Sunday, December 13, 2009

Lucky Not Lonely!

For the first time in over two weeks I saw something man made other than Ella's Pink Lady (drum roll please!). It was a small white piece of plastic that floated by this morning while we were becalmed for a short while. Not all that exciting, but it made me think about just how completely in the middle of nowhere I really am and about how every mile is taking us further into a pretty much empty stretch of ocean. It's still strange to think that I'm probably hundreds of miles from the nearest person, in fact it's now almost two months since I've seen anyone. Sure I've seen other boats but none of them have come close enough toactually make out the crew.

Maybe stranger still, I can honestly say that I've not once felt lonely out here. Homesick sure and I've missed everyone since the moment I sailed outof Sydney, but not lonely. Lonely is the word for a Friday night with nowhere to go, sitting at home feeling sorry for yourself. The difference is that I choose to be out here. For some crazy reason I chose to be on a little boat in the middle of the ocean. Maybe the dictionary puts it better than I do (yup, I'm actually quoting a dictionary!). 'Lonely; a depressed feeling of being alone'. I might be about as physically alone as you can get, but I'm not depressed about it at all. How can I feel lonely with people all over the world thinking of me, talking about me (my nose just doesn't stop itching!), some probably still hotly debating whether or not I should be out here. And with my family and friends waiting for me back home. Lonely no, that's not the word. Actually. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world!

Another first for today was a little blue sky, it's been 4 days since I've had any sunshine and I hadn't realized how much I'd missed it. Living on the Sunshine Coast with its often endless stretches of perfect weather, I used to love a rainy or overcast day just to break up the monotony, but out here nothing makes me smile faster than a little sunshine. I've even got a fewstars tonight. How spoiled am I?

So other than that patch of practically no wind this morning that left Ella'sPink Lady rolling uncomfortably in the swell, we've been able to make goodground to the east, just plodding along one day at a time!

Jessica

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carole (Mackay) queensland said...

Hey Jess
A great post as always. Your words are so descriptive. Thats a nice place to be where you feel like "the luckiest girl inthe world". You may be in the middle of the ocean, but you are really on a stage and we are the audience with our arms in the air cheering you on. Sounds like a quiet slow day today for you, bouncing around in the swell. Great to hear you are not lonely and you have picked that word apart, and alone definately doesnt mean lonely. Some people love their own company, others cant stand it... always running from themselves looking for something. Great stuff Jess, keep on keeping on.... you are amazing !!! and will be round the horn in no time. Enjoy the stars shining on you tonight and the blue skies - sounds lovely!

Fair winds and smiles
Carole (Mackay)

Piero said...

Ciao Jessica, I'm following your trip from Trieste, Italy, and I'm sure there are many of us over here, you're really doing something great! And so you're cannot be lonely at all. By the way our boat is a S&S too, and we know how affordable they are. I keep on following your track and wish you the best wind!
Piero

MUNGUS said...

Hi Jesse,

Inspirational -

We sent this at the end of your last blog, apologies for repeating it but we wouldn't want you to miss it
:-)

PRESS ON!

Nothing in the world can take the place of PERSISTENCE

TALENT will not!

Nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent

GENIUS will not!

Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb

EDUCATION will not!

The world is full of educated derelicts

PERSISTENCE and DETERMINATION alone are omnipotent

We don't know who wrote this originally

Alan and Lena, Gold Coast, Oz

Anonymous said...

The fact that people debate whether or not you should be out there only make your achievement that much more remarkable. If it was easy then there would be no debate. You must be very proud of what you have done and have yet to do.

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed your blog very much Jesse- you are really doing outstandingly well...good on you! God speed and blessings to you!

joachim papenhagen said...

Hi Jesse,

Yor Lucky Not Lonely is a really great one. Maybe a good title for your book too. Much more people over here watch your way and wish you luck.

J from Hamburg Germany

Molly said...

Once again, your effervescent attitude shines through.
I think people who can embrace the blessing of solitude are in on an amazing secret from The Universe.
You are lucky indeed and it's a delight to hear you express your gratitude for that.
Glad to hear you've had some sunshine.
That always magnifies our bright thoughts.
Blessings and safe sailing to you,
Molly
Maryland USA

Angus. said...

Hey Jesse,
All alone your surely not. there are thousands from all around the world with you every minute of every day.
I find it hard to believe that you might be sitting at home on a Friday night feeling sorry for yourself, I recon there might be a long line of young men just waiting to see that doesn't happen. As for crazy , well that's not in your dictionary.
And as for knockers well you will always get some moron trying to get some politically mileage to suit there own needs, i must say though, I have nit herd anyone say anything but praise. And justly deserved.
For every one knocker there is a million around the world pushing you along.
I don't think you will ever miss sunshine, i think enough comes from you. Take care.
Fair winds and following seas.
Angus.

Charles Dodgson said...

good onya Jessica,
some rare wisdom in your words.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse

You certainly shouldnt feel lonely with so much attention from around the globe. I am sitting here in Texas, USA reading your updates. Stay safe and have fun.

Cheers

Amanda

margaret said...

Jessica, You are a truely inspirational 16 year and the consummate role model for both young and old alike. Your indomitable spirit your philosophical outlook and your grit and determination are such enviable strengths, not to mention your enduring little sense of humour,and I am just one of hundreds who have total belief in you and our encouraging thoughts are with you every wave that you travel.

Anonymous said...

It's not about "if you should be out there"
You ARE out there-- and we will support you all the way.
Go hard Jessica--and take care.

dugie
caloundra.

ps I don't suppose you packed a chimney for Xmas eve.

Pete said...

Hey Jessica,

I enjoyed your post today, very philosophical! I guess you start appreciating the small things a lot more. My first post here too, just wanted to say I enjoy reading what you write. Most people never get more than 50 metres away from someone else in their whole life.. yet at the moment you are closer to more people than most!

Hoping for you that the winds blow favourably for some easterly travel,

Pete (Melbourne)

Jim said...

Hi Jessica - that is such a wonderful blog, the way you have expressed yourself, reckon you are about the luckiest girl in the world, if not the Universe. Today the ABC sports program Grandstand here in Australia had a lovey interview with your Mum interviewed by Peter Walsh, you mum said how well you're doing and when asked if you got lonely she said what you've just told us that your really enjoying yourself.

Wishing you fair winds and safe seas.

Jim
Perth, Western Australia

Angela and Zane said...

Hi Jess

Love hearing about your day, it is one thing that I make sure I check when I get home every evening, just to see how you are going and that are still safe and sound. So proud of you and I don't even know you. Go Jess.

All the best
Angela and Zane
Miami Qld

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Jessica
A quote from a song-
"Though the oceans rage,
I will not fear,
For I know that you love me,
and your love never fails."
You are about one quarter of the way in your journey.
Keep smiling.
Luv u
Richard (QLD)

John F said...

Hi Jessica,

In a way, those of us that are following your journey via your blog are lucky too. The fact that you take the time to so vividly describe things enables us to be be there with you.

Keep up the great blog entries.

Best Regards,
John F
Brisbane.

terryc said...

Tooshay Jessica,

Your argued your case well, someone can even feel lonely in a crowded room if they are not loved.

But I must say we do all love you and it is good to see you are enjoying yourself, while keeping a level head. And yes, we do all care about you and your quest. Remember each wave is a wave closer to your goal.

Love the updates, keep on sailing on.

carole (Mackay) said...

Mungus
I just, love your inspirational quote and will duplicate that for my office wall if that is OK.
Very,very true words. Education and certificates do not make a person a success.

Persist where others have given up and you will win every single time. Just keep going that little bit more.... LOVE IT and thankyou for sharing.

Have a nice night Captain Jesse.... hope the stars multiply just for you.

Carole (Mackay)

Anonymous said...

Dear Jessica,

To read what you just have written about being alone, gave me tears in my eyes. It was such nice words. You are so right in your thoughts, and so mature and a very special 16 year old girl.

What a coincidence, I was going to ask you if you had seen things loating in the sea. It's such a vast area of our planet you are out sailing in, an area we on land doesn't know much about.

It was a nice snowfall yesterday which dressed everything in white. It looked like a Christmas card, but this morning everything was gone. We hope though that the snow will came back later this month.

I don't need to say that you shall enjoy it out there, because you really do.
Sail on smiling. Sail safe.

Regards
Ingrid, Tyreso, Sweden

Scottforster said...

How slack Jess.
My hands are still sore, my back aches and my arms are another 12cm longer.

But after three races and three great results and a day spent racing on the water in a 15kn sou'easterly. I couldn't be happier.

Ah, to be sailing- it makes the week go faster.

Cheers

Scott

Peter Vickerson said...

G'day Champ,
Great to hear from you again. I can't help doing calculations about your progress.
I'm guessing you must be close to the 7000nm mark, which leaves about 16000nm to go.
I reckon that in the Souhern Ocean with a strong following wind you'll do at least 120nm a day, which according to my calculations will work out at 4 months 13 days to go.
This means that you'll sail into Sydney Harbour somewhere around Anzac Day, April 25.
Actually, I'm thinking of running a book on it.

Seriously though I am hugely impressed with the planning and timing of your route. You started off early emough to miss the cyclone season in the western southern pacific; you'll round Cape Horn at the peak of summer; and complete the rest of the voyage in summer and early autumn, completely avoiding any winter sailing.

Very impressive planning.

Good onya and God blessya.

Peter

Elio said...

Good onya Jess,
you keep thinking like that girl & it will make it easier to keep your head together,just remember what you are here to do, head down bum up Jess & get the job done & dont let your head play games with you. You are an inspiration to us keep it up & just remember that soon enough you will be back home & saying to yourself I would rather be sailing, Go Girl Go...
Elio & Family Wollongong

Quilljar said...

I still follow your blog Jessica and am priviledged to be able to talk back to you. When I think of all the explorers and adventureres that you follow, there cannot have been many whom we could have felt so at one with. Thank-you for the vicarious experiences you are giving us!
Love from your Old Pom fan and,I hope, adopted Grandpa!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,
Another great post. You make us all feel we are along for the ride with you.
It just shows how far plastic will travel and a reminder for people to dispose of it properly.
Glad you have seen some blue sky.Hope the week ahead is a good one. Look forward to your next post,
Joy
Ballarat.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess

Love hearing about your day, just to hear that your safe and happy makes my day. Keep going we know you can do this.

All our love Angela and Zane (Miami, Qld)

Anonymous said...

Jessica.. You amaze me with your maturity. My boys and I enjoy every word you express, we feel like we are along for the ride with you.
Yes you are lucky, but you have worked hard to get where you are.
Enjoy those stars..
xxx Natasha and family.. NSW

Anonymous said...

