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

Big electric sheet winch Electric two-speed Harken winches aboard Zanshin.
(2014-02-16 09:26:09 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Big electric sheet winch
Outhaul Chafe The outhaul was badly chafed and had to be repaired immediately today. I cut the chafed part out; and instead of a splice I put in a bowline since it is next to impossible to splice used line.
(2014-03-02 15:36:07 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Outhaul Chafe
Sugar mill water boiler The old water boiler at the New River Estate mill
(2016-05-14 15:05:35 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Sugar mill water boiler
Yacht Nakesa Nakesa, skippered by Graham, at the marina in Norfolk prior to sailing for Puerto Rico
[36°50'36.48"N 76°17'30.89"W (facing NE)]
Yacht Nakesa
Jeanneau teak decks I had heretore assumed that the teak decks are hand-laid onto the boats but was shown that the teak actually comes pre-made (from a German supplier) and then glued in place onto the decks. This picture is part of the story of the Jeanneau Factory Tour.
[46°51'52.71"N 1°1'55.88"W ]
Jeanneau teak decks
Zanshin on passage Looking back towards (the distant island of) Guadeloupe on passage to Antigua.
(2014-04-22 13:30:50 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Zanshin on passage
Trafalgar falls left side The left fall, as seen from below, of the Trafalgar Falls in Dominica
(2017-04-01 14:29:56 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.2, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Trafalgar falls left side
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 097 Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 097
(2014-04-29 14:35:53 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/640s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 097
Zen it live music This band played blues and Rock & Roll tunes from sundown to 8pm.
(2014-02-02 19:53:55 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/30s] ISO 800)
Zen it live music
Anegada setting sun Anegada setting sun
[18°43'24.91"N 64°23'4.26"W (facing W)]
Anegada setting sun
Saintoise in Anse Bourg Saintoise in Anse Bourg
(2013-03-21 12:01:43 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Saintoise in Anse Bourg
Wet, wet Emerald Falls As we were there in the rain, the whole slope exuded and oozed water
[15°23'51.67"N 61°18'48.19"W ]
Wet, wet Emerald Falls
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