Monday, November 2, 2009

All's Well and a Busy Day

Been a bit of a busy day and time got away from me so I'll keep today's update short. Just wanted to let you know that all's well. More than well really, as we've been getting along so nicely out here. Loving every moment!
The wind’s been sitting on about 15knots from the south east so Ella's Pink Lady is sitting on a close reach plodding along at a steady 6knots. After passing reasonably close to Minerva reef(below Tonga and Fiji) this morning, I've been spotting and passing quite a few yachts so that's kept me vigilante on deck. Other than that, I've been pouring over charts and forecasts again, chatting to a few people on the sat-phone and keeping up with chores and a little maintenance.



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Japevasi said...

Hi Jessica,

Nice to read your blog after the weekend, while i am at work, dreaming of your voyage. I hope to see the plotting map on the site.
Keep up the good work and try to study a bit while you can.
Have fun.

Greetins Jan van der Wel, The Netherlands

john b. said...

hi jess,

once again, you make me proud to be a fellow sailor.

how incredibly lucky you've been to have such fantastic weather! 15 - 20 kts constantly?!? it doesn't get much better than that, does it?

i send you my best for a safe and happy voyage.

be well.

john b.
"sloop john b."

Roger and Lou Dwyer said...

Thanks Jesse,
xxxxx to you and just be safe and happy you inspiration to all, see you tomorrow and have a good night, and Jesse give the reef a wide berth!!!! luv u, Roger and Lou Dwyer

Caves Beach Andrew said...

Hi Jesse,

Good to hear ya still doin' well. At least you have some company of sorts along the North East Pacific Ocean Highway! LOL

Do you say hello to the other yachts or have a chat on the radio as you pass each other? How was your dinner last night - what did you spoil yourself with?

I looked up Minerva Reef on Google Earth and the only thing close to that spelling is Minerve Reef West North West of Pitcairn Islands. Is that the reef that you mean?

So what's in store with you weather wise over the next couple of days, are you expecting much of the same, nice steady breezes pushing you along comfortably?

We are copping a bit of a heatwave tomorrow, expected top of around 35 degrees at Caves Beach, lucky for me that I only have to walk about 100 metres to reach the surf - think I will be taking advantage of that tomorrow.

Anyway, will keep it short tonight myself, pretty busy at work after spending all day in Sydney seeing docs, getting pictures taken of my wrist, organising possible surgery etc - all the fun stuff! Maybe golf is too hard for me and I will have to take up sailing!

Please continue to look after yourself and keep having a good ol' time.


Two people are out sailing when suddenly a hand appears in the sea.

"What's this?" asked the skipper, "It looks as if someone is drowning!"

"No," explained his crew, "It's just a little wave."

Caves Beach, Australia

Anonymous said...

WOW Jessica!!!! You are really moving! Great! It's fantastic to read your blogs every day. Good luck and always a gentle breeze in your sails!
Hans from Switzerland

Tim09 said...

Good to here everything is going well.
Keep Safe
Tim and Rosie Caboolture

Jonathan said...

Good on you Jessica ! Great Progress ! Yes, keep your eyes peeled when there's a bit of traffic about !

A few days and you are across the date line ! On the map, it looks like you are now closer to the equator than to Australia (depending on your track).

Continue to stay positive and in high spirits !


A. said...

Keep up the fab work, Jess.
Super proud that the youth of today are out there living life :)

I wrote a blog about you, it's getting great positive feedback :)

If you're interested in taking a peek, you can find it here:

magpie said...

Hi Jessica,
All those lovely islands with their fresh fruit, what a tease it must be as you are riding towards the Equator.
Just letting you know us night-owls are pretty busy too, lol.
It's tough going this week keeping up with the footy in England and Japan, as well as your quest. Bonsoir.

Dr. Gregory Bath said...

Great to see your spirits are still high, I havent been on for a few days as we have been riding our harley from Bargara on the Qld Coast to Launceston, a great ride over 5 days. Keep on smiling Jessica, Karen and Greg.

Bluey Reid said...

Hi Jesse
The Equator is getting closer hay. Really great reading your blogs mate. Back here in WA we are real close to starting the grain harvest. In about 2 weeks from now we will all be bloody sick of the flies & heat & dust and breakdowns etc so your tales of the sea will be like a fresh sea breeze to us. Will tell you about harvest as it goes allong cause you'll probably miss the heat & Dust & even the flies by the time you've been at it for a couple of months.
Keep on truckin man
Cheers Blue

lilshawnee said...

Well Jess, good to see your post again,we realy look forward to getting them.
Well Jess its so nice to hear that you are seeing other boats once in a while, Atleast you can see a little bit of life besides water and wind.
Bu the way Jess what are you going to do about HEAT i know its going to get cold out on the water. Please try to let us know whats on your mind about heat.
Well girl keep up the good work and safe sailing. Keep sending and keep sending pici save all you have online. thanks so so much for sharing everything wth us.
your the best Jessica

Anonymous said...

I have been following you on your website. I am so proud to see that someone of your youth has the courage and willpower to follow your dream. There are too many of todays youth that think the world ends with a video game. Safe sailing and hope to see you back in Sydney in 7 months.

RICHARD said...

You sound in great spirits! Although it may cause a little more work and maneuvering, it must be uplifting to see other boats once in a while.
One would imagine the water is getting warmer and as you get closer to the equator your daylight hours are most likely shortening as well. Here in Oregon, USA, we like it best in the summer months when the sun rises at 5am and set just after 9pm. It seems we get more living in during the longer days.
Keep up the god work Jess. Oh one last thing, we have enjoyed getting to know your sailing and nautical terms. It seem there is a lesson in each of you blogs. Today we are learning about "reach."
See ya sailor!

Gail said...

Hi Jesse,
Been thinking about you since you left,found your website,and now am joining the many "watching over you"...along with your family. All the best honey. Will keep you in our prayers for a safe and wonderful journey.
Gail in Cairns

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica, it is just so wonderful to tune into your blog and read how well it is all is going for you on this wonderful adventure of yours, if a day goes by with no blog there's many of us who do worry, guess we shouldn't really and we know some days you will very busy on the deck as you mention. Okay, looking at my atlas I see there's many small islands around the area you're sailing into and I guess many rocky outcrops so you need to be on guard but hey who I am to tell you this when I know zilch about sailing and you're the one demonstrating to us your great sailing and navigation skills. Keep safe Jessica, we don't mean to sound like nagging mothers all us bloggers telling to keep safe, we just care for your safe and victorious return.



Didier said...

Hey Jesse, no need to explain yourself to any of us. You do what we you need to do for yourself, this is your magic moment, not ours. We need to create our own. Thankyou for volunteering to be an inspiration for us so we have the courage to create our own magic.
Didier Perth, Australia

Gabe said...

Nice to hear that you're having a good day. You sound in fine spirits.
Keep up the good work.
"People who say it cannot be done
should not interrupt those who are doing it."
~Author Unknown


Alessandro Machi said...

I'm still thinking about you being out of oranges. What are the rules regarding what you are "allowed" to do and not do qualify for youngest round the world?

If one of those yacht's handed you some oranges, would your trip be disqualified?

Jo said...

Jesse every moment of every day someone is thinking about you and hoping that you are happy. You go, girl! Enjoy it all, ok? Jo L.

Tina said...

Goodluck I hope all your dreams come true :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess. I was one of the many that thought you were crazy. Now I can't stop keeping an eye on your blogs and am enjoying the ride with you. Wish you all the best.

Ray Lawrence

Tina said...

Goodluck I hope all your dreams come true :)

Richard Lathrop said...

6 knots is good which tack are you on?

Are you allowed to make radio contact with passing yachts?