Jessica,
Keep On Keeping on. Well done on the trip so far.

More pictures please.

Nigel
Melbourne Australia.

Anonymous said...

Jess..
Carole is correct 'you are really on a stage'....I can totally understand you not feeling lonely.

I tend to steer away from people that can't be by themselves for any length of time. Maybe I am wrong but I feel that if you can't be happy in your own company for awhile then don't come to me to make you happy!
Saying that I would love Silly to fly in again and keep you company for a few days. Ros

Janelle lane said...

sleep well tonight Jess, you are never alone out there. I am a mum of 6 kids and I think of you often, bless you for your courage
2 Thessalonians 3:16
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

RichieParis said...

Oh Captain Jesse, every blog is as brilliant as the previous one, how can you do that?

Sensibility, wisdom, expression, it is just a delight reading your words. They come from your soul and touch our souls. How many smiles on our faces, how many littel tears coming in the corners of our eyes shall we all have had during your journey? I couldn't imagine that. Let me tell you, you are precious, Jesse. and I am sure I can speak so on behalf of most of your adopted relatives.

Angus is right, at every single minute, there are certainly people here or there thinking of you, as you have enthusiast followers all over the world; all don't sleep at the same time, there are already thousands of them awake, and thiking of you so often that there is no "empty" minute.

It is great to read that your nose is itching, I mean that our distant thoughts may bring you something. You know, sometimes we feel somehow useless, or at least less useful as your stuffed sailors, who share your muffins, but stay inside when the sails need some work to be done!

Happy sailing, Captain. Hugs to your cuddly bunch (sorry for my rough words about their natural laziness!), and to your sturdy Lady... and to you!

BrissyFan said...

Hey Jess,

As always you are an absolute inspiration..... except you need to stop telling everyone how fabulous QLD is with it's almost always perfect weather etc Some things we need to keep to ourselves or we will be over run ;)

Stay well!!

Vegasclimber said...

Isn't it amazing how those little pieces of trash find their way into the middle of nowhere? Really makes one think that maybe we should do a little more to help keep the planet clean maybe :) thanks for telling us about it!

It's great that you're in good spirits and coping well with the totally understandable feelings of missing your folks and friends, and staying focused on your goals.

As far as the nay sayers go, they are becoming fewer by the day. In my humble opinion, they should have shut it when you had that brush with the tanker and got right back into the groove. Or sooner.

Keep on keeping on, you are an inspiration to many and we are really enjoying the chance to take this journey with you in spirit.

Fair winds and some more blur skies!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess

Love your blog I think I have become addicted. You are doing such a fantastic job of this, I feel so proud of you and I don't even know you. Keep it up I love your spirit.

All our Love
Angela and Zane

Michelle Pinci said...

Hi Jess,
I have been checking regulary to make sure you are OK and still capturing each moment. I have a weather check on desktop so I can see what is happening in your neck of the woods, even has wave direction. My father race in many Sydney to Hobarts plus the Admirals cup but until you took on this challenge I really didn't take such an interest. I look forward to your updates and like others, I wish you all the best in achieving an exciting and successful crossing. You are a special lady. Cheers for now from Michelle and Tibor, Coffs Harbour

Lea said...

Hey Jesse,

As always, it sounds like you're in the perfect place - especially with a little sunshine popping back in to your world!

New from the lovely Sydneytown - I saw Green Day on Friday night. They are AWESOME live - don't know if you're a fan or not (you should be!!), but it was defintely the highlight of my week :-).
A little different to the quiet world you're currently in...

Hope the crew are all behaving themselves and not eating all of your banana muffins.

Take care,
Lea xx

Brian Riley said...

Actually. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world!
This statement of yours is certainly a view of self satisfaction and the reason you are where you are doing what you have chosen to do in this period of your life,with a large following of people from all walks of life from many parts of the world, (LONELY)is definitely not the word.
My personal DR of your position is S34.0' W146.0' and this looks like a nice arc you are creating to Cape Horn. Strange that you were becalmed in this part of the Ocean, that's the world we live in though.
As for those still debating if you should be where you are doing what you like best, (sounds like a little sour grapes from them), your parents come first and their thoughts and their understanding of you, their daughter and their appreciation of your dreams as well as your knowledge of sailing.
Safe Passage,will talk later.
Brian
Hervey Bay.QLD

BavariaBlu said...

Wonderful thoughts about a big topic, Jessica, and well put, too. Easy to imagine, though, how thoughts of this kind are emanating on a journey like this, with none of the usual distractions around. Fully concentrated on your boat and the situation you cope with, a little plastic bag floating by must set the mind to fly and wonder ...
thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hello Jessie sweetheart
Another beautifully written piece
of prose. Your words reveal an amazing spirit and a truly remarkable young woman. No wonder you have captured the hearts of the world! You have a beautiful soul Jess and will always be a special person no matter where life takes you. For me it is a tremendous privilage to follow your intrepid journey and therefore be a tiny little part of this historical event!
May the Good Lord watch over you, protect you, and bless you, all the days of your life.

Clint Jeffrey - VK3CSJ said...

Hey Jesse,
Angus kind of stole my thunder, don't think for one solitary moment that you are alone, and you know it!.....precious girl

But it is interesting I wonder what a psychologist would say of your comments?....I would imagine after 50 odd days at sea and being on your own these thoughts would be going through my mind too, its going to get tougher for you Jess and its not just the weather I'm talking about....so I come back to initial comment, you are not alone! and like I said in my last post, if I could just get my matter transfer machine working I'd transport you ashore invite you for a roast dinner and beam you back to EPL....;)

Anyway Jess...take care and I'm not gonna say make sure you're "clipped on"...just make sure you are....okay!

Cya tomorrow!

Clint - D'townc

John said...

Hey Jesse!

Hello again from the US Virgin Islands! When you're trip began, I was so intrigued that I decided to follow your blog everyday which isn't something I do with blogs. Your blog has caught the world's attention as by now you know.

In addition, when I come upon something in my own daily life that is a bit challenging for me, I think of you put there and that gives me the push to go ahead. Thank you for that gift of inspiration! Have fun and stay safe. We all love you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica
How’s it going? Your Mum was great on ABC radio sport today. They are going to keep in touch with her through the cricket season & through the footy season I hope.
Apparently the new AFL Gold Coast team want you to be the first female player to don an AFL jumper – and play. You up for it? Ha. Of course you are. Big lol!
Keep well
CU
Sarge

Georgia Guy said...

Hi Jessica,

I find your thoughts and observation in "Lucky Not Lonely" intriguing. And I feel that you summed it up perfectly when you said "Lonely no, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world!"

To me this shows a stunning maturity, for your age, and your ability to stand back and make observations about yourself is remarkable..

There may be others who might delve into any sub-meanings of yuor feelings but such delving is not necessary.

It is only natural to miss those closest to us and if you didn't, I would think something was wrong with you.

But you have perfectly defined the task you have undertaken with this odyssey and your steely determination to see it through to a successful conclusion. You are where you are at this moment due to a choice made by you and a dream realization you saw to fruition.

There are a 1,000 reasons to feel your nose itching due to the 1,000s of well wishers and sideline cheerleaders that gather and comment here every week.

Safe sailing and Godspeed.

Georgia Guy
USA

duane said...

Another great blog Jessica. You will be a good case study for behavioral psychology when you get back. You also would be a great motivational speaker. And of course you will be a great author. Of course you will be a suburb captain and could make a nice living giving lessons. Not a bad list for anyone let alone a sixteen year old. You will go far in live, you already have.
May God continue to bless you with good winds and a sound mind. Happy sailing. duane

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse
A very thought provoking missive Jesse. You my young friend only have to open your computer to know you are not alone albeit an ocean divides us all.
On a light er note I thought of a tempting culinary trial for you a meat and veg pie using a lighter version of bread dough and a tin of beef stew and veg> I assume mum packed this in one of your pantry supplies for colder weather. Or make yourself a shepherds pie using deb potato and beef stroganoff or beef and veg mix top with cheese. Will make a change while weather is a bit lighter.
Cheers
Love and hugs
Evie from bendigo

sharon said...

Your blogs are so enjoyable to read. I know very little about sailing but I am learning bits and pieces as I check into your site from time to time. I am still intrigued with you being out there on the wide ocean all by yourself! Isn't it good you have everyone in far away places keeping you company? You're in our thoughts and prayers.

dee58 said...

Hi Jessice
Great to read your blog again tonight I must admit came on line to see if you have left any news.??
another worried mum I guess.
Talking about being lonely, I have been grounded for 5 days with the flu
so no Im not Lonely just happy to have time out at home instead of running off some where.
life is so short.
time to take life easy.
Good luck and I enjoy reading your news.
Dee48

David said...

Jess, Lucky Not Lonely - one of your best blogs to date. As your voyage has gotten longer, all of us has wondered about your state of mind. Lucky you are and you continue to show yourself very well. Keep the harness on and be safe.

David Indiana

Jean Hall said...

Just checking in to let you know that I read your blog every day. I may not say much, but I never forget to check on you before I shut down the computer for the night. God bless you!

bernie777 said...

Jess u are absolutely amazing...it is pretty crazy what u r doing...but u know what u r doing and thats what makes a difference...at least you are not going to psychological snap...and we you true blogging fans are giving you all the support you need...so keep sailing east and check out Easter Island...go Jessica we love you....Bernie777 and all the other bloggers on your side..xxx

The Original Whyalla Jack said...

Onya Jess. I'm really enjoying the ride.
John from Esk.jdenny

The Original Whyalla Jack said...

Oh yeah....Fair winds to you.

OWJ

mimo said...

Suppose you never thought you'd be so excited about a piece of plastic.
I must admit, when I first heard of a 16 year old girl that wants to sail around the world, I thought you and your parents were crazy and that you shouldn't be allowed to do it, but from the day you took off I have changed my tune. I am completely in awe of you and in a strange way also very proud, as if you were my own.

Anyway, stay safe and keep smiling.

Mick

mimo said...

Suppose you never thought you'd be so excited about a piece of plastic.
I must admit, when I first heard of a 16 year old girl that wants to sail around the world, I thought you and your parents were crazy and that you shouldn't be allowed to do it, but from the day you took off I have changed my tune. I am completely in awe of you and in a strange way also very proud, as if you were my own daughter.

Anyway, stay safe and keep smiling.

Mick

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Hi Jesse,
You are not alone.Your supporters are united across the world in admiration and amazement at your courage.
Bonded together to share with you the thrill of your adventure.
Thankyou for sharing the journey of a lifetime!!!!
Happy sailing,
Sally in Melbourne

Summersailor said...

