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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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St. Barths CemetaryThis is by far the most colorful cemetary that I've ever seen. Despite the tropical climate the flower, for the most part, won't wilt as they are made of plastic.
[17°54'15.2"N 62°51'9.16"W (facing NW)]
St. Barths Cemetary
Cockpit table fixup - finished productThe cockpit table has been looking rather ratty for a while so I finally attacked the sanding project. As expeced, setting things up by removing the fitting and later putting them back on took longer than the actual sanding. I had nothing rougher than 180 grit so it took a while, but the result was well worth the effort.
(2014-03-03 15:25:35 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Cockpit table fixup - finished product
Dave of Dave Hammond RacingAfter such a long trip I finally made it to Dave Hammond Racing and despite being 3 hours early Dave took care of me and my MOT was successfully passed within 15 minutes of entering the shop. After paying the GBP30 I was off and heading back towards distant Germany.
[51°9'5.05"N 1°17'28.11"E ]
Dave of Dave Hammond Racing
Jolly Harbour liftGetting ready to lift and pull Zanshin I out of the pack and put her on a big travelift and then put her in the water.
[17°4'2.7"N 61°53'2.54"W (facing NW)]
Jolly Harbour lift
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