Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Not So Fearsome 50's!

It's been a bit of a slow day with only a little wind and drizzly rain. You wouldn't guess that this is the Southern Ocean! Well, that is apart from the long swell and Albrotross, oh and of course the cold.

I've been finding the light winds and slow progress a little frustrating, but I shouldn't complain because life is so much more comfortable in the light conditions and the wind chill is going to be quite something when it does eventually pick up. Thank goodness for all my warm Musto gear and the protection of the dodger!

One thing that's really cool (that wasn't meant to be a joke!) about being so far south is how few hours of dark there are.

Lately I've been keeping in touch with another solo sailor Dilip Donde who is from India ( and part way through his own circumnavigation. It's been great to talk to him and compare conditions as he's not far to the west of us and also heading for Cape Horn. Dilip's boat Mhadei is quite a bit bigger than Ella's Pink Lady at 47ft so he's catching us up pretty fast!

That's all for today.



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Dave on Seren said...

Hi Jesse,

I am still reading your posts everyday and you are doing a great job. Must be a little lonely at times and I hope it helps to know that we are all with you in spirit.

Merry Xmas,


Richard T said...

Jessica, You are making fantastic progress,our weather here on the QLD coast has also been miserable over the last few days.Is your loo still bolted down OK, hope all is holding together for you,keep safe, Richard. T.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse

Glad you were able to have lots of Christmas pressies to open on Christmas Day. What did you have for your Christmas meal, or did I miss that post?

How wonderful to see that albatross flying above you - a real WOW moment I'm sure.

Thanks again for an interesting blog.
Joy (South Australia)

Chiangmai Reader said...

Hi Jesse,

Merry Christmas, it's wonderful that you are able to get such satisfaction and joy from every experience you have, from watching waves to opening presents. Your peace and serenity are a true inspiration.

I sincerely hope your blogs will one day be transformed into a book, for although you write for enjoyment, your style is professional and exquisite. Thank goodness for spellcheck right!

Geelong, Victoria

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess, will ckeck out dilip's info. Will he pass you & if so will you see him?
Take care darl,
Kathy, qld.

Anonymous said...

Hello Jessica,
Good to hear that you have a kindred spirit out there in the middle of all that water. Say could you enlighten me as to the meaning of the word "dodger" that you say help to keep you warm?
Hope you soon get a favourable wind to move you along,
Take care,

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,
I am sure the Southern Ocean can be fearsome so lets be thankful that things are somewhat subdued for the time being and everything is going so well.
Hope you got some good books for Christmas so you can make the most of the comfortable conditions.
Good luck to Dilip on his journey.
Judi, Sydney NSW

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

Good to hear that it's comfortable out there. I guess that the sea will get more rough the closer you come to the Horn.
I went into Dilip Donde's Blog. It seems that he does a lot of stops on his trip. It will be interesting to hear if he cathing up on you.
I had more snow to shovel this morning. It's pretty though.
Sail on safe brave girl.
Ingrid, Tyreso, Sweden

emgb1 said...

Hi Jesse,

Ho good it must be for you to catch up with other solo sailors in the same condition.
Thank you for that link.

Keep safe and enjoy
emgb1 from South Wales, UK, (GMT+0)

Rosemary,Kingaroy said...

Jesse, you are spoiling us - all these blogs.Thankyou so much.That is so interesting that another solo sailor is catching up.(I'll be heading for his blog as soon as I have posted this.)I suppose he might even wave as he goes past if he's faster than you in little EPL!Might be nice to have company round the Horn.
Do you have any idea how many world round solo sailors are on their way at present?
Keep warm and keep safe, Jesse.
PS How's your new pink friend getting on? Have you grown her yet? I guess you'll be thinking up a name.Hope the Crew have made room for the Kiwi, but you can always deflate him if necessary I guess.

Qedric said...

hey Jess,

Did you ever read "Sailing Alone Around the World" by Joshua Slocum? He did it between 1895 - 1898, and made various stops along the way, I couldn't imagine a better way to see the world. I wish you speedy progress, but also some high seas to keep it interesting :)

The McGraths said...

Hi Jesse,

Thanks for your latest post. How interesting for you to chat to another circumnavigator. Apart from having a lot in common I'm sure there was a lot of mutual respect.

We also hope you are able to keep warm when you get closer to the Cape and can't wait till your back in Sydney so we can congratulate you the way you deserve.

