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

Finally the full refit of Zanshin is finished and it is time for these web pages to once again be filled with a bit of life. After a lengthy refit after the ravages of hurricane Irma, Zanshin is finally back in the Caribbean and ready for further adventures.

“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

Gladius weighing anchorg The megayacht Gladius departing Deshaies, slowly motoring forward while lifting the anchor.
(2014-04-21 09:20:44 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Gladius weighing anchorg
Bristolean Happy crew after crossing the line
[17°0'25.83"N 61°48'15.23"W ]
Ice from the fridge The evaporator plates in the refrigerator were covered in this ice prior to manual defrosting
(2015-03-25 10:46:24 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/60s] ISO 160)
Ice from the fridge
Locura Taken from the ruins of Fort Charlotte, overlooking the entrance to English Harbour on Antigua. This was the first of the racing events of the 2013 Antigua Race Week, a race from Deshaies on Guadeloupe to this finish line (a virtual line from where the photos were taken to the red marker anchored offshore). I joined the officials Claire and Steve for a comfortable day in the shade and taking note of the boats crossing the finish line.
[17°0'1.98"N 61°45'38.51"W (facing W)]
Antigua Race Week - Party The big closing party at the 2009 Antigua Race Week in Jolly Harbour, Antigua.
[17°3'55.68"N 61°53'0.96"W (facing SE)]
Antigua Race Week - Party
Colorful blossoms in the forest Colorful blossoms in the forest
(2013-03-26 17:13:08 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/6s] ISO 200 Focus 0.79m)
Colorful blossoms in the forest
Jeanneau 57 Pictures Jeanneau 57 Pictures
(2010-09-12 12:22:12 PENTAX Optio WS80 [f/3.8, 1/60s] ISO 400)
Jeanneau 57 Pictures
Rum punches ready to go Two fresh drinks ready for imbibement at Saba Rock
[18°30'10.13"N 64°21'28.31"W ]
Rum punches ready to go
Waters of Antigua Waters of Antigua
[17°9'37.41"N 61°50'48.03"W (facing W)]
Waters of Antigua
Spirit Spirit
[17°0'25.83"N 61°48'15.23"W ]
Serious power connectors I think that all of these are not only high-power and high-amps but they are also 3-phase.
(2015-02-18 16:17:11 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/400s] ISO 200)
Serious power connectors
Tanker getting a paint job I wonder how many tons of barrier coat, anti-rust and bottom paint are needed to get this job done?
More pictures from this tourist trip to Hamburg can be seen at Hamburg Port tour 2011
[53°32'14.36"N 9°57'8.99"E (facing SE)]
Tanker getting a paint job
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