sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Jeanne Socrates, indomitable, sails again
Jeanne Socrates, indomitable, sails again

'Jeanne Socrates on Nereida - so many records already but ’going for it’ again'    .

She's off to circumnavigate the world again, this time non-stop. Fit, strong, athletic 70-year-old Jeanne Socrates, dogged by mostly mechanical problems in her earlier attempts, is again attempting to sail around the world solo and non-stop. If you ever doubted she had the stamina to do it, this hitch-filled beginning will put you straight, told in her own words:

I had an excellent start to my third attempt at a nonstop, unassisted, solo circumnavigation (which began on Monday 22nd October from Victoria, B.C. in Canada) with a great sail out through the Strait of Juan de Fuca into the Pacific, ready to head South towards Cape Horn... but strong S-SW winds then made the going very difficult and rough.

Unbelievably, while heeled well over and banging into rough seas, I found the newly-serviced liferaft had 'jumped ship' and was trailing along behind us, acting as a sea anchor.... I had to cut it away. Clearly, it was not sensible to continue far without trying to replace it, so it was agreed that I could stop in San Francisco to do that, so long as I did all the necessary work and no-one boarded the boat or gave me any physical assistance before continuing on towards Cape Horn.

I had several days of difficult sailing, in SW-SE winds, trying to get to San Francisco, as I also tried to organise the replacement raft.... It's not easy being a 'one-man band', at times!!

I was forced to make a night entry into San Francisco Bay, to catch the flood tide in before the wind died, and to pick up a buoy at Sausalito Yacht Club in winds of only 1-2knots - not easy when the winds are so light that you can't head up into them to stop the boat at the buoy, in order to pick up the mooring line... But I managed it - just!! That was over Wed/Thurs night and the liferaft was finally fixed onto a new cradle on Friday afternoon, so I was ready to leave on Saturday with the ebb tide, ....as I thought..... NOT SO!

Do you ever have that feeling that Fate is conspiring against you?? The ebb tide towards the Golden Gate Bridge was weak and the wind nearly nonexistent...!

A boat came up, recognised me, and offered help. I had to explain I couldn't accept any - nor could I use my motor to help move along... He hadn't realized.....the driver Jake came back later for some photos and stayed around for quite a bit, seeing I was in trouble getting anywhere in the oh-so-light conditions- kind of him! I got part of the way towards the Bridge, but after drifting around in the dark for several hours, worried I'd be taken into deep water (or over to Angel Island or shallows across the way) and definitely 'not under command', I had to get out my ground tackle and anchor while depth wasn't too bad - and found the electric windlass wasn't working, of course...grrr!!!So, as well as having to lift the anchor out of the locker and over pulpit, I then had to manhandle the chain and gypsy so the chain could run freely to lower the anchor... 30m of chain are now waiting to be raised when some wind comes in conjunction with an ebb tide... We couldn't get anywhere near Sausalito Yacht Club to pick up the buoy again - but not for want of trying!

So here I am becalmed, with a fabulous view of the Bay area, under a lovely starry sky - with the very same Coast Guard boat that kept an eye on me when I entered overnight Wed/Thurs very close by, tied to their buoy....

I don't know if I'll get away tomorrow - need the wind to come up at the right time to catch the ebb...

Jeanne will be posting her usual regular reports and positions while on passage to her website, www.svnereida.com , and you can follow her journey there.

Jeanne Socrates aboard NEREIDA - going for another non-stop solo world circumnavigation attempt -  .. .   Click Here to view large photo


by Nancy Knudsen

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=103497

9:49 PM Sun 4 Nov 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Adventure Sailing

Related News Stories:

21 Oct 2012  Lord Nelson gives his name to Britain's circumnavigating tall ship
20 Oct 2012  First ever Italian boat conquers the Northwest Passage
15 Oct 2012  Laura inspires teens to go on sailing campaign
07 Sep 2012  Scorpius breaks free of Arctic ice, heading for another record
04 Sep 2012  Interview with Laura Dekker on arrival in New Zealand
02 Sep 2012  Youngest ever solo circumavigator sails into new home New Zealand
31 Aug 2012  Belzebub II breaks record in the Northwest Passage
17 Aug 2012  Sailor celebrates Northwest Passage transit, offers advice
14 Aug 2012  So far so good - Hallberg-Rassy's new route in Northwest Passage
13 Aug 2012  16-year-old circumnavigator on last leg to birth country New Zealand
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,










Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia by International Maxi Association,


















America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team by Richard Gladwell, Sail-world.com/nz,


Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3 by Bob Fisher, Hamilton Island, Queensland




2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1 by Markus Schwendtner, Istanbul
























Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery by Ingrid Abery/Sail-World.com,


Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England






Sopot Match Race - Poland's Tour debut deemed a triumph
Vineyard Race celebrates 80th running of the East Coast classic
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games: Young sailors begin racing on Lake Jinniu
AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Victory for Morgan Noireaux
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Day 8: Test of endurance
Bart's Bash: Over 2300 entered from 588 yacht clubs - Join here
Halifax ready to welcome the world at 2014 IFDS World Championships
RC44 World Championship title to Bronenosec + Video
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Day 2 Images by Crosbie Lorimer
IFDS Worlds - Gary Jobson to attend opening ceremonies
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Dalton DeVos crowned champion
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive
CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one
Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds survive as semi-finalists   
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Breezy day 4 in Gdynia   
RC44 World Championship - Dramatic improvement for Artemis Racing   
18' Skiff International Regatta - Action begins August 25th   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Challenging conditions arise   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record-breaking monohull victory   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng Race Team finishes third   
RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Bronenosec the star performer   
Bahamian Olympic Sailor to carry flag in honour of Sir Durward Knowles   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Records continue to tumble   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Course Record for Team SCA   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Team Alvimedica completes the race   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
420 and 470 Junior European Championships - A crazy race day 3   
2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Monohull record smashed   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds take the early lead   
Frostad proud to have seven Volvo Ocean Race boats with seven sponsors *Feature   
RC44 World Championship - Bronenosec Sailing Team on form   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng defends third position   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT