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

Coyote checking out the start line Coyote checking out the start line
(2017-05-05 09:29:20 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Coyote checking out the start line
Salako 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)]
Heineken Regatta 2014 - Committee Boat Heineken Regatta 2014 - Committee Boat
(2014-03-09 12:24:27 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/18.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Heineken Regatta 2014 - Committee Boat
Parrotfish at Creole Rock Parrotfish at Creole Rock
[18°7'6.95"N 63°3'22.75"W ]
Parrotfish at Creole Rock
Piranha feeding time Our neighbours were also throwing pieces of bread at the water and watching the small fish doing their imitation of a piranha feeding frenzy.
[18°7'0.45"N 62°59'19.15"W (facing E)]
Piranha feeding time
Hawking coming to finish Hawking coming to finish
(2017-05-04 14:15:58 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Hawking coming to finish
Pain de Sucre beach The beach is small and difficult to get to, yet it is usually pretty full as it is in this picture
(2016-05-10 10:36:48 NIKON D7100 [f/6.3, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Pain de Sucre beach
The jungle eating away The jungle has pretty much eaten away this section of outer wall to Fort Shirley
[15°34'59.36"N 61°28'27.18"W (facing W)]
The jungle eating away
Flames in the heli The inside of our rescue helicopter is aflame.
(2014-11-21 13:47:18 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.5, 1/160s] ISO 400)
Flames in the heli
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 219 Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 219
(2014-04-28 11:33:52 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Race Number 219
Pink House in Portsmouth This house is proof that taste is a very personal matter
(2017-04-01 10:46:43 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Pink House in Portsmouth
Lauren and Rob trekking We'd decided to go for a walk on the beach but ended up climbing up this hill; but Lauren had smooth soled shoes on which were very slippery and she need assistance getting back down the hill. The ground is covered with basketaball-sized rocks beneath the gorse, so even with shoes it wasn't the easiest of treks.
[17°14'18.37"N 62°39'13.39"W (facing SE)]
Lauren and Rob trekking
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