Completion of latest circumnavigation:
7th September 2019
having left from Victoria B.C. on
3rd October 2018
In 2016, Jeanne’s two circumnavigation attempts (started 19th October and 13th November) ran firstly into weather and then into gear-related problems. Intended to be a fourth single-handed circumnavigation and a second sail nonstop and unassisted around the world from Victoria, B.C, both attempts that year were thwarted. A three-day storm in October caused damage, requiring a return to Victoria by 29th October for sail and other repairs and, despite sailing a lot further S on her re-start, major problems forced her to pull in to San Diego in December for urgent repairs.
Her sights were then set on starting again from Victoria, B.C. on 5th October 2017, but a nasty fall from a ladder at deck-level onto the hard just a week before her planned departure caused serious neck and rib-cage injuries and meant postponing that attempt to 2018.
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(See 'Travels' for an overview of her solo passages and for maps showing her position as she sailed around the world from 2004 onward. See her complete Diary/Web Log here and see 'Articles and Interviews' for some magazine, TV and radio reports.)
Unexpected medical expenses were incurred, as a result of her fall, adding to costs of expensive repairs needed to gooseneck and small generator, which were over and above the cost of preparing the boat for such an attempt over several months, including re-rigging (ready for exposure to heavy weather), replacing worn items, provisioning for that length of time, etc. Those costs have been very high, so if you’d like to help by contributing however little towards them, it would be very much appreciated - there’s a PayPal link here.)
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Please donate what you can, using the 'Lifeboats' link, to show your support for my efforts to complete a circuit around the globe single-handed, via Cape Horn, under sail alone and without setting foot on land until finished.
I expected to be at sea for around 7-8 months nonstop, around the Five Great Capes of the Southern Ocean and back to my starting point without any outside help and without using my motor (which was sealed) – in fact, unbelievably, it took just over 11 months to complete!
I posted daily blogs to my website and talked each day to people on land around the world using my HF/SSB radio, which was also used for emails and weather info - so I wasn't quite alone!
All problems that arose (and there were plenty of them!), I had to deal with using tools & spares carried onboard ... and all food for my time at sea had to be with me from the start of my journey - fresh eggs turned daily last several months, onions and potatoes lasted most of the way and I also had plenty of canned and dried foods.
Drinking water came from a water-maker (desalinator) working off my batteries and I had long-life & dried milk and fruit juices. My batteries were mainly powered by the sun and the wind, with a backup diesel generator to help on windless, overcast days and/or when I’d used the radio a lot.
I normally do my own weather routing using information gained from using my SSB/HF radio. (This time, I also used an Aurora (Redport/GMN) Iridium terminal, kindly loaned to me, to get some of the information and it was also used for VOIP contact). 'Grib' GFS weather files are downloaded as email attachments and weather faxes come direct from onshore radio transmitters located beside whichever sea area I happen to be in. (I was also very kindly given additional helpful information, using the European weather model, by Northland Radio, who gave me a great deal of radio time discussing weather forecasts and options on routing to avoid storms)
It's clearly a benefit to know when and where a storm is expected – they were very frequent over a good part of my route - and in planning my route, I had to try to stay out of both calms and storms and in favourable wind as much as possible.
This was my fourth solo circumnavigation and my second successful nonstop one and, on finishing, I became the oldest person to have sailed around the world eastabout, nonstop, solo and unassisted.
The Five Great Capes are: Cape Horn (Chile), Cape of Good Hope (S. Africa), Cape Leeuwin (Australia), S.E. Cape of Tasmania (Australia), S. Cape of Stewart Island (New Zealand)
Nonstop circumnavigation 2012-13
Jeanne Socrates, aboard S/V Nereida, successfully completed her first nonstop, single-handed, unassisted sail around the world at 2:26 a.m. on Monday 8th July 2013, when she passed Ogden Point at the entrance to Victoria Harbour, 259 days after leaving Victoria in October 2012.
She became the first woman to sail solo nonstop around the world from North America and the oldest woman to sail solo nonstop around the world (a record noted in the Guinness Book of Records)
This was her third attempt since 2009 to circumnavigate solo, nonstop and unassisted - eastabout via Cape Horn and the Southern Ocean - all attempts made without the help of a shore-based support team .... "My team is simply Nereida and me!"
She received the Ocean Cruising Club's Special Award on landfall and, in April 2014, their Barton Cup. On 7th March 2014, she was presented with the Cruising Club of America's Blue Water Medal and, in April, with the Royal Cruising Club's Seamanship Medal. She was short-listed both for the 'Yachtsman of the Year Award' (U.K.) and also for the 'Yachtworld Hero of the Year Award' (U.S.A.).
Previous awards received for her solo sailing were the Duchess of Kent Trophy (January 2012, from the Cruising Association, after completing a circumnavigation from/to Cape Town via Cape Horn) and the Award of Merit (2011) and Rose Medal (2009) (both from the Ocean Cruising Club)
Long passages from 2007 onward
1) – a circumnavigation from Mexico on 25th March 2007, heading westabout via the Panama Canal back to Mexico, mainly through the Tropics, pausing in many of the well-known cruising haunts, sailing to within 60 miles of her original starting point where her boat was lost on a surf beach in June 2008, the final leg of that circumnavigation eventually being completed in June 2016.
2) – a first nonstop circumnavigation attempt, in 2009, from the Canaries, in the new Nereida, …but on being forced to stop in Cape Town for repairs, she then headed on eastabout through the Southern Ocean to New Zealand and on to Hawaii, ending in the Strait of Juan de Fuca (over 15,000 ml);
3) - a nonstop attempt, from Victoria (B.C.) in October 2010, ended with a knockdown in January 2011, west of Cape Horn. But by continuing eastabout to the Falklands, S. Africa, Tasmania, New Zealand and then on to Tahiti and Hawaii, she completed a solo circumnavigation (with six stops) rounding the Five Great Capes of the Southern Ocean (becoming the oldest woman to have done so), finally reaching the Strait of Juan de Fuca again on 1st August 2012.
4) – a successful nonstop attempt ... started 22nd October 2012 from Victoria, B.C., and returned to Victoria in the early darkness hours of 8th July 2013, after well over 25,700 n.ml. and almost 260 days of sailing singlehanded, nonstop, unassisted around the globe, with well over three months being spent in the Southern Ocean, where Cape Horn was successfully rounded (without major incident this time) early in January.
5) –a second successful nonstop, unassisted, eastabout circumnavigation started from Victoria, B.C. – two failed attempts in 2016 (see above) followed by a successful, but very lengthy, one in 2018-19, making her the oldest person to do so.