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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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Dinghy on deckIn preparation of my passage to St. Martin I've got the dinghy on the deck and will be departing sometime the following night so that I arrive in time clear customs and go ashore.
Dinghy on deck
Sandy Cay and Tortola from the B-LineBlue water, a beach bar and this vista - what could go wrong?
(2014-05-17 14:06:10 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 200)
Sandy Cay and Tortola from the B-Line
Ile Tintamarre in the distanceWindswept Ile Tintamarre as seen from the main island of St. Martin on a particularly windy and wavy day.
[18°5'2.27"N 63°1'32.36"W (facing E)]
Ile Tintamarre in the distance
Green Moray up closeGreen Moray up close
[18°7'3.79"N 63°3'24.85"W ]
Green Moray up close
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