Thursday, October 29, 2009

Night-time, Little Habits and on to the Equator

I'm now full of energy today after getting some good sleep during the night and a good breakfast with a plenty of cream this morning!

There's still a good sized swell today but it's much longer and more gentle and the suns even out at the moment, so I've been standing outside enjoying it. When we're in trough between two waves Ella's Pink Lady feels small and a little lost then up we go again to the top of the next swell, and with a good view out to the horizon. It's as if we're on top of the world. Then off rolls another wave giving us a little push along as it goes.

The wind eased off a bit overnight after blowing 25knots yesterday and this morning we've got a perfect 15knots still pushing us along on a broad reach. We're making the most of the wind and loving the good progress while it lasts. Now that the Tasman is behind us I'm really starting to look forward to reaching the equator, it'll be my first time crossing the line so it should be pretty exciting!

I've been thinking about some of the little habits I've fallen into, like brushing my teeth every morning sitting out on the cabin top, the packet of lollies or nuts that sits beside me while I'm working at the computer and sleeping in my harness, lifejacket and overalls, with a knife in my pocket and a headlight about my neck. It might sound a little un-comfortable but I get my best sleep knowing that I can be in the cockpit clipped on and in the cockpit in less than a few seconds.

A few people have been asking about what it's like at night out here so I'll have a crack at describing it. I think a lot of people get goose bumps when they think about being out here all by themself because I think most people imagine it to be like a night in the suburbs all quiet and eerie. But it’s not like that at all. Firstly, because there's the constant noise and motion of the boat. Then there's the waves and wind for company! On a clear night the stars are pretty amazing but I love the dark overcast nights almost as much when I can stand behind the dodger for protection, feeling Ella's Pink Lady ploughing along and not really knowing what comes next!

Keep an eye out on Network Ten’s OneHD tonight from 7.30pm when I'll be talking to Thursday Night Live on Skype. For those who cannot see it, keep an eye out on the website and I'm sure it'll be loaded up there by the team tomorrow.

I was meaning to explain the power systems onboard Ella's Pink Lady today but this is long enough for now so I better go start on a few little bits of maintenance and today's chores.

With so many comments on the blog, I don’t get the chance to reply to every one of them, but Mum also keeps me updated on all the comments each evening. I enjoy hearing a little more detail about everyone and love the little quotes and positive messages etc, so keep them coming!



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richard said...

you. are. awesome.

Anonymous said...

Good Luck Jess.
Keep Enjoying yourself.

Anonymous said...

what a fantastic day you're having! 15 kts; you can't ask for better than that.

we're all VERY much interested in you're location so we can track your progress. any idea when the live tracker will up on the website?

hint, hint to the webmaster!!

thanks for keeping us posted jess!

good luck and may the wind always be in your sails.

Larry said...

Hello Jessica,

I am glad to hear that you are having such a wonderful trip.

My daughter Meaghan and I are following your amazing trip around the world.

Meaghan would like to know if you have a fishing pole onboard so that you can catch some fish?

Is there a way we can get your gps position so we can track your trip on a chart?

We are praying that you continue to have a safe and enjoyable trip.

Larry and Meaghan

Ian said...

Hey! Wonderful to hear that you're A-OK. You are always in our thoughts; you must know by now that you are a beacon to all the rest of us. You're a credit to your family and yourself. Sail on!

Ian from Brisbane

Emile said...

Hi Jess, Have lots of fun on your broad reaching to the equator. The wind might drop around 4 degrees south do you think? We hope that your good wind keeps up for you. Don't for get the choccies. We like to read how you spend time at night. We love sailing at night. Here is our quote for 2 today .If you don't know where is your port no wind is any good. Cheers, from the MAravale HOme schoolers 5

Rob Hardie said...

Hi Jesse,
I just came onto to your Blog and up came today's update.
You are such an inspiration to so many people of all ages.
You keep doing what you are doing and you will go all the way.
I know it has been said before but you are always in mine and many other peoples thoughts.
Wonderful writing and I look forward to being with you all the way.
Stay safe and watch the sunburn.
Ingleburn NSW

Anonymous said...

glad to hear you're wearing that harness Jessica--:)--stay safe

Rob said...

Hi Jesse, Just a little quote for you... Keep safe

Load the ship and set out. No one knows for certain whether the vessel will sink or reach the harbor. Cautious people say, "I'll do nothing until I can be sure". Merchants know better. If you do nothing, you lose. Don't be one of those merchants who wont risk the ocean. -Rumi-

BillaBong said...

Woohoo! Glad you popped your head back up. No luck on Skype from here. What time zone are you or tomorrow:)? Thanks for the great painting of your life below and on top of swells. Sounds nauseating:) I've only been in something like that in a 24' off the coast of FL and fed the fish as a result. Yum. I'm still hoping for some general coordinates to plot your course. Is there someone or a group that is keeping tabs on you where we can see your progress? Thanks from GA.


Lou said...

Another excellent description giving us all such a time shared experience with you. It means a great deal to many of us, and we certainly appreciate the time it takes for you to keep us updated.
Continue to enjoy in this unique adventure.
Safe traveling! May the stars shine down on you, and remind you that we are all with you in thought.
Lou Qld

Vvajk said...

Wow! You are living the adventure of a lifetime! I hope you are fully appreciative of that! I'm sure you are from reading your previous posts. All the best to you on your voyage!

Peter said...

Your soo lucky to be out there, keep it up girl!!!

Anonymous said...

Yet another great report from you Jess. Thanx heaps. Cheering you all the way and loving your progress. Keep up the good work, can't wait for an other one from you. (Would love to see a current pic of you if possible).
Safe journey, Tatiana

Tracie L. Hall said...

OMG! (Oh my God)! The Comments count says ZERO! I know this doesn't mean I'm number 1 because comments are going through an approval process before they get counted, but not to be number 389 or some such feels totally amazing!
Your descriptions, Jessica are just excellent. You've got me all anxious to get out of the trough where I can't see anything but waves on either side and get back on top of the world....just think how many more songs, poems, books, and probably movies you've just inspired with that one description!
I'm sure I'm not alone in being happy to learn you do have a safety harness...but as thorough as you were with your research and precautions I really didn't doubt it. I'm also happy to "hear" that it sounds like you got to sleep longer than 40 minutes.
Now, time wise….I'm sure you are keeping up with Australia time to know when to communicate with the home team, but then are you also following what time it is where you are as you pass through different time zones? Is it at all challenging to figure out what day and time it is when you wake from whatever strange sleep schedule you are keeping? Have you been one to remember dreams? Any interesting ones--or are most of your sleep cycles still to short for dreaming?
Any more squid visits? Did they get washed on by waves or did they find Ella's Pink Lady so intriguing they slithered on up? Any other sea critter visits to speak of?
Take care, You...

Rowie said...

Fantastic Jess!! thoroughly enjoying the read, love how detailed you make your blogs and glad you caught up on your sleep.
Wishing you a good days sailing!
from Phil, Rowie, Maddy and Pat

Lindsey B said...

Hi Jess!
I love all your updates; it's fantastic to live vicariously through your amazing adventure. It will be exciting to have you up here on our side of the equator! Stay safe!

Sparkie said...

Thanks Jesse, your update has answered all that I have been thinking these last couple of days, especially knowing you are in good spirits and looking forward to whatever comes next! You are a 'Champion'....

Anonymous said...

Good to hear your making some progress - backing you all the way Jess...



Old Iron said...

Pray for you each day.

Maybe a cooking video, sometime.

Wayne said...


I am reading you blog every day. Proud of you for setting out on this great adventure. You posts are terrific and convey the experience you are having. I could feel the swells today!! take care.

Best Wishes and may the wind always be on your back


Yui Ushimawa said...

I'm really enjoying your blog posts - at times it's almost like being there on the vessel with you, and I sense you are really getting into your stride with the writing! I am a teacher and I appreciate good writing, hee hee! As your voyage continues you will likely enter 'dry' spells (not literally, of course!!) where you feel there is little new to write about - don't feel a need to apologize at such times, or when your posts have to be short just cos you are busy. We will all just enjoy what you do get to write for us, and we know you have lots else to focus on too. But thankyou for sharing this adventure with us - God bless you, and may you be safe and well throughout your journey!

Andy said...

