Saturday, October 17, 2009

''Tomorrow I'm going to get up and sail around the world!"

I'll keep this update even shorter but just letting you all know, if you havent already heard, that tomorrow is finally the big day. I'll be leaving the marina at around 0845 in the morning and clearing the Sydney heads soon after. The forecast is looking pretty positive and I'm just itching to get out there. I've had a nice final day fiddling round on Ellas Pink Lady and doing a little last minute packing with family and friends. Its hard to believe that the big day is almost here!!



Geoff said...


This is TBO

(the big one)

Hope you settle into your rotine asap

will follow your trek closely

all the best and keep smiling


Melbourne Orstralia

saundra said...

OMG Jessica I'm SO excited for you! I have buterflies as I type this. I have your blog site bookmarked on my blog site, so i will check as often as I can (when we have internet). sending a big hug O and a Kiss X on Angel Wings.

Albert said...

The media makes it look like you seem obsessed with answering your critics. Forget them, this challenge is about you not them.
Any decision you make is about your progress to achieve your goal, not to prove anything to your critics.
I'm sure when you leave our shores the burden of satisfying critics will disappear, just as it did for those that went before you.

Your delays in waiting for the best window is an indication you are already showing survival skills, though the delays frustrate many of your supporters.

Jules said...

Hey Jess,
That must be the most amazing feeling! I hope you have the best sleep tonight. All the best for your journey and safe return to Australia.

Take care

Anonymous said...

Jessica!You are an inspiration to myself and my family>good luck in your journey and your life long dream..What ever the outcome you have already done many australians proud!Take it all in girl you are about to see the world from a place very few have seen before!myself and my family wish you sunny days and calm seas but being a sailor myself know this can not always be the the Andersons.xx

Anonymous said...

Be safe, be smart and succeed with a smile. Enjoy all your little victories along the way and congratulations on already being a success.

Two Rivers, Wisconsin - USA

BB ♥ said...

Good luck!


nevilley said...

Hope you have a safe and enjoyable trip Jess, you prove the critics wrong, will follow your trip from start to finish.

Anonymous said...

GO FOR IT!!! :-)

A Sailors blessing for you;

"May the Lord fill our sails with fair wind, support our hulls in inviting seas, guide our hands upon the tiller toward pleasant places and bring us home, O Lord, to a safe and loving harbor."


frayedknot said...

Awesome, aweseome, awesome, you are an inspiration to many people, not many people on this planet can make a difference, you already have, good luck and enjoy every minute! Regards Dennis (Gold Coast)

Anonymous said...

One day at a time, Jess. Go for it. Look after the boat and yourself. I look forward to keeping up with your adventures via the blog.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and enjoy. I look forward to reading your book. Todd.

candy said...

I can only imagine the ecitement you must be feeling ready to start your voyage. I am a 59 yr old woman in Florida, USA that will be following your voyage daily and you will be in my heart daily. The world is praying you have a safe and wonderful trip.

Lisanne said...

Hi Jessica, just want to wish you all the best, and I hope you'll have a lot of fun on your huge adventure. I'll continue following your journey here!
You go girl!
(the Netherlands)

Captain Chris Monger said...

Good Luck Jesse!

Not to sure what Frequencies you use. I'm on all Amateur bands and 27mhz.can reach all over world.

Cheers Chris VK5CM

Anonymous said...

jessica i wish you all the best along the journey .you are truly a inspiration and i hope you achieve your goals. old or young it is a risk but i beleive you can do it jessica. please keep me updated on your journey jess best of luck mick.

Tillman said...

Good luck to you !

Lot of people also here in Europe is following your blog.

I hope that your next year will giver you lot of new experience and lot of good memories.

Safe Trip to you !

sally_kearns said...

Good luck! I hope you go well! Don't listen to the press tonight, they're just jealous because they didn't do anything this cool when they were 16 :) Sleep well and keep smiling!

Sharon said...

Jessica, you are an inspiration to young and old. May you have fair weather, a safe journey and enjoy what is to be an amazing adventure!