Hi Jess:
Great attitude and your blog today made me feel great that you have the right mind set for this. I guess I had some concerns about a comment in your last blog about wanting to take a day off from sailing. But with today's comment(s), "lucky not lonely" I feel reassured, you will succeed, even though you are months away. One day, one month at a time. It's wonderful for the world to see you mature as a sailor with each passing day along with the writings in your blog. Enjoy, sail on. :oD

Robert

Anonymous said...

You are a philosopher. I love your spirit. You are teaching us something about life even though you are far away. You are in our thoughts every day, Jessica.

Yours,
KG California, USA

Tim09 said...

Hi Jess,
Rosie and I have read every blog since you left Sydney and if i am not mistaken your blogs are getting better and better each time. Thanks you for taking the time to share your amazing journey to unfortunates stuck here on land.
Your words at least let us be with you in spirit, imagining each swell roll under EPL.
Looking forward ton your next blog.
Tim and Rosie
Caboolture

Anonymous said...

Jessica,

Sunshine warms the heart a brings positive feeling to our thoughts.

Just know that very few people have the right stuff. You are special and that can be daunting. You have the right stuff. With respect and admiration.

John
Las Vegas, NV

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,
Another great report and I also join with everyone here, you will never be lonely as far as we are concerned.
I understand how looking forward to the next few weeks and the real possibility of experiencing challenging sailing conditions would bring on some mixed feelings of both excitement sprinkled with a little fear of the unknown.
As I have done lots of skiing in the past, perhaps skiing a steep black diamond run for the first time could be likened to sailing, I mean as far as fear and excitement are concerned.
Anyway, for what its worth,
here is a skiing poem that you may relate to,
by John E. Patterson. (USA)

A MOUNTAIN GLORIOUS

Leaning on my ski poles,
The wind lashes at my face.
Through watery eyes I glance down
At the receding white mass below.
Sparkling silver dust skitters in the sun.
Tired evergreens bow to their heavenly burden.
A floating mantle of white
Funnels toward azure peaks, far off.
A world of peace, unstained and sinless
Cloaked in thin, clean, innocent air.
Sliding one foot forward I slip down descending,
Forcing my weight into each turn.
My peaceful vision turns about
As the reality of the biting wind
Cuts sharper at my face -
Fear blowing uphill
As I swoop down,
Faster, faster.
The air no longer naive, now
Sucks away at my breath like a thieving cat,
Leaving my chest empty, my head
Halfway up the slope,
And I'm suddenly stopped.
Halted at the door of the lodge.
Gasping.
The death stroke of panic subsides,
Is over quicker than I thought.
And I look back up at the giant trail of fear,
A mountain glorious,
Which had just unknowingly released me.
......................

Wishing you and the "crew" enjoyable and safe sailing.
Ozca,
From the Bras d'Or Lakes.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jesse,
Your absolutely correct, tonight at the dinner table we were just talking about you and how well you have been going.
I'm happy that your happy out there.

Fantastic Job.

Saraya :-)

Darren Achim said...

Hey Jess,

You are a lucky girl!!!
the difference between a dream and a goal is that a goal has a time of achievement associated with it.

You are not living a dream you are working towards your goal!

You are lucky to have a family that supports your goals.

But you've also made your own luck with all the mental and physical preparation that you've put into this remarkable journey.

It is easy to be a critic, it is hard to be an inspiration.

You are an inspiration.

And like most inspired people who radiate the very essence of life, you have attracted and inspired many thousands of people from all around the world.

though the "crazy reason" for your doing this may be personal and private. You and your blog are a very public gift, and through it we are also the lucky ones.

I think that the loneliest a person can ever be is being surrounded by people who do not believe in them, and I trust that you know in your heart that beyond the vast expanses of water that surrounds you lies thousands of people who believe in YOU, and who think of YOU and read YOUR words daily. In my mind that is the furthest from lonely as anyone can ever get, So I am not surprised that even though you are physically alone that you dare not feel lonely.

I think a big thanks to PANASONIC and SATCOM and all the other sponsors who have generously given you the tools to not only work towards your goal but in addition to be able to communicate daily (ish) :) through your blog is in order.

Stay safe in the big winds and please remember that 40 knots of wind is not TWICE as strong as 20 knots it is FOUR times as strong.

All the best

Darren Achim
skipper "Quest"
Toronto Canada

magpie said...

Hi Jessica,
Cripes!!!!Stop sucking that salt water out of the mainsheet!!!!
Mind on the job please, you're starting to go all gooey, snap out of it!

Don't pay attention to all these goody-two shoe bloggers...telling you that they are astonished at how Grown up you are, and that you are such a philosophical soul.
La di da di da dah.

Jolly good show old Jessie captain but only a week ago you were hanging out for some cloud. Well?

Get on with it and stop sucking in the sea water, you're going a bit nutty, lol.

Mary said...

Dearest Jessica,

How surprised I am to read that you've been "becalmed" in the ocean. Last thing I thought I'd be reading. Perhaps I speak for many of us who are trying to manage our expectations, that I thought you'd be rockin' and rollin' in howling winds and steep breaking winds for the last two days.

Yes, I know you'll have those days, and many....

I adore how you've made distinctions between LUCKY and LONELY. So true, such good words for so many of us to heed.

I trust you and have confidence in you, Jessica. Your sails are full of faith and truth-to-self vision.

It is wise for those who feel fearful for your safety, to keep in mine that you LOVE TO SAIL!!!

May you continue to generate strength and confidence as you streak home like a brilliant comet.

With deep respect and love,
Mary, Maine, USA

Jay-Sea said...

Go west sorry that should be east youg girl go east. Hope the sunshine's for you soon Jess I like you love nothing more than a clear blue sky with the sun shinning bright than as the sun nods of to sleep i love to watch all those stars slowly twinkle and light up the sky and even better with a full moon to guide you Safe sailing Jess
Julie

samurai said...

Hey there Jess, I hope you're well.
You are indeed the luckiest girl in the world. To have such an opportunity presented to you and to have the great boat that you have as well as the guidance, support and encouragement of your entire team, not to mention all your well-wishers out here, you are indeed blessed. You have strength of spirit and the inner qualities necessary to undertake such a challenge, without which this RTW record attemp would not be achieveable or at the very least, even happen. Stay focused on your ultimate goal and try not to overthink your emotions. They are what they are and they will serve to build your character and take you on a journey of self discovery. Beyond all you will experience, remember to be patient and gentle with yourself. Loneliness is just a state of mind. A sailor's mind is always full of responsibilities and everything that happens 24/7 is somewhat exagerated from the day to day happenings and annoyances that we would otherwise take foregranted. It takes a very special kind of person to endure the isolation of wall to wall blue and by that I simply mean that it's not everyone's cup of tea. Lucky only that it's yours. I so get that you're not at all lonely. Good on you. Keep up the good work. Take good care of yourself and bye for now...Sam

Mary said...

Hi, Y'all!

Just read the comments sent to Jess's Banana Post. Kaleen, your second poem is a good one.....I see the title of Jessica's book: See It Through.

Cheers!
Mary, Maine, USA

Anonymous said...

press on and know the world is following you on your adventure of a lifetime. I am plotting your progress on a world map. and wondered if possible to put aprox co-ords on the blog for more accurate plotting of your progress. thanks for reading, and wish you a merry Christmas out on the big pond. Mike ,wilmington nc usa

Richard Lathrop said...

Sunday Morning in New England.

Talk about sunshine! The warmth and light radiating from your blog this morning is the 24-hour kind of sunshine. It falls on the entire earth at once. And shines directly on the heart.

Yes, you are lucky. But it's not the roll-of-the-dice kind of luck. That luck comes of chance. You, on the other hand, make your own good luck. It doesn't just happen to fall to you. Your actions have everything to do with it. [then, of course, you express your appreciation for it in the most modest and graceful words]

And, in another sense, you are lucky the way a rabbit's foot is [supposed] lucky. It's lucky for us to have you on our key chains. [which, i must add, is not the case for the rabbit]

But you make real for us that same sort of self-determined luck. It lucky for us to know you. You add new layers of meaning to our worlds--just as you are adding them to your own.

Again, we have to read between the lines to realize that you weathered that last windy bit just fine. We can only assume the mast is still up and no sail is in shreds or wrapped around your rudder. We might not hear this lucky talk if it were.


Fair winds,

Richard Lathrop

jo from perth said...

Hi Jesse,
great to hear you are not feeling lonely out there in the big blue sea. There is a huge difference in feeling lonely to actually being alone. For me i think the worst thing is being surrounded by people but still feeling lonely regardless. I am a little sad to hear that even hundreds of miles away from the nearest person, plastic has found it's way out there in the ocean.
Lovely to hear you had a little ray of sunshine, enjoy the sun and the stars and keep on 'plodding along'.
Wishing you Good Winds and Safe Sailing Jesse.
Goodnight... sleep tight.
jo

RICHARD said...

Everyone who has read your latest posting is filled with pride. You represent the best in us Jesse. You inspire us and give us all motivation. I think you reignite that spirit we all have inherently in our youth of "whatever you can dream you can achieve." You are sparking a sense of confidence and courage to perhaps revisit and take on a few challenges that for one excuse or another we left behind. You may be alone, but we are the lucky ones.

Thank you Jesse!

Blessings,

See Ya Sailor!

Hummer Man said...

My entire family is following your progress daily and everyone just loves your pictures, even my borther in the mountains of Colorado. You are exceptionally qualified and have a good ground support team, so just enjoy yourself and keep your mind occupied with reading, schoolwork, the weather, keeping things ship shape, and your progress. You are seeing sights that only you will ever see and they will shape the rest of your life! God Speed and always be careful on deck!

Judy said...

Hi Jesse, just like Jean above I am just heading to bed but have to check in to see how you're doing which I now do every evening. What an inspirational post - you show a maturity way beyond your years! Like so many other people around the world I feel as though I know you. What a very special young woman you are You are amazing keep up the good work. Enjoy the stars and the sunshine. Until next time - keep smiling Judy, Mandurah, Western Australia

Dr.Walker said...

Jess, Would love to get lat-log update. Tks--Johnny Walker--USA

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

You may be as physically alone as you can get, but the image I have of you is of someone who is totally at peace with herself but at the same time fully aware and capable of handling the challenges involved in this incredible journey.

You may be alone for a few more months beautiful girl, but you'll never be lonely!

Keep your well written and highly interesting blogs coming and stay safe!