I remember Crossing the Line for the first time when I was in the Navy. It is a special experience for every sailor although I dar say your crossing won't be as raucous as when a destroyer with 300+ blokes do it. Keep an eye out for Neptune & his Royal Scribe (Davey Jones) as you pass through his domain and welcome to the club :) Cheers, Andy

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,
Oh so exciting to get todays message. I have to tell you that I got my copy of Jesse Martins book & I can't put it down as it helps to make sense of what you will be going through. From someone who only read romance novels you certainly have inspired me haven't you.
We're pleased you sound in great spirits today & I'm sure all the positive energy from friends around the world has helped too. Have a beautiful day sweetheart!
Take care little one!
ps. Big hugs for Mum & Dad to!
The McGraths Nowra NSW

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess good to hear from you. I worry when you dont post anything! Sounds like everything is going very well and you are very positive. Keep sailing safely and enjoying everything that pops up. Marie

Michael said...

Jess - you seem to be doing fantastically. Your blog is fantastic reading. Great work.

Heather in Alabama said...

Stay Safe and enjoy every moment.
From Alabama USA with warm wishes.

SARGuy said...

Hey Jess,

Got worried for a bit when I didn't see your message first thing this AM (US/Pacific Time). Glad to hear all is well.

I'll be checking back every day!

Tim09 said...

Hi Jess,
Just wondering if you see any other boats or ships out there?
Thanks for the great updates Jess, you should be a writer because your dicriptions of what you are seeing are fantastic.
Tim and Rosie, Caboolture.

Russell @ Sunny Coast said...

G'day Jesse, thanks again for a great update and giving us a bit more insight to solo sailing around the world. I still think night time would be very eerie, guess I'm stuck as a land lover!

The sunny coast is a bit overcast today but temperature is good.

Interesting to hear about your night attire, does that include an epirb? Good to know that you are taking all those precautions, we want you to come back!!

Trying to keep a track of your position, or at least where you have been on google earth. When you cross the equator it would be great if you could give us some co-ordinates so we can get a better idea where you crossed.

Looking forward, as always, to your next update. Our prayers are still with you, keep safe.

Sunny Coast Qld

Toor said...

Hello EPL,

Trust you are well.
Was wondering if there is a web site where I can see your current location ‘live’???

Let me know if you ever dream of pass-ways/bridges or leaders coming out of the boat.
It was my ‘at least once a night dream’ while crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Canada to Gibraltar and then to Israel.

have fun,


MNDave said...

Such an interesting post again today. Glad that the wind has settled down a bit, but it sounds as if you are still moving along nicely.
I suppose all that gear you wear when sleeping gives you a good sense of security, but it must be somewhat uncomfortable - - but necessary.
Do you use a harness when you are topside?
I look forward to reading your posts each day and trying to sense what you are experiencing. (While safe and dry in the middle of the continent :) )
Stay safe and healthy. God Bless you.

Dave from Minnesota

Gazzr said...

Hi Jess,

I thought riding around Europe by motorbike was brave but you win! Have enjoyed reading your updates as I sit ay my desk in cloudy old Sydney. Youre parents must be very proud to have a daughter so determined and someone who knows what she wants to do, and then does it! Enjoy the day. Garry

Carolyn said...

I'm just a college student at Texas A&M trying to figure out what to do with my life and you are living yours. You are such an inspiration, reading your blog makes me want to get up and strive to work harder. Love to hear of your adventures. By the way, do you think it will be strange to walk on dry land after this is though?

Anders said...

Hi Jessica,
I realy like reading about your adventure during my nightshift here in Sweden.
I´m glad you are living your dream, dont let the bitter neggos of the world take that away from you.
Stay safe!
Hope you get my poor english...

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say thanks for posting the videos on your site so those of us that aren't in Australia can see them too!

It's great to hear about what you're life is like. I can understand you sleeping better when you're prepared for what might happen.

Steelheart in Minnesota USA

barry howard said...

great to hear from you as always...sounds like great conditions and i am envying your adventure...glad to hear you are always clipped in too...thanx so much for sharing it all with us...

wind4power said...

Jessica, I really enjoy reading your updates. There are lots of us out here that are with you every step of the way. You're an insperation to all of us.
Fair winds,

Paul said...

Hi Jesse, just want to say I am loving your posts I really look forward to them. Have fun and all the best Jesse!! Livin' the dream way to go Jesse!!!

Emile said...

Hi Jess, We are happy that you have a good wind for your broad reaching. How do you get to fit in reading all of your messages? We wish you a fun day and don't for get the choccies. Jess you look thin maybe your mums food that's packed away will help.and the chockies. Have fun and enjoy the starry sky at nightime. from the Maravale 5: Skye, Liam, Jay, Emily and Josh

Current Owner said...

Thanks for your commitment to the Blog.
I know how things take longer and are much harder when the wind gets up a bit.
It's OK to get down a bit, the sea has a habit of dragging our emotions around, thats what happens when you live life to the full. So Long as you don't stay down too long you'll be fine.
You and your team are inspiring. Those that try to restrict what others do because it is out of their comfort zone, annoy me.
Free tip: Your parents should Google Yaro Starak.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica great to read your blog"and hear that all is going well.You have reached, and by now passed your 1st significant milestone of 1000nm's.Sounds like the Tasman was relatively quiet, and you are now getting some good winds to move you along.Iam 70 yrs young and did most of my offshore sailing in a Cavalier 32 later graduating to a SS42 which like all Sparkman & Stephens was a"magic"ocean going craft.Sailing down and over those big green/blue waves is fascinating Jess,dropping off them is not quite so much fun!!!You sound in good spirits,which is great, "keep on keeping on"godspeed/godbless Dougal

Sally said...

Hi Jesse

We will be watching OneHD for your interview tonight!! Look forward to it. You sound so much better today - it's funny what a good nights sleep can fix! So glad that you could catch some decent zzzzzz's.

You have so much to look forward to in this journey - including that wonderful milestone of crossing the equator. I have only done this on a flight! You can trail your hand through the water as you pass over it and say that you have touched the equator!!

How lucky you are to be a gazing at the stars out the in that vast ocean.. Hey - You have been inspirational for my partner James who last night, for the 3rd week running, participated in the Twilight Races in the harbour - through the CYC. He's fronting up to crew each week and he's hooked!!

I giggled when I read about the habits that you have fallen into - we are all creatures of habit aren't we? Even out there in the middle of the ocean you set you little routines for yourself - not only the chores and important stuff, but little moments of pleasure too, like brushing your teeth on the cabin top! What an awesome view that must be!

It's comforting for all us 'Blogerholics' to hear that you sleep in all that paraphenalia. Yeah it does sound awkward - but there is security in knowing that you can be up and 'attem at a moments notice.

Take Care Jesse - look forward to your next Blog

"There's no thrill in easy sailing when the skies are clear and blue, there's no joy in merely doing things which anyone can do. But there is some satisfaction that is mighty sweet to take, when you reach a destination that you never thought you'd make”

Sally In Sydney

Feli said...

Hey Jessica
i've been reading your blog since you started last week and it's pretty amazing what you're doing specially at your age.
Keep doing that and i'm glad that you feel so motivated
Greetings from Chile and we're waiting for you here!!!
Big hugs

Anonymous said...

Thanks for filling us in. I've been reading your blog since you set off. It's been fun keeping up with you. Good luck!! :D

T said...

Looking forward to your updates everyday! You are never alone because so many are thinking of you all the it dark where JW is now, what is she doing now? where is she, etc. Goodluck and Godspeed Jessica!

Bruce said...


I really enjoy reading about your experiences and your progress.

What is the initiation cermony you plan for the Equator?

A lot of people have asked for the the Latts and Longs to follow your course more closely. Is this possible or are there security concerns?
Good winds and kind seas.

Ross said...

Hi Jessica,
Sounds like you are having lots of fun. I look forward to your daily blog. What you are doing is absolutely amazing. Stay safe.

M. Eric Carr said...

Sounds like ideal conditions. Good for you for taking safety so seriously (keeping the knife and flashlight handy, sleeping in the harness etc). That's how to get it done!

Please do let us know about the power setup when you get the chance. (That, and what you do for fresh water; do you do desalination, or do you carry fresh water on board?)

almagrande said...

Good luck Jessica.

anniepook said...

You rock, Jessica! I am a 55 year old mom from the States, and I have been following your blog daily. I am a novice sailor (VERY novice!), and I think what you are doing is the most remarkable thing. I get such a thrill from reading your blog, imaging the weather, the swells, the waves, the sound of the wind in the rigging. Keep up the good work, so I can live vicariously!

Meechree said...

