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

Bourg sunset panorama Bourg sunset panorama
(2013-03-22 18:13:47 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/60s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Bourg sunset panorama

(2019-04-30 12:15:37 NIKON D850 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1000s] ISO 64)
Sailing at dusk I hadn't seen this elegant racer before, but she was a pretty sight at dusk, sailing silently between the anchored boats
(2017-02-20 17:41:51 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Sailing at dusk
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 211 Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 211
(2014-05-02 12:30:32 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 211
Moon Dance  about to cross the finish line Moon Dance about to cross the finish line
(2017-05-02 14:26:06 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Moon Dance about to cross the finish line
Heineken Regatta 2013 FR7 Photo taken from a dinghy right next to the park boundary marker next to Creole Rock in Grand Case, St. Martin. This yellow marker was used as FR7 in the final day (Sunday) of the 2013 Heineken Regatta in excellent conditions.
[18°7'4.01"N 63°3'25.84"W (facing W)]
Heineken Regatta 2013 FR7
Preparing dinner on Katzenellenbogen Philaine preparing dinner (curried chicken with rice) aboard Katzenellenbogen while Stephen prepares to dilute the rose with ice cubes (I will overlook that transgression as the dinner was very tasty indeed).
(2014-03-29 18:18:29 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Preparing dinner on Katzenellenbogen
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 045 Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 045
(2014-04-28 14:20:20 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/200s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 045
Hawking after the finish Hawking after the finish
(2017-05-04 14:16:04 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Hawking after the finish
2019 BVI Spring Regatta racing 2019 BVI Spring Regatta racing
[18°20.5959'0"N 64°37.6069'0"W ]
2019 BVI Spring Regatta racing
Heineken Regatta 2014 - Judging The boats are judged by a panel of (intoxicated) judges who score them on originally and amount of skin displayed
(2014-03-06 10:02:32 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/20.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Heineken Regatta 2014 - Judging
Swell hitting the Tintamarre shore The heavy swell smashing against the rocky shoreline of Ile Tintamarre off the St. Martin coast.
[18°6'54.92"N 62°59'20.46"W (facing S)]
Swell hitting the Tintamarre shore
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