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

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Hi Jesse
On land and at sea,we are all creating magical memories at Christmas.
Together we can make beautiful things happen.
Peace on Earth to all
Sally in Melbourne

Peter from Sweden said...

amazing blog, I have read some "sailing-alone-over-the-ocean" books and I would recommend your blog to be one of the top ones already even before the adventure is finished. Get your ground crew to start working on how to get a publisher and you can tour around the world in a second wave promoting your book and meet sailing friends around the globe.
Keep fishing Jesse

Rex said...

Hi Jesse,
Great to see every new posting, and that you are doing just fine. Nudge your shore crew to post the gps spots on the maps every day. We worry when we don't see the daily update and your progress.

Do you ever just lie back on the starry nights and count the number of airplanes flying overhead? have you ever noted the skylab as it speeds around the earth every 90 minutes. Sometimes, it goes over the south Pacific.

Last night, i opened a bag of dried Phillipine mangoes, and thought of you.

Cheers, and may the wind be with you,

another of the adoptee grandparents,


Rex Gibbons
Newfoundland, Canada

Grant Fjermedal, Seattle said...

Jessica --

Where the heck are you? ;-)

Your position on your Web site map hasn't been updated for nearly a week.

And your blogs virtually never mention location. Usually the first entry in a ship's logbook (which is kind of what your blog is) would be your latitude and longitude position, as well as direction of travel and current boat speed (or 24-hour average).

I'm assuming you are keeping a physical logbook onboard that has all of this information entered throughout the day as part of your dead reckoning navigation that would augment all the electronics if you were to lose them. (This presupposes you are also plotting your progress on an old-fashioned paper chart, and getting the pleasure of day by day entering your new location (with pencil) and seeing the progress as you walk your boat across the chart.)

Even if GPS has done away with paper charts (what a loss that would be to the Gestalt of a yacht's chart table) and even if for some reason solo sailors don't keep hourly log entries for dead reckoning (I suppose with no one to relieve you on the off-watch the logbook entries couldn't remain hourly for long) it does seem as if the first thing you would want to tell us was where the heck you were. ;-)

If your Web site map were updated daily there would be no need for this rant from the armchair. ;-)

But given that it isn't . . . it would sure be appreciated if you could furnish Lat & Lon in your dispatches so we can figure out where you are when you talk about your voyage.

To end on a more positive note: Greatly enjoy your reports. It will be easy for you to pull this all together into a book at voyage's end. And I wouldn't care about such things as Lat & Lon if I hadn't been so captivated by your journey.

- Grant Fjermedal, Seattle

Post Scipt: Yesterday I spoke of stumbling upon the free online version of Webb Chiles' book "Storm Passage: Alone Around Cape Horn." What a story! And what a young eccentric. I mentioned yesterday that he left on his trip in the 1970s on a (brand new) Ericson 37 that had NO engine and NO electronics. The guy also had NO electricity of any kind. He lit his cabin with kerosene lamps. Crazier still, he had NO bathroom, just a bucket. And -- here's something that seems completely ridiculous -- NO lifelines and NO pulpits. This means that all those days and nights he was on the ocean, if hit by a wave it would have simply washed him overboard. No lifelines (the stainless steel stanchions and wires that provide a safety fence to keep folks aboard). I would gladly give up the bathroom (head) and the electric lights and a whole lot more before I would head for Cape Horn on a boat without lifelines.

On his way to Cape Horn his boat began to leak and his mast stays began to break, so he had to do a 2,000 mile side track to the West to Tahiti for repairs. I'm anxious to see how he makes entry to Papeete without an engine when the Coastal Pilot tells him to maintain 7 knots of speed so that the currents don't push him onto the reefs that surround the harbor. What a read! So, for any Jessica followers who want some additional maritime reading -- especially reading that will give you an idea of what Cape Horn and beyond could present to Jessica -- you might give the book a read.

He also has magnificent humor and spirit. In the midst of his early troubles -- finding out that his brand new boat leaks, that his rudder is going out, and the mast is ready to fall down, he writes:

"I seriously believe this voyage to be a heroic adventure, but it seems so far more like a Donald Duck cartoon. I have not tried to talk since I left San Diego, and am reluctant to do so for fear I will discover I sound like him, too."

ORush01 said...

Hi jessica, I am 8 years old and live in Texas. I just found your blog with my mom and we are excited to keep up with you now! I get to count reading your blogs in my reading log for school. Good luck to you. We'll be thinking of you each day.

Ben Sultan said...

Yeah I concur with that. You ARE lucky! and you're right we are all in this with you - thinking of you and supporting you :) Keep on truckin'

Bruce de Mich said...

Hi, Jess! Guess you have just provided us with a very good, verbal description of the difference between 'loneliness' and 'alone-ness'. Nice job! Glad to hear you are through the transition zone and well on your way to 'The Cape'. I have read some accounts of early explorers getting 'the scurvy' due to lack of proper amounts of 'vitamin C'. Do you use supplements for that since you have used up all of the fresh fruit?

Bruce

Lance said...

What a gal... I watch your progress daily - like so many around the world are. God Speed Jessica.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica. I am 8 years old and live in Texas. My mom and I found your blog and can't wait to keep up with you now! I can even read your blogs and count them in my reading log for school. Good luck to you!

Phil in Idaho said...

Atta Girl!! You have a good attitude for this trip. You may be physically alone but thousand all over the world are watching and praying for you and Ella!

Keep up the good work!

p.s. I have to go shovel snow now! See You have it pretty good!

Russ. VE6VK said...

It is amazing to find garbage floating around so far away from any habitation. Plastic is one of the many pieces of man-made goods that cause problems for animals of the sea. As for being lonely, you have set yourself a goal and loneliness is probably one of the negatives of such a long isolated trip. You have overcome this challenge very nicely and , no doubt with the help of all your admirers and their comments. A few who had their doubts about you making such a long voyage are beginning to change their thoughts to encouragement for you. You will make it alone with your courage and skill. Main thing, is to not take unnecessary chances and do things the way you were taught to do. Good safe sailing.Best wishes from up here..Russ in Calgary.

Ken said...

G'day Jesse. What a great post!
I'll admit I was one of those who thought you shouldn't go - until you sailed out of Sydney Heads and from that moment on I've been right behind you along with one or two others from all over the planet judging by the origins of some of the posts here!

Go! Go! Go!
Ken (Brisbane)

Charley said...

Hi Jesse,
Ella's Pink Lady is entertaining Jessica Watson for Christmas in a little visited location in the South Pacific. We wish Jesse and Ella's Pink Lady and Family the Merriest and Happiest on this most memorial occasion and a unforgetable Happy New Year at a "Surprise Location".
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Jesse, Charley

I like the way you sail Ella's Pink Lady and Ella's Pink Lady likes you, you'r the best.
"For many a stormy wind shall blow
E'er Jesse comes home again" On your way across the oceans

Mr. Canadian said...

Good day to you Jessica Watson.

You may be in the middle of the ocean, but you feel like you are top of the world. Yes you do have a lot of friends looking out for you, and I'm sure every one of them would be at the Finnish line if they could when you get home.

When you do get home are you going to keep up the Blogging here on your site. I hope so.
♥♥♥

Anonymous said...

That plastic will last forever in the water until it eventually gets ground up into dust and works its way into the food chain at which point we may end up eating it some day. Seems silly because we can't make that much of a differnce but we try to pick up any plastic we find in the water when we're out sailing. Probably hard for you to do as you wouldn't want to risk ending up in the water yourself! Picking up plastic trash on the ground before it ever gets into the water is good too :)

jwb777 said...

THX for the lovely post today! You truly are lucky to be where you are, and you are not lonely because you are living your dream!

Jessica, you're a precious and beautiful young woman, full of dreams and ambition....one brave enough to set out to achieve your long-held goal to be the youngest to sail solo around the world. In doing so, you are not only following YOUR dream but you have given a whole lot of people the vicarious thrill of also following a dream....perhaps for the first time in many of our lives.

It's amazing, but you have inadvertently brought together a large and growing community of people! Your 'following' crosses the oceans and continents, (and all those pesky time-zones), crosses language barriers, and includes all ages. We admire you and WE LOVE YOU!

Additionally, there seems to be a growing camaraderie among us....we're out here, scattered all around the globe, connected only by the Internet, yet united with the single goal of cheering you on and encouraging you every NM of your journey. You are the best! God bless you!

YOU GO GIRL!

Hugs and prayers,
Janell, in Oklahoma, USA

Daniel Sherman said...

I have daughter your age and she is upstairs, sleeping in on a Sunday. There you are ready to sail the cape in a few weeks! For whenever you do feel some loneliness, you're quite right. Lots of people have you in mind.. and heart. Happy Sailing!

chris coles-morales said...

Hi there,
Glad to see that you doing well.I have been offline due to a blown motherboard! I am sure that is small beans in comparison to what you are doing :)
I really like how your blog deals with different topics.Never boring!
Keep it up! :)
Looking forward to seeing you round the Horn,as I am sure you will soon!
Stay dry,
chris in calif.

HAWKEYE said...

HAWKEYE

Hi Jesse, I must say I'm a little perplexed by your raising of 'loneliness' - for me it came out of left field. Perhaps we need to make a distinction; for me there is a world of difference between SOLITUDE and LONELINESS although the two terms are used interchangeably; from the outside they both are characterized by solitariness but for me all semblance ends at the surface. I would suggest Jesse that solitude is a state of being alone without being lonely and that is what you say you are experiencing and relate as much in your recent posting. And as I see it solitude is a positive and constructive engagement with oneself that services one's self-awareness. It's a case of Jesse being wonderful and sufficient company for Jesse. Like many of us darl you use time alone as a mechanism for self-reflection,inner searching and resultant growth. I guess if you are seeking solitude then doing anything Solo is the way to go. I am sure see at least I hope you do that this challenge which you have undertaken is not entirely about records - I think it probably turns out to be a lot more complex than the glory.

Your postings often reflect an inner peacefulness or maybe the search for it. Whatever, the reason it doesn't really matter provided what you are doing and the environment it creates services your personal needs. Sometimes we may just need to rejuvenate ourselves and we 'choose' a mechanism and in Jesse's case it's sailing solo. What solitude tends to do is to put us back in charge of our lives. Perhaps, Jesse you like being in control and good on you.

It's true darl you have detractors but these folk I bet are those people who are not in control but love to control others. You made a choice but it's a choice respectful of others too - family friends etc. And you built around you a support system that requires considerable social connectedness to people - individual and groups of people. Such a support mechanism is an effective antidote to social disconnectedness - I said in a previous blog that 'having regular contact with parents, friends and other loved ones provides a strong mechanism of interconnectedness between Jess's current space and the space she previously occupied.

