Jeanne Socrates on her boat NEREIDA preparing to leave on her circumnavigation by the five great capes. Photo by BRUCE STOTESBURY, TIMES COLONIST.

Sue Hoover passed along this email from Jeanne Socarates who spent a number of months in PT getting her boat NERERIDA prepared for her solo navigation. You can read more about the circumnavigation and Jeanne here and here.

Greetings from ‘Nereida’!
We’re very close now to the ‘Pacific North West’ and B.C. – I’m getting excited at the prospect of finishing my solo circumnavigation via the Five Great Capes of the Southern Ocean: C. Horn (S.America), C. of Good Hope (S.Africa), C. Leeuwin (SW Australia), SE Cape of Tasmania, SW Cape of New Zealand. The last two Capes were rounded by me on this present set of passages for the first time… Being so far S, well into the Southern Ocean, they can be difficult to round, weather in that area so often being nasty, especially coming into winter, as it was, so I was happy to have done so safely!

I expect to ‘close the circle’ on Wednesday 1st August when I reach Tatoosh Island, near Cape Flattery, at the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca (between USA and Canada), which I left in October 2010 at the start of my nonstop RTW attempt, and I should make landfall later that same day in Victoria, B.C. – well before dark, I hope! I’ll be continuing on to Port Townsend over the weekend – ETA Monday 6th Aug.