Sunday, October 18, 2009

Thank You From Mum

Hi everyone. I know you are all anxious to hear from Jess, but she's a little pre-occupied on her first day, so just a quick post to let everyone know that the departure went well this morning, officially passing the start/finish line at Sydney Heads at 9.49am. On behalf of all of our family, I would like to sincerely thank all those wonderful people who came out on the Harbour this morning and down to the marina to wish Jess well. The positive messages of support from not only Australia, but all around the world, has just been overwhelming and we are most grateful. I am sure you will hear from Jess soon.

Julie (Mum) for Jessica

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Anonymous said...

Good luck Jessica, stay safe!
Will be reading your blog for updates.
Mary from Buderim QLD

nutralady2001 said...

Thanks Julie have been checking in all morning but didn't espect anything from Jess so soon.She's a brave girl and you're a brave Mum LOL it was bad enough when my kids learned to drive. in retrospect maybe she's safer on the water!

Anonymous said...

as a mum of 2 girls, i have to admit i was one of the many critics when i first heard of jessica watson last month. but having followed the daily media reports closely over the last month, like the rest of australia, i am now converted. wow! how incredible were those departure shots from sydney habour today? i had tears of joy. the way she has dealt with the intense media has been amazing for a 16 year old. no matter what happens from here, jessica watson is a role-model and inspiration to us all!

katie xx

Anonymous said...

go for it Jess...may the wind gently guide you and the stars be your friends...you are one brave and inspirational young lady...God speed
Sue
Buderim QLD

Anonymous said...

It was great to see the live coverage on channel 9 this morning of Jessica's departure. It is understandable that Jessica will be too busy at times to post here. So thanks 'mum' for keeping us posted. My thoughts and best wishes to you all. Jessica and your family are an inspiration of positive attitudes, in a media world of critics. Stay safe and well.
Gary, Marsden,QLD

Gavin said...

Will be watching closely on your magnificent journey around the world
All the best of luck Jess. Show them how it's done

Gavin

voda said...

we were lucky enough to be at middle head today watching Jessica leave. It was a great atmosphere and incredible buzz around the group who witnessed ambition and bravery from one so young

good luck and god's speed

voda
sydney

Azri from Malaysia said...

Hi Jessica.
I am Azri from Malaysia, wishing you all the best and have a nice journey. I watched the live broadcast this morning and happy to see all goes well. I am very proud of you and I will follow your journey with your updates and pray for your safety. Good luck Jessica!

DAVID MATHERSUL said...

ALL THE BEST OF LUCK JESSICA
YOU ARE GIVING IT A GO AND THAT IS
THE MAIN THING I RECKON YOU CAN
DO THIS AND WILL BE FOLLOWING YOUR
PROGRESS DAILY TAKE CARE
STAY POSITIVE AND MAY GOD GUIDE
YOU SAFELY DAVID FROM SYDNEY

Anonymous said...

Brave thing little girl. Well, it won't be easy. All the best luck.

Juan

RAO NETWORK said...

I wish you all the very best Jessica and look forward to your blog updates. Your a very brave and talented young lady and will keep track on your progress. May the weather be kind to you thoughout your travels.
Good Luck With Everything.
Regards,
Bob From Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess and Family. As a father with 2 teenage girls myself with a 16 year old boy in the middle, I had tears of joy watching it all live this morning. Shh keep it quiet as blokes aren't supposed to cry hey! You go girl, make Qld proud. You will do it. Hang in there and all the good luck to you. Cheers. Darren.

Jerry Critter said...

This is really exciting. Good luck Jessica. I will be following your adventure around the world.

What a fantastic journey! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the post.My Daughters Birthdap is yoday and all she talked about was Jessica at her party.We kive on the NSW Central Coast and her party was at a park overlooking the ocean,Karla(daughter)was looking out to sea all day thinking she may sail up past,even though we told her shw would be going straight out to sea.Anyway good luck to Jess and your family for coping whilst she is away.You all have our families admiration.
We were actually on the Gold Coast whilst Jessica was there.
Will be reading each and every day,
YOU GO GIRL...And prove all the critics wrong.

Chris Akenfelds said...

Godspeed, Jessica. You are a very brave women and you will make Australia proud. Be strong and stay safe.

Mal's Team Gherkin said...

Hugest congratulations and most sincere good luck. I fully support and encourage you 100%. you GO, girl!!!

Cyalayta
Mal
Bathurst NSW Australia

Anonymous said...

Goodluck and I hope you do yourself and your country proud :)

Sandra said...