God it's unimaginable that Jesse would have a lonely Friday night. If that's remotely the case then the young blokes on the Sunshine Coast must be simultaneously blind and stupid. However, in such an unlikely event you were ever lonely on a Friday night I highly recommend you head West and you will eventually reach Perth.

I do hope everything is OK with you Jesse and it is therapeutic to vent your feelings and speaking for myself I will do whatever I can to keep the spirits up. 'til next time Jesse safety first, stay in the moment, rest when you can and be positive of the fact that you are much loved by your devotees. And of course be happy precious one!!

HAWKEYE



You are special Jesse and don't pay attention to the detractors - most of these fools have no sense of who they are. But darl this is about you and never loose sight of that; let the losers wallow in their limited capacities and doomsday religion.
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RedDog said...

I can sense from your posts that you are becoming more mature and introspective. I am sure that this journey of yours will have a profound effect on you throughout your life.

"Happy sails to you" (remember Roy Rodgers and Dale Evans?)

Bob O.

Meechree said...

Glad you're keeping your chin up!
That's the way to do it!
-Dimitri, USA

Anonymous said...

Hee young LADY, after reading your blog now for a while I thought it's time to write you now for the first time I think you are very brave and I love the way you express yourself.
You are a little dare devil;-)) huh.
I can't wait for your book to come out when your done with your trip. And you should put a copyright on all the blogs that you put out here Jessica.So that no one else is going to write about you from your words and comments. Keep it up girl your going to break that record with ease and enjoy every minute of your trip at the fullest.

With great admiration for you , sincerely Frank Grootenboer

Anonymous said...

I read your blog every day It's great amazing, I know alot of people have dreams many never reach there dream, maybe they don't try hard enough? You on the other hand have the smarts,determination,strong willed, your going to make your dream a reality and inspire others to chase there dreams. Happy fishing send us pic's of your next one, and the lonely part YOUR not alone the world is with you. May god bless for a safe and life experiencing adventure. Chuck from michigan,usa

M. Eric Carr said...

Good for you for following your dream. If you ever do feel lonely, just take a few minutes to re-read all of the comments on your blog entries. We're all with you in spirit!

Anonymous said...

Psalm 73:23-24
23 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. 24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.


Good morning, Jessica! I was thinking you were rocking and rolling in high swells and winds and learn that you were actually becalmed. Always a surprise here. I love your analysis of being lonely, and your reasoning about why you aren't. If you have more clearing, watch for the meteors tonight. The Geminid meteor shower is intensifying. According to the International Meteor Organization, dark-sky observers are now counting 40+ meteors per hour. God's creation and universe is amazing, and I envy your privilege and perspective out there. You will have experienced something so rare when you are through. Alone with Him! This Sunday I am praying for you again, your warmth, good rest and health, and of course for your family at home as they have a day of rest and plenty of time to follow, think about, and talk with you.

Anonymous said...

Wow, has it been 2 months already? That's a great big chunk you can tick off on your calendar, about a quarter of the voyage done. Another eight weeks or so and you'll be on your way home, counting the miles down instead of up. And the strangest thing of all: After all is finished an done it will feel somewhat unreal. You will be glad to be home again but at the very same time you will be itching to be back out there again. So it's carpe diem every day, you're doing this once in a lifetime, enjoy every minute!

Anonymous said...

To the Luckiest Girl in the World,
I've never done anything like what your doing but I understand your feelings on a less grand scale. It almost makes a person feel more whole. Cheers to you! Lori (western WA)

SaltyDog said...

Jessica,

As I said in a comment several days ago, there's a big difference in being alone and being lonely. So I completely understand and can relate to what you're saying, Jess. Of course people get homesick and miss people back home. That's just an indication of how much you love your family and friends. Having contact with them and knowing that there are so many people supporting you and looking forward to having you home will help take away any loneliness. As the proverb goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Even though it's such a long trip, someday you'll realize that relative to your lifespan, it's a small time frame and yet an enormous experience. You're living your dream and creating a lifetime of experiences to share. Believe me, for the rest of your life you will never get tired of telling your stories and people will never get tired of hearing them.

It sounds great that you're getting a bit more sunshine since we've been getting temperatures down to -8C here for the past week or so. The cold just makes me appreciate the warm weather more when it gets here. Just as the hot weather makes you appreciate the cooler weather and the cloudy, rainy days make you appreciate the sunny days. Variety is the spice of life.

Have fun, stay safe and happy sailing.

From Seattle, WA, USA
SaltyDog

patrickm said...

Hey Jess,
We are cheering you on from Chocolatetown USA. That's Hershey, Pennsylvania. You're in the right place at the right time and someone is always with you in Spirit!
Cheers!!!

Ernest From NH (USA) said...

Hi Captain Jesse, I love your attitude. It shows us how strong and healthy your self esteem is. This will be your inner strength when you are challenged during your
journey. Be safe! Be Happy! Stay positive! Godspeed!

Anonymous said...

Jesse,

Just thinking that in a few short days, you will have completed 1/3 of your voyage. How quickly it has gone for all of us around the world who have joined the "Jessica Watson Community."
We have a friend who have circumnavigated. He and his wife had daughters who were raised and home schooled in the South Pacific (both now MIT grads). There's a deepness and reflectiveness and pure joyfulness in him that is so rare. We begin to see the same emerging in you.

SL (California)

Anonymous said...

Another top blog Jess. Always the best thing to read at the start of the day. Thank you again for sharing your adventure.
-Llew, NZ

Anonymous said...

Jessica it would be most interesting to learn how long you have been sailing and who taught you the fundamentals ! Evidently you took to Sailing like a duck to water lol! What advice would you give to kids wanting to learn how sail ! Thanks for a great blog !

Mike said...

You are learning another great life lesson. Most people dont choose their direction in life, they react to the things that happen to them. You made a plan, prepared and now you are living a dream. Keep up the awesome work.
Mike Atl

Lake Effect said...

Jessica - Thanks for taking us all with you! This is fun!!!

-Don in Ohio USA

Alejandro said...

Hi Jessi

Alex here. Lucky girl you are indeed, to have the chance to fulfill your dreams, and have your parents supporting you.
Anyway, you are the kind of person who are capable to do whatever is on his mind, sailing around the world or between the stars if you would had the chance.
Go for girl, we are in spirit with you everyday.
Cheers from Mexico

peps said...

Hello Jessica... from Athens,Greece.
I am watching your blog every day!
It would be nice to show us a video of the ocean whenever you can.
Take care!
Pepi

sailboy said...

Hey Jessica -- Great comments on being alone in the middle of the ocean, yet not feeling lonely! Here's following your adventure from San Diego, California. Sail on, awesome sailor!

bernard99 said...

I would much rather you caught a fish than a piece of plastic.

We all miss your fishing stories - do you still have your line off the back of the boat?

Anonymous said...

Ron (Gold Coast)
Hi Jess, I am in Vanuatu at the moment and had the privelege od having a few hours out on the water in a 40' trimaran. as`we headed out into th ocean, i was thinking of you.
You are not alone.
the 'big blue' may be big and blue, but I believe you are just where you shouls be, in the centre of His will.
"He has set His angels charge over you." keep us posted. Our prayers are with you.
Ron

Péter said...

Hi Jessica,

I've visited your webpage, read your blog and thought of you every day since the memorable 18th October. I have downloaded many videos and even more pictures. I am sure that many people do the same thing. You are not lonely indeed.

I've created a short video sunday afternoon, inserting all the pictures from your blog among others. Its title is "Go Jesse!". You can download it from YouTube or from the following link: http://invitel.hu/pez525378/

Be strong, since the hardest part of the journey is still ahead. Stay strong dispite the harsh environment and Christmas and New Years Eve spent alone. You have already proven to everyone that you are good sailor. Now show that your spirit is strong too.

Take care.
Péter from Szeged, Hungary
MrEpepe

Anonymous said...

Hello Jess:

Great update, just a quick question for you.

Do you have any movies loaded on your laptop or DVD's??

Do you have enough bandwidth from the satellite connection to download them from the web??

Take Care and stay safe.

Bob and Family from Denver CO

HiTooU2 said...

Hi Jess,

Tell you what - if you every get the real urge to be back on land, I'll trade places with you in a second! Yes, you are the luckest girl in the world right now so enjoy it because you are the world's spotlight.

Every day at work and in meetings I find myself thinking about your daily life. Oh, what a real thrill it must be to be you! I love reading your posts every day (just look at all the attention you're getting!) so don't every feel alone.

We love you!
- joel -

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess!
A great post, I admit having great fun reading your posts!
It's incredible what you're doing!
You deserve so much respect and admiration.
I'm also 16 and I honestly don't know how you manage!
Good luck for the rest of your trip, so many people are supporting you.
Lamorna
FRANCE !

Deborah said...

I have to join with those who are thanking you for the vicarious experience, Jessica. I am sharing your journey with you and loving it. You're not just a sailor, you're also a very technologically savvy young lady, who is able to blog and upload photos and video clips the way you do. Whenever you don't have time to blog because of the winds and waves you are dealing with, I just click on "Latest News" and get an update from whoever it is who speaks for you when you don't have time to speak for yourself. And at least I know you're okay. I wish you only success in your venture and my hope is that you will win the world record and be the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo in a sailing vessel.

Deborah, BC, Canada

JoeL said...

Hi Jess,

Tell you what - if you every get the real urge to be back on land, I'll trade places with you in a second! Yes, you are the luckest girl in the world right now so enjoy it because you are the world's spotlight for many.

Every day at work and in meetings I find myself thinking about your daily life. Oh, what a thrill it must be to be you! I love reading your posts every day (just look at all the attention you're getting!) so don't ever feel alone. Such courage . . .

We love you!
- joe -

Anonymous said...

Hi! I am keeping my fingers crossed for you. Warm greetings from Poland, UE.
Asia

AMZ said...

Hi Jess I know what you mean about missing the sun.. i moved to the south island of NZ from Western Australia and when we have four or five days of no sun I can feel myself getting into a funk about it.. the moment the sun is out I just can't stop smiling!
keep that music blaring babe you are definately not alone out there! we are all with you :)

Sydney said...

You are such an inspiration! This post came to me at the right time. Thank You for that. You are inspiring so many people and I woke up thinking about what it would be like to be out there all by yourself for so long, and you answered it. You are so positive in your thinking and I know that helps so many people shift their own thoughts.

Reg said...

Jess
You may be on your own but you are not alone, there is not a person in Australia who does not know your name.
I see a lot of people in my job and no one talks about weather you should be or should not be out there any more that's old news.
Most just wish you the best of luck, but I have a feeling you don't need luck you have a heap of skill and a good backup crew.

