Thank You! – Muchas Gracias!

My lovely hosts in Valparaiso/ Vina del Mar Ignacia and Cristian

I like to thank the following people and institutions for their help, support and friendliness on my first leg of my circumnavigation of South America, in kind of the order they “appeared”.

Please, please forgive me if I forgot to mention YOU and please send me a quick note so I can to add you to this maybe incomplete list!


online and at home:

– my partner Peter Unold in Denmark for setting up all online stuff, maintaining a great website, helping me patiently with all IT questions and to be on the phone and in my heart every day for mental support.

– Karel Vissel in Israel for sending my the weather forecast every day

– my shop managers Ilona Sierks with her husband Udo, and Andrea Höhn, with all my many employees in Husum for keeping my ice cream shops and X-mas market running smoothly while I am away

– my son Helge Hoffmeister and his father Werner Würger for keeping my house and cars in a good shape

– all my online readers and followers for sending me motivational comments and greetings

– all journalists and press people doing a great job on public relations


my sponsors:

THULE Sweden and South America for financial and logistic support and providing my car with great roof racks

epic kayaks for giving me the 18x sport expedition kayaks and the full carbon small mid wing paddles

Kokatat for giving me the expedition dry suit, Ronin PFD, Tec Tour paddling jackets, Gore Tex pullover and surfskin pants for this trip

Hilleberg for giving me Allak and Staika tents

Global Marine Networks for giving me the Iridium Motorola 9555 satellite phone and their x-gate satellite email service for posting my updates in the field

ACR for giving me the SAR link view PLB – just in case…

ICOM Europe for giving me the M23 VHF radio

Brunton for giving me a solor panel

– Current Designs, with their brands MSR, Thermarest and Seal Line for giving me a great range of expedition gear. Please check out the links!

Aquapac for giving me a great range of dry cases for my electroncis

Snapdragon Design for giving me a range of spray decks, cockpit covers and back rest

Bluewater Kayak Works for installing an electrical pump in my kayaks

Native Eyewear for giving me some pairs of Nano 2 sunglasses

North Water for giving me a range of their great gear

Skwoosh for giving me a bunch of great gel seat cushions

Immersion Research for giving me some fleece pants and shirts

TEVA for giving me a range of sandals and sport shoes

Nigel Foster Designs for giving me the spare paddle bags

– YAK Paddling gear for giving me the Open Palm Mitts

Blue Bandoo for giving me the great cooling visors I use ever since

Sport Zölzer for giving me a bunch of socks, boats and things

Franklin for giving me a Spanish translator



– Alejandro Daniel Carranza (RIP) for organizing simply *everything* in Argentine!

– his wife Virginia Anton Crespi for her logistic help

– Juan Pablo Dacyszyn and all people on the trip to the Esteros del Ibera for giving me great company

– Ricardo from SDK Kajaks for assisting with kayak repairs

– Osvaldo, Jutta and Theo for their advice and help in the Cape Horn area

– Prefectura Naval Argentina, especially Nelson Castro Beignier for the permit process

– Juan Carlos Nisticio and Carla Balado from THULE Argentinia for organizing the lauch and logistics

– Dolores and Alberto for hosting me in Mar del Plata

– Santiago for helping me with logistics in Balneario Los Angeles

– Norberto for helping me with logistics in Balneario Los Angeles

– Susanna and all the locals for giving me a holiday apartment in Balneario Los Angeles

– The Prefectura in Bahia San Blas and the owner of the house I was staying in in his absence

– Roberto in Balneario El Condor for letting me stay in his holiday house and helping me with repairs and logistics

– my nice “incognito” assistants for helping me on the stupid carriage over Peninsula Valdez to avoid the permit stuff

– Ariel “Arito Pesca” for hosting me in Puerto Rason and Trelew

– Prefectura Naval Argentina in Camarones for hosting me

– Martin and his three fishermen friends for getting me off the beach and to Comodoro Rivadiva with my broken kayak

– All people from the Club Nautico in Rada Tilly for hosting me in Comodoro Rivadiva/ Rada Tilly

– Martin and Daniela for hosting me in Caleta Oliva

– Nicolasn and Ceasar at the light house at Cabo Blanco

– Marcus Oliva Day and his wife for organizing things in Puerto Deseado

– Prefectura Naval Argentina for hosting me in Puerto Deseado

– Prefectura Naval Argentina for hosting me in Puerto San Julian

– Prefectura Naval Argentina for hosting me in Puerto Punta Quillla

– Lisu, David and Pablo from the campsite in Monte Léon for looking after me

– The Prefectura Naval Argentina in Rio Gallegos to organize the pickup from the beach with my broken kayak

