Sat 31/12-2011 Day 124

An endless big surf was rolling on the rocky beack - watch the back surge width!

Pos: here
Loc: Isla Deceit
Acc: tent
Dist: 0 km

The weather calmed down today to a 20 kn west wind so far, the seas are going down from horrible 4-5 m crashing on my beach to now maybe 3-4 m, but by now 5.30 pm it is still too dangerous to launch, though I could paddle. This is torture. I was checking different corners of this rocky beach, but from none of them is safe to launch yet.

But there is still a chance tomorrow very early morning, around 4 am, if the sea will calm down even more as I have seen it already on Thursday…I should have gone that day, even with the risk of a leaking boat…

I’ll check the sea state continuously until 8-9 pm today, when I should be latest on the water to reach at least Isla Herschel.

I’m not sure yet if I’m in the mood to cross over to Isla Hornos and not to leave out the circumnavigation of that famed island…the safe way is to paddle to isla Herschel into the lee of the islands, and to take the so far still great weather window on Tuesday (again a Tuesday…) too head back across to the safety of the Isla Navarino. Or I could take that great Tuesday to paddle around Isla Hornos…or at least, to get off this beach, if tomorrow it is still not low enough sea to launch safely.

View uphill from my tent...the constant threatening of falling rock or a completet landslide was there

The stay here on this coast which actually saved my ass is torture, as it is somehow a trap. Rocks could fall down on my head any time (NO!!!), and a walk out is not possible, not to talk about a safe landing for a rescue boat. If they could land safely, I could also launch safely.

Big noisy surf all day...

As long as I’m having enough food I am all right. I may stop updating longer to save battery on my sat phone. I’m in the first third of my second battery of three now.

I even found a tad big larger stream of fresh water a bit further to the other side. Just this nerve wracking, crashing, horrible, rolling surf on the beach…every 10 sec a noise like thunder. But that last Thursday showed it is possible to be different.

Patience, Freya…and keep your nerves about the safe launch…I have only one chance.

Ah, yes, HAPPY NEW YEAR! :-)(

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Freya, I have to offer, a wooden paddle 217, and another with 203 carbon. are at your disposal in Ushuaia, and I’m also out of Ushuaia to Cape Horn on the 14th of January, 15 would be in Toro Pto and 16 in Caleta Martial. If these dates, you’re still in the southern islands, I can take what you need. To take into account future.
Cape Horn will be friendly!
Happy new year

Happy New Year Freya. The waiting game is the toughest of all, as they say in the Arctic – ‘there are old pilots & there are bold pilots – but – there are no old bold pilots’

Pete Hohmann

Happy New Year. Thanks for taking the time to update your status during this journey. You are in our thoughts. We know you can do it!

Chuck H.

Patience and perseverance under torture is a rare virtue, and I know you’ve got it. When the time comes, you’ll make the right decision, and see it through to success. In the meantime, save those batteries. From the safety of our homes, we can get by on an occasional “update without headline”, just enough to know you’re safe. Full reports should wait until you get somewhere to recharge, restock and make lasting repairs to your boat.

All best wishes, and Happy New Year!

Wolfgang Runge

Liebe Freya
happy new year – und ich drücke alle Daumen, dass es so klappt, wie du es wünschst. Es ist wahnsinnig, was du mit einem kaputten Boot schon erreicht hast.

Manolo de Libres

Freya I am following your trip around southamerica. I think your are in the most dangerous part of it. You are alone now, but thousands of people are with you and pending that you reach the target. Your success will be ours too. So be careful, don´t get anxious, keep calm and wait your opportunity. Happy new year.


The aim is to navigate around South America.

The south end of South America is Cape Froward.

I know Kaap Hoorn is an attractive jewel for your crown but it is not critical to getting around South America.

You can always come back to the Hoorn when you have a kayak in good repair. Tough decision but I think returning to Isla Navarino is the less risky way to go unless you are SURE of your repairs.

I will be thinking about you on Isla Deceit and your inspiring trip when I hoist a glass this New Years Eve.


Freya be patient, do not rush things when you are sure to talk with Peter zarpa.Hoy everything is ready … there’s a parcel for you in P. Williams.
Happy New Year!!

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