Monday, December 21, 2009

Grey and Misty

I've just come inside from sitting out in the wind, with a cup of hot chocolate and watching the light fade. No sunset as I've got heavy cloud and poor visibility, but the light misty rain and big rolly grey swell is just as lovely as any sunset.

I've been seeing quite a few birds around and I love watching them fly low over the waves and around Ella's Pink Lady. I'm pretty annoyed with myself for not bringing a bird book, but I think I'm mostly seeing big petrels and I spotted my first albatross for the trip this morning.

It's been a pretty uneventful day, just giving the cabin a tidy up. I also put up a few more Christmas decorations in the cabin. We've been keeping up a nice speed but the motion has been a little rolly, as downwind sailing isn't Pink Lady's strong point. I'm just going to have to get use to rolly though, as a pretty big percentage of the voyage from here on is likely to be downwind - fast downwind sailing!

My best guess is 20 days to Cape Horn and just 4 more sleeps to Christmas!


PS. Don't worry, it's not as cold as it looks in the picture (see below). I'm wearing the hat mostly because it saves having to brush my hair!
Pic: Me and my woolen hat preparing for the colder weather!


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Rosemary,Kingaroy said...

Oh my Jesse! What a different picture - all rugged up.Won't be so easy to nip around Pink Lady's deck I should imagine. Do you have one long cord to keep clipped on? Or how is that safety aspect organised? I guess it's another silly question like how I asked you how do you climb the mast, but for those of us who've never sailed it's interesting.
All the very very very best for the next leg.Your electrical exploits made the Brisbane Courier Mail today.I probably won't comment again before Friday, so a Very Happy and Safe Christmas to you.Have you got some tinsel on deck?

Marian said...

Your cabin must be looking pretty cool with the Christmas Decorations :) Merry Christmas Chick and I'm enjoying reading all your blogs.
Marian -New Zealand

Chris and Gina said...

Well done Jess, sounds like you're in good spirits for the trip to 'the horn'. We'll be thinking, and probably talking, about you on Christmas day. We'll have a drink for you :-)

The hat looks great.

Chris and Gina.......

Anonymous said...

Hello Jesse, it is midnight here in Calgary and we have had snow most of the day, not heavy, but enough to make it look like Christmas. Your wool hat does resemble a toque and it is the smartest hat to wear in the colder weather.Here you would have to pull it over your ears otherwise the ears would freeze.
I downloaded the Wiggles for my great grandchildren. The Wiggles are very popular here in Canada.

You are on the same day as us, so Christmas will be on Friday and it will be already Saturday in Australia.

Keep warm and safe for the roaring 40's.

Did you find out what caused the fuse to blow on your metering circuit?
Best wishes as always. Russ/Calgary

Anonymous said...

YOU ROCK JESS! You look really happy!

Anonymous said...

It looks like your going to the antarctic peninusla. Looks cold in the area your in but if you go further so you will be able to sea the southern lights/ aurora but it will be dangerous to go there so Im not sure anyway have fun with your sailing and keep up the good work!
Trevor from sunshine coast yandina

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blogs, they are so interesting. No bird book you silly billy ;)

I love birds watching all the birds out at sea must be so cool.

Keep safe girl and Happy Christmas Chick!!

Maz- New Zealand

Anonymous said...

Good to see ya, Jess!
I was greeted by the headline 'solo around the world teenage sailor gone missing'... I am sure you heard my sharp intake of breath all the way.
Turns out it wasn't you...phew.
Media is so pathetic sometimes...

So you got the Chrissy Tree up?

Keep well, mate

Warren Rice said...

All of your blog readers from right around the world will be especially thinking of you up until Friday when we all hope you both have the best Christmas Day you can have.

Stay safe.

Warren (Armidale, NSW)

Anonymous said...

Hell0 Jessica,

was just reading the latest c0mments and here is a l0vely sign 0f life fr0m y0u.
Y0u're l00king g00d!
That big smile beams, all is well!
S0 y0u are d0ing a dry run with y0ur gear f0r the c0lder weather!
The hat suits y0u in any case!
If y0u are w0ndering ab0ut the funny 0s, my c0mputer w0n't write the 0 any m0re s0 I am using the zer0 instead.
I h0pe this can be fixed easily!
Any expertise in c0mputer fixing???????????
The H0rn is rapidly c0ming cl0ser!
Ah, y0u can l00k the birds up, when y0u get h0me!
Great that y0u saw an albatr0ss.
Enj0y the preparati0ns and anticipati0n f0r Christmas.
It is very h0t here in the Pi0neer Valley and last night we had a very g00d thunderst0rm with nearly 3 cm 0f much needed rain!
The earth and plants are breathing a sigh f relief!

Speed al0ng, keep well, happy and ab0ve all safe,
Trudy, Austria, Mackay

WhoTheHeck said...

Great photo jessica!!! Hope you have a great Xmas!!

david phillips said...

Well done Jess safe sailing, your doing Australia proud

Bruce de Mich said...

God! You look terrific, Jessica! Glad to hear from you again. I am up late doing prep for Christmas here...., "...four more sleeps until..", then eh? That is scarier to me that 20 more days to The Cape!

When people here bundle up like that we think it is sledding weather but I guess a fast sail boat will do as well.

BTW, I assume you have access to the Internet there so do a Google for the bird book when you have time! There are many sources of bird identities on the Web.

Hey, continued great journey young lady... there are two of you on this journey after all. May Santa bring you more fair winds and pleasant seas! Merry Christmas from the heart of Michigan, USA!

Bruce de Mich

Anonymous said...

Gee Jess, I was beginning to worry! Maybe on the days you can't post one of the team back at home can give us an update eh!
You say it's not that cold, you've given us a reason for the hat, what about the scarf & coat haha!
Stay safe Jess, you're amazing!
Kathy, Qld

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,

Haven't commented for a few days as I was enjoying the sea and beach myself but sounds like you're doing great!

Great you were able to fix the battery monitor - I'm sure I would have zapped myself if I had tried.

And great pics! Especially the sunset ones. Keep them coming!

Hope you're getting enough rest and staying warm.


Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

How nice to find you in my computer first thing in the morning. You look great and happy.
When the birds come your way, it must feel like you got visitors.
To see the albatross over the ocean, must have been a great sight.
I'm often late with my Christmas decorations. Will start tomorrow.
In my tree I have a flag from each country I have friends in. One from Aussie will be there.
Sail on safe. Merry Christmas or God Jul as we say.
Ingrid, Tyreso, Sweden

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Jessica
Nice photo
Merry Christmas to you and your crew.
Luv u
Richard (QLD)

David and Una said...

Hi Jess,

Great to be early on your blog. You inspire us every day we look at your blog. I hope to have my deck finished before you return as we want to be sitting out there watching TV as you come through the heads. I am a bit slow so don't go too fast. You are going great guns with a few million people on board with you.

Stay safe! God speed!

Dave and Una Beaudesert Qld

Philbee - said...

OMG! Looks like I'm finally going to be Comeent No.1 today!!
Just wanna say: "You GO, girl!" Have you seen any whales? Any plastics pollution out there?
Keep us posted!

Anonymous said...

Hello Jesse, just thought I would check for an up-date before turning off for the day. There you were, great! thank you.

Out there the birds will be a little comfort for you I imagine. Would be good to have a book though. I am sure someone will advise if you see something you cannot identify. This year my husband and I are going to have Christmas dinner with friends. Cooked for us, what a luxury. We will catch up with family in the New Year. I will miss them but with Skype and family all over the place we will be in touch. As I imagine you will be to. Will be thinking of you and will have a toast to you and EPL. Oh! and the crew.

Lynne (Picton, NZ)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica, I'm enjoying following your trip. I was wondering if you noticed any changes to the way you feel especially as you leave us all behind? I guess you have a lot of contact but do you have a growing sense of 'aloneness' and self-reliance? Or should I wait for the book? :)

Ron garvey said...

Hi Jesse
i am the first to comment on your blog
Look forward to seeing you round Cape horn and head home.
Have a blessed Christmas. I suppose that your Christmas presents are already onboard as it is probably quite difficult to land a sleigh on a rolling boat :)

Leonard said...

You're an inspiration Jessica! I hope you share some pics of your decorated cabin with us so we can be part of your nautical Christmas. God bless and keep you,

Tim09 said...

Hi Jess,
Thanks for the pics. It is so good to see that broad smile on your face, you look like your having a great time.
Rosie was asking if you have trouble sleeping when the EPL keeps rolling?
Ok Stay safe
hope ton read more from you soon.
Tim and Rosie

Ali said...

HI Jesse, you look gorgeous and very happy, i love that scarf and have one very similar. Keep warm!
happy safe sailing!
Ali (Victor Harbor SA)

ToSeeTheSea said...

What a difference a 43 dgrees af lattitude makes.

The roaring forties are about to give you a new perspective to contemplate.

