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)


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Ensuring the start scripts are in order Ensuring the start scripts are in order
(2014-04-29 11:31:24 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/9.0, 1/160s] ISO 160)
Ensuring the start scripts are in order

(2012-01-23 17:50:09 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Coral up close Coral up close
[18°7'3.83"N 63°3'25.03"W ]
Coral up close
#215 - Jamais 2013 #215 - Jamais 2013
(2015-04-30 11:37:13 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/2000s] ISO 100)
#215 - Jamais 2013
Late night at Punta Carna Finally getting to board our flight out - it is past midnight and still over an hour to go before getting to Antigua - where I should have arrived at 4pm.
Late night at Punta Carna
Jeanneau 57 Pictures Jeanneau 57 Pictures
(2010-09-12 12:35:49 PENTAX Optio WS80 [f/3.8, 1/1000s] ISO 64)
Jeanneau 57 Pictures
Zanshin dinghy garage reorganized Although it still looks unseamlike, it was much worse before I cleaned it up a bit this day.
(2012-03-01 15:39:55 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/400s] ISO 100 Focus 2.24m)
Zanshin dinghy garage reorganized
Heineken Regatta 2014 - Committee Boat Heineken Regatta 2014 - Committee Boat
(2014-03-07 08:00:10 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.8, 1/1000s] ISO 100)
Heineken Regatta 2014 - Committee Boat

[17°0.043'0"N 61°48.3527'0"W ]
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number GBR 976R Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number GBR 976R
(2014-04-28 13:26:20 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/200s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number GBR 976R

[16°59.7574'0"N 61°46.6275'0"W ]
2019 BVI Spring Regatta racing 2019 BVI Spring Regatta racing
[18°23.785'0"N 64°38.0471'0"W ]
2019 BVI Spring Regatta racing
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