Great to hear she is doing well. Looking forward to continually being inspired by her simply giving it a go. That's more than most people do.

Melissa said...

Go Jess, our family will be tracking your progress. Stay safe, don't rush and stay in contact with your mum!

Chris said...

Jessica we all wish you well. It will be an unforgettable experience we will be sharing with you

Mark said...

Great stuff Jessica, I hope others would learn from you, just by trying you are alrady light years ahead of most people.

Mark M, NZ

Hunde Abenteuer Land said...

Hi Jessica!

Your one brave girl and I admire your spirit. Its a big world and a big trip you have set out on stay safe and at your lowest moments think of the high moments. You will come home a hero!

My wife and I will be checking your blog for updates every day.

Stay strong, stay safe and may god be will you all the way!

Christopher & Agata Astbury Switzerland

Anonymous said...

Your an inspiration to us all, prove those critics wrong - it may be tough at times but stay strong & safe.
Good Luck from Chloe & Ray - Gosford NSW

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica and mum, thanks for the post. Will be following you daily. Also we hear you are on the news and 60 mins tonight.

Take care and God bless.


Christine (from Melbourne)

Anonymous said...

Go Jess.
Paul England. NZ.

Anonymous said...

Those naysayers will probably never know what it's like to feel fear and to overcome it. But it's people like you Jessica that push the boundaries and take on the world, and ensure the adventurous spirit of humankind lives on. Good luck and god bless.

Wolfy,
Sydney.

Lynne said...

Good luck, Jessica, fair winds.

PamG said...

Have a super trip Jessica, safe and adventurous. We'll be following with interest, your wonderful journey. Sail safe, from Waikato NZ.
Pam, Ralph and family from Matamata.

Dave, Viveash WA said...

Jessica, from one yachtie to another I say good on YOU. Prove those armchair critics who snipe at you and your adventure from the comfort of their safe lifestyles wrong. And when the going gets tough as it surely will at times, take it day by day, or hour by hour. Well done to mum,dad,family and support crew. I follow this with keen interest. I would say good luck!! But I reckon you make your own luck! It'll be a great party in 8 months time...

Binks said...

Good Luck Jessica,

Wish you safe and happy travels capture the memories for every and Live the dream !

Will be following your journey. Congrats also to your family for not shattering your dreams.

Take Care out there and i am sure Mobbie Dick and Flipper will look after you if things turn for the worst..

Take care
Binks

Geoff said...

Go Jessica. Without people like you the World would be a much smaller (and poorer) place as noone would ever have discovered any distant Countries. Your the Best!!!

Ian said...

Good luck Jessica, I will be following your journey with great interest..I have always told my 18 year old daughter, that she should follow her dreams and dont let any one stop her,thats exactly what your doing, no one stopped you, and your following your dreams..Well done, you prove the knockers wrong, but most of all stay safe..

Anonymous said...

Good Luck Jess!! You are doing a wonderful thing - showing the young people around Australia that it's ok to 'have a go' and that they CAN achieve! God Bless and Safe Journey!

mimo said...

Gee, to think I still get nervous when my kids go out for the evening, and they're both 21.
Anyway, all the best Jess and god speed.
We are all thinking of you.

Mick

Anonymous said...

Good Luck !
from the 2 kayakers in the multicouloured kayak - the one guy who said going back now because i'm getting cold to which you said fair enough :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica. I am a father of two and my youngest Jessica is now 25. I love the sea but have been away from it for many years. I have recently purchased a wooden boat for renovation. It has taken four years of my spear time to do the work and I am looking forward to the first voyage. Unlike yourself I think our first circumnavigation will be ninth island, just off the coast of northern Tasmania. If you don't mind I would like to travel along with you, in spirit only, and I,ll watch the wire as much as possible. I wish you all the best and a safe trip. Marcus Launceston

Marcus said...

now I'm good to go I have an account so I will be watching with great interest.
Marcus

Hilda said...

Go Jess!!!! Travel Safe. Is there a website where we can track your adventure? Am looking forward to one day reading your book on this exciting journey. Thinking of you.

David said...

Good luck and we looking forward to your arrival in Cape Town before the last leg.

David

John Klindt said...

Good luck Jessica - we shall follow you all the way. John - Denmark, Europe.

EmmaCooper said...

Hey Jess / julie and family! Just wanted to say that its so nice seeing Jessica achieve her dream and sailing around the world when I remember her teaching me how to sail :) You'll do it no one is as determined as you! Tkae care of yourself

From Emma (and Mum/Dad/Felicity)

Salvo Messina said...

