Jeanne Socrates is on a solo circumnavigation

The intrepid Jeanne Socrates – who was wrecked 60 miles short of a solo circumnavigation – has started a second bid to round the world alone.

Jeanne, a 66-year-old retired maths lecturer, is due to arrive in Lanzarote tomorrow on her way down the Atlantic.

She is sailing her brand new Najad 380, Nereida, and left Guernsey 11 days ago having sailed her there from the Hamble.

In 2008 her Najad 361, also called Nereida, was wrecked on a beach in Mexico after a 15-month, 25,500 mile, solo circumnavigation (see YM August).

Jeanne emailed us at YM : ‘All well on board – except so many communication problems over first half of passage. Iridium data transfer using laptop still not happening – TG for the good old SSB radio!! Actually, even that’s ‘hi-tech’ since using Bluetooth to connect Pactor modem to laptop – had a few problems there also, but I managed to fix things so at least now I can transmit position reports
and get weather info & emails.’

Jeanne is raising money for the Marie Curie charity

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