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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 built in France (factory pictures here). She was commissioned in Annapolis, MD and presented at the 2011 boat show (video here) and then sailed to the warm waters of Caribbean from the very cold early December weather in the USA. The previous Zanshin I (a Jeanneau 49DS) is in new hands and is cruising the Caribbean after having been re-christened.

Subsequently 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 I still intend on doing my circumnavigation, I am enjoying the time in the Caribbean so much that I keep on deliberately missing the annual weather window to the South Pacific so that I can sail the Caribbean for one more season.

I'm not adventurous enough to sail the challenging route past the great Capes of the world, I have no desire to tackle those formidable waters alone on my boat. I'm taking the simpler path through the man-made 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.)

Once the hurricane season ends the travels will continue.

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Aragorn's PelicanI'd lusted over this handmade beaten copper pelican made by Aragorn for several seasons but the price tag always kept me away, but I finally decided to purchase it for the forward bulkhead and haven't regretted it.
Aragorn's Pelican
Sun and Clouds mid-AtlanticAnother day at sea with just the play of sun, clouds and waves to watch.
(2011-12-10 22:37:21 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/60s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Sun and Clouds mid-Atlantic
Streets of St. BarthsA side street just off the docks at Gustavia in St. Barths. The main drag has very expensive brand name fashion and accoutrements stores, but the prices in the stores on this road aren't much lower.
[17°53'52.62"N 62°50'59.19"W (facing SE)]
Streets of St. Barths
Redonda and MontserratOn passage from Nevis to Antigua, the island kingdom (uninhabited) of Redona is the small closer island and the volcanic Montserrat is puffing in the background.
[17°3'29.15"N 62°21'0.57"W (facing S)]
Redonda and Montserrat
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