Please select your home edition
Edition
InSunSport - NZ

Incredible Jeanne crosses equator - one more leg to victory

by Lee Mylchreest on 21 May 2013
Jeanne’s position at time of writing .. .

The incredible Jeanne Socrates has crossed the equator! In her third attempt to circumnavigate the world non-stop the indomitable 70-year-old sailor has crossed the equator for the last time and 'merely' has to make it back to her starting point in Victoria, Canada, to become the oldest female to have circumnavigated the world solo, non-stop and unassisted.

She had been at sea for 208 days when she crossed the line. She'd been three months in the Southern Ocean before rounding her final southerly point of the SE Cape of Tasmania. So many things have broken on the boat that many another sailor might have given in. Finally, in the last couple of weeks even her communications systems have given up the ghost and she is now communicating by a ham radio email system which her ham radio friends in several countries have combined to arrange for her.

In this, her third circumnavigation, she has become an expert at making do and watching the weather. She has repaired multiple breakdowns and does without what she can't fix. She avoided several severe weather systems in the Tasman Sea, although the penalty was she was often beset by calms or very light breezes, and even at times drifting backwards.


In avoiding weather systems she was pushed more north than east and had to pass Fiji on the 'wrong' (west) side. This means she has had to avoid many reefs, atolls and undersea mountains in the way. In passing the equator she has negotiated one band of doldrums and must now pass through another. This is typified by very little wind during the tepid sweaty days and storms and running line squalls at night which can catch the unwary by surprise.

Added to that difficulty are the many atolls, reefs and sea mountains still to be avoided as the tension mounts among the many thousands of sailors world-wide who are following her progress.

The Incredible Background:


Jeanne's first sailing circumnavigation attempt on her boat Nereida - with stops - was started Mexico in March 2008. Just 60 miles short of completing the voyage her boat ended up driven ashore onto a beach and could not be refloated. Maybe it was a question of relaxing too soon. Undaunted by this setback, she decided to try to circumnavigate again with a new boat, a Najad 380, named, yet again, Nereida.

This time Jeanne set out to circumnavigate non-stop. The voyage started in November 2009, but ended in Cape Town with engine problems. However, she continued sailing round the world.

She started again in October 2010, ended some 100 miles west of Cape Horn with a severe knockdown. Her boom was broken and the boat was severely damaged. However, rejecting a tow, she limped into Ushuaia. Never to say die, Socrates pulled herself and her boat together, made repairs, and sailed on, realising when she reached Cape Town that she had completed a circumavigation, becoming the oldest female to do so solo. But she still wanted to do it non-stop, so she kept sailing back to Victoria in Canada to try again.

Now on her third circumnavigation attempt and second non-stop attempt, which began in Victoria, Jeanne has passed all the great obstacles of the Southern Ocean, reached this last milestone of the Equator.

This now, is last leg before, hopefully, a victorious arrival into Victoria in Canada.

Kilwell - 3Barz Optics - Melanin LensesNaiad/Oracle Supplier

Related Articles

Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 2
Yachting NZ's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is unprecedented Yachting New Zealand's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is without precedent. Subject to Appeal, the Kiwis have signaled that they will reject 30% of the positions gained in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander in 2014.
Posted on 22 May
Gladwell's Line - World Sailing changes tack after IOC windshift
Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick. Every blow well earned over issues such as the pollution at Rio, the Israeli exclusion abomination plus a few more. But now World Sailing is getting it right.
Posted on 21 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 1
Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving its goals Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving goals set in the Olympic Commission report of 2010. Around 64 countries are expected to be represented in Rio de Janeiro in August. That is a slight increase on Qingdao and Weymouth, but more importantly a full regional qualification system is now in place
Posted on 19 May
Taming the beast-a conversation with Stuart Meurer of Parker Hannifin
While AC72 cats were fast, they difficult to control, so Oracle partnered with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way. If you watched videos of the AC72s racing in the 34th America’s Cup (2013), you’re familiar with the mind-boggling speeds that are possible when wingsail-powered catamarans switch from displacement sailing to foiling mode. While foiling is fast, there’s no disguising the platform’s inherent instability. Now, Oracle Team USA has teamed up with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way.
Posted on 18 May
From foiling Moths to Olympic starting lines-a Q&A with Bora Gulari
Bora Gulari’s is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class, along with teammate Louisa Chafee. Bora Gulari (USA) has made a strong name for himself within high-performance sailing circles, with wins at the 2009 and 2013 Moth Worlds. In between, he broke the 30-knort barrier and was the 2009 US SAILING Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. His latest challenge is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class as skipper, along with his teammate Louisa Chafee.
Posted on 12 May
Concern for Zika at Rio Olympics is now deadly serious
Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, or the Rio Olympics. Many others have, and they were apt, but things have changed. So here now we have a situation where one man, Associate Professor Amir Attaran, who does have a more than decent string of letters after his name, is bringing nearly as many facts to bear as references at the article's end
Posted on 12 May
Zhik - The brand born of a notion, not its history
here is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline is officially marketed as Made For Water There is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline has been officially marketed as Made For Water, and this is precisely what the company has done for the last eight years before the succinct and apt strapline came from out of R&D and into mainstream visibility.
Posted on 8 May
Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr