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

It has taken quite a while before I've returned to updating this site. As some have suspected, Zanshin was damaged during Irma. She was on the hardstand at Nanny Cay and although she was tied down with screws, she toppled like a domino with all the other boats in the row. She suffered 2 holes in the hull from stands, was dismasted and the deck hardware was bent/broken or sheared off. But I was very fortunate in that my 2 glued-on solar panels kept on charging the batteries and I had left all 3 bilge pumps turned onto automatic mode. Thus the flooding during hurricane was quite limited and the insides were kept dry and clean - unlike everything topsides. It took a long time for Nanny Cay to lift Zanshin and I'm now in the process of getting her repaired. I'll start posting pictures and blog updates in a couple of days!

“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)

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Sailing the Channel Sailing the Channel
Sailing the Channel

[16°59.7976'0"N 61°46.6276'0"W ]
Pain de Sucre The Pain de Sucre seen from the anchorage at Anse a Cointe in the final hours of the day
(2017-03-26 17:58:59 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Pain de Sucre
Shipyards working on naval vessels The docks across from our marina saw heavy work all day and part of the night on these varied navy ships.
[36°50'37.21"N 76°17'32.84"W (facing SE)]
Shipyards working on naval vessels
Flamboyant Tree Colors in the rainforest are rare, so this tree is aptly named when it flowers.
(2016-05-10 12:04:27 NIKON D7100 [f/5.3, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Flamboyant Tree
English Harbour anchorage The outer English Harbour anchorage on the far side of Fort Berkeley.
[17°0'21.03"N 61°45'59.12"W (facing E)]
English Harbour anchorage
Shrimp peeking out of it's hole This shrimp took a long time before deciding to come back out for a look and I was lucky to catch it before it once again disappeared.
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Shrimp peeking out of it's hole
Hamburg dry dockage This ship is not from Monrovia in California, but is a bona fide Liberian-registered ship.
More pictures from this tourist trip to Hamburg can be seen at Hamburg Port tour 2011
[53°32'0.31"N 9°57'14.55"E (facing SE)]
Hamburg dry dockage
Making a Soft Shackle - Attach line The line that comes from the soft shackle is being spliced between the two crown knots here; using a Brummel splice. This series of photos illustrates the steps in making a simple soft shackle at the end of a line, in this case it is a thin Dyneema line and it will be used to hoist up the anchor ball day shape using a spare halyard and attaching the lower end to the forestay hard point.
(2014-02-08 13:58:30 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.8, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Making a Soft Shackle - Attach line
Little Jost beach The beach in front of the B-Line bar on Little Jost, BVI
(2014-05-17 14:06:14 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/320s] ISO 200)
Little Jost beach
Vanille rounding the mark Vanille, a local boat, rounding the orange mark on the last day of the races.
(2015-03-08 11:04:58 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/800s] ISO 200)
Vanille rounding the mark
Waiting for the 15:00 inbound bridge Milling about amongst a hundred other boats waiting for the 15:00 inbound bridge to open
(2017-03-03 14:55:23 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Waiting for the 15:00 inbound bridge
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