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  1. #1
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    Default Should we be worried about Jeanne Socrates

    She is behind her schedule and heading into an area known for bad weather.

    Her badly torn mainsail is 10 years old and has already made multiple circumnavigations. She has it off and in her salon. Repairs involve Gorilla tape.

    She has been on head sails only for the last few days.

    After the last storm she was retrieving her drogue when it got caught in her Hydrovane and damaged it. She says it is beyond her ability to repair.
    Monkey patching programmer [retired ]

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Should we be worried about Jeanne Socrates

    800 miles to Hobart followed by the bottom end of the Tasman in May with only an electronic autopilot ....?

    I know what I would be doing....

    Simple map for the next four days can be seen here http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/charts/4day_col.shtml

    Look at Windy.com for a real fright..... that behind you and the west coast of Tasmania followed by the west coast of South Island ahead of you would, I feel, lead to sleepless nights...

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    Default Re: Should we be worried about Jeanne Socrates

    She's spent a lot more time down there than the rest of us...

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    Default Re: Should we be worried about Jeanne Socrates

    Quote Originally Posted by TQA View Post
    After the last storm she was retrieving her drogue when it got caught in her Hydrovane and damaged it. She says it is beyond her ability to repair.
    Damaged the drogue or the Hydrovane?
    "Seamen are always wanting to do things the proper way; and I like to do them my way."

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    Default Re: Should we be worried about Jeanne Socrates

    Hydrovane

    https://svnereida.com/blog/5080-day-...ss-comes-close

    She's a plucky sailor but I worry about the overall general condition of her boat and gear and general preparation.

    Still, she's far braver than me and I wish her good luck and hope she completes her circumnavigation.
    Quote Originally Posted by JumbleDuck View Post
    Damaged the drogue or the Hydrovane?

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Should we be worried about Jeanne Socrates

    Quote Originally Posted by GHA View Post
    She's spent a lot more time down there than the rest of us...
    My last day job was 18 years on western Bass Strait, prior to that 1974/80 running Fremantle/Geelong....

    My last ocean crossing ( summer 2016 ) saw us losing the lower bit of the wind vane self steerer half way from NZ to Chile and 2 of us having to hand steer for three weeks ( autopilot went walkabout) to Pto Montt..

    She is not in a good place or situation....

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    Default Re: Should we be worried about Jeanne Socrates

    Looking at the predicted track of the storm, and her actual position on her website, I think the storm will pass to the south of her.
    It's nice to be important........ but more important to be nice

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    Default Re: Should we be worried about Jeanne Socrates

    She's still blogging.... See Day 201

    https://svnereida.com/blog


    Conditions seem to have eased - for now.

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    Default Re: Should we be worried about Jeanne Socrates

    Her Blog sounds positive. JSD being retrieved and repacked, weather status known and accounted for, yacht steering under autopilot and she has a spare ram.

    It reads like she is prepared and knows what she is doing.

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    Default Re: Should we be worried about Jeanne Socrates

    The problem is that she is 240 miles north of where she needs to be in a week's time to avoid running into Tasmania... and after the current weather system passes through there will be another one coming along close behind it.

    If she isn't careful she will be obliged to steer SE with NW/SW winds and SW swell.

    This may be of interest to some http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDT65014.shtml

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