Cruising Association: Interview with record-breaking sailor Jeanne Socrates

The Cruising Association (CA) and Practical Boat Owner (PBO) have released an inspirational video interview with renowned sailor and world record-breaker Jeanne Socrates.

Published 5 months ago

Source:  Cruising Association

The CA and PBO joined forces to host the interview, which offers an exploration of Jeanne’s world-record achievements, challenges faced during solo circumnavigations and the connection she has with the ocean, nature and people she meets on her voyages.

With a wealth of sailing experience, CA member Jeanne boasts an impressive list of accomplishments, including being the oldest person to sail solo, nonstop and unassisted around the world via the Southern Ocean’s five Great Capes.

Jeanne Socrates has received numerous awards including the Blue Water Medal and The Royal Cruising Club Medal for Seamanship; there is even a dock named after her in Victoria Harbour in British Columbia, Canada. Photo (c) PBO website.

Notably, she is recognised as the first woman to sail solo, nonstop unassisted around the world from North America. Her latest adventure began in April 2023, sailing solo from Mexico across the Pacific to New Zealand and onto Australia, aboard her Najad 380 ‘Nereida’.

The short version of the video was first showcased on ‘Women in Marine Day’ at Southampton International Boat Show in September 2023. The full 45-minute recording is now available for viewing, enabling a worldwide audience to celebrate Jeanne’s remarkable journeys and pioneering spirit.

This compelling interview captures the essence of 81-year-old Jeanne, as she recounts moments and shares invaluable insights and experiences with Katy Stickland, Editor of PBO. Jeanne’s narrative promises a fascinating journey for sailors and anyone drawn to the allure of the open sea.

Covering an array of topics, Jeanne responds to questions put to her by CA members and PBO readers. Jeanne’s answers promise to inspire and educate, providing a unique opportunity to learn from one of the most accomplished solo sailors. Jeanne discusses essential toolkit items, trip preparation, route planning, sleep management and fitness. She also shares her perspectives, including on solo sailing adaptations, life lessons, wildlife encounters, and the highs and lows of her journeys.

Watch the video at:  Jeanne Socrates Interview


About the Cruising Association (CA)

Founded in 1908 specifically to meet the needs of cruising sailors, the Cruising Association has been a home to many of the great names in sailing. It is a non-profit mutually supportive association and is acknowledged as the leading organisation for sail and motor cruisers, with over 6,400 members around the world.

The CA provides services, information, help and advice to sailors worldwide using a variety of communication platforms including its website, CAptain’s Mate app, forums, rallies, seminars and events, newsletters and the in-house quarterly magazine Cruising.

About Practical Boat Owner

Practical Boat Owner was launched in 1967 and is a hands-on publication, driven by its readers.  PBO provides a unique blend of helpful advice and in-depth expert information – DIY, boat projects, seamanship, gear and boat tests, practical cruising – for every kind of sailor; power or sail.


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