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

Jaguar Jaguar
[17°0'33.36"N 61°48'17.55"W ]
Jaguar
Dimmer cockpit controls The dimmer switch installed on the starboard instrument panel next to the bowthruster and anchor controls.
(2013-03-17 08:25:42 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.47m)
Dimmer cockpit controls
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 045 Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 045
(2014-05-02 12:38:32 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/800s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 045
J57 - Stage II, bulkheads At the second station in the production process, this Jeanneau 57 is getting the bulkheads installed as well as cabinetry in the main cabin installed. This picture is part of the story of the Jeanneau Factory Tour.
[46°51'52.71"N 1°1'55.88"W ]
J57 - Stage II, bulkheads
Michael Beans inaugural show at Leverick Bay Michael Beans inaugural show at Leverick Bay
Michael Beans inaugural show at Leverick Bay
Bacon breakfast Every time I made bacon in the galley of Zanshin I the smoke detectors would go off and set up an awful shrieking and wailing noise.
Bacon breakfast
Water in the dinghy This water collected from the overnight rains. My shoes, the fuel tank and everything else in the dinghy was just sloshing around.
(2013-04-20 14:06:55 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/500s] ISO 100 Focus 3.16m)
Water in the dinghy
Sailing to Anegada Sailing to Anegada
[18°41'39.77"N 64°25'6"W (facing NE)]
Sailing to Anegada
#098 - L'Equateur / Sistership #098 - L'Equateur / Sistership
(2015-04-28 11:33:39 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/200s] ISO 100)
#098 - L'Equateur / Sistership
Pillars on the Rhone One of the few pictures that was passable due to a camera malfunction
[18°22'4.67"N 64°32'9.01"W ]
Pillars on the Rhone
Zenyatta coming through Zenyatta coming through the fleet as she comes in to finish.
(2014-05-01 12:12:10 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/800s] ISO 200)
Zenyatta coming through
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