Good Luck Jessica from Italy. I'll follow your marvellous sailing on your blog.
Salvo Messina

Lumi said...

Gooo Jessicaa!!! Greetings from FINLAND!!!! <3

Jessika said...

Good luck Jessica I'm looking forward to reading your posts about your journey... Have fun and stay safe

Anonymous said...

Good luck Jessica. Follow your dream and keep safe
Brisbane girl

anthonywkilgour said...

hey jess good luck stay same will be follow you all the way

Anonymous said...

good luck, jessica. you will be in my thoughts, keep safe

Dragonsally said...

Jessica, Godspeed on your journey. May the sun,stars and moon shine upon you.
And to your family - all the best, as you watch Jessica's journey.
You are all inspirational

StreetBoy said...

Goodluck Jess, your gonna show people out there that it doesn't matter how old you are--you are never too old or too young to go for your dreams.

Erik said...

Jessica you are definately the coolest 16 y/o I have ever heard of. Stay safe out there and good luck.

Erik
Bruxelles, Belgium

nellie said...

Hi jess and family good luck and best wishess.At first i did not agree as a mum i thought it was to dangeres.

All of you are brave.ill be thier to cheer you home and am behind you all the way.Happy safe sailing Nellie

Anonymous said...

Good on you Jess, you have our complete support. You are so much better for giving this a go than all the dills with their negativity. YOU THE (WO)MAN!

Jessica said...

If it makes you feel alive, and you feel able, then there is no reason why you cannot achieve. All the best, God speed.

Naaman said...

All the very best Jessica, totally cheering for you! keep us updated :))Naaman - Wollongong NSW

Anonymous said...

Good Luck Jessica! It was great to hear your update. i am glad that she set off with no problems. She is a great inspiration to us all. I look forward to reading the upcoming updates as Jessica sails around. All the best Jessica

Rachel said...

My class and I will be following your adventures. You are an inspiration to little kids. Good Luck and Stay Safe! Rachel & the class
Ill get the kids to post comments from time to time - just in case you get time to read them! They are only 5 - 8 yr olds and will love following you1 :)

brian mc said...

Jessica - Best wishes, good luck, be strong.

My whole family and I will follow your progress with admiration, concern and excitement.
You go girl! :)

RjB said...

Hey Jessica,

You've set out on a adventure that not many have the confidence to do. But you've already made the steps many won't in their life so from another teenager following his dreams I gonna say you've already made it.

Its important to take advantage of this thing call life & I believe you have done this already!!!

See you in Sydney next June...


Good Luck
& Be safe


Peace

shifty said...

Good on ya mate. Stick it up em and have a beautiful story to tell the rest of your life!
Sean Torquay Vic..

Anonymous said...

hi,how do u do?
i'm japanese,and same age with u.
now i'm very surprise at ur big trip by a ship.
i knew this news from japanese news pages on the internet.
u ar Soooooo great!
i really hope u'll have a great time. GO FOR IT!

Anonymous said...

Hi Julie I'm a Sydney mum of two daughters aged 19 and 21 -And I know how complicated it can get to support them when they make certain decisions in their lives that everyone else thinks that it was a wrong decision...
My prayers and thoughts are with Jessica and your family.. Stay strong and tell her that I will say a prayer for her everyday and every night and if she has a chance to read Psalm91... I will cheer her untill she arrives back in Sydney Heads to cheer her in again. She deserves the blessing of the nation. God Bless and stay strong!!!!xoxo

Anonymous said...

Good luck Jesica,
Lets the seas and winds be kind to you. All the best

Suzanne said...

Good Luck Jessica.

If you gets too dicey, make sure you take the safe option, so you can try again.

Mrs D said...

As a teacher, I will be encouraging my students to be following your progress. You are an inspiration and I wish you luck and safe travel. Looking forward to reading your blog with my classes.

Anonymous said...

You go Jessica we are going to be following your updates,

keep safe'

JJ & Liz
QLD

Anonymous said...

Good luck jessica and them how good you are. I will be reading your blogs. Stay safe! John

Anonymous said...

Go girl!! I wish you all the best out there...will follow your blog and tracker!!

Bruno (Melbourne)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

Having seen you on 60 minutes, I understand that you know what you are in for and have the courage to get through it. I'm sure we are all looking forward to your blogs, so we can take part in the adventure a little. But most of all we'd like your safe return in June 2010!

Kind regards...

Anonymous said...

As a mum of 4 girls, my eldest daughter who is nearly 10 admires you very much...she will be following you closely and reporting your progress to her school classmates....Best wishes to you...You GO GIRL...xxoo

Christo said...

