Volume 15 Issue 6

June 2015

June Paddler
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31/05/15 Major dates for Club events – for more detail check the online Club Calendar…….

6 -7 June 2015

Liverpool International Canoe Polo Tournament (We will be entering Ladies, Junior and fun teams) Contact website@liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk if interested

14  June  2015

BCU Lifeguards Swim Event Safety Award (SESA) - Tutor Ian Bell & Keith S

19-21 June 2015

Anglesey Weekend 2 (Pen-y-Bont Farm, 4 Mile Bridge)    Coordinator Keith S

26 June – 6th July 2015

Lofoten Island Sea Kayak trip (Norway)    Coordinator Andrew Garland

5 July 2015

Hilbre Island Sea Kayak Race & Club BBQ Clubs major annual Sea Kayaking Event.  Click for more.........

10-12 July 2015

Anglesey Weekend 3 (Bodfan Farm, Rhosneigr)    Coordinator Jenny Brown

26 July 2015

Liverpool Triathlon Volunteers for Safety Kayakers and bank team required

17 July–2 August 2015

Alpine Paddling Holiday Week 1 Bovec, Slovenia, Week 2 Briancon, France.  Coordinator Keith S

25-27 September 2015

Anglesey Weekend 4 (Outdoor Alternative Rhoscolyn)    Coordinator Peter Massey

13-20 February 2016

Skiing and Snowboarding trip - France.  Coordinator Pete Thomas

 

31/05/15 Mays “Photo of the Month” Competition

 

Liverpool Canoe Club Photo Competition Winners


Congratulations to Peter Thomas for his winning photo:

“José Santos paddling the club Delphin near Shuna Island (Scottish Easter Weekend)”

 

Runner up José Santos:

“Peter getting afloat near Easedale”

Runner up  Peter Thomas:

“White Water Rescue Course with Fluid Combinations”

Not found your photograph ? – see all the entries for this month………..


Criteria for the photo of the month competition…. 25 % Quality and sharpness of the photograph, 25% Quirkiness and framing of the subject,
25% Diversity of the subject material (ie not all one discipline), 25% has LCC logo or clothing in the shot.
Vote now for your favourite photo in the June Competition……

 

30/05/15 RNLI Duck Race in Princes Dock - Sunday 24th Sunday

After meeting up at the marina 16 of us set off for Princess Dock.  Chloe Shore from the RNLI had organised parking for us all in the staff car park to unload boats then into the multi storey.  Getting the various boats across and onto the lock for access to the water was handled well by everyone and we were soon all on the water.  No one has paddled this dock before so a bit of exploring was done. 

A test of the flow of the water was done by dropping one of the ducks in from the bridge and seeing how long it would take for the duck to pass the winning line 25 meters away.  2 minutes was all so the winning line was pushed back further to 75 meters.  Just after midday 1500 ducks were dropped into the water and the race was on.  Quite a few drifted towards the side of the dock and had to be helped back out into the open.  These ducks can actually roll back up to an upright position.  Sue was at the winning line to pick out the winner whilst I picked up 2nd and 3rd.  The race now over, we spent the next 20 minutes picking up the rest of the ducks.  We had to be off the water at 1pm.  Thanks to all who turned up for what was an unusual but enjoyable Sunday paddle.

Tony Doyle   More photos…….

Paddlers: John, Matthew, Bob, Sue, Irene, Phil, Nathan, Paul, Conner, Matthew, Julie, John, Brian, Ian, Adam.

 

30/05/15 Mersey on Slack – Friday 22nd May

On what’s turning out to be typical conditions for this May, three of us met up one slack Friday lunchtime for a grey, breezy paddle on the mighty Mersey.

We were changed and were almost ready to get on the water at New Brighton when I heard the roar of a powerful couple of motorbikes behind me; it was Karl Tattum and his mate who had been slacking in a New Brighton cafe when they spotted our boats on the top of the car. With a glint in his eye, Karl said they were looking for 3 Queens so Martin, being a local lad and a man of the world, gave them a few names and phone numbers and sent them on their way to enjoy some of the darker pleasures of the resort!

We got on the water on the north beach with a big tide well into the flood. The overfalls there rivalled Penrhyn Mawer and looked angry close to the concrete groin. We skirted the biggest of them but still ended up in some very lively and
fast moving water with confused haystacks being thrown up at us from any which way. Before too long we were in easier water and being carried along quickly by the tide. We had to keep our eyes skinned for semi-submerged mooring buoys as we flew passed the Wallasey Yacht Club boats. Everything was happening fast but our speed was only apparent whenever we looked at transits along the shoreline or whenever we got close to buoys.

