Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Foggy

We didn't exactly get anywhere today with very little wind. This morning was misty and overcast again, but this afternoon has been pretty special with a really thick fog closing in. It feels like there's a great big grey moist blanket draped over the world and just before it got dark the fog got so thick that I could hardly see 50 metres ahead. It's really a pretty amazing sight, but along with the almost complete silence, it's not far off feeling downright eerie.

I've been working hard not to let my imagination run away from itself, but it just feels so surreal sitting almost motionless with a big rolly swell passing undereath and the white swirling fog surrounding us. Now that it is dark Ella's Pink Lady'snavigation lights at the top of the mast are lighting up big rays of red and green fog. It feels like something out of a movie!

I think I've got the complete opposite to the sunshine, heat and the craziness of the last minute Christmas shopping that everyone's experiencing back home. Out here in my own little world things couldn't be any more different!

I have to say I've been feeling a bit homesick on and off today but I refuse to let it stop me from appreciating every moment out here.

I've been carefully planning out my Christmas dinner and the light winds mean that I'm almost constantly on my toes adjusting Parker's course. It's not exactly the most difficult task. I can normally correct Parker without even leaving the cabin by reaching out and adjusting the windvane line on the tiller, but the constant adjustments get a bit tedious when trying to get some down time.

Less than 2300nm to Cape Horn now, so despite all this slow progress we are slowly getting there. If this fog keeps up I'll be having a white Christmas of sorts!

Jesse

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Anonymous said...

Succes and have fun!!!

Charles Dodgson said...

great word image - I can picture the scene of a pink yacht sailing in a grey fog.

You are not missing anything regards christmas shopping. I am willing to bet most of your readers would much rather be where you are and thinking about the Horn.

Mike Kay Avon Indiana said...

Hello Captain Jesse, a different type of white Christmas....way to go with the flow. Here in Indiana we have just a dusting of snow on the ground but it does make everything white and helping with the spirit of the holiday. Here's wishing you and the blog family Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Safe sailing and Godspeed, Mike

Dave Russell said...

it really does sound eerie out there....kind of Pirates of the Carribean style with that big ghost ship coming out of the fog.......dont let your imagination get the best of you though......at least you are miles from land so no chance of going aground Jess....keep your mindset in the right direction

Anonymous said...

Have been reading your blog since day one~and as I'm off tomorrow for a Christmas camping trip away from the computer, just want to wish you a very peaceful & happy Christmas as you head towards the Cape!

Anonymous said...

aaw Jess, I can just imagine it so well from your descriptions, eerie indeed.
hope you'll get some shut eye
cheers
Tia

Geoff said...

Hey J Dawg

Ahh yes the crazy christmas rush we landlubbers are experiencing, please savour your moments out there in your fog enshrouded jw/ella world.

In years to come you will long & crave to be back out there on the wide ocean bobbing along like a cork.

I hope the rolly polly's flatten out for your christmas feast!!

Merry Xmas Jessica

woohhhoooooooo

regards

Geoff

Melbourne Orstralia

Anonymous said...

Be careful for the fog monsters ;)

Atanas
Sofia - Bulgaria

The Sandgropers said...

You go girl!
Well done for what you have archived so far, I can't even being to wonder what it must be like out in the NEVER NEVER of the Ocean. The kiddies love reading your posts and keeping an update of where you are on their blog.
Good luck with your trip
Carl,Tania,Jacko,Sarah,Harrison,Oscar and Chase.

45° 31′ 0.02″ N, 73° 39′ 0.02″ W said...

Bonjour Jessica,

Merry Christmas to you, your family, your crew and your shore team too.

Keep warm and safe

lily boot said...

Oh dear - that does sound eerie and strange - poor you. Have another lovely hot chocolate - that should raise your spirits a little :-) I hope the fog lifts in the morning, and that you have a lovely Christmas day. We think about you everyday Jessica - and are utterly filled with admiration for your amazing strength, bravery and imagination. Just know that we are cheering you on :-)

Ruth said...

Hope the wind picks up a bit for you soon. You are right...there is lots of hot sticky sunshine and last minute shopping in SEQ at the moment. We saw your friends pink catamaran, big waverider, last week when we tied up at Mooloolabah for a night. Have a happy and smooth sailing Xmas!

Ruth and James
SV Mystique

Lea said...

Hi Jesse,

Ahhh, no shopping or elevator music for you - lucky girl!

The opportunity to sail on your own and the silence is a once-in-a-lifetime one so enjoy every second. Embrace the fact that just occasionally you will miss your loved ones, but remember that in no time at all you will be home to celebrate your success with them (and all of us!).

Love the pictures and I'll drop you a line on chrissy day to see how that lunch is going :-)

Lea xx

PS. Hope the crew are behaving themselves...

Clint Jeffrey - VK3CSJ said...

Hey Jesse,
Do you have some form of Radar on board, I know you have something that warns you of close proximity to ships to "big" ships...but out in all that eerie fog it would be really scary to suddenly have some ship merge from the fog with no time to react, this is my imagination running away with itself!....sorry!...seen to many Hollywood movies!

Actually I love the Fog, there have been plenty a morning I've gone running in the Fog, beautiful experience, cool fresh calm and eerie all rolled up together.

Enjoy it Jesse the calm before the storm...

Cheers

Clint - Dandenong Town.

P.S Loved your description of your nav-lights in the fog too...

Jan said...

Hi Jesse,

Your description does sound like something out of a movie. What amazing experiences you are having.

It's okay to feel a little homesick, especially at this time of the year. Just remember that you are only a call away to speak to someone at home and that one call can make you feel a whole lot better.

Take care my dear, and it's only three sleeps till Christmas now!!

Jan (Auckland, New Zealand)

Mon (John Ackland) said...

Hi Jessica,
There's not many comments there yet, so you might actually see this one. The fog you are experiencing reminds me of a wedding I went to once - outdoors in the middle of the day down near Apollo Bay in Victoria. A hippy sort of wedding with a sole drum calling the groom to come join his wife to be at the ceremony, but I'll never forget it. The fog came in half an hour earlier, and transformed their property into another world altogether - and I remember him walking in out of it so distinctly. I know everyone there thought it was an extremely auspicious sign, and it certainly made the wedding a very special, even sacred, event.
I think that it is a very powerful sign from the Earth mother herself, that she is, and will be there with you all the time, supporting you all the way, and that this journey is, in fact, a VERY special thing you are doing, bordering on the edge of the sacred, sort of like an initiation journey into womanhood that you are doing for not only yourself, but every young woman in the world.
So, I gotta say, I have been cheering you on quietly in my mind all the way so far, Jessica, and I just am soooooo soooooo proud of you. You are such an incredible inspiration to so many people, and even if you are not aware of it, many people will be taking steps towards living their dream simply because you have showed them how to do it.
I'm not sure if I'll leave any other comments in the future, so I'll take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas, and thank you from the bottom of my heart, for BEing YOU so magnificently :) Rest assured, I will be cheering you on all the way, and the gratitude, respect, and admiration I feel for you will ensure that whenever you are in my mind, there will be bucketloads of positive energy and support coming your way . . . and I'm just one person. There are many many more just like me :)
Countless blessings to you, Jessica Watson . . .

thomjor said...

Your not alone out there Jess a lot of people are following & thinking of you. Hopefully there's better weather tomorrow

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bob ballinger said...

hi jessi hope you make it in time ,have a great xmas and asafe voyage into the new year, you are one gutsy female, we are following your progress via your web site, take care bob and brenda ballinger ,rye victoria

trish said...

Sounds kinda eerie!! but I am sure you will handle it all Jesse with that attitude of "go get 'em"!! I will be driving to the family for Christmas (only 4 hrs away) but the road follows the Coral Sea & it's a lovely drive, but I will look out at the sea and think of you way out there!! Have an awesome Christmas Day. Stay safe and clipped on young lady!
Trish (CYC) Cairns

Molly said...

What a vivid picture you paint.
First, your view was of a vast horizon.
Now, the fog has made you aware of only your immediate surroundings.
With imaginative guesses as to what lurks out there in the fog.
To put your mind at ease, consider the fog the visible breath of the Angels.
Surrounding you with their protection.
I am anxious to hear how you plan to celebrate Christmas and to see your decorations.
Sending out a big hug for you to save and wrap around yourself when the homesick feelings hit.
It is Solstice, the celebration of the return of the light.
Here's hoping that your light returns very soon.
It always does.
That is the promise.
Blessings,
Molly
Maryland USA

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica, I've been following your blog from the beginning, but haven't posted a comment since your preparation days. I catch up with your progress each evening though, usually just before bed.

Being in the fog sounds very different from the weather you've had before. I guess managing your imagination is the hardest challenge but you have amazing mental strength and it must be nice to know in the tougher moments that there are always people somewhere in the world willing you on.
Anyway, thinking of you out there and wishing you blue skies tomorrow and a brisk breeze.

Bruce said...

Hi Jessica
know your own little world is engaging us all and in spirit we are with your EVERY adventurous nautical mile.
Thanks for setting the course, we all appreciate your individual committment. Know are spirits are with with you.
2 Days to Christmas
Hope you get a lovely day.
Brugs

Anonymous said...

Jessica, I'm writing from the Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide, where we have 30,000 lavender bushes in full flower. We are spending our time for the next 7 days deeply immersed in harvest. In our small way, we share with you an horizon full of colour, in your case foggy and white, in our case, purple, and full of butterflies and bees. In our different ways, we are dealing with nature. God speed!

lswinter said...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hi Jessica,

My wife Sally and I are sitting in an airport in Charlotte North Carolina waiting for a flight to Los Angeles to send Christmas with our children and grandchildren. All except for our oldest daughter and family in South Africa.