Here is the epitome of Young Jessica, from the words of Rooseveldt.

It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly...who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Jessica ain't no timid soul. What an inspiration!!!

Mark said...

Hey Jessica
I wish that I could have been on the harbour today to see you leave, but I was out of town.
You are a very brave young lady and I would just like to wish you total success on this amazing journey.
Stay safe and have a wonderful trip.
Mark

JP said...

It would be great if you could twit your position?! JP

Peter said...

We hope Jess is having fun sailing and being safe!!!!!!
best wishes

Stella, Sebie,Alanna and Peter
Coolum

Anonymous said...

good luck, good on you, what a brave girl. Amazing.

Anonymous said...

Good luck Jess hope all is well and I hope you have a safe voyage.

Matthew from Melbourne

Anonymous said...

You are either very brave or very foolish but whichever I wish you well and safe journey. As a mum I feel for you and although I do not know you I cannot help but feel a great deal of thoughts for your safe return. Good luck and god's speed
Robyn from the Sunshine Coast

Nicholas Cohen said...

I wouldn't know the difference between a boat and a brick, and I must admit I hate sailing boats. But I have to say that I am SOOOOO impressed by what this young, brave woman is attempting to do.

Jessica.... Good luck to you, and may good fortune shine on you every inch of the way. I think you are awesome, awesome, awesome!! My wife, my kids and I will hold a special celebration the day you sail back into Australian waters. And if you only get as far as the heads, I still think you're awesome!

Tim said...

Good Luck Jess, Just saw the story on 60 minutes it was a fantastic unbiased story. You should be proud of what you have acheived so far. Go prove everyone wrong. Hope to see you back in Sydney early June next year!

derwy said...

Go get it jess you are amazing and so brave , i will following you online every day. Hey just think a few months and you will be home. Good luck mate:)

Rama said...

AN inspirational to even an old salt, keep the wind in your sails and the storms behind you. I will be watching your progress with anticipation and will be there to sail in with you when you hit the river derwent in Tassie.

Lerina said...

Wow - the day has finally arrived for you Jessica ! I will continue to follow you online daily. Enjoy living your dream ..... its not often that people actually get to live their dreams out. You are incredible !!

Anonymous said...

Good luck Jessia - although you will be sailing solo, keep in mind that you have 22 million Aussies right there with you every day!!

Dianne B said...

Just watching 60 Minutes and gosh I am just thankful you have managed to get away safely. I hope your journey is a safe one and that you return to us quickly.
Good Luck Jessica. We will follow you all the way. Hope the breezes are kind to you and the seas are calm.

Anonymous said...

Good luck and god speed you are a little champion and you make me even prouder to be an Australian

Anonymous said...

Go jess, i will be keeping track of your progress! I know you can do it! There will be hard times but stay strong and prove them all that you can do it!!! :-)
Bree QLD

Anonymous said...

Good Luck Jess, Go get em the world is wachting.

Anonymous said...

It was great to see Jessica sail through the heads and start today. Stay safe you dont have to prove a thing. Enjoy your trip. Come home when you want. Congrats to mum and dad..Handled 60 minutes concerns well. Its hard to let children live there dreams. I let my daughter follow her dreams and now she is a successful happy adult.
Steve

Anonymous said...

Jess, I took my 3 year old boy up to North Head to watch you sail out the heads. I explained to him what you were doing and how courageous you were, so stay safe and positive. I do hope that you wear your lifejacket and attach yourself to the boat at all times!!

Tom Tyndall said...

Hi Jessica - you are source of inspiration for all young people of your age. Always remember that 'when the going gets tough, the tough get going'- and I know you will. Good Luck and God Speed.

Anonymous said...

Go get them Jess... you are an inspiration!

Michael
Canberra

Anonymous said...

Go get them Jess... you are an inspiration!

Michael
Canberra

Anonymous said...

Good luck Jessica.. be strong and remember to phone your mum :)
We're all backing you .... and know you'll be a success. Sarah Woollahra Sydney NSW

Anonymous said...

good luck jess. you can do it. dont let what others think get in your way. Josh

Melanie said...

safe travels and best wishes!! take care out there and try to enjoy your experience... i will be reading this blog with interest and you are in my prayers...
Melanie NSW

Anonymous said...

Good luck jessica your braver then me lol.The boat look awesome it is very girly like.

From Melissa Tasmaia

Konstantin said...

Hi Jesse!

This is an exciting adventure! As a German I'd like to expand your international group of supporters! Even though I have no clue how to sail and whether what you attempt is insane or doable, I wish you all the best and a strong spirit!

