Zanshin sailing off Nevis Sailing 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

“Zanshin” is a Jeanneau 57 model sailboat; with 57 feet (17m) there's a lot of room aboard for supplies as well as for people. She was built at the Jeanneau factory outside of Nantes in France, then shipped to Annapolis, MD in the USA where she was commissioned and from there I sailed down to the Caribbean, where Zanshin has been ever since.
Since then I've been sailing up and down the Caribbean island chain exploring the various islands for extended periods. I'm planning on going through the Panama Canal and heading into the Pacific for the long journey across the Pacific. Since the “barefoot route” around the world uses the warm tradewinds that blow to the west it means that heading back east is difficult and uncomfortable. Thus, once past Panama there's no going back and I'm enjoying my time in the Caribbean so much that I'm loathe to leave.
Since I single-hand Zanshin I like to avoid weather and seas as much as possible, which means that I'm most likely not going to sail the challenging route in the high latitudes going past the great Capes of the world - I'll use the man-made canals to shorten the journey.

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This site has grown over the years and contains a mix of dated and new material, from manuals and technical details to stories and my daily blog. The blog is in actuality something of a daily dairy and I always post several pictures daily along with a brief description of my adventures (or lack thereof) each day.

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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Yet another rust bucket. Yet another rust bucket.
[17°54'20.78"N 62°51'56.52"W (facing SW)]
Yet another rust bucket.
Aquarium at Saba Rock Aquarium at Saba Rock
Aquarium at Saba Rock
Jeanneau 57 Pictures Jeanneau 57 Pictures
(2010-09-12 12:36:15 PENTAX Optio WS80 [f/6.3, 1/500s] ISO 64)
Jeanneau 57 Pictures
Crowds at the awards Ceremony Crowds at the awards Ceremony
(2017-05-05 19:30:20 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/60s] ISO 320)
Crowds at the awards Ceremony
Tugboat wreck topsides This was one of the few pictures that I took with a flash on this dive, and it is clear how many more colors do come out when using white light at this depth (60 feet).
[18°7'22.18"N 62°59'12.58"W ]
Tugboat wreck topsides
Floating Capitainerie at Anse Marcel The Capitainerie, where I cleared in and out of France from, floats on the water. I wonder why they did something that complicated rather than just make a normal building.
(2015-05-24 14:07:17 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.0, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Floating Capitainerie at Anse Marcel
Traveler palm tree This palm tree looks like a 2-dimensional fan and is quite impressive - unfortunately I couldn't get a better angle due to the sun.
(2013-03-31 15:42:33 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.2, 1/250s] ISO 100 Focus 5.96m)
Traveler palm tree
Departing Marigot Looking back at Marigot when departing on passage to the BVI.in St. Martin
Departing Marigot
Park boundary marker These yellow bouys mark the boundary of the park areas in St. Martin and St. Barths. This one is at Grand Case, St. Martin, and Marigot can be seen in the background.
(2012-01-20 15:32:19 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 200 Focus ∞)
Park boundary marker
Sail GBR 8396 - Sam of Hamble Sail GBR 8396 - Sam of Hamble
(2015-04-27 15:36:30 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/11.0, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Sail GBR 8396 - Sam of Hamble
Leaving Philipsburg behind Leaving the port of Philipsburg behind on my way to Ile Fourchue on St. Barths.
(2014-03-14 14:57:43 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Leaving Philipsburg behind
Heineken Regatta 2013 FR7 Photo taken from a dinghy right next to the park boundary marker next to Creole Rock in Grand Case, St. Martin. This yellow marker was used as FR7 in the final day (Sunday) of the 2013 Heineken Regatta in excellent conditions.
[18°7'4.01"N 63°3'25.84"W (facing W)]
Heineken Regatta 2013 FR7
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