My daughter and I are brainstorming about how to do a very large flag with some favourite bloggers names on it. Just hope I can carry it though.

Take care, we're so proud of you.

The McGraths, Nowra NSW

magpie said...

Hi Jessica,
That's fantastic that you have a fellow sailor to talk to nearby. you might be able to slipstream him as you both round the Horn, lol.
The Spinnaker start of the Sydney to hobart was over-rated. Spinnaker starts used to be full of colours, now they're mostly white and seem like just a big Genoa, pretty lame for land lubbers, lol.
Also, when ♣ToSeeTheSea, mentioned..."a wee gland in your face" I literally laughed out loud. I don't think I want to go past the 50's (like EPL is at the moment) if you get that and you still feel like smiling. Catch Ya ☺☺☺.

Georgia Guy said...

Hi Jessica,

As usual, your updates are most welcome.

And I see by your position report, you're about right in line with California at 120 degrees longitude which is just 3 hours behind us here in Georgia.

I am sure your weather will change shortly as weather reputations do not get their name for no good reason.

Stay warm and sail on.

Safe sailing and Godspeed.

Georgia Guy

Clint Jeffrey - VK3CSJ said...

G'day Jesse,
I found it really interesting to see the Indian fellow, Dilip, out there as well and as you say not that far behind you, I've just been checking his site out and his plots on Google, if his as fast as you make out you and Dilip could very well be going past Cape Horn together, probably not a bad thing...

I'm finding it odd to that the weather is behaving itself so well for you...are you sure Bruce isn't casting some magic spells?

Oh and your picture on your last blog, its funny I was reading out your blog to mum, as I do, and for some reason didn't even see the attached picture just below until I someone mentioned it in a posting, well well well...look at you! heaven, what the heck is that thing on your lap??

I had bopeep at Abby Sunderland website today as well, its interesting to see the progress she's making but there seems to be still lots for her to do before actually setting sail....

Interesting about the daylight factor...I often wonder what things would be like if Australia was positioned much further South, not everyday mind you but once in awhile....

Anyway Jesse, see ya for now...

Clint - Dandenong

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,
Sydney weather has also been drizzly and a little bit cool. Forecast is for more of the same here for the next few days.
Your cabin looks pretty snug the way you have got it. Hope you stay warm.

Jim said...

Hi Jessica

Thanks for the website about Dilip Donde's round the world voyage, how amazing you can be in touch with each other, that would be great for mutual support I guess, seems he too is somewhat frustrated and lack of wind to push him along a bit faster, sure the winds will pick up for you, looks like not to far from your most southern point, I say around 57-58 degrees, then after drakes passage I guess you head up north some more on your way to the Cape of Good Hope, but one cape at a time eh!

Sail on Sailor girl
Perth, WA

workerbev said...

Hi Jessie - Beverly here in Tassie. Been watching the Sydney to Hobart race today a bit. For some reason I can't quite think that theirs is such a quest as I think of you out there alone, miles from everywhere and they have 15-20 people on a boat and are partying along. I'd rather watch for your posts. Thanks so much for posting all the time. I does my ol' heart good to know you are still okay out there and even tho' I know you are lonely sometimes, I am praying that those times are few and far between. I know how it feels to be lonely even on land, even with people in the house, so keep your spirits up. Angels are there to dance around with you so (STAY CLIPPED ON) but dance around and sing at the top of your voice and you will feel much better. You know, you don't have to stop playing Christmas carols just because Christmas is over. I play them all year long and they really lift my spirits. Why should we only be happy in our spirit at Christmas, carry it forward into the New Year and start it out right.

Just a short note as I just finished cleaning our bird, "Bird", and I have to feed my cat, "Pudi" (as in I thought I saw a pudi kat) and then I think I'll head for bed. The first yacht
"Alpha Romeo" from NZ (my husband is Kiwi so he's routing for them to win of course) will probably be coming into Hobart tomorrow morning sometime as they are almost to the edge of Flinders Island now.

Thanks to the blogger who gave the website to track the race - I appreciate it. My husband already had it but I didn't.

Jessie, remember God is there, and so are a Legion of Angels watching over you. Am really glad you have someone to talk to also that is doing the same thing you are. I will check out his link and compare. Although, I somehow don't think there is any comparison. Take care and know that many are praying for you and your safety.
Beverly & Andrew Penney, Bridgewater, Tasmania

Anonymous said...

how nice for you to have a travelling companion, jessica, even if he is 'a few miles' west!

cheers from donna in perth

duane said...

