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Zanshin sailing off NevisSailing 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
Anchored off Ile FourchueZanshin at a mooring in the single anchorage of the uninhabited island Ile Fourchue which is part of St. Barths.
[17°57'18.42"N 62°54'24.52"W (facing E)]
Anchored off Ile Fourchue

Zanshin is a Jeanneau 57 yacht and the second to bear the same name. She was built in France (Click here to see some pictures of the factory and Zanshin during construction). She was commisioned in Annapolis, shown at the 2011 boat show (abk video here and then sailed to the Caribbean in (very cold) early December. The previous Zanshin I (a Jeanneau 49DS) is in new hands and is cruising the Caribbean after having been re-christened.

Subquently Zanshin has comfortably taken me up and down the island chain, mostly single-handing, while I await the right point in time to go through the Ditch and head into the Pacific. While circumnavigation remains my goal and intent I am enjoying the time in the Caribbean so much that I keep on missing the annual weather window to the South Pacific.

Not for me is the route past the challenging great Capes of the world, I'm not that much of an adventurer to wish to tackle those alone on my boat; I'm taking the simpler route through the pre-built canals and staying in warmer climes, this route is not called the “barefoot route” without reason.

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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Statia SynagogueStatia Synagogue
[17°28'54.58"N 62°59'7.12"W (facing E)]
Statia Synagogue
Rainy Days aboardAnother shower passes through the Grand Case anchorage in the afternoon and forces me to shut all the hatches.
(2014-02-01 12:30:40 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.0, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Rainy Days aboard
Carmen and Bernd arriving BVIMy friends Carmen and Bernd arriving at Beef Island Airport after a long trip from Germany (including cancelled flights and an unwanted overnight stay). Luckily, it is just a 100 yards from customs to the dinghy dock at Trellis Bay.
[18°26'40.57"N 64°32'13.81"W (facing NW)]
Carmen and Bernd arriving BVI
Precarious footholdsPrecarious footholds
[17°0'0.19"N 61°44'47.78"W (facing SE)]
Precarious footholds
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