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

Cannon overlooking Portsmouth harbour The restored cannon pointed into the harbour of Portsmouth in Dominica
[15°34'58.93"N 61°28'24.13"W (facing SE)]
Cannon overlooking Portsmouth harbour
Departing Anegada After my very short stay in Anegada (I only made time for a coffee) I'm on my way back to the North Sound.
(2014-01-16 13:21:08 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Departing Anegada
Bought The Farm in Marigot My friend Bruce on "Bought the Farm" anchored next to me in Marigot on St. Martin
Bought The Farm in Marigot
Spectra membrane Replacement The pressure vessel end cap with the single high-pressure feed has been unscrewed and cleaned while the new membrane awaits installation in the sealed plastic bag.
(2011-12-23 14:45:55 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/100s] ISO 400 Focus 0.79m)
Spectra membrane Replacement
Whistler Whistler and an unruly spi just at the finish line.
[17°0'0.86"N 61°46'42.84"W ]
Whistler
Committe boat Cockpit panorama View during a down period on the Committee B boat
(2017-05-01 09:19:48 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Committe boat Cockpit panorama
Messy winch cleaning Messy work with different solvents aboard Zanshin I.
Messy winch cleaning
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 212 Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 212
(2014-05-02 12:27:04 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 212
Pretty but unidentified This small shelled creature is quite pretty, but I have no idea what it might be.
[17°57'23.04"N 62°54'36.61"W ]
Pretty but unidentified
Sergeant Major Sergeant Major in the caves
Sergeant Major
Garage access for SSB ground One of the panels in the dinghy garage removed in order to facilitate access and to put in the lengthy grounding cable.
(2011-11-19 20:09:29 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/60s] ISO 140 Focus 0.79m)
Garage access for SSB ground
Cleaner Shrimp under the rocks Cleaner Shrimp under the rocks
[18°7'4.49"N 63°3'25.8"W ]
Cleaner Shrimp under the rocks
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