Perhaps you'll see something like this

As each day of your adventure goes by, I feel the urge to get back to sea increasing.

You continue to inspire. Well done.

jwb777 said...

I look with anticipation for your posts --you say so much and paint such vivid word-pictures even though your posts are brief. Could almost feel the misty rain and the hot chocolate going down! You are a treasure! We love you!

Hugs and prayers,

Janell in Oklahoma, USA

StuntTrader said...

You beaut Jesse, you make those 3 TV "Top Dogs" adventurers look like amateurs, keep rollin' on..

Jess said...

Wow. Looks like your having the time of a lifetime out there and enjoying yourself :) Hope you have a good Christmas and good speed as you near the Horn.

GrandmaSue said...

Had a chuckle at your comment about wishing you'd packed a bird identification book! Never mind, can't think of everything can you. I sometimes get accused of packing everything but the kitchen sink .... hmmm, at least you've got that ;-)

Cute hair taming hat btw.

Happy sailing and, as always, thanks for the pic.

Fiona said...

Hi Jessica
My first message (I hope you're not getting sick of them!) but I have been following your blog from the start. I'm 43 (yes ancient!) and find your drive, dedication, passion and enthusiasm an inspiration. You are a wonderful example to young women and I hope you inspire some of them to reach for their dreams. I look forward to following you on the rest of your journey. I found this quote from Mark Twain for you - “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
All the best Fiona

mimo said...

Looks bloody cold and rough. Please, please stay safe.


Clint Jeffrey - VK3CSJ said...

Hey Jesse,
Been dying for your next blog, it does look cold with you all rugged up, I've been keeping an eye on wave height in your area and there was a spot that had upto 40 foot waves happening soooo I wasn't really sure if you were dealing with the sea or what...still we can see that your just loving it...if your happy then we're happy!

So glad you've seen your first Alb'o grest stuff, see if you can get a couple of pic's of the birds your not sure about, or better still just use google to look for types of sea birds....

Counting down to Cape Horn, we went out and bought some Pink Champane in celbration for you round the Cape!!!

I'm about to finish up at work for a 3 week break...can't wait.

Sorry for my ingnorance I assume "downwind" sort of means fighting against a bit of a headwind, seems strange when it looks like the wind should be behind you from what the chart is indicating, I dunno...

Anyway...gotta go...see ya Jess

Your looken real seeing you smile too!

Clint - Melbourne Town

P.S. Richie Paris....good on ya mate!

Anonymous said...

Hello Jesse,
What a truely descriptive picture you just painted. I could picture every part of it and I agree it would be just as beautiful as any sunset. Wow and an Albatross as a final touch! What a beautiful way to spend your day.
Thanks for the great photo you look very well, life at sea is definately agreeing with you and only 4 sleeps 'till Christmas!
I hope you and your trusty onboard crew (Big Ted, Chick with Attitude and mates) and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a big Merry Christmas to your support crew and our hardworking blogmaster.
Bring on Cape Horn Jesse, you are more than ready for it! :)

Bluefin, Buderim, Queensland.

Glen B said...

now we see the glamour shots 20 days wow getting there quick your going for speed record too? all the way with capt jess Glen B

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica, from us here in cold Germany best regards and a powerful "keep your head up" to you. First thing every mornig is reading your blog. Thanks for that. Keep going and enjoy the trip, besides the quiet days around x-mas you will keep your fun on sailing. Hartmut

samurai said...

Hey there Jess, I hope you're well.
Lucky me as you seem to post an update at around the same time I arrive home from work when I'm on a morning shift.
You look a picture of health in your latest photo...great to see a big smile on your face. You look so pleased with yourself, almost like the cat that swallowed a canary that I'm wondering if it's not because you couldn't resist opening one of your chrissy pressies. I hope you're not wearing that cap on account of that recent tongue in cheek comment about your hair :-)) The haircut tip was hillarious too but, as if...
I'm happy to hear you've spotted your first albatross. They're such beautiful birds, arent' they?
I remember my first encounter with them while I was on watch, sailing through Bass (Bash) Strait during an extended period of extremely horrendous weather. I was so exhausted and sleep deprived and I'm sure it was the albatross that helped me keep going. I actually imagined that they spoke to me in an effort to help me stay awake. Seals and dolphins too, they all seemed to take turns in watching over me. To this day I still dream about them. Pretty neat, huh?
I hope parker and Ella's Pink Lady don't get on each others nerves too much during your fast downwind sailing. Take good care of yourself, stay warm an well hydrated, ok? Love...Sam

Andrew said...

thats better u got ur smile on in this photo! lol
i would have to say that cool is better then getting sunburn!!!!
fair winds and following seas
ANDY :):):):)

samurai said...

Hey there Jess, I hope you're well.
Lucky me as you seem to post an update at around the same time I arrive home from work.
You look a picture of health in your latest photo...great to see a big smile on your face. You look so pleased with yourself, almost like the cat that swallowed a canary that I'm wondering if it's not because you couldn't resist opening one of your chrissy pressies. I hope you're not wearing that cap on account of that recent tongue in cheek comment about your hair :-)) the haircut tip was hillarious too but, as if...
I'm happy to hear you've spotted your first albatross. They're such beautiful birds, arent' they?
I remember my first encounter with them while I was on watch, sailing through Bass (Bash) Strait during an extended period of extremely horrendous weather. I was so exhausted and sleep deprived and I'm sure it was the albatross that helped me keep going. I actually imagined that they spoke to me in an effort to help me stay awake. Seals and dolphins too, they all seemed to take turns in watching over me. To this day I still dream about them. Pretty neat, huh?
I hope parker and Ella's Pink Lady don't get on each others nerves too much during your fast downwind sailing. Take good care of yourself, stay warm an well hydrated, ok? Love...Sam

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,
I don't think they take any deductions for not doing your hair, so all's good.

I've actually been reading up on sailing. I'm amazed at you because it seems so complicated.

Could you take a photo of you being attached to EPL? Haven't seen it in the photos so far. I'd feel better when the waves get bigger.

You look very happy there. Anticipation looks good on you. If we could all be so happy...

Merry Christmas. Take care and enjoy,
L.G., Seattle,WA

Anonymous said...

Pleased to hear that birds are coming to say hello!!

You are going well Jessica!

Just eat a few extra beans to give yourself extra body reserves for Cape Horn.


Anonymous said...

We follow your blog every day from Green Bay, Wisconsin. Not sure if you follow American football, but the Green Bay Packers are our claim to fame. We are enjoying the ride with you! Take care and Merry Christmas!

Bruce said...

great to get your report and the photo!
WOW what progress!
I am dedicated to your Blog
thx for the updates
fair winds and good speed
Bruce (Brugs to my friends)

Anonymous said...

We follow your blog every day from Green Bay, Wisconsin. Not sure if you follow American football, but the Green Bay Packers are our claim to fame. We are enjoying the ride with you! Take care and Merry Christmas!

nutralady2001 said...

You look happy Jesse! What a great smile!
Nice you can put up a few deccies...... 4 more sleeps and you can open the pressies! Seems like only yesterday you left Sydney now you are 20 days from the cape ! xxxx

Pisces Gal from Melbourne said...

Great update Jessica - have been looking every hour as it's part of the old daily routine now - you look well - take care. Judi

Mick said...

Simply amazing. Keep up the great work and have a great Xmas.

Kerri said...

You are adorable! You look like you are all dressed up to go carroling! You sound in good spirits and glad to hear you are still making good head way, but hope the sun pops out soon on the Sunshine Coast girl. Hope you'll post some pictures of EPL ready for Santa. In case I don't get to post again before Christmas, have a very merry, merry Christmas and I hope your granny and ma packed some fun things ( a bird book, maybe!).We will toast you around the table. And as to you rolling along; ** merrily you roll along, roll along, merrily you roll along all day long**!

Merry Christmas and happy sailing from California!


Anonymous said...

you look great Jess....thinking of you as Christmas is upon us and we will salute you with champas on christmas day.!! Your blog is amazing and I keep wanting you to befriend another bird!
take care and GOd speed.....u will see Rudolph soon
Sue (Buderim)

Anonymous said...

hai jess

do birds mean you are closer to land?

keep up the great work



Anonymous said...

Absolutely fantastic, you are living our dream, just in case we don't hear from you before this Friday "Merry Christmas" Jess, you are a real inspiration to all. Have you tried the lure lately?
Wow only 20 days or so till you get to the Horne, EPL and you are really flying.
Be safe and Gods speed.
Annie & Cam "H"

Anonymous said...

Wishing you warm and well and a very happy Christmas for next Friday

- Caryn

Anonymous said...

G'day Jesse....

Nice blog. You've really relaxed into it all, eh !!

And 'seabirds'..... that means "fish" !!!... Y've got your lure trailing, I hope.

The downwind rocking horse will be the go for quite a while, you say. hey, you can handle it _easily_. ~~"JW" can best pretty well _anything_ that's dished out as a bit of a challenge... No doubt about it.