I'm glad you're getting used to it. Everything sounds great and i love the descriptions. Looking forward to hearing from you soon!
-Dimitri, USA

kanga said...

Jess, fantastic to hear that you feel on top of the world again. Good for you! Love reading your blog. Glad you wear your life jacket and harness yourself in. My thoughts are with you each and every day. Take care and stay safe.


Anonymous said...

I have sailed for a long time and the best part of sailing was going along at night just staring into the stars. There is nothing better with the clean crisp air.

Keep up the good work.

CD - Cairns

Jules said...

You inspired me to buy a boat! safe travels

yarnek said...

Hard to explain how important your adventure and blog has become to me. I'm a 37yo trapped in a 67yo body and this whole thing is urging me to go parachute out of a plane or bungee-jump off a skyscraper. All the snippets of info and your feelings are building a picture so that I can close my eyes and see the next crest and trough and remember what it's like to sit up front on a bollard, gazing on a perfect world. May the sea and weather gods be kind...

The Old Bloke

Anonymous said...


Love your blog - learning about what you're experiencing on the voyage - technical, nautical, etc., as well as your thoughts. I'm also enjoying and learning from some of the comments from your international audience. As 'Magpie' said in an earlier comment, a 'FAQ' on your website would be helpful for us non-sailors.

Take care,
Maureen, near Westernport Bay, Victoria, Australia

currincool said...

Hi Jessica,
I am following your journey from New Zealand, South Island. Love your statement "feeling Ella's Pink Lady ploughing along and not really knowing what comes next." This reveals your wonderful adventurous spirit. All the best all the way. Cheers, Currin

Ali said...

Hey Jess,

Loving the blog - you're doing a great job at describing life at sea! Safe travels and remember how many people are behind you, blowing the wind into your sails as you pursue your dream!

Wellington NZ

duane said...

Jessica it sounds like you were made for the sea! Your descriptions captivate the imaginationn. Blessing on you every day. duane

Jenn said...

I'm not sure if you received my last comment...I am kinda new at blogging. I think it is great what you are doing. Some of our great heros/heroines did remarkable things at your age and even younger. I am wondering if you ever feel lonely? Take care! Jenn

Anonymous said...

Sorry jessica i'm not much good at positive comments, but your blog loads every day, and i look forward to your posts. you have inspired me to investigate baking scones etc in the pressure cooker.
donna in perth

Anonymous said...

ah-the romance of the sea- being out there with the stars, the ocean and marine life- awesome!
I love what you are doing for women in sailing. I am inspired. Show up the old salts..

Dwight said...

Jessica, your descriptions are amazing and it makes my family and I feel like we are there experiencing what you are going through, especially with the description of an overcast night. A very talented sailor AND writer is what you are!

Paul said...

Hmmm...chocolate, lollies, chips and more chips and loads of cream....tsk tsk :)

Hey, Dunno if you'll see it from the equator, but if it's a clear night maybe you'll get to see "OUR" stars. The Big Dipper, The Plough, The Northern Star etc.

And watch which way the water runs down the plughole north of the equator. :)

Anonymous said...

Hello from Mississippi USA.
I spent 20 years in the Navy and love the nights underway.
Keep strapped in...

Curtis said...

You're blog is my home page Jessica...I'm really fascinated by your adventure...I live in new Jersey and don't know much about're very brave!

Phil Mekrakers said...

Love you blog Jess... Keep up the good work and have a great time!!!

Kylie said...

Sounds like the excitement is picking up Jessica. I enjoy your posts, and I am reading them daily. I don't know anything about sailing, but doing what you are doing would put the fear of God into me. Stay positive and keep your thoughts upbeat, don't allow any negativity to enter into what you will achieve.

Jason said...

Congratulations on you progress, Jessica,
Onward and 'upward' to the Equator! Go get 'em young lady!
May God bless you with fair winds and following seas.
Jason Fountain

Anonymous said...

Going on TV, hey? Hope you packed your make-up :)


Tracy said...

I can't get enough of the posts about your day-to-day activities. You are incredibly inspiring and upbeat!

I am so proud of you!

whitetr6 said...

Jesse, as impressed as I am with your achievements, I am just as delighted with your writing. Your descriptions of the sea at night have us all listening to the wind in your sails right along with you. I look forward to your postings every day. Godspeed
Mark in Ohio, USA

Anonymous said...

What excitment you give to us landlubbers! Here in Fairbanks, Alaska the winter is setting in. All our boats are covered in tarps and frozen on their trailers. I'm already looking forward to next season at Homer and Valdez. Mark R.

Anonymous said...

I so look forward each day to how you are progressing Jess, and appreciate the time you take to write your blog. Don't be concerned about not doing a daily blog as I reckon there will be days when you just would rather not. Enjoy the journey as they say that is the important part as well as a safe arrival. Cheers, Pete, Lake Macquarie

Bruce Watt said...

Hi Jess
as I said on one other posting I am 71 years old and avidly follow your voyage and blog on a daily basis. You go Jess, you can do this, you are doing Australia proud.


Brian said...

Thanks for the update Jesse. Sounds like you are really having fun. You are in my thoughts and prayers every day. Stay safe and thanks for sharing your adventure with us. I enjoy the adventure also. Being a shell back, I would like to welcome you to the club in a few weeks. It was a great experience for me and not everyone has the opportunity to become one.
Stay safe.
Lakeland Florida USA

Summersailor said...

Summersailor said: Hi Jesse been checking your blog all day + it just must have come in. Your description of going up and down in waves, got me excited, because I know the feeling , especially after a storm. Your blog is colorful and very well written. As a sailor it makes me envious and excited for you, to see how happy you are. I just have to make an entry every day to try to share what your going through. Thank you and enjoy this wonderful moment in your life. :-D

Bruce Kuehn said...

I've only had a chance to get out to blue water on a sailing vessel once but your description of the night sky is dead on. It's amazing for those of us who live in the city to see just how alive the night sky can be when you are away from the lights that make the sky look pale and washed out.

When we were out, there was a comet passing through and we had a fantastic view of it the entire trip from Galveston to New Orleans.

What I enjoyed the most was waking up in the morning and coming out on deck to see the miles and miles of blue water and white topped waves. It really is a different universe when you are out there.

Thank you for bringing up those fond memories. God, I'd love to be out there again!

Song Riter said...

Ahoy CJ,

Be fun to see a pic of you strapped in the bunk! You could close your eyes and pretend to be asleep! LOL ... So you want to know more about us bloggers? I am a therapist starting a business in Ashland Oregon which is in southern Oregon in the Rogue Valley. Surrounded by low mountains on every side, clean air, small quaint towns, and friendly people. There are great rivers close by to raft or kayak. That would be the Rogue and Klamath Rivers. Great hiking and also skiing at Mt. Ashland. Ashland is also known for it's Shakespeare festival with world class actors.

I follow your blog daily and try to write a comment just as often. I don't know that you will ever get time to read them all. Probably take another 8 months to read all the comments.

As a therapist, I am of course interested in the mental/emotional effects of sailing solo around the world. Maybe I will read some books to get an idea about that. I can imagine boredom, sleep deprivation, loneliness, and fear are some things you will experience. But also serenity, contentment, joy, elation, courage, strength, satisfaction, and a whole lot of positive life-enhancing feeling states and emotions.

For sure, you will learn much about yourself and life on this voyage. This will make the journey well worth doing.

Take Care,

John in Ashland

Ted said...

I can't imagine the stars and isolation out there. It sounds relaxing I love reading the blogs and it seems you are very busy out there. I know you have the technological systems to stay in touch with the real world, which makes me wonder if you think you could manage such a trip without them? They not only seem to keep you busy, but how much do you rely on them to remain sane? I have no sailing experience so it is hard to relate to your circumstances, but Jesse Martin talks about not seeing anyone for five months and the emotional toll it took on him. Do you think the ability to video chat, and the other communication devices will help you not experience the same hardship as he did?

I know, lot of questions. Especially since it is early to know such answers. Hope all the best. Happy sailing.

From Wisconsin,

xXChrissyXx said...

Hey gorgeous

It's g8 2 hear how amazing you're trip is going... I know you've made alot of people jealous, but best of all, you've motivated people to finally pursue their dreams!!

So you're actually accomplishing 2 amazing things on this trip!


Brian Riley said...

Hi Jessica, really like the way you are talking us through your thoughts and sailing technique, sounds as if you are right at home on the open sea. I have you about 27.42'S 171.06'E dead reckoning sailing NE on the wind conditions and direction you are talking back to us. The little habits have probably been with you before but now you are more aware of yourself , you are an inspiration to all generations. safe passage, will talk later. Brian.
Hervey Bay QLD.

