Third time lucky?

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The in­domitable Jeanne Socrates has set off once again on an at­tempt to sail round the world sin­gle-handed, non-stop. Socrates, 76, a for­mer maths lec­turer who took up solo voy­ag­ing af­ter los­ing her hus­band to can­cer, is on her third at­tempt to be­come the old­est per­son to cir­cum­nav­i­gate alone non-stop. She al­ready has three solo cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tions be­hind her.

Socrates is sail­ing her Na­jad

380, Nereida. She left from Van­cou­ver in Oc­to­ber and hopes to round Cape Horn by Christ­mas and re­turn to Canada in May. The record she is hunting is cur­rently held by Mi­noru Saito of Ja­pan.

Socrates, a win­ner of the pres­ti­gious Cruis­ing Club of Amer­ica Blue Wa­ter Medal, was hop­ing to leave ear­lier this year but had to shelve plans af­ter fall­ing from a lad­der while work­ing on her boat, and frac­tur­ing her neck. The ac­ci­dent has left her with re­stricted range of move­ment in her neck, but she says: “I’m pleased to say my bad ac­ci­dent last year seems not to have af­fected my abil­ity to sail Nereida. I was very lucky to end up in­tact, or nearly so.”

“I’m try­ing for the old­est per­son record since I al­ready have the old­est fe­male but, to be hon­est, that’s just an ex­cuse for some longdis­tance sail­ing which also gives me a chance to try to sup­port the work of the RNLI,” she told us. “I’ve made ex­cel­lent speed south so far, apart from an ini­tial cou­ple of days stuck in a storm.”

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Jeanne Socrates is cur­rently sail­ing Nereida to­wards Cape Horn

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