Ask them to toss you an orange, perhaps?

Or for a little help with your school work?

Fair winds,

Keithd said...

Good work Jess, enjoy the experience, no amount of school work or study will beat hands on at the tiller, being out there doing it! :)

elkevino said...


Thanks very much for the update and for the detail about the power. I really enjoy the details about the "little things" like squid on deck and open hatches. Thanks again.

Kevin - Quebec, Canada

Nadine said...

Hi Jessica,

Keep it up. I'm following you every day. Good luck.


Anonymous said...

this sounds, i guess more relaxing than it is... but enjoy your time!

Russell @ Sunny Coast said...

G'day Jesse,

Good to know that you are going well. I have been playing with Google Earth trying to map your path to date, glad you don't have to rely on me to navigate for you!!

I'm glad that you have been kept busy, not with school work I assume!

It was really great to read some of the posts in reply to your last report and just see how many people comment on how much of an inspiration you are and how you are encouraging people.
You really are an amazing person, no head swells, but you show what can be achieved if you believe in yourself and believe in what you are doing and surround yourself with people who are supportive.

I can't wait to read your book! Your reports are just great and you can tell us so much in so few words. I guess you will have thousand of new 'friends' by the time you finish your journey.
It would be great if people would write to you as you influence their lives and tell you how you have helped them.
Jesse, keep safe, I continue to pray for you. God bless.

Sunny Coast Qld

Anonymous said...

Jess, your such an inspiration! im sooo glad your having fun and everything is going well! We all support you and wish you the best, from nsw, Central coast

jordan air kites said...

Following from Florida. Fabulous work!

I shared your blog on my fb page and was amazed at the response's i received. Some people actually thought it was irresponsible of your parents to let you go on this trip.

With so many of today's youth off doing lord knows what, and you out there following your dreams it's hard to understand how people can be so negative.

I wish you the best of luck, and want to let you know that there are many more who support what you are doing.

I'm sure your life will never be the same now, and for the better because of the realization that your life is for the living and doing now, not for when you are older, or any other excuse.

You are truly an inspiration.

Good luck from a fellow wind worshipper!


Anonymous said...

Hello Jessica,
great, that all is well in your neck of the woods (ocean).
And keeping busy is so important!
The diversity of having to look out for other yachts adds to keep you alert!
I watched 'Lionheart' last night, which I had ordered and it gives me even a better idea of what you are experiencing.
I have read the book also. Very inspiring!
Well, you definitely are in a club of the few!!!!!!!
Keep well and happy,
safe sailing,
Trudy, Tirol, Austria

mykinchesapeek said...

Busy is better than bored!

gsimmons said...

Hi Jessica
Good to hear from you Jesse, and that all is well.
Looks like Fiji and Tonga can be crossed of the list and by my reckoning you will pass just south of American Samoa and then a clear run to the equator.
So I hope the weather stays kind to you and keep safe.
George Simmons
Exmouth WA

Brian Riley said...

Nice sailing to be positioned where you are, and the winds are in your favour for Line Islands. Keeping busy on deck so as not to have to look at the school work,clever! but then schooly's week is aproaching so who is looking at books anyway.Hope you enjoyed your first selection from the new food bag, you really are in heaven at the moment, freedom and natures elements WOW!
Safe passage, will talk later.
Hervey Bay, QLD.

jean show said...

hi, jessica! really nice what you're doing! i love it! my you add me? if not, no problem:)

Mama Freemans' cafe' said...

Jess,I think I must be your #1 fan. I put your link on my facebook page. I told my dad aged 85 about you and put you on his favorites on his computer. He liked your site so much that he had me print off all of your posts so he could take them to morning coffee with the guys and share your story. Keep up all the boring tech stuff because people are very interested.We cant wait for your route on a map. Dad and I want to buy a map a keep track ourselves.Take care you are on our minds and in our hearts. Amy

Anonymous said...

You're doing great. Been reading up on what has been happening on your trip, very interested. First time posting.

I do have a question for you... What do you do to keep yourself occupied all day. I know you have music, eating, etc. But what sorts of things on the boat do you need to do to keep it all up and running? I picture it being pretty boring actually after some time, but think, being alone on the see would be facsinating at times.

Maybe you can tell us more about what sorts of things you need to do to actually keep her afloat.

Also, maybe it's not such a good question to ask, but are you equiped to handle pirates and attackers? I hope and pray nothing happens to you, but maybe your parents equiped you with some alcohol and cigarettes to give them as gifts so maybe they will leave you alone? It's also ok not to tell us, as it is quite a dangerous aspect of your journey. Just wondering.

Anyway I wish you all the best, you seem happy, you seem you are doing well. Keep going, you will make it!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Jesse, wish you still all the best and I've a (girly) question:
How many clothes do you have with you? :) And how often do you change them?
Best regards
Sarah, Germany

pg said...

Jessica you are living your dream.
Well done.
Good health and good fortune to you always.
What an excellent adventure.

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blogs Jess. Stay safe.

Mama Freemans' cafe' said...

Jess, I am your #1 fan. I love getting up in the morning and seeing what you have written. My dad is 85 and also is ahuge fan.I print off your posts so he can take them to show the guys at coffee.We love the techie info and plan on buying a map to keep track of you. People have told me that you are told to stop. Is that just Australia warning you or is this something new? You are in our hearts and on our minds. Amy

HAWKEYE said...


Jesse,hope the school work got done and the new food bag had a few favorites in it. You've had a good past week and I'm anxious things keep working out for you and you don't have to overtax yourself too early in proceedings. You must be in a good routine by now which no doubt assists the confidence and the tasks make the day purposeful.

You looked happy with life in your last snap and sound in good spirits today. That is the way I like to see you; so lets just say - it's all good!!

If, as you say, you've been busy today you'll need a good rest and hopefully that will happen. Remember whose No 1 and keep up with all those 'girlie' things. Always lovely to hear from you, stay bucked up and take care. Always thinking of you out there.

Catcha tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica, I look forward to reading your blog when you are able to post one. As a mom I take a deep breath each time knowing that you are doing so well. You are a wonderful inspiration to the young adults of todays world and hope that your example will help those who have no direction. The challenges you face will help guide you through all that life will hand you. Good for you!!! Happy Sails and may the sunshine on you today. Jersey Shore Mom, NJ. USA

Peter Vickerson said...

Hi Jess
Has your schoolwork accidentally fallen overbaoard yet? It would be terrible if that happened.
The upside would be that Pink Lady would be just that little bit lighter and therefore a little bit faster. (There's a silver lining to every cloud. LOL)

It's exciting to hear that you've passed Minerva Reef. That place has a fascinating history. Lots of shipwrecks and incredible stories of people being stranded there for months.

Great to see you're making such good progress and cant wait for the tracking chart.

Good Onya Champ!


Gregson C Meston said...

Have a Great Day With Your Sailing.
Gregson C Meston

Dwight said...