We think about you planning your Christmas dinner. We see a strong young woman and are thankful for your life. The Lord has great things in store for you. Just keep your compass on the higher goal.

God bless you today and every day.
With our prayers,
Leon & Sally

(BTW are you a ham? I'm wx6i)
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Anonymous said...

Wow Jessica, That really does sound very eerie, silent with a really thick fog! I wasn't expecting that, it's funny, I was imagining you sailing in overcast weather but with a good breeze and this is something very different. It sounds really fascinating to me and definately a little spooky!
Sorry to hear you are feeling a little homesick, I guess that is to be expected at this time of the year, I hope your crew can help you feel a little better maybe you could get stuck into some of that chocolate.
Be brave Jesse, we are all thinking of you and cheering you on.
Bluefin, Buderim, Queensland.

Rod said...

Hey Jessica
Your latest blog was so evocative and paints such an amazing visual of how things are out there for you. We love reading your entries and think you are wonderful and amazing. We wish you all the very best in your amazing adventure. My dad (who died in 88) did the Sydney to Hobart many times. Your trip gives us some insight to what he did back in the day. Catch a Maui Maui on the long line for us (it was my fav open ocean catch and eat) Safe travels & interesting voyage. R&K

Anonymous said...

Hey Jesse, eerie eh? Did you ever see that movie . . . on second thoughts maybe now is not the best time.
I like the way you give an honest appraisal of how you are feeling. It would feel quite unreal if you were always perky and upbeat and never felt a bit down or a bit this or a bit that. You seem to tell it as it is - and this seems balanced and healthy to me. This psychological assessment is free for you. :)

David said...

David said...

Awesome report! Rest up as you can, the weather is sure to change! With all the snow here in Boston MA, USA, we too are traveling slowly.

We follow your inner and outer journey with much interest and support.

David E.

Anonymous said...

Merry Xmas Jesse - hope all our messages make up for not seeing it yourself.

John said...

Love the shot from up the mast (and personally wouldn't have got within a million miles of doing anything like that :)

The concept of sailing a yacht by remote while up there is ... surreal !

Good on ya for fixing the electronic gizmo - great work.

Old John, feet firmly on the ground in snowy Yorkshire, UK

Ken said...

You must definitely write a book when you come home. Your descriptive skills are fantastic. Just reading your posts - this one in particular, I almost feel as though I'm there too. Keep it up.

Ken(adoptive granddad)from Brisbane.

Stewart_in_Oz said...

Well done Jessica. It is good to hear you are going well.
I don't know if you read the account by Joshua Slocum of his circumnavigation but at one point he was accompanied by a very real (to him) sailor from Portugal if I remember correctly. It was something to do with the solitude.
It may interest you to hear that fairly recently there was living in Brisbane a female relative of J Slocum. I spoke to her by phone while she was working in a bank or some such organisation.
If people thinking about you and wishing you well helps to propel you along, you will have a good Christmas and a trouble-free rounding the Horn.
Best wishes,
Stewart_in_Oz

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say that you really do ROCK! Good luck, and Merry Christmas, I'm sure Santa will find you regardless of whether the Pink Lady has a chimney :)

Pip, Sydney

Anonymous said...

Just remember that if most of us had as much courage as you we would be out there in a flash.

Jules said...

All the best Jessica. You're an inspiration to all of us to not put off realising our dreams.

I enjoy reading your descriptions of fog etc - gives an accurate description of the ups and downs of solo sailing.

I'm on holidays in tropical Noosa. a few storms here and lots of warm tropical air. Lovely place.

x Jules

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica

Have a great Christmas day!

Marina from Turin

Fernando said...

Hello Captain Watson! I just have read in the news about your Quest and instantly wake up in me a strong feeling of adventure, courage and admiration.

Supports from Paraguay, South America!

duane said...

Jessica I hope the fog passes quickly and you can get on with the voyage. All travelers feel homesick now and then. Perhaps the biggest obstacles you beat will be your own imagination and loneliness on this trip. That will be the biggest triumph.
Love your honesty and frankness. God bless. duane

carole (Mackay QLD said...

Hey Jess
What a lovely post from John Ackland - read that one again... such true words.

You have truly inspired people young and old to get out there and do something they once dared to do... wouldnt it be great to get a photo of all of us supporters and send to you - from all over the globe, different nationalities, different native tongues, from young to old, from sailors to people who have never been in a boat..... we are all right behind you Jess with our arms in the air saying "Go Jess".... If you feel lonely put some music on, have a milo and snuggle up with a book, in the morning the fog should have lifted to bring another new day.

Fair winds my friend.
Carole

Peter and Sally on the Gold Coast said...

Hey Jess

Good to hear you are keeping your spirits high, we once again can appreciate where you are by your wonderful descriptions. Well Done

Some ways I envy you even more than before, oh to have peace and quiet, at this crazy time of year

take care, God speed
Peter and Sally

p.s look out for a Christmas link for xmas day

Anonymous said...

Jess

Happy to follow you thus far and you are just an inspiration. Gppd luck heading towards the cape.

TLC, Borneo

John said...

Hello Jesse from the US Virgin Islands. It's so normal to be thinking of home but look to tomorrow and you'll be fine. The fog sounds fantastic!! Eerie but so interesting. It sure beats the crowds and traffic jams. Be safe! We love you!

nina said...

Hi Jessica :)

It sounds like the greatest adventure ever for you. Just sending you a thought from Denmark and wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Been following your progress these past few months and I must say that I am in awe of what you are doing. Keep up that great spirit of yours. Cheers Nina

David and Una said...

Hi Jess,

It certainly sounds eerie, the sort of thing you can remember seeing in the 1959 movie about the Mary Deare (oops! showing my age, you weren't even thought of until 33 years later).

Keep your spirits up as you have achieved so much already. You may feel lonely every now and then but just remember the millions of people all over the world who are willing you along.

Stay safe, stay on top!

Peter and Sally on the Gold Coast said...

Hey Jess

Just for you,take care

Peter and Sally

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=237793038759

Marc D. Florida said...

Jessica,
You've got to be the bravest girl I've ever heard of. After reading your blog the past (2) months I'm really impressed with your creative writing. It makes me feel like I'm right there with You, Ella's Pink Lady, and your crew of stuffed animals!. Keep it up Miss Courageous your doing great!.
Marc D.
Florida

Mary said...

Good morning, Jess,

Very happy to hear from you this morning. It's cloudy and grey here in coastal Maine. I feel your fog, though!! I listened to the Wiggles the other day, for the first time, and heard how they can inspire cheerfulness. Whether you decide to just enjoy the quiet of the fog and lack of wind or whether you put on the music and make a phone call, please know that many hearts are next to yours. I, for one, am smiling with you, wishing you safety, serenity, good concentration and excellent food!!
With love and deep respect,
Mary, Maine, USA

Georgia Guy said...

Hi Jessica,

From Part 2 Verse 8 of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

"Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion ;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean."

As usual, your written observations portray the scene precisely.

When I read this:

"I have to say I've been feeling a bit homesick on and off today but I refuse to let it stop me from appreciating every moment out here."

Again your maturity and steely determination shows so clearly. You are just experiencing a succession of changing scenery and along with that a succession of changing emotions. It's only natural that feeling a bit homesick would be one of those emotions.

In a fog bank, on a becalmed sea, thousands of miles from anyone, who wouldn't feel all alone from time to time?

But as the day wears on, and the comments on this blog inevitably increase, you are certainly not alone as hundreds are with you in spirit, if not actually there.

Safe sailing and Godspeed.

Georgia Guy
USA

Ernest From NH (USA) said...

Hi Captain Jesse, "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas. Just didn't think it might be fog. Let your days be merry and bright and may all your Christmas's be white or foggy".Think Bing Crosby. Be Safe! Be Happy! Sing Louder! Godspeed!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas keep on the starboard tack ( you have right away ) sail safe.

Amazedbyou said...

Hi Jesse,

Wow, really does sound like something out of a movie with the fog rolling in.

Sounds very cool to though, wish I was there really. I gotta agree with you, it is much different here.

You would not miss the hum of last minute xmas shopping. Full car parks and steamy hot people and that is not just because of the weather. Sheer panic and mayhem, I do love christmas.

So glad you are planning your Christmas dinner, we will be toasting you on the day.

Would be easy to let your imagination run away with you in all the mist, but I like to think that nature is putting on a show for you, so you can collect some wonderful memories. I can actually see the rays from the nav lights, so beautifully described.

I am glad you do not let the homesickness get ya for too long. Imagine when you look back on the christmas of 2009 and tell your kids, grandkids and great grandkids of how you spent your christmas that year...and how you had the world following! Excellent.
All the best Jesse, have fun and if the mist get too errie, just sing out Boggie woggie woggie, and scare it back. Works for me.

Brian Riley said...

Eerie, The fog is amazing where is the creation of it coming from? to be covering such a large area of ocean leads me to believe it is the left over from a weather pattern, and this is between the next weather pattern, which leads me to believe you are in for a change in wind direction soon, me I would be reducing sail area to see what is in store, you can always reset. The roll of the sea is a constant reminder that out there it is being created by some pattern.
You would not be human if you were not homesick at this time of the year, I am sure your family feel the same about you, and will set a place for you at the Christmas dinner table.
Tell Parker to get his act together so you can enjoy some downtime while it is calm.
Safe Passage, will talk later.
Brian.
Hervey Bay. QLD

John and Janet said...

