Lecture: Kingston to Kingston – Around Cape Horn in 375 Days

Date(s) - 02/10/2018
2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Hudson River Maritime Museum


In July of 2016 Max Kufner and Laura Ifill left Kingston, NY, on their 32′ Westsail, to attempt a circumnavigation of South America. They returned just 375 days later, unscathed and triumphant, with lessons learned and stories to tell. During this passage they visited ten countries, transited the Panama Canal, visited the Galapagos and Easter Island, and spent eight weeks in the Chilean Fjords, before rounding the horn in March.

Join us at 2:00 PM in the East Gallery in the Hudson River Maritime Museum to hear their tale. Suggested donation $5.

“Max and I grew up in the Hudson Valley and were brought together by our love for sailing. We both come from sailing families with parents who took us on many childhood adventures and went on many more themselves. We always wanted to go further, to sail away and complete a long and arduous ocean passage. I had less of a clear idea what that would be, but Max, having spent a year traveling through Chile, knew that he had to get back to the Chilean Fjords, and if he could find a partner to do it with, that would be nice. When we got together it became clear that we had found the person with whom we could complete such a passage and we got to work. We moved in together in Brooklyn, found a fairly dilapidated boat in the Bronx, spent two years working on it, and complete our circumnavigation of South America. We are now happily nestled in the Hudson Valley where I am a teacher at Rhinebeck High School and Max works as an engineer in Manhattan.”


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