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". Replying to Panoramix:    #1285 Posted June 6 "Very cool. Afte

They've just mounted a bronze plaque on the Wall of History, in the Victoria inner harbour, just across from the Provincial Legislature.  This is just above the walkway where several months ago they n

Jeanne has crossed her outbound track!  I know that she wants to cross her Victoria starting line, but as far as I'm concerned -- she's done it!  Congratulations to an inspiring human being!

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She is moving again and looks to be able to catch wind as she crosses the border line, you can see her pink symbol below P Renfrew on the border line. Yikes 30 knots...she could be in tonight. The warfinger told me she will be on A dock in front of the Empress when she gets in and then moves to B dock behind me. I may have to resort to the dinghy if I can't get the boat out, there is a visiting yacht club here.

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From 1 hour ago...but will the wind be enough to bring her in tonight??? Will she heave to again? Windy in the harbour right now, some gusts making the rig sing.

Jeanne is gaining traction and passing Neah Bay now. A flotilla has been organized to leave at 9:30 am tomorrow (Saturday) morning from Ogden Point. The flotilla will travel to the East side of Race Rocks to meet up with Jeanne, then sail back with her, into the Inner Harbour. Join in and bring your horns!

Please use VHF Channel 72 to communicate with other vessels in the flotilla. We will continue to update as we receive more information.

For up to date tracking, you can follow Jeanne here: https://www.gsattrack.com/Track

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1620 Friday Sept 6: 43 nm. from Victoria

  • 06/09/2019 22:11:15
  • Address:    Washington, USA
  • Lat/Lng:    48.377400, -124.368000
  • Speed:    3.9 knots
  • Heading:    128°

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https://www.windy.com/?48.402,-123.819,10,m:eZMacHR

Wind NW 8 knots gusting to 17 knots, Waves W 2 feet at 8 sec.

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2019-09-06 Fri  3:10 PM PDT   -1.0 knots  Max Ebb
2019-09-06 Fri  7:46 PM PDT    0.0 knots  Slack, Flood Begins
2019-09-06 Fri  7:49 PM PDT   Sunset
2019-09-06 Fri  8:36 PM PDT    0.1 knots  Max Flood
2019-09-06 Fri  9:25 PM PDT   -0.0 knots  Slack, Ebb Begins
2019-09-07 Sat  3:02 AM PDT   -1.7 knots  Max Ebb
2019-09-07 Sat  6:43 AM PDT   Sunrise
2019-09-07 Sat  7:32 AM PDT    0.0 knots  Slack, Flood Begins
2019-09-07 Sat 10:05 AM PDT    0.7 knots  Max Flood
2019-09-07 Sat 12:49 PM PDT   -0.0 knots  Slack, Ebb Begins
2019-09-07 Sat  4:30 PM PDT   -1.0 knots  Max Ebb

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The "Pink Man" is on the promenade, stands so still he looks like a statue. Once in a while he moves and freaks out some old people or some girls, etc. Endless entertainment to watch from the cockpit.:D No word on whether he does bow or only rail meat...

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1 minute ago, Norse Horse said:

The "Pink Man" is on the promenade, stands so still he looks like a statue. Once in a while he moves and freaks out some old people or some girls, etc. Endless entertainment to watch from the cockpit.:D No word on whether he does bow or only rail meat...

Classic Victoria summer waterfront scene.  See if you can get Dave Harris, the well-known one man band there, to do a lively sailor’s tune, in Jeanne’s honour!  Sailor’s Horn Pipe?  He knows tons of songs.

Or, sea chanty “Bound for British Columbia” (sung to the tune of the classic, “Bound for South Australia”).  ‘And as we wallop around Cape Horn / You will wish you’d never been born!”

 

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2 hours ago, Norse Horse said:

From 1 hour ago...but will the wind be enough to bring her in tonight??? Will she heave to again? Windy in the harbour right now, some gusts making the rig sing.

Jeanne is gaining traction and passing Neah Bay now. A flotilla has been organized to leave at 9:30 am tomorrow (Saturday) morning from Ogden Point. The flotilla will travel to the East side of Race Rocks to meet up with Jeanne, then sail back with her, into the Inner Harbour. Join in and bring your horns!