Daniela said...

Have a safe trip and enjoy your journey! I am looking forward to your updates! Good Luck from Michigan! Daniela

Anthony said...

You're my kind of girl :) What a heart of adventure!

I really hope that everything goes smoothly and I will be praying for your safety and success.

Blundoon said...

Dear Jess,
it sounds like you had a great day today being farewelled by family and friends. About time Sydney turned on a decent day's weather. Lately it has been reminding me too much of Wellington NZ where I was born. Can't wait to move to Cairns FNQ!

I plan to be at Clontarf Reserve jumping up and down and waving madly when you set sail tomorrow morning, and if I can get there in time, North Head also for that one last glimpse and a photo of Ella's Pink Lady.

Bon voyage,
Pete B

The Martins said...

We can't wait either Jessica. We just know you are full of butterflies and sleep probably isn't easy. We are all behind you all the way. You go girl!

The Martin Family
Schwenksville, PA USA

Charles Chaplick said...

Good luck be safe

lgw said...


All the best for your wonderful adventure. You are a true inspiration and I'm really looking forward to following your progress.

Stay safe....and enjoy!!

Traralgon, Victoria

Anonymous said...

Hello Jessica,
the BIG DAY is finally here!
What can I say, to one who has already proved maturity, a cool head, flexibility, strength, vision and focus, someone who is out of the ordinary!
I will be following you till you come home again every day!
Good luck and all the right decisions on your journey.
Trudy from Austria

Denis said...

Have a great trip Jessie, all the way. I'll be keeping track of you on my computer in Macau. Don't forget some fishing tackle!

Helge said...

Hey Jessica, it seems you have already found your personal legend, just like in "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho!
If this adventure is your legend, then I wish you all the strengh, power and faith to fullfil it. And whatever awaits you, you will master it! Good luck out there, living your personal legend! I'll send you some thoughts and energy once in a while. Go out and make history, Jessica!

best wishes from Bremen, Germany


Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,

your inspiration has allready made it half way around the globe! Lots of luck, and stay safe!

Ferdinand, The Netherlands

gt said...

Godspeed Jessica.

we will all be watching over you too.

grant t
qld 4217

sandrone said...

Good luck!
I saw you on a newspaper today, I didn t know about you and your adventures! It must be amazing

Greetings from Stockholm :-)

trentgs said...

Sydney Time 4:18 am Sunday..Wow..Its 1:18 pm Saturday here in Savannah,Ga Its sooo.. close now..hopefully You are still counting ZZZZ and letting the rest of us just count the minutes...We're excited no doubt..Its' been exciting just following your steps towards the Grand Voyage..Hopefully we will be able to track your whereabouts as you trek... Know you are in our thoughts and prayers..Many blessings on your hull and gear..keep your head..and BE Safe..Know that many are following your every move..and anticipating where we can.. Hugs and a wave as you set sail..Jess!!
Gary & Jan

Koenraad Blansaer said...

Dear Jessica,

«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 harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain»

Warmest regards from Antwerp, Belgium, Europe.
Koenraad Blansaer

Anonymous said...



Anonymous said...


We trust you had a big FRESH breccy as it may be the last for a while!

May you have fair winds and clear skies!

Go girl


Tracey & Robert

Laffing Dawg said...

Be safe, Fairwinds, Vaya Con Dios.
Bend, OR USA

Henri said...

Good luck :)

My family and I will keep a lookaout for you all the way. You're living the dream.


Anonymous said...

Hope you have a great sailing time ahead.


tony souter said...


kool ur day is finaly here good luck and my love and surport is with u all hole ttrip be safe chick

from new zealand sailer


Troy said...

U go Girl ...
just want to wish u all the best for today and ur journey beyond. u have already accomplished more than most just by getting to the starting line. i hope ur preperations have gone smooth and u are excited by what lies ahead. well done jess and safe passage.

traineetaitai said...

