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

A fixer-upper car This rusting car was just one of many lining the sides of the back street close tot the Portsmouth immigration offices on Dominica
(2017-03-31 15:29:10 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/20s] ISO 100)
A fixer-upper car
Spanish Hogfish A Spanish Hogfish inside the tugboat wreck at Ile Tintamarre, St. Martin.
[18°7'16.89"N 62°59'13.28"W ]
Spanish Hogfish
Sailing Week spectators These boats have been called "lobster boats" because the guests come back after a day at sea in a bright shade of red somewhat resembling a cooked lobster.
(2015-04-30 13:45:25 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Sailing Week spectators
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number GBR 9685T Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number GBR 9685T
(2014-05-01 11:14:21 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 GBR 9685T
Heineken Regatta 2017 Day 3 Final day of racing at the 2017 Heineken Regatta
(2017-03-05 19:27:02 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/15s] ISO 640)
Heineken Regatta 2017 Day 3
Getting the hang of it Angela has managed to turn the board around and is returning to the boat after a trip around the anchorage
(2016-04-27 14:26:11 NIKON D7100 [f/5.3, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Getting the hang of it
Rhine River vista Typical view along the Rhine river between Bingen and Koblenz with the narrow and fast river and the odd castle or two.
(2011-06-12 08:56:41 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Rhine River vista
Gray Angelfish I think that this was the same one I'd photographed before as they tend to be territorial, but the photo turned out nice so I kept it (again).
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Gray Angelfish
Cuba Libre Cuba Libre approaching the line
[17°0'0.86"N 61°46'42.84"W ]
Cuba Libre

[17°0.0529'0"N 61°48.3218'0"W ]
Windward rocky shoreline of Tintamarre The reef protecting this side of the island always shows white water and the sailboat wreck here proves that one can't anchor safely, either.
(2015-04-07 13:31:03 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Windward rocky shoreline of Tintamarre
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number  ANT 6 Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number ANT 6
(2014-05-01 13:39:29 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/640s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number ANT 6
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