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 more of a daily dairy and I will always post several pictures 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

Spectra membrane Replacement From top to bottom are the pressure vessel, the original and defective membrane and the new replacement membrane.
(2011-12-23 14:50:48 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.5, 1/80s] ISO 400 Focus 0.71m)
Spectra membrane Replacement
Wings Wings
[17°0'33.36"N 61°48'17.55"W ]
Bar Jacks The dive site at Coral Gardens off Great Dog Island in the BVI is a pretty shallow-water dive with an artificial reef formed by an airplane wreck (purposely sunk there).
[18°28'45.85"N 64°27'14.08"W ]
Bar Jacks
Spectra membrane Replacement The inner membrane has been partially pulled out of the pressure vessel and the end cap for the high-pressure water and product output has been screwed off and removed.
(2011-12-23 14:45:53 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/60s] ISO 720 Focus 0.67m)
Spectra membrane Replacement
Mustique finishing under spinnaker Mustique finishing under spinnaker
(2017-05-04 14:38:09 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.5, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Mustique finishing under spinnaker
Rusty old D3 One of the D3 stays removed by Richardson's. The barberpoling indicates rusted or broken internal wires.
(2017-02-13 10:55:42 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/4.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Rusty old D3
Icebox cleaned out and defrosting I'd removed most of the thick ice buildup by the time I took this picture, but there was still some ice melting in parts of the evaporator plate I couldn't get to.
(2015-05-04 09:22:53 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/60s] ISO 200)
Icebox cleaned out and defrosting
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number GRN 7777 Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number GRN 7777
(2014-05-02 12:10:03 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/1000s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number GRN 7777
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
Leaving the docks Our skipper had the difficult task of getting us into and out of a very tight dock space, replete with moorings to catch the keels and props of our catamaran.
(2014-04-29 08:33:37 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/400s] ISO 320)
Leaving the docks
Azamara off Virgin Gorda Azamara off Virgin Gorda
Azamara off Virgin Gorda
Bird stalking prey Tour of the Indian River in Portsmouth, Dominica (Version 2.0, since it is my second time there). We went through as the second boat and the air was still, making a good photo-opportunity for several birds and crabs.
[15°34'16.34"N 61°27'6.67"W ]
Bird stalking prey
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