I'll check back on your progress as often as I can, I'm sure you'll have lots of time on your hands to read all the nice comments on this board!

Greets Kon

Anonymous said...

All the best Jessica. Look forward to reading yoru Blogs as you go

Anonymous said...

Go Jess,what a wonderful journey you have ahead.Will be reading your updates you go girl stay safe.
Michele Qld

Allan said...

Have a safe trip Jess.

Meli said...

For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future...Jeremiah 29:11

You go girl!

Anonymous said...

Best of luck and have a great time. You are doing a great thing and are an inspiration to many. Stay positive and be all you can.
To Jess's family. A lot of people support you and Jess, ignore the people who are having a go.They would probably struggle to get out their chairs and get a life.
Your daughter is an inspiration and a genuine adventurer. I will be keeping up with the latest via this blog.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Take care.
Carl Be... Perth.

Anonymous said...

Good luck young Jessica......I think that this trip would test anyone.....I don't approve, especially if the Australian taxpayers have to foot the bill should you require assistance but I wish you safe passage obviously.

Bob said...

Jessica, My family and I wish you a very exciting and safe journey. You are living the pirit of adventure and at the best age. People like you were the very ones who sailed the world and discovered new countries and islands. I look forward to following your updates and stories, cause you make me proud to be Australian. Rob of Qld

Heidi said...

Good luck Jess, I will be following you all the way

Anonymous said...

Our family can't wait to follow your progress. Exciting stuff.

Kia Kaha Jessica.

Sgt Paul Lee
NZ Police

Nana Bebie said...

God be with you Jessica - will be following your journey as you sail the vast seas.((hugs))xx
Aroona,Caloundra. Qld.

John said...

Jessica, you are a very brave young lady, stay strong and follow your dream, we will be following you all the way - John from Canberra

maria said...

good luck and best wishes to u all i´ll be following u jess here from snowy lapland , sweden

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Simone Kerwick said...

Well wishes for you Jess, take care and stay safe. Looking forward to reading your blog and hope you have lots of great memories to share with your family on your safe return to Australia.
Best wishes from us here at Burleigh Heads Gold Coast Queensland
Simone and Michael Kerwick

Q E E D said...

I will follow your voyage with great interest and best wishes. You possibly can't ever feel alone, it took along time to log on to your website, which shows the traffic/hits must be enormous.
Good luck and stay safe.

5metreswell said...

Thats awesome Jessica and mum!!!!
Will be praying for you Jessica, a great trip, and your safe return to your friends and family here in Australia.

Anonymous said...

GOOD LUCK JESS


you'll do great :) :)

your so brave :)

have fun

claire xox

Styline said...

Good luck Girl!

Hey is there any chart or tracker or anything like that on a website so we can see "where in the world is Jess"?

Anonymous said...

Good Luck JW, lets hope you put the world in its place doubting you.

Surfari. said...

It's not everyday that you get to meet a great adventurist! We consider ourselves amongst the lucky ones who have had the opportunity to do so on a few occasions, but our recent meeting with Jess, her family and friends will be our most memorable.
Not only is Jessica the youngest amongst the 'few' she is inspirational, focussed, modest, experienced, determined, courageous, mature beyond her years and has all the qualities to take on the task at hand.
CONGRATULATIONS to Roger, Julie and her wonderful sisters and brother for having the courage to support your daughter and sister (particularly in the face of naive adversity)to follow her inspiring dream. You guys alone are an inspiration!
The encouragement and support from Bruce, Suzanne and the team from 5 Oceans is admirable.
Thanks for the sail Jess. Thanks for the opportunity to meet your wonderful family and friends and thanks Andrew and Liz for a most memorable experience.
It's not about the destination, it's all about the journey and the courage to lose sight of the shore. How many of us can say 'I've had that courage'?
That's why you are a true Aussie hero Jessica Watson - you're having a go!! WOOOHOOO!!!!!
Always in our thoughts.
Chris and Neil

MARY, MARY, QUITE CONTRARY said...

Go with God, Jessica! May He bless you and all your endeavors! My prayers for you every day -- Mary, USA

Grim-WA said...

Good on you Jess. Great courage.
Wish you the best. Look forward to observing your progress each day.
Be great to recieve Lat/Lon info.
Cheers.

Tim said...

You go get 'em girl!! Your determination and tenacity is inspiration to all ages.  You go get your dream Jess.  When the bad days come (and they will) the good days WILL be just around the corner and further more, you're not doing it alone at all - we're all there with you.  Will follow your trip closely and look forward to your safe arrival where we watch you sway back and forward on land at your first tv interview! Ooh - hope you have Arnotts BBQ Shapes onboard - they're the BEST cure for seasickness.

