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Sailor Jeanne Socrates, world's oldest non-stop female circumnavigator

by Nancy Knudsen on 9 Jul 2013
Jeanne shares a glass after her amazing triumph SW
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.

Jeanne crossed the finish line in Victoria Monday morning between 2 and 3 am, and she tied up safely in Victoria Harbour.


Jeanne set out from Victoria's Inner Harbour in her 11-metre cruiser Nereida on October 2012, on her third - yes third attempt to achieve a non stop solo circumnavigation.

The pre-dawn arrival ended several days of anticipation as light winds along the west coast of British Columbia stalled her return, which was first expected on July 1st, then July 5th, but the goal became frustratingly elusive as she was becalmed for several days.

Her first circumnavigation attempt ended just 60nm short of crossing the line to complete her circumnavigation when she ended up on a beach and lost her boat - her first Nereida.

Determined not to give up she obtained her current boat, also called Nereida, and began again. This time she suffered a knock-down while trying to round Cape Horn in violent weather and limped in to Ushuaia to repair her boat. While the 'non-stop, unassisted' goal had once more escaped her, she sailed across the Southern Atlantic to Cape Town, realising on the way that, on arrival in Cape Town she had crossed her outbound path and become the oldest female to complete a circumnavigation (with stops).

This still wasn't good enough for this indomitable sailor. She sailed on to Victoria in Canada to prepare her boat once again for the elusive non-stop journey.

The grandmother and retired teacher is raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care, a British program that provides free home nursing for terminally ill cancer patients.

Congratulations, Jeanne, the sailing world, loving a free spirit as it does, is proud of you.

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