By any standards Jeanne Socrates is a remarkable lady. She has endured many hardships in her sailing ‘career’, but this has not stopped her in her attempt to be the first grandmother to sail around the world, single handed, non-stop. She has already completed a single handed circumnavigation, on the 6th of May 2011, but this one involved several stops along the way to carry out repairs to her Najad 38 ‘Nereida’.

Jeanne, who is now 68, is hoping to make another attempt at a non-stop circumnavigation shortly.
Her yacht is equipped with an Autoprop and she is full of praise for the propeller. She keeps in regular touch with us and in a recent message made the following remark:-

You’re getting lots of enthusiastic recommendations from me to people everywhere about the prop’s performance…!! (I invariably quote to them our finding that on replacing the Volvo standard prop with our Autoprop the revs were reduced to 1500 from 2000 for the same speed in similar

Jeanne is happy to reinforce the message on her website where she states that:-

My Brunton’s Autoprop, a self-adjusting propeller, is also a lovely bit of engineering…
…it performs impressively, requiring noticeably fewer engine revs for a given speed through the water than the previous fixed prop.

Anyone interested in long distance cruising would do well to visit

Jeanne’s website, which can be found at:

For news of Jeanne’s latest round the world adventure click here


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