OregonNurseLori said...

Jessica...You are very Brave! We all pray for you everyday...Most of all we sure enjoy following your adventure. Hang in there, one day at a time :)

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess,

Well done so far -

Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it

Your a legend
Mid North Coast NSW

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,

What an inspiration, I am enjoying reading your comments each day. Although I envy the situation you are in I could never do anything like that myself as I suffer terribly from seasickness.

I think it would have been okay in the calmer waters where I could do a spot of fishing but even your mention of the waves roplling made my stomach turn. Keep up the good work. Jenni

Jessica's Jokester said...

So anyway..

A woman and her husband interrupted their vacation to go to the dentist.
"I want a tooth pulled, and I don't want any pain killers. I'm in a hurry and want to get on with our vacation," the woman said, "So just extract the tooth as quickly as possible, and we'll be on our way."

The dentist was quite impressed.
"You're certainly a courageous woman," he said. "Which tooth is it?"
The woman turned to her husband and said, "Show the dentist your tooth, dear."

Oooohh.. that poor dude!

I can now see the little "Here's Jeccica" pink post-it arrow actually moving across the world map on the office wall.. leaving a trail behind. It's nice :-)

Be well, be safe and we'll see ya here next time!

Axel said...

I just came home to Germany from a trip through the Libyan Sahara when I read you were about to start your trip. I totally second your description of a starry night! Isn't it wonderful out there? Good luck, Jess!

Jimmy said...

Love reading your posts every day,
May the patron Saint of sailors [ Popeye] watch over you,
Jimbo, Sydney..

Len said...

go jess

code pro said...

It takes me much longer to wake up than few seconds. Have a good sleep.

phil said...

fantastic to see you keeping safe, wearing your harness at night. Thanks for your wonderful writing. It's great that you share your adventure with so many followers!

SaltyDog said...

Like everyone else, I want to compliment you for your knowledge, skill and courage. I would also like to compliment your parents for their tremendous support.

I wasn't much older than you when I had the crazy idea to purchase my own commercial fishing boat and head out into the Pacific Ocean. It was like a paddle on a pond compared to your adventure, but to me it was a great adventure. I also was lucky enough to have the support of my parents who allowed me to do it.

Those years that I spent on the ocean at a relatively young age provided the greatest memories of my life and now, 30 years later, they are still my best memories. I can promise you that not only the good days that you have, but also the tough days will provide great memories for the rest of you life.

"EXCELLENCE can be attained if you...
CARE more than others think is wise,
RISK more than others think is safe,
DREAM more than others think is practical,
EXPECT more that others think is possible."

I know, that's a little corny, but I still read it once in a while. Besides, you're living it. Looking forward to you joining us in the northern hemisphere for a short time. On to the equator....

From Seattle, WA, USA

kelly said...

hi Jess, i'm showing your blog to my class and we really enjoy reading about your adventure. keep going strong.

Michael Altman said...


Here's a little secret about passing time during nights at sea. On clear nights, name the stars so that they become part of your family. Start with small sections of sky and expand until you've grown your family to include hundreds. Chart them, write their locations, and assign each personality character-
istics. ... Your story is an inspiration...Your bravery and sense of adverture make all of us better and stronger people in your name. ... Fair winds and following seas, brave lady!!

Anonymous said...

We are following your progress with great interest and in awe of your courage. Best wishes and stay safe. Max

Ron said...

Keep moving Jesse. You'll be a very famous young lady when you return home. I promise I will not miss a blog or a broadcast. My wive said you've become an obsession with me and she's right. You must not forget to visit me when you come to the U.S. I will cook you some good American food and take you sailing if you so desire.

Anonymous said...

I feel the excitement. It is so amazing.
Take care.
Richard (QLD)

beertv said...

Hi Jesse,
I am Don Mildrum, I live in Fort Collins, Colorado. I am the Optical Manager at the Eye Center of Northern Colorado. We have 13 doctors and 110 employees. I grew up on the East Coast of the United States and did a lot of sailing and a little racing as well. I am 44 now and have always wanted to sail around the world, but time and money is key and I have not had a chance to live out my dream. YET. I think what you are doing is an amazing thing. I realize how proud your country is of you, but I would like to add that people like me are also very proud of you as well. The reason we are so proud of you is because you are an example of someone not afraid to test yourself, to find out what your capable of doing. Testing yourself in the manner in which you are is a natural human condition. BUT, most people think of things they would like to do, that are hard or risky, but do not have the courage to do it. Fear stops them, and stops them from really living life. In ten years I think you will look back on this part of your life and be in awe of yourself and you will be very proud of what you were able to do. You are exceptional, and you have already captured the hearts and minds of thousands of us. We sail with you and wish you the best. I, like thousands of others, follow your blog, news and videos each day. I look forward to seeing how your day went. At work my staff loves to learn about your day as well. I don't think you have any real grasp of how many people from all over the world are wishing you on towards your goal. I know for me, I am more motivated than ever to work harder to be able to fulfill my own dream. I don't want to break any records, but I want to experience the journey. For now though, I am enjoying following your adventure and admiring your courage.

OH, you might find it interesting that we are in the middle of a snow storm right now. Here in town we have about 6 inches of snow and are expecting another 4. Back in the mountains they have 2 to 3 feet of snow.

Remember, if it were easy, everyone would do it.

Best Wishes,
Don Mildrum

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica you brave little thing you.I have been following your blog everyday now since you started out and finally I seems to get it,yes you have the right stuff to do this 8 months trip in style and confidence.I'm a 64 year old retired Norwegian sailor from the commerce marine,and spendt 30 years out there all over the world,started out when I was 15,but for heaven sake I was superviced the whole time.Now I live in Hampstead,NH. USA. Tell me have you had any flying fish coming in to your boat,they are good eating.Feel like telling you a lot of stuff for your saftey,but am shure you know it all ready.I will follow your blog every day to you are safe home in about 8 months,time flys fast by when your out at sea.Smoot sailing and the best of luck. SkibOhoy from Herman.

Paul Feltham said...

Jessica, sorry if I am repeating this but don't know if the first message got through. My name Is Paul Feltham and I have been involved in coaching professional footballers for many years. I have often told young draftees that once they reach 18 they can match it with any senior player if they apply themselves psychologically, and now you have come along and will be my point of reference to them. Be well, be smart and enjoy your courage, my family and I wish you the very best. Sincerely, Paul

Anonymous said...


Jesse I follow your trip daily. The blog is great and I wanted to take this opportunity to point out to others that your Blog Archive is very informative as to how this adventure evolved and many questions are answered there. It also offers an opportunity to meet all the members of Jessica's team at work and especially her wonderful family.

Thanks for the "ride-along" Jesse.

From the Bay of Quinte on the shores of Lake Ontario, Canada
your fan, john

Anonymous said...

any chance of your GPS position being given for each blog update, that way we can see on a map where you are and how far you've progressed.

really enjoy reading what you have to say.

Kerrie Sheehan said...

Hi Jess,

Wow your journey sounds amazing so far. I love logging in to your blog each day - makes my life sitting at home studying seem so boring!

How good is technology these days - it's awesome you have internet access on your journey so you're able to keep in contact with everyone.

Been doing any fishing? Maybe you can bring home a big marlin aswell! Then the record will look even more amazing!

Keep on enjoying the wonderful ocean and good luck for the rest of your trip.

Kerrie and Tyla

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess, Sounds like your having the time of your life.Fantastic to be sailing around Norfolk and on to the Equator.Yahoo Buckaroo.You're the champion.Keep safe.
Take Care.
Yeppoon Qld.

GrandmaSue said...

Glad to hear what a great day you're having Jessica. I've been following you since day 1. Never blogged before but can't resist adding my support to others. Loved how you pulled yourself out of the doldrums yesterday with a nice helping of comfort food. Good on you and thank you for allowing us to share your adventure day by day.

mbarksalvo said...

Hi Jess.
Am enjoying reading your blog each day and having a few laughs along the way. I was very interested to read about the squid that desided to jump on board, It would have been nice for dinner tonight. Keep up the good work and I hope that the weather remains favourable for you. Good also to see that you are ahead of schedule, try to kep this up as there will be times when you will be pushed back and that time will slip away. When I was at see I used to climb upto the crows nest and sit there and look out across the see and at times see the reflection of the stars on the water. The Milkyway looks a whole lot better out there in deep ocean and bigger as we can only see some of it's stars from land due to the city lights, even in the bush not all of them are in view but at sea it's a different kettle of fish. Are you able to pick out the consalations yet? Have a good day and look forward to reading more.
David Scott.

