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

Powerboat flopper stopper Powerboats can roll around a lot at anchor, this Swiss boat has two "flopper stopper" outriggers to prevent, or ameliorate, rolling.
(2014-04-13 18:03:13 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.3, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Powerboat flopper stopper
Seconds after the nice sunset The last moments of the day as I am heading from St. Martin for the still distant Virgin Gorda as the sun set behind clouds.
[18°29'40.51"N 64°14'3.53"W (facing W)]
Seconds after the nice sunset
Heavy swell on Antigua The 2m swell hits the craggy shoreline of Antigua between Green Island and English Harbour.
(2015-05-08 09:59:21 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Heavy swell on Antigua
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number ANT 227 Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number ANT 227
(2014-04-28 13:48:42 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number ANT 227
Fort Amsterdam ruins The ruins of Fort Amsterdam atop the hill guarding the entrance to the great bay of Philipsburg
(2015-04-10 14:16:31 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Fort Amsterdam ruins
Rudder removed on Zanshin Rudder removed on Zanshin
[18°24'1.52"N 64°38'1.22"W ]
Rudder removed on Zanshin
Africa applying bottom paint Africa (yes, that is his name) applying the bottom paint with a roller.
[18°24'1.52"N 64°38'1.22"W ]
Africa applying bottom paint
Southern Child Southern Child
[17°0'0.56"N 61°46'37.13"W ]
Southern Child
Doctorfish Doctorfish
(2014-03-14 16:48:19 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Fishtraps at Beef Island These fish traps surprised me, I was in a closely packed field of them before I realized it. My engine was off, so I wasn't too worried about picking any up, but it came as a surprise to see them there.
(2014-05-11 15:56:58 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/200s] ISO 200)
Fishtraps at Beef Island
Commercial Port at Point-a-Pitre Commercial Port at Point-a-Pitre
[16°13'16.97"N 61°31'47.63"W (facing NW)]
Commercial Port at Point-a-Pitre
Sail ANT 112 - Cricket Sail ANT 112 - Cricket
(2015-04-30 14:13:49 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Sail ANT 112 - Cricket
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