Exploring the World by Sail from A to Z

Jeff and Zia's adventures aboard the catamaran Hekla

12 January 2015 | 62 31'S:59 47'W, Antarctic Peninsual
09 January 2015 | 65 54'S:62 52'W, Antarctic Peninsual
07 January 2015 | 65 15'S:64 16'W, Antarctic Peninsual
04 January 2015 | 64 19'S:62 55'W, Antarctic peninsula
31 December 2014 | 54 48'S:68 19'W, Ushuaia
27 December 2014 | It's 6am must be Miami...
26 December 2014 | Guatemala
09 June 2013 | 17 35'N:80 42'W, Caribbean sea
06 June 2013 | Jamaica
04 June 2013 | 18 28'N:77 57'W, Montego Bay
02 June 2013 | 19 20'N:78 49'W, on passage Cayman-Jamaica
23 May 2013 | 19 43'N:82 58'W, south of Cuba, NW of Cayman
19 May 2013 | 24 34'N:81 49'W, Key West, Florida
30 April 2013 | 23 25'N:85 38'W, Gulf of Mexico
27 April 2013 | 21 15'N:86 45'W, Isla Mujeras
19 April 2013 | 18 17'N:87 50'W, Xcalak
17 April 2013 | 15 34'N:89 12'W, Lago Izabal, Guatemala
10 April 2013 | Rio Dulce
10 April 2013 | 15 39'N:88 'W, Rio Dulce
01 April 2013 | 16 05'N:88 32'W, Southern Belize

Dworp to Brugge

27 August 2011 | Brugge, Belgium
by Jeff
Wednesday: A 45 km loop and back to the same hotel, through the countryside and especially the site of the great 1825 battle of Waterloo, where Napoleon was defeated and the course of European geopolitical history changed forever. We had an early evening visit to the lambic brewery Oud Beersel, a very tiny brewery dating from the 1880's. Brewing actually ended there in 1995, however production continues under new ownership with the purchase of lambic wort from the Boon brewery, and fermentation and aging is done on site.

Thursday: On the move finally, we ride 65 km to the town of Odenaarde, stopping at the lambic blender De Cam in Goick. We were greeted by a village music festival, with Flemish bagpipes and accordions being most common but just about all musical instruments and age groups represented. Karel put on a great passionate beer talk, and received a fabulous compliment from Sherri, a life-long non-beer drinker, who said his lambic and kriek bier were the first beers of her life that she enjoyed.

Friday: Thunderstorms roll through all night and it is an intermittent rain day as we head out. We all ride as a relatively tight group because the chalk arrows that Experience Plus! normally place as route markers would wash away in this rain. Things dry out after an hour or so and and we roll into the beautiful city of Brugge, 74 km. Riding a bike into the city is so easy, completely unlike the many entrances I have made over the years by car. It is always a thrill to wander around this well preserved historic city, especially with someone seeing it for the first time.

Saturday: We skip the optional ride to Oostende and explore the art museums and cultural relics of the city. Sadly, what I once considered the second best beer bar of Brugge, Erasmus, is under different management and has dismantled their once long beer list. Happily, Brugs Beertje, the absolute best beer bar in the world as far as I am concerned, continues its superb beer cultural offerings and expert advice. The Belgian beer scene remains dynamic, and since my last visit 3 years ago, there are quite a few new beers that I have not heard of, including some well made American style IPAs; another trans-oceanic beer cultural exchange!
Vessel Name: Hekla
Vessel Make/Model: Atlantic 57, Chris White Designs
Hailing Port: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Crew: Jeff Lebesch, Zia Zybko
About: Jeff has been sailing for 11 years, and has completed two singlehanded TransPac races on his former trimaran Hecla. Zia is enthusiastic about adventure-exploration by sail
Hekla's Photos - Main
Interior photos of the boat
20 Photos
Created 29 November 2011
Photos of Hekla under construction, Sept 2010 to Nov 2011
30 Photos
Created 4 August 2011

S/V Hekla

Who: Jeff Lebesch, Zia Zybko
Port: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
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