Caves Beach Andrew said...

Hi again Jessica,

It is good to hear that you are still enjoying yourself and that good progress continues to be made. Have you found any more renegade squid on deck, or have you managed to get rid of them all.

And thanks for letting us know that you do get to read the comments - I wasn't sure if you actually got to see them.

I know what you mean about the swells, feeling all tiny inbetween the swells and then feeling like being on Everest when you are on top of one of the swells.

When I was in the navy, I completed a return trip on a patrol boat from Sydney to Hobart. Bass Strait was like a lake on the way down, but we experienced waves between 10m-15m on the return journey. Even a boat the size of a patrol boat seemed very small, especially when you looked around and saw a wall of water 12m high completely around you.

But then when we were on top of some of the waves, you could see for miles, but this was also scary, as you could see just how big the waves were in the distance, and worst of all, how far you had to drop into the next hole!

But it was great fun and something I will never forget. I can only imagine how scary it would be to experience conditions like this on a small yacht! Like a rollercoaster on steroids I would expect!

I have also been through some huge seas on the HMAS Stalwart, the bow was usually around 40 feet above the water line. During one vicious storm that we encountered, I took some photos of the bow of the Stalwart completely buried beneath the waves. I would be more than happy to share them with you one day if you wish.

I agree with you about the stars. The stars out at sea are the most amazing sight, very clear, and lying back on the deck, looking at the stars, with the sound of the waves in the background, would have to be some of the most peaceful times that I have ever experienced.

I am thinking of you constantly and look forward to hearing from you all the time.

Keep up the good work, keep smiling, and take care.


Dream, Believe, Create, Succeed!

Caves Beach, Australia

Rene said...

Jess, I have followed blogs with various other adventurers over the time but yours are really amazing let alone what your are doing. I cant wait to read them everyday to see how your going. Your are in inspiration. A Kiwi fan.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jessica,

I can't believe how many lives you have touched in a short period of time. Off the top of my head you have:

1. inspired so many people of all races and generations around the world;
2. restored our faith in the younger generation of today;
3. given so much hope to so many people;
4. redefined the boundaries of the meaning of the word "courage".
5. given all a lesson on how to handle life in gerneral (i.e., taking one day at a time and deal with the issues as they come up, then move on);
6. silenced your critics (I love that one);
7. set an example as being a worthy role model not only to the young but to the old.

Your humility is very refreshing despite attempting such a feat on a grand scale at such a young age.

The world is a better place because of you.


I very hourned to have read about such a person as you.

Sydney, Australia

Mal's Team Gherkin said...

Hiya. Of course we don't expect you to reply to all the comments here... we're just letting you know we're supportively encouraging you, and you aint alone on your journey. Thanks so much for keeping us in touch thru here - thank you!!! your insights to your daily life are absolutely fascinating - thanks!!!
Supportive encouragement from Bathurst NSW :)
Mal :)

Austen Reptiles said...

I am addicted! I have to check everyday to see how you are doing! I don't know you but I am very very proud of you.. Keep on riding those 'waves of adventure'... You are experiencing the trills of a thousand life times and you will succeed!..

Be careful.


Russell (Melbourne) said...

G'day again Jess!

Along with everyone else, not only must I continue to commend your adventureous spirit but your writing is also fantastic!

It's a highlight to log on and read your next update (a- to know you are doing well and b- to share the adventure)!

Hope you have good winds today and smooth sailing.


-> Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. ~ Francis Bacon, Sr

Toni McLean said...

Hello Jessica,
It still seems just amazing how we can all follow your journey and share in it a little. You're bringing back so many memories for me that I could almost want to go back to sailing, but not quite. I'll just enjoy the nostalgia while it's there.

Glad to hear that you're back on top again ... all part of the ebb and flow I guess. And a broad reach on 15 knots, you must have thought you'd died and gone to heaven after yesterday.

But I'm sure you won't forget to keep a good lookout for those sneaky little squalls that sometimes catch us anawares out there and cause us to lose a really good cup of coffee!

So ... Equator here we come! Any idea yet if you're likely to go below or above Fiji? Or through? Probably too soon to guess.

Happy winds

Gaffjaw said...

Jessica, have been following your site daily, inspired by your attitude and achievment. Don't hesitate to take joy in your differentness, be daring, take the road less travelled as Henry Thoreau said "If a man does not keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears." Paul

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

Sounds like your have a time of your life. I was wondering what do you do with all the trash and food scraps and what ever else you have?

Best of luck

Debs said...

Hey Jess

Great Blog today. I luv sitting under a sky full of stars when all you can hear are the sounds of the sea. The tranquility is very soothing.
Sounds like things are moving along really well at the moment....wont be long till your at the Equator....what a mile stone that will be for you.....Make sure you Touch the line when you get ( when i went down to Antarctica we went inside the Antarctic circle and it was funny with everyone on the boat expecting to see penguins holding up signs saying A. Circle....Maybe you will have Dolphins or giant turtles holding up equator

All Firsts deserve to be if its a chocolate bar, or a Creamy Mocktail...whatever your food supply can provide, make sure you celebrate anything worth

You will be happy to know your not the only one blogging in your family....Hannah has been blogging on her guinea and crab page....which is great cos i luv chatting about my little darlings.

Just a quick question if you do get the chance to answer it..... Whats your favorite treat to eat while your at the it M& M's, plain chocolate, Boost bars???

Sounds like you have a safe set up there even when your ill leave you to it now...stay safe and have fun

Deb and the Guinea's

Anonymous said...

Magpie here,
Hi Jessica,
Crossing the Equator means getting a little bit loony and saying G'day to King Neptune and something about Davy Jones' locker.
So make sure you talk like a...he who can't be named, lol.

I can't wait to read Rexie's update of the Fairytale.

Those Ella products must be coming in handy as it hots up. Fair the well.

Paul said...

Sounds like a nice little holiday oy there. Different from Jamie who was all wrapped up the cabin and telling us how scared he was. My boat starts to call me for this Saturday harbour trip (such a small event compared to yours!). Anyway scare some seagulls with an Arrrr sound if you get bored.

Steve Peters said...

Great work continuing Jess. When you finish this little jaunt around the planet you can take up a position writing professional blogs - your current blog is very inspiring, lovely use of descriptive words, and you give us plenty to feel in your message.

Best wishes as always.

Jose & Jackie said...

Well, I loaded my charts from NOAA. We get an idea where your at by the descriptions, but it would be awesome to get some better locations to actually follow you on a map.

Congratulations, were all here in South Florida, USA cheering for you.

Stay safe...

infiniteblue said...

I'd love to get wind direction and your compass course Jess. Kinda lets me viualise.
Broad reaching NE ,so I guess its 15 knots from the West with a bit of South sorta,or is it South with a touch of East. See what I mean?
Anyhow remember " the wind keeps blowin' somewhere every day" and clip on at all times, huh?

Gabs said...

Hi Jessica. I have been reading your blog with great interest. I think about your travels often, whilst Im in the car, at home and when reading about you in the media. You must surround yourself with incredible people and with your spirit Im sure that they are extremely proud of you.

Im excited for you to reach the equator, it must be an amazing feeling.

I remember when I travelled (admittedly) I was a 26 y.o. not 16 and certainly not sailing unassisted by myself, it was scary and lonely at times, but I look back now as being the best time of my life!

I wasn't going to write, just observe but your blog said that you enjoy it, so I will try to contribute from the luxury of my office seat.

I hope you don't mind but I also teach a tiny bit of Philosophy and I have showed everyone in my class your blogs and we have had some truely inspiring discussions about growth, risk and the meaning of life! So I thank you for that....

all the very best to you... i will watch and listen with great interest.

I pray for smooth waters and a wonderful journey home.


Dark said...

Hi Jessica

Glad to hear you have your priorities right. The boat must of course come before blogging and if you don't get to blog sometimes that's ok.

Glad to hear the swell is more comfortable but still a reasonbly fair wind.


RICHARD said...

