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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 Panama 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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Fire wormDiving on the wreck of the 75m long refrigeration boat "Chikuzen", sunk in 1981 between Anegada and the BVI in about 80 feet of water. She is the only landmark in a large area of sand and is therefore a magnet for fish.
[18°37'54.95"N 64°30'42.18"W ]
Fire worm
Caribbean PrincessThese behemoths are just incredible to me. I look at them and part of me fails to understand why they stay upright and another part of me wonders how they could possibly move or be held to a dock with those flimsy looking hawsers.
[18°25'14.23"N 64°36'29.72"W (facing W)]
Caribbean Princess
The jungle eating awayThe jungle has pretty much eaten away this section of outer wall to Fort Shirley
[15°34'59.36"N 61°28'27.18"W (facing W)]
The jungle eating away
Guess Ambersail's bottom paint color?On the day before, "Ambersail" had wrapped her keel around our mooring line, and today we pulled it in all the way to discover that Ambersail's bottom paint is indeed red.
[17°0'29.82"N 61°48'21.26"W ]
Guess Ambersail's bottom paint color?
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