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)


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Sea Times and First Light about to finish Sea Times and First Light about to finish
(2017-05-01 13:58:08 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.5, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Sea Times and First Light about to finish
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 193 Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 193
(2014-05-01 13:51:38 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/500s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 193
Zanshin framed by Agathe and Desi Desi and Agathe at the Grand Case dock with Zanshin anchored in the distance.
[18°6'13.35"N 63°3'19.99"W (facing NW)]
Zanshin framed by Agathe and Desi
Colombier distant sun Colombier distant sun
[17°55'29.21"N 62°52'10.89"W (facing W)]
Colombier distant sun
Big swell hitting the rocks The 2m swell hits the craggy shoreline of Antigua between Green Island and English Harbour.
(2015-05-08 10:04:38 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Big swell hitting the rocks
Two Trafalgar Falls in one picture Both falls at Dominica's Trafalgar falls in one picture
(2017-04-01 14:30:25 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.0, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Two Trafalgar Falls in one picture
Stocking the fridge Stocking the defrosted fridge with items from the store.
(2014-05-07 08:31:53 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.8, 1/60s] ISO 200)
Stocking the fridge
St. Kitts eagle Ray St. Kitts eagle Ray
[17°14'56.4"N 62°39'30.61"W ]
St. Kitts eagle Ray
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number ANT2737 Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number ANT2737
(2014-04-28 13:46:06 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/320s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number ANT2737
Red sunset Red sunset
(2014-05-06 18:32:07 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/125s] ISO 160)
Red sunset
Radial engine A radial engine displayed at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
[38°53'17.4"N 77°1'11.91"W ]
Radial engine
We've got BDUs and lifevests on - what can happen now? Final briefing before the waves are turned on and we have to enter the liferafts. The lady at the right isn't praying, she was just caught in the act of sneezing. Although I do believe that the odd participant did make the sign of the cross before embarking on this part of the journey.
(2014-11-22 05:05:58 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.8, 1/30s] ISO 250)
We've got BDUs and lifevests on - what can happen now?
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