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 5 - Welcomed by Dolphins

13 December 2011 | 42 28.7'S:73 45.3'W, Isla de Chiloe / Castro
It was a long day of mostly motoring as the winds were light. Before leaving Est´ro Quintupeu, we put the port bow of Hekla in the thundering waterfall, a kind of baptism I guess. The good thing about motoring is that there will be hot showers. The bad things are the noise, the smell, and the weird vibration. I much prefer the way Hekla feels under wind power. We did sail a bit. When we were going along at a nice eight to nine knots we were flagged down by a fisherman. Did we want to buy fish? We caught on the wind as we sailed by. It took as awhile to slow down enough for them to motor up to us. We bought a four plus kilo Congrio. The fisherman skinned and cleaned it mostly. He handed it over to Sven by it's jaw, head still intact. Then the younger fisherman pulled out his camera and started taking pictures of Hekla. She is an item of fascination wherever she goes. Thank god for Sven. I had no idea what to do with the huge fish. He cut it's head off, filleted it, and we put some in the freezer for later, including the spine and things for making stock, and then Sven showed me how to make a typical Chilean dish. It goes like this: slice a half an onion on bottom of pan with some butter, lay fish fillets on top with salt, put some longaniza sausage pieces on top of the fish, cover with two sliced tomatoes, sprinkle with more salt and lots of dried oregano. Cook covered until well steamed maybe 20 minutes? Then add a layer of soft cheese. Cover and cook until cheese melts. Serve hot with steamed potatoes. Really really delicious. I forgot to write the name of it down, so Sven if you read this please tell me, or I can wait until when you sail with us again. We went into town that evening for drinks and ice cream. Castro has a lovely main square with palm trees and Christmas Lights which we walked around a time or two before heading back to Hekla. For me the highlight of the day were the dolphins that welcomed us into Castro. Around 7:30 in the evening I noticed them swimming along with us. From the bow I could see five to seven swim under the bows and then jump out of the water in pairs alongside Hekla. I believe that these white bellied ballet swimmers are dusky dolphins, Lagenorhynchus obscurus for all you biologists and scientific minded out there. I am quite content, without knowing their name, to delight in their joyful frolicking.
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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