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Jeanne Socrates

Jeanne's 2016 attempts at solo sail around the globe - nonstop & unassisted

I'll be sailing through the Southern Ocean & back for RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution because they need funds to keep saving lives at sea

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by 17 supporters

RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

We are a 24 hour search & rescue service to save lives at sea

Charity Registration No. 209603


Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

The RNLI is independent of government funding and the crews of the RNLI lifeboats are all volunteers.  They need our support to keep them well-trained and their equipment up to date if they're to be able to launch safely and succeed in their lifesaving efforts night and day.   

Please donate what you in support of my efforts to complete a circuit around the globe single-handed, via Cape Horn, under sail alone and without setting foot on land until I finish.

I expect to be at sea for around 7-8 months, hoping to get safely around the Five Great Capes of the Southern Ocean and back to my starting point without any outside help and without using my motor (which will be sealed).

I'll post daily blogs to my website ( and I'll be talking each day to people on land around the world on my HF radio, which I use for emails as well - so I shan't be quite alone!

If any problems arise (and they usually do!), I'll have to deal with them using tools & spares I'll carry onboard ... and all food for my time at sea will need to be with me from the start of my journey - fresh eggs turned daily will last several months, onions and potatoes most of the way, and I'll also have canned and dried foods. 

Drinking water will come from a water-maker (desalinator) working off my batteries and I'll have long-life milk and fruit juices as ballast! My batteries will be mainly powered by the sun and the wind, with a small backup generator to help on windless, overcast days.

I'll do my own weather routing using my radio to get the information - 'grib' weather files will come as email attachments and weather faxes will come direct from onshore transmitters located beside whichever sea area I happen to be in. 

It's useful to know when a storm is expected - they're very frequent over a good part of my route - and in planning my route I'll try to stay out of both calms and storms and in favourable wind as far as possible.

I'm hoping to use my sextant to practise navigation skills made rusty from frequent use of GPS.  The Southern Ocean is often overcast so taking regular sights won't always be possible - but when well offshore, in the middle of an ocean, that's not a problem!

This will be my fourth solo circumnavigation and, I hope, my second successful nonstop one - your support will mean a lot to me and help me to succeed. When I finish, I'll become the oldest person to have sailed around nonstop, solo, unassisted. (I already hold the Guinness World Record as the oldest woman to have done so.)

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