Listening to Mersey Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) on channel 12, it was obvious that the river was about to get very busy so we notified them of our presence and kept our eyes open for the numerous ship movements happening all around us. It got very busy when we were close to the river gates of Cammell Laird where we had to wait in a convenient eddy for a couple of tugs to manoeuvre some problem tows against the fast tide. Glancing over to Liverpool Pier Head we could see a big white cruise liner alongside. The 3 Queens were due into Liverpool later on in the weekend for the Cunard celebrations and I’m sure they would dwarf the ship that was already there. Presumably it skedaddled well before the Queens came into the river.

We were well into the Eastham channel before the tide began to slacken so we took the early ebb close to the Wirral shore and headed for home. All three of us had musical dates elsewhere for the bank holiday weekend so we were grateful of the fast return to New Brighton as the ebb tide grew stronger.

The Mersey is a fascinating place but its fast flowing and complex waters make it a place that demands care and respect.

Paddlers: Martin McCoy, Carole and Pete Thomas
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30/05/15 Liverpool Canoe Club helping with the RNLI Duck Race - Sunday 24th Sunday

The RNLI duck race was supported on the water by a number of club members on Sunday.   A fun charity event for the RNLI at Princes Dock. Prizes for the first three ducks home.  This coincided with the three Cunard "Queens" visiting Liverpool on 24th/25th May 2015. The Queen Mary 2 can just be seen Berthed at the Liner terminal in the River Mersey.

 

I think the idea had been to make sure that the “Ducks”, actually mini lifeboats with ducks in them, moved in the required direction down Princes dock.  It had originally been thought that a 25 metre course would suffice, but a trial run with one duck showed that a longer course would be needed.

 

The ducks were unceremoniously launched from the “Whalebone Bridge” and assisted / shepherded to the finishing line, and beyond!!!!! By enthusiastic paddlers.

 

They were launched from two points on the bridge so that there were  East and a West side groups.

The East side were sheltered from the wind and seemed to need plenty of assistance, but the West side group seemed to be seeking shelter under the walkways.  Sue and Tony were at the finishing line to scoop up the First, Second and Third Duck home.

 

The day gave us a chance to paddle on an area that would normally not be available. It also gave us a chance to return, in very small measure, something to a magnificent organisation.

 

Bob Hamilton  https://youtu.be/8bQB07C_g-Y

 

19/05/15 Anglesey Weekend No 1 - Tyn Rhos campsite at Trearddur Bay

 

We had nearly 70 people attend the weekend with activities at 4 mile bridge, paddling on the Inland Sea and Cymyran Straits; Sea kayaking at Moelfre (3 Star Sea Assessment) and on the Menai Straits.  People also enjoyed the surf at Trearddur Bay and Rhosneigr.

 

Saturday 4 Mile Bridge

 

Early in the morning we headed down to the tide race at four mile bridge.  Here we had great fun using the many different types of canoe and kayak.  Peter and Jake had even brought the clubs SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boards).  We paddled through the bridge several times falling in as the white water hit us.  It was a sunny day but the water was still a little cold but it did not stop us having fun.

 

Full Reports to follow…….Nicole Pyper.    More Photos…..

 

Saturday Menai Straits

 

A group of sea kayakers headed off for the Straits which would have the tides running strong through the notorious “Swellies”.  They put in at Beaumaris and paddled down past Bangor and through the two bridges.

Ade encouraged the others to break out behind the Swellies Rock post, this had to be a precise manoeuvre in the fast flowing water.  The strong gusty winds made the paddle a little challenging but at least the sun shone all day.

 

Paddlers: Pete Thomas,  Jonathan Maddock, Adrian Mould, Craig Fairclough, Dave Blake, Julian Davies, Geoff Widders, Amy Goolden.

 

Full Reports to follow……. Amy Goolden     More Photos…..

 

Saturday 3 Star Sea Assessment

 

Six candidates had put themselves forward for assessment.  There were strong westerly winds forecast (force 4-5 gusting 6) so we needed to find somewhere sheltered.  Candidates were asked to plan a suitable trip and most came up with reasonable suggestions.  We did not really want to go to the Menai Straits as this was a common bad weather option.  Holyhead bay was considered, along with the Inland Sea but in the end we headed for the NE coast near Moelfre where the cliffs would shelter us from the wind.  We met at Treath Bychan near the sailing club and café.  This is a great little beach to put in with a large car park 70m up the road from the slipway. 