Reg Vic
Australia

maxine maroochydore said...

Hi Jesse, great to hear from you again and that all is well. I am another one that enjoys my own company, even though I have a husband and two dogs, you sound very at peace with yourself, which is great because at the moment you havent any choice. As you said there is hundreds of us land lovers, hanging out for your every word, I really tried not to check on you yesterday and Saturday, but I did repeatedly. God speed Jesse Maxine and Colin Maroochydore

Kevin said...

...thinking of you
Kevin
Cape Town<

Anonymous said...

Hi.Jessica,
A piece of plastic in the middle of the ocean,you are never far away from the daily trash of our world,maybe a letter in the bottle may come along some day,nice to dream.
Great to hear you are weathering the overcast day's,it just makes your sunshine day's that more enjoyable.
Remember these ''squalls''you go through keeps you sharp when the tough weather is upon you.
I hope you enjoy your adoptive blogger family,keep them coming gang.
Jessica,do you watch any DVD'S and what are some?
As for the iceberg out their,I am sure you will detect it in plenty of time,so don't get too alarmed at this point young lady.
I am looking forward to keeping up with the pending ''Sydney to Hobart'' race,when I was living and sailing in Sydney back in the seventies I the fortunate opportunity's to sail with some of those ''salty dogs''.
Hope your adventure continues to mature you and keep those great updates coming.
Still trying to email Santa to make sure he stops by on the 24th.,so don't forget to put out the ''treats'' before you hit your sleeping bag.
Again may the ''Gods of the sea'' keep you safe and you continue to sail true,hugs from me to you and your ''stuffy crew''.
Stephen M.,
Adoptive ''Aussie Transplant'',
Maryland,USA,[cold and nasty Sunday]

pestinfo said...

Hello Jesse,

I'm at Sydeny Airport, ready to board a plane to London, UK.

I think your speed of travel is somewhat better than what I am going to do over the next few days; but time is short.

So, please enjoy you more gentle style of travel, rest, relax and be a very proud person. Ypu are doing what others only dream about.

Best Regards
Allen, Hervey Bay - London

JTCJR said...

Jessica,

You are an extraordinary role model for Australian teens. If only a small percentage of them have your independence, bravery, ambition and skill, Australia is entering a "golden age."
This 75 year old sailer (O'Day Tempest) won't say how many times a day the laptop gets cranked up looking for your latest blog.
You're letting us be part of history.
(I Miss your daily location.)
JTCJR

NEW YORK CITY

Anonymous said...

You are so right Jess. The word you are looking for is SOLITUDE. It expeses the absolute joy of beeing alone as opposed to the pain of being alone

Rob Hardie said...

Hi Jesse,
Great reading your latest blog. I know what you mean about the grey skies.
We arrived here in Fiji last Friday and have not seen the sun.
Today there is a cyclone watch so everything here in the resort has been made secure.
It is now very dy and gloomy.
I am so happy that you are comfortable with how your journey is unfolding.
you are a wonderful young lady.
Keep safe.
Rob
Ingleburn NSW (in Fiji on holidays)
Ps hope thus entry is ok. Entering via my Blackberry.

William Watson said...

We're the lucky ones!

Have a great day Jessie!

nodebtworldtravel.com said...

Maybe you aren't lonely because you're doing what you want and love to do and frankly you don't have TIME to think about being lonely.

There is always something to do to keep yourself safe, afloat and moving toward your ultimate objective.

SUNSHINE COASTER FAMILY said...

Jess,
Everyday we watch for your new blog - and watch your trackker map.
You are AMAZING and far from lonely - with so many people thinking and praying for you.
Keep up the wonderful descriptive writings. HOW PROUD MUST YOUR MUM & DAD BE!!! You are a shining example of what all teenagers should be and that is a GO-GETTER with ENTHUSIASM. You have achieved already - don't think about what negative is out there - you have proven them wrong already.
Take Care,
From a SUNSHINE COAST FAMILY
(Nambour)
A,C,J,B,G

hezakiah299 said...

12-13-09 @15:45
Hi Jessica,
I really enjoyed that post, that was definitely a mover. I read it numerous times and enjoyed it each time. Only you could put it together as you did. Physically alone, yes, but spiritually there are millions (and, I don’t think that’s an exaggeration) of people that are watching, hoping and praying for you. You’re nose will never stop itching.
Sometimes when I’m just sitting and thinking about you and what you are doing, it amazes me that someone as young as yourself has the courage, strength and intelligence to achieve this. You are a very special and mentally strong girl, there’s so much involved in what you are doing it boggles the mind to try to explain it.
Having gotten the lonely issue under control, you’ve got the tiger by the tail and now you just have to run with it. Which, I might add, you’re doing very well.
Lucky…., I think we are the lucky ones just to have known you and be part of your adventure.
Hope the weather picks up for you and you can continue to enjoy you sailing. Someone estimated your co-ordinates and I figured you have a little less than 4ooonm to the cape. Mind you, these are broad figures.
There’s supposed to be some meteor showers in the next couple of days so keep your eyes peeled and enjoy.
I just hope the Ella’s Pink Lady doesn’t get annoyed with the lack of activity. She’s not made for rolling uncomfortably in the swells.
I hope them scallywags are holding up and staying out of the muffins. LOL…..
Take care and stay safe.
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. I will keep you in my prayers.
Michael (74) from Kingwood, WV

Anonymous said...

Jess, I have been following you since you set off. I am sending my greetings from the northern hemisphere, from the centre of Europe. It is snowing here. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you, as every day.
And I have got a test question for you.
Namely: do you care that some of the Pacific countries which you passed by are literally drowning? Like the country of Kiribatti.
As the sea level is rising, each year some people migrate from drowning islands. New Zealand accepts a few hundred climatic refugees every year. (Info according to a Polish newspaper)
You might not have a chance to visit Christmas Island. It is awaiting for a disaster.
The great iceberg that has already caused a navigational alert is also a result of the climatic change.
Does this concern you?
Asia from Poland

Michael in California (age 49) said...

Love your words as always! I check your web site throughout the day waiting for your next note.....I will say, soon you will have brought the whole world together cheering you on in unison! Imagine that........incredible. Michael in California

Ally said...

Another great blog Jess, you certainly do have lots of ppl thinking of you thats for sure.

Ive been sharing this link with all I know and only a few have challenged my enthusiasm.
I reply well, this wasnt taken lightly, 2 years in the planning.

You are an adventurer and this is what adverurers do. :) :)

You attitude is healthy Jess and I admire you for that. That is why you are able to do what your doing.

Enjoy your time out there (its not forever) and
KEEP ON KEEPING ON!!

Love Ally (from dusty SA)

PS: getting used to the long nails now, that only took me 3 minutes to type HA

sails said...

Today's Inspirational Quote:

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every
experience by which you really stop to look fear in the face."

-- Eleanor Roosevelt

The McGraths said...

Hey Jesse,

Great to get such a descriptive blog. Happy all is going so well for you.

Just finished night shift so will keep it short & sweet. Just letting you know you're in our thoughts, chat later.

The McGraths, Nowra NSW

Suzanne said...

Hey Jess,

Did you manage to scoop the platic up?

Toni McLean said...

hi Jesse,
If being spoilt is being endowed with a range of lovely qualities such as determination, persistence, drive, humility, generosity of spirit, grace, humour, intelligence, insight, respect for others, resilience, genuine appreciation... then you're about as spoilt as one can get! You've obviously been lucky in your "choice" of parents who must have supported the development of these qualities so that you are able to manifest them, but making the decision to live them is your choice and not a matter of luck.

I hope that those detractors are no longer in your mind. Should your successfully solo circumnavigate, you will have triumphed over them in the best way possible, and your qualities will speak for themselves. Should you need assistance and not achieve your ultimate goal, you have already benefited so much from your efforts (and by the way, you will have unknowingly been a positive influence on more people than you can ever imagine), and achieved so much more than most of the 6+ billion people on the planet ever could or will. There will be plenty of people, including me, saying that we should be celebrating your spirit and resilience and what you did achieve, which is in such short supply in this modern world, rather than pointing the finger and saying "I knew she couldn't/ shouldn't do it".

Some people, by their very personality need more contact with people than others, some people are friendless for a variety of reasons, but there are some who are afraid to be on their own because they might have to look at themselves and they wouldn't like what they see. They are the really lonely people because they don't even have themselves for a friend. I don't know about your personality but I can be quite confident you have no reason to be afraid to look at yourself - so how could you ever be lonely.

Wishing more fair winds for you my dear.

Toni

Kaleen from Erie, PA / USA said...

From Psalm 4:8

In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust.
_________

Hi Jessica, you truly do have a great understanding when it comes to the difference of being lonely and being alone. Your post was so well written and so from the heart of a seasoned sailor. I think when you are physically alone, one learns to listen more to the sounds around them. I believe you also start to view things with your eyes in a different manner. You definately can learn a lot about yourself and about life when in solitude when we have a chance to experience that. Sadly, not a lot of people know how to deal with being alone...they always have to have people around...like another blogger said, I also shy away from those that do--cause they come across as too needy for human contact...sometimes, to regroup, you need to walk in the woods or along the shoreline by yourself, or take a long drive in your car alone and not have the radio on; just watching and listening to what is around you along the road...what a great peace you will gain inside of you when you are able to do that...

Anyway, Jessica, a lot of folks may become jealous that you have the ability and resources to take off for such a journey. Sadly, they too, could set off for a great journey of their own, right now with their own lives and on dry land...they just need some courage & TLC to get them motivated in the right direction. You see a journey and achieving your dreams, can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. We ALL have the ability to achieve great things no matter how many miles in length our own individual journeys are.

There's a Michael Jackson's song that I am always inspired by called "Man in the Mirror" A few lines in that song are worthy to share...."if you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make the change...you gotta get it right while you got the time..." Jessica, your youth is on your side...you got the time to make this world a better place...and I think by reading the other bloggers comments, you are having an impact on peoples lives...and I do think you are getting a big grasp on how much you being you, is having on the lives of so many of us. We are all so proud & supportive of you.

Be at peace on your journey and know you are not alone...we are your students and you are our teacher...keep your wisdom flowing in our direction....May God Bless you our Sailing Angel...Kaleen from Erie, PA, USA

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess,

“Somewhere there's someone(your Mum & Dad) who dreams of your smile, and finds in your presence that life is worth while. So when you are lonely, remember it's true: Somebody, somewhere is thinking of you.”

But don't forget -
"Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes the night air smell better.”