Jesse, I have followed your blog daily since a few weeks before you left Sydney. I thought I had a pretty good idea of who you were from reading and following. I decided to go back to the archive blogs on your site and start from the first one, in May 2008, when you were still 14, a week before your fifteenth birthday. After reading every one up until today I am even more amazed at the person you are. Very few people in the world today have your desire, passion, dreams, intelligence, common sense and charm. It comes across vividly after having read these blogs. Dirt biking(motorcycle), rock climbing (you were amazing in your description of how to do it) camping, all the incredible training such as your visit to the New Zealand rescue group, diesel training, navigation training, safety training and how to use a life raft. Most of all, you flying around by yourself the whole year you were 15 years old volunteering for crews of boats and getting experience that includes the southern ocean. Your humor in describing your dad taking out and walking with the old toilet on the refit was hysterical. You were also funny describing how excited you were to gain a little weight (and not in your hips!) which meant it must be muscle! You showed your feminine side in worrying about losing the clothes you had carefully laid out for an interview, not to mention getting teased about the razor to shave your legs! I thought the best was the guys telling you to get the 12V hairdryer so you can get all dolled up when you go around the horn (we will be looking for that!). It clearly comes across how mature you are. When you think about all the meetings and marketing pitches you made, not typical of a teenager for sure. You were always meeting with adults as peers it sounds like. Huge credit goes to your mom and dad for believing in you, supporting you, and giving you the freedom to pursue your dreams. It also sounds like this is your second year of correspondence schooling so you could prepare for the trip. It seems one night you actually watched television and aptly described it as mindless. Good for you as it does not fit your desire to be active. In summary, Jesse, you are incredible! I personally will be happy when you arrive back safe and successfully, but sad if it means we lose touch with your blog and knowing you through your writing.

Mountaincat said...

Technology is amazing that we can read your posts! Its almost like being on that boat.

Anonymous said...

Jess, I understand your space is limited, so what do you do for excercise? On the flat calm days do you ever jump in the water? Best of luck from James in New York.

Andrew said...

ooph first comment. Good luck Jesse, has been good listening to your progress so far!

Tillie said...

It sounds nice! :)

Darren Achim said...

Hey Jessica,

Glad to hear you all's well, keep up the good work!

Stay safe!

Darren Achim
Toronto Canada

Scott said...

Thanks for the update- love reading about your progress! Keep up the good work!

Clint Jeffrey - VK3CSJ said...

Hi Jessica,
Sailing away to distant horizons beyond the edge of any charts to the undiscovered country - she comes back to us a different being...( just something I was playing around with - haven't finished it yet....)

I've been listening to "Shiver me Timbers" by Tom Waits, thanks to 'Gustav' for bringing that song to my attention, quite appropriate and very nice, also there are some tracks my Eve Cassidy that are kind of fitting, "Over the Rainbow" and "Fields of Gold" but then Sting's "Valparaiso" works too, all amazing tracks that could easy fit to film footage of Jessica sailing the seas done in a kind of slow motion...goose bumps stuff.

Anyway...Jesse, I've managed to be able to plot you on Google Earth now....are you aware they the Ocean depth where you are is averaging 4 Kilometers!...very soon coming up on a Trench that's something like 7 Kilometers deep, that gives me sweaty harms, I've never been keen on deep water, but that's DEEP, can you imagine being on Ella's Pink Lady looking over the edge of the boat down at the water thinking that 4 to 7 Kilometers down is the bottom!....whew! least that's what Google earth is telling me...does that ever bother you Jess?....deep water, I mean really deep water, so deep that its very deep!....:]...*gulp*....anyway you're making progress that's the main thing...

Clint - Melbourne

Bob Carver said...

Hi, Jessica,

I thought I'd see if I could post a link to Google Maps with Minerva Reef:

Minerva Reef coordinates are -23.766667, -179.016667

Minerva Reef

Seems to work. Looks like you're about to cross the International Date Line!

Summersailor said...

Summersailor said: Way go Jesse + see you got things well in hand. I got a technical question. Why have a tiller vs a wheel steering system? The tiller is harder to steer in heavy weather vs the wheel, if your auto pilot breaks down at the most in-opportune time. Is it because there is less parts with a tiller vs a wheel(pulleys + cables etc? I know you obviously probably won't have time to answer, but that is the only reason I could see. It looks like your auto pilot system, with the back up spare parts is sufficient and very strong, so hopefully you won't get in a situation, where you will have to manually steer her in heavy seas. Well girl keep sailing along and enjoying yourself. Your parents are so lucky to have a daughter like you. :-D

hezakiah299 said...

11-02-09 @10:30
Good Morning Jessica,
It's morning for me in West Virginia (10:30). Just got up and had to check to see what news was available. Glad to see that everything is going well. It must be nice to see other people on the water even if you don't communicate with them. But it does make you want to be more alert. Good for you, or as you would say "good onya". Yes? I don't have the reef marking but I do have Fiji and Tonga on the Google Map. So I can see where you are, roughly. Who needs longs/lats? I guess to really pinpoint your exact location it would be necessary. Yes, it looks like you have had a busy day. Glad to see you are keeping on top of things, maintenance and so on. Keep it up and stay alert, eyes upon the yachts. Are you close enough that they wave or call out to you, or do you use any kind of a signal flag? (Is that a dumb question LOL)? Enjoy yourself and be safe.
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

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,
Good to see that you are busy!

I think we all understand that it might be a bit of a risk to give your exact position, so we understand that you choose to only give a rough position.

But for us sailors it would be very exciting to get a regular update on the situation on board, like weather, wind speed and direction, wave height and boat speed.
Maybe it is possible to show that somewhere?

Keep on Rocking!


Mike D & Kris D said...

Hey Jess,
Ella’s Pink Lady theme song?
Sung using the music from “Drift Away”.
Hope you like it!

Day after day I’m more enthused
Yes I look for the light through the poring rain
You know that’s a game that I hate to lose
But I ain’t feelin’ no strain, it ain’t a shame

Oh, come sail with me Ella, free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and sail away
Sail over the sea, Ella, free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and sail away

Beginning to think that she’s chasin’ time
People don’t understand the thing she do
The sea outside looks so unkind
Jesse’s counting on you. Oh Ella carry her through

Oh, come sail with me Ella, free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and sail away
Sail over the sea, Ella, free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and sail away

And when my mind is free
There’s no angry sea can move me
When I’m feelin’ blue
The email’s comin’ through to soothe me

Thanks for the places you’re taken me
I want you to know I believe in your song
Rythm and rhyme and harmony
Parkers trailin’ along, guiding Pink Lady on

Oh, come sail with me Ella, free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and sail away
Sail over the sea, Ella, free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and sail away

Oh, come sail with me Ella, free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and sail away
Sail over the sea, Ella, free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and sail away

Won’t you take me away...?

Mike D & Kris D
Landlocked in Philadelphia, Pa, USA

RichieParis said...

A Big Thank You, Jesse, for your few lines. Even short, reading fresh news is good and warm for the minds and the hearts of your supporters.
Just knowing you are doing fine and enjoying your time takes the whole family over the moon.
Go on and take care. As far as you can be in the Ocean, be sure we feel very close to you and EPL.
Meet fair winds and only the best...

barry howard said...

hope you've dumped those school books overboard by are getting way more education doing what you're doing...pity to miss the moment with your nose buried in a book studying history or math...plenty of time for that when you get back home....after you write your book...

Scotty - Denver said...

Good going Jesse!

Sounds like you're having a great time. Keep up the vigilance when you're in "crowded" waters. We're following the trip with great anticipation. Prayers for a safe journey.

God Bless you!

-Scott & Cheryl deBeaubien
Denver, Colorado

Jen said...

As many of us are teachers, I am sure I am not alone when I ask, what are some of you assignments for school? Its kinda funny cuz you are getting a life lesson very few of us will ever experience and yet they still need you to stay on the curriculum. Glad today has been well, wishing you many more good days!

Jen said...

As many of us are teachers, I am sure I am not alone when I wonder what are some of your assignments for school? It's kind of funny because you are getting a life lesson not many of us will experience and learning things about yourself and the world not many of us can yet you still need to keep up with the curriculum. Glad to hear today was a good day.

Rob said...

Excellent to hear you are making such good progress! I know I'm late but I am not a very good follower when the weekends roll around, congratulations on the 14 day mark!! I can't believe you are around Fiji, that is someplace I hope to go at some point in my life. I doubt you can understand but I think I'm having as much fun as you are and I'm just reading your blog!! I had a 20.8 mile run yesterday. I'm getting ready for a marathon on November 22. Your courage will be inspiring me as I run the race!
Columbia, Missouri, USA

Sergio (Venezuela) said...

