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

Venomous Venomous
[17°0'33.36"N 61°48'17.55"W ]
Charterers crusing around I don't know what this crew and catamaran were doing, but they were all in vests and motored around the anchorage for almost 2 hours - perhaps longer, but I weighed anchor and left while they were still buzzing around. I am sure that they weren't waiting for dock space or the fuel dock since that was open much of the time. I don't understand why the didn't just grab a mooring if they were waiting for something.
(2014-01-18 09:15:25 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/640s] ISO 400)
Charterers crusing around
Heineken Regatta 2017 Day 3 Final day of racing at the 2017 Heineken Regatta
(2017-03-05 13:34:04 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Heineken Regatta 2017 Day 3
Sergeant Major in the quadrant A Sergeant Major swimming through the remnants of the quadrant on the sunken tugboat off Ile Tintamarre.
(2014-02-15 11:45:18 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/3.2, 1/250s] ISO 250)
Sergeant Major in the quadrant
Grand Case shore by night Grand Case beach and shoreline on a calm night
(2015-05-20 19:19:30 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 4/1s] ISO 250)
Grand Case shore by night
Parasitic growths around a jungle tree Parasitic growths around a jungle tree
[15°35'9.42"N 61°28'36.96"W ]
Parasitic growths around a jungle tree
Teora Taken from the ruins of Fort Charlotte, overlooking the entrance to English Harbour on Antigua. This was the first of the racing events of the 2013 Antigua Race Week, a race from Deshaies on Guadeloupe to this finish line (a virtual line from where the photos were taken to the red marker anchored offshore). I joined the officials Claire and Steve for a comfortable day in the shade and taking note of the boats crossing the finish line.
[17°0'1.98"N 61°45'38.51"W (facing W)]
Tropical Oasis Tropical Oasis
(2017-05-05 10:20:30 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Tropical Oasis
Dinghy engine damaged Upon return from walking the street of Grand Case, we found the dinghy had been pushed under the dock and the engine cover took quite some damage!
(2012-02-29 10:32:07 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.3, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 3.76m)
Dinghy engine damaged
Calmost Cafe Salsa Thursday nights at the Calmo Cafe in Grand Case on St. Martin sees a lively Salsa band performing.
(2014-01-23 20:55:39 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/25s] ISO 2500)
Calmost Cafe Salsa
Scheherazade yacht Scheherazade is an elegant 155 foot megayacht built in 2003 by Hodgdon in wood and epoxy.
[18°29'47.54"N 64°22'14.12"W (facing SW)]
Scheherazade yacht
Swiss steel yacht This steel yacht anchored quite a bit away from shore in what must have been 60 or more feet of water. They must have a lot of chain.
(2013-04-22 18:01:16 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/16.0, 1/15s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Swiss steel yacht
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