Please use VHF Channel 72 to communicate with other vessels in the flotilla. We will continue to update as we receive more information.

For up to date tracking, you can follow Jeanne here: https://www.gsattrack.com/Track

I hope there is plenty of video taken. This is history in the making!

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0730 Saturday, Sept 7: ~18 nm. from Victoria, heading NW

  • 07/09/2019 13:18:04
  • Address:    Sooke Point Place, Sooke, British Columbia, Canada
  • Lat/Lng:    48.306300, -123.742000
  • Speed:    0.0 knots
  • Heading:    336°

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https://www.windy.com/?48.331,-123.527,11,m:eZFacIV

Wind W 4 knots gusting to 13 knots, Waves W 1 foot at 7 secs.
about to become very light (SW 3 knots) as flood begins...

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Heading out a little later to greet her. She has tide and wind it looks like Race Rocks was 35 knots last night.

https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-123.7/centery:48.4/zoom:10

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Race Rocks Lightstation

09:00 AM PDT 07 September 2019

This table is a summary of hourly weather conditions for the past 24 hours.
Please note that these observations might not always be representative of weather conditions over their associated marine area.
Date / Time
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Wind(knots) Conditions Visibility(km) Pressure(kPa) Air tempC) Relative humidity(%) Dew pointC)
07 September 2019
9:00 WSW 10 N/A N/A 101.7 12 92 11
8:00 WSW 12 N/A N/A 101.8 13 87 11
7:00 SW 11 N/A N/A 101.8 13 91 11
6:00 WSW 10 gust 15 N/A N/A 101.7 13 89 11
5:00 W 17 N/A N/A 101.8 14 86 12
4:00 WSW 15 N/A N/A 101.8 13 91 11
3:00 W 16 N/A N/A 101.8 13 88 11
2:00 W 17 N/A N/A 101.8 14 85 12
1:00 W 24 N/A N/A 101.8 14 85 11
0:00 W 19 N/A N/A 101.8 14 85 12
06 September 2019
23:00 W 26 N/A N/A 101.9 14 84 12
22:00 W 28 N/A N/A 101.9 15 80 12
21:00 W 26 N/A N/A 101.9 16 79 12
20:00 W 26 N/A N/A 101.8 14 85 12
19:00 W 30 N/A N/A 101.8 16 78 13
18:00 W 30 N/A N/A 101.8 16 76 12
17:00 W 35 N/A N/A 101.8 17 75 12
16:00 W 34 N/A N/A 101.8 16 76 12
15:00 W 27 N/A N/A 101.8 17 78 13
14:00 W 24 N/A N/A 101.8 15 82 12
13:00 W 23 N/A N/A 101.8 13 92 12
12:00 WSW 16 gust 21 N/A N/A 101.8 13 98 13
11:00 W 22 N/A N/A 101.7 13 98 13
10:00 W 25 N/A N/A 101.7 13 98 12
9:00 WSW 19 N/A N/A 101.7 12 97 11
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WEB CAM with Marine Traffic AIS at Ogden Point, Victoria BC

http://www.bigwavedave.ca/webcams.php?cam=10

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"Wind SSW 4 knots gusting to 8 knots"

1100 Saturday, Sept 7: less than 10 nm. to Victoria

  • 07/09/2019 16:49:36
  • Address:    William Head Road, Metchosin, British Columbia, Canada
  • Lat/Lng:    48.287900, -123.518000
  • Speed:    3.9 knots
  • Heading:    98°

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Norse, are you transmitting AIS?  Boat name?  Damn, this is frustrating, the AIS coverage is so spotty...

There are webcams on the Race Rocks light, but the best I could do is find some tiny sailboat-sized pixels.  I'm guessing Jeanne is still 1-2 hours from Ogden Pt.  No sailboats seen yet on that webcam.

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Looks like BLUEBERRY GULL in formation and leading her now?  (can't be sure about that due to AIS sync)  ~6 nm. from Victoria

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Wind speed on camera just jumped from 3 knots to "SSE 6 knots gusting to 7 knots"

 

1222 ~4 nm. from Ogden Point?