Only 20 days to the Big Left Turn. Wow. So many of the serried rankers are hanging out for this. I hope you get some time for piccies.

... Oh... and while on pics... y'at looks good on y' !!! :))))

With only a few sleeps 'til chrissy, you might just ponder on the fact that _No One_ on planet earth will be in so many hearts and minds over Chrissy than you !!!..... heavy thought, eh !!

OK... yet again , time to get outa y'way.

... as always, the very best wishes for your days, Jesse...

.... Ooc.

unique_stephen said...

Hi Jesse

My name is Annalise. I am 5.
My dad has just been reading your adventures to me.

How is Santa going to get you your presents?

I am going to keep reading about your boat trip every day. I think what you are doing is scary and you are a very brave girl. I like hearing your story and I want to be a brave girl like you.

danma said...

Hey Jess,

Love the hat, hopefully the weather will get better for you soon.

How exciting seeing a Albatross I bet he/she was not expecting to see you all that way out there.

Not that many sleeps till Santa finds you.....

Stay safe & happy sailing......

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess, keep going, only 20 days to the horn, woop woop! Cheers, Leeroy, BNE

Reg said...

Hello Jessica
I be away but will be checking your website everyday. Seen I will be using someone elses computer let me say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. You are the talk of Australia everyone I know love reading your blog.
Have a good time.


Jan said...

hello jesse, another great blog, fab pic, you look amazing. keep safe, from canterbury nz

Anonymous said...

love your photos Jess. Good luck with the rest of your trip and have a great Christmas, you know that we are all thinking of you.

John (UK) said...


Angus. said...

Hey Jesse,
Well it sounds like the hot chocolate is just hitting the spot. It can get a bit cool down there as you well know.
Cant help you with the names of birds, except we always regarded the albatross as good luck.
Their nice to talk to when there in no one else around.
Your right only 4 more sleeps till Xmas. I imagine there will be a lot of people sending you a message on Xmas day.
You've become quite the legend and well deserved.
Well cape horn is getting closer, only 20 days, time seems to be flying for you.
Take cars Jess.
Fair winds and following seas.

Elizabeth said...

Just want to say u are in my prayers every day. U are amaaaaazing.

yarnek said...

Delighted you've seen an albatross. As I'm sure you're aware, (quoting the Rime of the Ancient Mariner), ..."the albatross proveth a bird of good omen...".
Stay safe.

The Old Bloke

P.S. Just LOVE the hat!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,
Ella's Pink Lady must be looking terric with all your Christmas Decorations. You certainly packed everything. I guess you have a turkey and Christmas pudding hidden somewhere as well.
Glad you have had some company with all the birds flying around you.
Four more sleeps to Christms then the next milestone the Cape.
Keep safe

captain said...

You look like u should be in melbourne... not the roaring forties!!!....
u take care... the next bits the hard bit.
capt'n kelly

ps just spent the day on Sydney harbour on a marten 49 that is preparing for the syd-hobart race. They were fitting a whole new set of sails today . Under the genneker she just flew... 4 days to go to the start.....

Rob Hardie said...

Hi Jesse,

It is hard to believe there are only 4 more sleeps to Christmas. When you left Sydney Christmas seemed so far away.

Another great blog. I really love the way you describe what is happening around you. It is fantastic.

The hat looks great and it is great to see such a genuine smile on your face.

We just came back from Fiji and we ended up in the middle of cyclone Mick. Fortunately it only lasted for around 16 hours before moving on to sea. It was quite an experience. Hopefully the weather you go through will be nothing like that.

Keep up the house work and keep happy.

Stay safe,

Ingleburn NSW

Anonymous said...

"Quite a few birds," eh? I'm amazed. I look at where you're at on the tracker, and eyeball it a little more closely on my copy of Google Earth, and I just think to myself that you have got to be the most isolated girl on the planet at this moment! It would be hard going without this wonderful kind of communications gear to let you stay in touch with your family and team, and to let you know how many of us are thinking of you. Thanks again for "taking us all along with you" through the blog, pics and videos. I'll be telling my three cute little nieces (aged 7, 5, and 2) about "the bravest girl in the world" over the Christmas holiday and showing them a bit of your adventure on their computer. Stay safe!

Mike in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Anonymous said...

Ah an Albatross - now you know you in the South!!


Steve from Adelaide - your photo keeps me cool on this hot day!

Anonymous said...

hey jesse,
bring it on!! here it comes... you are so prepared for the weather ahead and this is exactly what you set out for!
we are counting down the sleeps too... hoping santa will incorporate ella's pink lady in his schedule!! take care out there, stay safe, enjoy the ride :)
mel of yenda!!

Bert said...

Jess, Keep on sailing and writing your blogs.
We wish you a very Happy Festive Season and fair weather for the rest of your journey.
We are off to Bali for a couple of weeks but will keep on reading your blogs.
Good Luck Girl from the Old Grand-dad: Bert from Springwood Qld

yachtyakka said...

high fashion in the southern ocean

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,

Glad to see that you are still well and healthy.

Keep safe,


willi said...

good day Jessica,

10 PM on the 21.Dez. in Switzerland.
your outfit would be just ok as we got half a meter of snow last temperature droped to minus 12 Degr. C. and this at 900m above sea. I hope it stays warmer
where you are otherways you may run out of hot chocolate.

good speed.

RichieParis said...

Uneventful for the crew, but very interesting for your adopted family Captain Jesse!
Thank you for the update and for that cute pic.
When the sun doesn't shine as it should, your smile does, and brings bright light all around!

You're making a great matching pair, with Ella's Pink Lady... As you rock so much, she had to roll to keep at your level. The bouncy seas will be some kind of a dance party, it seems.

It is great to see you are keeping high and merry spirits under grey skies. You are well in the Christmas mood. I would bet that milions of people will have a special thought for you, the adopted daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin, sister who is dancing on the southern swell while we are watching the flames and cosily waiting for Santa. You will be in everyone's heart, even if we won't keep a piece of cake for you because of your late scheduled arrival... but we guess that some baking will be on its way in some pink cabin?

When you say 20 days for the Cape Horn, do you mean to enter it, pass its middle, or having rounded it? I read that the "Cape", from its more western point to the Falklands, is about 50 milles long (and those are actually very long milles). Whatever, by mid-January, that box should be ticked!

Take care and sail fair, Miss Jesse. The whole world is admiring you, thinking of you, loving you.

Bob B said...

How is the auto stearing holding up to the following sea? AND What music do you listen to?
All the best for the Horn.
Bob, Airlie Beach

Merv said...

I am with you and watch you progress every day. Go girl !

poppa bear said...

G'Day Jess,
You seem to be getting along at a good clip. If not in the "rollers', you must be getting close.

Caught an interview on the ABC with your Mum.Interesting to know your position is updated every 30' at your support base.

Also now understand why your exact position is not published - enough said.

Keep safe, and as always, enjoy!!

Poppa Bear

Anonymous said...

Hello again Jessica I just want u to have
a Merry Chrismas out their on the sea and wish u a happy new year to now keep safe out there to all the best for now. From Barry ( watsonia Vic)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sailor Girl,

Your latest pic may not be the height of fashion as far as your clothes are concerned, but you look warm, comfortable and that dazzling smile says you are happy and in control....

Your current track tends to indicate that you'll be broad reaching on a starboard tack for most of the journey to the Horn,so hopefully you'll be a bit more comfortable and be travelling a bit faster than you would on a run with the wind right behind you.....

Hopefully your shore team will send you a few bird pics to help you identify them...

Thank you for another interesting update and stay safe.

Kindest Regards, Martin, Canning Vale, W.A.

Attitude said...

"Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph; a beginning, a struggle and a victory." Ghandi

joseph said...

well done jesse . great job for ella'spink lady ' she deserves a place in the mueseum

Alison said...

Great to hear how well things are going for you but take good care of yourself.


Anonymous said...

well done jesse .
for ella's , after the trip i think she deserves a place in the mueseum .

Tim said...

in a world that's often full of bad news, just turn to Jess's story and you can't help but smile and be inspired

Anonymous said...

Jesse, Have been keeping watch over your blog. Keep it up. I wasn't planning to write but seeing you don't have a "bird book", take a photo of the bird then have your family do the research, then bingo you will know. Anyway, safe voyage.
Francoise (Victoria)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,

I have been following your adventure and enjoy reading your posts. I love your optimism!
Christmas is nearly here, so have a great day - it will certainly be a unique one for you, but you will be in prayers and thoughts of lots of people!
Safe and happy sailing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess, I have been waiting for your latest update, I don't know why but I get so worried when it is not there. I usually read this after a coffee in the morning tonight after a few red wines I went to check our weather then onto your site again so happy to read all is well.
Your pic looks like you are in good spirits, keep up the good work and take care

Judy Maryborough

gsimmons said...

