A 69-year-old woman from Ealing is on the 'last leg' of her record attempt to become the first woman to sail around the world alone, nonstop and unassisted.
Now on day 183 of her journey, Jeanne Socrates left Victoria in Canada on 22nd October 2012.
This is her third attempt to complete the journey. On her return to Victoria, she will become the oldest person to sail nonstop on her own around the world.
Jeanne's yacht Nereida is said to be 'battle-scarred' after severe weather caused damage to the vessel. However an emergency stop has so far been averted as she has managed to successfully carry out the repairs herself.
The 70-year-old is putting a brave face on a host of technical issues, having had problems with wind instruments, her electronic compass and the autopilot rudder reference unit.
"Anything screwed or bolted tries to come undone with the constant motion," she said, admitting that - at times - she was "sailing by the seat of her pants".
She is judging the wind strength according to the traditional Beaufort Scale, a system that estimates wind speeds based on the conditions at sea, and dealing with her sails according to the boat's behaviour.
She said: "If we're heeling too much, it's time to reef down - simple! Telling the wind direction is no problem in daylight - I can read the ripples on the water - not a problem!"