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

Adios Panama!

03 November 2012 | 10 35'N:80 15'W, Shelter Bay, Panama
by Jeff
It's another season and another ocean. This morning at sunrise we slipped the dock lines at Shelter Bay Marina, where Hekla has berthed for nearly 6 months. We are a day late from the plan to sail to Providencia, Colombia, a pretty little island over 400 miles from mainland Columbia, east of the Nicaragua/Honduras bulge. I still hope to cross paths with River2Seas there, a Fort Collins family cruising the Caribbean for a year, but returning now to Florida. We have been planning a rendezvous for some time but have not quite made it yet! Anyway, our late departure was due to having unsuccessfully met all of the maintenance challenges I found. First, the refrigerator would not reduce temperature much, we got a fridge tech on it quickly but he determined a part was needed from the states, and the storm which refuses to be called a hurricane Sandy has messed up enough things in the states that it is a week delivery, "only one more week." The boat bottom had suffered from th e warm and nutrient rich, stagnant water of the marina and sported quite a barnacle collection. I could haul out next week, sand and repaint, once the paint arrives, "only one more week, maybe more." The fuel barge closed early for the very long weekend holiday, "sometime next week." I could "only one more week" my way through the month like this, so we have ice in the fridge (freezer works fine, so still have cold beer), I spent 2 hours scraping barnacles and my hand looks like a loser from a very long cat fight, and it's windy in the Caribbean so who needs diesel anyway?

It's great to be on the water again. The sky is overcast and winds are light, though the seas are not. I spent nearly an hour hanging over the bow dealing with a jammed genoa furler, but was kept company the whole time by 20 or so dolphins swimming quietly beneath me and watching while I worked, very calming. For crew I have Chan and Jay from southern California, the owners of the first Atlantic 47 catamaran, still in construction in Valdivia, to where they fly in 3 days. They are light in sea experience but well trained and eager to learn and work. I have new crew arriving in Providencia, from there we sail on to Belize, where Hekla will spend most of the winter, with us on board about half time; we want to do some skiing too. Zia will join me there in January, she had decided these passages are not very interesting for her at least for a while.

Next report on island time....Cheers, Jeff
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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