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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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Volcanic Montserrat -In 1995 the Soufrière Hills volcano erupted, destroying the old capital town of Plymouth and causing many fatalities. The pictures are taken from just outside the exclusion zone - one may not approach closer.
(2014-03-23 12:44:53 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/1000s] ISO 200)
Volcanic Montserrat -
Convoluted Coral formationI don't know what this is, but it looked interesting indeed.
(2014-02-25 10:03:58 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Convoluted Coral formation
Vinnie at Corsair'sVinnie, the proprietor of Corsair's bar on Jost van Dyke.
[18°26'43.14"N 64°45'3.59"W ]
Vinnie at Corsair's
Pelican stretching pouchThe pelican stretching and expanding the gular pouch in which he holds fish.
[16°18'25.23"N 61°47'47.77"W (facing S)]
Pelican stretching pouch
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