Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Will solo sailor Jeanne shun temptation?

LONE CIRCUMNAVIGATOR Jeanne Socrates battles on with her two big world record attempts and seems in good spirits in the Roaring Forties, now on the tempting African side of the Greenwich Meridian.
 Jeanne's published logs tell of the weather, sail changes, and of course more of the weather. She sails
currently in an area famous for strong Westerlies, the Roaring Forties, as the name tells.
 However, the wind seems not to be obliging and that's likely to add greatly to the real challenge that Jeanne will be facing soon.
She notes a recent surprisingly long sleep, which suggests her sailing is not exactly demanding at the moment.
 And that's not likely to help the lady with the real problem lying just a little beyond the horizon - Temptation.
 She and her yacht Nereida are getting closer to the African coast every minute. If she remains at 40˚, then at least she won't see Africa.

Pleasures, delights

However, radio signals will be strong, and the pleasures, delights, hospitality, companionship and the area's fabulous scenery - which the eyes must welcome after all this time at sea - will be temptingly close.
Her bid is to be the oldest woman to sail solo nonstop unassisted around the world , and the first woman to sail solo nonstop unassisted around the world from North America.
 To achieve that, she has to remain in the Southern Ocean and the Roaring Forties till her left turn, to port, after Australia, still a very long way off.
 But humanity, a very sophisticated society - albeit surrounded by appalling poverty and circumstances of the modern-day Cape - will soon be just over the horizon. And Jeanne knows well the astonishing hospitality that the Cape offers long-distance yachting folk.
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