Hi Jessica
It's great to hear you Jesse, glad all is still ok. I think you understate things a little, when you say it was a pretty uneventful day, I think sailing down there in the Southern Ocean my yourself is a major feet in itself, going to work day in day out doing the same thing is uneventful.
By the look of the weather chart, I think you are right, a lot of down hill sailing over the next few weeks at least, which think is wind mainly coming from behind you if I'm correct.
If you get a chance, try and take a photo of some of the birds flying past, I know it's easy but I'm sure some of your new friends may be able to name them.
I picked 10th. of January a few weeks ago, so I may be fairly close, but if you keep getting some nice tail winds, you could makeup a few days.
You look great all ragged up in your woollies, I'm sure you will need all or more over the next week or so, so keep sending lots of photos, keep having fun and keep safe.
Cheers George Simmons
Lots of love from Exmouth WA Australia

Bruce from Brisvegas said...

Hi Jess

Nice hat!

I was totally impressed by your mast climb (and the picture) and then you top off your recent activities by demonstrating your electronic skills. So when you have finished with this round-the- world thing, and have some time on your hands, I have lots of stuff at home that needs fixing! How are you with ride-on mowers?

Anyway, you are really killing the nautical miles. The fact that EPL is in such good shape comes down to how well you are treating and maintaining her. Good on you! And one of the best things about the journey is that we can all see how happy you are getting on with it - just brilliant!

Not much land around you now. I noticed that Easter Island to the NE is about the closest landfall and that is miles away from your position – I spent two weeks there years ago; a very very interesting place. So taking a different perspective on it all, you are very much in the ‘middle of everywhere’.

Judging from the time in between your blogs, the sailing is becoming more challenging which I interpret as more fun. And I saw that your last blog attracted over 300 responses which must take a huge amount of time, mental energy and electrical power to review.

Sounds like you are now heading more towards the wet end of the dry-wet sailing continuum. Have you caught any more fish? It may be a good time to increase your muscle building protein intake if you can. Get some ‘fish’ on your fork!

In case I miss saying it, have a Merry Christmas! I hope that Santa is good to you. And remember, if you don’t believe you won’t receive. Or does that saying only work when we are kids. I guess when you are in the middle of ‘everywhere’ at night, nobody will mind you singing silent night at the top of your voice! And just remember Jess that singing in tune is highly overrated! In the middle of the ocean, no one can hear you sing.

Take care Jess and sail fast.

Wanton said...

Hi Jessie,

You are really flying your progress is astonishing. You are looking pretty cool in your winter gear, cold or not it is good to stay warm is'nt it.

That picture you took from the top of the mast is incredible, it seems that you where so far up. What lense did you have on your camera?

We are getting ready for Christmas here as well, the usual family get together. It should be great. After that we'll be off on our Careel 22, Wanton, to Paynesville to sail on the Gippsland lakes for a couple of weeks. Our two granddaughters are really looking forward to the sailing. We always take the girls with us if it does not conflict with their schooling.

You are certainly looking great and we look forward to reading some more about your adventures.

PS. I will pick up Jessie's Lion Heart from the book shop tomorrow. When you come back to terra ferma you will have to write a book. We can't wait to read it.

Happy and safe Christmas Jessie.

Lots of Hugs from
The Flynn's
Sunbury Vic. Aust.

Jeff49 said...

Hi Hess,
Soundss like sailing is going smoothly for you - GREAT! Loved the 'down the mast pic' by the way.

I asked this a couple of weeks ago, but will ask again. Do you have any provision for keeping the cabin warm when you get to colder weather?

Keep up your fantastic blogs, and always maintain your optimistoc spirit. May the winds and waves always be kind to you both.

Anonymous said...

Oh my god this is amazing. Awesome. Just amazing.

Klas Karlsson said...

This is Klas from Falun, Sweden. I must begin this letter and say, that I am so proud of you. You are my hero all day long. I love reading about your progress on the big oceans out there. I wish you all the best in the rest of the sailing.


Anonymous said...

Hey Jessica
Have a good Christmas.. I'm so jealous.. I would have loved to have done a trip like you're doing... I've done a couple of off shore journeys to Tonga but now unfortuneatly I am quite ill with cancer but am enjoying watching your trip.. go hard!!!
cheers Trev

Phillip Hookway said...

Go Jessica, first time on, however have been watching your progress.

Merry Christmas

Phil from Albury

Mike said...

You look great Jessica, all decked up for the cooler climes, heard an interview with your Mum yesterday on 702 Sydney, you are much more in the news these days I notice with news reports every few days or so about your progress and to be fair to the media from what I have heard and read they are giving you your just dues about how well you're doing. After hearing the interview I understand now why the tracker only gets updated every few days and your precise L%L can't be divulged as some ask for it to be, all for security reasons and totally understandable.

Sail on Sailor girl.


John said...

Hi Jesse,

"the light misty rain and big rolly grey swell is just as lovely as any sunset"

Hardcore! I agree that big swells look really cool but they are about as comfortable as being in a washing machine!

Keep up the good work :)

Nathalie said...

Hi Jessica,
Love reading your blog - great to read that you are content and comfortable out there in the great expanse! Wonderful to hear you still get to enjoy things like Christmas and chocolate too - under very special and amazing curcumstances!
Happy sailing!

Ian said...

Well, you look cheerful enough. That's really nice to see. Your description of the weather outside is as clear as anyone could get. Thanks for taking the time to post.

You were written up in The Courier Mail last Saturday. I'm pleased that you're getting some favourable notice. I took the grandkids to Tamborine Village today. It rained all day.

Love from

Ian from Brisbane

Anonymous said...

Go a bit of a scare this morning - ABC website heading "Solo sailor missing". It was the other girl...thank god! Good way to get the heart started.
Sounds like things are starting to change - tell us more about the sea, swell and sail set.
I have to admit you are a bit lucky in the fact that you don't have to challenge the christmas shoppers to get those last minute gifts.
Keep sailing.
Greg Black

Anonymous said...

To blogger Des
December 21, 2009 8:16 AM

"When we don't see your daily blog appear we think the worst has happened" Wrong! We're not all as negative as you are.

"You started doing blogs daily and now when you have the attention of all you choose to put them on when ever you feel" Wrong again! She puts them on when she can.

What the $#@$ is your problem? Don't you ever think that Jessica may have more important things to do? Or don't you ever think of anyone else but yourself?

I don't know about anyone else but I find it quite offensive when you put words in our mouths. Speak for yourself and get a life!

Gareth said...

Ok I confess, I had to look up the term "sailing down wind" just to make sure I understood what it meant. Its a shame you cant travel as fast as the wind but nevertheless the cape will be upon you before you know it Jess. Love the pics and blogs, safe travelling and keep your eye out for Santa - he knows exactly where you are and wont miss a delivery!

Regard Gareth

Geoffrey Hilliard said...

This is the first grammatical mistake I have noticed in your blogs. "I have to use to rolly." Is rolly a word? Even it is it should be followed by "sea". You wrote "use" instad of "used".

Anonymous said...

go girl go... and merry christmas from //Annika, Torsten & our Dog Betty (from MÖLNDAL-SWEDEN)

M.Schormann, Germany said...

Hey Jessica, I´ve been a few days off ´cause winter starts in our hemisphere means sometimes a little snow to be moved away round the house.
I´m happy to see you in good conditions; the walkway in the top of your mast must be a nice experience but necessary as i explaint another day. Well enough that everything is in good conditions with the rig, it wouln´t be that nice to to any repair up in the hights . Also nice to read that even the electronic is no problem for you.

go ahead Jess,fair winds and all the best from here in the north,
Many regards from Germany, yours Marcus

Anonymous said...

Hi there Miss 'Grey & Misty'

What about the blogger Sally? One can get a sense of her personality through her email to you...quite clever I think.

I love reading your blogs but am now recognizing other peoples styles in writing back to you.

Thanks Jess for this great adventure we are all having

Ros ( Sydney) xxxxx

Reto said...

Hola Jessica

Just wanted to say good luck for your voyage! I'm preparing myself for a much shorter trip from Fuerteventura (Canaries, Spain) to Morocco on an A Class Catamaran.

btw, your woolen hat looks great on you!


Anonymous said...

like reading your blogs. Think you should post more pics, even if its not exciting or interesting. I would be interesting to me as its part of the world or experience i may never get to do.
Hope you have a very nice chrissy.
Take care and stay safe.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,

Thanks for the pic and lovely blog as usual.

I wonder if any of the birds will be as cheeky as "silly". It must be nice for you and EPL to see some other signs of life, it's been a little while hasn't it since you last saw a bird. I know you saw the plastic container in the water, but that's not living

Yes, only four more sleeps to Christmas. I have finished wrapping all our presents. Even Albie our Labradore and Tweetie our budgie have presents to open. I guess you are looking forward to opening your prezzies.

Keep warm, and stay safe. Jan (Auckland, New Zealand)

Anonymous said...