*Gillian* said...

I hope you are an inspiration to your generation Jess, perhaps they'll stop shopping and go do something REAL with their lives! Whatever happens you are a hero, stay strong.
bless xo

Kevin said...

Hi Jessica - We are with you all the way until you return safe and triumphant - until you dream is not a dream no more. May fair weather be with you all the way!
Kevin Peterson - Melbourne.

galo said...

be carefull!
good luck Jessica!
very very brave girl!
I will be checking your blog for updates every day.
Denis Galo,
Quebec,CAN

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

good luck from Holland.
We will follow you.

regards,
Jack

Anonymous said...

Good luck Jessica / From Sweden

Angelo Russo said...

Our thoughts will be with you Jessica and your family, through out your entire journey.

Godspeed and smooth waters, best wishes for a glorious safe adventure!

Angelo Russo and Jeanette (Prentis) Hallam from Burleigh Waters Qld.

Anonymous said...

jesse congratulations on setting sail for your goal today. Stay strong to your vision of sailing around the world unassisted. your strength and determination is inspiring for all. Cant wait to read about your adventure of the highs and lows, stay safe

cheers
Anthony

chris said...

Jess
Endevour to persivere.
When times get tough and things look bad believe in yourself, you've come this far.
All the best
Chris and Kathy from Cedar Grove Qld

KiwiCam said...

Good luck Jess. Just getting to the starting line is an amazing accomplishment and to be so driven and focused at a young age is inspirational.

Campbell
Brisbane

galo said...

be carefull!
good luck Jessica!
very very brave girl!
I will be checking your blog for updates every day.
Denis Galo,
Quebec,CAN

Anonymous said...

As a sailor myself having done many miles, I wish you all the best. Dont listen to the negative and concentrate on the positve always!!!!! Go get it girl. I will be following you and thinking of you in the tough times ahead> just remember Jess when things get tough out there they will pass and another day will dawn, you will get through, you have the courage to do it...:) Tanya

Invoke Results said...

It seems that no matter what one does as a teenager and/or parent of a teenager these days, there will always be someone there to claim it's irresponsible.

It wasn't that long ago the world was happy to send its teenagers off to war to die for our right to choose the (legal) paths our lives take. As far as I know, no one has been prepared to call them or their parents irresponsible have they?

Obviously, Jessica isn't going off to save the free world, but if she inspires a few youngsters to go out and see what the real world is really like and not just rely on Google to show them, she will have done us all a great favour.... Read more

Good luck Jessica, you've shown that you have the courage to follow your dream, in spite of great pressure not to. There are, sadly, too few of us who can truly say we've done that - even in a small way. Perhaps that is why we are so vocal about your dream?

Anonymous said...

Hey Jessica,
all the best also from Germany. Hace an awsome trip....

Peter said...

Jessica, I'm a 46 year old high school teacher from Stockholm and a sailing instructor during summers. My heart will follow you and your challenge around the world. It's a really tough one and I wish you all the best of luck and good conditions and support from above when needed. I think the best advice I can give from a distance is - do ask for help if you should really need it somewhere along the journey. Hopefully not, but don't let pride come into the thinking. You can't challenge the ocean with pride. So, from Sweden - me and my students your age will be following you - all the best! Peter

Philip said...

Hi jessica,
You remind me a little about myself when I was your age. You go girl. I also admire your supporting parents.

Regards

Philip

Anonymous said...

From Spain, I wish you all the best.

Anders said...

Greetings from Sweden!

Scottforster said...

Congratulations Jess' on beginning such a wonderful adventure. We all look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy your time away and live every moment.
You are so fortunate to be going on such a great adventure. We look forward to hearing of he girl who has left and the woman who will return.

Wim Heitinga (0031) said...

Have a greaut trip Jess and stay safe! You're my heroine already. We'll follow you every day.

A.S. Olivier said...

Best wishes from Spain!!!!!!
You´ll get it!
Stay safe.

Caroline form Sweden said...

Hi Jessica!

I wishing you all the best for your journey! We will follow you.

Good luck from Sweden!

Anonymous said...

wow!! I just read about this brave girl in my Swedish newspaper. Myself was a really good and dedictaed sailer when I was young (I'm now 45...:-D ) and not in my wildest dreams would I come up with such "crazy" idea to sail around the world at an age of just 16, I had way yoo much respect for the water element!! I wish you all the best and i'll keep an eye on your blog to follow your "trip". I think you are awesome, what an inspiration you are for young and old people!!
/ Eva in Stockholm, Sweden

Benjamin Wright said...