Bon Voyage!!!
Don't listen to the critics darling, they never acomplish anything themselves,they just whinge from the sidelines.
If I have a daughter one day, I hope she's as brave as you are...
peace love and calm seas

traineetaitai said...

Bon Voyage!!

Don't listen to the critics darling, they're sideliners not finnishliners.

see you next year


Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,
It was great to meet with you this morning with my Dad.
Good luck with your adventure.
Stay safe, and don't take any unnecessary risks.
I will be watching your progress on the computer.

Archie Cropley

Chris said...

We'd all still be living in caves if it wasn't for gutsy, brave people like you.
God speed and you will be daily in my prayers!

Aficionado said...

Praying you have a safe and successful journey- Fair winds and following seas

MichelleRenee said...

Good Luck! Following you from Deerfield NH, USA

Marilees said...

Good luck Jessica.

magz said...

I wish you all the best on your amazing journey. I pray for your safety. May this journey be all that you wished for and more.

magz said...

I wish you all the best on your amazing journey. I pray for your safety. May this journey be all that you wished for and more.

Janine said...

Go get 'em Jessica! Get back safe, achieve your goal and your nay-sayers can stick it where the sun don't shine! Hopefully the sun will be shining on YOU! You have already made us all proud. You are an inspiration. Safe travels, Janine

Brett said...

You go girl, follow your heart and the best of luck with everything! You're an inspiration to all of us. Follow your Dreams!

Anonymous said...

When life gives you opportunities, you should take them, and to hell with what anybody says. Enjoy yourself and come back safe. MH

jodieedwards21 said...

Good luck Jess, have a safe journey
all the best
Gary, Jodie, Taylor & Hannah xx

Mark Meurisse said...

Good luck Jessica! Your ambition is amazing and i'll be following your journey with interest.

Mark Meurisse

oneravengi said...

good stuff cant wait to follow your journey online i wish u all the best

Aline Uliana Fonseca Bastos said...

Jessica, folowing your blog i´m also very exited about your leaving tomorrow. Hope you have a great first day!!!

All the best,

ephemeros sailboat

Andrew said...

get out there and show them wat u can do!!! will be flowing you from back here
Fair winds and folwing seas

me said...

Good luck Jess. I will be watching your progress. You are an inspiration. Go for it!!!

Anonymous said...

Good Luck Kid.No doubt you can!

leminhs said...


year1SHHPSWA said...

Wishing you luck Jessica!

I am a Year one teacher at South Halls Head Primary School Western Ausytralia and your journey will be the basis of our English, Science (Weather) and Society and Environment (Place and Space) this term (no pressure though...LOL!!!). Please expect to hear from us.

Watching you walking to your yacht ready for the trip on TV - so many emotions washing over your face. Your trip is an inspiration and a learning journey for us ALL! All of our thoughts are with you!!

Rebekah Ozanne
Year One Teacher

Anonymous said...

Jessica - Your indestructible spirit and courageousness has brought you this far and it will take you to wherever you want to go. Thank you for taking us on this journey.

Anonymous said...

Am watching the news now and seeing you leave Sydney. Best of luck and safe sailing. You are obviously a very brave and determined young lady - well done and stick to your convictions. Stay safe!!!!

Cazza said...

Best of luck Jess. We'll be following your progress & hoping the weather will be kind most of the time. Keep your face to the wind & be yourself. Good luck lovie
best wishes - arr me artie!! Caz

gustav said...

Dear Jessica,
wishing you all the best for your great adventure! This is so exciting and we will be watching your Journey from start to finish.Thanks for sharing this and doing what every true Adventurer dreams about. Living the dream all around the world.We think you are amazing and we wish you all the best for your great Journey!
best wishes from Gustav,Tom and Friends
(Sports Pilots,Red Baron-Bankstown)

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Hi, Jess, i love you for what you are doing - it's the sort of thing I wanted to do at your age but I didn't fight hard enough to give myself the chance! If you achieve this record, some of us will know that the biggest obstacles you overcame were thrown at you by people and culure, not Nature. The months ahead may be lonely and cruel, but you will finally be truly free, as only women who walk out of the common ways know freedom.