Hi Jesse,
Good to know all's well! I read your post and immediately went to Wikipedia to check on Minerva turns out to have quite an interesting story.

Once more, thanks for sharing and letting us learn about that part of the World and your sailing experience. Cheers from Sergio (Venezuela)

Wolfhound said...

Glad to hear it's relatively smooth sailing. Hope it's not seawater you've been pouring over the charts ! (just kidding).
Incidentally, Minerva was the goddess of poetry and the inventor of music. So in honour of her, here are a few lines to keep you going...

"I have lent myself to thy will, O Sea !
To the urge of thy tidal sway;
My soul to the lure of mystery,
My cheek to the lashing spray.
For there's never a man whose blood runs warm
But would quaff the wine of the brimming storm.
As the prodigal lends, have I lent to thee
For a day or a year and a day."
(C W Stork)

All the best from NY,


Anonymous said...

Is this a hoax?
show that you are i Sidney?
Can you explain that?


Mike Kay Avon Indiana said...

Glad to hear all is well and more than well with you! Looking forward to see your progress on your web site I have my globe sitting here and when you mention positions I look for them on my globe to imagine where you are in that vast sea. I wish you continued good fortune and leave you with this... Albert Einstein said "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Godspeed, Mike

Barbara said...

Is it comforting to see other boats around or is it just distracting? Keep up the good work Jessica!
Barbara from Elk Grove California

Jelous Swede! said...

Hey jessica! :) I bet you're having a hell of a journey while sailing the seven seas ;) Gotta tell you I'm a bit jelous of you at the moment, cant imagine what it's like to be out there.

Anyways just wanted to say I hope you will blow the record from the face of the earth :)

// Lars, Sweden

chris coles said...

Hi there,
I bet it gets a bit scary with worrying about other boats hitting you... be careful!
What would you say is the foremost
thought that pops in your head? I know that sounds silly since you are soloing a boat around the world, but those thoughts happen even still. :)
Happy thoughts!
chris from calif.

Kevin said...

Could your team provide an equipment and inventory list of what you took on your journey?

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,
it´s half past five pm here in Germany. Winter is coming with damnable weather. Each day I look forward to your news. By the way I might also improve my English :) So- go on sailing and writing.Tension continues to rise and I can hardly wait your crossing the equator.

Stanlee said...

Amazing how busy we can be when we are all alone and we have no one but ourselves to be held accountable to. Sometimes the busiest work can be just finding the time to sit still, just be and just listen. I have really found just "being" is harder than "doing" and I an working on this everyday. Keep yourself steady on your course and find that place where there's balance in everything. Time does seem to be flying by. You are very powerful, but remember that power comes from the energy of life.

Bob E. said...

I alerted my daughter to what you are doing. She currently lives in Japan and is a bit of a world traveler herself -- but she has crewed only on big ships. Reading about your adventures on a 34 footer heading for the Roaring Forties simply blew her away! We both check the blog daily. Thrilling -- even though we are just living vicariously and you're doing the work! Continued smooth sailing from both of us.

el grande said...

great job! thanks so much for sharing this trip with the rest of us "wannabe's"!!

Anonymous said...

So glad everytime you blog in. Doesnt matter how much you write, just to know all is well, thats the main thing. When it gets really busy, or you feel a bit stuffed, all you need say, alls well. And you could do that a few times a day if you want, we love to know all is well. Ha ha, the word verification word this time is antswit.....I guess one thing is you shouldnt have ants on your boat.

Russ from Bowen 0313 Qld time.

Funride said...

Hey Jessica, great to know all´s well :)

Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.

Take care,

John said...


Glad to read that everything is going well for you. We enjoy following your progress... take care!

New Bedford, MA

lutje67 said...

Nice to have some news ... I am pretty sure a lot of people would get worried about silence !!
Take care ...
Lut from Luxembourg

Anonymous said...

Hello Jessica, My 9y/o daughter is watching your journey with interest! We are curious if you are an Amateur Radio Operator and if you maintain a sked with the Maritime Mobile Net on 14.300 mhz.?

John in Summit Point, WV USA

Andreas.Kadesch said...

Hi Jesse,
I am reading your Blog every day! Wish you all the best und take care.
One Hand for you, one for Ella´s Pink Lady ;-)

Plz. keep on posting tech specs! Very interesting.

grettings from Germany

Anonymous said...

Brooding over the charts is always a worthwhile occupation; One can do it for hours and come to no conclusion because you never know where wind and drift may actually take you. ;)

Annett said...

Hi Jessica!

I pop in every now and then to read about your progress, and see that you are safe. I am so impressed by your courage to do this all by your self. Doesn't it ever get scary? Do you have technique to see if bad weather is approaching, and avoid it as best can? How old were you when you started sailing? You must have some massive experience to do this trip. I hope you are having the time of your life - it must be such a cool feeling to realize that you are living your dream and doing it well. :-)

All the best to you, and keep safe!

Greetings from Annett in Helsingborg, Sweden.

Anonymous said...


So glad ur doing great and plotting along. It must be nice to see other boats/ships every now and then. Stay safe lil lady! Love your updates. I check them every day!!!

susan H u.s.a

Ernest said...

Hi Jesse, Glad to hear you had a little company. Have you heard of freerice .com? If not... you play a vocabulary game and with every correct answer,they donate rice through the UN World Food Pogram to help end hunger.Check it out when you need a diversion. Also,the picture of me here was taken in June of 2007 The tee shirt is from the Sydney Zoo that a friend gave me. I enjoy reading your blog daily. Be safe and Godspeed.


Hi Jesse,

How are you ? ... I've missed writing to you a couple of days because I was away for the weekend and didn't have access to a PC. As usual it sounds like you are having A REAL BALL !!! . . .

It was great to read about The power Systems' on Ella's Pink Lady: No .. It Wasn't Boring At All. How's the School Work Going ? ... LOL ...I can't wait to See The Tracking System Up & Running. It's going to be Great to be able to see where you are as you Sail Along.

The Photo of you sitting at The Toughbook looks Great. You look So Happy and Fresh. Too bad about the Misjudgement on Leaving The hatch open ... OOPS!! ...LOL... I bet you won't do that again.

I said on my previous Comment that I am going to try and contact some other Fans Who love You (around the world) and see if we can get some Photos of you as you pass their locations. I haven't had a chance to do that yet, because My PC keeps Disconnecting from The Internet. I'll let you know what the outcome of this plan is when I have any more news on it.

Anyway Jesse, I better go now, It's now about 4:50am Tuesday morning. I'm not usually up at this hour, but I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep, so I thought ... "I Know! ... I'll Go And Say Hello To Jessica !!!" . . .

. . Signing Off in the Usual Manner .....

"Stay Safe, Keep Well, have A Great Voyage .... But Most Of All ... HAVE FUN !!!"

"You CAN And WILL Do It Jessica Watson !!!"

NM xx

Michelle said...

Love reading your blog and hearing all about life on the boat. You will have to write a book after this adventure because we want more!
Keep up the good work Jess!

Robbie said...

Hi Jess good to see all is well and u are making steady progress if i could air drop fresh fruit to u i would happy sailing Robbie Tassie

jaustin said...

Love hearing from/about you. My grandson is getting hooked wanting to know about Jess.
Good luck.

Ajay Rau said...

Keep Busy! and hope you are having a blast.enjoy your dream jessica!

James Murray said...

