Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Kids range

Jeanne Socrates - near to victory in Victoria

by Sail-World Cruising Round-up on 22 Jun 2013
Jeanne’s position today .. .
The picture above says it all. 70-year-old Jeanne Socrates, the British sailor who never says 'die', whose boat Nereida has had almost everything aboard broken during her solo sail, is nearing her quest to become, on her third attempt, the oldest woman on earth to complete a solo, non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation of the globe.

The British grandmother is due to sail back in Victoria Harbour, British Columbia within next several days after spending more than 245 days at sea alone.


During her journey she has had to climb the mast multiple times, lower herself upside down into the wake water to repair her rudder, and for the last several weeks has been relying on ham radio buffs after she lost all her communications gear in heavy weather.

Her Najad 38 yacht, Nereida, the second Nereida, will be officially timed as she passes the Ogden Point breakwater.

Nereida departed from Victoria Harbour on 22 October 2012.

Jeanne's voyage is being recorded by the World Sailing Speed Record Council. When she arrives the yacht will be escorted in by a Prince of Whales whale watching boat. For those who are near enough to greet her, after arrival, Nereida will be docked in front of the Empress Hotel, courtesy of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority.

Jeanne's first attempt resulted in the total loss of her first Nereida on a beach just 60nm short of the completion of her circumnavigation. During her second attempt her vessel was knocked down off Cape Horn, suffering a broken boom and other severe damage. Knocking back a tow, Jeanne limped into Ushuaia, repaired the boat, and kept going across the Southern Atlantic. Sometime along that leg she realised that on arrival into Cape Town she would achieve a record of sorts, not a non-stop record, but still the record as the oldest solo female circumnavigator.


Jeanne, a retired maths teacher, didn't even learn to sail as a kid, not taking it up until her late forties, with his husband. In 1997 she and her husband commissioned the first Nereida and sailed from the UK across the Atlantic.

After her husband's death from cancer in 2008, Jeanne started a steep learning curve that resulted in her deciding to carry on sailing single-handed.

She has been raising funds to support the Marie Curie Cancer Foundation by using her sailing to highlight the work it does in providing home care to terminally ill patients.

Jeanne is a member of a member of the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC), and was honoured with the Duchess of Kent Trophy by the Cruising Association of Britain in 2011.

To follow Jeanne on her website, http://www.svnereida.com/!click_here.

Zhik Warehouse Sale 660x82Southern Spars - 100Ancasta Ker 33 660x82

Related Articles

MoY Classic Yacht Regatta - Dates for 35th edition revealed
The Museum of Yachting at IYRS is pleased to reveal to the community the 35th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta. The Museum of Yachting at IYRS is pleased to reveal to the community the 35th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta, August 29th- 31st. Registration is now open for the MoY Classic Yacht Regatta, part of the North American Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge which also includes the Nantucket Opera Cup Regatta (Nantucket, MA) and the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta (Marblehead, MA).
Posted on 15 Aug 2014
Sailor Jeanne Socrates, world's oldest non-stop female circumnavigator
70-year-old Jeanne Socrates arrives Victoria, Canada, as the oldest woman to sail solo non-stop around the world After many days of frustrating drifting, 70-year-old British sailor Jeanne Socrates has made it home to Victoria in triumph, becoming the oldest woman to single-handedly sail non-stop around the world without outside assistance.
Posted on 9 Jul 2013
UK Sailmakers gives Yassine a new mast for 150nm Laser sail record
Yassine Darkaoui wants to sail a 150nm course from Phuket - and has a new mast, thanks to UK Sailmakers In December we ran a story about how a young Moroccan sailor was in Thailand training to sail a 150nm course in a tiny Laser to break the world record. His problem was, his mast was broken and he couldn't afford a new one. Now, thanks to our Asia Editor Guy Nowell and UK Sailmakers Hong Kong representative, Barry Hayes, who read the story, things are looking up for Yassine Darkaoui.
Posted on 17 Jan 2013
Southernmost sailing voyages - who really has the record?
Andrew Troup corrects the records on the most southerly voyages by sailing boats. Recently a Ukrainian/Russian sailing boat, the 98ft steel-hulled Scorpius reached 77 degrees south and claimed a world record. This was greeted by a storm of protest from our readers, one of whom pointed out that in 1965 a tiny Moth was sailed at (but not to) 77.5 degrees. There were other claims too. Andrew Troup here corrects the records...
Posted on 14 Apr 2012
And the most southerly-sailing boat ever is...
Last week we said Ukrainian yacht Scorpius set a new world record in sailing furthest south - 77deg but we were wrong! Last week in Sail-World we told how Ukrainian-Russian crew aboard 30m sailing yacht Scorpius had claimed a new world record in sailing farther south into Antarctica than any other boat had gone, reaching 77 degrees. But we were wrong - well, in a way; because in 1965, Lt. Commander Steve Cockley, based in Mc Murdo Sound, had sailed a Moth, an 11ft (3.4m) dinghy, at 77.5 degrees S.
Posted on 1 Apr 2012
Laura Dekker completes solo circumnavigation at 16 years and 123 days
21 Jan: Solo sailor Laura Dekker has arrived Sint Maarten completing her solo circumnavigation at 16 years and 123 days This week (Saturday 21st January) Laura Dekker, 16-year-old Dutch/New Zealander solo sailor, quietly sailed between islands in pleasant seas into the Dutch island of Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, completing a solo odyssey around the world in a year and a day. There were merely dozens, not thousands, of people at the wharf to greet her.
Posted on 22 Jan 2012
Steve White - solo round the world the 'wrong way'
Steve White is to sail solo, round the world, non-stop and unassisted the 'wrong way', AND break the current record. Dee Caffari has done it, now Steve White is setting out to do it too. He's going to sail solo, round the world, non-stop and unassisted, AND the 'wrong way', AND break the current record.
Posted on 11 Sep 2010
Dee Caffari finishes Aviva Challenge
Dee Caffari, onboard Aviva, crossed the official finish line on 18 May 2006 at 17:55 pm Dee Caffari, onboard Aviva, crossed the official finish line on 18 May 2006 at 17:55 pm
Posted on 19 May 2006
All aboard for Med-Red 2006
The Med-Red Rally is about to set sail. The Med-Red Rally is about to set sail. Sailors from 13 nations are gathering in Yacht Marina Marmaris, Turkey, before setting off on the Rally.
Posted on 14 Mar 2006
Atlantic,Pacific, now Indian Ocean on a Sailboard
French adventurer, Raphaela LeGouvello, will attempt the Indian Ocean crossing on a sailboard, solo and non assisted. It's not a joke! It's ACTUALLY happening. French adventurer, Skipper Raphaela LeGouvello, will attempt the Indian Ocean crossing on a sailboard, solo and non-assisted, departing from Exmouth on 5 April 2006.
Posted on 8 Mar 2006