Nice to hear your presence has a calming affect on the seas. hehe I was just reading Jesse Martin also had a travel companion a relatively short distance away when he was rounding the horn. Got to be a boost to know another person is going through the same conditions at the same time as you.
Enjoy the calm while you can. Can't wait to hear of your excitement when you do pass the horn. happy sailing, duane

Rob Williams said...

Glad you have another yachtie to talk to.Wouldn't it be great to actually see him when you are off the Horn!(weather permitting of course)
Bye for now.
Rob Williams and family,Tasmania.

LJ said...

Hi Jessica,

Nemo must have liked your presents - you hang in there. A group of us from southwest missouri, usa are just in awe of you! You are doing so well, in spite of the nea-sayers. Bless you kiddo - and fair winds and following seas stay with you!


David said...

Hey Jesse,

I am not sure how much fuel you have for your stove. But warming up your cabin with tasty muffins might take that chill off.

Sail on!
David E.

RichieParis said...

Have a good Sunday night, Captain Jesse!
Your blogs are all delightful.

The winds will probably turn stronger, sooner or later. I am sure you will make it, but I doubt you will be all the time quiet and relax... your appetite for challenging moments will be satisfied. A solo sailing trip around the world cannot be achieved in an armchair, reading a good book and eating chocolate all the time! Though, I am not complaining if you can have some soft days too!

We are going to visit Dilip's blog right away. Beware (both of you) not colliding into each other, it would be rather freaky doing that in the Point Nemo zone!!!

Take care as ever, guard up, and thank you for being such a wonderful skipper for your adopted crew as for the others.
Sail on, sailor!

Molly said...

Bundle up Sailor Girlie.
It sounds like you are in for some chilly temperatures for a while.
It seems like just a short while ago you were bouncing around in shorts and a tank top.
Soon, you will be back to warmer climate.
I bet it's fun to be in contact with another sailor.
What are your plans for New Year's Eve?
Hope your winds pick up soon.
Maryland USA

Anonymous said...

Drizzly rain and little wind here on the East coast of OZ too. The start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race yesterday saw spinnakers raised to grey, wet skies. The wind has slowed today.
Good that you are in touch with Dilip.

Jill (Newcastle)

jo from perth said...

Hi Jesse,
how lovely on a hot summers eve, to find a blog from you. I suppose slow progress is better than no progress. Glad to hear you have found a like minded sailor in Dilip. I'll have to check out his website that you provided. I googled albatross yesterday and looked at all the images they are a fantastic looking bird. It also made me think of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Coleridge, so i took down one of my old poetry books from the shelf and re-read the fabulous poem.
After the mariner had killed the albatross with his cross bow the winds ceased to blow..
'And i had done a hellish thing,
And it would work 'em woe:
For all averred, I had killed the bird
That made the breeze to blow.
Ah wretch! said they, the bird to slay,
That made the breeze to blow!...
Then all averred, i had killed the bird
That brought the fog and mist.
'Twas right, said they, such birds to slay,
That bring the fog and mist.'
So Jesse be kind to your albatross (as if i really need to say that!).
Enjoy the light days and keep on singing away to your music.
Hope you have Good Winds and Safe Sailing ahead of you Jesse.

kate said...

the "fairweather" fifties for you we hope, maybe a little dull for one as adventurous as you
but hey, comfort and safety first...
cheers from a wet and misty Maleny (just up the hill from your home...)
Capt. Pete and Kate

Andrew said...


Know that there are people thinking of you, your progress, your happiness, and your safety.

Good luck,

Andrew and Vicki (Queens Park, NSW)

PS If you were going to hit the post-Christmas sales, what would you buy?

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,
Softly falls the rain!It could be worse.Hope the excitement you are waiting for arrives soon.I just saw the movie "Where the Wild things Are" and you certainly don't want seas like Max had.
Keep on keeping on, you're doing really well!!!
Sally in Melbourne by the Bay

EJ US Virgin Islands said...

Hi Jesse,

Keeping warm has been made easier for sure. I often think of how they climbed mountains or made it to the poles "back in the day" without the gear we have today.

Looks like your making great progress!

