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

Kinsale - open storage Kinsale - open storage
Kinsale - open storage
Test Sail on A number of the group went out on a test-sail for the Jeanneau 64 and we were almost at Anegada before we knew it - a very fast and comfortable yacht indeed.
(2016-03-15 14:23:56 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/2500s] ISO 100)
Test Sail on "Serenity"
Bristolean Bristolean
[17°0'0.56"N 61°46'37.13"W ]
Mad Dog Cafe porch The open veranda surrounding the Mad Dog Cafe on Virgin Gorda in the BVI.
Mad Dog Cafe porch
#063 - Monet 1 #063 - Monet 1
(2015-04-28 11:19:56 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/100s] ISO 100)
#063 - Monet 1
Jeanneau production line Looking across the main production hall where several boat series are made in parallel. Each production line (going from right to left) has several stations. This picture is part of the story of the Jeanneau Factory Tour.
[46°51'52.71"N 1°1'55.88"W ]
Jeanneau production line
Tiki Bar at Solomon's Unfortunately, it was closed for the season while I was there
[38°19.1564511'0"N 76°27.356682'0"W ]
Tiki Bar at Solomon's
Zaca a te Moana departing The classic schooner "Zaca a te Moana" leaving the docks
(2013-03-29 12:31:34 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/3200s] ISO 400 Focus 7.94m)
Zaca a te Moana departing
#125 - Rioja #125 - Rioja
(2015-05-01 11:57:35 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1000s] ISO 100)
#125 - Rioja
Squirrelfish Squirrelfish
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Sail GBR 681 - Ossenfeffer Sail GBR 681 - Ossenfeffer
(2015-04-30 13:50:26 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Sail GBR 681 - Ossenfeffer
Pigeon Island waters The clear waters surrounding Pigeon Island in Guadeloupe, which Jacques Cousteau declared as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world.
(2013-03-19 12:05:59 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
Pigeon Island waters
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