Monday, July 27, 2009
Kayaking Around Australia
Men's Journal is reporting in with another interesting aquatic adventure. This time it's an update on Freya Hoffmeister, who is attempting to set a new speed record for circumnavigating Australia in a kayak.
Freya has now been on the water for 191 days and making her way down the western coast of Australia. Her goal is to cover the more than 9400 miles around the continent in just one year, and reading her blog you can tell that she is not only going after that challenge, but enjoying the journey as well. The current record for kayaking around Australia is 361 days, and if everything continues to go as expected, it seems that Freya will have a shot at setting a new record.
As part of her journey, the German paddler cut across the Gulf of Carpenteria, setting out into the turbulent waters of the Pacific. Only Andrew McAuley has accomplished the same goal in a solo fashion. You may recall that McAuley later disappeared while making a solo attempt at paddling across the Tasman Sea.
You can follow Freya's adventures on her official website, where you'll find more information about her, and this paddling expedition. If she stays on schedule, expect her to return to her point of origin, near Melbourne, sometime next January.