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

Sailing home from Jost On our way back from a lunchtime snack at Foxy's Taboo after having sailed by White Bay.
(2013-02-10 16:58:00 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 100 Focus 3.76m)
Sailing home from Jost
Basseterre independance square The fountain at the centre of Independance Square in Basseterre on St. Kitts
(2014-03-20 14:33:04 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Basseterre independance square
Optis and Zanshin in the Lagoon Optis from SMYC sailing in the lagoon with Zanshin and Causeway Bridge in the background
(2017-03-14 16:36:04 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.3, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Optis and Zanshin in the Lagoon
Maltese Falcon Masts The massive unstayed masts soar above the docks at Falmouth Harbour in Antigua
[17°0'57.15"N 61°46'32.34"W ]
Maltese Falcon Masts
#003 Xeres #003 Xeres
(2015-04-28 13:58:45 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/800s] ISO 100)
#003 Xeres
Morning rainbow in Portsmouth An early morning rainbow starting at Cabrits Fort
(2014-04-05 08:30:16 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Morning rainbow in Portsmouth
Wecome on Statia The whole island was liberally plastered with new signage pointing at things of interest, the tourism department has done an outstanding job. This sign and building is close to the docks and, unfortunately, was closed when we went past.
[17°28'58.28"N 62°59'15.36"W (facing NW)]
Wecome on Statia
Kick 'em Jenny Kick 'em Jenny
[17°0'33.36"N 61°48'17.55"W ]
Kick 'em Jenny
Rainy Days aboard Another shower passes through the Grand Case anchorage in the afternoon and forces me to shut all the hatches.
(2014-02-01 12:30:40 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.0, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Rainy Days aboard
Catamaran delivery Since I'm alone aboard for the delivery from Falmouth to English Harbours, I had the fenders adjusted and ready before taking the trip
(2017-05-06 11:07:19 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/1250s] ISO 100)
Catamaran delivery
School of smallmouth grunt Diving on the wreck of the 75m long refrigeration boat "Chikuzen", sunk in 1981 between Anegada and the BVI in about 80 feet of water. She is the only landmark in a large area of sand and is therefore a magnet for fish.
[18°37'54.95"N 64°30'42.18"W ]
School of smallmouth grunt
Flying spray Spray shooting up from the waves hitting Jost van Dyke
[18°27'15.01"N 64°43'42.58"W (facing NE)]
Flying spray
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