 

After an introduction we got on the water and headed south following every knick and cranny towards Benllech.  Boat manoeuvring skills were tested between the many rocks together with some support and ruddering tasks.  We landed through some small surf at Benllech for elevenses before heading back north and a difficult landing onto a rock shelf.  Towing skills were tested for real when we came across a small metal fishing boat that was being blown out to sea by the strong winds despite attempts by its occupants to paddle against the wind (its small outboard motor did not seem to work).

 

As we moved into Moelfre bay a tight figure 8 course tested the candidates manoeuvrability and edge control.  After a short break on the stoney beach we returned to the water for rolling, deep water and Eskimo Rescues.

 More Photos…..

 

 

 

Karl surfing at Trearddur Bay on Friday evening

 

Heading down the Menai Staits and the Swellies!

 

Sophie pearl-diving on a large wave at Rhosneigr.

 



19/05/15 Congratulations to Craig and Emma Ellingham

 

I've just received these from Craig who has given his permission to put on the website.  Aren't they lovely!  What a dress!  Julie Brookes

 

Mr Craig & Mrs Emma Ellingham

 

The very happy couple!

 

Lovely Emma in her gorgeous wedding dress and a very smart Craig

 

 

 

18/05/15 Junior Club and Youth Paddling Opportunities

Every Tuesday evening and Saturday morning during the Summer Junior Club is held for younger members at the Docks. You do not need to book or have any of your own equipment.  We always provide a BCU coach and other experienced paddlers to run the session.  Juniors aged 8 and upwards are always welcomed (younger if parents are experienced paddlers and can supervise them).  If you have children younger than 8 it is better to start them paddling in our warm junior pool session at Broadgreen School (October to April)

Parents can either paddle with the juniors, form a group of their own provided they are experienced paddlers able to rescue each other or not paddle at all and wait at the Marina (Coffee bar and restaurant).  Competent paddlers can paddle on a Tuesday as well but please organise yourselves into a competent group and follow the usual dock guidelines.

 

Junior Club - Tuesdays 6:30pm - 8:30pm at the Marina

Run by Steve Bond and Chris Murphy

     

 

Junior Club - Saturday morning session at the Marina 10:00am  – 12:30pm

Run by Richie Burgess and Peter Stone

  

 

We also have a junior camp on Anglesey based at Bodfan Farm on the Inland Sea next to 4 mile bridge.  All juniors and family welcome

20th – 21st June

http://www.liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk/members/Club%20Trips/Anglesey%20Weekend%204%20Bodfan%20Farm/

 

Limited to 35 places please book via the booking page.

https://v1.bookwhen.com/t4us5/201506190000/haf

 

Juniors can and do paddle with their parents during other club events / activities but must be able to cope with the prevailing conditions.  Please note there will be no cover for them and sole responsibility lies with the supervising parents.

 

10/05/15 Congratulations to Craig Ellingham who is marrying Emma next Saturday

 

These were taken today as the Liverpool Canoe Club 'Guard of Honour' for Craig Ellingham who is marrying the lovely Emma next Saturday.  Congratulations for the day from us all.

 

 

Craig doing his "Queen Victoria" impersonation!  Get that tiara!

 

 

Craig - the blushing bride (groom)

 

 

Blushing Again - the lovely bride!

 

 

9/05/15 Liverpool Canoe Club May Photo of the Month - Please vote for your favourite.

Please click here to vote……..

Criteria for the photo of the month competition…. 25 % Quality and sharpness of the photograph, 25% Quirkiness and framing of the subject,
25% Diversity of the subject material (ie not all one discipline), 25% has LCC logo or clothing in the shot.

Following last month successful “Photo of the Month Competition” where members voted for their favourite we have created an online poll for this month’s competition.

It takes less than one minute to click on your favourite and then vote at the bottom of the page.  There are 15 photos to choose from this month.

 

 

9/05/15 Pembrokeshire Bank Holiday Weekend - 4 days of growing surf: 1st to 4th May 2015


John Pegram`s YouTube Video….

