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Grandmother sailing solo around Cape Horn

British solo sailor Jeanne Socrates is this week over the equator and heading for Cape Horn. Timing her voyage so that she will round Cape Horn in favorable conditions, the grandmother, who didn't learn to sail until she was 51, is hoping that this time she'll make it around the world non-stop and unassisted in her 38-foot boat.

Her voyage started Oct. 10, 2009, from Lanzarote in the Canary Islands and, after a break, restarted in October 2010 from Victoria, B.C.

The 67-year-old Brit attempted a circumnavigation with stops in 2007-2008, but an autopilot failure led to her running aground on a Mexican beach.

This most recent non-stop attempt has been delayed twice - first, two months in with a stop in Cape Town, South Africa, to replace a faulty engine and again in Port Townsend, Wash., for repairs in preparation for the start of the attempt.

After Cape Horn, her route will take her on to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

She plans to complete the voyage next May.

To follow her progress, visit her blog at