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)

Random Site pictures

(2014-03-07 10:42:25 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Jost mangrove swamp This looks like a particularly good breeding ground for mosquitos.
[18°27'13.16"N 64°43'44.67"W (facing SW)]
Jost mangrove swamp
Rust removal from Windlass The old rusty chain had stained the parts of the windlass it came in contact with and abraded it severely. I used spotless stainless and a toothbrush to clean it up and get it presentable again
(2017-04-09 14:09:18 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/800s] ISO 250)
Rust removal from Windlass
Sail ANT 2939 - Oh-Go Sail ANT 2939 - Oh-Go
(2015-04-27 11:16:26 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Sail ANT 2939 - Oh-Go
Port of Gustavia, St. Barths Due to the high winds and big swell (plus the fact that the Heineken Regatta just ended in St. Martin) the port is unusually empty for this time of year.
(2012-03-05 16:39:07 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/14.0, 1/30s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Port of Gustavia, St. Barths
#220 - Blue Voyage #220 - Blue Voyage
(2015-04-30 13:30:42 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
#220 - Blue Voyage
Falmouth departure Tall ships leaving Falmouth Harbour in Antigua and heading out on the long passage back to europe.
Falmouth departure
Sonic Sonic
[17°0'25.83"N 61°48'15.23"W ]
J57 production line Looking down the production line for Jeanneau 57s from Station II. The woodwork on this model has already been partially completed. This picture is part of the story of the Jeanneau Factory Tour.
[46°51'52.71"N 1°1'55.88"W ]
J57 production line
Certifiable on the finish line Certifiable on the finish line
(2017-04-30 15:27:43 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Certifiable on the finish line
Wind and waves on St. Kitts The windward side of St. Kitts shows the wind and big swell that kept Lauren and Rob from Arita and myself in the secure White House Bay anchorage on St. Kitts for over a week.
[17°16'47.17"N 62°40'39.52"W (facing E)]
Wind and waves on St. Kitts
ISAF Safety at Sea Course Neutstadt 2016 This course included classroom theoretical instruction as well as practical training in the wave pool, the flood chamber, the fire room and outside with the flares
(2016-11-25 11:00:15 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.8, 1/250s] ISO 400)
ISAF Safety at Sea Course Neutstadt 2016
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