Solo, round-the-world sailing trip to begin from Ogden Wednesday morning


Jeanne Socrates expects to set sail from Ogden Point Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. on a solo, non-stop and unassisted sail around the world.

On Tuesday, she said she was waiting for a replacement part, and expected it to arrive in time for her to leave Wednesday morning.

Socrates, 74, has already been recognized by Guinness World Records and nautical associations as the oldest woman to circumnavigate the globe in such a fashion. She completed the trip in 2013, Victoria to Victoria in 258 days. She was 70 at the time.

Now she wants to be the oldest person — man or woman — to sail around the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted.

That record is held by yachtsman Minoru Saito of Japan, who completed a successful sail around the globe in June 2005 at the age of 71, according to his website.

Socrates is a mother and grandmother, and former mathematics professor at a university in London, England.

In 1997, Socrates and her husband, George, bought their first sailboat. They spent many happy days sailing, continuing even after 2001, when George was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He died in March at age 65.

She has continued to sail. This latest attempt at circumnavigation is her fourth. Two of her earlier attempts were unsuccessful.

To meet the criteria for a genuine solo, non-stop, unassisted trip Socrates must sail down the coast of the U.S. and the length of South America. Going through the Panama Canal would count as touching land, something not allowed. So she must sail around Cape Horn at the southernmost point of the South America.

After Cape Horn, she will sail on for the southern tip of Africa before heading toward the Tasmania, Australia, northward to New Zealand and back to Victoria. She will avoid areas close to Indonesia and certain parts of the African coast where piracy is a problem.

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