Hello. I'm so excited for you to be doing this. Most people wouldn't have the spine to. I give you alot of credit. I love to read your blog enteries. I wish you the best of luck. Of you ever want someone to talk with please email mr anytime. Well take care. And I can't wait for your next entery. --James

Bruce and Allyson Kuehn said...

Google Maps show Minerve Reef (Spelling a little different.) I take it you aren't that far from Pitcairn?

Give my reguards to BOUNTY. May ELLA'S PINK LADY have a kinder captain to her crew.e

moffa said...

Hi Jesse!

Since we are getting close to the winterperiod and the boats are in their wintersheds, it`s so amusing to get your report from the sea every day.It sort of helps us through this dark and cold period.

Fair winds from sweden.

Dave said...

I guess it is a little eerie.. like you are right next door with the regular updates ! Thanks for keeping us up to date on your dream.

Godspeed !

Xavier Pauke said...

You've already traveled a long way good job :) do this task well.

Old Man said...

Great to hear that things are going so smoothly. I hope that hey continue in the same fashion.

A question for you: You described how you prepare yourself when you go to sleep with all your gear at hand. Can you describe some of the other steps that you do to prepare for the night? Thinking of things like inspecting the rig for chafe and considering taking in a reef . . . That sort of thing.

Wishing you smooth sailing.

Rob Hardie said...

Hi Jesse,

Thanks for the update. I can imagine that there is always something to do and your time just dissappears. It is fantastic that you make time to update your Blog for all of us.

It must be nice seeing other yachts cruising by.

I am sure you will have your next leg well thought out and planned and ready for the adventure ahead.

Your description of where you are is great and I for one do not want or need to know your exact position. As other have said the world is not made up of all good intentioned people.

Stay safe and watch the sunburn.

Ingleburn NSW

Charlotte said...

It really is great following your updates from sea, interesting and a good read every day I get home from work!

Wish you all the best! :)


thefoxhole said...

Hi Jessica,
Good to know you are OK and things are going to plan.
You told us about the food and power now tell us the water story, and point the camera at dolphins or passing ships or anything.
keep up the good work
and keep safe.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess, We are glad all is going well and another day has passed without incident. The McGraths

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Jessica.
Keep enjoying yourself.
Smooth saling.

KK said...

Good job...
and good luck for you...
I come from Taiwan R.O.C.
Welcome you visit my blog...
and write down something...

Lindy said...

I caught up with your weekend blogs this morning, I'm so glad you having the time of your life, looking forward to tracking along with you through this adventure, but I do wonder, how do you top an adventure like this ???
safe sailing Jess

Anonymous said...

Hi jess thanks for keeping us uptodate, I check you blog each morning and look forward to reading about your adveture. I really enjoy how you tell us about all the everyday stuff. It is Melbourne cup day today, so no work will be done anywhere in Australia - with Ella being so techno will you be able to pick up the race if you wanted too? All the media are backing Bart Cummings you know the horse trainer with incredible eye brows and hair!

It is just wonderful what you are doing, I am encouraging my 3 daughters to follow you blog, I just want to show them that you can make your dreams come true, through hard work and commitment - take care, Sophia

Anonymous said...

Excellent! Yesterday you did your schoolwork & look, it's put you on high!! Keep up the good work Jess & safe seas as you move forward & onward to that equator.

Sparkie said...

Good to hear that all is well! also wise to be vigilant but I am betting it was comforting to see other traffic about. Keep on keeping on!

Tweedle Dee said...

Do you have any idea when you will reach the Equator? Are you planning a celebration for your first crossing? Wishing you well!

Meechree said...

Keep up the good work!
-Dimitri, USA

Livy said...

. . . .and 53 million people from all over the world scramble for Google Maps to find out where Minerva Reefs are, Thats the influence you are having on us all Jess.
Bloody fantastic!!!!!

Sally said...

Good Morning Jesse

Busy, busy, busy - doing what you gotta do. Go girl! Glad that the weather is with you and that you that you are loving every moment! That Sat-Phone is great, it would be a godsend on a journey like this!

Anyway - it's going to be scorching hot in Sydney today - Melbourne Cup Day. Lots of celebrations for the race that stops the nation!

Have a great day Jesse

"I long for the solitude
of a sunset at sea,
and the chill of the breeze
coming in with the eve.
For the motion of my boat,
as she swings on her rode,
and the beauty of the stars,
in the evenings last glow"
-R.C. Gibbons,

Sally In Sydney

Dusty from Dubbo said...

Hi Jess
Melbourne Cup today. Thought I would have a small bet for both of us. I only bet once a year and today is it. I have picked VIEWED because you have been viewed on TV and viewed and read on your blog by so many. VIEWED might be the favorite and a reasonable bet however the better bet is you sailing into Sydney Harbour next year.Glad to see you seeing other boats about and not just water, keep a sharp eye out and please keep up the sleep. If we win? I will get the winnings to you in Sydney as really you have no need for money at present!!!
Dusty from Dubbo

steve said...

I have followed several circumnavigator blogs as they wandered around the world. Yours is surely one of the most delightful. Thanks. Fair seas and following winds. Steve

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica!
Wow, first one to write today!? I'm happy you had a good lap top is in the shop and missed writing to you...
Sounds like your really getting into your jouney now with sailing routines, charts, blogs , phone calls,homework, keen vision for those ships and some sun bathing as you head up and around Figi Islands. Love your pics and seeing your doing well. What are you studying? I'm off to write a small powerpoint on a neuroscience topic..geeez... but I can imagine feeling that wonderful ocean sound,smell and wind! Hey, I was wondering, can your high tech rig pick up the difference between a ship, rock or whale? Well, have an awsome day!
Love and Steady Winds
Gypsy,Barb Tigger,Jenny ~ Michigan

emgb1 said...

Hi Jesse,
The highlight of the day for me has quickly become checking your update when I come back from work.
Thank you for that.
We're all glad to hear that everything is going fine for you and that you're enjoying your time.


graemek2 said...

Morning Jessica,
Thanks for your great little blog & your likewise spirits !!!

Have just been reading up on the Minerva reefs & some of their unwilling least everyone knows about them now...including the yachties (you)!! "busy" you say. Wow, no wonder.

Its about time I found out your midday times relative to us here. (Wollongong)
I assume the blog time quoted is EST.
I going to readjust your line of yacht icons I have on Google Earth a bit more East as I know you're visual to minerva Reefs now.

Happy Island & reef dodging today !!
Keep smiling & God Bless !!

Sarah said...

Glad to hear alls going well!!

Anonymous said...

so glad to read that! Souns like a shakespearean play too. I hope conditions stay this good for your. You go girl and I am with you! Greetings from Frankfurt/Germany

Anonymous said...

Did anyone on the yachts you passed wave hello ??

Lee said...

Am I really the first to post a comment today?? Is the site working??

It's a lot of fun following along with history, all the way from America! And the safety of my living room...I'll keep up with the blog but best of luck with the journey!

Anonymous said...

Dear Jess,
Wow what fantastic progress you are making. You sound relaxed and comfortable which makes us all feel the same. Fingers crossed for more steady wind and steady progress across the mighty Pacific.
Thanks for the updates :)
John (Macedon, Vic)

Anonymous said...

stay safe Jesse--pleasant sailing!


Anonymous said...

Great work Jess, your journey sounds fantastic so far. Even though I wouldn't have the courage to do it we love hearing it's all going so well for you. When you get a chance, send more pics as it's so exciting sharing this voyage with you.
Take care little one!
The McGraths Nowra NSW

Angus. said...

Hi Jesse,
I don't know if you have ever been to Fiji, but they run there own time called (Fiji time) which means if they say they will do something at 9-00am, that really means 8-45 / 10-00. there a bit casual over there, but that's what makes Fiji.
Its good your making good time, some days will be good some a bit slow but every day brings you closer to home.
Wishing you fair winds and following seas.

