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

lush rainforest Small trickles of water coming out of the earth everywhere formed into small streams like this one and then collected to the Carbet river.
[16°2'36.27"N 61°38'41.13"W ]
lush rainforest
Lap of Luxury I upgraded to Premium Economy seating on this trip and the added legroom was a boon.
Lap of Luxury
Phaedo III flying 2 out of 3 hulls The speed of this record-breaker is impressive and here she shoots by us with two hulls in the air and only one in the water!
(2015-03-08 11:57:39 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/16.0, 1/500s] ISO 200)
Phaedo III flying 2 out of 3 hulls
Water in the lens The smudges come from salt water remains -inside- the lens and the once very smooth zoom mechanism has become rather crunchy, probably from salt crystals.
(2012-01-08 16:15:26 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/25s] ISO 100)
Water in the lens
Hamburg tug Bugsier 18 With 20tons of bollard pull, this tug in Hamburg packs a big engine with 3060HP.
More pictures from this tourist trip to Hamburg can be seen at Hamburg Port tour 2011
[53°32'38.41"N 9°57'48.61"E (facing N)]
Hamburg tug Bugsier 18
Blue Tang and Damselfish Two blue tang and a damselfish at the Indians
[18°19'55.56"N 64°37'43.41"W ]
Blue Tang and Damselfish
Tip of Green Island The tip of Green Island in Antigua, showing the typical undercut rock formations
[17°4'16.74"N 61°40'35.22"W (facing SE)]
Tip of Green Island
#003 Xeres #003 Xeres
(2015-04-28 13:58:43 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/250s] ISO 100)
#003 Xeres
Ravi taking a break Ravi taking some fresh air after working on the quadrant after the rudder has been replaced.
[18°24'1.5"N 64°38'1.39"W ]
Ravi taking a break
??????????????????????? Trellis bay and the Last Resort seen at night from my table at the Loose Mongoose bar and restaurant.
[18°26'40.41"N 64°31'59.15"W (facing NE)]
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Volunteers after the day's races Volunteers after the day's races
(2016-03-05 14:47:27 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Volunteers after the day's races
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number 20 Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number 20
(2014-05-02 12:07:51 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/800s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number 20
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