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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 (I managed to take some pictures during construction). 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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Zanshin I at LeverickZanshin I at Leverick
[18°29'53.32"N 64°23'9.43"W (facing NE)]
Zanshin I at Leverick
Dyneema lifelinesI replaced the sheathed metal lifelines with these Dyneema lifelines and used lashings made of Dyneema to tighten the lines.
Dyneema lifelines
Baking Bread 05 of 15 - kneaded and ready to riseThe dough has been kneaded and is ready, the bowl has been cleaned and sprinkled with flour to prevent the dough from sticking. This is part of a 15 part photo essay of me (a mediocre cook, at best) making and baking bread aboard Zanshin on a day when constant showers kept me from going ashore to buy some.
(2014-02-03 13:14:20 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Baking Bread 05 of 15 - kneaded and ready to rise

(2014-05-02 12:19:59 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/640s] ISO 200)
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