S/V Nereida and her owner, British yachtswoman Jeanne Socrates, are round-the-world champions. In 2013, Jeanne became the first and only woman to sail solo, nonstop around the world from North America as well as the oldest woman to solo-circumnavigate the world, just 33 days shy of her 71st birthday.
Prior to embarking on her eight-and-a-half-month global journey, Jeanne applied Propspeed foul-release coating to the propeller and shaft of her Najad 380’s autoprop as well as a fresh coat of antifoul to the hull.
An experienced seawoman who began sailing with her late husband, George, in 1990, Jeanne has been using Propspeed for many years and is greatly pleased with its performance, noting that it lasts well when carefully applied. “So many people have been impressed with my Propspeed coating and its usefulness in keeping the prop clean while on my travels,” she says. Particularly useful, given that achieving the world record required that she not touch land nor receive help of any kind while under way.
Jeanne successfully completed her nonstop, single-handed, unassisted voyage at 2:26 am on Monday, July 8, 2013, when she passed Ogden Point, the entrance of Victoria Harbour, Canada, exactly 259 days after leaving Victoria in October 2012. The photos below show Nereida’s underside immediately after her journey, with the coating on the prop and shaft still looking spotless in contrast to the heavily fouled hull!
“So many people have been impressed with my Propspeed coating and its usefulness in keeping the prop clean while on my travels.”
Oldest woman to solo-circumnavigate the world
“It felt rather odd to be back, kind of schizophrenic in a way, because I’d been on the boat for eight and a half months,” she says. “But because I was talking to people all the time—I was on the radio every day, I was e-mailing, I was blogging every day—I knew that lots of people were with me, so it felt like I was … not isolated.”
We like to think that Propspeed provided an added measure of comfort and support, also being with Jeanne all the way.
What size Propspeed kit do I need?
200ml: up to 0.4m2 or 4.3ft2
500ml: up to 1m2 or 10.75ft2
1 liter: up to 2m2 or 21.5ft2
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What is the shelf life of Propspeed
The date of manufacture should be clearly labelled on your kit and components