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

Every day is a new adventure!

24 April 2012 | 05 30'N:87 11'W, Cocos Island, Costa Rica
by Jeff
Photo: Zia and Jami check out produce at the Galapagos Saturday market.

Ahh, some quiet and relaxing time, nearly a week after the kids left, in the peaceful Galapagos anchorage in Villamil. There were a few other sailboats there, some coming and going every day, and all on their way to the Marquesas, part of French Polynesia, a long journey of 2.5 to 3 weeks for most. I envy them, but it is a journey not for us this year. We are going the harder (but shorter) way, to Panama.

In the Galapagos we returned to the main settlement of Puerto Ayora to provision and complete paperwork for our exit. We hired Franklin, our very capable Galapagos tour guide, as a crew person. He suggested bringing Jami, a young Peruvian-Chinese woman and a friend of his, along as a cook. Why not? Every day is a new adventure! So we provisioned for a 12 day journey, loaded the (very dry) fuel tanks, and weighed anchor at noon on Sunday. No, a crack of noon start is not normal for us, 8 am was the target, but a debilitating instrumentation problem forced a delay, while I crawled through numerous hatches and explored tiny portholes looking for the failed network piece, which was found finally behind the steering wheel, a simple network connection Tee.

Now we are approaching the Costa Rican island of Cocos, a passage of 2-1/2 days from the Galapagos. It is the third time in 40 days that we have peered intensely into the haze on the horizon, hoping to be the first to see a glimpse of land. It never fails to be exciting! By the way, we have eaten very well, enjoying exotic Peruvian creations. At Cocos, we plan to hike and snorkel for a few days, exploring a seldom visited wildlife preserve 400 miles from the Costa Rican coast. Afterwards, on to Panama, through the doldrums. Good thing we have a full load of fuel!
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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