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  • 07/09/2019 18:20:23
  • Address:    Delgada Road, Metchosin, British Columbia, Canada
  • Lat/Lng:    48.352600, -123.451000
  • Speed:    3.9 knots
  • Heading:    13°
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Woo hoo!

What an incredible feeling it must be to finally be arriving home!  Extraordinary staying power and just doing whatever needs to be done to keep on going, since last October, through so many ups and downs .  I’m truly in awe.

Congratulations, Jeanne!

(Sadly, I’m stuck in a classroom all day today in an incredibly dry, technical course on the Canadian Electrical Code, thinking about sailing instead! :-) )

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1530 Sept. 7, 0.62 nm. from Ogden Point breakwater

  • 07/09/2019 21:21:33
  • Address:    Anson Crescent, Esquimalt, British Columbia, V9A 7C2, Canada
  • Lat/Lng:    48.406000, -123.405000
  • Speed:    0.0 knots
  • Heading:    344°

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Wind is about to change, according to Windy.com...  by 1600

https://www.windy.com/?48.430,-123.431,12,m:eZPacJu

Wind SW 3 knots gusting to 11 knots, expected to increase by 1600 to SW 9 knots gusting to 18 knots

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I don't know her.  She might be a pain in the ass, or the most wonderful personality you ever met.  I don't know.

At my birthday party my daughter brought the most unpleasant person I've ever met.  And then she picked up a guitar and I would have tried to make her happy forever.  If she had let me.

I believe this young woman is in that league.

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congratulations on a remarkable circumnavigation. :)

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Seems I can't cut and paste from the Times Colonist but their statement that the previous oldest was Minuro Saito is incorrect.....

https://www.worldrecordacademy.org/travel/oldest-person-to-sail-solo-non-stop-around-the-world-tony-curphey-219207

He is  Susanne Huber's husband.....

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10 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

Truly remarkable - at any age but especially so for a person pushing 80.

I guess 80 really IS the new 60. :D

Don't forget that in 2017 she fell off her boat in the yard and broke her neck and ribs, and had a concussion.  Truly remarkable indeed.

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Well done Jeanne.

She must feel a bit weird now, she has just transitioned from mostly alone for nearly a year to talking to a lot of people within 24 hours.... Obviously it must be next to impossible to convey what she has lived and how she feels with words.

And it isn't the end... she now owns a tired boat and needs to decide what to do next.

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3 hours ago, Cisco said:

Seems I can't cut and paste from the Times Colonist but their statement that the previous oldest was Minuro Saito is incorrect.....

https://www.worldrecordacademy.org/travel/oldest-person-to-sail-solo-non-stop-around-the-world-tony-curphey-219207

He is  Susanne Huber's husband.....

Not surprising the journalist didn’t know that (a specialty sailing pub journo might, esp. since it’s pretty “new” news?).  Minoru Saito came to my mind, too, when thinking about older people who’d done it before (I recall Saito was trying to set a record).

The holders of this record for oldest (77) and youngest (16, Jessica Watson) are both women.  Coincidence?  Not. They’re tougher at endurance, I think.  Totally non-scientific opinion :-). (But Jeanne’s recent ladder fall/broken bones supports my thesis...)  

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Hats off.   Phenomenal accomplishment. 

Reading her blog gave me a much better understanding of the mind set of a cruising sailor, no hurry, be prepared to heave to for long periods and ensure safety, rather than my automatic instinct to go as fast as possible at all times.

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On 9/7/2019 at 7:22 PM, Foiling Optimist said:

Reading that article, I see that Jeanne, 77, has been sailing since she was 48, and “seriously” so (I.e., offshore) —and singlehanding since 2001.

That’s, like, 29 years of offshore sailing experience, the last 18 or so of it singlehanding.

 

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On 9/8/2019 at 11:54 AM, Panoramix said:

Well done Jeanne.

She must feel a bit weird now, she has just transitioned from mostly alone for nearly a year to talking to a lot of people within 24 hours.... Obviously it must be next to impossible to convey what she has lived and how she feels with words.

