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

Sail GBR 7825T - Caipirinha Sail GBR 7825T - Caipirinha
(2015-04-30 13:48:38 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Sail GBR 7825T - Caipirinha
One of the riggers aboard Zanshin and taking a break from work One of the riggers aboard Zanshin and taking a break from work
(2017-02-13 15:33:32 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/80s] ISO 100)
One of the riggers aboard Zanshin and taking a break from work
Volunteers at the prizegiving Volunteers are what makes the Antigua Sailing Week work, and these two are combining having a good time while working.
(2017-05-05 18:27:49 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/3.5, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Volunteers at the prizegiving
Heineken Regatta Day 1 The winds were very light on the starting day and much, if not most, of the boats had an altered upwind/downwind course rather than the traditional around-the-island race due to potential timing problems, so the fleet that came Grand Case this year was a lot smaller.
[18°7'2.14"N 63°3'27.57"W (facing W)]
Heineken Regatta Day 1
Ocean Surgeonfish Ocean Surgeonfish
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Ocean Surgeonfish
Backwinded in Grand Case The winds were coming from the west, so all of us were backwinded in the Grand Case anchorage this day.
(2014-05-06 18:32:19 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/80s] ISO 160)
Backwinded in Grand Case
Chain extension for the start boat Just like a hair extension, just a bit heavier! This 100 foot of chain is needed to allow sufficient scope for the deep waters in the start area.
(2015-03-03 09:04:04 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Chain extension for the start boat
Noa Noa
(2017-05-04 10:19:27 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/1250s] ISO 100)
Noa
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number GBR 9999 Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number GBR 9999
(2014-05-02 11:36:17 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/1000s] ISO 200)
Antigua Sailing Week - Sail Number GBR 9999
GoPro3 Freeze Despite having dowloaded the newest firmware, my GoPro3 Hero Black edition usually freezes like this when turned on. Nothing works until the battery is removed, which is hard to do underwater.
(2011-05-08 15:34:21 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/60s] ISO 100 Focus 0.50m)
GoPro3 Freeze
Yachts beating at Beef Island Two yachts on opposite tacks sailing hard on the wind off Beef Island
[18°25'26.69"N 64°30'34.77"W (facing N)]
Yachts beating at Beef Island
Anse le Bourg Dolphins 5 Anse le Bourg Dolphins 5
(2013-03-31 13:44:12 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/250s] ISO 100 Focus 15.00m)
Anse le Bourg Dolphins 5
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