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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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Cabrits cannon pointing out to seaCabrits cannon pointing out to sea
[15°35'9.42"N 61°28'36.96"W ]
Cabrits cannon pointing out to sea
Noncompetitor boatsTaken from the ruins of Fort Charlotte, overlooking the entrance to English Harbour on Antigua. This was the first of the racing events of the 2013 Antigua Race Week, a race from Deshaies on Guadeloupe to this finish line (a virtual line from where the photos were taken to the red marker anchored offshore). I joined the officials Claire and Steve for a comfortable day in the shade and taking note of the boats crossing the finish line.
[17°0'1.98"N 61°45'38.51"W (facing W)]
Noncompetitor boats
New Speakers installedThe new speakers after installation and sealing. The sound it quite nice, and I hope that they will hold up better than their predecessors.
(2014-01-29 13:50:45 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/400s] ISO 100)
New Speakers installed
Steep St. Kitts roadThis road was quite steep and instead of joining me on the drive down, Lauren opted to walk down the hill herself and then rejoin us in the car at the bottom (should we survive). Had the road been wet it would have been impossible to go up it, as it was we needed the weight of all 3 of us to get traction to go up.
[17°15'12.01"N 62°39'20.77"W (facing SW)]
Steep St. Kitts road
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