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By Katherine  |  27 Nov 2017 16:00:00

 

Welcome to our new blog page. We hope to be able to share information about products and services that will be useful to you, as well as news and stories about some of the amazing people we meet and hear about.

 

We were recently inspired by a story in Sail-World about a 70 year old woman who, on her third attempt, successfully sailed around the world single-handed. Intrepid British woman Jeanne Socrates, 70, set off  from Victoria in Canada, in October last year. She sold her family home to take up the gruelling challenge after the death of her husband – who she learnt to sail with in her 50s. Now after more than 250 days at sea Mrs Socrates has become the oldest woman to circumnavigate the world non-stop, solo.

sailing solo around the world
Jeanne Socrates, sailing non-stop around the world - image credit Ian Grant 

Speaking after she docked in Victoria, Canada, the grandmother-of-three said her achievement was a victory for the elderly. She said: “I am the oldest by a long shot – who else would be crazy enough to do it?

“As soon as you mention your age and number to other people they get very ageist. They classify you and put you in a pocket as being old and no good.

“But we shouldn’t be, we are no different as people.”

The grandmother and retired teacher raised money for Marie Curie Cancer Care, a British program that provides free home nursing for terminally ill cancer patients.

You can read more about Jeanne and her solo voyage HERE

 

 

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