
Elmtones Guitar solo Guitar solo during the second set of the Elmtones
(2014-06-01 21:07:32 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/60s] ISO 400)
Elmtones Guitar solo
Starboard side freeboard growth Starboard side freeboard growth
[18°7'27.25"N 62°59'5.22"W ]
Starboard side freeboard growth
Elegant lines of a Grand Soleil The Grand Soleil 54 in the dock next to me is a beauty, with elegant lines, a very clean and unclutter ed flat deck and other nice features. The owner and his friend spent 2 full days preparing and cleaning the teak decks.
Elegant lines of a Grand Soleil
Honing straight edge razors The final step of sharpening these blades is honing on the fine 20000 grit Naniwa wetstone. After that, they pass the cutting-a-hair-on-blade test.
(2014-05-24 15:08:53 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/16.0, 1/60s] ISO 250)
Honing straight edge razors
Romain watching for whales Our French marine Biologist, Romain Renoux, watching for whales during the Heineken Regatta.
(2016-03-04 12:54:48 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Romain watching for whales
Dodger panel markings I used blue masking tape to mark the outlines of the solar panels so that the sailmakers can sew on the Velcro flaps.
(2015-03-16 12:15:56 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/40s] ISO 100)
Dodger panel markings
Ocean Victory Ocean Victory
Ocean Victory
Dinghy mayhem at Grand Case Dinghies without stern anchors are getting underneath the dock at Grand Case on Mardi Gras.
(2014-03-04 19:51:23 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.2, 1/60s] ISO 400)
Dinghy mayhem at Grand Case
Curling wavetops This large wave started breaking long before the shoreline and had lost so much energy by the time it hit the rocks that it didn't do much at all.
[18°27'14.87"N 64°43'42.13"W (facing N)]
Curling wavetops
Grand Case main street The main drag of Grand case at night
[18°6'9.62"N 63°3'20.8"W (facing SW)]
Grand Case main street
One-Class design start One-Class design start
(2016-04-26 12:57:19 NIKON D7100 [f/4.2, 1/500s] ISO 100)
One-Class design start
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