And it isn't the end... she now owns a tired boat and needs to decide what to do next.

She could write a book or two about her adventures and feats that she has accomplished and go on tour as a motivational speaker perhaps. 

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Here is a nice photo of the front page of the Victoria newspaper.  Very nice to see that they put Jeanne on the top of the page, and the relatively minor story about the first Canadian to EVER win a grand-slam tennis tournament on the bottom of the page.  Good priorities.

 

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Here's a quote from the newspaper link above:

Mentally, Socrates said her survival rests in always believing when something breaks “there’s a way around it; if you can’t do it this way you’ll find another way to do it.” In the face of a life-threatening storm you have to think “it will pass,” she said. “If you just get through the moment it will be OK.”

Those are words to live by. 

Well done Jeanne!

 

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11 hours ago, bugger said:

Here's a quote from the newspaper link above:

Mentally, Socrates said her survival rests in always believing when something breaks “there’s a way around it; if you can’t do it this way you’ll find another way to do it.” In the face of a life-threatening storm you have to think “it will pass,” she said. “If you just get through the moment it will be OK.”

Those are words to live by. 

Well done Jeanne!

 

Amen.

Jeanne - you might remember we spoke many years ago. Your perspective and tenacity (illustrated above) and your love for sailing has helped me through some rough times of my own.

Much respect madame.

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I'm bummed I wasn't able to be part of the flotilla. Watching Jeanne circle the globe has been personal somehow. I have never been so emotionally involved with watching someone's voyage. 

Does Jeanne plan a trip to Port Townsend? Maiden was here recently and it was a bigger crowd than Seattle.

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On 1/21/2019 at 9:49 AM, chester said:

well I think she demonstrates some courage and a lot of gumption but...I think she should pole out a head sail, point at capetown and then call it a day.

Dear Jeanne

I said this way back when you were in the south atlantic, I'm sorry I doubted you.  Congratulations on an epic achievement in human resolve and resilience

Chester

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Neptune tormented her to the end with the light air. She was sideways there for a while. The fireboats cheered everyone up with thier ballet and horns replaced applause. By the time she made the finish line, my air horn had frozen up and stopped. There was even a guy in a rib out there with a placard he made, which simply stated, "Proud of You"

Not ten minutes after she got the tow in, 15 knots of wind came in and 10 boats caught a beam reach out to the lighthouse back to their home marinas. It was so good the trimaran was war whooping and the Thunderbird put up the chute as he peeled off for the shortcut inside the light. I had bolted too, time to get back home and work on the house.

There was a spectacular lightning show that evening over Washington State, with literally hundreds of flashes, with thousands left without power. I had to check Victoria radar to see if I was going to get hammered by it at Sidney Spit, but it was clear  that it was passing well to the south. It still lit up the bay like daylight and might have been Neptune's last gesture to Nereida, IDK.-_-

Nereida was looking clean on her hull, as far as you could see in between the wave slop. There was none of the black crap we saw on Matt's boat. Forgive me for looking under her stern but there was an impressive collection of mussels under her counter, enough that I wondered about her lock to lock ability. Her main sail was cleaner than mine.

Very nice of the Fairmont Empress to put her up for a night. After such a painful end to her accomplishment solo I think most thought she needed a good rest and not to bother her. I don't think she will forget the cheers and horns from hundreds of well wishers, the fireboats, police and CG and whalerwatchers escort.

5 orcas passed me in Swanson Channel on the way home, a momma and her wee baby beside her included, a special ending for a really nice trip to Victoria.

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4 hours ago, Ajax said:

She should take down her blown-apart jib, cut it into tiny squares and sell the pieces in her upcoming book. ;)

Great idea. I'll suggest it to her.  It would make the hardcover version of her book all that much more valuable.

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Stunning to me that so few news organisations have picked this up..  This should be a big deal..  and some good optimistic news for a change...

 

But hats off to Scott who did put her on the front page: https://sailinganarchy.com/ on Sept 8... full story here: https://sailinganarchy.com/2019/09/08/scotw-68/

Again, Congratulations to Jeanne....  I hope that I shall be as resilient in my 'golden years'.....

