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

Hekla sails!

03 November 2011 | Rio Valdivia, Chile
by Jeff
Hekla sailed today for the first time ever, and it was brilliant! With designer Chris White, Alex, Roni, and electrician Hector from Alwoplast, Zia and I aboard, we eased out of the slip and turned down river towards the Pacific. The engines purred nicely, the instruments were easy to read in the bright sunlight, and the ride gentle and swift as we motored downriver at 11 knots, helped a bit by the outflow current. After a number of autopilot calibration maneuvers we raised sail in about 12 knots of breeze and turned off the engines. With not too many tangles in the stiff new lines, we were soon sailing close to the wind at 7.5 knots. The rig groaned and popped as it settled into place with its first pressure under sail, and we loped into the 6 foot ocean swell with comfort and ease (except for Hector, who was still trying to hook up some interior lights, and suddenly found it necessary to sit near the outside rail). We circled through different points of sail, and with the true wind having built to 18 knots, managed to surf the boat on a broad reach to 16 knots a few times. All the while we felt secure and dry in the forward cockpit, grinning with the thoughts of how nice this boat is, comfortable, safe, swift. We popped a few autopilot fuses and bolts securing the jib boom track, but overall for a first ever sail in good breeze and ocean conditions we had very few issues. The assembly of this boat is done with great competency. We will sail again over the weekend, fly the spinnaker, and run a number of more tests. Woodworkers and the electrician are still crawling over the boat when she is at dock, and we have several more days before we are finished, but we can see the construction completion nearing! Woo Hoo!
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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