Wondering where in the world courageous Jeanne Socrates, 76, and her yacht Nereida might be? The good lady is sailing at this minute into the notorious Roaring Forties, that's where, on the singlehander's latest attempt to sail round Cape Horn for a second time.
|South bound ... Jeanne's last few days pressing south for the Roaring Forties, en route to notorious Cape Horn.|
They named it the Roaring Forties for a very good reason, as I learned on my way to and from the Horn.
However, brave gal that she is, Jeanne's latest blog entry tells of her work getting the yacht shipshape. 'Made good use of time while hove-to,' she writes in her latest blog.
'Moved some provisions into the galley area, checked my lashings around the mast and used the topping lift to raise the boom end some more.'
Weatherwise and experienced
Weatherwise and experienced mariner that she is, she reports that she has been repaired leaks in the cockpit windscreen.
|Feeling cold now ... Dug out my really thick fleeces - I'll be needing those soon.|
'We'll be having plenty of seas washing over them in the rough weather to come. I'm hoping to have stopped any leaks into the cockpit.'
The ship's log shows she is no newcomer to the heavy seas of the Southern Ocean, and leaves little to chance. Pouring over charts of the approach to the Horn itself, she found waypoints plotted on her previous rounding in December 2012.
Unlike most Brit circumnavigators, Jeanne began the voyage on America's Pacific coast which means that she is in the South Pacific now.
Likely to be fittest
Presumably, the advantage of sailing from there rather than Plymouth, on the South Coast, is that the very real challenge of Cape Horn is faced very early in the voyage when she is likely to be fittest and the yacht not too sorely tried.
The usual route, of course, means we sail through very serious seas south of Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, and then south of the Pacific via the Southern Ocean before reaching Cape Horn at about 60 degrees South.
'Feeling cold now,' she writes. 'Dug out my really thick fleeces - I'll be needing those soon.' Then, she says, she settled down to enjoy a thick, hot Clam Chowder.
Sorry to miss a blog or two this week, readers. Web problems, but hopefully all works well now. Thanks very much for visiting the blogs for my adventure book, Sailing to Purgatory.
Jeanne's latest blog