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

Simpson Baie Rainbow Strong rainbow over the boats anchored on the French side of the Simpson Bay lagoon.
[18°3'0.77"N 63°5'52.26"W (facing N)]
Simpson Baie Rainbow
PAYS Shore BBQ dinner The PAYS (Portsmouth Association of Yacht Services) group, otherwise known as Boat Boys, hosts a Sunday barbecue and the proceeds help pay for a security patrol through the anchorage. It was well-visited and the food was tasty.
[15°35'0.21"N 61°27'42.12"W (facing W)]
PAYS Shore BBQ dinner
Anse Colombier panorama Panorama shot from the path above Anse Colombier.
(2012-03-06 13:47:14 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Anse Colombier panorama
Trafalgar falls bottom The flow of water is very low as it hasn't rained in several days, but it is still an impressive vertical distance
(2017-04-01 14:32:31 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/22.0, 1/20s] ISO 100)
Trafalgar falls bottom
Grand Case shore by night Grand Case beach and shoreline on a calm night
(2015-05-20 19:17:07 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 3/1s] ISO 250)
Grand Case shore by night
Sailing into Diamond Cay Towing a dinghy with two Swans and their gaggle of small ones
(2016-03-16 17:25:18 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/11.0, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Sailing into Diamond Cay
Waves bashing on the rocks The 2m swell hits the craggy shoreline of Antigua between Green Island and English Harbour.
(2015-05-08 10:00:24 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Waves bashing on the rocks
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 067 Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 067
(2014-04-29 13:51:27 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/500s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 067
Grand Case airport This small single-runway airport on the French side is used for commuter flights to St. Barths and other short flights on small aircraft.
(2014-05-07 11:59:13 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/250s] ISO 200)
Grand Case airport
Ile Fourchue buoy Passing by the anchorage on Ile Fourchue on St. Barths and the yellow buoy marking the boundary of the marine park.
[17°56'25.14"N 62°55'5.16"W (facing NE)]
Ile Fourchue buoy
Look inside the pump It is very difficult to get the big impeller inserted from this position, I will have to completely remove the pump
(2017-02-13 14:03:33 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Look inside the pump
Snow White III Snow White III
(2017-05-05 12:41:04 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.2, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Snow White III
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