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

Weather wait

29 November 2011 | Alwoplast marina, Valdivia
by Jeff
Safe and comfortable cruising is all about picking the right weather, and for our 14 hour due south journey, strong winds from the south is not the right weather. Our little weather window closed before we could complete all of the new-boat paperwork with the Chilean authorities, so now we wait until Thursday. On the sunny side, the Pacific high pressure system responsible for these southerly winds has moved close to our position (OK you weather nerds remember we are in the southern hemisphere and high pressure = CCW winds) and giving us beautiful sunny days. Our seemingly endless pile of personal stuff is inventoried and stowed; it is easy to do that on a 57' catamaran but very difficult to remember where it all is. Safety gear is tested and stowed, more procedural review today. We even took the chance for a little reception for the friends we have met here, which meant that briefly the boat was sparkling clean and organized, and I have created a photo gallery of the final product, "Construction Final."

A bit on the near term plans, we are softening our goal to sail to Puerto Natales, the gateway to Torres del Paine national park and nearly on the straight of Magellan, because of the extreme nature of the terrain and weather in deep Patagonia and shortage of experienced crew on Hekla. We plan to spend some weeks in the gentler Gulfo de Ancud and Isla de Chiloe area getting familiar with the boat and general operations, and reevaluate after that time. We can always park the boat in a marina and fly to the park.

Cheers! Jeff

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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