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

Arrival in Mexico

19 April 2013 | 18 17'N:87 50'W, Xcalak
by Jeff
Yesterday I made the rough 40 mile passage to Xcalak, the southernmost Mexican border town on the Caribbean side. The entrance is blocked by a reef with two narrow entrances, which is described well in my guide book. None of my official nautical charts have any info on this entrance. The guide book warns that a few boats go onto the reef every year, and do not attempt this pass in raging seas. Hmm, I have 7' seas, is that raging? I have few other close options. I called the port captain and he said 6' in the pass, but it is OK. I programmed the GPS and autopilot to steer a precise course given in the guide book; this technique will compensate for side drifting due to currents or winds that humans might be too slow to notice. The pass is only 50 yards wide, and Hekla is 10.... With binoculars I see heaps of sea foam all along the reef, with just a tiny gap without breaking waves, this is the pass. Showing a warning message is this unfortunate, freshly minted shipwre ck on the reef, just 100 yards short of the clear water :-( We got in safely.

Xcalak is a tiny town of 400, looking much like a shanty town but with lots of character and charm. There are two dive resorts, a fly fishing outfit, an upscale restaurant run by two Canadian women, and a handful of ex-pats who have found their undiscovered Caribbean paradise. I stayed here an extra day because by morning, the seas were truly raging, with breaking waves even in the pass. Soon I will move on, making my way quickly to Cozumel.
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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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