You're a Legend
Mick
MNC NSW

cousinpete said...

hi jess.
don't think of people wondering if you should be there. they secretly wish they could do something half as curageous as you you are.
lonely is only in the heart, and with as the world letting you know they are there for you and with you, as you so nicely said, you are not lonely.
take care mate. enjoy the tour.

Laura (Newport Beach, CA) said...

Dear Jesse,
This is my first post. Your blog brings back many happy memories of sailing since age 16 (I am old enough to be your mom). I relate to the incomparable exhilaration of being powered by the wind...and your “cheap thrills” of watching waves roll beneath the hull.

I first sailed on a Hobie 16, like the one pictured here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Catamaranedan.jpg, but with two sails. We strapped ourselves down and flew through the harbor on one hull in high winds (my stomach was back on the dock!). Not long after, I joined a sailing club and learned to race a Santana 36 (I know how hard it is to work those sails), but the ultimate experience was weekend sailing with friends to Catalina Island on an Alubat 58 ketch. We had frequent “cooking competitions” with real dinnerware (paper plates not permitted), each of us trying to out-do the other. Menu items included Seared Ahi Tuna, Flaming Cherries Jubilee for dessert and possibly a little too much red wine. Ahhh....the memories.

I wish you blue skies, strong winds, smooth sailing, and safe passage through rough waters, and as Joel above said, "I'll trade places with you in a second!“

Laura

Wolfhound said...

Hi Jesse,

You sure are lucky ! Lucky, that is, you're not here in NY where the temperature is below freezing, there's snow on the ground, and an icy rain is falling...
Although you'll have your own, no doubt, and quite soon, given the way you're eating up the miles.

I'm glad that you posted the entry you did; if even a handful of people reading it become more optimistic, more adventurous, and more willing to accept a challenge, then you will have won a marvelous victory.

In the meantime, keep warm. I'd like to be out there on the ocean right now, like you. I'm not envious of you, because I'm glad you're living your dream, but I hope that I will be out there some day in the future. In fact, I know I will.

Meanwhile, in the spirit of adventure, you might like to know Dec 14 is the 98th anniversary of Amundsen's reaching the South Pole.

All the best,

Brian in NY

mbasscat said...

Hi Jesse,
Jesse that's just to funny...the drums shall roll! Did you at lease give the plastic a solute? You still have a great sense of humor, and I'm sure with a big smile, that's what it is all about, in the middle a nowhere, and on big water by yourself making all those big decisions, your just an awesome young lady. Keep up that positive attitude and keep sailing safe, we are all with you.
Enjoy that blue sky, set on the deck with some popcorn watching the stars with some good music, now how awesome is that! Yes you are getting spoiled, but that's alright, your the boss.

Keep sailing safe and watch out for the unknown...who know's what you will discover tomorrow, what a challenge.

Your Friend,
Marion from Oklahoma City(USA)

Ian said...

Lucky not lonely; alone in a wide blue ocean accompanied only by your thoughts and the incomparable expanse of stars above you - now that's an idyllic picture. it seems you're well aware that it could all change in mere moments but you're prepared and competent to take on the challenges of the sea and the howling and terrible strength of the gales.

Sail on, dear Jess. We envy your resilience. What hope you give. You build up when our tabloids would pull us down.

Thank you!

Love from

Ian from Brisbane

ToSeeTheSea said...

Nice post. One of the things I like about being at sea is it gives you plenty of time to reflect on life and tune into your own personal feelings.
Thanks for the glimps of some of the thoughts in your head.

Anonymous said...

Your going great, Jesse. Just waiting for thr celebrations as you "round the horn". Not long now?
Paul.

Maurie said...

Jessica darling,
What can I say that has not already been said? You have such a sweet spirit & bring tears to my eyes with your heartfelt comments. You are definitely an old soul in a young body & I feel honoured & priviledged to share your journey with you. Stay safe Jess. We are all behind you. Maurie - Sydney, Down Under....

Dusty from Dubbo said...

Good morning Jesse

Wow what a wonderful self analysis of your situation. How mentally strong are you...fantastic..boy am I going to use this blog professionally...hope you don't mind. Purpose and goals in life are very important for our wellbeing. The plastic floating about is a worry..we just seem hell bent in this world to wreck it with rubbish....ah well enough of the rant...your supporters out number the critics now, in fact the "awful" press have lost interest in you which is great. You are lucky and that is to positive for some reporters

LoL(oud).... as always

Sea ya

Dusty from Dubbo

Attitude said...

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." John Quincy Adams

Paul, Adelaide said...

Can you save me one of your banana muffins Jess??

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,

as always, Gog bless and happy sailing!

From Bavaria,
Rainer

June and Richard Thorn said...

Hi Jesse,

None of us watching your amazing journey will allow you to get lonely.

As I've said before, with so many people watching over your shoulder and sailing along with your wonderful stories you don't have time to get lonely.

Drink up those memories that will last and keep you for the remainder of your life.

Stay strong. Safe winds.

June and Richard Thorn

Pipefish said...

Hi Jesse, I love the way you've described your 'aloneness' on this day. Many will not understand the art of enjoying solitude as you are doing, but for some of us, you have struck a common chord. It is a rare person that can be comfortable and happy with one's own company for such an extended period. Any other sort of person could not accomplish the tasks and endure the utter isolation which you face daily on this unique voyage. May your patch of blue sky open, and bathe you in glorious light!

Regards,
Pipefish, California Usa

Anonymous said...

hey jess,

so i'm starting to think that you're not really 16 at all. i'm guessing you're more like 30 or 31 and this whole thing is being made up. HA - JUST KIDDING...

i'm pretty sure that my kids (15 and 18) are nowhere near as mature or INCREDIBLY focused as you are at your young age. man, what i wouldn't give just to able to meet you and talk to you for an hour.

as has been said many times before on this blog, YOU ARE ONE AMAZING PERSON!!

please be safe!

best wishes to you.

greg
boise, idaho

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica
Wonderful philosophizing – I’m sure that is not a word but it phonetically says what I mean – and thanks for this little insight into your thoughts at the moment. I think your self analysis is spot on.

It is good to know that you appreciate our efforts to show you support and encouragement and interest in your venture.

You might have to do a wind dance on the foredeck to encourage Huey to send some wind. But don’t do a rain dance – you want wind and sun, not wind and rain. [For those who have not sailed Huey is a term often used by frustrated sailors calling out for more wind]

If that fails …. I’m sure you know how to make the most of whatever conditions you have.
Tony L (Mt Martha VIC)

anth said...

Hi Jesse reading you're updates daily it is sometimes weird to think you really are out there in the wide blue on you're own with all these people globally following you.
Anth

Chimli said...

Keep an eye out for some albatross Jesse; you may spot one the further south you go especially as you get closer to Drake's Passage.

Mary said...

Wishing you a manageable night, Jess. Be at peace with your snuggly crew, too. You're doing GREAT!

May you have some moments to sleep...

Mary, Maine, USA

Bernie said...

Hi Jess
I'm amazed people are still debating your voyage. Don't they follow the news? For goodness sake - You're almost half way there. Let those mockers beware; You will make us Sunshine Coasters proud. Congratulations on your efforts and being a mum myself, I'm always praying for your safety. I love reading your blogs. They're so entertaining and informative. keep it up. Lastly, It's amazing how much you learn about yourself and how creative you become when you spend time alone. If one enjoys their own company, then one is NEVER alone...
Take care
Bernie

jwb777 said...

Jessica - We are ALL so very proud of you! I've just finished reading today's blogs and took the time to look up the slide presentation honoring you that was posted by blogger Péter from Szeged, Hungary, December 14, 2009 5:17 AM. It is a lovely presentation that everyone will enjoy. THX Peter! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFvuFYhiwmI

We LOVE you and, we love hearing from you and watching you 'go' and 'grow'!

YOU GO GIRL!
Hugs and prayers,
Janell, in Oklahoma, USA

gsimmons said...

Hi Jessica
Alone, you are never alone out there on the big blue Jesse. You have so many new parents, friends and worry warts, it's a wonder you have any room left on Ella's Pink Lady. Being lonely is all in the mind, if you are kept busy by all the day to day things you have to do and see, when sailing around the world, and with the comms you have, how can it be lonely?
I'm surprised you haven't seen a lot more rubbish floating around out there on the ocean, this is good.
Sunshine, don't you love it. I was out all day yesterday on my boat and got a little too much sun as always. But we caught some nice fish, Nor West Snapper, Spanish mackeral, Cod and too many Sharks, sorry to rub it in Jesse.
So enjoy the calm weather at the moment and keep having fun and keep safe.
Cheers George Simmons
Lots of love from Exmouth WA Australia

Bob Berry said...

Such wise words for a young person. Following your progress has been and will remain a pleasure and inspiration. Be safe and with Gods speed.

Bob from San Diego

Anonymous said...

Dear Jessica, And aren't we so lucky to be able to follow your progress! You are experiencing such a challenge that will keep you on track for the rest of your life. You go the luckiest girl in the world!!!!
May the sunshine on you always.
Jersey Shore Mom, USA

Anonymous said...

Mountains inspire awe in any human person who has a soul. They remind us of our frailty, our unimportance, of the briefness of our span upon this earth. They touch the heavens, and sail serenely at an altitude beyond even the imaginings of a mere mortal.

Elizabeth Aston, The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy, 2005

rog

Anonymous said...

In Cabin'd Ships at Sea


In cabin'd ships at sea,
The boundless blue on every side expanding,
With whistling winds and music of the waves, the large imperious waves,
Or some lone bark buoy'd on the dense marine,
Where joyous full of faith, spreading white sails,
She cleaves the ether mid the sparkle and the foam of day, or under many a star at night,
By sailors young and old haply will I, a reminiscence of the land, be read,
In full rapport at last.

Here are our thoughts, voyagers' thoughts,
Here not the land, firm land, alone appears, may then by them be said,
The sky o'erarches here, we feel the undulating deck beneath our feet,
We feel the long pulsation, ebb and flow of endless motion,
The tones of unseen mystery, the vague and vast suggestions of the briny world, the liquid-flowing syllables,
The perfume, the faint creaking of the cordage, the melancholy rhythm,
The boundless vista and the horizon far and dim are all here,
And this is ocean's poem.

Then falter not O book, fulfil your destiny,
You not a reminiscence of the land alone,
You too as a lone bark cleaving the ether, purpos'd I know not
whither, yet ever full of faith,
Consort to every ship that sails, sail you!
Bear forth to them folded my love, (dear mariners, for you I fold it here in every leaf;)
Speed on my book! spread your white sails my little bark athwart the imperious waves,
Chant on, sail on, bear o'er the boundless blue from me to every sea,
This song for mariners and all their ships.

Melissa said...