Your word pictures are very descriptive. Keep up the good work and have a Merry Christmas.

John and Janet
Sourthern Ontario, Canada

Bruce from Brisvegas said...

Hi Jess
Sounds like good weather to curl up with a good book. Although it sounds like you would need to trim/adjust Parker between every page. Your description of your environment is great. I can really imagine it.

So what is on the menu for Christmas? Where doing a BBQ on a relative’s property at the base of the Toowoomba range. They have a dam with the hugest water slide (apart from Wet-and-Wild) that you can imagine.

Your light-show description sounded surreal! Speaking of light shows, we (wife and kids) did an east Brisbane tour of Christmas lights this evening. Let’s just say there was a touch more colour to them than the red and green of port and starboard. It is amazing the work that some houses and streets put in. I have spent plenty of years living in other countries other than Australia and a small street in Tingalpa (Brisbane) was the most amazing display Christmas lights I have ever seen anywhere. They even had snow making machines!

Your trip planner on the website gets more and more exciting with every plot. When you increase the magnification it is clear that you are closer to Chile than you are to NZ. That’s exciting!!

We are having another typical SE Queensland Christmas, hot and uncomfortable. So you are in a better spot than us. We had a great storm this evening and judging from the weather radar, Buderim would probably have copped more than it’s reasonable share of rain, hail and lighting strikes.

Merry Christmas.Take care Jess and sail fast.
-Bruce

Richard Lathrop said...

I can relate to the fogginess. We have plenty of it off the coast of New England.

I'll never forget the first time I was caught out there--maybe I was 13 years old--racing in some Junior Championship. We became completely isolated by the fog--that small grey hemisphere that closes in around you--and when we dug out the compass {stored in a box under the deck) we didn't believe what it was telling us!

Nowadays I introduce lots of kids to sailing and navigating and I recreate this experience when we have a chance to do it safely. For the first time in their lives they don't have a fixed point of reference and they begin to grasp the problem of navigating in that situation. [not unlike the problem of navigating at sea--foggy or not.]

The other layer of it is the mood evoking aspect of the mist--which is used a lot in theatre and literature. You've said it all.

I'm sure the fog will leave when the breeze fills in. I know you'll try to make the best of it.

Hope everything below doesn't get too damp.

Thanks for letting us into your fogbound world.

Fair winds,

Richard Lathrop

willi said...

hi Jessica,

reading abouth the fog you encounter,
and the way it came up reminds me very much abouth the time I spent in Cape town waiting a whole week for a containership to arrive delayed by very strong wind.

the two oceans meeting there are producing the devils table cloth.
The table mountain beeing the table.

This is a fog ariving in no time and beeing so dense as you have encountered.The second danger are the gusty, strong winds blowing out to the sea from the mountans giving you no time to change your sails. But I guess your crew is aware of this.

Keep well. Willi from Switzerland by 12 Degr.C and brilliant sunshine snow is nearly gone.

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Jesse (well morning here in NC anyway :o),
Sounds like some serious fog, hope you don't have to spend too much time in it. I can see why you'd be a bit homesick because it is almost Christmas, but don't worry, you'll have Christmas next year. This year you are busy setting a world record!!! You are going in the history books for your courage, bravery, and skill Jesse. Keep up the great work and know that we are all with you!
~Deidre NC, USA

kukushk said...

Привет Капитан Джесика! С Наступающим Рождеством! :) Попутного ветра и 7 футов под килем! Ждем твоих следующих сообщений!
Рома.

Russ. VE6VK said...

Hi Jesse,
That is quite a description of conditions at your present locations. Like you say, it will be close to a white Christmas for you. let's hope the wind picks up in your favour soon. Main thing is to be focused on what you have. It is still better than -40C. Smooth sailing for the rest of the trip to Cape Horn. Best wishes..Russ

Anonymous said...

Hi! Jessica! just found out about you throug a local newspapers. I just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas!!! You will remember this holidays for ever. Also, you must be very proud of yourself. You really are an example of decision, perseverance and success. Greetings from Asuncion, Paraguay

ToSeeTheSea said...

Fog is the one thing I do not like at sea. It plays tricks on you. Normally my internal compass is very acurate, but in fog you have only your instruments, ears and power to think left. Driving passenger ferries in fog on a busy harbour at rush hour really teaches you the finer points of seamanship, communication and radar interpretation.
When sailing between Hawaii and Vancouver we struck heavy fog while crossing the shipping lanes about a week prior to arriving. Those ships look huge and get very close at times. Spooky. It pays to be alert in that situation.
I don't like fog very much when at sea.
Hope the fog doesn't last too long for you Jess.
Sorry I don't have any fog photos on my site at; www.youtube.com/ToSeeTheSea

Anonymous said...

You are not alone in your journey. Our Adelaide Hills family, and many other, are thinking of you and wishing you well. You are simply awesome!

el grande said...

When the fog lifts, the winds will be there and you'll be racing along again! It's hard to feel I'm sure, but thousands are with you this Christmas! I'd bet there aren't too many of your followers that won't be sending you good wishes on the 25th.

Think of your Nav lights as a Christmas decoration atop the mast. Once the fog lifts and with all of that clear air, you may be able to spot St. Nick on his way 'round the Horn as well!

Cheers to you!

Anonymous said...

Be brave. Fog is only harmless water vapor.
"Courage is knowing what not to fear," Plato.
Arnie in Canada

Bradd said...

HI JESS

NICE GOING... SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE HAVING THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE OUT THERE.... UNREAL HOW FAR YOU HAVE TO GO TO ROUND CAPE HORN.... GOOD LUCK AND LOVE THE PICS ETC......

BRADD(KIWI IN PERTH)

Quilljar said...

Marvellous description Jess!
It does sound rather Sherlock Holmesy.
You seem such a strong personality that I am sure it will just add to your great experience out there.
yours
Quilly

Mike Kay Avon Indiana said...

Jesse, found this site and thought it might help identify the birds you are seeing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_birds_of_Chile

Anonymous said...

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Hi Jesse in the fog,
Don't feel too lonely.You are being watched over........
I'm sure that the morning will bring a fresh new day and it is nearly Christmas so you will be able to talk with your family by phone and have a small party with your fluffy crew.I have sailed(in ocean liners)to Australia twice around the world and the experience of fog is one I remember well.We had watertight doors shut and all movement around the ship was stopped.A ghostly horn sounded at intervals and we were very glad to see the sun again .
You painted us an amazing picture with your words..thanks Jesse
Sally in Melbourne by the bay
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Sam said...

Just chill and get some rest jess..
cheers
sam

jo from perth said...

Hi Jesse, just thought i would check your blog just in case and there you were. I imagine the sort of conditions you are experiencing could have that lovely (or so i think) eerie feel about it.
I thing feeling homesick is quite natural in you situation. I hope that you overcome it soon... good for you not to wallow in it though.
Jesse it is my bedtime, so i Wish you Good Winds and Safe Sailing.
jo

Debbie from Adelaide said...

Hi Jesse, it is natural to feel home sick, especially with Christmas looming, but just remember that everyone is thinking of you, and we will all be making a toast to jessica watson at christmas lunch at my place!!!

But just imagine, there wont be many people who get to have the Christmas youre going have, so keep your chin high, your spirits up, and your harnass on!!!!!

Will be thinking of you. Debbie from Adelaide

Gary in New York said...

Jessica,
Since it is early in the day on this end figured you may actually see this note. As Christmas approaches and I have to go get my Daughter from school I like so many others may be away from teh computer for a few days. So Merry Christmas to You and Ella and all of your extended family on board. Gary.

Tim Byrne said...

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten,
and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

So what is on the xmas menu??? :)

Anonymous said...

You're not missing too much besides crowded crazy shoppers and horrible traffic. :) We're cheering you on!!!!

HAWKEYE said...

HAWKEYE

Hi Jesse it appears nature has provided you with a work of art and you painted us a beautiful canvass of words. It appears your part of the world has natures version of the lights and colour of Christmas.

The 2300 n Ms to Everest is really not important at the moment; at least nowhere near as important as where you are at present. All you need to do is to manage the 'here and now' and the steps in each moment out there will progressively accumulate and sometime in the near future the Horn will emerge maybe out of a fog or a clear blue sky - whatever, I know you will deal with it and move on. What you are doing right now and what you have to do next etc will keep the mind in the present and ensure your safety - and that darl is uppermost in my mind and I am hopeful we share that objective.

Counsel Parker to lift its game so you can reduce the tedium and get yourself a bit more shut eye. 'til next time, precious one, remain alert, don't drift from the present, clip on securely and be so very very careful. God bless darl and be happy!!

HAWKEYE

Tim Byrne said...

Oh and any plans for the 12 days of Christmas? Many people think thatg Christmas just ends at xmas day (well that and boxing day ;)

But if you celebrate the original 12 days of xmas, then you know Christmas lasts another 11 days past dec. 25...

...On the first day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

(repeat)

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree!

Sooo, any plans for the menu for 12 days of xmas? :DDDDD
Tim B.

Ellen said...

Merry Christmas to you Jess and don't forget - the sunshine is always just behind the clouds and will be shining brightly on you again soon.

Keep on sailing, Silver girl.

Tuck from USA said...

Jesse,
You are an inspiration to us all, girl. Make sure that you keep your wits about you and your mind in a good place and you will be fine.

May God bless you and keep you in the palm of His hand during your journeys.

Keep us up to date with your blogs and we will be right there with you as you travel.

Jesse...GOOD ON YA'

iRish Pixie said...

