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)

Random Site pictures

Silvia and Barbara looking into the anchorage waters for further signs of dolphins cavorting about.
(2013-03-31 13:50:22 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/1000s] ISO 100 Focus 1.00m)
St. Barths Transat arrival St. Barths Transat arrival
St. Barths Transat arrival
Tugboat wreck Tugboat wreck
[18°7'22.18"N 62°59'12.58"W ]
Tugboat wreck
Le Bourg village seen from Le Chameau The single village on the main island of les Iles des Saintes seen from the climb up the tallest hill (1000 feet) on the island
(2017-04-18 10:45:47 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.5, 1/8000s] ISO 250)
Le Bourg village seen from Le Chameau
Horizon Seafari installation The Watermaker installation on Zanshin I, the big grey box in the middle is the mixing water system for the Fischer Panda LPE5000 generator.
(2008-12-14 20:45:43 DSC-N2 [f/2.8, 10/400s] ISO 160)
Horizon Seafari installation
deep mainsail shape deep mainsail shape
deep mainsail shape
Jig Saw's bagpipes What else could happen - bagpipes being played on the bow of a boat motoring in Falmouth Harbour?
[17°0'46.07"N 61°46'34.66"W (facing S)]
Jig Saw's bagpipes
Panorama of St. Martin A panorama shot of St. Martin as seen from Ile Tintamarre.
[18°6'58.91"N 62°59'19.3"W (facing W)]
Panorama of St. Martin
Sophia posing Sophia posing with the rainy coast of Guadeloupe in the background
(2013-03-31 18:18:08 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/80s] ISO 100 Focus 2.00m)
Sophia posing
Brown Garden Eels The closer I get, the more they withdraw into their burrows.
(2014-03-15 14:10:56 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/8.0, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Brown Garden Eels

(2014-03-09 12:26:52 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 225 Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 225
(2014-05-02 12:40:44 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/1000s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 225
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