Have you read Robyn Davidson's 'Tracks'? Brilliant book by a woman who understands.

I wish you courage and joy and all good things for many years to come,
Kath Cantarella XX

rlanders said...

Bon Voyage, Jessica,

We have followed your blog since Mike Perham met with you on his trip 'round. Our best wishes for smooth sailing are with you and your team as you begin your journey. You are on your own but never alone.


Anonymous said...

Jessica, I teach 30 yr 7 students and we will be watching your adventure and using you as an inspiration to get to where we want to go in life.
Good luck on your epic journey - you are a wonderful role model and a great Australian. Be safe, return in triumph and thumb your nose at the critics who said it couldnt be done!! Helen Y

Sandra said...

Well done and every success to you Jessica. No-one should tell you what you know. I'm inspired by you.

prgl said...

Best Wishes Jessica and God speed.
Keep "Pink Lady" moving.
At least you will be able to ask the age old question over and over without annoy the hell out of anyone,
Paul L

Anonymous said...

Good Luck Jessica. Go girl and prove everyone wrong. Be safe and come back home and do youeself proud

scott said...

Looking at the AIC Jessica, your current speed of 1.2kts may see you back here a little later than 8 months! I hope the wind picks up shortly. Have a good sail and will come out to say hello when your off the south coast next year (or the year after if the wind doesn't pick up).

George said...

Hi Jessica
Fair winds and following seas for your quest. I really admire your courage and determination.

Jeffery said...

Just been watching you depart Sydney - everything looking fantastic. I feel so envious. Have a great time and look forward to seeing you back in Sydney. Will try and be there to watch you enter the Heads!!!

Anonymous said...

Good on ya Jessica. Ur the type of girl I wish there more of. Good luck and hope u make it round the world

Kensei said...

Good luck and stay safe. We'll be following you from the Land of the Rising Sun.



nutralady2001 said...

Good luck Jessica, I'll be checking your blog/ progress often

Anonymous said...

Magpie here,
Hi Jessica,
It won't be the same not seeing the pink yacht in that idylic Middle harbour setting.

I'm hanging out for the 60 minutes show tonight and at the same time you'll be watching that wonderful night sky. Hooroo.

Simba said...

Bon Voyage!

Fair winds and following seas Jess.

Hugh Rawling WA said...

Girl, you rock! big time.
Nothing great has ever been achieved without persistence and risk. Neither has anything of value been attained without the negative of the arm chair critics.
Age has nothing to do with it. You have the strength of an S&S, tried and tested vessel. You have knowledge and character.
You have made us very proud of you, so go on and get on with the most life changing experience you could set for yourself. Show the world what Ausrtalians are made of
Hugh Rawling
Mandurah Western Australia

Anonymous said...

GO YOU GOOD THING!!!! Both you and Pink Lady looked amazing this morning Jess!! You're a dead set legend. God speed.
Lots of love,
James & Mia

Christine Burch said...

Dear Jessica,

What an exciting day for you!

My girls 6 yrs and 8yrs old are always talking about you. The eldest one googled you and came up with this site! I am raising them to believe that GIRLS CAN DO ANYTHING. Thank you for inspiring them.

Be brave. Be safe. GO GIRL!!!!!
Christine, Kashmir and Asha Burch, Gold Coast

Stacey said...

Good luck Jessica.
I am 16 years old as well and you are a big inspiration and an amazing person. Have a great trip and most of all stay safe and have fun :)
Love Stacey

Anonymous said...

As a sailor myself having done many miles, I wish you all the best. Dont listen 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 remeber 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

Anonymous said...

God speed you back home safely. Old Trout.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,

When I first heard of you and your plans, I have to admit I wondered why.

I stood on the Spit bridge at 9am this morning and I couldn't help feeling overwhelmingly proud and excited. I wish you calm seas, good winds and a fantastic journey.

