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

Remembering a typical day in Patagonia

27 March 2012
by Zia
(Zia catches up on writings about Patagonia--Ed.)

The sky is falling. Less and less of the rugged hills are visible as a haze descends over the inner slopes. Their tops shrouded and disappearing in a gray mist. Our world, the world Hekla is sitting in, is shrinking. It may be that at some point today, I'll look up and her windows will be covered by a dense opaque fog, an all white world. I am ready for a hazy day turned inward and introspective, a cloudy blanket thrown over us, a day spent entirely in comfortable pajamas. Jeff loves butter, honey, chocolate, and sweet jams. He scoops these out with his finger, and licks it when he thinks I'm not looking. It's one of those so human traits that is endearing, and only rarely do I get disgusted by finger scoop marks in the butter. I'm sure I have little endearing traits that annoy Jeff. We share this boat, all under roof 607 square feet of her, all day, everyday, 24/7 and we share the experience of traveling together the same. In spite of this, so far it's been a peaceful and freedom filled experience, but one never knows when Hekla may blow! I'm not certain that naming a boat after an active volcano was a good idea, even remotely, because as Jeff points out, he named Hekla after the British HMS Hecla captained by William Parry and not after the Icelandic volcano, Hekla. But I like to remind Jeff that the HMS Hecla was named after the Icelandic Hekla, so we are only one degree removed from an active volcano, and even though our mission statem ent painted on the floor on the port side reads, "Exploring the world from the Arctic to Zealandia with courage, heart and humor.", Jeff doesn't find this particular fact funny. I, however, am greatly amused by the possibility that underneath all the reason and excellent leadership lies a lurking natural disaster, most likely of the emotional kind. We are socked in now, another white sky morning with flat water and tiny ripples glistening and turning more sullen. The barometer has only gained two points since morning, from 1010 to 1012. Hekla's windows are covered by a fine filagree of silver dots. The surrounding hills are obscured by a thickening haze. I'm still wearing my pajamas. Some of our days in Patagonia are like this.
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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