Kayaker to Circumnavigate South America

Woman sets off on two-year journey


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German paddler Freya Hoffmeister launched an expedition to circumnavigate South America by kayak on Tuesday, setting out south along the Atlantic coast from the Puerto Madero Yacht Club in Buenos Aires. The journey, dubbed “The Second Continent,” will cover nearly 15,000 miles and bring Hoffmeister to 12 countries over the the course of two years. Hoffmeister, 47, is best known for making the world’s second circumnavigation of Australia by kayak. That expedition took 322 days and included a seven-night stretch at sea in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Hoffmeister will likely face the trip’s biggest challenge when she enters the cold and often-rough waters off Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America, later this year. 

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