Our courageous Brit yachtswoman, Jeanne Socrates, is hardly more than a day's hard sailing from notorious old Cape Horn and seems set within the next few hours to become the only lady mariner to pass it twice.
|Cute company ... A Fairy Prion, one from one of the huge flocks that keep Jeane Socrates company, and certainly entertained me on my rounding of the Horn. Many thanks to pixabay.com for the shot.|
It certainly seems very likely her ambitions will be answered.
She aspires to be the oldest woman to sail solo non-stop and unassisted around the world, and the first woman to sail solo non-stop unassisted around the world from North America.
A calm personality
Her messages home yesterday reflect a calm personality coping remarkably well with daily life as she nears 60 degrees South.
'Wind is back up to 30 knots,' she writes. 'Glad the third reef is still in place!
'Finished chatting on radio and made a nice mug of hot soup.
'A big wave came along and half the soup went all over the stove top.
'I had half what I had looked forward to, plus the job of cleaning up the mess in these rough conditions...
'I'd been needing to clean the stove top, anyway, but that's neither here nor there. The job got done at the same time - looks good again!
'It has been raining a lot today. Why does the sky look miserable when it's rainy grey?
|Progress ... Jeanne's track on route for Cape Horn shown on an experimental Google chart.|
'The prions look so pretty in their grey and white plumage,' she writes.
A dehydrated meal
'Back to the galley - need to have some decent food tonight. Last night's choice of a dehydrated meal is definitely not to be repeated.'
She logged, '1900GMT - end of Day 76. We made 145 nautical miles over the last 24 hours. That's measured in a straight line between the two 1900 GMT positions.
'Total distance since Victoria, BC, to end of Day 75 7,774 nautical miles. Distance East-South-East to Cape Horn 62 nautical miles.'
Thanks very much for visiting the blogs for my adventure book, Sailing to Purgatory.
My first report about Jean
More on Sailing to Purgatory about Jean's progress
Wikipedia - Fairy Prions