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


01 September 2011 | Chimay, Belgium
by Jeff
Wednesday Aug 31
The first half of today’s ride was difficult, on the narrow or non-existing shoulder of a fairly busy highway, as there were no viable country road options. This will become more the case as we move into the Ardennes, the hillier and wilder part of the country. Lunch and a tour was at Brasserie de Silenreaux, a small craft brewery in operation since 1992. They are the makers of Sara buckwheat beer and Joseph spelt beer, sometimes found the the USA. Interesting that they did not put their own beers front and center in the cafe, 2 of the 3 taps being other commercial beer, and nearly all of the cooler.

Anyway, after lunch and a few too many sausages for the steep hills that immediately followed, the scenery became pastoral again, and we ended the ride just outside the village of Chimay, at the Augerge de Poteaupre, which is owned and operated by a commercial arm of the monastery. What a beautiful place to ride in to, Chimay beer, bed, and breakfast all in one stop, and a short walk to the Abbey de Scourmont, aka Chimay. Today the monastery doors were wide open, inviting all tourists into the central courtyard of the abbey. Absolutely beautiful and contemplative!

Chimay beer these days is flavorful and well brewed, and enjoys a strong reputation. However it lacks the microbiological diversity and flavor complexity that it had in the 80’s, which was especially revered by this writer and former brewer at that time.
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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