Now, I don’t want to get ahead of myself, and crown Socrates for her incredible voyage yet. Her first attempt, which started November 2009, ended in Cape Town with engine problems. Her second attempt, which started October 2010, ended some 100 miles west of Cape Horn with a severe knockdown and damage. The interesting thing, though, is that after both these setbacks, Socrates pulled herself and her boat together and sailed on. In fact, after repairs near Cape Horn she completed a 5 Great Cape Southern Ocean circumnavigation. And I should mention that even before she embarked on her two solo, non-stop attempts she (almost) completed a solo circumnavigation (with stops), after departing from Mexico in March 2008. I include a parenthetical “almost” because she had the misfortune to be driven ashore just 60 miles short of completing the voyage. Still, how many sailors would still be at it, after all that? So no matter how you look at it, this is one persistent lady. Fortitudine Vincimus.