Nice to have the latest news from you. The sea sound amazing! I can't imagine your not being scared. I would be shaking in my deck shoes every time the boat gets lost between swells! LOL. Clearly you are well suited for this adventure. We can't wait to see the video. We are in Oregon State, USA so we may have to wait until it is posted on your website. I write musical scores for film and I can't help but think with the drama all about you that you would enjoy the passion and grandeur in the symphonic classics. If you can download try Beethoven's 9th. Maybe your folks can send it to you.(Get the original score by a symphony like NY Phil. or London, or Boston... You get the pic) You will be impressed!
Have another blessed day.
See ya sailor!

hezakiah299 said...

Hi Jessica,
I just finished reading your latest blog of “Night-time, Little Habits and on to the Equator". You make it sound as if I’m right there enjoying it with you. Very descriptive!! The description of the night was very enjoyable. Naturally was pleased to read that you are wearing the harness. Can’t be to safe. Maybe that helped you sleep a little better knowing that you were secure with all your gear. Kinda like a security blanket. Keep up the good work be safe and alert. I am so proud of you young lady. Keep sending the blogs with all that information. Pictures???????
May God be with you and watch over you and may the angels keep your sails full. I will keep you in my prayers.
Michael(74)from Kingwood, WV

orla and eoghan said...

The kids were excited, we just got a world map that we ordered and hung on the wall with pencil marks following your voyage. Both my 9 year old and 7 year old look forward to reading your blog daily.

Keep us posted on the animals and sea creatures (their favorite bits to read about:)

Glad to read all is well!

Rob Daniel said...

Watching your progress each day, inspiring stuff Jessica, enjoy and be in each moment. is a site we use to promote what we do, and it is all about young people following their dream, their passion in life. You are sailing the talk Jess!

Rob and Paula Daniel

dee said...

sounds fantastic. My class is following you on the world map and we are trying to learn all of the meanings of the sailing terminology. Stay safe!


Anonymous said...

Good luck on your adventure jess hope you make it so you can beat the record

Anonymous said...

Psalm 62:5-6
5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. 6 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

Hi again, Jessica! I read your upbeat, encouraged and energized post and thought of this text. I remember a fan post of a day two ago when someone said that God will not give you more than you can stand. Well, after a wild day of swells and wind, now you seem to be really into it. That is a happy picture. Full of energy, well rested, well fed -- what a picture, following the little test of yesterday's change. And I love your comments about the wind and waves as your company -- I am so glad you have found that company. You are the greatest and thanks for your faithful posts. I am praying today for you, your continued strength, health and progress, and your beautiful yacht and all of its equipment. And of course, for your family who misses you. May you draw near to your Creator out there!

Anonymous said...

Good luck on your adventure jess hope you make it so you can beat the record

marcus said...

You are a real trooper. I love your blogs. I hope you'll write a book when you've finished.

Terra said...

Jessie you are amazing, what you are doing just blows me away, I dont care what anybody says Jess,you got guts. I wish I could have done what you are doing when I was younger. I cant wait every day to turn on my laptop and read your blog to see how you doing and where you are .My wife too has taken a keen interest in your adventure too, she too loves to hear from you.We lost our only daughter to breast cancer recently and now we feel like we have her back in a strange sort of away.You are special and your helping us too. Keep it going Jess,youre flying , Terra

Andrew said...

I love the 1st blog i think that it summs it up!!
sounds like u had a better night sleep then me!
Face ur fears, live ur dreams!

P_Stevenson said...

Hi! Jessica,

I had a bit of a look at some of the videos on you site which were interesting. I recently downloaded Google Earth just to get some idea of where your saling to etc in your voyage. You mentioned on your blog you wanted to know some information about people sending messages to you on your blog so read below.

I am a mature aged student who has been studying the BA of Nursing and will have passed 7 subjects at the end of this current semester. Having said that I have decided on a change of degree from nursing to journalism which will commence from 2010 next year.

I have just submitted an assignment today which was just over 1500 words and is the last one required for this semester. I may return to nursing at a later date as I need to study chemistry and biology to have a more clearer understanding of those subjects as I have never studied them before in my life.

With Journalism I could look at medical journalism issues as my nursing subjects would help in that asect of writing. I have also done community radio in the past as well so radio producing etc would be good to expore and learn as well.

Anyway that's what I am up to at present...all the best or now.

bernard said...

I saw "The Dove" in the late seventies and dreamt of sailing around the world but got a job instead. You are now living MY dream, so I can't wait to read your blog every day. Thanks Jess :-)
- Bernard and all the other wanna -bes !!

Dagmara from Norway said...

I also thought nights are worst,but it's good to hear they aren't. Keep save yourself there. It's night here now,but tomorrow i'm gona look for skype upload! Looking forward to it.

Gillian said...

You've cheered up! Hooray. Everyone had a dud day now and again, even at home in the suburbs.

My dad was a bit aghast you didn't eat all those squid, but then he will eat anything. He used to gut the fish with the knife he cut the Spam with too so you know, we don't always listen to him about what is good to eat.

But they probably would have been good!

25 knots! And here was my little family heaving our guts up in 15 knots. In our defence it was kind of a sloppy sea, going every direction, not just up and down. I think I could have coped with up and down.

I like your sleep routine. So much better to have it all on than to fumble around looking for it if things get hairy. Your mum and dad must have read that and gone "good girl".

All the best for a speedy day!

Mark said...

Thank you for letting us know what night is like out there, I bet there's a sense of "MYSTERY"! Sleep tight

Anonymous said...

Ilook forward to seeing you tonight on ONE.. you sound in great spirits hope you heard some of the calls via Dubbo thru the ABC transmitter on Norfolk, if not don't worry they were all positive! One lady crying with joy I think?
keep smiling
Dusty from Dubbo

Kate said...

Go Jesse! I am starting to become quite addicted to reading your blog - thank you for making the effort to write one :-) Hope everything keeps going well.
Kate, Brisbane

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,

I'm pleased that the water is little calmer. I guess it's a bit like being on a roller coaster at times, but you haven't got the sharp bends!!! :-)

We have a large atlas at home and the family are following your progress. It's great to hear where you are so that we can check the atlas. Spotted anymore dolphins, whales or sharks? I know you will see many amazing sights on your journey.

Glad to see that you have got yourself into a little routine. Take care. Jan (New Zealand)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse
whhooosh, I'm happy you came through that bit of a wind push and your back to moving along at a steady pace! So nice to get your update today and I was wondering when your not getting enough sleep to make sure you get some complete darkness ( as studies have shown it is needed to stay healthy) so using an eye covering can help and also taking extra B complex for your nervous system if you have some on board. Cheers to you as you move towards the equator!
Love, Blessings, Steady Winds~
Gypsy,Barb,Jenny and Tigger/Mich.

anth said...

A great description of the world out there. First thing in the morning and last thing at night I check on the updates.

Its like reading an adventure book in real time and you can't cheat by jumping to the end of the book.


lilshawnee said...

Jess,Jess your doing great.thankyou so so much for finding the time to say as much as you can. i know its all most two weeks now and it still is like a dream to a lot of us.Jess when your dreams are all over with you will have so many fans.we are all behind you Jess. your our HERO
16 years old sailing the world Go Girl Go you have it.God Bless and please take care,Robert,Alison and Autumn and Ellen we are all behind you.

Steve said...

Great to hear you're well rested and once again full of your usual zing. You've really captured the hearts and minds of people all around the world - absolutely fantastic! All the best for another good day tomorrow and the next day and the next..... I WANT TO BUY A YACHT!! :-)

Steve from NZ

Janet said...

Hi Jessica,

We love you and really enjoyed the squid story. You are doing awesome and your sense of adventure is inspiring. To hear you say it's exciting not to know what lies ahead - wow - you are so brave. God be with you. You are in our hearts and prayers all the time.

Janet, Matthew, Joey and Mark in Cincinnati

ToSeeTheSea said...

Hi Jess
It takes longer and more energy to get things done when the wind gets up a bit. I've been there. Just do the important bits first, boat, self, others in that order.

Here is a quote I like:

The secret of success of every person who has been successful lies in the fact that "THEY FORMED THE HABIT OF DOING THE THINGS THAT FAILURES DON'T LIKE TO DO"

Hope this helps.

Mum and Dad Google Yaro Starik, You're sitting on a gold mine.

Anonymous said...

Go for it J.
I've crossed the equator by sea last year, end 2008.That makes you a pollywog,or no longer a pollywog! Can't remember which.Hope it is blessed with sun and clear skies.I got some cloud. Watch out for small flying fish !
Keep your spirits up.I know grey weather can get you down.In Sydney right now,overlooking the ocean.Grey for days and days and days.Nothing like being on the ocean.Enjoy this time.Successful or not ,there won't be another moment like it.Enjoy it.All best,
Love From a female film director/film maker...

