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

Now travelling from Annapolis, MD to St. Martin. You can follow the trip from January 11th until trip completion using this link. Updates are transmitted every 10 minutes or so while I'm underway.

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. I'm on my way right now to Annapolis to sail the boat back to warmer waters in the Caribbean and have to admit that I'm quite excited about it. Although there was no water damage inside the boat and she remained structuarly sound and intact, the refit costs for new mast and rigging and sails plus repainting the hull and other upgrades ended up costing more than my first boat! But now I'll be getting her back. The repairs took longer than expected (Sparcraft's promise of 8-10 weeks for the new mast ended up being more than DOUBLE that!) and thus it is very late in the season for me to be sailing Zanshin south, but if I don't do it now I won't be ready to sail in March.

“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 ANT 2737 - Sleeper / U-Go Sail ANT 2737 - Sleeper / U-Go
(2015-04-27 12:13:28 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1000s] ISO 100)
Sail ANT 2737 - Sleeper / U-Go
School of Snappers School of Snappers
[18°7'27.25"N 62°59'5.22"W ]
School of Snappers
Changing the flags Changing the displayed race flags at the right time is an important task, made difficult by the gusty strong winds (over 30 knots at times) and the rocking boat.
(2015-03-05 09:58:39 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/80s] ISO 200)
Changing the flags
Guess Ambersail's bottom paint color? On the day before, "Ambersail" had wrapped her keel around our mooring line, and today we pulled it in all the way to discover that Ambersail's bottom paint is indeed red.
[17°0'29.82"N 61°48'21.26"W ]
Guess Ambersail's bottom paint color?
Air Caraibes A333 landing Air Caraibes flight coming in to land over us.
(2015-04-09 14:58:52 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Air Caraibes A333 landing
$44 of groceries The little grocery store at Leverick bay caters mainly to the charter boat crowds, and perhaps those staying at the resort as well. The prices are rather high, this picture shows how far $44 went.
(2014-01-17 14:07:21 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/14.0, 1/13s] ISO 100)
$44 of groceries
Med-mooring in St. Barths The large yachts all med-moor in St. Barths. The anchor(s) are dropped and set, with the help of divers from the port, a long way into the port and then the boats are backed to the dock and once they are in place the whole arrangement is tightened. This way quite a few boats will fit in a short space and this is the system prevalent in the Mediterranean, hence the name.
[17°53'54.34"N 62°51'1.28"W (facing NW)]
Med-mooring in St. Barths
Grand Case Panorama Panoramic view along the beach at Grand Case, St. Martin, FWI
(2016-04-09 09:48:53 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Grand Case Panorama

(2019-05-03 12:11:48 NIKON D850 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.8, 1/2500s] ISO 125)
Coral Bluehead Juvenile Juvenile Bluehead wrasses over corals.
[17°57'21.72"N 62°54'42.29"W ]
Coral Bluehead Juvenile
Clouds in the hills of Basse Terre The clouds in the hills of Basse Terre in Guadeloupe have lifted a bit, showing the lush green forest beneath.
(2017-04-20 12:15:54 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/2000s] ISO 100)
Clouds in the hills of Basse Terre
Startboat Startboat "A" preparing
(2016-03-06 09:10:48 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1250s] ISO 100)
Startboat "A" preparing
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