Can we go out for a date when you get back lol :) I wish you all the best Jessica and I couldn't imagine how amazing your journey would be. I hope you have a fun and safe trip :)

Benjamin xo

Caroline from Sweden said...

Good luck from Sweden!

dja112 said...

Best of luck Jessica. We will be watching here in Boston, Ma.

Adam Hammarström said...

Hey Jessica! I hope your trip works out!

/Greetings from Sweden,Adam

Anonymous said...

Good Luck Jesse!

I hope you will make it!

I'll follow you on your blog.

Hughs from Susanne, a mother in Sweden

Jen said...

Hi Jess - thank you for expressing the quintessental essence of what it means to be Australian! Fair winds (lots of 'em) and fine days for you, Jess, and lotsa dolphins to keep you company!! Sailing's a great metaphor for life itself - you'll have your tough/rough days and you'll have some blissfull, magical days too - I put out a prayer of intention for more of the latter than the former ... but whatever Jess, you can cope with anything - you'd never have begun this magical, exciting journey if you couldn't ... so good on you, well done!! ... And keep in touch with us all when you can!! Cheers

Mattias said...

Gods speed...


//Mattias

Anonymous said...

I like your style, I would never do this my own. Even tho I'm a boy on 16yrs old.

PS: I'll read your blogg!


Support's from Sweden.

Anders said...

Good luck from Sweden!

Think twice, act once...
Stay safe.

Ander and Isabella

Anonymous said...

Best Wishes Jess !! Best Wishes !!

Kathy said...

Hi Jessica,

I heard about your trip for the first time today when I wachted your segment on 60 Minutes. As I was listening to you talk about what your voyage would entail, I was trully inspired to undertake a challenge of my own. Unlike you, my challenge will entail being on dry land but, like you I will be facing unimaginable fears as I make a stand for 'me'. I will be setting the same 200+ day period as you. I plan track your progress by reading-up on your experiences, and I am sure I will need to refer to your blogs for motivation to keep going on my journey.

Jessica, think not only of the brave and emancipating decision you've made for yourself but, also know that you have inspired people around the world to change, take risks, and learn more about this great thing called life.

Thanks Jessica, Kathy.

Anonymous said...

I will follow you in your blogg from where I come from Sweden after reading about you in our newspaper. Wish you luck and good weather:)

Anonymous said...

Buen viaje, buen viento y buena mar.

estaremos pendientes. ( un poco de español para entretener el rato)

Anonymous said...

Good luck Jessica~ I will be watching from Cleveland Ohio! You go!

Ulrica said...

Good Luck Jessica

I will keep me posted!
/ Ulrica From Sweden

anders from sweden said...

Good luck jessica..

seychelle said...

if there is such a thing, it's like she's amelia earhart reincarnated, just chose water this time around. while reading her 'routes & rules,' i had to keep reminding myself this is a 16 year old talking. amazing soul

Louise Ware WA said...

Hey Jess I know your going to get bored and maybe reading these comments will hopefully leave you entertained or inspired. So here is something from me.

How do you make a hanky dance? Put a little boogie in it :)

Love Louise from WA

Anonymous said...

Good Luck from England. You made the headlines here on October 18.

Steven said...

Jessica,

Your determination and positive attitude is simply a fantastic quality. I know that you will be fine and I am wishing you positive praises here in Australia. Take Care - Steve Kalgoorlie WA

Anonymous said...

Enjoy the journey, may the wind always be on your back.
Oh, the peace of it all.

marmic said...

Enjoy this most amazing adventure. Be safe and have fun. This will change you. We'll be following your incredible journey. You go girl!
MimaKy WA

steve pollard said...

All the very best Jessica will be watching your progress, keep safe we will be praying.
Steve. P.

redsquarephoto.com said...

As a father of two, I wish you (mum) luck and strength! It looks like Jessica has done her homework and has had a lot of support. At some point, we have to let our kids spread their wings and yours is certainly flying high already!

Anonymous said...

All the best from Madrid!

Brendan.

Megan, Vic said...

Hey Jess, all the best for your adventure. I think you are an absolute inspiration. I wish I had your dedication. Will be watching your progress and singing your praises when you hit Aussie soil again

Anonymous said...

Proud of you Jessica, you go girl! From both my Twin Sister and I we wish you all the very best of luck (and good weather of course) and we will say a little prayer for you each night that you make it back safe and sound to your family. Julie, wow what abrave thing to allow Jess to do. 1000 points for not being one of those over protective parents and letting your girl follow her heart and dreams. :)

Brooke and Tiff, Newcastle NSW

Welsh Tramp said...

