Freya is near Cape Horn
If you haven’t been following Freya Hoffmeister’s solo circumnavigation of South America, now is a good time to check in on her progress. She is at the southern tip of the continent making her way toward Cape Horn. To say it’s a challenging point of land to get around is putting it mildly. There are strong persistent west winds and big open-ocean waves. In the age of sail, rounding Cape Horn was such a significant achievement that those who survived a passage were entitled to wear a gold hoop earring.
On her approach to Isla Hornos, Freya was forced by high winds to retreat—a first for her. A hard landing at the end of her paddling day broke her paddle, her rudder and fractured her hull. She’ll make repairs while she waits for a break in the wind.
Freya does daily updates so You might want to keep tabs on her web site this week: http://qajaqunderground.com/freyas-blog