Jeanne Socrates


October 28, 2023

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October 28, 2023

Jeanne Socrates (born 17 August 1942) is a British yachtswoman from Lymington. She holds the record as the oldest female to have circumnavigated the world single-handed, and she is the only woman to have circumnavigated solo nonstop from North America.

  • 2013: The first woman to complete solo non stop circumnavigation from North America and at 71, the oldest woman to sail solo non stop around the world. aboard the 38-foot Najad 380 cruising yacht Nereida

She completed her 320-day voyage in Victoria, Canada, becoming the oldest person to sail around the world alone, non-stop, and unassisted at the age of 77. However, this record was later surpassed by Australian solo sailor Bill Hatfield.

  • 2019: At 77, the oldest person to complete a solo non-stop circumnavigation around the 5 Great Capes.

Despite facing numerous challenges, including damage to her boat and personal injuries, Socrates has shown remarkable resilience and determination.

Her achievements have earned her several awards and recognitions, including the Cruising Club of America’s Blue Water Medal and the Royal Cruising Club Medal for Seamanship in 2013.

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