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

Penguins, Icebergs, and Leopard Seals

07 January 2015 | 65 15'S:64 16'W, Antarctic Peninsual
by Jeff
We have moved south to the Vernadsky research station (Ukraine) at latitude 65d 15m south, about 75 miles short of the Antarctic circle. The sea ice conditions are becoming more concentrated, and we often maneuver and plow through ice fields pushing small and occasional large blocks out of the way, especially in the Lemaire Channel, a narrow passage that funnels and traps large bergs. A fiberglass boat here would be flotsam in minutes! This will likely be our most southerly point of the journey, the ice conditions preventing much more southing. The sculpture and colors of the ice is incredible. We have seen perhaps 20 leopard seals, a sleek and spotted large seal with a toothy jaw that holds the top spot of the food chain short of the orca whale, usually napping on a small ice floe. We have walked through dense gentoo penguin colonies, where couples tend to their rock nests and incubate their one or two eggs, taking turns jumping into the sea to feed. Yesterday the win d moderated enough to launch the kayaks, which allowed us the opportunity to get even closer to the wildlife. The water is so clear we saw penguins swimming and diving deep in search of the small krill, the primary food source of the Antarctic. This morning we sat in the dinghy still strapped to the top deck and watched groups of twenty gentoo penguins feeding, their playful arcs sploshing and rippling the water's mirror surface, while the sun warmed our backs. Tonight we expect to anchor in a place suitable for camping. The temperatures hover around freezing, and it can be very cold on deck while underway, but that's where the action is. We're having a blast!
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

S/V Hekla

Who: Jeff Lebesch, Zia Zybko
Port: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
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