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

Day 4 - Paradise Found

13 December 2011 | 42 09.9'S:72 26.8'W, Chilean Costal / Estero Quintupeu
We motored on to Est´ro Quintupeu. We were going to take a look around and then sail across Golfo De Ancud to be closer to Castro as we need to drop Sven there in the next few days. However this little piece of the coast captured our hearts. The guide book says, " this wonderful inlet is around 3 miles long and is surrounded by high peaks and thundering waterfalls". Another understatement if you ask me. It was paradise. The waterfalls were many and thundering. The peaks lofty and snowy. The vegetation was lush, green and dense. The water calm. We got out the Hobie kayak for a pedal paddle exploration. Jeff and I peddled around the sandbars and along the shore. Tiny crabs scuttled around on the bottom hiding under pieces of seaweed when our shadow past by. Where the water was too deep to see the bottom, it was velvety greenish black. Sven took the dinghy and fought his way along a river and through dense vegetation to a waterfall. He was soaked and scratched to his upper thighs, but smiling. I collected some wild fushia branches with their ballerina shaped flowers dangling daintily and another small red bell shaped flower that dangled from woody stems. These I displayed in the small vases I brought for just this thing. We all took the dinghy to the largest thundering waterfall. Sven wanted to see if it was climbable. No way! Way too steep and powerful. He commented that it wasn't for kayaking either. Indeed not! But it was spectacular. Jeff and I climbed up the rocks as far as we dared and sat by it. Sven fished nearby, and later climbed much higher and closer to the wild beauty. We decide to stay here overnight even though we will have a long day sailing tomorrow. It is so quiet, peaceful and refreshing. This is why we sail, Jeff and I will return to the paradise of Est´ro Quintupeu someday, hopefully soon.
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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