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

Wind Shadow crossing the finish line Wind Shadow crossing the finish line
(2017-05-02 14:36:41 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Wind Shadow crossing the finish line
Basseterre on St. Kitts Departing this very rolly and uncomfortable anchorage off Basseterre, the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis. I'm heading to a better protected anchorage at White House Bay.
[17°17'3.65"N 62°42'59.03"W (facing NW)]
Basseterre on St. Kitts
Happy Hour entertainment Live entertainment during happy hour at Lagoonies
(2014-02-10 18:58:31 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.8, 1/60s] ISO 1600)
Happy Hour entertainment
La Sucriere for coffee Having a coffee and croissant at La Sucriere and using their new (and somewhat more complicated) internet access method to get onto the internet and upload these blog pictures.
(2013-02-25 12:12:55 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/30s] ISO 100 Focus 3.76m)
La Sucriere for coffee
Plage du Pompiers Panoramic view of the beach at Plage du Pompiers in the Iles des Saintes
(2017-03-28 12:56:32 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Plage du Pompiers
Wings Wings
[17°0'0.56"N 61°46'37.13"W ]
Wings
Generator box Empty space where the generator usually resides. It was removed from the boat for repair and this space is being put to better use as a storage compartment.
Generator box
Conch at the beach This guy was in knee-deep water at the Green Island beach, making his way towards shore
(2016-05-04 14:12:35 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Conch at the beach
Selene Selene
[17°0'33.36"N 61°48'17.55"W ]
Selene
Villas at Leverick Bay Hillside villas above Leverick Bay.
(2013-02-06 14:34:59 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/9.0, 1/320s] ISO 500 Focus ∞)
Villas at Leverick Bay
Darya Shree cargo passing us The cargo vessel Darya Shree passing us in the channel heading in to Norfolk
[36°59'39.57"N 76°13'30.73"W (facing S)]
Darya Shree cargo passing us
Messy winch cleaning Messy work with different solvents aboard Zanshin I.
Messy winch cleaning
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