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)


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Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number NED 8542 Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number NED 8542
(2014-05-01 13:26:51 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 NED 8542
Saba Rock in the North Sound Saba Rock in the North Sound
Saba Rock in the North Sound
Tugboat porthole Tugboat porthole
[18°7'27.25"N 62°59'5.22"W ]
Tugboat porthole
Robert and Steffi Two fellow Germans that I met at the docks in Jolly Harbout in Antigua and we had just returned from a day sail.
[17°3'56.39"N 61°53'3.25"W (facing N)]
Robert and Steffi
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 214 Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 214
(2014-05-02 12:39:57 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 - Race Number 214
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Cracked freshwater strainer I noticed water around the pumps and when I turned on the faucet I saw a small amount of water spurting from the top pump to the rhythm of its action. Once I removed the strainer I saw that it was cracked and leaking under pressure.
(2014-02-09 09:08:36 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/16.0, 1/200s] ISO 1800)
Cracked freshwater strainer
Our committee boat crew! The final party for the volunteers at the Heineken Regatta was well-organized, just like the main event. While the liquor was plentiful and free, the food disappeared very quickly.
(2014-03-12 21:36:55 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/3.2, 1/60s] ISO 1000)
Our committee boat crew!
Sail ANT 227 - Blue Peter Sail ANT 227 - Blue Peter
(2015-05-01 12:21:48 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Sail ANT 227 - Blue Peter
Antigua Cliffs Antigua Cliffs
[16°59'59.16"N 61°44'2.48"W (facing N)]
Antigua Cliffs
Relaxing at the docks Fortunately we were provided with sufficient alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) beverages each day.
(2015-04-30 16:53:28 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Relaxing at the docks
Power and Sail A classic rig and a big megayacht share the same anchorages. In this case, the Bight on Norman Island
(2016-02-13 08:46:51 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Power and Sail
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