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

Talking at the B-Line Boaters chatting at the B-Line bar
(2014-05-28 17:32:27 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/60s] ISO 200)
Talking at the B-Line
Nakesa on the horizon Day 2 of the passage from Norfolk to St. Martin, Nakesa's sails are just visible on the horizon. She'll later overtake us during the night and I think this was the last time she was behind us during the whole trip.
(2011-12-09 21:33:53 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Nakesa on the horizon
Sail GBR 5301C - Jigsaw Sail GBR 5301C - Jigsaw
(2015-04-27 15:33:26 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/11.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Sail GBR 5301C - Jigsaw
School of Bar Jack A hovering school of Bar Jack in the deeper section of the Colombier Anchorage dive.
(2014-02-25 10:21:27 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 100)
School of Bar Jack
Clare bridge dance The crew of Clare doing a dance for the judges at the bridge opening in order to score big points.
(2014-03-09 08:03:27 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/1000s] ISO 100)
Clare bridge dance
Princess Mariana Princess Mariana
Princess Mariana
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number 2904 Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number 2904
(2014-04-28 13:32:12 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/200s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number 2904
Vista Vista
[15°34'55.8"N 61°28'40.99"W ]
Vista
Generator opened up for oil change The side and top panels of the generator removed in order to access the oil system and change out the filter and suck out the old oil.
(2011-12-31 15:40:25 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/60s] ISO 500 Focus 2.00m)
Generator opened up for oil change
Anchored in 10 feet of water I didn't need to put out much chain to get the 4:1 scope in 10 feet of water off Green Island in Antigua
(2017-04-22 17:16:21 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/25s] ISO 100)
Anchored in 10 feet of water
Desi videoing a landing jet Desi taking a video of a jet on final approach to Princess Juliana Airport in St. Martin as we sailed underneath the approach path.
[18°2'12.07"N 63°7'32.14"W (facing W)]
Desi videoing a landing jet

(2014-03-09 14:16:54 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/22.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
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