Grandmother starts non-stop solo circumnavigation

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Attempting to sail single-handed and non-stop around the world may not be the typical behavior of a 67-year-old grandmother.

But Jeanne Socrates is not typical. And now, weather permitting, the retired schoolteacher will cast off from Victoria in her 38-foot boat, Nereida, on an epic, seven-month journey.

Socrates, who was born and lives in London, chose Victoria as her starting point partly because it's a favorite spot and she has lots of sailing friends here.

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