Monday, August 8, 2011

Jeanne Socrates, SV Nereida

For me, one of the nicest things about being part of a club like HBYC, situated at the foot of Africa, is the string of amazing people who visit us from time to time. The latest is Jeanne Socrates, a very brave woman and sailor, who is singlehanding her Najad 380 all over the world, in a quest to do a singlehanded non-stop circumnavigation. Jeanne gave a talk at the HBYC clubhouse last Thursday evening, telling us of her adventures, including a vicious knockdown off Cape Horn. In her brief time in Cape Town she has climbed every mountain, seen every beach, and even done some club sailing! Fit and fearless!!!

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Jeanne's home, SV Nereida, parked in the HBYC Marina

Of all the long-distance cruisers to come this way, I think this one must be the neatest, cleanest best-kept example of the lot. Note the handy cutter rig, and the ample powerstation on the gantry. Inside she is very well fitted and comfortable.

We wish Jeanne all the best for her future adventures! Read her blog and website at Her radio (ham) callsign is KC2IOV.