Hello! I really admire you. =) Be safe and happy holidays!

John C said...

Beautiful description Jessica ~ I could have been sitting on the transom.

I'm mobility-restricted (2 unsuccessful spinal ops) and the other day my wife said, "You look glum. What's the matter?" "I'm homesick." I said. "But you are at home." she countered. "I know'" I replied "I'm sick of it." :-)

Godspeed Jessica.

Larry said...

Hi Jessica, Imaginations can be both a help and a hindrance. With imagination you could imagine yourself back home in bed under warm covers drifting off to blissful sleep. Or imaginations can do what they might be doing to you out there in the Southern Pacific Ocean. Whatever is happening at one moment it will past. You remember how wonderful you felt when you saw the sun again after many cloudy days? You will see the sun again and each time the feeling will be intensified. Make a list of the many things that you have had to overcome as your journey continues and it will make the feat that much more extraordinary. Examples: Not being able to take long walks, homesickness, loneliness, too much heat and humdity, cold, sleep deprivation, etc,etc, etc!!!! Jessica !!! You have withstood all these things and probably many I have't mentioned and you a still trucking GIRL !!! And there will be more. So each morning when you wake up pat yourself on the back and say NOW LETS GET ON WITH IT!!! There are people who I love very much waiting for me at the dock in Sydney Harbor. YOU GO GIRL!!! I guess I was getting a little carried away there but its all true and you are doing it. Sail safe. The wind is pushing you and Ella's Pink Lady toward Sydney and we are pulling you so you can not, you can not fail!!!! Your Long distant friend Larry (guamgranite@myfairpoint.net)

Anonymous said...

Jessica wishing you a blessed Christmas and a great passage around the Horn ! Will be thinking of you often and hope u have a wonderfull New Year 2010 and look forward to your homecoming in Sydney later in the year ! Cheers!

Andrew said...

yep time 4 the fog horn!!!! Got to c if it works lol and it will be fun!!! Well id find it fun but i love makeing a racket!!! Lol
Cya buttercup :p:p:p
Andy :p:p

gsimmons said...

Hi Jessica
Yea, I know what you mean Jesse, thick fog on the water can be very eerie, but I do like it thou. But riding my motorbike in thick fog at night, now that's scary.
Becalmed and fogged in the roaring forties, a little different to what I and you may have been expecting. Has a lot of different moods out there on the ocean. These are the times you will remember most, for the rest on your life. So stay in control and it does not matter if your imagination runs away a little.
When there is little wind, would it be better to use the auto pilot or would it have the same problems as parker? or would the power draw be to much?
You are not really missing much with the christmas rush, not much of a rush here in Exmouth, still fairly slow as always.
I'm sure you will be a little home sick on christmas day ,but you have lots more to come, so enjoy your adventure you are on now, keep having fun and keep safe.
Cheers George Simmons
Lots of love from Exmouth WA Australia

RICHARD said...

"Scary" seems more like the situation that I would be experiencing. Let's hope this clears quickly.

Never fear though, should this condition remain, Fog is of no hindrance to Santa. He will find you no matter how thick the fog. You may notice, however, an additional red light in the mist for a brief moment. No worries, it is just Rudolf lighting Santa's way.

Blessings,

See Ya Sailor!

SaltyDog said...

Jessica,

Now you're talking about weather that I can really relate to. Fog is something that we get more than our share of in our part of the U.S. It is eerie and can really play tricks with your imagination. I was on a solo trip miles off of the Washington coast one time. There was a thick fog and dead calm when I woke up in the middle of the night hearing what I thought was someone walking on the deck of my boat. Piracy wasn't common in that area, but I counldn't think who else would be boarding my boat in the middle of the ocean. When I got out of my bunk and looked outside, I saw a flock of probably 100 birds or more circling my mast light and walking on the deck. I guess they were just having a party so I just let have their festive time and I went back to sleep. It was definitely eerie for a moment, though. I know that you're hoping the fog will lift and the wind pick up, but the fog will just make another chapter in an already fantastic story. I'm asking Santa to bring clear skies and brisk winds for Christmas for you, Jess.

Have fun, stay safe and happy sailing.

From Seattle, WA, USA
SaltyDog

FotoMenno said...

Hi Jesse, i can imagine it's very weird for you, sailing in the fog.
Good luck, thanks for you beautiful picture yesterday!

Greetings from Rotterdam in the snow.

Shane said...

Hi Jess, your entry paints the picture so vividly for us... I can't help but remember looking out from the coast line of Punta Arenas, Southern Chile into the rough oceans and to think you are nearing that area puts things into perspective. You have an abundance of courage and it's wonderful to hear you're enjoying every minute, albeit a bit of home sickness which is only going to make your trip so much more memorable and rewarding if you are able to overcome that. I wish you all the best for the coming days and weeks... I'd prefer to be out there than in the 40 degree or so heat here in Western Australia. And I'm sure you've heard all about the wicked cyclone in the north west which is moving across the continent. Glad u missed that. Keep the wonderful entries coming. Shane WA

Captain O said...

Having sailed many blue water miles in the fog alone as well, I can empathize with your trepidation. I can say when it passes, the relief will feel like a new lease on life! Meanwhile, you just have to force yourself to keep a sharp eye and ears out for the unpredictable. I know you understand all this but I wanted you to know also that there are a lot of us old salts pulling for you. I don't have the words to express the admiration I have for you, but there you have it. Fair winds, fellow mariner!

Mike said...

Guess you're on the "edge" of the nav station seat, settee, whatever...but your description of the fog had me on the edge of my chair...at my desk and in front of the computer. I think you have a better seat! Keep keeping us updated cause we're with YOU....sorta...sorta like your White Christman. MP

Susan Hatcher said...

What a great scene to describe in detail when you write your book (The ghost like whisps of fog dancing around the sails and rigging, each in reality an apparition of a sea spirit. Inspecting, approving and forming a protective shroud around the Pink Lady and her crew as she continues her quest for self discovery and an honored place in sailing history.)

Oh yea, you can really get into that one. Loved your crew by the way!!!!

Happy holidays and all the best from sunny (yet not so warm right now) Florida, USA.

claudia said...

Jesse...just wanted to stop in and say Hi! Merry Christmas too, if I don't catch up with you on the blog by then.
I have always loved fog. Of course, I am here at home not bobbing along out there in the ocean. But fog has a way of making everything so quiet and peaceful.
Hang in there dear, before you know it this will all be done and you will be home, probably wishing that you were back out in the fog!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Jessica! You are such an inspiration to many young people today and I am sure having a better holiday then most:) so keep up the good work!!! Safe sailing through Cape Horn...take plenty of pictures.
Jersey Shore Mom, USA

Bengt said...

Interesting that you are so positive, even though most people would have said the fog and weather is very boring.

Keep this attitude! I read some discussion forum (written in the first month of the journey), where it was written that you would give up because of boredom, loneliness and lack of sleep. They are wrong!

Hope you get better progress. Seems to be more wind the night after Wednesday (Australian timezone), then weak again on Thursday.

Merry Christmas!

Bengt I Larsson, Gothenburg, Sweden

Anonymous said...

Such suchness as my zen buddies always say. You bring a smile to my face with your optimistic and open comments. Really do appreciate your updates. I just started reading ALONE AT SEA by Slocum so have a teensy-weensy feel for what might be coming your way. In contrast to your grey day, we have a major winter storm bearing down on our winter travelers starting Wed night and continuing for 72h. Significant snow, strong winds (Beaufort 6+), etc. Such suchness as Planet Earth can bestow. Sail on and remember attitude is everything.

Anonymous said...

G day Jessica, great stuff your doing great . My brother in law leaves for the sydney Hobart soon he is a celeb boxer and has no sailing experience so hope his crew are good. They are on the bell yacht. I have to laugh he will be sick as a dog. Keep the spirits up !! Ken WA

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess
I have been following your voyage from the start - even popped down to the Gold Coast Seaway to see you off to Sydney....

You are a true inspiration to all....and your writing is brilliant. Yours is the 1st page a check each morning and the last i look at at night....cant wait to hear your discription of rounding the Horn.

have a wonderful xmas - even if its a bit lonely - but i bet your phone will be ringing off the hook. God Bless Sat Phones hey?

Jostein said...

Merry Christmas to you from Norway. I'm following you on the blog every day.Jostein

pete said...

are you allowed to anchor for 8 hours to get a good night sleep here or there or is that a no no. Great job jess , you amaze me more and more every time i read your blog. pete, Cairns

Peter Stockwell said...

We are homing in on a white Christmas in the UK, but I would rather be where you are. You have a good daily average, time for a rest. If Parker will let you.

Peter and Robyn (UK)

Sail on MIke said...

You keep referring to your latitude but I don't see any indication of what it is on your map.

hilaryhappy said...

What's on the menu for Christmas Day?
MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Anonymous said...

Skip,Ohoy.Captein Jessica.Just another Sailor experience Fog,Norwegian sailors had a saying for fog.The fog was so tick that you have to cut it with a Knife.I hated fog because standing up on the bridge wing as lookout and that Foghorn up in the Radarmast going off every minute,that sound was terrible high,every time that horn went off i jumped,did not matter how much I prepared myself.Yes fog are giving you a spooky feeling and all sounds around you are louder,but Hey,its just for a while,just do your things and before you know it is gone.Birds,one of the first things I did as a Sailor was to get me a Birdbook.And I endet up with whole collection,belive I covered almost all birds in the world.Just another birdstory:It was in the Persian Gulf on M/T Jabetta I was lookout on the forcasteleheed,the weather was beauteful with full Moon and I could see far away,suddently , about just after midnight, there was a terrible high pitch scream just above my head and I fall down right into the deck,I looked up and there they was 3 Tern like birds flying out from the ship after scaring the hell out me at that time I was 16 years old.Jessica good Sailing,Fair winds and dont let the Fog put you down,its just some Steam.Enjoying your Blog very much. Herman.Hampstead.NH.USA.

rusty said...

