Lone circumnavigator Jeanne Socrates battles on with her two big world record attempts and seems in good spirits in the Roaring Forties, now on the tempting African side of the Greenwich Meridian.
|Temptation ... The human spirit might be best able to cope with solitariness when temptation lies thousands of leagues away. For Jeanne, it is closing in with every nautical mile. Photo by Mitchel Lensink on Unsplash|
However, the wind seems not to be obliging and that's likely to add greatly to the real challenge that Jeanne will be facing soon.
She notes a recent surprisingly long sleep, which suggests her sailing is not exactly demanding at the moment.
And that's not likely to help the lady with the real problem lying just a little beyond the horizon - Temptation.
She and her yacht Nereida are getting closer to the African coast every minute. If she remains at 40˚, then at least she won't see Africa.
Pleasures, delights, hospitality
However, radio signals will be strong, and the pleasures, delights, hospitality, companionship and the area's fabulous scenery - which the eyes must welcome after all this time at sea - will be temptingly close.
Her bid is to be the oldest woman to sail solo nonstop unassisted around the world, and the first woman to sail solo nonstop unassisted around the world from North America.
To achieve that, she has to remain in the Southern Ocean and the Roaring Forties till her left turn, to port, after Australia, still a very long way off.
Then follows an enormous stretch up the South Pacific, then North Pacific.
But humanity, a very sophisticated society - albeit surrounded by appalling poverty and circumstances of the modernday Cape - will soon be just over the horizon. And Jeanne knows well the astonishing hospitality that the Cape offers long-distance yachting folk.
|... not to give into a pause at the Royal Cape Yacht Club will require superhuman determination. Soon she will have to choose - more ocean, gales, storms, gloom, or the unmatchable hospitality of a big city full of sailing fans.|
As a singlehanded circumnavigator myself, I'd say not to give into a pause at the Royal Cape Yacht Club will require superhuman determination.
Soon she will have the choice of more ocean, gales, storms, gloom, or the unmatchable hospitality of a big city full of sailing fans.
Jeanne's position in the Roaring Forties, which is anything but roaring at the moment, this morning was 40˚ 28'S x 003˚ 20'E . Cape Town, at 34˚S x 18˚East is very close, and will be getting very much closer every day.
She wrote in her blog this afternoon, 'We're in the expected high pressure area with its light winds. Going to be a frustrating day or two!'
Jeanne will certainly earn saint status if she isn't already pondering on the pleasures of the Cape.
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