FANTASTIC NEWS JESSE !! It's great to hear you are again enjoying birdlife.I have been nurturing a pair of nesting black birds in my garden.It has been wonderful to see their dedicated parenting skills as they go about daily rushing here and there gathering food for their little ones.
I guess this means also that land is not too far away from you and the excitement of both Christmas and the Cape await!!!!
I can HARDLY wait can YOU???
Sally in Melbourne by the bay.

Anonymous said...


I admire you courage, attitude and everything what you are doing. As many in this blog has already said you are inspirational. I follow your blog from the start and like your descriptive writing - definitively material for future book!!! Meanwhile, seize the day and enjoy every moment of this journey.

Merry Christmas,
and go girl go...

Andrew (Melbourne)

SailSim said...

Hi Jesse,

Now that looks more like my home cruising ground (Scotland)!!!! I guess some cooler weather is a relief after the sweltering equator. Regarding birds, you'll have to post some pictures and have your vast network of global followers look them up for you!

I don't envy you the long downwind sail - I always much prefer a beat or a nice beam reach.

Finally, I hope Santa manages to find you when he's finished in South America - you'll have to ping out a GPS position at around ten to midnight!

All our best to you as usual and fair winds

Jim @sailsim

el grande said...

Ah, hot chocolate on a grey day, perfect! Thanks for the entry, we all know it will get very busy in the days ahead. I am continually awed by your writing and your attention to all of the tasks at hand. As you get to the bigger swells, enjoy the sleigh ride if you can :-)

Stay safe, stay on task, get rest when you can, and stay warm as it gets colder!

Anonymous said...

whooah first comment
haha see the stuff we get excited about at home, bit less interesting then your day eh?
great work jesse keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica
Hot Choco sounds good for an evening cup while watching darkness set in, and your description of the sea is causing my computer seat to imaginatively roll in rhythm with it.

How could you not take a bird book? You will have to send some photos of any that get close enough to your parents and ask them to look them up and identify them!

According to the bird book I used to carry on board – now used in a campervan - there are at least 24 species of Albatross. And it describes their flight: “They are long winged gliders that consistently fly in a wheeling pattern. Into the wind they rise, wings stiff, to a point of stall, then steeply glide downwind to pick up speed, turn at right angles across the wind on reaching sea level, then repeat the process. They rarely flap in strong wind and their effortless, graceful gliding may continue for hours.” I have no doubt you will be able to observe this pattern.

It’s good to see you in your woollen hat and wearing a scarf in preparation for colder weather – very practical – and obviously enjoying life.

Here, on Port Phillip Bay, the temperature is rising, the crowd of Summer tourists is building, the caravan parks are filling up, the supermarket runs out of some items, and Christmas is coming!
I guess its similar in Queensland except that we get four seasons in one day and in your state it is perfect every second day –
so they say!
Tony L (Mt Martha VIC)

Molly said...

Greetings Sailor Girlie,
Don't you look cute, all bundled up.
I imagine the mist is rather peaceful.
You really are getting treated to all kinds of beauty out there.
I bet your cabin is adorable,
decked out for Christmas.
Did you hear that Laura Dekker went missing?
There are unconfirmed reports that she has been found in the Caribbean.
Blessings to you and your Pink Lady.
Stay safe and warm,
Maryland USA

Georgia Guy said...

Hi Jessica,

Great pic and what a difference in the weather a little change in latitude can make. I think back to your temperature reports as you rounded Kiritimati and headed back south and how warm it was.

Please include a picture of your Christmas decorations in the cabin and I hope you have some low power Christmas lights to adorn the outside rigging of EPL.

You look supremely happy in the photo and what a great smile. It says it all

Safe sailing and Godspeed.

Georgia Guy

Dr. Swill said...


I have been following your progress from the beginning and must say I admire your courage and the way you are living your dream.

Most adults don't have the fortitude to make their dreams come true or wait until it's too late! You my dear, are amazing!

I am a cancer patient and have learned to enjoy the moment. I lost my tongue to cancer and the battle has been excruciating, but I am still alive. I spent 2 years on a feeding tube and had to learn to speak, eat, and drink again.

I have had a rich life and began achieving early such as you. Now cancer free (so they tell me) I'm ready for my next adventure. Your next adventure will be even more spectacular! Keep dreaming everyday and live each moment as though it were your last!

Know that at a young age you inspire by sharing your journey. I know you will be alone for Christmas, but I bet in your heart it is the best one you will ever have. Sail on!

With loving thoughts...have a wonderful Christmas! I wish I was able to sing a carol for you and brighten your holiday, but I have a feeling the sun and sea will take care of that for you!

Brian Walin

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,

My first composition! It won't ever be a masterpiece, but I had a little bit of fun trying to put the words together. Here goes:

(The tune is to Jingle Bells!)

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,
Jesse is on her way,
There she goes to Cape Horn,
Sailing all the way. Hey!

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,
We think Jesse is swell,
Because Jesse and EPL are doing oh so well. Hey!

I hope it rhymes when you sing it Jesse :-).

Jan (Auckland, New Zealand)

Anonymous said...

Here Italy , Turin town.....All very nice....I'm joseph.. good luck..By

Christine said...

Hi Jessica,
Merry Christmas and you will have a wonderful and safe new year. Your next leg will be a busy one so just keep clipped on and enjoy every aspect of your adventure.
Christine - Tura Beach, New South Wales

HAWKEYE said...


Hi Jesse - you are looking gorgeous as always. Keep warm and look after your health. You can't afford to pick up any of those 'cold-weather' bugs. You're going to need all your strength in 20 or so days time.

The Xmas decs is a good sign you're getting into the spirit and that's good. I'm sure the family and support team have something big and special planned for Christmas Day - God you deserve it!! I suspect ole Skype will be busy.

I do hope you are clipped on tightly and taking every precaution on deck - it's no doubt a lot more hazardous now the splash is about and about to get bigger and heavier.

'til next time precious one take lots and lots of care and please stay safe and keep the 'head' in the present. You are doing marvelously darl and nothing is going to go wrong from here - it can't do and I wont let it!! Get plenty of shut eye over the next couple of weeks and that will stand you in good stead for Everest. Take care darl and goodnight.


Bruce from Brisvegas said...

Hi Jess

I just wanted to say that unlike others on this site I never worry about you, I just admire your competence, skill and determination. I do, however, frequently think about what you are going through, but never worry. Maybe (I am sure)that will change when you are surfing the Southern Ocean. It is clear to me and everyone else that has done any bluewater sailing that you are SO on top of your game. So stay focussed and sail, sleep, eat, sail, sleep, eat,... Whilst you 'may' need to talk to your mum every day, you are being very generous blogging more than once every 4 days. Thanks for that!!!

Merry Christmas Jess. Have a brilliant Christmas day.


Ant @ Townsville N QLD said...

Hi Jess, I heard on the radio today about an electrical problem you were having,this news was a bit out of date. They should be checking this blog for up to date info.
Stay safe
North QLD Australia

jo from perth said...

Hi Jesse,
you're looking lovely and cheerful in your photo. Cold weather is great and i think one of the best things about it is having a Hot Chocolate. So pleased you have some on board with you. I love the idea of the 'big rollly grey swell'. Overcast grey skies are so beautiful. I hope the rolly motion doesn't bother you too much.
Enjoy your cooler weather... i wish it was something i could do too, but Perth just aint that cold!
Wishing you Good Winds and Safe sailing Jesse,

Tumble said...

Hi Jess,

Haven't commented before but been following the blog all the time. I head off on holidays tomorrow but before I go, I'd like to wish you a Merry Christmas and may all your dreams come true in the New Year. You certainly deserve it as you have inspired me with your courage.

Take care

Caves Beach Andrew said...

Hey Jessica,

Sorry it's been a couple of days since I have commented on your blog, I have read them quickly, but just been too busy with all my Christmas sales to sit down and type something in reply.

I did enjoy your picture, all I can say is that I am glad that it was you up there, while I have sort of got an interest in sailing, you won't ever see me going up a mast. Besides, with my big ugly bod, I might make a yacht too top heavy!!! LOL

Maybe you can try to take the odd pic of the birds that you see and post them on here, I am sure there is an expert out here in blog-reading land-lubbers land who would know what type of birds that they are.

You seem to comment a lot on how you continually clean up your cabin - do you really make it that messy all the time? Or is this a matter of living like a teenager for a few days, you know messy bedroom and all, and then every now and then feeling guilty and cleaning it up, as if you mum has just told you to do your chores!

Anyway, bedtime now for me, have a big day of about 12 hours of golf practice tomorrow so this tired old body needs plenty of sleep.

Take care gorgeous girl and stay happy!

Your Adopted Newcastle Daddy
Caves Beach, Newcastle

magpie said...