Merry Christmas Jessica! I envy your spirit and courage! I wish I had a satellite feed to watch over you with. But that's what God is doing already. Your pics, vids, and words are irreplaceable, and an inspiration to me! You will cherish this for the rest of your life no doubt. Best wishes, and I will watch closely along with all. Will write more later. Bye for now...

Anonymous said...

I've been reading your blog since the beginning and was worried about the fog "getting you down" -- especially this time of year. Just know that you are not alone -- you have thousands of people cheering you on and supporting you from all over the world. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica: Cheerup and stay safe. Medrry Christmas and Best wishes for a safe and successful journey. Here in Virginia we are sitting in 24 inches of SNOW...
Send me a little fog to help melt this snow...Good Luck..Safe Sailing...

Joe Springfield VA USA

Anonymous said...

PRESS ON, GO GIRL
get those storm sails on jessica, ok? you are such an inspiration to thousands of us. Christmas already?
you're in our thoughts day and night.
may you always have...
love to share
health to spare
and friends that care

bless you sweetie
lenny pittsburgh PA.

bill bouldin said...

Have you a gold earring for when you pass Cape Horn? Bill

Mr. Canadian said...

The Fog ☺
Don't you wish now you didn't watch all those movies about fog and...

Well I think you are going to do just fine Jess. Just think of what its going to look like when you come out of that fog.

Take pictures.
♥♥♥

NorthCountryGal said...

Hi Jess from Minnesota. Follow your progress every day with interest. I have been "round the horn" on a trip to Antarctica so hope you will pass around peacefully. I remember seeing the little red buildings by the lighthouse there perched up above the breakers. And the albatross flying in the ship's wake were always so lovely, glad you have already seen one. I bet the little crew is impatient for their Christmas celebration, hope they sing a carol or two with you as you bob along. Peace and love, Judy

Jan said...

hooray, another blog from jesse, it does sound very spooky,out there in the middle of nowhere!

maybe a little dance from chic with attitude might help?

merry christmas to you and your crew, and all of your blog family.cheers from canterbury nz.

Becky said...

I feel for ya! Sounds very surreal to not be able to see where you are going, or where you have been because of the fog. Red and green Merry Christmas fog lights eh? I kind of hope a bird lands on your boat to keep you company for a while, even if they are a bit messy!

Still following your journey in prayer...U.S.A. Colorado

RichieParis said...

Good morning (for you), Captain Jesse,
I hope the fog will be gone when you may read these lines. Sure it looks like another world. Even on land, a thick fog makes some frightening effects on imagination. Though you shouldn't meet any big ship in these waters, and you have a reliable radar system.

Sorry about homesickness. Logical with Christmas coming soon. Hang on, think your family, friends, and many more are with you by mind, all the time.
And you don't have your "own little world"... it is a BIG HUGE LARGE world around you, a gignatic playground for adventurers and nature lovers.
What is great about home when you are far from it and would like to be there, is that you are on the right way to get there agains. Leaving is great, because it opens you the possibility of coming back. If you don't leave, you can never be back home.

I keep thinking of your arrival in Sydney, in 6 months from now, or earlier I hope. What a day, what a fiesta! Thousands of people will be there, I hope and believe it will be beyond what you can imagine. I am dreaming of a pink city, and a harbour crowded with people waving small pink flags... Each person has some own sickness; mine is thinking i shall probably not be able to be there, but I shall follow your arrival minute by minute, and I hope to have some delegate to greet you and EPL.
Seeing on TV our brave Captain hugging her parents will bring floods of tears around the world.

Right now, EPL is quietly chewing up the milles and taking you to the Cape Horn, a very high step to climb. No doubt you'll make it with class, but it might be rough and hard. You'll make it, Jessica!
Try to rest and to refill your energy tanks.

Parker seems to be taking some holidays, but they won't be long. He will be ready for the Cape.
Enjoy the big challenge coming in front of you, and don't let the fog hypnotize you!

The world loves you, rocking Captain!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse, as you've made your voyage and the moments of it precious to us, I'm sure you're making every moment of yours back home more precious as well. Every moment of Christmas, and everything else once you're back, will be all the more special. Thanks for the gifts of appreciating better what we have right now; you have a gift for doing that. I am, and so, so many others are, with you in spirit and send hugs and blessings back to you.
I'll try to encourage everyone following you to blow to the East, just to send some moving air your way. Everyone, brush your teeth first!
Fair winds Jesse,
Tom, Missouri, U.S.A.

Mike D said...

Hey Jess,

Trapped in the fog and no chart plotter to clue them in on their progress, the sailors of yesteryear must have felt like they weren’t sailing anywhere at all! You have the benefit of situational awareness, so don’t let those blasted mind tricks get the better of you. And there’s naught out there (in the vicinity of Point Nemo) but whales, fish and birds!

You’re at one with the sea. Neither man nor beast has nothin’ on you now!
There's a lifetime of crazy Christmas shopping waiting for you upon your return. Right now you get the most special Christmas of all... Living your dream whilst untold thousands of people from all over the world are spending their Christmas thinking about your courage, progress and your extraordinary journey.

Wishing you all the best and a continued safe passage.

Mike D
Snowbound in Philadelphia, Pa, USA

P.S. Don't forget to toot EPL's fog horn (just for fun!)

Anonymous said...

An old fashioned family Christmas can be a lot of fun. But after 60 years, I must admit they all kinda run together. It takes something special to make a Christmas memory that doesn't fade. I'm thinkin you are in process of creating a one of kind Christmas memory.

I too am a big fan of sunsets on the ocean. I wonder what kind of sunset you will get on Christmas eve? Will it be a foggy glow or a blazing light show?

Either way I bet that 50 years from now you will remember the Christmas of 2009 as one of a kind!


Bill Brown
Phoenix, Arizona

Bebie said...

Hi Jesse,

A thick fog conjures up the picture of you snuggled in the cabin with a warm drink catching up on schoolwork or just reading for pleasure. Can it be a good thing that there's not a lot of movement on the ocean while it's foggy so that you don't have to combat the waves "blind?"

You've got the right coloured lights for Christmas ... red and green which reminds me that there's one particular block of units in Caloundra where everyone hangs lights out on the balcony and the whole front of the building is draped in colourful light. It looks absolutely beautiful.

Looking forward to your Christmas snaps.

Take care little sweetheart, and as someone has already said, stay focused.

Mike said...

Hello Jess,

Been a few days since I wrote, but I have been following your blog. I had forgotten how the fog can drop down over the ocean, making everything but the boat seem invisible. It was cool, but like you say a bit eerie as well. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, it will be the most memorable for some time I suspect. Be safe and know you are not alone out there.

Mike Atlanta

RichieParis said...

THE LEGEND OF JESSICA

Chapter I. The beginning of the Tale

Once upon a time, in Queensland, a realm with a nice sunny shore known as the Sunshine Coast, lived a young girl named Jessica, with her parents and her family.

One day that she played sailing a little boat along the beach, she heard voices carried by the wind blowing from the open sea. The voices said: Go, Girl, Go, sail around the world, solo, non stop and unassisted. That is what you have to do, for mankind’s sake.

Just as Joan of Ark had done seven hundred years before, Jessica decided to do as she had been told to.
She trained and perfected her sailing skills, and she convinced her parents first, and then several very important people to support her.

Don the Adventure Wizard found an lonely white maverick ocean horse named Shanty for her. It was a nice animal, but needed some extra strength to sail for such a long and hard trip.
Then came Ella the Beauty Fairy, who magically turned the white Shanty into a bright pink ocean mare named Ella’s Pink Lady. Jessica was ready to leave...

But, during her first ride out, the Silver Yang sorcerer, in the darkness of the night, tried to sink Ella’s Pink Lady, hoping to break Jessica’s dream. Fortunately the young sailor reacted well and saved her Pink Lady.
Though the sorcerer multiplied his efforts to persuade the media and the people that Jessica’s voyage should be forbidden and cancelled, the young girl had already rallied enough strong supports to keep on preparing her departure.

So, in the month of October in the year 2009, on the 18th day, the two Ladies sailed on together from Sydney Harbour...

P.S. Sorry for the possible language mistakes, english is not my mother tongue.

chris coles-morales said...

Hi there,
Daily checking with you and see you are fogged in!! Here in the San Fransisco Bay area that is the norm for winter. Sometimes, it is so thick you can't see your hand in front of your face! I love the fog because you can hear things that you normally might miss. Listen for whale songs ... :)
Its okay to feel sad... you should let yourself be for a few then as it sounds like from your post, you recognize it and deal with it. Impressive in one your age! :)
Hope the doldrums lift soon for you and elp is once again flying down the face of a swell.
Merry Christmas Jessica
Chris in Calif.

Yurij said...

Brave girl-do wish
you can
my heart illness

Simferopol, Ukraine

Roger Carlton said...

Hey Jesse,
Am enjoying checking on your progress from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Stay Strong!

Anonymous said...

