Accident forces Socrates to abandon solo nonstop circumnavigation attempt

Accident forces Socrates to abandon solo nonstop circumnavigation attempt

Fall off a ladder results in significant trauma requiring surgery and prolonged recovery.

By Tony Gooch - 01/10/2017

OCC member Jeanne Socrates was planning to depart Victoria, British Columbia on October 5 to make a solo nonstop east-about circumnavigation. As a final preparation she had her Najad 380 NEREIDA hauled at a local yard for anti-fouling and inspection. While taking on final stores, Jeanne fell from the top of a ladder and suffered significant physical injury. (Yes, the ladder was tied off.) Jeanne is now in Victoria’s Jubilee Hospital recovering from an operation to repair eight broken ribs. Her neck will be in a brace for three months to allow a fractured vertebrae to heal. Other trauma includes a broken nose and a badly damaged right elbow. Worst of all is the disappointment. If successful on this attempt Jeanne would have been the oldest person, by four years, to make such a voyage. In 2012 Jeanne completed a solo nonstop circumnavigation from Victoria in 260 days.

Jeanne has had more than her fair share of sailing mishaps and disappointments. In 2008, she lost her previous Najad 380 on the beach in Mexico, 60 miles short of completing a circumnavigation. In 2009, in a new Najad 380, she set out to attempt a solo nonstop circumnavigation from Lanzarote, but rigging failure forced her to stop in Cape Town. A second nonstop attempt, from Victoria (B.C.) in October 2010, ended with a knockdown in January 2011, west of Cape Horn. Strong winds and broken gear off southern California forced Jeanne to abandon a similar attempt from Victoria in 2016. Now this terrible accident and disappointment.

We wish Jeanne a full recovery.


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