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)


Random Site pictures

Beam reach on a cat Although we had only a mainsail up (the jib was missing some parts), we still did a respectable 6-7 knots in about 20 knots of breeze.
(2015-03-03 13:03:25 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/13.0, 1/30s] ISO 100)
Beam reach on a cat
Potter's bar, Anegada Potter's bar, Anegada
[18°43'24.09"N 64°22'53.69"W ]
Potter's bar, Anegada
Willie T's arrivals This heavily laden dinghy is going to sit somewhat lower in the water on the return trip
(2013-02-20 18:23:14 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/160s] ISO 200 Focus ∞)
Willie T's arrivals
Bottom of the Slave Path The bottom of the steep path up the bluffs on the coastline of Statia where the slaves would take their first steps on shore after a long passage across the Atlantic.
[17°28'59.33"N 62°59'15.96"W ]
Bottom of the Slave Path
Buttons for slow and fast winch speed Electric two-speed Harken winches aboard Zanshin.
(2014-02-16 09:26:41 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Buttons for slow and fast winch speed
Sail GBR 9051T - Spirit of Athena / The Sirens Sail GBR 9051T - Spirit of Athena / The Sirens
(2015-04-27 12:05:03 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1250s] ISO 100)
Sail GBR 9051T - Spirit of Athena / The Sirens
High and Dry on St. Barths This fishing boat is high and dry on the rocks just outside of Gustavia on St. Barths. I'm surprised that they haven't gotten rid of this unsightly hulk on the rocks.
(2015-05-17 17:52:46 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/100s] ISO 100)
High and Dry on St. Barths
Carib reservation artwork Carib reservation artwork
[15°29'24.09"N 61°16'41.89"W ]
Carib reservation artwork
Rocky outcropping at Ile Fourchue The little rocky island outside of the anchorage in Ile Fourchue. The steep drop-off underwater made for excellent diving pictures.
[17°57'26.5"N 62°54'45.19"W (facing E)]
Rocky outcropping at Ile Fourchue
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 212 Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 212
(2014-04-29 13:56:24 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/800s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 212
Heineken Regatta 2014 - Committee Boat Heineken Regatta 2014 - Committee Boat
(2014-03-08 09:00:03 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Heineken Regatta 2014 - Committee Boat
Sail GBR 7712R - Zarafa Sail GBR 7712R - Zarafa
(2015-05-01 12:07:07 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Sail GBR 7712R - Zarafa
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