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

It has taken quite a while before I've returned to updating this site. As some have suspected, Zanshin was damaged during Irma. She was on the hardstand at Nanny Cay and although she was tied down with screws, she toppled like a domino with all the other boats in the row. She suffered 2 holes in the hull from stands, was dismasted and the deck hardware was bent/broken or sheared off. But I was very fortunate in that my 2 glued-on solar panels kept on charging the batteries and I had left all 3 bilge pumps turned onto automatic mode. Thus the flooding during hurricane was quite limited and the insides were kept dry and clean - unlike everything topsides. It took a long time for Nanny Cay to lift Zanshin and I'm now in the process of getting her repaired. I'll start posting pictures and blog updates in a couple of days!

“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

Fort Berkeley emplacements Fort Berkeley emplacements
[17°0'14.98"N 61°45'45.85"W (facing W)]
Fort Berkeley emplacements
Pilothouse of the Tugboat Pilothouse of the Tugboat
[18°7'27.25"N 62°59'5.22"W ]
Pilothouse of the Tugboat
Anchored in a bay all alone A secluded anchorage shared with nobody else is a rarity in the BVI, but this cat has found one such bay.
(2015-02-11 14:20:19 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/13.0, 1/60s] ISO 200)
Anchored in a bay all alone
Jeanneau 57 Pictures Jeanneau 57 Pictures
(2010-09-12 12:35:31 PENTAX Optio WS80 [f/6.3, 1/500s] ISO 64)
Jeanneau 57 Pictures
Zanshin I freshly hauled out Zanshin I freshly hauled out
Zanshin I freshly hauled out
The Fort at Marigot Hilltop Fort St. Louis in Marigot, St. Martin.
(2014-01-24 14:14:50 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/18.0, 1/160s] ISO 200)
The Fort at Marigot
Zenyatta Zenyatta
Zenyatta
Elmtones watching guitar solo Elmtones watching guitar solo
[18°25'36.66"N 64°39'25.96"W ]
Elmtones watching guitar solo
Zanshin stainless - stained The rust stains on the base for the spreaders prior to treatment with Prism Polish.
[15°34'52.34"N 61°27'50.39"W ]
Zanshin stainless - stained
Jumbo jet on final approach Jumbo jet on final approach
[18°2'58.33"N 63°5'41.22"W (facing SW)]
Jumbo jet on final approach
Eustatia Island A private island just off Prickly Pear
(2017-02-18 11:38:18 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Eustatia Island
Bitter End Yacht Club Seen from Hog Heaven, the Bitter End complex covers a whole part of the sound.
(2016-03-25 12:12:59 NIKON D7100 [f/10.0, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Bitter End Yacht Club
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