Circumnavigator Visits Long-Distance Supporters

For some, bobbing alone in the waters of the South Pacific without any contact to the outside world except the static and strange voices pulsing through a radio would be unnerving. But for 70-year-old circumnavigator Jeanne Socrates, it was nirvana.

“It’s addicting, like being on top of a mountain with no one else around,” Socrates said.

For many people, retirement means a time to slow down, take care of grandchildren or travel to the places they’ve never had time or money to see when they were working. Socrates, once a math teacher in her hometown of London, England, has spent much of her retirement time breaking records — the latest of which was becoming the oldest woman in the world to nonstop circumnavigate the globe, unassisted.

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