I look forward to the day you sail back into Sydney harbour, I'm already planning to be there to welcome you back. Watching you this morning and even writing on this blog now has made me a stakeholder in your journey and I know you will succeed.

So many things in the world seem conventional, normal and important

Mitch said...

Hello Jess -

Have been thinking about you all morning - I also sail, a 30 footer, & will be awaiting your updates and photos. Best of luck :)

Bowdo said...

"There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul." What an adventure you will have. I am sure you will have your ups and downs (not referring to the ocean ;)!) However, no one is more prepared. I wish you all the best. David

Kity said...

Congratulations and happy sailing Jessica... Stay safe and have a wonderful time...


Perth Australia

Anonymous said...

Dear Jessica,
I am an Australian teaching in California. I and all my students will be following your progress as you make your way around the world. Our prayers are with you. Come back to us all safe and sound.
You are making every Australian very proud with your courage and indomitable determination to fulfill your dream.
All our love,
Geoff Williams and students

Amy said...

Hey Jess!
so excited for you to be out there by yourself, feeling so free as you sail around the world :) you'll do so well! I'm behind you 100% and will def be following your journey the whole time(even when studying for my Yr 12 higher school certificate! :D )
You are such an inspirational person to so many and I'm definitely sure you will do everyone proud!!
Much love and the best of luck!
Amy xx
p.s. Pink yacht = incredible coolness!

Anonymous said...

have a wonderful adventure, you are such a brave young women and we need more like you!
God speed.

Anonymous said...

Ahoy There Jessica,
We have goose bumps watching You & Ella's Pink Lady leaving Sydney today.
Just wanted to let you know that your an inspiration for so many and I hope my children grow up to be just like you and for them to know that when you set a GOAL FOR YOUR DREAM THEN ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.
Safe Sailing,
CB & Family - Sunshine Coast.

Anonymous said...

I was out there yesterday near the heads sailing in the gusty winds thinking of you the whole time. Have a terrific sail, I think what your doing is truly awesome and just like Kay, a great thing for all women sailors. May Neptune be looking after you.


Albert said...

I've advised your critics that the Earth is round, not flat, and you won't go over the edge.
The good news is that they are rapidly disappearing and your journey has begun.

Kristie said...

Good luck Jessica!

jessihiggins said...

best of luck!
i've bookmarked your blog aswell :D
all the best,
jessi xoxopi251207

KatrinaR said...


Good luck, You go girl, I hope you achieve what you want, May the seas be kind to you and have a safe trip.
I look forward to reading your blog.

starrspeaker said...

May calm seas prevail Jessica..All the very best..Lookin forward to following ur progress..M.S

Fredrico said...

Good luck Jessica.

Looking forward to following you on your jouney.
Just wondering if your back up team could explore the possibility of adding a page showing your track and daily progress.

wishing you all the best

Dave Kenter (Ex RAN)
Phillip Island

Vickie said...

Fair winds and following seas ! Wishing you a safe and successful journey.

Anonymous said...

Best wishes for a fantastic journey...we will follow you all the way. Anne, Amy and Sarah Miller from Canberra.

Marty, Julia & Olivia said...

Hi, I'm Marty and I'm here with my little girls Julia (7) and Olivia (5). We will be following your trip the whole way around the world and you are an inspiration to us. I told my girls that they can do anything if they put their hearts into it, and you will forever be an inspiration to us. All the best of luck to you and we are all cheering you on.

ally said...

I hope you will be alright, I know your parents would not support you if not. Take it all in as this will be the greatest experience. I will think of you often and make comments on your blog. How exciting for you, good luck and enjoy the stars......
you are reaching for your dreams....

Stuart said...

Good Luck and fair winds. You make Australia proud.

Vicki said...

Hey Jessica,
As a mother of twin girls, 6 days younger than you, I am very proud of your courage. Keep yourself and your little pink yacht safe and sound, be careful and keep well.
We will be sending you lots of hugs and well wishes on your safe return.
Love from our family
Vicki, Michael, Laura & Rebekah and Kaitlin xoxoxoxoxo

'Dwin said...

