Our very brave 77-year-old lady circumnavigator is nearly there, nearly home, but getting rather impatient with disobliging weather.
|Wonderful when planned ... The pleasure of swimming is very different from the awful risk of going over the side for Jeanne as she completes her solo non-stop round-the-world voyage. Photo by Camila Cordeiro on Unsplash, with many thanks.|
'Totally dependent on winds coming up...'
In perfect conditions, she notes, it would be just five or six days off ...
'But that is unlikely given present weather forecasts of the High in our way and then a Low developing near the coast.' As many of her pupils have probably said often enough, 'Can't do more than my best.'
And after an estimated 27,238 nautical miles, on this her 327th day of being alone out there on the Great Wide Open, she notes, 'I really want to finish! ASAP!'
Jeanne could be home by early next week, and yet - as with singlehanded sailing - her greatest danger will be present till just about the last moment until she finally steps off Nereida.
Jeanne could be home by early next week, and yet - as with singlehanded sailing - her greatest danger will be with her till just about the last moment.
Falling overboard remains the greatest risk.
Anywhere along the 27,238 miles, she could have tripped and fallen. The chances of her being able to clamber back on board would have been - and are - probably zero.
Eager to get home and concentrating on the pleasure and relaxation to come, Jeanne's concentration could very easily wander and make a tumble overboard likely.
To die that way must be beyond horrible, as so many British sailors back in the days of commercial sail discovered. So horrible, that it was common practice not to learn to swim.
The extreme risk
As I found with a young Chinese sailor on my last voyage, as I tell in Sailing to Purgatory, who knows how long a casualty might float while longing for rescue and yet knowing there is no chance of it.
I've not seen any mention of the extreme risk in Jeanne's blogs, but the danger is ever-present and makes her outstanding and courageous voyage even more astonishing.
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