An eager Jeanne Socrates is nearly there, just a few miles from home, but slowed considerably by a teasing breeze that doesn't want to exactly hurry her over the finish line at British Columbia.
|Almost on the doorstep ... A local news site reports that circumnavigator Jeanne Socrates would have been home today, but for a sudden drop of the breeze. Thanks to Adrian Lam of the Times Colonist for the photo at the other end of the circumnavigation.|
Yesterday, as the former maths teacher sailed close to Canada, she noted very excitedly, 'Landfall getting close!'
She noted that she had just over 100 miles to go, a distance the good yacht Nereida would normally manage easily in a day.
'A Wednesday landfall is still possible,' Jeanne signalled, 'but only if there's a good wind!'
Even so close to her home port, the oceans had plenty of magic to offer. She logged, '5pm: Whale surfaced several times very close to us - quite a large one!
'It looked like the same type of whale as seen a week or so ago - all smooth, very dark grey/black, no barnacles seen, with a small recurved dorsal fin.'
She guessed that the monster, about as long as her yacht, was either a minke or a fin whale.
The tone of her teaching days echoed in the log yesterday. 'Had to warn two fishing boats overnight that we've no engine and were drifting under sail alone with very little wind.
Request to coastguards
'I asked Prince Rupert coastguard to help contact a second boat, which was not responding to my VHF calls.
'Both vessels eventually replied to my calls, saying they'd stay well away.'
Just as well Jeanne isn't sailing European waters for she might not be quite so likely to find fishermen quite so obliging.
She reports proudly that the total distance covered from Victoria, British Columbia, to end of Day 335 is 27,771 nautical miles.
'Wind backed more - South-West now. Gybed mainsail. Very slow.'
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