Sailing into record books

One hundred days into a round-the-world sailing attempt that departed from Victoria, Jeanne Socrates is on her way to the record books.

The 76 year old hopes to become the oldest person to sail solo, nonstop, around the globe, CTV News reports.

"Found a big squid on deck ... which had caught on a clutch while being hoisted," she wrote in a recent blog post.

Socrates set sail from Victoria in October. She is already the oldest woman make the epic journey, a feat she accomplished when she was 70.

In an email to CTV, Socrates said she made excellent time across the Pacific on her boat, the 38-foot S/V Nereida, but has encountered storms rounding Cape Horn.

"I have frequently heaved in to a safe place to wait and let them go by before continuing on,” she said.

"Avoiding an imminent bad weather system, meant keeping sailing in very rough, big seas and winds up to 40 kt or more - got pretty scary keeping going overnight in those conditions, surfing at up to 12-15kt at times, in the big seas... I was definitely 'hanging on' and not enjoying it!"

She plans to be back in Victoria in June.

– with files from CTV Vancouver Island


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