Hi Jessica,
The hot chocolate, the horn and an albatross sighting. It seems the routine for every round the world sailor at this point of the journey, lol.
And another thing...
Poor Victor got absolutely clobbered by the blog family in the last posting, we are a very loyal lot, lol.
I haven't heard from Landlocked in Philadelphia, but I'm sure he's wearing a similar woolly hat with all that snow falling in them parts.
Also Blog family! Keep quiet about that Caves Beach fellow, will yers? Lol.
Cya real soon.

Muhammad Asim said...

Hi Jess

Picture with a smile is always very welcome. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jesse
Good to see your big beautiful happy smile.

Brian Riley said...

Hi Jesse, you are looking amazing in the woolly head gear, and the conditions look as if you are in another world, the big rolling sea must be awesome with the low visibility. Put up a Christmas light for you on the tree today to help guide you onward.
Safe Passage,will talk later.
Brian. Hervey Bay.Qld

The McGraths said...

Oh Jesse you look so good with your hat on, very wintery look indeed! I must say you look completely relaxed & loving where you are at the moment.

We're still thinking of you & enjoying our regular bloggers comment too.

As we're in Mildura VIC for Christmas with the family we have spent many nights gazing at the stars, they are just amazing out here but I bet they'll never be able to compete with your view of them. We always think of you when we're stargazing.

Take care little one,

The McGraths Nowra NSW currently in Mildura VIC

nan mim said...

Hell Jess, you look wonderful and so happy and relaxed - well done for all the information you send us and for all the "housekeeping" you have had to do lately - I was so impressed with what you did "up your mast" and it did take my breath away thinking of you all alone out there and in such, what seems to a landlubber, a dangerous spot. You are amazing!!
Christmas blessings to you from me and my family and we will pray for you as we celebrate Christmas here on Mount Tamborine and you celebrate it way out in the South Pacific Ocean. Love from one of your adoptive grandparents!!

Nan Mim

hezakiah299 said...

12-21-09 @06:45
Hi Jessica,
I've missed you Ole' Friend, but I've been talking to you. (you're probably thinking, the old man is going batty). But it brings me peace of mind to drop you a line when I can.
Aren't albatross supposed to be a sign of good luck? I hope so, and I don't think you're going to have it to rough at the Cape. Right now the wind and waves are moderate, but you can never tell what's in store for you in twenty (20) days. But knowing you, I'm sure you don't want a "walk in the park" passage through that area.
Glad to see you had a little time to do some "boatkeeping" and set up some Christmas decorations.
So now you're out of the bumpy stuff and into the rolly stuff. LOL.... Which is better,….did your stomach get a little rolly?
You really looked good in that picture, smiling, happy and very content. You seem to have a lot of color, is that from the sun or from Jack Frost nipping at your nose.
I like the first line detailing your casual evening “I've just come inside from sitting out in the wind, with a cup of hot chocolate and watching the light fade“. Hey, I was there remember, chocolate was a little to sweet for me though. Nag, nag, nag.

For Bengt, Sweden
That collection of News Articles was good, I had a good laugh over them.

For Samurai,
Thanks for the new pic, I tried the ctrl+ but it didn’t work for me either so I tried formatting and was able to bring them up some, 2” by 3” then they started to blur. Still, they turned out to be pretty good. Just couldn’t get them up to background size.
Thanks again, Sam

Well Jessica, keep her in a straight line and enjoy the rolly stuff, take care of yourself and the stuffy crew. Remember about drinking lots of water.
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

Anonymous said...

To blogger Geoffey Hilliard
December 21, 2009 8:08 PM

Picky, picky, picky. Don't you have anything more constructive or intelligent to say?

Anonymous said...

great pix, jessica! you look so happy, warm, relaxed. great smile you've got there!

cheers from donna in perth

windsong said...

Hello Jesse,
Fabulous blogs - interesting, descriptive, lovely use of words - we all feel so involved in your adventure.
I loved the pic from the masthead and I admire your courage - I have been up a mast but in the marina and I am sure it was not as tall as ELP's.
Yes, Christmas is coming up fast so make sure you finish decorating your 'home' and please post a pic.
Take care, Infinite blessing,
Tasmania, Australia.

Mike Kay Avon Indiana said...

Hello Captain Jesse, An albatross wow how cool.Merry Christmas to you and EPL and crew! I think we are all getting excited for you and will be praying for you to have smooth as possible winds and seas as you pass through Drake Passage! Nice hat! Hope you stay warm and comfy. Godspeed, Mike
P.S.just finished "Godforsaken Sea" by Derek Lundy and was very interesting and insightful to what you are facing and about to...and you said only four more sleeps so I guess that means you are getting some good rest and that is good to hear.

samurai said...

Dear Michael - Hezakiah299

Trust me, blur is not a bad thing when it comes to picture of my backside hahahahahaha :-))

Cheers, Sam

Molly said...

Oh one more thing.
I've been thinking about what a great "blog family" you have, keeping in touch and following your adventure.
Are we a "blogily" or a "familog"?
Keep that smile on your face.
Maryland USA

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Jesse if I dont to get to wish you it closer to time.I hope you have a wonderful day pet.
Love and hugs
Evie from Bendigo

Summersailor said...

Jess, you look great in your winter hat, just like us back in the US. We got 50 centimeters of snow on Sunday. I'm sure you have many people your chatting with that will be able to tell u any bird u spot.

Are you going to be flying a spinnaker pretty soon? Always a tricky thing to do when soloing.

Cape Horn is getting closer, but of course, Christmas and opening your presents comes first. Have fun and enjoy. :-D


duane said...

Sounds like you are mentally prepared for whatever comes your way. Maybe you too will be escorted by an albatross as was Naomi James.
You will be around the horn before you know it. Great sailing Jessica and great narrative. Be safe and enjoy the ride. duane

Anonymous said...

Proverbs 22:9-11 (The Message)
9 Generous hands are blessed hands because they give bread to the poor. 10 Kick out the troublemakers and things will quiet down; you need a break from bickering and griping! 11 God loves the pure-hearted and well-spoken; good leaders also delight in their friendship.

Good morning, Jessica! Great to see you well, comfortable and happy! And with your sights set on Christmas! I have been a little amused and somewhat disconcerted about the tone of some small part of the blogging community here of late. I am just a casual observer stopping by from time to time, but I guess I feel like I am sorry you have to be exposed to some bickering and minor skirmishes between these commentators. Maybe it is just that there's some kernel of truth in the old adage that familiarity breeds contempt. At this rate, by the time you return home we'll have permanently documented the real decline of a little community originally formed to support and encourage you! That's tongue in cheek, of course, but I really just wanted to say that I hope any negativism is far, far outweighed by the many posts of admiration, support, and encouragement. Today I will continue to pray for your health and safety, strength, warmth, and your spirits as you count down the days until Christmas, a very special day indeed. Thanks, Jessica.

bernie777 said...

Golly gosh and jumping catfish...looks like you ve forgotten about fishing but never mind xmas is just moments 20 days to Cape Horn...thats fast..I wish you all the they just found the stolen auswich sign...cut into three least it can now be returned....sail on you are so close to being almost there....positive vibrations...positive,,,

Ian Crawford from Canada said...

Merry Christmas from Canada. keep smiling and in the right direction!! I'll have Santa Claus drop you something on his way for Rudolph's bright and shiny nose.... Snowy and cold glad you are where you are....

Mary said...

Dear Jessica,

Your pic looks like you're right outside my window, here on the Maine coast! Your bright, broad smile and enlightened eyes are delightful. So happy you're happy!

Stay safe, with good sleep, hot fluids and manageable swells.

You're a CHAMP!
Mary, Maine, USA

Richard Lathrop said...

Ahoy Champ,

[note to Clint Jeffrey--sailing downwind means sailing with the wind behind you--bow (front) of boat pointed in the same direction that the wind is going. Roughly East, in this case.]

Back to Jesse,
Hope Parker's still up to it. I've heard that steering vanes don't always work so well downwind. Or am I thinking of autopilots?

I share your fascination with birds at sea. Never saw an albatros, but spent hours watching terns and such swooping between the waves, seemingly just millimeters from the surface as they banked. Couldn't understand why they never caught a wing tip in the water.

You are about to cross the meridians (lines of longitude)that also run through The United States, Canada and Mexico. When you get to my meridian--rounded to 72 West--I'm going celebrate in some way and post a link to something special on your blog.

If this idea strikes any other bloggers as worthwhile, please follow suit. We have already seen creations of bloggers and special music and/or video shared by some of the most talented followers. I think it would be cool to see these connections unfold on land maps as Ella's Pink Lady surges across that piece of ocean due south of each of us.

Fair Winds,

Richard Lathrop

P.S. this would not require the posting of longitude on Jessica's part. We can use the pink positions shown on her web site and find the approximate meridian on Google Earth or any globe or map.

Anonymous said...

