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)

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Willie T's activities.. One of the many leisure activities available aboard the S.S. William Thornton
(2013-02-20 18:50:59 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/6s] ISO 640 Focus 3.76m)
Willie T's activities..
Coyote coming to the finish Coyote coming to the finish
(2017-04-30 12:36:54 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Coyote coming to the finish
Traveller III finishing Traveller III finishing
(2017-05-01 14:21:52 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.5, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Traveller III finishing
Snubber repair, part 2 The chafed section of line has been cut out of the line and the two ends have their individual 3-strand lines taped to prevent them from opening.
(2013-04-06 17:23:41 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.50m)
Snubber repair, part 2
Funky tie-die T-Shirt prize The final dinner with associated prizegiving at the luxurious Peter Island Resort on (what a surprise) Peter Island.
(2016-03-18 20:43:58 NIKON D7100 [f/1.8, 1/60s] ISO 400)
Funky tie-die T-Shirt prize
Approaching St. Martin Approaching St. Martin
[17°59'10.47"N 62°57'57.88"W (facing NW)]
Approaching St. Martin
Arnd on Zanshin I Arnd on Zanshin I
(2009-01-26 09:28:40 Canon PowerShot SD850 IS [f/8.0, 1/200s] ISO 80)
Arnd on Zanshin I

(2012-03-08 18:19:29 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/160s] ISO 500 Focus 3.76m)
St. Kitts eagle Ray St. Kitts eagle Ray
[17°14'56.4"N 62°39'30.61"W ]
St. Kitts eagle Ray
Certifiable Certifiable
(2017-04-30 15:27:22 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Large Great Barracuda Large Great Barracuda
[17°57'21.72"N 62°54'42.29"W ]
Large Great Barracuda
I've just pulled up the bucket containing the radar reflector and tools and am about to start work while aloft in Norfolk to mount the radar reflector and check the rigging. It is a looooong way up there, despite only being at the level of the second set of spreaders!
[36°50'39.02"N 76°17'33.1"W ]
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