– Horatio and Mariela for hosting me in Rio Gallegos

– José Jaramillo in Rio Gallegos for organizing escort

– Fabian Leiva and the Club Nautico in Rio Grande to take care of me there

– The Prefectura Naval Argentina in Almanza and Ushuaia for otganizing my passport stuff and hosting me for a night

– Julieta from the Prefectura Naval Argentina in Ushuaia for taking special care of me

– Atilio and Eva for hosting and helping me in Ushuaia



– The Chilean Navy in Puerto Williams for helping me on the Cape Horn loop

– Miguel and his father from the Hostel Yagan for looking after me

– all the nice yachting people in the Micalvi Yacht Club for being great company around x-mas

– Cristian Donoso for giving me a lot of advice for paddling in Chile

– The Chilean Navy with Ivan and Paula hosting me at Isla Hornos

– The Chilean Navy with Cristian and Pamela, hosting me at Isla Wollaston

– The Chilean Navy with Gaston and Jessica hosting me at Puerto Toro

– The Chilean Navy with José and Nancy hosting me at Timbales

– Kiko from Punta Arenas for helping a lot in Chile and organizing my hosts

– Ricardo and Eli hosting me in Punta Arenas

– all people in Puerto Eden helping me along

– The Chilean Navy with José and his crew hosting me at Isla San Pedro

– Andres Ergas with his friends and staff hosting me on the “NOMADS of THE SEAS”

– Meike Michalik online from Denmark with her mother Helga, brother Jörg and Sally at the “Restaurant Kiel” in Puerto Montt hosting and helping me

– Cecilio for looking after me in Caleta Quedal

– Gina and Harald for hosting me in Quidico

– The fishermen at Quidico for landing and launching me through the surf

– The Chilean Navy in Lebu for hosting and escorting me through the night

– Jeimy for hosting me in San Pedro/ Talcahuano/ Conception area

– The Chilean Navy Talcahuano for looking after my kayak one night in Caleta Lenga

– The four guards from Pingueral letting me camp on the private beach

– The Chilean Navy for hosting me in Constitucion

– The fishermen in Constitucion for landing and launching me through the dangerous river mouth

– The fishermen in Caleta Duao for launching me through the surf

– The fishermen in Pichilemu for picking me up and landing me through the surf

– The Chilean Navy for hosting me in Pichilemu

– Rodrigo, Loreta and Mercedes for looking after me in San Antonio/ Santo Domingo/ Algarrobo

– The Chilean Navy in Algarrobo looking after my kayak one night

– The Chilean Navy in Valparaiso organizing a great reception

– Cristian and Ignacia for hosting and helping me in Valparaiso/ Vina del Mar/ Santiago

– Juan Paulo Ceron form Universal Kayaks Santiago for helping me on logistics and organisation

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Hola Freya, espero que estes muy bien .. te enviamos muchos saludos, Jessica, los niños y yó desde Puerto Toro, espero que todo salga bien como en la primera etapa y que encuentres muchas buenas personas las cuales te puedan apoyar en tu travesia. muchos cariños y estamos pendiente en ti… cuidate mucho.. FELICITACIONES POR TODO..!!!


Happy Birthday Freya!
Have a good one, from your friends Paul and Natasha in Auckland New Zealand. Easy to remember your birthday – same as Paul’s!

Randy Fine

With the Epic boat and Epic behind you and your preveous goals I know you will get this done.

Udo Beier

Hello Freya!

thank you for your blog-entries from 30th of August 2011 till 2nd of May 2012. Form day to day your blog get more and more exciting.

I am sorry that you alread arrived in Valparaiso! Why? Well, since the 3rd of May I have no longer an excuse to sit early in the morning infront of my personal computer … at once I must help again my wife in the kitchen. 😉

Till Wednesday in Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel: Udo Beier


Beautifully done Freya!
Appreciative leadership.
Carry on,
More love,


Thank You Freya for letting us, your blog readers, follow your exciting adventure through your faithful daily updates. Congratulations on completing section 1, and looking forward to the next two sections and to the completion of your expedition around South America. Way to go!

Fabian Leiva

Freya en nombre mio y del club nautico Ioshlelk Oten gracias a vos y felicitaciones por lo realizado!!!!!

hugo del campo

hola freya un agrado ver tu llegada a valparaiso en forma triunfal,espero que en tu segunda etapa podamos remar como escolta en parte de tu trayectoria ,sera un agrado eres un ejemplo para muchos.muchos saludos. atte. hugo

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