Hello Jessie,

I have just recently discovered you and your amazing journey. I can relate completely to the many accolades you are receving and can say that I feel the pride and joy that your parents must be savoring as you navigate the wonders of the oceans. Keep the faith and stay focused and know that many people are thinking of you and praying for you every single day. I find myself awe struck at your maturity and boldness as you struck out to face the great unknown and those that have the opportunity to personally connect with you some day will be touched in a special way. God's speed and safe travels young lady and way to go, for those of us still standing on the shore.

Cheers,
Lorne

Anonymous said...

you're an inspiration! I am following your journey with my 9-year old daughter from the snowy environs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Godspeed!

Anonymous said...

Where do you swim? :) Not afraid of sharks? Safe sailing and Godspeed! Norilsk, Russia, Alexey

Dennis Campbell said...

You are not alone, there are thousands looking over your shoulder. I remember from more than 40 years ago sipping coffe at 3:00 AM alone on the tiller in the middle of Laker Michigan on a Morgan-22 watching the fog creeping across the waves and bow. I had a small crew below, you have many thousands traveling with you.

Take Care.

Dennis Campbell

Dennis Campbell said...

P.S.

Merry Christmas as well!

Dennis

nutralady2001 said...

Gosh Jesse you really are chewing up the nms. Hopefully with us for company and your call to "base camp" you won't feel too lonely. Your blog will probably explode with Christmas greetings on the
25th .Hope it doesn't have a meltdown.

You WILL tell us what's in the pressies wont you? Enquiring minds want to know LOL

fd@, Los Angeles said...

Hi Jesse,
Great to hear from you. Hope the conditions out there will improve to keep you moving.

Our gifts for Christmas is nothing compare to yours. Your gift is EPL and EPL's gift to you is take you home safe. A gift that will live forever. Can't buy this anywhere. Its priceless. And what you are doing is a gift itself to all of us. Thank you!

Merry Christmas to you, your crew and EPL..

Take care always,
fr@ncis

Jaime Lauren Photography said...

Hey there Jesse!

I just started following your blog yesterday (went back and read everything from October onwards...great writing style!) and like so many others, am super impressed by what you're doing.

I've added your blog to mine and plan to spread the word here in British Columbia (where I'm from) and California (where I just moved) about what you're doing and get you a few more cheerleaders in this neck of the woods! If you ever find yourself on the west coast of n. america one day I'd love to meet you!

Your adventuresome spirit and passion for life make my own travels and drive pale in comparison, but oh such an inspiration!!!

"To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield" --Tennyson.

Jan said...

hi jesse,since my last blog, i have come across the january issue of boating nz.

a wonderful insight into how this adventure evolved,fabulous pic of you and ella.

this story is just getting better and better.cheers from canterbury nz.

Richard in Maryland said...

Hi Jess,
Sounds spooky out there! You are near the point of maximum inaccessibility, also known as "Point Nemo". Who ever heard of such a thing?

What an adventure!
All the best!
Richard W

PS I looked back last night on your old blogs and marveled at what you have done in the last year. Just your assisted solo across th Tasman would have been the adventure of a lifetime for many.You were just doing a warm up!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Jessica, your description of the fog gve me pause to think about driving through Germany with heavy fog. A bit disquieting and exciting at the same time. You probably get tired of our saying how brave you are but... This will no doubt be as life changing for you as for thru-hikers along the Appalachia Trail in Eastern United States. Perhaps quite a bit more. In any event, praying for some sunshine for you for Christmas. Amy from North Carolina

Angus. said...

Hi Jesse
Well only a couple of days to Xmas and your right about the Xmas rush, I think everybody has gone troppo.
I envy your peace and tranquility. I suppose you will miss your family over the next week or so.

The last time I rounded the horn it was like a millpond, I hope you get the same, and with just the right amount of breeze.
This is our last working day before Xmas its been a hectic year.
Well take care Jess, sometimes its calms like these you can have accidents, so don't let your guard down.
Fair winds and following seas.
Angus.

Rob Hardie said...

Hi Jesse,

Wow this is certainly diferent weather for you. Your words defintely paint a vivid picture.

I am sure this weather will move on and you will soon be making good progress again.

Enjoy your Christmas lunch planning.

Take care and keep safe.

Rob
Ingleburn, NSW

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

You paint so well so we all can imagine how it looks like out there. Next time I'll see red and green lights I will think of you and Ella's Pink Lady. Do you meet big ships?
The Christmas shopping in Sthlm is in full swing, despite financial problems. I will prepare my oranges with cloves tonight. It gives the house a smell of Christmas.
-14 C this morning, and a lot of snow.
Enjoy your Christmas, sail safe and take care.
Regards,
Ingrid, Tyreso, Sweden

Meredith said...

Hey Jess,
sounds like you are having a great time on the water. I enjoy reading your blog almost every day. I've been following you since you were on Good Morning American a few months ago. Keep going with the amazing updates that you give your readers. Keep your spirits high and have fun!
Meredith
Grandville, MI USA

Anonymous said...

Jess, its a week since i checked your track, I cant believe how far you have come, the horn is not far now. The Syd-Hob starts in a few days and they will be roughly on the same parallel as you, I am certain they will be thinking of you. It's much more peacful in the sth pacific than in the mayhem of christmas shopping, its madness.
Wardy, Sale, Vic, Aus

Anonymous said...

STAY STRONG, JESSE!

You are a very bright young lady accomplishing a long-time dream. You say that you can see 50 meters in the fog...no, please believe me...you can see MUCH further than that!

Thousands of us are so proud of you. Along with those thousands, I thoroughly enjoy starting each morning reading the blog and excitedly anticipating a new video! If its not there in the morning..I check right after noon! There's no rush..."we willingly wait!!"

You're doing so well!!

Merry Christmas!!.. WHAT a WAY to start the New Year!!! I wish you the BEST that it'll offer you!

David Lord, Indianapolis IN, USA

Lisa said...

Ooh... I just discovered your blog and your plight today. I am so happy for you that you get to experience something so amazing. I wonder if the world will seem so different to you when you arrive back to australia.

Pogo said...

You are amazing jess. You may be a bit lonely but you are not missing much on land! And in many ways you are not alone. The world is following you and you are a bright spot. Amongst all the daily fare of bad news, we count on your blog for the good news !! Great job...

-Pogo (Vermont)

Sally said...

Morning Jess

The fog sounds amazing and yes it does let the imagination run wild. Like in the movies and the captain hears a bell tolling in the background and the ghost ship suddenly appears out of the mist... Sorry Jess, got a bit carried away there! It must be an amazing sight, especially with EPL lights shining in the mist.. I love fog and have experienced 'pea souper' fogs in Ireland when I was travelling there. You could almost grab a bunch of it in your hands...

Clear the mind Jess and don't let your imagination run wild (Just like I did!) It's good to hear that you can refocus and push away those homesick feelings and enjoy the moment... This journey will be over before you know it and you will be yearning to be back out there again.

Christmas shopping - well I would rather have the fog, I think. It's chaotic and finding parking near a shopping centre is a nightmare. But all the festivities are great fun. Love hearing the carols being played while you're out & about.

We are going on a harbour cruise for the beginning of the Sydney to Hobart race. We are going to be on the water right in the middle of it all when it starts, so I am looking forward to that experience. I will have to control James from jumping over the side of the cruise and trying to join the crew on a maxi yacht!! He soooo wants to go..

Anyway - off to work. 2nd last working day before a Christmas break. Have a great day Jess & stay safe.

"Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.”
Henri Matisse

Sally In Sydney

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Jess - We are really in awe of what you are doing. I have 2 teenage daughters and you are an inspiration to them to capture their dreams. Can't wait to see you put the Horn behind you. Definitely better than the Christams hype but the true Christmas spirit is with you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica, I've been reading your blog every day since you left and admire your skill and courage. I just want to wish you a safe and happy Christmas out there in the middle of the ocean. I'm sure you have some surprise goodies that will mysteriously turn up on Christmas Day. Don't let down your guard and keep safe.
Hugs, Val

Anonymous said...

Dear Jessica,
I am Sophie. I'm 8 years old and I live in Scotland even though I come from Australia and also New Zealand.
Have fun sailing around the world!
hope you see interesting stuff - Mabe the Loch Ness Monster.
are you nervous? - It's pretty amazing that you 're sailing around the world and mum said that you are only 8 years older than me- mum doesn't let me get out of the garden by myself yet!

Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
From Sophie mcCoy

Anonymous said...

Hi 'Skipper' Jesse,
Winter Solstice yesterday and the years longest night last night. May your days become sunny and your nights warm, take care and enjoy the calm.

Pitt
s.v Kharma Seas

Suzannah said...

Yes I am totally with Charles Dodgson - the xmas thing has totally lost what it is meant to be with people running around shopping. You are in this space connected to nature. I would rather be where you are!!!

Gillian said...

Just wander around calling out "Hellooooo" in to the fog and see if anyone answers.

Re homesick
you need a good laugh and lots more silly emails to and from your friends.

Treat yourself to 10 mins on the internet to find something silly to send to you friends. Links to funny products or silly quotes.

I found a site with little "it made my day" stories...you might get a giggle out of some of those:

http://itmademyday.com/

I saw the trailor for Alice in Wonderland the other day, that's pretty cool. Google that?

Sue Canavan SSA said...

Hey Jessie

Wishing you a Merry Christmas albeit an unusual one for you this year. The folks back in the UK are having a very white Christmas with plenty of snow all around.
Looking forward to a bit of a break myself.
Love & Luck
From All of us at Sunshine Sailing Australia.
Sue, John & James

Bob B said...

