The Brit Southern Ocean superstar, Jeanne Socrates, has turned the circumnavigation corner and is heading for home, the US Atlantic coast. The plucky, highly-skilled 76-year-old sailed from Victoria, British Columbia, 236 days ago.
|Loners ... Jeanne all alone in the Southern Ocean wins some brief company with the visit of this mighty wandering albatross.|
Jeanne has rounded New Zealand and now inches up the coast in very light and fluky conditions.
The 34th week
Jeanne's logs make it seem that the lady is doing well, but she has electronic problems, which is not unexpected as she and the equipment have been in a salt-saturated atmosphere for 34 weeks.
Jeanne notes, 'New blade is now in place on wind generator - and it's putting in a charge! Sat on top of the stern arch supports to do it and hugged the pole.
'Wasn't so bad and didn't take long. Managed it just as the wind suddenly started to get up, so only just in time.'
'11:15am Grey sky and NNW wind. We're underway, headed NE with mainsail hoisted! Of course, the halyard had got caught around some mast steps near the mast top but didn't take too long to free.
An albatross visits
Jeanne laments the loss of important electronics. 'Still have no plotter or speed/depth/wind,' she reports.
'The circuit-breaker pops every time I try to switch on.
'A dark-grey-winged albatross has been flying around. The wind generator is spinning happily and putting in a few amps over and above the autopilot consumption. Nice to see!
|Homeward Bound ... Jeanne turns the corner around New Zealand's South Island.|
In the evening, she notes, '6pm: Bad news - think I killed my plotter - :-( - and possibly the other instruments also.
'In checking how to power the plotter up, I touched a live supply - not a good idea.
'Extremely annoying to think I could have been so careless - otherwise I think the plotter would have been working now.'
1900GMT: We made very little distance over the 24hr period, since mainly drifting around, well south of Dunedin, in light wind, getting work done
Bound for the Cape
Total distance covered from Victoria, British Columbia, to the end of Day 233: 19,963 nautical miles.
Dunedin lies 20 nautical miles to the North-North East.
Meanwhile, your blog host here covers some air miles overnight at a speed Jeanne can but envy.
I'm flying with Turkish Airlines to the Cape, close to the Southern Ocean, for a few weeks to work ona story, and to refresh my knowledge of the sea as I weigh up my own voyaging plans.
I'll have my faithful Lenovo with me to keep the blogs going.