Who's dominating the news and the sea out there, way out there? A couple of oldies - oops, Senior Citizens - that’s who, sailing alone (on individual yachts, that is) around the world.
|Far to go ... Jeanne Socrates, 76, says she is getting close to Gough Island on her record attempt circumnavigation.|
And much closer to Europe, 73-year French sailing star, Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, is battling a heavy Bay of Biscay gale as he closes the coast near the end of that strange old-fashioned ocean race, the Golden Globe.
Jean-Luc - a many-times circumnavigator - has sailed round the world in the race and is very close to the finish line.
Jeanne’s race is only against chance, Lady Luck, as she endeavours to win the twin awards of oldest woman to sail solo nonstop unassisted around the world and the first of her gender to sail solo nonstop unassisted around the world from North America.
|Nearly there ... Jean-Luc, 73, has to beat a strong Biscay gale to reach the finish line.|
Jeanne logged at the weekend, ‘Bright moon high up, Southern Cross, Venus and Jupiter in E - very bright.
‘Making much better course towards Gough Island in NW wind. Sky still totally clouded over.
‘Heard a loud bird call again - an albatross courting??
‘Cargo vessel GH Rich Wall 18 miles to the North, headed for Hamriyah. Seeing quite a lot of traffic to and from South America and South Africa and beyond over last few days.’
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