Thank you for the posts!

US Virgin Islands

Ant @ Townsville N QLD said...

Hi again Jess,

By the way you missed out on the Boxing day sales.Ha Ha
You can make up for that later.
Stay Safe
Good night Jess.
Anthony NQ OZ

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

Have enjoyed your Xmas video and blogs immensely....

You seem to have had an incredible run so far with light to moderate conditions but I'm certain you'll get something more challenging between now and the Horn....

It would be interesting if you could arrange a mid ocean close-up with Dilip Donde and get a few photos of you and EPL in full flight in the Southern Ocean....

Keep up the fantastic effort and stay safe....

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

Mike said...

So nice to 'hear' from you as I start my day. Yes, Christmas was busy - family, church, food, light travel - but all the while anticipating your updates and sharing them w/ others in the family. You're becoming a daily fix and extended family! So cool that's you've established contact w/ another solo sailor. As many others have stated...we're with you every day. Please take care, Mike

poppa bear said...

G'Day Jess',
Keeping up with your progress,albiet a bit slow at the moment, with light winds and I would gues a sea state of around 1 to 2 with lonf sequencing swells.

Re your Bird book that was overlooked - jist Google up what you need to identify. Your support team should be able to chase up some good URL's.

Should be plenty of helpers amongst the multitude that are following your progress as well.

Enjoy the calm whilst you can, the Gods of the Sea are fickle at best of times.

Meantime, sail safe, and enjoy!!

Poppa Bear
Cairns Qld

Mary said...

Good morning, Jess,

It's Sunday morning, 8:30am here in Maine. So happy to read your new update about the becalmed (sort of) 50's. Ah, well, like I said in an earlier blog, the Universe has a way of making everything right for us to make ourselves ready for every day that we live. Giving us time, in effect, to prepare for whatever we're dealt. The Philosophy According to Mary!

I'm fascinated to hear about Dilip Donde and Mhadei. I'll definitely be in touch with him, and, I have a feeling, so will our extended blogging family!

All blessings to you, Jess. Stay safe and may you have favorable winds and sunshine soon.

Mary, Maine, USA

Dene said...

Hi Jessica. Well its that time of the night that I sit down in front of the computer and catch up with what you have been doing. Its like spending a short time on Ella's Pink Lady, I quess thats just wishful thinking, but you really do make your posts something to look forward too and they are never long enough. Tonight is no exception. Keep safe and God speed. Well look forward to spending a little time with you tomorrow night. Dene

Mike Kay Avon Indiana said...

Hello Captain Jesse, how wonderful to have company to communicate with and share the journey! I have never been that far north or south to experience extended daylight. It seems like an advantage, I looked up Cape Horn weather and saw that there is about 19 hrs of daylight. So does it ever get dark or just like dusk? Here in Indiana USA we have 12hrs dark-12hrs day right now and it is winter so a lot of cloudy snowy days. We got about an inch of snow last night, well I am going to check out passageweather thanks to one of the bloggers excellent instructions. Hope this finds you well and with good conditions. Godspeed, Mike

Helen said...

Hi Jesse

I bet it seems like ages ago that you were melting with heat and relying on the two cockpit fans to keep you cool!

Stay warm, you're making brilliant progress!

- Helen (UK)

samurai said...

Hey Jess, I hope you're well.
I noticed in your last photo you have the splashboards in and guess it's helping to keep the cold out rather than the dreaded other. It's good to know the albatross are hanging around keeping a watchfull eye over you and keeping you company. I understand your frustration with the light winds and slow progress but at least it will give you a chance to clean up after your big party with all your crew :-)) The chance also to take some time to reflect on the amazing year you've had and the enormous achievements you've accomplished. I salute you on a fantastic effort and a job well done so far. I won't bore you by saying again be careful what you wish for but I dare say you're probably quietly wishing for a little bit more excitement weatherwise to get Ella's Pink Lady moving along and you closer to notching up Cape Horn. If you maintain a daily average of 113 you'll be rounding the horn in a little over 2 weeks. I guess the decision to take Magellan or Drake will be weather dependent. Meanwhile above all else, I wish you'd catch yourself a decent feed as it will be so good for your health and wellbeing, both mentally and physically so good luck with that. Maybe the albatross can shepherd some fish in for you. Go out there and talk to them, they're very good listeners you know.
Thanks for passing on the link to Dilip Donde. That was very sporting of you which was no surprise to me at all. Take good care of yourself and bye for now...Sam

Old Iron said...

