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

Catamaran racer approaching the start Under full sail even cruising catamarans can do some impressive upwind speeds.
(2015-03-07 11:37:55 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/2000s] ISO 200)
Catamaran racer approaching the start
Gallilee starting a race Gallilee starting a race
(2017-04-30 13:51:39 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Gallilee starting a race
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number NOR 11033 Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number NOR 11033
(2014-05-02 12:08:56 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 - Sail Number NOR 11033
Paul Wyeth at the start Time Wright, one of the photographers at the Regatta, at the start line of the Around the Island race in Antigua
(2017-04-29 08:13:52 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.8, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Paul Wyeth at the start
Sai-Sai afer finish Sai-Sai afer finish
(2017-05-01 13:54:28 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.8, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Sai-Sai afer finish
Ensuring the start scripts are in order Ensuring the start scripts are in order
(2014-04-29 11:31:24 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/9.0, 1/160s] ISO 160)
Ensuring the start scripts are in order
Rob making breakfast omelettes Rob making a tasty omelette with all the leftovers from dinner.
(2012-01-11 15:52:31 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/250s] ISO 200 Focus 1.50m)
Rob making breakfast omelettes
Committee Boat at work The Committee boat starting the multihull classes
(2016-03-06 09:35:39 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/2000s] ISO 100)
Committee Boat at work
Air bubbles at depth The POS dive site stands for Project Ocean Survey and is off Cockroach Island by the Dogs Islands off Virgin Gorda.
[18°29'39.7"N 64°27'50.77"W ]
Air bubbles at depth
The William Thornton The renowned Willie T bar, seen from a safe distance during the day. The original boat sunk, and this steel boat isn't going to make many long-distance voyages either, but the food at the restaurant portion is plentiful and the bar is to be experienced. Depending upon the crowd and state of inebriation, the bartenders choose the musical theme and usually it ends up being loud with lots of dancing. Oh, and rumour has it that ladies who jump off the back in the nude get free drinks.
[18°18'57.98"N 64°37'5.18"W (facing S)]
The William Thornton
ISAF Safety at Sea Course Neutstadt 2016 This course included classroom theoretical instruction as well as practical training in the wave pool, the flood chamber, the fire room and outside with the flares
(2016-11-25 11:41:02 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/8000s] ISO 400)
ISAF Safety at Sea Course Neutstadt 2016
Tacking Zanshin I upwind The charplotter showing how I tacked Zanshin I up to the North Sound from Trellis Bay in the BVI
Tacking Zanshin I upwind
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