Inner Harbour dock named after Victoria sailor Jeanne Socrates

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WatchHer name will be forever etched in Victoria's history. In September, 77-year-old Jeanne Socrates became the oldest person to sail around the world unassisted. On Thursday, the inner harbour's commercial dock was renamed in her honour. Jasmine Bala reports.

A dock at the Inner Harbour in Victoria has been named after Jeanne Socrates, a sailor who has broken world records.

The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority said in honour of Socrates’ achievements, the authority has renamed crescent commercial yellow line dock at the Inner Harbour lower causeway the, “Jeanne Socrates Dock.”

“It’s just overwhelming. It’s just fantastic,” Socrates said.

The dock now has a plaque that lists Socrates’s achievements and a little bit about her life.

The plaque showing the Inner Harbour dock named after Jeanne Socrates.

The dock is home to the Victoria Harbour Ferry stop in the Inner Harbour and serves as the pickup and drop-off location for whale watching, fishing charters, and other commercial operators.

On Sept. 7, 77-year-old Socrates she became the oldest person to single-handedly circumnavigate the world on a solo sailing journey. She had left for her trip in October 2018.

In 2013, she became the oldest woman to complete the same journey.

Socrates started sailing after she retired. She and her husband purchased S/V Nereida in July 1997 and sailed her back to England via Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands. From there, they travelled across Europe, the Caribbean, and the USA. After her husband died in 2003, Socrates continued to sail alone.

“Don’t listen to people that try to tell you don’t, just go ahead and do it,” Socrates said.

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