Hi Jessica

I know that I couldn't do what you are doing ... and I don't think I would feel good about letting my daughter do it (she's only 4 so I don't need to worry just yet!;-) ) BUT may I say that I am filled with admiration for you ... take care and fair winds.

Melissa (New Zealand)

Pronto Pete said...

Does jessica actually read all of these posts?

Richard in Maryland said...

Hi Jesse,
You are the kind of person that naturally draws people to you. Otherwise, how could you be in the place you are right now living our dream? I find it interesting that as you travel alone to the most inaccesible place on earth, you draw more and more people into your life as your journey goes on.
This no normal journey. You are not going to visit foreign lands and see exotic sights, you are going to where you came from. I think your trip is a voyage of self discovery, and a way of testing the capabilities of Jessica Watson. You are very lucky that the people you draw to you got together to help make your dream come true!

Now,keep your eye on the ball!
After sufficient philosophical reflection, practice setting up your drogue, putting up the storm trysail, etc. This is your real homework at this point. The real fun has yet to begin! (But I know you will be ready!)

Take care special one!
You are a very bright spot is this world!
Richard W

Anonymous said...

True Inspiration..... I marvel at you. Once in a while a person is born to inspire and achieve. May the sun be warming on your face and the wind be blowing at your back!!!

Gillian said...

How did you get so clever at your young age?

Plenty of people go their whole lives without realising ALONE does not automatically equal LONELY.

You can be lonely in a big family surrounded by people and not at all lonely in the middle of a great big ocean. It is an important point. A great many people fear being alone. Some amount of solitude can be a great gift and one to be treasured.

: )

Todd said...

Glad to see your making more progress!! I check on here every few days! I enjoy reading your posts and I'm glad you take the time to write!! Take care of your self and have fun!
Todd
Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA

Nadine said...

Hi Jesse,
I just love the way you write. It's so descriptive. I really enjoy reading your comments. They are facinating for me.

Like being on a little boat in the middle of the ocean. Amazing thoughs go through my head.

Thanks
Nadine. ohio usa

Tina Palmer said...

Tina Palmer Gold Coast Queensland

'You are never given a dream without the power to make it come true'

I was so glad that you decided to continue with your adventure... I will continue to read about your journey until you get home. Then you can celebrate your success throughout your life. You are truly an inspiration to all the young children of today.

Stay safe and take care..

Tina

Anonymous said...

J,
you are a very funny gal, your humor is very enlighting.... are you sure you only 16??? carry on...
dan in nc

Anonymous said...

Your mindset, your attitude- millions of others across this globe should take note. You continue to amaze me, Miss Jess- you are wise beyond your years! -Karyn, IN, USA

gustav said...

Thinking of you Jesse,
sending lots of love your way.
Gus

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,

I've been following your progress since you left Sydney. I guess it's time to comment.

I wake up each morning anxious for your next blog. Reading them is always the highlight of my day. As I read them I selfishly wish it were me out there instead of you. That's never going to happen though so I live it vicariously through you. Keep up the great writing, you have thousands of fans loving it.

I'm praying that the Lord keeps you safe on you journey, and wishing you the best of memories to last you the rest of your life.

God speed you on your way,
Jim in Phoenix

Lily said...

For Grant Fjermedal, Seattle who wanted Jess's position, ie latitude and longitude.

It has been mentioned elsewhere on Jess's site that her co-ordinates wouldn't be given out in case a plane or boat managed to find her and somehow sabotage her attempt to sail solo, by dropping something onto her boat, sailing alongside and perhaps trying to climb aboard or the like.

Hence the updates with the EPL positions placed on a world map giving us just a general idea of where she is.

Her family and support crew on the mainland are aware of where she is though, it's just not for public knowledge.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,
I have been a yachtsman for 46 years and have read most books of the sea and sea adventures. Your letters make me feel proud of not only what your doing but how you are conducting yourself on this great adventure.You are living the dream for me and so manny others that I wish we could have done what you are doing, but we didn't so I leave it up to you to do it for all us sailors. Enjoy the sail skipper.
Peter.(Gold Coast)
ps. Am about to order t shirts and caps for xmas presents.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,
Great to hear you are still pluggin' along. Have you seen any sharks yet?
I as well wasn't too sure if you doing this was right, but, unlike some people are saying, that is not a bad thing, it doesn't mean I'm a coward who won't leave my house or want to wrap my kids in cotton wool etc, it's just a normal reaction, especially as a parent, as what you are doing is very dangerous, & it is a natural parental instinct to want to keep our children away from danger!
I watched a documentary on Andrew McAuley this morning,(i'm sure you know his story) & although his 'vessel' was very different to yours, he obviously came across a situation he assumed he could handle but did not, & now his son has to grow up without a father.
Yes, you certainly are well equipped, very mature for your age, very brave, very experienced etc, but whenever I see those nasty Southern Ocean swells, waves & storms on youtube, I still really worry about you.
That said, I'm sure if anyone can do it, you can.
Take care, stay safe, eat well & don't forget to exercise.
Kathy.

Muhammad Asim said...

Hi Jess

I got an idea for you. When get some time from routine jobs of sked calls , boat check ups etc , start practicing Yoga. It will give you enormous pleasure to expertize , stay in shape and another purpose to live a day as excellantly as possible.But the only thing that will bring you maximum profits is prsistance. You will enjoy growth every day.

Muhammad Asim said...

Hi jess

Again , you are absolutely right that you can be subtle home sick but not lonely at all. We all are with you on his voyage and your achievment is one way ours. Because if you can live the life of your dreams , why not us. And remember , you may go around the world 10 times after this maiden trip but these days and nights will not come again. Because now you are solo and quite young. So all the benifits are right there is being just one individual , un assissted and YOUNG.

Bob said...

Hi Jessica,

It's become a daily need, to check your fantastic blog and see how our favorite Sea Captain from down under is progressing and what is new in your fateful journey.
You are certainly to be commended on your writing abilities and you keep us hanging on your words for more installments of your well written blog. You are always in our thoughts and prayers and we wish you the very best and much success. You are doing great!!
Standing a applauding you here in the middle of Oklahoma, USA...
Bob in OKC

Anonymous said...

hi jess great to see your still doing well keep up the good work cant wait to see you sail in to sydney

Sara said...

Being alone is the most severe punishment man inflicts on man, only exceeded by physical torture/death. If someone is 'bad',ie breaks the laws, they are sent to prison. If they are bad in prison they are put in a cell, alone. You no doubt are very aware of how alone you are, if, by alone we simply mean that no other person is around. I have been alone, in a big city's, where I knew no one, and I have felt more alone in that situation than I have on camping/hiking trips I've taken by myself. I understand being alone, and I understand feeling lonely, and so, I understand how you can be alone, and not lonely. As for those in the world who would tell you how you should be and what you should be doing,remember, life is like being in a team of horses, if you are not the lead horse, your veiw never changes, all you will ever see is the horses ass in front of you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,

Good to see you doing great, have a question when you get south what do you use for heating and kepping warm.

Peter.

Moshe Lichtenstein said...

Jessica,

That was an amazing post. I have sent it to 20 of my close friends, which I rarely do.

We are all rooting for you!!

Keep it up

Moshe
Bet Shemesh, Israel

Duane said...

Aloha Jessica

Delighted that all is going well for you. Do you read much? I think it would be wonderful to have time to read.

You might find the short article below interesting. I wrote it several years ago for a young lady who was losing her sight.

Yesterday Today And Tomorrow

Yesterday is gone; it belongs to the past. Tomorrow is not guaranteed to anyone in this world. All we are left with is today.

Each of us have this day, this moment. The choices we make will determine the quality of our day, and indeed will impact on the number and the quality of our tomorrows.

Visiting the past is fine as long as we don’t decide to take up residence there. Far too many people become prisoners of their past. They lose their today's, and often their tomorrows. There is no greater prison in the world than that of living in our past.

The worst thing we can do with our “today” is forget to turn up, neglecting to fully engage- being a no show at our own play.

President Kennedy’s epitaph reads: “John Fitzgerald Kennedy 1917-1963.” The first date records his entry, the second date his exit. All that he accomplished is represented by the hyphen in the middle; just a gap between two appointments. In that regard, inmates and White House occupants are equal. In the end, all of our today’s are represented by the hyphen between our entry date and our exit date.

It is what we choose to do with those today's that determines what kind of hyphen we will have. Please note, I said what “we” do with our today’s.
Until we quit making excuses and accept responsibility for our life and our today’s, nothing will change.

No matter how often we fall down, we are not a failure until we blame somebody for pushing us.

If you don’t take control of your life and your today’s, someone else will.

I believe living life and today well, is a conscious choice to adopt four behaviours:

1. Turn up [Choose to engage]
2. Pay attention [Size the moment]
3. Tell the truth [The truth heals]
4. Claim nothing [Don’t be attached to the results]

Yesterday is gone, its history. Today is a series of tomorrows. What ever you look for in each new day, you’ll eventually find, whether good or bad.

The question isn’t how long you will live, but how well.

Pax et Bonum Duane

Sally McLean said...

Just want to say that I read your blog daily and I am more and more impressed by you and what you are acheiving! You are admired by many. Happy sailing!

Sally(Brisbane)

Sarah-Jayne Brisbane said...

Hi Jessica,
my name is Sarah-Jayne and I have been following your trip around the world. Today I got a world globe with my mum and we are now tracking your trip on the globe. I am 10yrs old and am enjoying watching and reading about you and your trip. I hope you have a loverly christmas and I will be thinking about you on this special day. I will continue watching and praying for a safe trip and hope to learn lots about your trip and the world.

Peter and Sally on the Gold Coast said...

Hello Jess

Young lady it will be a long time before you are lonely again, or bored for that matter, you have to date earned a free bed in every port of this round planet of ours.

As usual your blogging is perfect. We are still tracking you on Google maps daily by zooming in on your tracker and finding the appropriate point on google maps, have got it down pat now and when you cross a major point I am within 100 nm of your points. When you crossed 6000nm we were right on it with you,

Hang in there Jess, God Speed

Peter and Sally

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse
You have told your journey and
weather now i put my weather here in finland.

If you came someday vissit here in finland came winter time :D

Temperature (outside): -17.5 °C
Wind Chill: -17.5 °C
Wind Speed: 0.0 m/s (calm)
Barometric Pressure: 1025.5 mbar
Temperature (inside): 20.8 °C
Relative Humidity (inside): 33 %
Absolute Humidity (inside): 5.7 g/m3
Vapor Pressure (inside): 7.0 mbar

Good lucky for you
Reg. M

Sueby said...

Jessica, you are a champion, stay strong, Susan

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