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

Finally the full refit of Zanshin is finished and it is time for these web pages to once again be filled with a bit of life. After a lengthy refit after the ravages of hurricane Irma, Zanshin is finally back in the Caribbean and ready for further adventures.

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“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.
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

NYCC docks Panoramic view of the clubhouse and docks at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club
(2020-01-20 19:47:43 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/640s] ISO 64)
NYCC docks
Desi hitting the books Desi studying the English PADI manual in preparation for the classroom work later on in the day.
(2012-02-28 12:02:28 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.5, 1/200s] ISO 125 Focus 1.68m)
Desi hitting the books
Keel bottom paint Keel bottom paint
(2013-12-23 15:31:06 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/60s] ISO 100)
[18°24'1.52"N 64°38'1.22"W ]
Keel bottom paint
#096 - Imagine of Falmouth #096 - Imagine of Falmouth
(2015-05-01 12:31:03 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/640s] ISO 100)
#096 - Imagine of Falmouth
Serenity sailing in the Sir Francis Drake Channel Serenity is sailing upwind in wind and rain, but still making more speed than the other boats thanks to the size of the Jeanneau 64 as well as the professional helming by Gary Jobson
(2016-03-14 11:47:45 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Serenity sailing in the Sir Francis Drake Channel
Michael Beans Pirate show Michael Beans Pirate show
Michael Beans Pirate show
Indian River on Dominica Indian River on Dominica
(2013-04-03 09:47:03 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/30s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
[15°34'14.32"N 61°27'1.48"W (facing NE)]
Indian River on Dominica
Sandra, Sascha and Alexis Alexis is rowing the panga in the Indian River park, since using outboards is not allowed there
(2017-04-02 11:20:36 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/30s] ISO 100)
Sandra, Sascha and Alexis
Wolfgang at runway's end Wolfgang waiting for an aircraft to approach the airport at St. Barths.
(2012-01-22 20:57:59 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 10.60m)
[17°54'14.98"N 62°50'53.03"W (facing E)]
Wolfgang at runway's end
Jeanneau 57 Pictures Jeanneau 57 Pictures
(2010-09-12 12:34:58 PENTAX Optio WS80 [f/6.3, 1/200s] ISO 64)
Jeanneau 57 Pictures

(2019-05-03 12:27:07 NIKON D850 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1600s] ISO 125)
[16°59.7574'0"N 61°46.6275'0"W ]
Leverick Laundry Doing laundry (here at Leverick Bay in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda in the BVI) is always a chore.
Leverick Laundry
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