Thanks for the Link

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,

Thanks for your post. I really feel like I am on EPL today as I awoke to find my house in a thick fog....couldn't see a bird if I tried.

Your comment about the hours of daylight remind me of the same experiences I have had in Canada's far north. I am sure it adds to your safety (visibility)....and that's good.

I will check in on's great you have someone to share info I am sure your "new friend" does not say too much... hehe. Your xmas present was a topic of conversation at our dinner table last night.

Our whole family is thinking of you. Take care.
Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario, Canada

Anonymous said...

Still following you each day! My daughter wants to know if you've seen any dolphins, whales or sharks? :)
Keep it up...getting so close to Cape Horn!

`Two in TX

Ernest From NH (USA) said...

Hi Captain Jesse, Glad to hear you have company. I saw the movie Avatar yesterday and it was amazing.
Wouldn't it be cool to take a break and go for a ride
on top of one of your albatross friends. Be safe! Stay Happy! Sing Louder! Soar Higher! Godspeed!

Liz said...

They say that down here in New Zealand there is only 2 degrees of separation. Case in point: my neighbour and best mate Terry Atchinson is on his way with Scott & Janine to see your Auntie in the South Island. He visits them most year's for a few weeks at Christmas time. He also spent some time with your Mum when she and Wendy were up here in the Auckland area a few months ago.

We all read you blog regularly and admire your courage and determination.

Keep up the good work and thanks for giving us all something to look forward to each day.

Liz from Awhitu, New Zealand

p.s. that is way cool that you have a sailing mate on your tail : )

David said...

Hi Jess,
This is the first time I've written anything to you, so I hope you get it. I've been reading your blogs since you left Sydney. I must admit that before you sailed I was apprehensive about your ability and experience. I'm a ship Captain, so I know how unforgiving the sea can be. I also remember what I was like as a 16 year old, which is when I first went to sea. Nobody could tell me which way to go. I knew exactly what I wanted to do, what my destiny was. I see that quality in you. I believe you will succeed because you have a dream and you are prepared to follow it. Believe me, if you want something hard enough, you will get it. So, I am reading your reports and following your progress because I want to see you succeed. I believe you will. Happy New Year and plain sailing!

Richard Lathrop said...

I hope you can resist the temptation to race Dilip. (I probably couldn't.)

Crowding on extra sail isn't going to help, right? (but it's hard not to)

But it's nice that you've got some company out there. I suppose it makes you both a little safer, however there's also the distraction. I know you'll handle things well.

[Bloggers: please contact me off line if you live at a longitude between 071 degrees West and 072.
This slice of the earth's surface includes Quebec City, and runs through the southern tip of South America. Ella's Pink Lady will grace our sliver of Earth soon. Let's make it "light up" while she's there. My email is]

Stay warm, Jessica. Keep dry and...


Richard Lathrop

Jo said...

Hi Jesse, I was just about to go to bed, it's 1:18am Sunday here (Sydney) and I thought I would just check the site again, and there you are. Thanks for writing again so soon. How nice to have a fellow sailor to swap notes and chat with. I'm heading off to bed now, Take care 'til next time.

SaltyDog said...


Thanks for reminding us about Commander Dilip Donde. I knew that he made stops in Australia and New Zealand. I haven't checked on his progress since he left New Zealand, but I just read in his blog that on Christmas, you were the closest person to him at 600nm. I imagine that it will be fun for you to keep in touch with him.

I suppose that Parker isn't too happy sailing downwind in light air. A little more wind would probably help his performance a bit. Enjoy the gentle seas while you can.

Have fun, stay safe and happy sailing.

From Seattle, WA, USA

Paula said...

Stay warm, Jessica! Thanks for alerting us to Dilip's voyage. Now I'll be following him, too, as he makes his way eastward in your wake.

It would be nice if he could catch up to you and you could sail along side by side and be able to chat from boat to boat. :)

khim said...

hi jesse,

i am always reding your bolg everday. may i ask u a question? is it lonely to be there at sea especially during christmas?
wish u all the best.

Merry christmas,

el grande said...

Great job writing (again)! It is always a pleasure to "check on you" and find a new entry! Enjoy the warm weather while you can!

