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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) and commissioned in Annapolis, MD for the 2011 boat show (video here) and subsequently 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.

Since then, Zanshin has taken me comfortably up and down the island chain, single-handing. I am awaiting the right point in time to go through the Panam Canal and head into the Pacific; but that takes a long time and I'm still happy with alternating life aboard with life on land. 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 in the high latitudes going 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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Antigua Sailing Week 2015
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Planking on a wooden boatPlanking on a wooden boat
[16°13'20.71"N 61°31'37.02"W (facing N)]
Planking on a wooden boat
BBQ repairedThe BBQ hadn't managed to get out of the blue temperature zone. I partially dismantled the regulator and used some wire and WD-40/PB-Blaster to see if the valve might be have been clogged and re-assembled the system. After just a couple of minutes the temperature was solidly in the yellow, so the repairs seem to have worked!
(2013-03-02 17:17:21 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 0.89m)
BBQ repaired
Michael Beans inaugural show at Leverick BayMichael Beans inaugural show at Leverick Bay
[18°29'51.49"N 64°23'11"W ]
Michael Beans inaugural show at Leverick Bay
Margrathea yachtMagrathea of Douglas Adams' fame. I dinghied over to make sure that the name came from the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and the crew laughed and pointed at the big "42" on the boom - question answered.
[18°30'1.02"N 64°21'52.8"W (facing SE)]
Margrathea yacht
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