John said...

Hi Jessica Thanks for allowing us to share in your incredible adventure through the updates.

I met Robin-Lee Graham of Dove when I was only 10yrs old while he was on his RTW trip. This was during his stopover in Gordons Bay, South Africa. Always treasured that moment.

How about including your position in your updates until the tracking is up and running?

Enjoy every moment, and may the winds be kind.


Anonymous said...

...To spend a lengthy period alone in the forests or mountains or at sea, a period of coming to terms with the solitude and the non-humanity of nature is to discover who, or what, one really is - a discovery hardley possible while the community is telling you what you are, or ought to be... (Alan Watts)

What an amazing journey you are taking.

Sgt Paul Lee
NZ Police

Orla and Eoghan said...

We googled Minerva Reef on the computer today (kids are still following your trip!) and it looks beautiful! Happy travels,
Orla, Eoghan and Jenn

infiniteblue said...

I'm glad you've got past Minerva Reef, Jesse. I spent 24 hours staring into a storm, 30 years ago (before GPS), wondering where it might be.

Press on and clip on

Andrew said...

sounds like fun!
must have been talking to some awsome people on the sat phone! lol
My boats getting picked up 2day!!! then i can get out there and do some sailling!
keep having fun

Ruddy said...

Sounds like all is great as you venture further and further from the safe harbor you left behind, "You lil beaudy" , enjoy and realise how special your adventure is.
Thought for you as you move into new waters
"The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence.Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered.When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be"
Stay on top of all those little chores champ.
Have Fun Jesse
take care
Ulladulla Harbor NSW

June and Richard Thorn said...

Hi Jessie,

Sounds as though the weather is being kind to you, as are the winds apparently.

Another beautiful day in Brisbane.

We learnt today that the water restrictions are going to be eased slightly next month. Seems somewhat insignificant really considering how much water you have to deal with each day.

Take care and safe winds.

June and Richard Thorn

Anonymous said...

My earnest prayer is that you will have the courage required to refrain from judging others, the courage to be chaste and virtuous, and the courage to stand firm for truth and righteousness.

keep it up girl your doin fine... we all are with you and pray'n for you safe sea's a head......

keep your sail's full and your mine strong with easy..

God Bless you Jessica ...God Speed'


Attitude said...

Well done Jess, sounds like smooth sailing for a while.

Anonymous said...

were with you all the way , enjoy every second of your adventure!
all the best
tony from Lincoln England.

kgb said...

Smoooooooooooooth sailing all the way.
Watching you from Cape Breton (Louisbourg) Nova Scotia.
Keep on smiling.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,
Good to hear everything is well.
Stay safe and happy.

Saraya :-)

Rob Hardie said...

Hi Jesse,

It is great to read your latest Blog after the weekend.

You are making great progress and having others yachts in the area will make your days intersting.

Look forward to continuing your journey with you. You are doing great!!!! :-)

Stay safe and watch the sunburn

Ingleburn NSW

Wolfhound said...

Glad to hear it's relatively smooth sailing. Hope it's not seawater you've been pouring over the charts ! (just kidding).
Incidentally, Minerva was the goddess of poetry and the inventor of music. So in honour of her, here are a few lines to keep you going...

"I have lent myself to thy will, O Sea !
To the urge of thy tidal sway;
My soul to the lure of mystery,
My cheek to the lashing spray.
For there's never a man whose blood runs warm
But would quaff the wine of the brimming storm.
As the prodigal lends, have I lent to thee
For a day or a year and a day."
(C W Stork)

All the best from NY,


P.S. Tried to post this about 6 hours ago and didn't see it on your blog; here goes again.

Bruce from Brisvegas said...

Hi Thanks

Thanks for the update and my daily dose of sailing. Great to hear that you are making good time. We are all so proud of you. So how did all that homework go? Sounds like you are on the yachting freeway and keeping very vigilant, which I know is hard work.

Go Jess Go!



Bruce Watt said...

Hi Jess
Keep going,watch out for the other boats and maybe they can replenish your fruit supply. You have a huge world wide following all willing you to succeed; their is nothing better. Keep going Jess, you can do this!

Anonymous said...

hey jesse

Im also a young sailor and i read and comment on your blog everysingle day!

Sounds like everything is going well out there!what is the hull speed on Ella's pink Lad about 8 knots?? It sosund like youve got pefect wind! 15 - 20 knts and you say its preety consitanly!!!?
tha just fantasic

Did you get a good look at the reef? It's very preety at fiji! :)

Its always good to have other yachts around to kiinda keep company :)

Keep up the chores because Ive found that a clean boats = happy skipper or sailer or maybee in this case you! c =]

Inspirational :)


Gretchen said...

We've got the atlas out Jessica. It's fun to look at where you are with my girls. Now I know more about the minerva reef! Thank you!

Gretchen in Southern California

Kevin in Balmain said...

Dear Jessica

This is the first time I have commented, although I have been following your progress ever since I watched you as you sailed out through Sydney Heads.

In my humble opinion, you are to be admired greatly for the wonderful challenge you have undertaken in the pursuit of your dream.

When you return triumphant, I will be there out on the water to welcome you home, no matter what time of day or night it is.

It will be an honour to do so.

There is an old Chinese Proverb that goes something like "The hardest step on any journey is the first step."

The toughest step you took was the first one AFTER you made the decision to turn your dream into reality.......and now you are truly on your way.

Stay safe Jessica. The universal spirit is watching over you and taking you ever closer to your goal. It will be watching over you as you face the adversity that will no doubt come your way as nature tests every fibre of your mental and physical strength.....but you WILL make it.

As a sailor, taking it up when I retired, and in those six years having covered over 30,000 miles of ocean racing and boat deliveries, I can relate to your comments about the conditions you are encountering. Also some of those that you are yet to experience, but there will be others that I never will, because it is you who are doing what you are.

Just because you have achieved what you have so far, you will make it, nothing surer!!

Through another channel, I will introduce you to another wonderful young Australian lady who, just as you have, has set herself some stunningly challenging sailing, and other life goals. Like you, she has taken the hardest step.....the first one, and is now on her way to realising her dreams.

I believe the two of you can become great supporters of one another as you strive to attain your goals.

As you already know, no matter what happens, better to have tried and failed than to not try at all.

In Ella's Pink Lady, you have a great boat and she will look after you, and you are already a wonderful team.

My friends and I will be following you and thinking of you every day as you edge ever closer to your goal.

With sincere best wishes....

Kevin from Balmain, Sydney

Emile said...

Hi Miss Jess, Good Going keep ypur eyes peeled for reefs. Have Fun.

Tracie L. Hall said...

Hee-hee, that's funny you say you've been "pouring over charts" because I was *trying* to write you a poem last night, and I had that phrase in there (musically rhythymical little phrase, hah? NOT). But my Internet went down and won't be fixed until next Saturday, since we can't take off work to meet the pesky Internet providor people. I say "pesky" because it really seems to us like it is something on their they turned off our service, because it's our extra channels on the tv also and both are provided by "FIOS".
So, since I was creating it in Word on my home computer, I think you'll have to wait until my Internet is fixed for the poem. Trust me, it's no loss. :-)
Glad all is well. Is it kind of a relief to see boats once in awhile--or do you favor the solitude?
Take care & blessings,

duane said...

Thanks for the update Jessica, its always exciting to hear how things are going for you. I was wondering how you will keep warm when you get down below South America. Is there heat in your cabin?
Sure glad to hear you are enjoying the trip. May God richly bless you each day. duane

Gregg said...

Hi Jess... you go girl!!!

Hey can you tell us all how Ella's Pink Lady got her name?