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,
What do you do about water supply on Pink Lady? I can't imagine you would be carrying eight months supply!! Perhaps desalination is the answer?

Lovely to read your blog, and all the best to you on your adventure.

Regards, Tony Cornillie

drjekyll said...

contributing to the sea of comments and saying, damn you for making me worry about yet another person in this world :) Though, I read this blog every day, and it seems that you are well capable and prepared. I wish I had had your strength at your age.. hell, at my age. I wish you a safe journey, and many amazing experiences.

meri said...

Sail on girl!!

Keep your harness on!!

We are all with you 2000% !!

Be safe, honey.


Wolfhound said...

Hi Jessica,

A rainy day here in NY. Glad your weather was so much better, and that you're making good progress.

Great to hear that you've got some sleep - more than I can say, since I have a squirrel in the attic that I'm trying to get rid of; he keeps scratching and rolling nuts in the middle of the night ! I'd be happy to trade you for some squid...

Anyway, it's good to know that when the stars are out you're seeing some of the same stars that we are (even if the constellations are upside down !) It helps us remember that we're all on the same globe spinning through the aether, and makes your journey in some ways our journey, too.

Another line of poetry that springs to mind when I think of your journey:

"How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnished, not to shine in use"

Keep going !

Brian in NY

smarty said...

On behalf of ALL Kiwis in Florida USA ......

We are proud of you and with you, every nautical mile you sail.

I would give anything to be in Sydney Harbour to greet you on your return.

John Culmer

Debbie, Adelaide said...





Anonymous said...

The sea merely lies in wait for the innocent but stalks the unwary.(unknown)

Thrilled you wear your harness!

Straight Wakes,
Mike S.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess, I've never sailed but I know what it's like travelling at night, and love it. I love the feeling that I'm on the move while everyone else is asleep. Really makes me feel like I'm on a adventure. I'm guessing that the feeling must be similar for you... but just amplified!

Glad to hear you've caught up on sleep and sailing well. Stay safe!


Maurie said...

G’Day Jessie!

Glad to see that you have bounced back from your little downer yesterday, bright-eyed & bushy-tailed! Lack of sleep & low blood sugar will do that to you... Also happy to know that you sleep all kitted out like that – ready for action at a moment’s notice! Sounds like you are really enjoying yourself today – both you & Ella are feeling frisky! Your enthusiasm & ‘joie de vivre’ are infectious – can’t help but smile…. Keep up the good work kid. You’re a treasure!

Here’s a profundity for you Jess (& no! that’s not a swear word!).

“Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly…” (Hughes)

And on a lighter note:

When you’re going through hell, keep going!!! (Churchill)
Maurie - Sydney

bwilsey said...

You're an inspiration. I look forward to seeing what you have written every evening. Any plans on writing a book after this voyage?

You are having a great start to this trip. Enjoy and be safe.

Brett W.
South Dakota, USA

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,
I am just organising to buy some EPL merchandise for my two daughters Ellen, 10 and Lilli, 8. It is their birthdays in November. And if I can swing it I will try to get them to your arrival back far away as that may seem! No easy task given they will be travelling from Darwin!

Great blog again today!

Perth, WA

Alison said...

I bought a world atlas today so then I can see where you are in the world. Loving your blog, I'm enjoying reading about your adventure.

Happy sailing
Alison Brisvegas

YOUR FAN said...

Gday Jess
Another gr8 update. Man you can write.. Im glad to hear ya doing fine again and enjoying it all.. Ya blog is gr8 me and my daughter (shes only 3) check it daily its like a routine to us but each day I hear several times "lets see Jessie lets see Jessie" so once we get on and see ya home pages shes all excited as shes seen Jessie on the boat.... So looks like ya fans start very young lol :)
Anyway champ keep cruisin and enjoy it all..


ps ill have to watch that tv show tonight EXCITED :)

Georgie and your little fan Larissa. :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,
Good to see you so focused "if we aim at nothing, that is what we hit". It is also very encouraging to see the positive comments from so many Aussies behind you - with their well wishes, prayers and snippits to urge you on. I am being to reflect that you are now an Ambassador for Australia, for youth, for adventure ... whether you like it or not. I think many are beginning to stop and reflect over their small ambitions.
May God's blessings and oversight continue with you,
Chris and family in Brisbane

Anonymous said...

You go girl.... Can you tell us where you actually are we have been trying to track your course but all we know is... U sailing in a NE direction about 1000 miles into the Journey.

Anonymous said...

Praying for you most everyday. From the midwest USA.

Darren Achim said...

Hi Jessica,

As always glad to hear you are "A" OK! I found my head bobbing back and forth as I read through your blog :) going through the troughs and over the swells. Sailing at night I think is one of the most special experiences you can have sailing. I'm also learning lots from other peoples comments. New words for me today "shell back" and "polly wog" had to google them to find that a "shellback" is an old experienced sailor or someone who has crossed the equator by ship, and a "polly wog" is someone who hasn't. Looks like you're going to be Jessica Shellback Watson pretty soon, and after reading about line crossing ceremonies I think you're far better off crossing the equator as a solo sailor!

Keep on going Strong and Stay Safe!

Darren Achim
Toronto Canada

xtY said...

xtY here again!

I'm running out of things to say already lol. Just keep going Jess, you are doing amazing!

- Seeya at the finishline!


Souren said...

Hey Jess,

Happy to hear that you are having a near perfect sail so far! May the force be with you all the way! :)

Oh n do not forget to report any funny stories you might come across along the way!


Charley said...

Hi Jess
Sail on - lay back - a shiver your timber day now and again - lay back again - fish awhile - enjoy the fruit of the sea and ' hang on ' the roaring fourties until you are home again. You make it all worthwile. I'm checking your ' ticking off ' on my chart...terrific
You are a fine girl, Charley S Jersey Near Philadelphiatipealig

Anonymous said...

Great report Jess, It creates a good visulisation of you and EPL out on that big ocean..keep up the good work and look forward to crossing the equator..woohooo!!!


Anonymous said...

Gooo you little beeeeeautieeee!!!!!!!!!!

Great to hear from you, so glad you're in great spirits and steaming along.

Met an old fellow up here in the north who did his apprenticeship on the old sailing merchany ships. He is over 90 years old. He's got a 20ft trailer sailer in the front yard, reckons he'd sail it around the world if he was fit again. So just goes to show, it doesnt come down to the size of the boat. And I reckon the shorter the boat, she's got to be stronger with less leverage trying to break her in two. We had a Compass 790 drift unmanned from NZ to Bowen Qld unscathed few months ago, just torn rigging etc. And it hsd to have been close to that big cyclone as well. The old guy told me his boss use to have him practise finding and identifying his various ropes at night in the dark. Did this so that if the lights suddenly went out, he was still functional in the dark. Just the same in my army days, you would practise stripping and reassembling the weapons with eyes closed so you could do it backwards in total darkness. Sounds like those who sail around the world are a special breed...fearless and determined, never give in. Go Jesse go. Dont see Prime Minister Rudds comments around here, wheres the spirit?

RustySeaanchor Qld

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess, you're doing so well. My husband loves sailing like you do, I am just learning at 54, you give me inspiration. I look forward to your blogs everyday, our thoughts are with you on your travels.
Warmest Regards Jill H

Tom said...

Hi Jess,

Really enjoying the blog and your comments... your courage and boldness are inspiring. We are with you every step of the way! Sail on!

Muhammad Asim said...

Hi Captain Pink Lady

Many thanks for describing sailing at night. Will be looking for the video tomorrow.

Its so wonderful to hear from you almost every day while you are sailing.

Quote of the day " The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
- Oprah Winfrey

Keep celebrating.

Barbara said...

Go, go, go, Jessica go! Tasman behind you and now off to the Equator!! Yipeeee!!!

You have our support from Souther California!

Go Jessica, Go!!!!!

Sydney said...

I am admire you for your strength. You are an inspiration to so many people and I thank you for sharing this experience with everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with you daily.

Chook ... said...

You totally amaze me Jess! I still get lost driving into the city and here you are sailing around the world! I'm so proud of you and envious all at the same time! Lol..
Keep smiling :0) and thanks heaps for the feedback and pics!!

Attitude said...

Well done Jess, you are in inspiration, sounds like you have it "all together"

Anonymous said...

