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

Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number ANT 227 Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number ANT 227
(2014-05-01 11:17:04 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/640s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number ANT 227
Ninghttime Grand Case shoreline Ninghttime Grand Case shoreline
(2014-02-08 19:39:47 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 3/1s] ISO 400)
Ninghttime Grand Case shoreline
Jacques and Arnd Posing with my good friend Jacques.
(2014-03-31 10:37:43 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/125s] ISO 200)
Jacques and Arnd
Convoluted Coral formation I don't know what this is, but it looked interesting indeed.
(2014-02-25 10:03:58 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Convoluted Coral formation
The Elmtones The Elmtones playing at the Elm in Cane Garden Bay
(2020-02-10 01:07:31 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/25s] ISO 2500)
The Elmtones
Nix Nix
[17°0'0.56"N 61°46'37.13"W ]
Nix
Nick and friend Nick, the resort manager at Leverick Bay in the BVI, at Jumbies bar with his dog, a stray whom he adopted.
Nick and friend
Visio Optik Visio Optik
[17°0'33.36"N 61°48'17.55"W ]
Visio Optik
Heineken 2015 Volunteer Party The volunteer party after the 2015 Heineken Regatta was well visited and there was a surprisingly large number of volunteers present. Perhaps the free beer attracted them all.
(2015-03-11 19:08:31 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/14.0, 1/60s] ISO 1000)
Heineken 2015 Volunteer Party
Bow 224 final finish Bow 224 about to cross the final finish line at the ASW 2016
(2016-04-29 12:34:43 NIKON D7100 [f/4.5, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Bow 224 final finish
Bowthruster batteries Bowthruster batteries
Bowthruster batteries
Regatta racer Under a lot of sail, this raceboat in the Heineken 2012 Regatta is about to make the last tack to the upwind turn.
[18°7'9.85"N 63°3'23.66"W ]
Regatta racer
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