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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Pretty Woman yacht I'd not seen Island Waterworld advertising before.
(2017-03-18 18:12:05 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Pretty Woman yacht
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number GBR 9685T Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number GBR 9685T
(2014-05-01 11:14:21 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/800s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number GBR 9685T
Maria Hope Trail path The shade of the rainforest canopy and the hard work by termites keeps the forest floor clear and easy to walk through.
(2016-03-31 13:43:54 NIKON D7100 [f/4.0, 1/25s] ISO 100)
Maria Hope Trail path
Agathe about to dive Agathe on her way to her first post-certification dive.
[18°6'47.16"N 63°3'22.79"W ]
Agathe about to dive

(2013-02-28 18:12:37 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/13s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
Kuankun Kuankun
[17°0'33.36"N 61°48'17.55"W ]
Sojana starting the Around the Island Race Sojana hopes to break their own record for time around the island
(2017-04-29 08:25:09 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Sojana starting the Around the Island Race
Shirley Heights live band Shirley Heights live band
[17°0'8.22"N 61°45'17.75"W (facing SW)]
Shirley Heights live band
Entering the channel Two boats come in through the channel to the North Sound as sunset approaches
(2016-03-26 17:10:31 NIKON D7100 [f/11.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Entering the channel
Surfing Falmouth A NE swell of over 3 meters and wave periods of around 20 seconds generated a heavy surf on Antigua. I was on boar trying to work while the boat was occasionally rolling heavily so I decided to dinghy over to where the action was and take a picture or two of the surf and surfers.
[17°0'33.88"N 61°46'47.25"W ]
Surfing Falmouth
Welcome to Fort Shirley Welcome to Fort Shirley
[15°35'0.96"N 61°28'23.82"W (facing S)]
Welcome to Fort Shirley
#031 Hawking / The Rat Pa6k #031 Hawking / The Rat Pa6k
(2015-04-30 13:30:05 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
#031 Hawking / The Rat Pa6k
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