Day 317, Monday, 30.11.2009


This morning I *had* to go, though the headwinds smelled still strong. But I can’t wait forever for ideal conditions! Bill drove me to the launching beach, where we woke a guy sleeping in his car.


I was quickly packed, and ready to go. I took water for three days, as I was simply too lazy and tired at night to go and look for fresh water on the local houses. They may have people there, they may not, it may be a long walk, and I rather carried a bit than having the pressure to find water. Three more days with a fully loaded boat! I was really looking forward to meet Greg again, not only to get rid of the crab in my boat!


The sea was still rough and lumpy, but luckily it eased down a bit towards the middle of the crossing. The wind came down from 20 kn as well, and for half an hour there was almost no wind! I was hoping it would stay like that, but the afternoon sea breeze was reliable coming up with 15kn headwinds again…


I was aiming for Cape Cassini via GPS, but it was easy visible from the distance with some white hills. Only on Kangaroo island, I noticed those white hills are no huge sand dunes any more, but hills covered with light yellow grass. Has it been changing before already? On Cable Beach, there were no sand dunes as well, and the two nights before I stayed on islands with sandy beaches, but no dunes. I can’t even tell where I saw the last high sand dunes! Fishery Bay?


Eventually I was closing up to Kangaroo island’s shoreline, and I noticed Cape Cassini had some houses, but the beaches were covered with big boulders. I couldn’t see any landing right on the cape, but decided to paddle a bit further along to the east. For one, it was a nice, calm night in the northern lee of Kangaroo island, and I liked to keep the next day with crossing Backstairs Passage to Cape Jervis as short as possible.


I paddled smoothly along mostly big boulder beaches on dead flat water, but noticed a few obviously man made cut outs with boats stored on the shore, obviously the local launching spots. But I decided I’ll keep on going until the next obvious bay, Dashwood Bay on my map. I was passing a bunch of feeding dolphins, lovely to look at in the low sun!


Turning around the last small headland, I saw only another long boulder beach, but it had eventually a sandy area to land on. A small motorboat was sitting on a trailer with a tractor on the grass, and I I discovered a house up the hill. It had a car upfront, so obviously there were people in it tonight! But I was only happy to put up camp as quickly as possible, as dusk was nearing fast and I was no doubt tired from 14 hrs of mostly strong headwind paddling.


Camp was set on grass, right behind the trailer with the tractor, a bit hidden from the house. Nice to get off the sand camping at least for that night!


Text message from Freay via satellite phone:

35.35 137.23, Dashwood Bay. 55 km, 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. There was everything between 10- and 20-knot headwinds all day. No swell on the sheltered north side of the island.

13 comments on “Day 317, Monday, 30.11.2009


Thanks Chuck. Unfortunately for me won’t be going quite as far as Victor Harbor, but depending on Freya’s rest days, I may sight her once she passes the Coorong.

Chuck H.

John Simmons & Gayle: On the off chance that you missed the announcement (between the Nov. 23 and Nov. 24 entries in Freya’s blog), she will be giving a talk and taking questions at Victor Harbor Yacht Club on Dec 3rd at 7.30 pm. That explains the “ominous” terminology cited by John. If Gayle’s travels bring her to the Victor Harbor area and she can make the session, she’d likely get more than a glimpse.

Hi Freya, just wanted to say you are doing a fantastic job, well done. You are an inspiration to sea-kayakers & adventurers world wide. Cheers,



Eagerly awaiting update, as I calculate I will be travelling close to where you are on Sunday, and would love to catch a glimpse of you somewhere. Even to see you as a speck on the horizon would be inspirational.


So proud of you!

Finishing strong is best.
Finishing weak is not so bad.
Finishing safely means finishing, period.
After all, it is finishing that counts.
So be strong, (or be weak) but above all be safe, and finish.

Hallo Freya,

wir verfolgen fast jeden Tag dein Vorwärtskommen. Du machst einen riesigen Job, den kaum einer hier drüben in Deutschland richtig einschätzen kann. Wir drücken Dir weiter die Daumen und weiter viel, viel Glück. Du wirst es schaffen!!!!

Alle vom Aquapac-Team


GO Freya! Remember close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. I am looking forward to the successful finish! I know you have been visualizing this reality, and through you positivity and perseverance, you are reaching your goal. Amazing woman! Inspiration! Paddle on!

You are doing really well Freya! We are now all sitting on our sofas assuming you will do it, while you must still keep working and being safe! Such is life!! Good luck for the last leg.

See if you can swing past the southern side of Granite Island (in the bay at Victa). There’s a colony of Fairy Penguins there you might be lucky enough to see. Also Victa Harbour is known for big gliding stingrays, they’re also really beautiful. 🙂

hi freya huge distance covered 29 30 11 well done after victor do you intend to paddle through the murray mouth in to the coorong you may need someone to guide you in as from the sea the mouth will be difficult to seelooking forward to meeting you in victor i have space at my house if your not already ok phil dingsdale

Wow! You’re doin’ it,…and your enthusiasm hasn’t faded in the least. Amazing show of intestinal fortitude. You must be mentally fit.
Proud of you.

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