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

Juvenile Bluehead Juvenile Bluehead
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Juvenile Bluehead
Vine-covered tropical trees Vine-covered tropical trees
(2013-03-26 16:42:46 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/30s] ISO 100 Focus 1.50m)
Vine-covered tropical trees
Sail GBR 681 - Ossenfeffer Sail GBR 681 - Ossenfeffer
(2015-04-27 12:04:22 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1600s] ISO 100)
Sail GBR 681 - Ossenfeffer
We've got spectators! A Mount Gay Rum boat filled with partiers and spectators (in that order of priority) at the far end of the first day's finish line.
[17°0'0.86"N 61°46'42.84"W ]
We've got spectators!
Jig Saw finishing Jig Saw finishing
(2017-05-02 14:23:33 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Jig Saw finishing
Flat seas at Anguilla Motoring out of Grand Case I was amazed at the incredibly calm seas between St. Martin and Anguilla, I'd never seen such flat waters here.
[18°6'21.1"N 63°3'29.2"W (facing NW)]
Flat seas at Anguilla
2019 BVI Spring Regatta racing 2019 BVI Spring Regatta racing
[18°20.5959'0"N 64°37.6069'0"W ]
2019 BVI Spring Regatta racing
Saleya  finishing Saleya finishing
(2017-05-01 14:16:40 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.8, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Saleya finishing
Tropical Oasis Tropical Oasis
(2017-05-01 14:07:58 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Tropical Oasis
Hamachi finishing Hamachi on the finish line during the last race of the 2015 Heineken Regatta.
(2015-03-08 13:08:28 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/18.0, 1/25s] ISO 200)
Hamachi finishing
Jeanneau 57 Pictures Jeanneau 57 Pictures
(2010-09-12 12:33:41 PENTAX Optio WS80 [f/6.3, 1/1000s] ISO 80)
Jeanneau 57 Pictures
#225 - Malanga #225 - Malanga
(2015-04-26 09:24:28 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.5, 1/1000s] ISO 100)
#225 - Malanga
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