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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.)

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Galley knife rackThe knife rack on Zanshin I is not only magnetic but has a teak bar screwed down tight to keep the knives from becoming airborne missiles while at sea.
Galley knife rack
Grounded CatGrounded Cat
[18°24'0.42"N 64°38'2.26"W ]
Grounded Cat
Antinea's anchor buried in grassy bottomThe charterers had wrapped the dinghy painter around the prop shaft during anchoring in Grand Case but the previously repaired P-Strut ripped out and the boat was taking on quite a bit of. Many sailors in the anchorage responded to the calls for help and in the end the leak was stuffed with various plastic garbage bags; then later on some underwater epoxy was brought by the SunSail chase boat.
[18°6'22.93"N 63°3'44.88"W ]
Antinea's anchor buried in grassy bottom
Gap in the treesGap in the trees
[18°2'59"N 63°5'40.74"W (facing SE)]
Gap in the trees
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