It was well past midnight on December 19 when single-hander Jeanne Socrates saw the signal from the lighthouse on Isla Hornos, the desolate island better known to the mariners around the world as Cape Horn. Socrates, age 76, is attempting to become the oldest person to sail around the world solo and unassisted.
An excerpt from Socrates’ blog describes her clearing the ‘Horn: "2:43am AST Wonderful to be passing the Cape finally! Unbelievably at this hour, there was a lot of light around - it never really got dark and now, well before dawn, the Cape was clear to see, with its white flashing light low down. Took lots of photos in hope that one or two might turn out well. Wind and seas suddenly got up, as I'd been warned they would, and we were making good speed at the time of passing. The wind was cold but that didn't matter because the moon was shining between clouds. There was even an early albatross flying by. The whole setting was exhilarating."
Socrates left Victoria, British Columbia in early October 2018 aboard her Najad 380 sailboat Nereida. You can keep up with Socrates’ journey by reading her frequently updated blog. You can get to know her better by reading this story from the December 2016 issue of Soundings.