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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Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 225 Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 225
(2014-05-01 11:27:04 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/1000s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 225
Selene Selene
[17°0'29.82"N 61°48'21.26"W ]
Squalls on passage On passage from Falmouth Harbour in Antigua to Guadeloupe these dark clouds and rain had me put in double reefs in both sails
(2017-03-21 07:11:45 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Squalls on passage

(2014-03-09 14:13:24 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Snappers inside The Tugboat Snappers inside The Tugboat
[18°7'27.25"N 62°59'5.22"W ]
Snappers inside The Tugboat
Partying on Namaste Partying on Namaste
Partying on Namaste
Sharpened blades The razors and kitchen knives after sharpening on the 3 prgressively finer whetstones
(2017-04-15 17:05:41 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/60s] ISO 250)
Sharpened blades
Sail ANT 2939 - Oh-Go Sail ANT 2939 - Oh-Go
(2015-05-01 12:06:25 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Sail ANT 2939 - Oh-Go
ISAF Course - wings All of us had to enter the waters and liferaft in heavy clothing as one would typically have on during a passage and during a storm. I don't know about those inflatable wings, though.
ISAF Course - wings
Simpson Bay Yacht Club The Yacht Club during the Regatta.
(2014-03-06 17:08:50 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/25s] ISO 100)
Simpson Bay Yacht Club
Wrestling the Spi This spinnaker caused a lot of trouble and loss of speed quite close to the finish line.
(2014-04-28 13:33:00 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/160s] ISO 200)
Wrestling the Spi
Spirit of Neptune Spirit of Neptune approching the finish line.
[17°0'25.83"N 61°48'15.23"W ]
Spirit of Neptune
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