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4 hours ago, h20man said:

Stunning to me that so few news organisations have picked this up..  This should be a big deal..  and some good optimistic news for a change...

 

Do a Google search on Jeanne Socrates over just the past 7 days and you'll find a lot of coverage, from place you wouldn't think.  She's famous and I'm lucky to call her a friend.

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The press coverage was overall better than might have been feared. CBC didn't cover it on the provincial or national radio news to my knowledge, which was a bit disappointing but it must have been on the Island CBC as it did get on the CBC website. The Times Colonist evidently did a great job and I think their story got picked up by several other outlets as the text looked familiar. I don't know about everyone else but right up until the end, which, as someone here said, was very far away even when it was close, there was always the thought that Jeanne might have a major failure and it would all be over. And it would probably have felt like, "Oh well, it never had much chance of succeeding anyway". Now that she really is finished though, the enormity of the achievement really sinks in.  At 77 you can go do whatever the hell you want but I hope she goes around and gives a few talks at yacht clubs or whatever. I'll be there with bells on. Thanks to everyone on this site for making Jeanne's journey that much more compelling to follow. 

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The local TV in Victoria, CHEK News, has covered her extensively, over the past several voyages and attempted voyages, and mishaps.  They had several interviews with her from the high seas and they were certainly leading the call to get people on the dock for her finish.  I spoke with their camera man just as she was pulling into the dock. See this link for some of their many stories: https://www.cheknews.ca/?s=socrates

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She posted this morning. Blog Nereida

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What an amazing welcome! ...  from people on so many boats nearby keeping us ('Nereida' and me!) company and from people on the Ogden Pt breakwater, many of whom had been waiting since mid-morning.   When we neared the harbour, the Fire Boat came out and gave a magnificent water display from its hoses - three streams of water formed a moving curtain of water, and the boat itself seemed often to spin on  the spot - a real pleasure to watch - thanks for a wonderful display!    Later, there was a big welcome on shore after we finally managed to drift  across the finish line, despite almost no wind - with occasional short-lived gusts having frequently given a false impression that the wind was getting stronger. 
 
The day  before had seen a beautiful sail in good wind and bright sunshine down the Juan de Fuca Strait towards Race Rock - with the mountains of Vancouver Island to the N and those of Washington State to the S.   The wind had died again by the time Sooke was reached, so the night was spent drifting - but in company with Bob on 'Duet', who had come out to meet 'Nereida' and stayed nearby all night.  'Duet' left us soon after dawn, by which time I'd managed to get just two hours' sleep and was now trying to round Race Rock in a wind that had teasingly strengthened a little, before heading towards Victoria Harbour, visible in the distance - this time with John and Marj on 'Sauterelle' for company - but in increasingly light wind.
 
More boats came along to welcome us as the day progressed - it was lovely to see so many familiar faces after so long away.  But the wind was determinedly light and mostly from almost dead astern, making it difficult getting to the line.  I seemed to be gybing the mainsail again and again...  But eventually, just before 5pm, the wind came up a touch more and we were able to get closer and closer - finally crossing to a cacophony of horns and cheering ... 
 
I couldn't stop smiling and was delighted to see so many lining the harbour walls and docks .....  Thank you all so much for waiting around for so long and giving us such a wonderful welcome back!"
 
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On 9/10/2019 at 11:42 AM, Foolish said:

Great idea. I'll suggest it to her.  It would make the hardcover version of her book all that much more valuable.

Have a limited special edition of her book with the hardcover laminated with a piece of that jib! That would be a fine memento.

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Have a limited special edition of her book with the hardcover laminated with a piece of that jib! That would be a fine memento.

I've already discussed this with her.  She mentioned that Jessica Watson actually sold parts of her sails as a way to raise funds.  Lots of good ideas out there.

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They've just mounted a bronze plaque on the Wall of History, in the Victoria inner harbour, just across from the Provincial Legislature.  This is just above the walkway where several months ago they named a dock in her honour.   Jeannis was on a multi-city speaking tour in Australia when the pandemic hit.  So she's stuck down there, hoping to fly back to Victoria and sail away to the South Pacific. 

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