Don't shoot the albatross! lol, don't know if you have read the Colerdige poem, but if you havent, I am just warning you! Loved the mast pic, and the others and hope everything is going well for you! and Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

What an amazing young lady you are.
The world is full of young people with no particular aim to achieve anything. But your aspirations and achievements will (I am certain) contribute to light a spark in some of those lost souls. The word boredom will never apply to those who give it a go. The rewards will be an unforgettable experience.
You are truly inspirational Jessica.

Larry said...

Hi Jesse. Thought I'd give you another perspective. Just pretend that the age of the earth is one million years old. (We know that it is actually a lot older than that) That would compute to twelve million months old. Now for the perspective: 1,000,000 yrs. 12,000,000 months 8months(your journey) The equivalent of a drop in the ocean and you being out there can really appreciate that example. We commenters try to do with our words whatever we can to lift your spirits and keep you focused on your ultimate goal of sailing into Sydney Harbor so very triumphantly. I pray that you are eating well, getting as much sleep as you need and as much enjoyment out of this adventure as is possible. Here's another piece of perspective: Male emperor penguins stand together keeping the egg warm throughout the winter in minus 80 degreesF and in 100 mph winds!!!! Now that is what I call true love!!! Sail safe Ms. Jessica Watson we are all waiting for you at the dock in Sydney. Your adopted long distant friend Larry (

Anonymous said...

Good on you are doing amazingly well - truly inspirational! Hope you enjoy your Christmas treats that no doubt your family have stowed away for you! Enjoy and stay safe!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse
I will admit my heart plummetted for a second when I read about the young 'solo sailor' going missing then I thought thats not our girl, with so many prayers and guardian angels looking after her she is fine.
I imagined the weather is making it a bit hard for you to hold the lap top and hang on at the same time. My figuring was you would say hi when you could or mum would let us know you were ok.
Am I right that using the computer to download pics chews up quite a bit of precious power.and you need the battery power for necessary equipment more than the lap top.
Stay safe Jesse your guardian angel is doing a wonderful job.
By the way a hat is a wonderful invention for bad hair days even better for keeping ears warm.
You look fantastic so blooming in health.
Love and hugs
Evie from Bendigo

jeffrhen said...

A day without reading Jesse's blog is a day without sunshine. Checking on you every day! 20 days to Cape Horn -- how exciting is that! Be safe!

Jeff Lang
Dallas, TX USA

PS -- need a pic of your Christmas decorations.

Charley said...

Hi Jesse,
Hey you look great lots more hot chocolate
enjoy Christmas now
Be careful with your rations !
There were three sailors of Bristol city
Who took a boat and went to sea.
But first with beef and captain's biscuits
And pickled pork they loaded she.
There was gorging Jack and guzzling Jimmy,
And the youngest he was little Billee.
Now when they got as far as the Equator
They'd nothing left but one split pea.
Little Billee - W. M. Thackery circa 1850
Catch fish When You Can ...!

Mike said...

Hello Jessica.
Very nice picture. It is wonderful to see your smile! We are all wearing our wool hats, gloves and boots here in the north east USA. 50cm of snow fell yesterday. So winter has arrived!
Any pictures of the Christmas decorations?
Stay alert, safe and stay healthy!
Keeping you in our prayers!
Grace Fellowship Church.
North Stonington, CT. USA

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess

Love the pictures and nice to see you looking so happy, Keep positive and smiling.

Dreamsailor, miami, florida, usa.

richard_lawrence_aust said...

Hey Jess,

Been following your journey everyday and am incredibly jealous of your bravery and guts.

Looks like you're having a great time out there. Great smile in your latest photo.

Bet all those people in Brisbane who were up in arms about your trip are now wishing they were out there with you.

Merry Christmas,
Rik - Brisbane

Anonymous said...

Keep it up Jessica and please...don't worry about grammatical errors. Think you have enough on your plate!
You look great and we love ya!
~Two in Texas

Libby O said...

It brings us joy to see you still smiling and upbeat! Grab sleep while you can as you'll be busy with the boat from now on.

Rex said...

Hi Jesse,
Have been waiting to see your latest blog.
From your description of how the birds are flying over the waves, they may be sooty or black shearwaters. They nest on the Pacific islands, including off Chile.
Have an enjoyable sail "down wind" through the Christmas period. We're waiting to hear you've rounded the Horn. Then you'll be on the home stretch.

Rex Gibbons

Glenda said...

Great pic Jess - no bad hair days with that hat! You're doing fantastically well and making it all look way too easy, which I'm sure it is not. Stay safe and rested. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Great smile. Great blog entry as usual. Stay safe and keep sending updates. They make my day.
Arnie in Canada.

Sergio (Venezuela) said...


That picture is VIBRANT!!! It has it all! Rhythm, perfect composition and movement. Tells the whole story. You are a shining light in the middle of the "grey and misty"

Santa Claus will have to make a big detour to your location...make sure you turn on your EPIRB in order to make things easier for him...being the busy guy he is...

All the best for you in these coming days, I hope you get the chance to read all comments. Must feel so good to have so many nice people following you. I wish you a Merry Christmas. Today, winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, but summer solstice for you down there...surely quite a significant time of the year

All the best...
Sergio (Venezuela)

Phil in Idaho said...

What a great "Christmas at Sea" photo. You look happy and well taken care of. That's great. Have a Merry Christmas!! You are in my prayers.

Stephen Lyons Jervis Bay said...

Merry Christmas Jessica and all your hard-working crew! I know it's a bit early but this is likely the last chance I'll get for a week or so to check on your progress. I hope Mum hid a present or two somewhere on board for you... I'm sure she did. Stay safe, keep up the great travelling, so proud to be watching another Aussie out there blazing the trails into the history books.
God speed, safe sailing my friend, see you on the dock in Sydney when you get home.

Stephen lyons

SaltyDog said...


Thanks for the pic. You look great and the hat is probably the look for everyone in the Southern Ocean.

I think that all of the "nappy wrapping" comments that you're receiving from bloggers is just their way of expressing love and support to you the way that any parent would do to their own kids. When you are 50 years old, your wonderful parents will probably still remind you to put on your dorky helment before you climb the mast. They won't be saying it because they don't think that you have enough sense to take safety measures, they will say it because they care about you. There are quite a few bloggers with many years of nautical experience and a wealth of knowledge and advice to share with you. But the majority of bloggers don't have that sailing experience and only have their words of sincere love and support to offer you. I know that you don't need our words of inspiration to complete your trip, you already have the deep passion that's necessary. Besides, it's actually you who has inspired us. I think that it's your warm personality and down to earth manner that you communicate with people that makes us feel comfortable expressing our heartfelt support to you. So fellow bloggers, keep up the "nappy wrapping" comments. They're a pleasure to read. And Jess, we're onboard for the duration of your trip. No one's getting off.

Have fun, stay safe and happy sailing.

From Seattle, WA, USA

Old Iron said...

Great photo; your looking Good as always

Anonymous said...

Greg Black, Dec.21, 8:03PM:
I'm sorry to read, that there are two types of sailors currently cruising the oceans: OUR Jess and ...that other girl. If she is still missing, we should rather pray for her well being.

Andrew said...


Based upon the happy face in the photo, it looks like you are really looking forward to the southern ocean and rounding the horn.

Merry Christmas,

Andy and Vicki (Queens Park, NSW)

Stuart Evans said...

Hi Jessica. Stuart Evans from Cincinnati Ohio here.

I was just wondering with the somali pirates going so much further south on the east coast of Africa ... do you fear being able to be easily tracked since you provide your position?

I hope you think safety over anything else. If you were my daughter ... I'd be scared to death of that.

Christine said...

Keep warm, dear! What sort of Christmas decorations did you put up?
-Christine, Columbia Maryland, USA

Anonymous said...

Despite some Southern Kiwi influence let's not forget, that Jess is a Queenslander. They'll put on a pullover, when they open the Fridge door [unlike us "Mexicans"...]
(...o.k. throw this person into Bass Strait for that comment and let him/her swim back to shore...)

Anonymous said...

That hat is sic, Jess. Reminds me on some Doris Day pics. You should have loaded several puffed up Blondie wigs and worn them during pics time. Hit it Chook, chase the Albatross...

JoeL said...

Hi Jess - wow, what a change in weather for all of us. We actually had 1" of snow on the ground in San Francisco bay area a few weeks ago!

Glad to see you are doing well and I love keeping up with your blog. Stay safe and we look forward to your next entry . . .
- Joe -

Ron said...

Wow, the clothing has changed but the same pretty smile emulates from the world's greatest sailor girl. The weather will change, the seas will change but it seems that pretty smile will always be there to remind the world "here's Jesse." You've become the light of my life just as you have to half the world. As always, I wish you Godspeed.
Ron - Alabama USA

Sam said...

G'day Jess
I sure every one will be saying this... But, from one young sailor to another, just take extra care over the next couple days as you get deeper south, it could get rough like you cant imagine.
But I've got every bit of faith in you, seems like you're one tough chic! Actually I'm very jealous, would love to be in your boots right now!