Hey Jess, it's so fantastic that you're finally doing it!
When you're done you should pop back over to Matapouri and catch up. The trip across the Tasman will be nothing after you've conquered the world :P
Anyway the very best of luck and I look forward to following the journey through your blog posts :)
Matapouri, NZ

Anonymous said...


Go! Go! Go!

Fair winds,

Steve from California

poox said...

Good luck Jessica,

You've probably been given more than enough advice but I thought you might enjoy this poem which has always helped me when times get tough, even if it was written 100 years ago. Of all the challenges I face, it is the mental ones which challenge me the most.


by Rudyard Kipling

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

John McCormack said...

Hi Jessica. I am confident that you will achieve your objective. May you have fair winds and following seas.
Stay clipped on.
S&S34 owner

Anonymous said...

Jessica, you are already a winner.

This is your journey and your life, get out there and enjoy it!
We will follow your path with great interest each day. Know that there are so many of us who wish you all the best and send love and strength to you. Take care of yourself first, the rest will take care of itself.

Buderim Mum

Anonymous said...

May God be with u, hoping you can make it a safer and enjoyable trip and get back whit the pride you make us feel, butmany peopple askin this:
Are u doing this for yourself, your parents,or money??.
we hope you are doing this for your own self-improvement but if is money involved are you thinking on "cash in" as everyone thinks, or give it all on charity as the real great lady u are?
Once again we wish you a very safe and enjoyable trip and a come back home with the pride strength you already are showing

Radek said...

Hi Jessica, pretty sure that Mother Nature takes yachting as one of her favorite sports and she will give you the best weather possible! Enjoy every single moment and return safely home! Radek, Prague (Czech Republic)

Anonymous said...

hello jess, hope all goes well and I admire your courage. I fear the ocean, to many things in there which I can handle....

Anonymous said...

Good luck and everything but I'm pretty sure Magellan already did this like 500 years ago.

Anonymous said...

I did not see a single post criticising her voyage, but note that all comments must be approved if they are to appear - is there a connection?

It makes far better reading for all, if all sides get a go (within reason of course).

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say goodluck, hope everything goes as planned. Just read about your trip on a swedish site and had to wish you the best. You are a very inspiring young lady :)

Beau said...

Good luck Jessica!

tillie said...

Good Luck Jessica!

tillie said...

Good luck Jessica!

matthew said...

Hi jesicca u are absolutely brave,i am in ore of u.U Have dream im sure it will come true.Good luck and will see u back in sydney next year,PS IF THINGS GET TOUGH OUT THERE JUST KEEP UR CHIN UP KIDDO GOODLUCK MATT.

matthew said...

hi jees u are an inspiration to every one in the world be safe and happy if u get time please updte me wif ur journey on only if u get time thanks tonnes again good luck.

Annett said...

Hi Jessica,

Wow, what amazing courage and determination you have at such a young age. It is a great gift to have the guts to make your dreams come true. Your family must have great ties and a huge trust in you to let you do this before you are 18. I bet a lot of people all over the world will be following your achievment, and keeping their thumbs for your goal to be completed and for you to return safely.

The best of luck, and keep safe!

Best regards,
Annett in Helsingborg, Sweden

Negro Emotional said...

This was great news to read, and I hope you succeed Ms. Watson.

I believe many people restrict the talents of others, especially when it pertains to age. Prime example would be Akrit Jaswal, would performed a major operation at the age of 7.

Stay in high spirits, listen to good music, enjoy every site you see, have fun and number one ... Safety First!

- Joey S. (Waco, TX)

JAVIER said...

Hi Jess, from Spain, I wish you all the best for your trip around the world. I am sure you will have good winds and quiet waves. Cheers and all the best. Javier (Madrid-Spain)

Anonymous said...

Bon Voyage!
Wishing you a great adventure! I admire your courage and confidence! This is an amazing feat you are undertaking! I really look forward to reading your blog.

no1youknow said...