 

This year we stayed at Newgale Camping Site, Wood Farm, Newgale, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6AS

From the campsite, you just cross the road and there it is – a mile long beach that is popular for surfing and the coastline towards St David’s offering rock arches and caves. If you like walking, you can take the Coastal Path north to Solva or south to Nolton Haven.  As you look out to sea from Newgale, you can see various islands including the nature reserves Skomer and Ramsey. A few hundred yards along from Newsurf you’ll find the Sands Cafe. It’s open nearly every day of the year for breakfasts, lunch and tea.


More information……..    

        

 

Friday 1st May

 

I arrived late Thursday night after a pleasant drive. When I woke up Friday morning it was rather nice, no rain anyway! Curly and Julian went off in search of a cooked breakfast, while Jose and I decided to go out on our bikes for a couple of hours.

 

We headed South along the coastal road, which I soon found out was extremely hilly – this was to be the flavour of the day…….

 

We passed through Nolton Haven, onto Broad Haven and then had a brief stop at Little Haven – a gorgeous little bay with strikingly multi coloured buildings. We cycled onto St Brides where we had something to eat in another beautiful spot. Dale was next where we dismounted and walked over the hills to look at Skomer. I then lost track of our route, but there was another little stop where we had an enormous piece of chocolate cake, well deserved of course!

 

We covered almost 41 miles and some of the scenery was truly spectacular, the hills were spectacularly steep too (I fell off once and had to walk the last hill!!) but I thoroughly enjoyed it. When we got back, a few were out in the surf, but I couldn’t find the energy to get changed and join them so I watched them with a cuppa in hand!

 

Friday afternoon and the first arrivals at the campsite were greeted by a gentle wave on the incoming tide, while the evening arrivals were greeted by  a flat looking high water lapping at the edge of the gravel barrier. However the surf forecast came true and tempted in boats of every kind – high performance surf kayaks, sea kayaks and play boats!      

 

Nicky Corbett                                                        More Photos….

Bike Ride revisited

 

Some of us arrived late on Thursday, and by the way spent a while trying to find the entrance to the campsite in total darkness after being directed to several different points by the slightly misleading postcode. Early in the morning, when the entrance looked blatantly obvious, we met for the usual greetings. Dave and Julian decided to start the holiday with a whole English breakfast in St Davids while Nikki and I took the continental version and went for a bike ride. We had missed the high tide and there wouldn’t be much surf until 6 pm.

 

Encouraged by Nikki’s plans to ride a C2C and her shiny hybrid I thoroughly planned a route using finger breadths over my car road map, mmm, about 5 hours! A picture on my tablet would act as improvised map during the ride.

And there we went, heading south towards Broad Haven and soon after Little Haven. A beautiful spot this Little Haven, with a small sandy beach, houses painted in varied colours, the air of a remote little fishing village, a pub where fish is properly cooked (I tried it last year) and an explanatory board where I bumped into somebody from work. May not be so remote at the end.

 

We kept going south towards the little harbour that hosts the ferry to Skomer. We walked to the cliffs to see the sound, pretty calm at that time, and the islands across. There was no sign of the abundant wildlife that populates them. Nevertheless, the video cameras in the visitor’s centre showed a very different picture, with dozens of puffins and some guillemots swimming peacefully in the sea. Fingers crossed, I thought we may be lucky enough, weather permitting, to paddle between those funny birds at some point over the long weekend.

 

We carried on south, exploring the coastline, towards the little village of Dale, another small fishing harbour. By then, I had started to notice that the expression “going for a bike ride” may actually have very different meanings for Nikki and me. This is the real beauty of languages. The sinuous route with flat areas interrupted by steep hills with up to 20% inclination where taking their toll on the legs.

 

We decided to ignore the original plan of cycling east towards the cycle path that connects New Haven with Milford Haven and took the most direct route back to Newgale.

 

And just on time to go paddling, at around 4 pm, we arrived back in our tents, after 65 Km and more than 1000 metres of accumulated ascent.  The kayak in the roof rack would have to wait better days…

Jose Santos                                                                                    More Photos….


Saturday 2nd May

Saturday morning saw a pre-breakfast group of surfers hit the water before a cooked breakie to warm up in St David’s. 

 

The second wave of surfers hit the water before lunch and the very dedicated returned for a second go that afternoon. A strong offshore wind made catching the waves very tiring. Each ride felt as if you were being blasted with a shower spry right in the face!

 

 

Sunday 3rd May

But after some sleep we were ready for action once again hitting the clean midday surf staying out till late afternoon. Tied arms were once again revived with a traditional all weather LCC BBQ.

