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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 (Click here to see some factory pictures taken during construction). She was commisioned in Annapolis, MD and shown at the 2011 boat show (abk video here) and then sailed to the warm waters of 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.

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 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 challenging route past the great Capes of the world, I'm not that much of an adventurer and have no wish to tackle those formidable waters alone on my boat; I'm taking the simpler path 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.)

Waiting for the hurricane season to end. The blog is still accessible below!

Twisted Anchor ChainLowering all the chain was difficult as it was quite twisted inside the anchor locker.
[18°24'1.52"N 64°38'1.22"W ]
Twisted Anchor Chain
Making bread on ZanshinPreparing for another bread baking session. The water has a touch of sugar in it, and I'm about to stir in some yeast from the plastic bin.
(2014-05-28 08:18:20 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/60s] ISO 200)
Making bread on Zanshin
Octopus diving beachfrontOne of Octopus Diving's boats off the beach in Grand Case, St. Martin
[18°6'22.22"N 63°3'12.14"W (facing N)]
Octopus diving beachfront
Colorful anemoneColorful anemone
[18°7'3.44"N 63°3'24.08"W ]
Colorful anemone
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