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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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Lauren and Rob on my boatWe decided to take a tour around the North Sound to get pictures of some of the breathtaking beautiful (and expensive) yachts anchored there before continuing on to pick up Michael Beans and see if we could dive and locate his sunken dinghy.
[18°29'47.21"N 64°21'42.38"W (facing E)]
Lauren and Rob on my boat
Fort St. Louis in MarigotFort St. Louis in Marigot
[18°4'3.54"N 63°5'18.04"W (facing NE)]
Fort St. Louis in Marigot
Giant Anemone and Pederson Cleaner ShrimpA Pederson cleaner shrimp nestled amid the Anemone.
(2014-01-31 11:21:50 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/4.0, 1/80s] ISO 160)
Giant Anemone and Pederson Cleaner Shrimp
Grunts and shrimpA shrimp next to an anemone with a couple of grunts
[18°7'3.64"N 63°3'24.37"W ]
Grunts and shrimp
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