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 more of a daily dairy and I will always post several pictures 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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Yacht Gotta Go Two bikes chained to the aft section of Gotta Go at the docks in Gustavia, St. Barths.
[17°53'54.24"N 62°51'1.17"W (facing W)]
Yacht Gotta Go
Alexander von Humboldt This classic yacht is used by Becks Beer in Germany in all of their commercials. The commercial shows no faded colors and only happy young pretty people). When she sailed into the Virgin Gorda north sound one morning I looked out and suddenly thought of having a beer - despite not recognizing the yacht I now realize that the commercial really did work.
[18°29'48.42"N 64°22'7.02"W ]
Alexander von Humboldt
Fort Berkeley guarding English harbour Taken from the ruins of Fort Charlotte, overlooking the entrance to English Harbour on Antigua. This was the first of the racing events of the 2013 Antigua Race Week, a race from Deshaies on Guadeloupe to this finish line (a virtual line from where the photos were taken to the red marker anchored offshore). I joined the officials Claire and Steve for a comfortable day in the shade and taking note of the boats crossing the finish line.
[17°0'1.98"N 61°45'38.51"W (facing N)]
Fort Berkeley guarding English harbour
Emilia's Snuggle Spot Bar - Ordering food Emilia's Snuggle Spot Bar in Portsmouth, Dominica was a hidden gem for food and drink.
(2014-04-10 21:03:04 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/60s] ISO 200)
Emilia's Snuggle Spot Bar - Ordering food

(2014-03-09 15:13:42 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/16.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
#225 - Malanga #225 - Malanga
(2015-04-27 15:18:36 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/11.0, 1/320s] ISO 100)
#225 - Malanga
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 067 Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 067
(2014-05-01 13:43:19 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
Heineken Regatta 2014 - Committee Boat Heineken Regatta 2014 - Committee Boat
(2014-03-09 11:03:43 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Heineken Regatta 2014 - Committee Boat
Rusty old D3 One of the D3 stays removed by Richardson's. The barberpoling indicates rusted or broken internal wires.
(2017-02-13 10:55:42 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/4.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Rusty old D3
Anse Pere / Friar's Bay The beach was busy this Easter Sunday and several different loud music systems were blasting away.
(2015-04-05 14:42:59 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Anse Pere / Friar's Bay
Rob and Lauren Rob and Lauren
[17°55'26.78"N 62°52'1.47"W (facing SE)]
Rob and Lauren
Jeanneau 57 Pictures Jeanneau 57 Pictures
(2010-09-12 11:59:35 PENTAX Optio WS80 [f/3.8, 1/60s] ISO 400)
Jeanneau 57 Pictures
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