Just heard about this, will follow your adventure around the world and wish you the best of luck.

Iain. Ireland

chrisw73 said...

I hope your enjoying the ride so far, I am sure you know what your doing so all I can say is I hope you are safe and having a ball and watch out for the whales :-)

Bradford said...

Good luck! Stay safe!

For those liking sailing adventures, a man is out there completing a 1000 day unassisted, his blog is here:

http://1000days.net/home/

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess,

I wish you all the best! I have absolutely nothing to do with sailing, but your story and courage impresses me. Go for it!

Julien
Hamburg, Germany

SoLow said...

You've got a new supporter in the US, Jessica. Good luck, and stay safe - I'll be watching!!!

Lars Ulwencreutz said...

Good luck from al old vikings up in the land of the midnight sun - Sweden!
We wish You all the best!
Regards
Lars Ulwencreutz

Anonymous said...

Wish you good luck jessica from a ski resort in switzerland (davos) :-)

Anonymous said...

Jessica, You are an inspiration to us all in keeping the spirit of Australia alive, all the best praying for your safe return. A quote - Mark Twain: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Anonymous said...

Good Luck and have a safe journey !
This is a real effort and life top experience.

Best wishes / Thomas in Sweden

naps said...

Jess, Good luck and be safe. Just to let you know that here in the USA we're all tracking your progress

Anonymous said...

Jessica
follow your dream
stay safe

Curt & Heather said...

In soloing - as in other activities - it is far easier to start something than it is to finish it.
"Amelia Earhart"

Good Sailing Jess! You are an inspriation to us all.

From: Thiviergex5 at the Jersey Shore, USA

Carlos said...

Good winds to you and the Pink Lady, all way round.
Carlos Motta - SY Riole - Brazil

Mamma Mia said...

Good Luck and have fun! I´m looking forward to follow you around:)

With love from Norway, Paula

Anonymous said...

Good Luck Jessica, Gods Speed.
We will be following your journey and wishing you well on your way

All the very best from Brian & Jane fellow sailors from the North West UK

enjoy!

Matis said...

Good Luck Jessica, I hear of you in the news at the Television here in Italy!
Have a great time!

"May the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face"

;-)
Matis from Crema, Italy

bushdoctor said...

YAY Jessica. Go for it girl. Do not ever let people disuade you from your dream. Lives are all about dreams come true. We can all do our best and change the world just that little bit. I worked as a cattleman for 40 years and I am now a nurse, so everything is achieveable. Have a great trip.

zerf said...

Good luck Jessica from Amityville, NY

Anonymous said...

I've read an article about your trip. Wish you good luck! /Daniel from Sweden

Anonymous said...

Good luck, Jessica.
Regatds from Ingemar in Sweden

Sara said...

Wishing Jessica the best of luck all the way from Sweden!!

/Sara

Nick said...

Bon Voyage Jess! Wishing you good health and good choices on what I know will be a very challanging and memorous adventure.

Nick
Poquoson, VA USA

Anonymous said...

Good Luck and happy sailing
Sigge
Göteborg
(Home of Volvo Ocean Race)
Sweden

Simon said...

What a wonderful young person, to have undertaken such a huge task, to have weathered such blistering negativity, and still come up smiling and positive. Jessica, you're already a champion to many of us back here on firm ground. Be strong.
Simon from Brisbane

nolia said...

Good luck!
I think you are very brave.

Kaisa from Sweden.

Donna Smith said...

Good luck Jessica!!! Donna USA

Anonymous said...

Good luck from Norway!

Meho said...

wow, I really got fascinated by your story you're about to make real in a newspapper here in sweden. It really made me see that there is people out there that have diffrent dreams, especially a 16 year old girl. One day I'll go to australia, not by boat. But still, thanks for making me wanna go there even more now! Wish you the best!

Michael Wallon said...

Jessica, WoW you are one of a kind.. Now, good luck to you and if you pass by Europe let me know, I´ll buy you a hot coffee... Wishes of luch from Michael in Sweden

Anonymous said...

All the best for you Jess.

Stay away from wales, XD.

Saludos.

Anonymous said...

I just read about your big feat! Good Luck and be very safe Jesse!!! We are pulling for you here in Fort Lauderdale FL and we look forward to hearing all of your adventures!!!

Anonymous said...

Jessica you are one very brave lady and my family and I wish you all the best and gods speed. May you be safe and return soon.
Wendy from Melbourne

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