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

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. After a lengthy refit after the ravages of hurricane Irma, Zanshin is finally back in the Caribbean and ready for further adventures.

“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)

Random Site pictures

Laundry hanging up to dry While the washing machine has a drying cycle, it uses a lot of energy and doesn't do as good a job as the wind on deck.
(2011-12-30 17:04:21 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 1.12m)
Laundry hanging up to dry
Nix Nix
[17°0'33.36"N 61°48'17.55"W ]
San Fredelau San Fredelau
(2017-05-05 12:50:54 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100)
San Fredelau
#125 - Rioja #125 - Rioja
(2015-04-28 13:53:21 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/800s] ISO 100)
#125 - Rioja
Heineken Regatta 2014 - Committee Boat Heineken Regatta 2014 - Committee Boat
(2014-03-09 12:35:06 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1000s] ISO 100)
Heineken Regatta 2014 - Committee Boat
Portsmouth water taxi One of the PAYS boat boys doing water taxi service.
(2014-04-08 17:02:38 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Portsmouth water taxi
Nomad IV racing This big monster passed by at speed, dwarfing our racing fleet.
(2015-04-30 10:19:36 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Nomad IV racing
Catching that perfect moment Professional photographers such as Paul Wyeth cover the event from dinghies - trying to capture that elusive perfect shot.
[17°0'33.36"N 61°48'17.55"W ]
Catching that perfect moment
Polishing the topsides Vernon doing the hard work of polishing Zanshin's topsides to a lustre
[18°24'1.52"N 64°38'1.22"W ]
Polishing the topsides
Gemma at Saba Rock Gemma serving at the Saba Rock bar.
[18°30'10.13"N 64°21'28.31"W (facing NE)]
Gemma at Saba Rock
Century plant stalks Two century plants in close proximity
(2016-05-05 14:08:32 NIKON D7100 [f/3.5, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Century plant stalks
Sunshine's Bar on Nevis Sunshine's Bar on Nevis
[17°9'9.89"N 62°37'42.57"W (facing W)]
Sunshine's Bar on Nevis
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