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

My first overnight passage

13 December 2011 | 41 34.0'S:73 46.0'W, Chilean Costal
Zia
DAY 1 and 1/2 The thought, "What have I gotten myself into?", crossed my mind often during the few waking moments of my first overnight ocean sail. Let me explain. Sailing is not all fun and games, much like life. Sometimes it just stinks. So out of the Valdivia river and into the Bahia Corral, I felt the usual queasiness, nothing too extreme or unbearable. The evening sun was pleasant, the waves five or six feet well spread out. Jeff and Sven said that I was to relax and enjoy the sail, which as we rounded the land mass and headed south became a little more difficult, as the swells were larger and longer rolling right along and we riding them like a little bathtub toy. It is funny how big Hekla looks in a marina and how small she looks out on the open ocean. I didn't feel much like cooking dinner, so we ate peanuts. Keeping a little bit of food in my stomach seemed to help. The ginger vodka that Jeff made as medicine definitely did not work! Even Sven declined the stuff remarking that it was too strong for him. Seasickness for me is somewhat like morning sickness, except it doesn't go away. At some point, the allure of seeing stars and bioluminescence could not compete with the awful feeling, so I went to sleep. I woke up briefly the next late morning, had a few more peanuts, felt a lot worse and went right back to bed. Being prone with eyes closed seemed to help which is contrary to the advice about motion sickness of facing forward in the breeze watching the horizon. I admit I was wondering if I should return back to Colorado, a land locked state, back to my life of solid dirt beneath my feet. I began fantasizing about the good old life of growing green things. Jeff and Sven thought I looked green. If they only knew what I was really thinking. I kept telling myself, "this too shall pass", but pearls of wisdom in the midst of feeling like _ _ _ _ are sometimes too easily swallowed and passed right through without having much affect. We stopped. We dropped the anchor. We had sailed from the Oc┬┤ano Pacifico into the small bay, Bah┬'a Maull┬'n, and almost immediately, I felt better. Everything was calm and peaceful. I felt so much better that two hours later I agreed to continue our sailing adventure through the Canal Chacao into the Golfo De Ancud. Silly me.
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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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