Good luck! Be safe! And most of all... enjoy the trip of a lifetime!

SaucheyC said...

I find a lot of inspiration in your courage and it motivates me to keep moving forward with my own dreams. What a fantastic young woman you are, Jessica!

I am looking forward to following along with your journey. Sending you best wishes and lots of good mojo!

Susan C.
Oklahoma, U.S.

kim said...

All the best from Denmark. You can make it!!!!!

Sam said...

From a random kid in America,
I heard this story and literally had my breath taken away, i can't even imagine the kind of catharsis you might have on a trip like that. I hugely admire what you're doing and wish you the best of luck (which i think you're bound to have). I'm sure that for the next eight months i'll be following this website a little too dilligently. You'll do great, I'm sure, and find a kind of maturiry few people our age can imagine.
Best wishes (again),
Sam Goodwin- Lakewood, Colorado.

Tomas said...

You are a very brave girl. God luck and safe journy.
From Sweden

hcellolessons said...

Good luck from New York!!!! I hope you have fun. I am so happy for you!!!! gGood Luck-again


kandt43 said...

Jess, good luck and stay out of trouble

nygiantsfanatic said...

Jessica, I am a teacher in Rochester, NY USA. My 3rd grade class and I will be following your journey during this school year as we take a different course while learning geography. At home, I'll be following your journey with my husband, son & daughter. Good luck to you! I can't wait to read your adventure! Angie Ferris

taylah_ said...

Hi Jessica,

I just really want to wish you the very best of luck. I know you can do it, and I hope that it is "smooth sailing" all the way. :)

I'm from the ssunny coast aswell, and everyone from school is really excited for you. haha your the coast pride at the moment!
well, We'll be staying tuned throughout the trip.
good luck again!

taylah xo :)

David said...

Go Jessica, your an inspiration to us all.

We believe in you and your dream,

Gold Coast, Australia

slocumsneighbour said...

you go girl

Beau said...

Jessica, you are an inspiration. Settle in, breathe deep and know that you can succeed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Warm regards and a safe journey-
Beau in Missouri

Chook said...

Hi Jesse, What an awesome adventure - you go girl, it gives me goosebumps just thinking of what you are achieving and its people like YOU that inspire the world!! I will follow your journey and see you when you sail back through the heads. Chook from Sydney

Jose, Clearwater, FL. USA said...

Way to go Jessica.
A true inspiration to all.
Best of luck and be safe.

Clearwater, Florida, USA

jim said...

Hi Jessica
never heard of you before till a short while ago and maybe you will not hear of this comment from :but first of all it is very brave of your parents of letting go on this brave adv. and i hate to be in their shoes regarding your safety.
But, selfishly and sadly not be seeing you on your voyage(since I'm in San Francisco, California) which understably will not fall in your route. But, for your safety, bravery and whatever that dosen't come to mind now.............god bless and may the angel's be there for when in need.............and like your parents...........may the person above be with you till your HOME SAFE.

Marieka said...

Hi Jessica,
What an amazing adventure! You are so brave! We wiss you a safe and fun journey...a trip no one will ever take away from you. Will follow your blog. God bless girl!

New Zealand

Kayla said...

wish u luck jess!!
hope u don't run into a ship!
cos u are my no. 1!!!!!

Love, Miley

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica!

It's been nice to read all that has been happening to you day by day...

Best of luck on your journey and have fun!

Southport, Gold Coast

forest_rida said...

Go jessica!
hope you sail well!
goooooood luck :D

AdventureAngel said...

You go Girl!
You're an amazing ambassador.
May you be protected and carried all the way, by the forces that drive you.

kandt43 said...

Last comments dated 17.10. What is happening?

kandt43 said...

I am trying again, not a single comment since October 17. Did the comment mederator go sailing?

Jo said...

What you are doing is amazing, by hanging tight to you belief you make us dream too.

keep it up,
sail good,
waves from France.