Third Time’s the Charm

Following two unsuccessful attempts to circumnavigate the globe non-stop under sail, 70-year-old British sailor Jeanne Socrates finally succeeded in July of this year, completing the journey in 259 days and becoming the oldest woman in history to do so.
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Following two unsuccessful attempts to circumnavigate the globe non-stop under sail, 70-year-old British sailor Jeanne Socrates finally succeeded in July of this year, completing the journey in 259 days and becoming the oldest woman in history to do so. She set sail on her Najad 380, Nereida, from Victoria, BC, and traveled around the five great capes. Her journey helped raise funds for the Marie Curie Cancer Cure, a foundation she feels particularly inspired by, following the untimely death of her husband, George, who succumbed to cancer in 2003. The two had sailed together since 1998, but she heroically completed the toughest journey on her own.

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