Tue 30/08-2011 Day 1

All flags of all 12 countries

Pos: here

Loc: Quilmes Yachtclub
Acc: tent
Dist: 20km
Start: 13:30 End: 16:30

Great launchparty! Plenty of press people and VIP’s around a nice catering buffet in the Puerto Madreo yachtclub. I could greet the representative of the City of Buenos Aires, the German embassy, the Prefectura Naval Argentina, from my sponsor THULE and lot’s of kayaking friends.Thanks to THULE for organizing the party!

Sticking the Argentinian flag on my kayak
My Argentinan THULE supporters - Carla Balado and Juan Carlos Nistico
With Michael Kratz, Kulturreferent and representative of the German Embassy in Argentina
With Nelson Castro Beignier - responsible for me at the Prefectura Naval Argentina
Virginia and Alejandro, my local hosts in Buenos Aires
Theo - the one and only man who was allowed to put his bum in my first kayak... 🙂
The kayaking representatives on the launch party
Tata, Argentinian kayaking legend, got my last signed poster I brought with me

I did a presentation of my trip, and had to answer lots of questions, special interviews, 100dreds of photos from about constantly 20 cameras clicking…well, business as usual.

Alejandro Daniel Carranza was translating my talk

But honestly, I was eventually very happy to get away from all the buzz not only today and to be on the water!

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The press crowd on the dock

It was a bright sunny day, a nice breeze from right behind was pushing us along. I got escorted the first day by my host Alejandro who enjoyed very much paddling my spare epic 18x sport kayak, and by our friend Juan Pablo in an SDK boat. Thanks for being with me the first day, guys!

And for sure the Prefectura Naval Argentina sent two zodiacs and two jetskis to escort us out of the harbor area. Quite an honor! 🙂

Two jetskis and two zodiacs, 8 men's escort
The Prefectura escort on the launch

We were planning to camp together the first night in the Quilmes Yachtclub, a mere 20 km of paddling away for that short afternoon. Unfortunately Juan Pablo got a work call, and Alejandro’s wife Virginia had to pick them up early this night already.

But as I am not feeling very wel all dayl, being coughing quite a bit the last days from way too much talking, not enough sleep and maybe too much wine as well, I am feeling now being back to the trip routine by myself and to get an early rest is the best medicine to feel better.

I am very sure there will be soon somewhere 100dreds of pictures out online from the launch party, as I’m sorry but I won’t send pics via the sat phone internet connetcion.

Let’s hope my sponsor THULE or anyone else may put a link in a comment to a nice launch pictures gallery! There was an “official” photographer as well as TV and plenty “unofficial” and press people with cameras. Please upload pics for everyone! Thanks.

Going to sleep now, will feel much better tomorrow, I’m sure!

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As always, Freya, your friends in Newfoundland send their best wishes and good thoughts. Godspeed, fair winds, and take care out there…

Don Hebel

Dearest Freya,
You are a beautful creation and siren of the sea…God be with you and give you courage and use of your evident talents as you do this improbable journey. Also keep an inner humility and stay safe and alive.

If you´d like to have a look at some pictures of Freya´s launching:www.polarwind-yacht.com “fotos”.
Freya, danke, dass wir bei deiner Abschiedsparty dabei sein durften. Es war toll! Ganz viel Glück für dich! Wir sehen uns auf Feuerland!
Jutta, Osvaldo & THEO von der SY POLARWIND

Dear Freya. It’s been a real pleasure to meet you at the Yacht Club Puerto Madero and an honor that we’ve allowed to be your headquarters starting your odyssey to the South American continent.

From the Yacht Club Puerto Madero sent you a big hug and encouragement.

See you in 2014!

Alejandro Capalozza
Marketing Manager
Yacht Club Puerto Madero


Good all, Freya! and take care! Bee always happy!
That the gods are propitious to you! meetings always beautiful, solidarity, brotherhood!
Water is your friend! and also sky.

Gute reise!

Here in South of Brazil we are looking your progress and sending a very good trip. Hope do you have a nice start. We’re waiting to paddle with you here in Brazil in the final leg!
Best wishes,
Leonardo Esch.

Meike Michalik

Hoffe, du konntest gut schlafen. Wünsche Dir schöne Paddeltage und das Du gut voran kommst. Bin gespannt auf Deine Berichte
liebe Grüsse Meike

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