Surf those waves baby and always keep a clear head.

Remember there really is meaning to "we have nothing to fear but fear itself"

Stay safe.

Ian said...

Nice to see that you're well, Jesse. Your short note is sufficient to reassure us of your safety. The posts will get briefer when you tackle Cape Horn, I'm sure. God bless!

Ian from Brisbane

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the daily updates. I check everyday on your status.

Really enjoy reading about your adventure.

Do you really have time to read all these posts?

Florida, USA


Anonymous said...

Jessica, you are making excellent progress, and Pink Lady is performing well.Have a good day,Dougal

Gabe said...

There seems to have been a problem with the comments the last few days.
I myself, have to wait almost 12 hours to see any of them. And several people have posted that they put up a comment, but haven't seen it.
I would hate for you to miss any good wishes, or for any people wishing you well not see their good thoughts here.
My husband and I are web site designers, and familiar with how to screen blog comments.
We would be glad to volunteer our time, in order for your comments to be up and running on a more timely basis.
I hope your jump into the new food bag provided some good treats.
Continued prayers for your safe travels,

hezakiah299 said...

11-02-09 @18:15
Hi Jessica,
I was a little disappointed when you were on Thursday Night Live and I didn’t think I’d get to see you, but I checked out your video’s and lo and behold there you were. I’m sooooooooo happy. (Sound like a little kid don’t I) You were great, and so relaxed. I noticed your compass in the porthole was doing it’s rock and roll routine. I caught another interview and I think it was at the Boat Show and I was so proud of how you handled yourself. No sweat, no strain. So very composed. Jessica, for a 16 year old, you sure have got your act together. Kudo’s to Mum and Dad for raising such a special daughter.
I just did a little research on Minerva Reefs and that’s scary. Be careful, I’m praying for you.
Stay safe and alert and enjoy.

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

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,
It has been great to read your blog and follow along with you on your voyage.
I grew up in the self proclaimed sailing capital of the world, Annapolis, Maryland USA. I grew up on the water fishing with my Dad, but I never learned to sail.
You are an inspiration to women, young and old everywhere. Keep up the good work and God's speed to you.
Susan Ottersbach
Louisville, KY USA

Anonymous said...

I used to read the newspapers first thing every morning but now your blog takes priority...lots of people carrying a torch for you Jessica - go you great girl,

Patrick, Capalaba

Zen Soul said...

So glad to hear all is well and that progress has been good. I've also been loving the beautiful photos. Take good care! =)

Anonymous said...

Hello Jesse,

You, Ella's Pink Lady and your trip in general sounds wonderful. You sound very organised and I'm glad you are enjoying everything so much. I don't respond to your blog everyday but I read it and think of you often as I'm sure a huge amount of people from around the world do the same. We are just so proud of you.

Smooth sailing, Bluefin, Buderim Qld.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess,

Keep the dream alive,

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Your a legend

MNDave said...

Good to hear another good report from you today. It sounds like you are making good progress. I read about Minerva Reefs on Wikipedia. Hope you are giving them wide berth.
I'm sure that you will get around to explaining it, but I have been wondering about your water supply. Do you have desalination equipment aboard?
Here in Minnesota, we are deep into autumn. The trees have dropped their leaves and it's inevitable that soon the clouds will be dropping snow.
I can't express how much I am enjoying being able to follow you like this on your voyage. It's much more exciting than reading about it after it's over.
You are a brave young girl and from what I can gather you are very good at sailing.
Be safe, be happy and God Bless You.

Dave from Minnesota

Ian said...

Today is Melbourne Cup day, the day when a horse race stops the nation. There is a very funny Celebrity Melbourne Cup Call in which Jessica figures. If you want to hear the call go to and click on Mornings with Madonna King. The call can be accessed there. Hilarious!

Oghale said...

Hi Jessica,

Hello from Nigeria. You're such a great inspiration - on what a girl can do.
Praying for your continued safety,

Anonymous said...

hi jess hope your trip is fun one question maybe somtimes or alot to you like to look up at the star

Anonymous said...

Dear Jessica,

I pray that you will have many opportunities to commune with the creator of all that you see and love. To enjoy His creation is to worship. This is the only true purpose for anyone's life. To love the Lord God Almighty. Everything else is extra and for our benefit only.
Keeping you in our prayers.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica

Reading your updates has been my daily "magic potion". You have brought sunshine, colour and parfume into pepole's monotone existence!

"Vouloir est Pouvoir
La patience vient a bout de tout"

"Where there's a will there's a way.
She that has patience may compass anything"

Bonne chance

Darwin NT, Australia

Mount Isa Venturer Scouts said...

Hi Jess,

You are an inspiration to us all. Keep your spirits high and above all, have fun!!

(Wish we could throw you an orange!)

Kelly K. said...

Hey Jess!
It has become the highlight of my working day, sitting at my desk with a coffee and muffin at 10.30 every morning and reading your blogs!
I'm flying to Fiji soon, so I'll look for Ella's Pink Lady out the plane window!
You go girl! I'm cheering for you!

Anonymous said...

Been reading your blog since you left. Glad things are going well and your on track. Keep it up!

Darlene from USA (Michigan)

Chicago Jim said...

Hi Jes,

Jim from Chicago here w/ all my prayers for a safe and happy trip!

Carl said...

Hi Jess, I follow your journey with great interest. Please tell us how do you fill up your fresh water supply. Godspeed

Mary said...

Hi, Jess,

Truly awesome hearing from you. Well done! Short notes are okay, too.

A quick note for your wellwishers: Many of you have questions that can be answered if you take the time to read Jessica's blog archives. They're fascinating. She also took video of dolphins jumping during one of her sails last year (foxhole's request).

Love the Drift Away song version.

A number of you have commented on not seeing your blogposts. I've figured out the rhythm of Jess's posts (at least for now, in relatively fair seas). For those of us in the US, Jess's posts are coming about every 36 hours or so. OUR posts are made after her blog master has WOKEN UP! He's not working through the night. Every "comment" I've sent (one or two every day since Jess left) has been posted, sometimes attached with a previous blog. So, there's no need to send your letter twice. Our letters are being well-managed.I'm hoping Jess is seeing them but I don't assume anything since she has so much concentrating to do.

Go Jess!! Believing in you, ALL THE WAY!

Mary, Maine, USA

Gillian said...

Don't forget to listen to the Melbourne Cup!

Arnold van Cauwenberghe said...

Hi Jessica,

You're doing fantastic!

No doubt you know the story of the Eagle living the live of a chicken.
There are a lot of variations on this story. One of them goes like this.

There ones was an indian brave that was walking down the trail when he found an eagles egg that had fallen out of it's nest. He looked up and saw that the nest was too high for him to return the egg. So he placed the egg in a nearby prairie chicken nest.
When the egg hatched, the little eagle thought he was a prairie chicken.Prairie chickens stay on the ground and eat only worms and grubs.So as the eagle grew, he ate nothing but worms and grubs and walked around with the other prairie chickens.
One day he looked up in the sky and saw some eagles soaring high above. He asked one of the prairie chickens,"How can they fly up there while we are down here eating worms and grubs?"
The prairie chicken answered,"They are the eagles, they can do that but we must stay down here. We are prairie chickens and that is what we do."
So the eagle spent the rest of his life on the ground eating worms and grubs because he was told that was all he could do.

Jessica, we behind our desktops, in our confi homes, are the prairie chickens, you, living our dream, are the eagle high in the sky.

But inspite of this uplifting story don't forget to wear your harness and tie up when outside. I ones fell overboard on a quiet anchorage.

Keep Safe,

Arnold van Cauwenberghe

mbasscat said...