 

More Photos….

 

Monday 4th May

                                                                                                 

Monday we were up to find some sun and monster clean sets coming ashore. The shallow beach provided something for everyone a huge break out back and a second inner break closer to the shore.  After a quick kit wash at the campsite and a bite of lunch the group set off north back home. 

 

Jenny Brown                       More Photos…….

 

Tuesday 5th May

For those that left Newgale before Tuesday, let me just say that the surf was breaking about 300 metres out from the shore this morning.(TUESDAY)

 

We had the luxury of accommodation in Solva for the weekend, so the inclement weather affected only our boating plans. We looked at Nolton Haven on Friday, but decided that it would be better on Saturday, Errrrr No. So we travelled around on Saturday/ Sunday / Monday trying to find somewhere that we would feel confident about doing on our own. Abercastle and Abereiddy seemed to offer the best shelter, but even there seemed to be getting more than the fair share of wind and surf. We did have our Little “Inazone” with us but somehow the thought of playing here on our own did not push the “GO” button.

Our only paddle ended up being Solva Harbour on the Ebb tide. It was fine for a gentle paddle, but even then we did not venture right out to the end as the water was smacking in goodo against the rocks the tide was going out fast and we had to do a bit of a Humphrey Bogart with the “African Queen” to get the boats out.

 

Bob Hamilton`s YouTube Video……

 

 

We went to the Harbour again this morning with the possible thought of getting in on High Water, but there was Surf breaking on the slip as the wind was howling right up the channel.

 

 We had an interesting conversation with the car park attendant, who is a bit of an “Elvis Impersonator” where he related a story that he had been told the previous day about some E-----y people enjoying themselves in Kayaks. Funnily enough we were out there at about that time, but it couldn’t possibly have been us.

 

We certainly visited some brilliant places to paddle and will return to try our luck again.

Many Thanks to Jenny for organising the weekend, I’m just sorry that we didn’t really get a chance to meet up properly. We had hoped the “Barby” would give us that opportunity.

The next Anglesey weekend will be our best chance for that.
Bob Hamilton                   More Photos….                                                                                                                 

 

Attendees: Jose Santos, Ian Bell, Don Brooks, Julian Davies, Dave Blake, Jenny Brown, Chris Thompson, Nicky Corbett, Keith S, Sara Bergqvist, john worswick, colin roberts, nathan roberts, Sarah Gille, Mark Steward, Vicky Steward, Debbie Hughes, Jan Albin, Brian Green, Peter Thomas, Caz Thomas, Sophie Steventon, john pegram, matthew pegram, Bob Hamilton, Sue Hamilton & Irene Jackson

 

9/05/15 Freya Hoffmeister completes epic paddle around South America.  After nearly four years, the 51-year-old German expedition kayaker has closed the loop

 

One of the greatest accomplishments in paddling history – the first solo circumnavigation of South America – was completed in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Friday, May 1, 2015, by German kayaker and endurance record holder Freya Hoffmeister, 51.

Successfully undertaking an expedition epic in scope, Hoffmeister departed Buenos Aires heading south on August 30, 2011. Paddling into port from the north four years later in her Point 65 FREYA 18-foot expedition kayak, Hoffmeister completed a voyage never before attempted, arriving with an escort from the Argentinian Coast Guard – Naval Prefecture Argentina and greeted by international fanfare. Hoffmeister’s four-year journey ended at the historic Argentine ship, Fregata Sarmiento, where she was welcomed by dignitaries as the Naval Prefecture Band played Puente de la Mujer.

 

Hoffmeister’s success in the southern hemisphere is just the latest in her series of unprecedented kayaking accomplishments, including the fastest kayak circumnavigation of Australia (and the first by a woman) and the fastest circumnavigation of New Zealand. Her harrowing Australian journey is chronicled in Joe Glickman’s Fearless: One Woman, One Kayak, One Continent.

 

Hoffmeister's four-year, largely solo journey was full of challenges. Paddling south from Buenos Aires on the Atlantic Ocean in 2011, Freya negotiated rough, windy waters and big tides along the Argentine shores, leaving the ”shortcut” options through the Magellan Strait or the Beagle Channel aside. Instead, she included the big rough southern island of Tierra del Fuego, and planned to paddle around Cape Horn at the Isla Hornos, the southernmost tip of South America. Surviving a dangerous odyssey in more than 60 knots wind and an emergency crash landing on an inhospitable rocky coast, Freya finally conquered on January 3, 2012, without any escort the world’s most infamous windy and rough cape.