Dno if you read these but I'm heading down to Hobart this christmas onboard Godzilla for me third Melbourne - Hobart give us a yell on the old HF if conditions permit, would love to have a chat see how ya doin..

Keep Rollin Darl!
Sammy G

Anonymous said...

Season's Greetings Jesse,

Beautiful photo of you. Keep up the great progress.

Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario, Canada

Richard in Maryland said...

Hi Jesse,

Your big smile made my day!

Richard W

PS Now that's definitely not a "dorky" hat!

Yitshak Dorfman said...

Very nice photos!
I'm enjoying following your trip in the ocean,you are a very brave girl.
Merry Christmas to you and your ship!

Keep safe Jessy!
Yitshak (Israel)

Anonymous said...

from Russia

~j~ said...

What a memorable Christmas you will have this year! From all the comments posted you are still going to be surrounded with lots of love, gifts, in the form of well wishes from all over the world and cheers to you from all your loyal fans!
Love your blog posts Jessica, thank you.

RichieParis said...

Just a few words for fellow bloggers

@ Trev, we are with you, fight on as Jesse does
@Dr.Swill, nice entry, thank you
@Sally from Melbourne: your albatros is magnificent
@Geoffrey Hilliard; get used for sure, but it looks like mistyping rather than a grammar mistake... The english noun is "roll", you are right, and the adjective is -curiously- "roily". But I think "rolly" should be accepted as a noun, as in french we say "roulis", and the sailors' language has to be international.
Whatever, we have weird talks among bloggers! ;-)

Btw: Go, Captain Jesse, rock over the world and roll over the swell! Two new pink flags on the map!!! Whooopppeeee...


Hi Jesse,
Wow !!!..What A Happy girl !!! ..... That Is One Beautiful Photo. You look So Pretty Jesse !!! ... You estimate Cape horn in about 20 days: Well, I'm going to make a guess too . . . I say you'll do it in 16 or 17 days.

You said you wished you had taken a BIRD BOOK: I think there's a Section on ENCARTA Online called 'WHAT BIRD IS THAT' .... or something similar to that.

Anyway Jessica, I'm getting this wish to you in Advance . . .
. . "MERRY XMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR Sweetheart !!!" xoxo

Auatralia Loves You !!!!!

Have a Safe and Happy Trip, but Most of All HAVE FUN !!!

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

NM xx

Anonymous said...

My dear fellow blog commenters, Hi Jess.
Apologies if I severely offended any of you with my "grumpy" comment on Dec. 19,6:28AM, but...
let's be honest: When you open the paper in the morning, listen to the radio or watch TV, don't you get annoyed by ever reoccurring events ? To introduce my person a little bit more, I am Eastfrisian, and we have lived with the harsh North Sea for centuries. One time we win and gain land and the next big King Tide will drag everything back out to sea. To survive under these conditions we had to be inventive,look at all sorts of ways to outsmarten the cruel waters on the other side of the dike. Those who can't handle it, move further inland. Real Eastfrisians are loving every inch/centimetre of being in the midst of it.
Following Jessica's blog from the VERY FIRST entry (~2 years ago ?), I have come to known a young person of exceptional strength, determination and courage. That's why I said, that she will, including the trained knowledge of so many different subjects, be capable to conduct the trip. Sure, there is a big risk involved and I am concerned for her wellbeing, but what blew my sentimental fuse that morning was the wave of applause for something that she was trained for.
It is like walking into a circus and watching all those fantastic acts.They do blow our mind, but they are not on the spot performances. Jess does deserve praise and support, but please, and I might stir some of you up again, not with "nappy wrapping". We can have a jolly party here, exchanging knowledge and therefore supporting each others worries.Nothing wrong with that, very educational,as long as the facts are right. [Loved those Haircutting instructions the other day- L O L]
And please, if you need to see a Saint in Jess... so be it... I'll turn a blind ear to it and hold my patience, but my toenails are curling at that same time.
And considering myself, being 46, in 5 years with Jess around, what can I expect ? Being 51, I guess.
Nothing more. And I hope she is enjoying life her way.
That's all folks. Please return to your comment positions and write the way you prefer it. I'll stay on bord and keep posting mine when necessary.
Now you excuse me.I have to go outside and clear the footpath of snow. The tasks, life throws at you...
Regards and Greetings

Victor C.Pankouken

Anonymous said...

Проба сообщения. По английски понимаю плохо и пока не во всём сооброжу.

Anonymous said...

How are you. I from Russia. This probably sound to be in full solitude in ocean, but have a possibility when want, with all world. Good luck you, be careful.

chris coles-morales said...

Hi there,
Just doing the daily check on ya and it is good to see you smiling such a wide grin. Keep it up as it will keep u going!
A tip for the rollys: try setting the jib opposite of the main, that should help elp to stabilize a bit and so you don't get rolled around so much.I am sure you know that trick,but thought it should be brought up,lol. Sorry bad pun there.
Thanks to the bloke who put up the coordinates on Google Earth, you can really get a better perspective of where you are on the planet and it is impressive how much you have gone!
My grandfather always said, look at what you have done,not what lies ahead. He was a very smart man so I tend to take his advice.
Happy sailing and since the wind is at your back, I will just wish you safe sailing
Chris in Calif

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess
Lucky ducky to see Albatross !!!
There are some superstitions that focus on good luck. The albatross, a nomadic bird that covers great distances over the ocean, is considered a sign of good luck to the sailor. When a sailor dies, it is said that the albatross carries the soul of the sailor.An albatross following a sailing vessel gives it protection, as if sailors from the past are watching over the ship and crew. For this reason, it is considered bad luck to kill or injure an albatross.
Not that I am superstitious - but you never know hehe :-))
We follow your blog and your progress with great interest.
We wish you all the best for Christmas and 2010. Sail fair weather always.
Enjoy the toern, stay clipped on and come home safely with great stories to tell.
Jenny and Volker, Perth, WA

pharoc said...

Hey Jessica Watchman Watson just more words of encouragement and strokes of good luck my dear friend may the waters treat you fair as they get rough u are in thoughts and prayers inbedded in my beloved heartbeat c ya soon you will definitely become a force to wrecken with go get em gurl whoa ha p.s. Merry Christmas I will make some cookies for my family in your honor thakyou for the inspiration chow

'Blue 88' said...

Jesse .. just picked up your Blog and I'm loving your style and spirit. Have a great Christmas girl ... but I'm not so sure about your taste in Christmas songs ;-)

Hermann said...

Good luck and MERRY Christmas from Germany
Hermann and Christine

iTom said...

Jessica - I've been following your blog since the start of your journey and I am captivated by your spirit and courage! You are a remarkable girl and a true inspiration. I noticed a few comments mentioning Laura Dekker and I wondered if you were following her story. Thanks for your posts and pictures. Stay warm on this leg and Merry Christmas!

Tom Mould
North Carolina, USA

P.M.A.H said...

It´s really great! I like what you do, I love sailing and I´m also sailing, but not around the world... It´s really cool. I´m sure, that your cabin looks pretty nice with the decoration. Have a nice trip... Where are you now? Do you have a map with the track? I hope you have the time to write a mail. ! Best Regards P.H

Ernest From NH (USA) said...

Hi Captain Jesse, Wonderful smile on you in the pic. Nice hat.
Be Safe! Be Happy! Sing Louder!

Markie said...

My Christmas wish for you,my friend
Is not a simple one
For I wish you hope and joy and peace
Days filled with warmth and sun

I wish you love and friendship too
Throughout the coming year
Lots of laughter and happiness
To fill your world with cheer

May you count your blessings, one by one
And when totaled by the lot
May you find all you've been given
To be more than what you sought

May your journeys be short, your burdens light
May your spirit never grow old

May all your clouds have silver linings and your rainbows pots of gold

I wish this all and so much more
May all your dreams come true
May you have a Merry Christmas friend
And a happy New Year, too ..

You are simply an amazing girl and an insperation to many. I wish for you nothing but the best. Have a very Merry Christmas Jessica.

Markie (WI, USA)

Stanlee said...

Wow! From the top of the mast to the heart's center down below you're feeling every part of Ella's Pink Lady. It's as if you're getting to know her every breath and depth, that's beautiful. I am enthralled by the variety of life you have in your own little world. Nature seems to be speaking right to you through all kinds beauty whether sunsets, winds, fogs or fowl. Enjoy! What a special holiday season for you!

shefsus said...

Hi! I think you are amazing. Because you realizing my dreams too. Thanks! and Fair water and smooth sailing!

Andrey. Moscow. Russia.

RICHARD said...

Your attitude continues to amaze us. Always so positive. You are setting quite an example.

You always find the silver lining and all of us love that about you.

Keep up the good work!


See Ya Sailor!

emgb1 said...

Hi Jesse,
By reading the few first comments to your post, it seems that I'm not the only one to feel relieved at reading from you.
And it's nice to see you enjoying it and smile.
Keep safe

emgb1 from South Wales, UK (GMT+0)

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