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

Brugge to Poperinge

28 August 2011 | Poperinge, Belgium
by Jeff
Today we rode south from Brugge, under leaden skies and often with headwinds. The roads have been smooth, flat, and scenic. Along the way we visited De Dolle Brouwers in Esen, and the public cafe "In de Vrede" associated with Westvleteren Trappist monastery. Our lunch stop was at a farm house where the family sets out picnic tables and offers homemade ice cream to tourists, and by special arrangement they also provided sandwiches for us. One of our cycling missions is to make contact with the locals, and offer a bright yellow Experience Plus! souvenir hat to commemorate the exchange. The young boy at our lunch stop was the recipient today.

It is interesting to compare the beers of De Dolle and Westvleteren, if I may dare to do so. To my tastes the De Dolle beers are far more complex and quirky, very much to my liking, due primarily to the microbiological diversity introduced by the brewer Kris. OTOH the Westvleteren beers are solid, malty and alcoholic, superbly brewed but of a simple yeast character from the single strain yeast culture employed. The cafe at De Dolle on a Sunday afternoon was quiet at noon, but expecting a few tour busses later. The sizable Westvleteren cafe was busting out the doors all afternoon with locals and tourists and churning a healthy business. Why the big business difference? .....
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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