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s/v Nereida

Several solo circumnavigations by Jeanne Socrates on Nereida - four times solo through Southern Ocean, three times solo around Cape Horn

First was west-about through Tropics from west coast of Mexico and back (through Panama Canal), others were east-about through Southern Ocean around Cape Horn.

Last two were solo, nonstop, unassisted:

 2012-13: Guinness World Record for 'oldest female RTW solo nonstop unassisted' (and first woman to circumnavigate solo, nonstop, unassisted from N. America).
2018-19  - on completion, 7th Sept 2019, became oldest person to circumnavigate passing south of all five Great Capes:  C. Horn, C. of Good Hope, C. Leeuwin, SE Cape of Tasmania, S Cape of Stewart Island/New Zealand.

Daily blogs are posted to website when underway.

(Time was spent in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico, recuperating from a bad fall on 28 Sept 2017, just prior to a planned RTW departure.  Returned to Victoria, B.C., Canada in May 2018 to prepare and then succeeded in nonstop unassisted solo RTW from/to Victoria Hbr.)

Plan on return was to repair Nereida over spring/summer 2020 in B.C., so as to get away cruising once more - to California, Mexico, Polynesia, then on through Pacific to NZ & Australia


 January 2022 update:  The 2020 Covid outbreak found me in Australia. A planned four-month 'clockwise circumnavigation by land-yacht', which started February  2020 after flying to Sydney, came to a temporary halt in Yarloop, south of Perth in Western Australia, with lockdown and restricted movement for 3 months, April - June.
Two flight bookings were cancelled (June, August) & it was impossible to get back to Nereida in Victoria Hbr, B.C., to  do repairs as planned, ready for cruising...    There was no 'escape' from Oz during 2020 nor during 2021 and I was granted a new tourist visa valid until 9th August 2021, followed by a second one valid until August 2022. There was no Covid-19 in the general population in Oz for many months, so it was a good place to have been 'trapped', but it was frustrating not to be able to get back to take care of my boat. I was lucky to have friends in Victoria to look after her until two years later when I was able to fly back to Canada fully-vaccinated, thereby being permitted entry!
Australia has been a safe & wonderful place to explore and I visited many amazing places while here - both on my initial camper van tour, having reached Cairns (in Far North Queensland) from West Australia by end August 2020, and then on several trips around Queensland during Oct 2020 and over 2021.   I  was based in a mainly Covid-free Cairns until February 2022 when I head south to Sydney with a flight mid-March.  I had plenty of writing to get done and it was good to be safely based in the warmth of the Tropics, away from the world-wide contagion (& the Northern winter!).

As so many have commented - I could have been stuck in a far worse place!  In much of Australia, life was Covid-free, almost normal in fact, for eighteen months and the people have been very friendly and supportive!

I'm hoping to repair Nereida in Canada over the coming summer months and then get away sailing south sometime in September.  With any luck, the pandemic will be lessening and cruising will be getting back to normal as we head to 2023.....   We'll see!

(4th January 2022, Cairns, QLD, Australia)