Hi Jesse,
I wake up to read your daily updates, even if it is short. We all just like to hear from you, to make sure your safe and sound.
Just keep the Ella's Pink Lady sailing...your such an awesome, smart and dedicated young lady. So keep smiling, with that can do, will do positive attitude.
Keep taking pictures when you can and share with us all, they are great. Thanks Jesse

Take Care
Marion from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

jack said...

Glad all is well and happy Jess. We are thinking of you every day. When I hear people complaining of a tough day, I just say, "well imagine what its like to be out on the ocean by your self". Your really making people think and thats fantastic.

Go well.
Love Kerry & Steve

Anonymous said...

hi jessica i follow your blog at school LOL :) is it scary when the weather is rough?

Maria said...

Great updates Jess, how cool is it that you are sailing below Fiji! Its nice over here in Perth today but I'm stuck inside so I am really envying you! Have a good week and we're all looking forward to the tracker being posted on your site plus always looking forward to your updates. Take care out there!

GrandmaSue said...

Onya Jess and happy sailing :-)

Greybeard said...

Hi Captain Jesse. Sorry I have not blogged for the past view days. I have three beautiful children and they certainly keep me busy. Really enjoying your blogs, photos and video reports. Hey what’s this schoolwork thing?

Mark Twain once said – “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."

As supported by many other bloggers the amount you are learning (and teaching us) and the character building this voyage will impose on you, with will far out do any classroom education.

Stay safe special girl, we are all right behind you.

Kind regards, James and family

MaryP said...

Hi Jessica,

I am SO glad to hear you are doing well. Ive made your blog my homepage as I want to track your progress & know that you're ok. We actually passed you by in your boat one day on the Gold Coast near paradise point, when you were going in for repairs.
I just finished reading "Wolf" its about a German Raider ship that terrorised the oceans waters for just over 1 year during World War 1. Its an amazing story & if you ever get to read it I think you'll enjoy it as you will have passed over many spots mentioned in the book. Its actually a story about incredible luck too, so I want to wish you 'Nerger's' luck and I look forward to tracking your progress. sending a prayer for your protection :)

Kevin Tobin said...

Well done Jessica, Keep up the good work. Even small updates are great and lets us all know how you are travelling. The weather here is not so good today (Tuesday) but is a long way from you. Take care now and haveagoodday. Kevin Tobin, Portland, Victoria

Kathy, Culburra Beach NSW said...

Jessica, I think of you often, you are an amazing young woman and your courage just defies belief. Thanks for keeping us up to date and enjoy your school work!

Paulinho said...


Good luck and good winds for you and your Yatch.

My dougther Isabela has loved you pink boat.

Paulo, Angela and Isabela - Brazil

gustav said...

Jessica,you are doing an excellent job of sailing the Ella's Pink Lady.

1800nm in 15 Days is 120nm per day at an average speed of 5 knots per hour.

I have done some figures last night:
after Ella's Pink lady position was published on twitter, which places you about 500 km or 270 nautical miles south of Fiji.

"Jessica's latest position 23°39'59.53"S 178°54'49.98"W close to ex Republic of Minerva (Minerva reef now)"

According to my calculations Ella's Pink lady has made good a distance of 1800nm nautical miles in the last 15 Days (as the bird flies) since Ella's Pink Lady has left Sydney on the Sunday,18 October 2009 (AEST)

1800 nautical miles divided by 15 Days is a great daily distance of 120 knots or 120 nautical miles each day.

120 knots or nautical miles divided by 24 hours is a very good average speed of 5 knots or 5 nautical miles every hour over 15 Days, even with the fist weeks slow going,due to lack of wind.

Jessica,you are doing a fantastic job
sailing Ella's Pink Lady.

zooming along just fine..

zshhhhhh))))))))))))))))) ∆ ˚

gustav haffner

Anonymous said...

it disturbs me to see a few referneces to people giving you oranges, don't they get it ??

that someone would be so selfish to risk getting you disqualified?

it is about UNASSISTED and where is the line drawn / one day oranges, the next bananas?.........wish people would get on with their own dream and leave you alone with yours

keep a bit more to yourself Jessica or else blogger should blog out such blogs....

Anonymous said...

Dear Jessica, My name is Grace. My class at Huonville Primary School in Tasmania is following your trip around the world. I would like to ask you a question. What dose it feel like to be alone, well not really alone but without face to face with a person?
Thank you Grace. p.s Hope you have a nice trip.

David from Sydney said...

Hi Jesse,
It's great to read your blog and find out about your progress. I can't imagine what it's like to be doing this trip, but your blog helps! Technology really is amazing. I used to sail a little bit and loved it. Hope you enjoy every moment. Will be praying for your safety. God Bless.
Take care & have fun. David.

Only by His Grace said...

Hi Jessica!
My hubby and I have been following your progress and have really enjoyed reading your blog and seeing the photo's. You are such an
inspiration not only to the youth but also to us oldies.
We will be keeping you in our prayers.God bless
Marion and Doug Carter
Buderim Qld Australia

Poli said...

Always fantastic to read what you are up to and where you are at. I'm sure that you may have already covered this, but what happens when you are asleep? You can't anchor the boat and I imagine that you are still plodding along somewhere. Does the boat go auto-pilot or something? Anyways - Sail on!

The Leotas, Parramatta

QOTFW said...

I'm really enjoying your blog. Look forward to you breaking the record. Bon voyage.


Farnarkle said...

Hi Jess,
Great reading, you're giving us a wonderful work picture of your journey.
With you all the way.

Farnarkle said...

Keep up the good work Jess. Terrific reading about your adventure, with you all the way.
bfn John

Buddy Blanton said...

Hey Jesse,

Wow! You are making great time. I bet it is different seeing other boats, but always be aware. Stay on your toes and be very careful. Keep having fun, and we are all following you all the way. Keep smiling that smile.

Richard in Maryland said...

Hi Jesse,
Following your voyage makes me feel like I am sailing everyday! Your passion for sailing is inspiring me to venture out of the Chesapeake Bay and do some coastal sailing. This is something that I have always wanted to do, but have been reluctant to do without more experience. Well, sometimes you have to leave your comfort zone so that you can go to the next level. Thanks for posting your wind direction, sea state and point of sail. It really helps me visualize your reality. You are one with the sea.

All the best!

Richard in Maryland

Prof. Grant Horner said...

This all....just toooooo cool!!!!!
Please keep the updates coming, and be safe!


Anonymous said...

Jess, what's on ?

Maravale Home Skoolers 5 said...

Hi Miss Jess, We can't wait until you cros the Equator 0dergrees N/S caus we will have a crossing of the line with King Neptune and all. We need your trak map nad we want tobuy a copy. Take out tip for the Cup ALCOPOP Sta good Miss Jess. Maravale Home Skoolers 5

gsimmons said...

Hi Jessica
I just looked up Minerva Reef on the net, what a place for a stop over (not for you). You couldn't get place more remote and untouched than this, may get there one day.
So would you ever consider a stopover in place like this if the weather was bad ahead, is this allowed in the rules. You need some time out for a rest I reckon.
So keep having fun and keep safe.
Cheers George Simmons
Exmouth WA

Anonymous said...

Dear Miss Watson,
Let me explain my delight to hear that you have disposed of the last orange in your supplies in an honourable way by consuming it. It is nothing more disgusting than the malignant odours of such a food item decomposing in an undetectable location of your efficiently spaced vessel.
Wishing you always enough water under the keel to successfully complete this epic journey
Yours sincerely

Hieronymus von Waldlauf, Deutsche Marine, Steinhude

Anonymous said...

very simply Jess, you r the BEST

Anonymous said...

Hey, Jess,after your trip, have you considered to go up to the ISS (International Space Station) ? They'll do the round in a smooth 90minutes...

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