Sun 08/01-2012 Day 132

Puerto Williams Port Captain Teniente Vasquez (left), Navy Commander of the District naval Beagle, Marco Arellano Lawrence

Pos: here
Loc: Puerto Williams
Acc: Miguel’s Hostel Yagan
Dist: 19,5 km
Start: 05:25 End: 09:05

The sleep from last night 8 pm did so well for me!!! I really needed it.

It’s my partner’s birthday today! Happy birthday, Peter, my darling! 41…I afford meanwhile to have a younger man :-))…
I appreciate everything you are helping me with on my trip from the distance, without your knowledge this website with all the tables, maps and connections wouldn’t run so smooth, and my background logistics wouldn’t either. Thanks for being there for me, practically and mentally on the phone almost daily!

The last 19,5 km back to Puerto Williams on my Cape Horn loop I paddled in almost no wind and calm seas this early morning, with a beautiful view on the snow capped glacier mountains. A beautiful preview to the fjord land scenery!

I arrived an hour earlier than I was estimating on talking to the two Navy officers yesterday, but I was awake quite early after an early bedtime and needed to go! I calmly paddled into the port, on early Sunday morning only a bunch of fishermen on a boat were greeting me with some shouting and pulling the ship horn. Thanks, guys!

It felt good to know this extra loop around Cape Horn is successfully done now, and I can move on to some easier tasks!

A big “MUCHAS GRACIAS” to the Chilean Navy for taking such good care of me on this section! I appreciated the presence and help, though I must admit on some easier sections I’d rather have loved to paddle by myself…but all events of the last two weeks showed it may be quite useful to have sometimes a backup sitting somewhere…and it was not taken for granted that I got that special VIP-service…all the same, a Cape Horn trip is really not advisable for *any* kayaker…just stay in safer waters, guys! Or you may risk your life.

“Muchas Gracias” especially to Port Captain Teniente Vasquez and his team in the base in Puerto Williams, to Navy officer Gaston Lopéz, his wife Jessica and his family in the Navy station in Puerto Toro, to Navy officer Ivan Cadiz, his wife Paula and his family in the Navy station on Isla Hornos, and to Navy officer Cristian Ramirez, his wife Pamela and his family in the Navy station on Isla Wollaston!

I’m glad I’m safe and sound back to Puerto Williams, as probably the Navy and everyone else is, too. I’m having a meeting with Puerto Williams Navy Commander Arellano and Port Captain Teniente Vasquez tomorrow to reflect on the trip, and then I can continue paddling – first back to Argentina for a few days in Ushuaia, and then I’ll go up further north,reaching the next Chilean city, Punta Arenas!

I may arrive in Ushuaia Tuesday around noon, I assume. I’ll give note on my blog how far and fast I’ll be going on Monday after the meeting!

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Jörg Hofferbert

Yes congratulation to Peter too – additional. The great compliment from Freya is legitimate. Thank you for your support, to make this adventure from Freya public.

Congrats on a significant milestone in your journey, Freya! Duane S posted on QajaqUSA about your achievement and I am very glad you made it unscathed!

So – is Africa next? 🙂


Meike Michalik

ein grosses tillykke mit der Umrundung des cabo de Hornos. Es war ein Wagnis aber du hast es geschafft. Freya du bist zu Recht die Königin des Meeres, eine Ikone des Sportes. Wir können alle viel von dir lernen. Nun wird hoffentlich die wunderschöne Natur beeindrucken und ich hoffe,dass das Wetter dir die besten Bedingungen gibt, damit du die Landschaft aus vollen Zügen geniessen kannst.
tillykke, herzlichen Glückwunsch und felicidades 🙂

oooh dear freya! .. congratulations .. everything is so incredible but true. .. in spite of several drawbacks have been able to finish this stage by yaganes.antiguamente difficult waters in their canoes they sailed today is a very modern kayaking to all a super experience many things to say, I will try to send photos of your departure from Cape Horn, as always I leave you a giant hug many greetings, good luck!, rest when you can, and go shoping in Usuhaia:)
pd: birthday greetings for your child (teen complicated, you know)
ps: you know that it will be another adventure, this catamaran sailing round the world!

Frances Price

Don’t worry about losing your blog audience now that you’re around and away from the cape, Freya. Your descriptive language and highly enjoyable observations are much too good to miss.



Fiona Fraser

Well done Freya, what an extraordinary women and a great inspiration. Thanks for sharing your story with us. Kia Kaha

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