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

Hogfish on the bottom Hogfish on the bottom
[17°57'22.88"N 62°54'36.55"W ]
Hogfish on the bottom
Heineken Regatta 2013 FR7 Photo taken from a dinghy right next to the park boundary marker next to Creole Rock in Grand Case, St. Martin. This yellow marker was used as FR7 in the final day (Sunday) of the 2013 Heineken Regatta in excellent conditions.
[18°7'4.01"N 63°3'25.84"W (facing W)]
Heineken Regatta 2013 FR7
Mr. Winch Mr. Winch
Mr. Winch
Corsair's lunch Burgers Two guests about to tuck in on some monster burgers at Corsair's bar and restaurant on Jost van Dyke, BVI.
(2012-01-11 13:09:59 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/5s] ISO 100)
Corsair's lunch Burgers
Selene Selene
[17°0'29.82"N 61°48'21.26"W ]
Selene
Michael Beans inaugural show at Leverick Bay Michael Beans inaugural show at Leverick Bay
Michael Beans inaugural show at Leverick Bay
Bridge Inauguration Fireworks The new lagoon bridge across the Simpson Bay lagoon is inaugurated in style with magnificent fireworks and I had a great position aboard Carmen and Bernd's catamaran "Mau" - a front-row seat and my camera (for once) had the right settings.
(2014-01-25 19:15:44 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/60s] ISO 1250)
Bridge Inauguration Fireworks
Looking up at the dinghy So close, but 3 minutes (a safety stop) away.
[17°57'23.04"N 62°54'36.61"W ]
Looking up at the dinghy
Sailboat coming in at sunset A lone sailboat coming into the anchorage at Ile Fourchue at sunset.
[17°57'19.23"N 62°54'20.2"W (facing W)]
Sailboat coming in at sunset
#207 - Schrodinger #207 - Schrodinger
(2015-04-28 11:48:23 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/640s] ISO 100)
#207 - Schrodinger
Araluen and the dinghy painter... This catamaran had run over their dinghy painter and stopped the port-side engine and were semi-anchored and drifting. I ended up helping them, diving with hacksaw, pliers and dental picks for over an hour to free them of the line.
(2014-05-20 14:30:16 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/320s] ISO 200)
Araluen and the dinghy painter...
Smoke from the hills This big smoke signal from ashore came just as the Heineken Regatta boats were heading past Grand Case - my first thought was that this was a shoreside wind indicator gone awry.
[18°6'22.05"N 63°3'30.36"W (facing SW)]
Smoke from the hills
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