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

Selene Selene after crossing the finish line just ahead of a competitor.
[17°0'25.83"N 61°48'15.23"W ]
Finish line flag The finish line is between a yellow buoy and this blue flag
(2017-05-02 14:42:54 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1000s] ISO 100)
Finish line flag
Waiting for the 15:00 inbound bridge Milling about amongst a hundred other boats waiting for the 15:00 inbound bridge to open
(2017-03-03 14:55:04 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Waiting for the 15:00 inbound bridge
Copper Mine ruins Only parts of the old stone structures at the Copper mine are still standing
(2016-03-25 12:53:13 NIKON D7100 [f/7.1, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Copper Mine ruins
3 close finishes 3 close finishes
(2016-04-25 12:37:01 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/250s] ISO 100)
3 close finishes
Careening pillars Despite restoration, one can see that these pillars used to pull boats up out of the water have seen some use over the centuries.
[17°0'30.45"N 61°45'57.29"W (facing NE)]
Careening pillars
Messy LED construction The tools and wires laid out in the cabin of Zanshin while trying to assemble the LED lighting system for the cockpit.
(2013-02-28 16:11:26 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/13s] ISO 200 Focus 3.16m)
Messy LED construction
Bridge Inauguration Fireworks The new lagoon bridge across the Simpson Bay lagoon is inaugurated in style with magnificent fireworks and I had a great position aboard Carmen and Bernd's catamaran "Mau" - a front-row seat and my camera (for once) had the right settings.
(2014-01-25 19:24:05 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/400s] ISO 1000)
Bridge Inauguration Fireworks
Jeanneau 57 Pictures Jeanneau 57 Pictures
(2010-09-12 12:22:45 PENTAX Optio WS80 [f/3.8, 1/60s] ISO 400)
Jeanneau 57 Pictures
Pomato Point depth I only have 2 feet under the keel at the Pomato Point anchorage in the BVI, so I opted to weigh anchor and depart in case this was the spring tide top depth.
(2014-01-16 12:37:36 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Pomato Point depth
YCCS Marina The new YCCS Marina, which caters to megayachts, finally has some custom.
(2015-02-17 14:27:01 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/250s] ISO 200)
YCCS Marina
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number ANT 112 Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number ANT 112
(2014-05-01 13:46:50 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 112
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