Being heavy thick fog can be alittle different. I was lost in the fog years ago in a little 14 ft runabout. Nothing on board but the desire to find shore. As you can see I made it since I'm here writting to you. Hope your wind comes back soon and you have good sailing. Grandpa Bob in Tucson

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess
The Horn eh!
Any sailors fantasy, and you are doing it. fog sure can be eerie.
Smoothe sea and fair winds. Good luck.
Craig F

AMZ said...

hi Jesse... it's good to hear you have the right attitude with your homesickness sweet heart.. stay positive - well i know you will.. it actually sounds really beautiful out there.. crank those Christmas tunes and eat some chocolate :)

Scotty said...

Ive loosely followed the stories of Mike and Zach and their record breaking circumnavigations, though I must admit yours is truly an inspiration. I bought my first sailboat pretty much out of the blue 2 years ago. It has forever changed my life, my perspective, and my dreams. I'm sitting here at the airport in Portland Oregon awaiting a flight to the deserts of southern Arizona, and I just now stumbled across your web page. Simply amazing is all I can think! The descriptive detail that you write with makes me feel as if I'm on the boat with you. I can almost taste the fog! At one point I even teared up after realizing how brave, adventurous, and strong you must be to even have thought of attempting this trip.
I'm overwhelmed with the drive of the human spirit and wanted to thank you for bringing such joy and hope to so many people. I'm going to check your blog everyday and send you positive energy all along the way. You are truly living the dream and I wish you nothing but safe travels and wind filled sails. Keep your head up and know that when you look up to the stars, we are looking at them with you...

Anonymous said...

Eeerie ? Not at all...
except...
you hear footsteps...
in the fog...
in a distance...
coming closer...
becoming louder...
somebody stepping on bord...
KNOCKING ON THE CABIN DOOR....

S A N T A !
[trying to avoid total chaos and visiting some timeless people like Jessica first]

Anonymous said...

Wow, you're that far down ?
Are you aware, that you have entered the Edge Zone ? Any further and you fall off the Earth...

Dusty from Dubbo said...

Dear Jesse
Hi and good morning..well we have a fog in Dubbo too this morning after a very heavy storm late yesterday afternoon...however unlike yours it will burn off pretty quickly..you lucky thing no Christmas shopping, no crowds and no having to wonder what people might like!!!!
Your Christmas will be wonderful and one you will remember for the rest of your life...just think you and the sea and your "Lady" heading south on your once in a lifetime adventure.

More later have to rush I,m being hasselled by the kids to get a barbie going for breakfast

Sea ya

Dusty from Dubbo

Andrew said...

yes its hot but no where near as much fun as your "movie set". Rush rush rush, enjoy your christmas preparations, am so looking forward to hearing how your christmas day goes. Its bound to make you think about family but its one day closer to seeing them too.

Safe sailing Jess
Andrew
Portsea

Meechree said...

Aw, don't get too sad!
-Dimitri, USA

maxine maroochydore said...

Goodmorning Jesse, Keep those carols going and just imagine you are back on the Sunny Coast in all this madness, God speed Jess thinking of you always. Maxine and Colin Maroochydore

Lut said...

scary ... but what an experience !

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess, the weather always affects my mood, so don't doubt your state of mind, it seems normal to me that you would feel down during the weather you are experiencing. Just remember when the weather comes good you will be fine again. You are not missing anything with Christmas, a whole heap of stressed out people.

June and Richard Thorn said...

Hi Jesse,

Take it easy in that fog. It's not too hard to get lost and I don't mean in the physical sense. The fog can make your mind wander off and it can become somewhat surreal.

You missed out on am amazing storm here is south east Queensland last night. Put it this way, I hope that you don't catch a similar one out where you are. Not too much damage thankfully and a lot of rain.

Keep putting up the Christmas decorations and singing those Christmas carols.

We're thinking of you out there brave girl.

Stay safe and strong.

June and Richard Thorn

Carlamia said...

Keep your chin up Jesse, that bit of homesickness will disappear with that fog! Admiring everything you have achieved so far and am in awe.
Stay safe, have a wonderful Christmas Day and know that many, many people are thinking of you and your amazing adventure!
Mia

Anonymous said...

Christmas Shopping ? DID I READ C H R I S T M A S S H O P P I N G...
Young Lady, I am a survivor of the Great Depression of the 1930s, I walked the Kokoda trail, managed to take part in Korea, supported Menzies about Vietnam.
But,what for ? We did all this to save the Australia as we know and treasure. Participating in this year's Christmas Shopping IS HELL. What is wrong with this society our generation gave so much for. What has happened to civilisation as we know it ? In 1788 convicts were sent here to save England from overcrowding jails. Technically, their fault. If some of the toffeenoses had shown more charity and compassion, most of those poor buggers wouldn't have turned to crime.
But our society is far better of these days and people are still not happy. Throwing mangoes in bins, when they are a little bit on the nose. We would have loved to have them in 1931 and I guess Jess has learned to appreciate any fresh fruit by now as well.
And the arguing that is happening about some technical details on those fandangled shmanzy new TVs ?
I've had it. Yes, Jess, you have got the best spot out there. Silent night, just like when the saviour was born. Christmas is time for reflection not consumptional satisfaction.

Peter Johns said...

Jesse, now that things are quiet, how about sharing your experience up the mast. You really skipped over that, which I thought was the most significant and dangerous task you have done to date. How about telling us what you actually did, how you felt, how scared were you ( were you shaking?), and how relieved you were to get down safely ( or was that just your Mum?)

Helen said...

A twinge of homesickness now and again is allowed ;-) I bet it does feel eerie but yes, no point letting your imagination create strange things!

Do tell us what you're having for Christmas dinner please! Having finished mine today I'm rather jealous of the tranquility you must have there - the majority of the human species appears to have gone mad!

Take care Jess
- Helen (UK)

Anonymous said...

Dear Jessica,
I am a boy, my name is Benedikt. I am 7 years old. I am from Germany . I wish you a merri Christmas. Try to beat the world record!

SaltyDog said...

To Michael-hezakiah299

Thank you for complimenting my comment yesterday. You're a gentleman. I always enjoy reading what you have to say. Keep it coming.

From Seattle, WA, USA
SaltyDog

Anonymous said...

Jessica,

Yesterday here in South West Queensland we experienced wild storms with sizzling lightning, loud thunder and driving wind and rain.

After the storms had moved on, at sunset the cloud formations looked like rippling water and were lit with beautiful colours.

Thank you for sharing your journey with us through your wonderful blog. Your joy lifts our spirit!

Best wishes for a safe, happy and memorable Christmas aboard Ella's Pink Lady.

ROMAGIRL

Anonymous said...

Are you not supposed to sound some horn or whistle at regular intervals?
Not that anybody would be able to hear it but if I had the chance to sound a big horn without feeling bad about disturbing other people then I'd probably sound it very thoroughly. ;)
In the USA, there's a few dudes who mount REALLY big ship horns on their trucks and sound them in the mountains, just to hear the echo. You can watch that on youtube, strange things happen on this planet, don't you think?

Solo09 said...

Jess

Youre doing fine ...keep going and
stay safe. Merry XMas

Cheers
Solo

Erica, Brisbane said...

Hello Jessica, I imagine it to be a bit scary with all that whiteout, but one thing's certain, you'll come out of it sooner or later. Better there than here in Brisbane with our heat and people rushing everywhere, and our monster downpour yesterday afternoon. And don't get homesick because you'll have many more Christmases at home, and they'll be made more special by the memory of your 2009 Christmas. One of my daughters lives in London and it is freezing there, with snow outside her door. She loves sailing so I'll tell her to read your blogs. She won't be home this Christmas either. Cheers, till next time. Erica, Brisbane

emgb1 said...

Hi Jesse,
That's a beautiful description of your conditions you are giving us all to read here. Thank you for that.
It sounds eerie enough, yes.
I'm not sure I would feel 100% confident in such a thick fog. Well, I'll give you that: You are braver than I am, for sure.

Stay safe and enjoy to the full.

emgb1 from South Wales, UK,(GMT+0)

Canamaya said...

Bad bet for the Bookies White Xmas. "White out" or "White Caps"
you win either way! Happy Xmas to a truly worthy Xmas Number one.
Have a truly memorable day and God bless. You are a great inspiration to so many people around the world and wonderful example of this far away Island! (Sorry Americans and Simon Cowell!)
John

hezakiah299 said...

12-22-09 @ 16:37
Hi Jessica,
Got your latest post and really enjoyed it. I’m happy to see that you haven’t lost your ability for a good descriptive blog. I almost felt like I was there, sounds pretty interesting.
Glad to hear you’re fixing a nice dinner for your Christmas celebration. I’ve pretty much got mine figured out and it’s real simple. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, mixed veggies and topped with a piece of pumpkin pie, a la mode. I almost got full just typing that.
That description of the mist and fog, and the red & green lights reflecting off the fog, was just like you said, it sounds like something out of a movie. You made me think of old Sherlock Holmes movies or Boris Karloff movies. All before your time, young lady, but they were “spooooky“. Pirates and villains, all slinking and creeping around in a fog covered wharf. The only thing missing in all this is the mournful sound of a fog horn.
It might seem a little spooky out there, but not to worry, Super Bird “Silly” shall arrive and save the day. LOL……

You know Jessica, these are some emotional times you’re going through, and the grip it can get on your stomach is intense, so if it gets to bad just let it all out, have a good howl and release that feeling. Then when it’s all over you’ll sit back and have a good laugh and realize, it wasn’t all that bad.
It’s happened to me a couple of times,(honestly) and I always wound up laughing when it was all over, and feeling much better.
You’re a strong girl Jessica, and these slow times will pick up and you won’t have time to think of “what’s my name”. You’ll be busy thinking about what your next three (3) moves ahead of you will be.

