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

Heineken Regatta 2013 FR7 Photo taken from a dinghy right next to the park boundary marker next to Creole Rock in Grand Case, St. Martin. This yellow marker was used as FR7 in the final day (Sunday) of the 2013 Heineken Regatta in excellent conditions.
[18°7'4.01"N 63°3'25.84"W (facing W)]
Heineken Regatta 2013 FR7
Grand Case airport landing Turboprop landing at the airport in Grand Case, St. Martin; the runway begins just behind the row of houses by the beach.
[18°6'21.98"N 63°3'21.09"W (facing S)]
Grand Case airport landing
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number  ANT 6 Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number ANT 6
(2014-04-28 13:38:44 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/160s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number ANT 6
De Windt Battery The de Windt Battery on Statia has been partially restored and was given up in 1815. It controlled the passage between Statia and St. Kitts
[17°28'2.07"N 62°57'56.66"W (facing SE)]
De Windt Battery
Squalls coming up behind the dinghy A dark squall line and bands of rain coming up from behind on passage from St. Martin to the BVI.
(2011-05-14 09:08:19 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/640s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
Squalls coming up behind the dinghy
Broken bilge pump The non-return valves for trhe bilge pump had corroded and no longer worked. Once I'd figured out what the problem was it was an easy fix.
Broken bilge pump
Snorkeling at Colombier Snorkeling at Colombier
Snorkeling at Colombier
#210 - Lady Suzanne #210 - Lady Suzanne
(2015-04-28 13:50:26 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100)
#210 - Lady Suzanne

(2019-05-03 12:25:44 NIKON D850 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.5, 1/3200s] ISO 125)
Revelers from Allied at Pirates These guys were on a serious bar-hop around the islands and were in high spirits despite the early hour! Later on the Willie T's was out of painkillers and these guys might have been a contributing factor.
(2012-01-08 12:21:01 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/400s] ISO 125)
Revelers from Allied at Pirates
Southern Child Southern Child finishing
[17°0'25.83"N 61°48'15.23"W ]
Southern Child
DistantEnglish Harbour Pillars I'm still a long way out, but the telephoto lens brings the Pillars of Hercules outside the entrance to English Harbour close as the sun breaks through and lights them up.
(2017-04-21 16:46:18 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100)
DistantEnglish Harbour Pillars
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