 

Heading north again, she travelled through the beautiful, wild but also windy fjords and channels of Patagonia/ Chile and on the big waters of the Pacific coast. Freya ended the first stage of her historical first circumnavigation in Valparaiso/ Chile, having paddled challenging and exciting 7,641 kilometers in eight months. In between legs, she had planned beforehand to return to her home in Husum, Germany, to spend some time with her teenage son and to look after her two ice cream cafés and her Christmas shop.

 

Starting over again on August 25-2012, this time together with her partner and former paddling teacher Peter Unold and her own new “Freya” expedition kayak model, she headed north along the barren and mountainous Atacama desert on the rough and big seas of the coast of northern Chile and Peru. Both went home for a short Christmas break, full with impressions of a rich southern marine wildlife of many wales, penguins, dolphins and thousands of seals and birds of all kinds since her trip had started in Argentine.

 

Freya continued her trip by herself into the slaying heat of Ecuador to cross the equator for the first time. In Colombia, she was happy to get a necessary full Navy escort for crime protection. Her northern freya photoKanuMagazinhighlight was to pass the busy Panama Canal and the beautiful Archipelago of San Blas. The Caribbean side of Columbia finalized the second stage of her expedition on May 6-2013, having paddled 15,300 km overall so far.

 

Returning on August 16-2013 to the heat and continuous headwinds of Venezuela, Freya paddled and camped free as usual without escort on the beautiful but dangerous shores of Venezuela, infamous for pirates. Via the island state of Trinidad, she arrived through the already very shallow and muddy waters in Georgetown at the first of the three small Guyana countries. A short Christmas break brought her back to finish this most challenging third stage through the hot, shallow and muddy, mosquito infested swampy shores along Surinam and French Guiana, and around the northern area of the Amazon River, stressing her body to the max.

 

Many times, huge breaking waves developed in the shallows and she battled strong currents. Once she faced some of those at night, just before she witnessed the roaring and earth-shaking launch of an “Ariadne” rocket by camping unintentionally almost next door. If that would not be enough, on crossing the broad Amazon jungle river mouth, she got unexpectedly caught at night in the mighty “Pororoca” tidal wave, and survived by side surfing in darkness the roaring, trashing waters for about 10-15 minutes over 8 km with a maximum speed of 30 km/h.

 

Freya eventually found her way without a proper map through the big tidal maze of the fjords and channels between Belem and Sao Luiz in northern Brazil, still in stressful heat and headwind. However, this area was almost relaxing, compared to the previous section. But her mind and body was so much worn by now, she decided spontaneously just behind Sao Luiz to go in her third and last German summer break on April 272013 to finish her third leg with 20,798 km under her belt.

 

Freya had some five months break due to strong headwinds in the southern winter, full of work on her home businesses. She returned on October 16-2013, full of energy to face the dreaded headwind around the easternmost point of South America. Freya realized she had to make the tough decision to reverse this windy section between Sao Luiz and Recife, not able to fight the almost daily strong headwinds around 20 knots for 1,280 km.

 

Back to Recife and to the “right” direction, the long Brazilian coast offered a challenging variation of beautiful reefs, dangerous wide river mouths, heavily breaking rocky or sandy shores and calm relaxing paddles on safe inland waterways, still all in the skin-burning and chafing heat of the southern summer. Freya was able to master all challenges with her now long time experience on this and her previous circumnavigations around Australia, New Zealand South and Iceland.

 

She finally closed the loop by arriving back in Buenos Aires on May 1-2015. Freya had paddled along 13 countries, traveled as far south as the 55th and as far north as the 15th latitude, with crossing the equator twice. She paddled almost 27,000 km and averaged around 45 km per day with more than 9 hours daily water time, on each of her 606 paddling days, being 850 days on the trip in a 44-month period. Freya paddled a heavy loaded solo expedition sea kayak with no engine or sail, spent most nights in her tent camping freely on the shores, with no support boat or car driving along. She carried all her water, simple food and camping gear by herself, being independent for 3-4 weeks between occasional city stops.

Freya became the first person to round the South American continent, a feat that probably no one will repeat any time again. She paddled more expedition kilometers than any sea kayaker ever has done. What will be next?

Read daily posts and see more photos on Freya's blog page.

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