Always proud of you and always thinking of you.
May God be with you and watch over you and may the angels keep your sails full, and I will keep you in my prayers.
Michael (74) from Kingwood, WV

capndeb said...

Know that all our thoughts and best wishes are with you for the Holiday, and beyond!

magpie said...

"great big grey moist blanket draped over the world"

Hi Jessica,
You've just summed up the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference beautifully.

Meanwhile, ♣Richie in paris is obviously bunkerinkg down in his snowy region to pen an epic Tome of your adventure, lol.

We bloggers are empathising with you easily, ☺☺☺

John Webb said...

HI Jessica, Yes Xmas is upon us and the crowds are filling up the streets and the shopping centres to the point that one cannot move around easily.
I think there are many of us who would change places with you.. I know I would..!!lol

It is a bit stressful being enveloped in fog, over the years I have been sailing it has only happened twice, but you never forget the closeness and wonder if there are any other vessels heading your way, it almost seems that your ears get bigger trying to hear any sounds of an approaching ship.
Keep up the good work Jess you are doing so well, and remember it wont be long and this adventure will be just a distant memory so live every minute of it.
I wish you a safe and happy xmas and my family and I send our love to you and look forward to more news of your progress.
best wishes
John Webb
SV Playground
Brisbane Australia

Lake Effect said...

"Even nav lights blink a bright red and green" - I think that's from a Christmas song!!

Fog is my all-time favorite weather condition, and here in northern Ohio USA we only get it a couple of mornings @ year. Please send a little of it my way!

There are many of us who would love to be out there with you...oh wait! We ARE!!

-Don Jones - Ohio USA

Vijay T said...

Hi Jess
Always remember that The Lord is always with you as well as the whole Nation. You are not ever alone. Your strength and determination will get you through my very brave and courageous friend. Safe travelling and stay safe

love

Vijay

Scott said...

Good thing you've got the radar and reflector - nothing to worry about. I love fog. It's so quiet and peaceful.

Scott, Denver, Colorado, USA

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,
Am still enjoying reading your blog daily, and my office hears about what your up to daily!
Just wanted to wish you a very Happy Christmas and am sure you will be in peoples thoughts worldwide! Take Care and have a great christmas day.
Antonio- Sydney

sails said...

Today's Inspirational Quote:

"We should be careful to get out of an experience only the
wisdom that is in it -- and stop there; lest we be like the
cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down
on a hot stove lid again -- and that is well; but also she
will never sit down on a cold one anymore."

-- Mark Twain

Jack, Darwin said...

Great imagery - it really evokes a clear picture of your solitary little world on the water. When you're feeling lonely, remember that the thoughts and best wishes of many people are travelling with you.

Rex said...

Hi Jesse,
We are having rain, drizzle and fog here in St. John's, Newfoundland today as well, and plus +3C; also lots of easterly wind. Hope you have gotten through your foggy zone now and are into sunshine and some light westerlies.

It won't be long now, and you'll be around the Horn.

best wishes,
Rex Gibbons
Newfoundland, Canada
www.rexgibbons.com

Anonymous said...

Wow Jess, you've given me the heebie jeebies with your fog story. I envy you not so much for being out there, but for not being scared while out there.
Merry Christmas Jess, stay safe,
Kathy, Australia

Anonymous said...

i think u are very brave lady
keep cool i am sure i am not the only person following your progress

Anonymous said...

Hey! Pop in a good movie and forget about the fog outside. Hope tomorrow is a better day for ya weather wise. I'm in complete amazement of what you have accomplished thus far! Keep up the great attitude that you have. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

C.J. in South Carolina

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse
Merry Christmas To you your support team and the extended blog family.

Fog has a tendency to raise the hairs on ones neck and we start imaging all sorts of boogy men coming out of the fog.You certainly are having some strange weather for the roaring 40's.
Cuddle up with the crew and you will be fine.
Love and hugs
Evie from Bendigo

Anonymous said...

hai jess,

you are missing nothing on land.
i am sure, you are a part of every christmas celebration out here as anyone who has heard about you will surely be thinking about you on christmas day.

proof enough is that, here is crazy me at 4.30 am reading your blog and sending you out a mail.

merry christmas child.

love
Sundars

Da Hartley Zoo said...

Jess we envy you in your quiet place - no endless traffic noise, no crazy artificial people wearing so called festive adornments, no monotonous Christmas music everywhere, no infuriating queues to contend with for the most simplest purchase and evrything either on a "special" or too expensive! Eniyoy it while you can, wanna swop places - I'll start swimming now!!

MadVet said...

What's that movie about the fog? Whatever it is - don't watch it! No need to freak yourself out. Have fun out there and hope you get to catch up with the family over Christmas.

Merry Christmas
Michelle, Noosa

Anonymous said...

Just got this in my inbox from the 'Daily Om' and thought of you :)
This is the spiritual aspect of

Fog
Coming out of a Haze

When we feel muddled and unfocused, unsure of which way to turn, we say we are in a fog. Similar to when we are in a fog in nature, we may feel like we can’t see where we’re going or where we’ve come from, and we’re afraid if we move too quickly we might run into something hidden in the mists that seem to surround us. Being in a fog necessarily slows us down by limiting our visibility. The best choice may be to pull over and wait for the murkiness to clear. If we move at all, we must go slowly, feeling our way and keeping our eyes open for shapes emerging from the haze, perhaps relying on the taillights of someone in front of us as we make our way along the road.

By and large, most of us prefer to be able to see where we are going and move steadfastly in that direction, but there are gifts that come from being in a fog. Sometimes it takes an obstacle like fog to get us to stop and be still in the moment, doing nothing. In this moment of involuntary inactivity, we may look within and find that the source of our fogginess is inside us; it could be some emotional issue that needs tending before we can safely go full steam ahead. Being in a fog reminds us that when we cannot see outside ourselves, we can always make progress by looking within. Then again, the fog may simply be teaching us important lessons about how to continue moving forward with extreme caution, harnessing our attention, watching closely for new information, and being ready to stop on a dime.

We cannot predict when a fog will come, nor can we know for certain when it will lift, but we can center ourselves in the haze and wait for guidance. We may find it inside ourselves or in a pair of barely visible taillights just ahead. Whether we follow the lights out of the fog, wait for a gentle breeze to lift it, or allow the sun to burn it away, we can rest certain that one way or another, we will move forward with clarity once again.

Anonymous said...

Hello Jessica,
We have a great big moist blanket over the Pioneer Valley after another deluge last night. The rainy season is beginning and nature breathes a sigh of relief.
That quiet you describe reminds me of snow. Snow just as your fog swallows all sound as well.
Great that you keep your thoughts positive. You still have your instruments to warn you, if any other vessel is near, so as far as safety is concerned there isn't a problem, is there.
As for the feelings of eeriness, I can empathize with you, but this too shall pass, so while it is happening, I applaud you, you are going to live it and enjoy it.
Thank goodness you can talk to your family, that at least helps to lessen homesickness.
I know all about homesickness............
When I think of Ellas navigational lights at the top, a picture came to mind.....
Ella is a Christmas tree!
She is your home, ypur refuge, your safety, your source of food, your comfort AND
your beautiful Christmas tree!
Ahhhh!
For the first time in my life, I have finished all Christmas preparations 3 days before Christmas!
This is bliss!
Wind, pick up for Jessica, so she can get some rest, not having to adjust Parker every five minutes!
That in itself is glorious, that in spite of light wind, fog and being busy adjusting the wind vane preparing meals, getting the cabin ready for Christmas, you are making
PROGRESS.
You are a champ Jessica, never forget it!
A very merry Christmas to you, your family, your land based support team and your crew,
keep up the good work, know that 10's of 1000s all over the globe are thinking of you wishing you well,
keep well, happy and above all keep safe,
Trudy, Austria Mackay
I will keep on writing over the holidays!

Anonymous said...

And merry Christmas to all the blog family,
I have read and love all of your comments, thank you!
Trudy,Austria,Mackay

mimo said...

you should take up writing novels, you describe it all so perfectly I feel like I'm out on the ocean.
Anyway, you'll probably be busy over Xmas and I'm sure you will get many more posts so I'll say merry Xmas now from myself and my family. Hope it isn't to lonely for you on Xmas day.
Oh, and enjoy the cool conditions coz in Adelaide it's going to be 42 today.

Stay safe

Mick

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,
yes Christmas is nearly upon us. as we know it is about peace, happiness and harmony..and although you wont be in physical contact with family and friends you will be speaking with them no doubt...and you my dear..will be the one experiencing those three treasured gifts...at peace with yourself...happiness with what you are doing and in harmony with your surroundings.What a perfet place to be! SO enjoy every treasured moment..as i know you are..and your homesickness is all part of your journey..your strength...your honesty.

Love the foggy descriptions

You take good care of yourself and EPL

Liz :-)

Aunty Chris said...

Hey Jesse

Rummage in your food bag and see what Mum has put in there for you for Christmas - that should cheer you up. Maybe there is some Chrissy Pud or some lovely dehydrated turkey.....and rattle a few pressies. Enjoy your fog, must be very strange in your quiet, close world ATM.

Love Aunty Chris (adopted Aunties are more fun then Mums, Dads & Grandparents.)

Michael said...

Jessica, I wish you a most Merry Christmas. Don't let your Isolation bring you down. Many of your friends around the Earth are with you each and every moment. Peace...

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