Now travelling from Annapolis, MD to St. Martin. You can follow the trip from January 11th until trip completion using this link. Updates are transmitted every 10 minutes or so while I'm underway.
Finally the full refit of Zanshin is finished and it is time for these web pages to once again be filled with a bit of life. I'm on my way right now to Annapolis to sail the boat back to warmer waters in the Caribbean and have to admit that I'm quite excited about it. Although there was no water damage inside the boat and she remained structuarly sound and intact, the refit costs for new mast and rigging and sails plus repainting the hull and other upgrades ended up costing more than my first boat! But now I'll be getting her back. The repairs took longer than expected (Sparcraft's promise of 8-10 weeks for the new mast ended up being more than DOUBLE that!) and thus it is very late in the season for me to be sailing Zanshin south, but if I don't do it now I won't be ready to sail in March.
“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.
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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