What you're attempting to do is utterly fantastic and truly gives hope to all of us who might have given up on our dreams. I really enjoy the blog and appreciate you taking the time out to let us in on what's happening and making us feel a part of this great journey. Godspeed and enjoy every minute of it.

lswinter said...

0530 UTC, Oct 29, '09

My wife and I just happened across your blog yesterday. We’re about halfway around the world from you. (Lat 34° 52' 23.98" N, Long 80° 44' 51.51" W)
We find your adventure quite amazing for one your age. (Actually amazing for anyone alone.) You should do well in life. When you complete this voyage, you can certainly write a book and even go on tour speaking of the many challenges you worked your way through.
Good you're doing practical things like using the harness when the weather gets rough. We know you’re too busy—and rightly so—to be answering questions. We were wondering if you’re using Amateur Radio. My own call is wx6i. One of the pictures today looked like you have a solar panel. That’s a great idea.
We'll be looking for your equator crossing. We pray the Lord will be watching over you.

Leon & Sally

Angus. said...

Hi Jesse,
It sure is an amazing feeling crossing the line at sea for the first time,I was told by the older guys that the water went down the drain the opposite way, you guessed it, trued it a hundred times, still kept going the same way. Found out years later that it was a standard joke.
In the mid 1960s we were about half way between Pitcan and the Antarctic. There was a new moon and a perfect sky and very little breeze, we turned off all upper deck lighting so we we were in total darkness. the sky was so clear that if you held your hand about 6 ins from the deck, the stars cast a shadow,. That was pretty awesome.
You sound like your loving in. Hang in there Jesse, your the pride of a nation.
Wishing you, fair winds and following seas.

dee said...

great to hear of your adventures. My class are following you on a map of the world and are also beginning to learn some of the sailing terminology. Stay safe!


Anonymous said...

Hi Jess we are still following your progress good to hear you are enjoying yourself. Stay safe and happy. love Gail and Lex. Queensland

j-bowyer said...

As an ex sailor I can appreciate (if only minutely) the wonders of the sea, your voyage has captured my imagination and I think you will be an inspiration to millions.

Life is for living and that is exactly what you are doing, not only are you on a voyage around the world but you are also on a journey of the mind, you have the opportunity to hear the 'voice' inside you, years before most people even hear a whisper, listen to it and understand it and you will discover who you are.

The Oceans are fresh pages for you to write your story, this is your moment in time, embrace it and savour it for you will have the memories for life.

Anonymous said...

Hello Jessica,
congratulations on passing the 1000 nm mark and overall on your great attitude!
Am glad you are full of energy and having had a good sleep helps towards that end.
I too would do the same as in your sleeping arrangements. One never knows, what makes you start out of your rest and to be able to be ready in an instant is certainly comforting.
I also was thinking, with so many commentaries, Jessica won't have the time to read them all.
I think you have your hands full, with looking after Ella and you and keeping all ship shape.
I could also not ever get tired in watching the changing seas! It must be awesome!
15 knots is still pretty good. As long as you can make your targeted average, I imagine that would be satisfactory to you.
Am looking forward to the video on your website!

Here is a poem, that reflects you Jessica!

It's all in the mind

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you dont!
If you like to win, but don't think you can,
it's almost certain you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you've lost.
For out in the world you'll find,
success begins with a fellow's will,
it's all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed you are.
You've got to think high to rise,
you've got tho be sure of yourself,
before you can ever win a prize.

Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man,
but sooner or later the man who wins,
is the man (or woman) who thinks he can!

You go Jessica, because you THINK you can!
No better still, you KNOW you can!

Much love and good thoughts for your journey,
keep safe and happy,

Trudy, Tirol, Austria

P.S. Thank you Gustav, a heartwarming and inspiring account!

Anonymous said...

Hi, absolutely fascinating how you sleep. Typical female.... all the cosmetics even on the sea. Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

Wow Jessica, I am so proud of you. You are living the adventure thatI wish I had the courage to do when I was younger. I am 50 and I read your blog everyday....I think about you in the night hours and hope that you are sleeping well and that you are safe.


James said...

Yes i know its me again

Jessica I am still here. And i am wondering.

Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?

Please email me back and let me know at

Also do you have a Bible with you if not i can send you a copy of one via email if you like.

P.S. I am praying for you.

Act 16:30b,31a KJV - …what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…

Jhn 3:15-18 KJV - That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Muhammad Asim said...

Hi Captain Pink Lady

While you keep your voyage , i am realizing the true heroes are Roger and Julie ( dad and mum ). I myself have a daughter and can unederstand how it may look like when the young daughter is on a voyage to sail round the world. All by herself. Bravo to both of you !Roger and Julie.

gsimmons said...

Hi Jessica
I'm getting very jealous, I have been dreaming of buying a yacht and sailing of into the sunset for about 35 years now. I got close 4 years ago, when I was using a friends 43 Roberts sloop and when he decided to sell, I nearly took the plunge but did what most other people do and built a new house, so that was the end of my dream again.
You have got bug going for me again when I read your blogs, you are just a natural at what you doing.
I can't wait for blogs each day, so when you are to busy on any day just a short message say like.
All ok sailing along nicely.
It will just let everyone know you are ok, so keep having fun and keep safe.
George Simmons and lots of love from
Exmouth WA

emgb1 said...

Hi Jesse, It's very good to read your blog every day. I hope you're enjoying it as much out there as we are enjoying reading about it. Yeah, I believe you do ;-)
Very good read as well, full of details that we hardly ever find in other sailor's blogs. So, thank you for that.
Our only regret is that we cannot pinpoint you on Google Earth or similar.
Fair wind
emgb1 South Wales

Anonymous said...

Jess, you are an inspiration! Thanks for sharing all the little interesting details! Look forward to your next update!

Jill (Newcastle)

TheCarterFamily said...

Here is a little detail about The Carte Family. I am a retired Civil Engineer and 63. I have two sons in college ages 23 and 20. We live in the country in North Carolina on 3 acres. Its all fenced in so the three dogs can run everywhere. We have deer come through the yard and owl's hoot at night. I would like to tell you a golfing joke.

Jesus and Moses were going to play golf. They get to the first tee and Moses hits first. Its a beautiful drive right down the center of the fairway about 300yds. He very proudly steps aside so Jesus can hit his ball. Jesus steps up and makes a mighty swing and the ball goes to the right into the tall grass about 40yds. Then a little bunny rabbit comes out and sees the ball and picks it up and starts running down the fairway. And way up in the air above the rabbit a Hawk is circling and he sees the rabbit and swoops down and picks him up and carrys him way up in the air. Then all of a sudden a dark cloud appears and a bolt of lightning strikes the Hawk. The hawk falls to the ground and lands on the green. The rabbit falls out of the Hawks mouth, the ball falls out of the rabbits mouth and rolls into the hole. Moses looks and Jesus and says "Are you going to play golf or screw around"

Ok good sailing.

Trish said...

You go girl!!! Jess what an inspiration you are but I think your parents are the driving force behind you. How lucky you are to have parents who believe in you, love you and most importantly give you every oppportunity to help you forfill your dreams. I trully take may hat off to them. Your blogs are beautifully written and are a credit to you! I would say I am some what jealous ... but am loving being able to sit behind the pc and cheer you on. I love your honesty, details about each day and can not wiat for your next entry, I ahve even conned my year 5 students to read them with me at school.

Cheers Trish

Trish said...

You go girl! I am loving reading your blog each day...have been so impressed with your journey so far that I have my year 5 students mapping your progress and sharing your blog. I think your parents are the most inspiring people I have read about. How lucky you are to have parents who love you so dearly, believe in you and your ability, and will implement every possible step they can to help you live your dream. Make them proud Jessica but no matter what the months bring theya re already beeming with pride. Who wouldn't with a daughter like you who has proven those big poppies to pull their heads in and eat your waves!
Love your blog, it is written with passion, honesty and drive. Keeping surfing the swell! :-)

June and Richard Thorn said...


How can you feel small out on the ocean when there are so many people out there with you.

I agree, the stars are pretty amazing when there are no other lights around to block them out.

Stay safe and may kind winds guide you.

June and Richard Thorn

Wrigleys said...

Love the photo's and video they all help to describe your experience

Anonymous said...

Following you from Sweden! Good luck to you :)

Anonymous said...

from Jessica Watson Facebook Fan Club.
Dear Jessica, in our page on facebook we are 1.619 fan that follow your trip and support You and Pink Lady. If you want say something to us or only see our faces we are here!!!!!!!
Go !!!!!! Jessica

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