Third Time’s the Charm for Jeanne Socrates

Solo-sailor Jeanne Socrates arrives in Victoria, Canada, to complete her record-setting circumnavigation.

Jeanne Socrates on her Najad 380
Jeanne Socrates on Nereida. Courtesy of Jeanne Socrates

After about 260 days at sea, Jeanne Socrates has finally made it back to where she started—Victoria, Canada—and into the record books. She pulled into the harbor at just before 3 a.m. on Monday, July 8 aboard her Najad 380, Nereida, after several days of fluctuating winds, which made predicting her landfall timing difficult.

At 70 years old, Socrates is now the oldest female sailor to complete a non-stop solo circumnavigation. Her previous two attempts at a non-stop circumnavigation were cut short due to engine issues which forced her to stop in Cape Town and a knockdown near Cape Horn that damaged her boat and caused her to stop to make repairs in Ushuaia, Argentina.

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.


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