77-year-old Jeanne Socrates is making her third attempt to become the oldest person to sail around the world solo. (Black Press Media File)

Bad winds force Victoria’s Record-breaking sailor back out to sea

Jeanne Socrates aims to break the world record as the oldest person to sail the world on a solo trip

A world-record holding sailor is facing a sluggish slide to her finish line.

Victoria resident Jeanne Socrates has been sailing for 338 days in an effort to break the world record as the oldest person to perform a solo sailing trip, uninterrupted, around the world. Socrates already holds the title as the oldest woman to do so after doing a similar trip in 2013.

However, now just 127 km away from her destination in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Socrates faces a stand-still due to a lack of wind.

ALSO READ: Victoria’s record-setting sailor’s homecoming delayed by slow winds

On Wednesday, when she was around 125 km away, Socrates told Black Press that she was traveling at “a walking speed,” and had hoped for the winds to pick up.

Tracking Socrates online, however, it can be seen that she had entered the Strait of Juan de Fuca, only to have to turn around early on Thursday morning.

As of Thursday afternoon, Socrates was moving at an average pace of 1.4 knots (2.59 km) per hour, slowly making a u-turn.

ALSO READ: Senior sailor leaves Victoria to sail around the world — again

“Checking weather to see if Friday afternoon is possible..?” Socrates wrote quickly on her blog on Thursday.

According to Environment Canada, winds are expected to pick up at the west entrance of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, coming from the west. A strong wind warning is in effect predicting that the wind is expected to reach up to 10 knots early Friday morning, increasing to 20 knots by Friday afternoon.

To track Socrates live you can visit gsattrack.com or marinetraffic.com

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com


Send a Tweet: @NicoleCrescenzi

Like us on Facebook  

Boating

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Kwick’kanum (Eric Pelkey), a hereditary chief of the Tsawout Nation, addressed the crowd that gathered at Mount Newton Cross Road and Highway 17 on Oct. 23. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
UPDATED: Pat Bay Highway reopens after rally supporting Mi’kmaq fishing rights

Supporters call on government to recognize Indigenous treaty rights

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is looking for this man, who they say stole a charity box. (Facebook/Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers)
Crime Stoppers looking for man who stole charity box from Saanich grocery store

Anyone with information asked to call Crime Stoppers

Sooke man Rik Downer spent two weeks in the Royal Jubilee Hospital after contracting flesh-eating bacteria. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Sooke man’s bumped knee leads to fight for life

Man unknowingly contracts case of rare flesh-eating disease

Victoria High School. (Black Press Media file photo)
Alumni Association abandons plans for eight-lane track at Vic High

SD61 spokesperson says easement, which makes 8-lane track impossible, left out of consultation

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry gives a daily briefing on COVID-19 cases at an almost empty B.C. Legislature press theatre in Victoria, B.C., on March 25, 2020. (Don Craig/B.C. government)
B.C. sees 223 new COVID-19 cases, now 2,009 active

Two new care home outbreaks in Surrey, Burnaby

Advance polls are open from Oct. 15 to 21 with election day on Oct. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)
100 Mile Conservation officer Joel Kline gingerly holds an injured but very much alive bald eagle after extracting him from a motorist’s minivan. (Photo submitted)
B.C. driver thought he retrieved a dead bald eagle – until it came to life in his backseat

The driver believed the bird to be dead and not unconscious as it turned out to be

Chastity Davis-Alphonse took the time to vote on Oct. 21. B.C’s general Election Day is Saturday, Oct. 24. (Chastity Davis-Alphonse Facebook photo)
B.C. reconciliation advocate encourages Indigenous women to vote in provincial election

Through the power of voice and education Chastity Davis-Alphonse is hopeful for change

A Le Chateau retail store is shown in Montreal on Wednesday July 13, 2016. Le Chateau Inc. says it is seeking court protection from creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act to allow it to liquidate its assets and wind down its operations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Clothing retailer Le Chateau plans to close its doors, files for CCAA protection

Le Chateau said it intends to remain fully operational as it liquidates its 123 stores

Green party Leader Sonia Furstenau arrives to announce her party’s election platform in New Westminster, B.C., on October 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. Green party says it’s raised nearly $835,000 in 38 days

NDP Leader John Horgan is holding his final virtual campaign event

U.S. border officers at the Peace Arch crossing arrested two men on California warrants this week. (File photo)
Ottawa predicts system delays, backlogs unless court extends life of refugee pact

Canada and the United States recognize each other as safe places to seek protection

BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson,  BC NDP leader John Horgan and BC Green leader Sonia Furstenau. (File)
B.C. VOTES 2020: Climate change and sustainability promises from the parties

Snap election has led to a short campaign; here’s the lowdown on the platforms

Most Read