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

Providencia, Columbia

13 November 2012 | 13 23'N:81 22'W, Providencia, Columbia
by Jeff
I spent 8 days at this charming western Caribbean island jewel. It is a Columbian territory, though 400 miles north of the Columbian mainland and only 120 miles from Nicaragua. Permanent population is government limited to about 4000, leaving it nicely insulated from heavy development, unlike its island sister San Andreas 50 miles to the south, thick with tourist activity primarily vacationing Columbians. Providencia has a large and well sheltered anchorage, fringing reefs to explore, a 20 km paved road circling the island that we toured by motor scooter, a 1000+ foot peak to climb, and a few nice restaurants and shops. The folks are friendly, with widely mixed ancestry including British pirates. The island was supposedly a regular hangout for pirate Henry Morgan, so that piece of information is capitalized upon generously, with such landmarks as Morgan's Head (a conspicuous rock vaguely of a human profile), Morgan's Cave (a useless little cavity in a cliff), Morgan's Tr easure sites all over the place, and the most charming of all, the notched hill in the background of the photo above, Morgan's Arse.

We stayed in Providencia a few days longer than expected, while strong winds from the north prevented our travel to the north. Winds of 20 to 25 knots whistled through the anchorage with hourly squalls gusting to 30 and with heavy rain. A brief window of weather on Monday, Nov 11 allowed us to jump out with NE winds of 20 knots and make a break for the north. It was a real "iron gut" passage for 19 hours with 7 foot seas on the nose and water washing the deck, but now that we have turned the corner NE of Honduras, we are enjoying idyllic smooth trade wind reaching. Belize here we come! What about Roatan? We are going right by those somewhat famous islands in the Gulf of Honduras. It will be for a different time, the numerous uninhabited sand islands behind the great Belizian barrier reef are my destination for the winter. And I am planning to be home for Thanksgiving!

Trouble free sailing? Hardly. The fridge is still broke, the genoa will not unfurl, the wind instrument sometimes wigs out and takes down the whole instrument network, plus the usual small things. Passing east of the Nicaraguan banks in the night we saw suspicious lights and were hailed by the Columbian coast guard. It is probably a popular drug exchange area and I was a bit nervous. But, no incidents to report and it is really nice to be out on the sea with Hekla, she's a great boat.
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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