At some point I know you will go silent as you will be far too busy to write. Just remember we're all cheering for you back on dry land!

pirx said...

Hallo Jessica!
Du bist FANTASTIC! Thank you!
Good luck.


RebelCowboy said...

Stay warm chick An good luck.

chatty said...

Hi jessica..Wish you a Merry X Mas and a very happy New Year...Wish you all the best in your attempt... I got you link courtesy Dilip Dondes Blog Chatty

claudia said...

Although it slows your progress down a bit, it is good to slow down and catch up with some relaxation.
How fun you have a sailing buddy out there somewhere with you to communicate with!
Keep up the good work.
Happy New Year!

Libby said...

Hope you will be able to stay in touch with the other sailor. That will be a comfort to both of you. Perhaps if he gets ahead of you he can give you a heads up of what to expect. Thanks for all the blogs and photos. We are following and supporting your every move.

gsimmons said...

Hi Jessica
You are still making progress, so do not worry to much if a few days are a bit slow. I'm sure and you know you will make it up over the next few weeks, good things never last.
How are the sponge baths going now, I bet no more of those, the water temp must be on the cold side now, no, on the freezing side.
I reckon the dodger would have been the most important addition you had made to Ella's Pink Lady, life would be very uncomfortable without it.
What are you daylight hours now? I'm sure talking to Dilip would be very soothing if that's the word I'm after, he knows what you are going through and you know what he's going through, you can relate to each other.
So keep warm, keep having fun, keep safe and say hi to Mr Albatross for me.
Cheers George Simmons
Lots of love from Exmouth WA Australia

swati said...

Hi Jessica,

Wishing you merry x'mas. You are doing a great job...extra ordinary adventure at 17!! I have admire your courage and will...

My friend Dilip Donde from India is close to you in his yacht Mhadei in the pacific ocean...I am glad he has some company in fearsome fifties....

Wishing you all the best and hope you two can keep communicating. All the best and take care


workerbev said...

Hi Again Tonight Jessica, Beverly here from Tassie. Just clicked on Cdr Donde's link from your blog. Read most of his blogs, of course, he has 21 years sailing on you. He is a Indian Naval Commander so you are still tops in the books my dear.

He is getting pretty close. One of his bloggers told him not to stop and step foot on your boat for a glass of wine and if he did so, not to tell anyone. LOL

It will be fun now to watch both of you sailing for the Cape. Of course, he is stopping for long periods of time also. He was in Fremantle for 5 weeks and also stopped in New Zealand for I think 2 weeks.

You just keep on keeping on the way you are going because you will never lose your followers. You are so different and special.

God speed and my prayers are with you - Beverly & Andrew Penney, Bridgewater, Tasmania

Noel said...

Hi Jesse,
Wish you Seasons Greetings and Gods
Blessings to keep you in Good Health for the rest of your journey.
You are a Brave girl to have ventured
on this adventure. You remind me of the astronauts on the international space station. I wish you had a Ham Radio Call sign and Radio. Millions of Hams right round the world would have loved to keep in touch with you.
Best Wishes.
Noel ( a retired pilot)

lswinter said...

Sunday, December 27, 2009

"G-day" is what I think you Aussie say to one another in greeting. Well you've sailed passed Christmas and passed the 50th. Your accomplishments are growing with passing nautical mile. In a couple of days you'll have sailed into 2010. Keep up the good work, sailor.

Praying you'll see many blessings in the coming New Year,

"Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it" Isaiah 42:10a.

If you have your Bible, Isaiah 40 is a good read, especially the ending verses: 28-31 "Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
"He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
"Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
"but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

judy said...

Hi jesse,

I have not blogged you until now.
You have understood the statement, "Wherever You Go, There You Are" Always wishing we were somewhere else, doing something else or being with someone else doesn't allow us to enjoy the here, the now. You have learned and earned one of lifes golden treasures. Enjoy every moment that takes your breath away. It is called Life, your life jesse. I will continue to follow you around the world because it's where I want to be. judy

Anonymous said...

hi jesse,
hi,just need to put you straight.It's the roaring forties,the furious fifties and the screaming sixties.
Good sailing.

bernie777 said...

thats it folks go go go and good luck you little eager Beaver...dont get to close to Dilip or you may void your unassissted status,,,,go hard we are all rooting for you yeah yeah Bernie 777...

Meechree said...

Pretty neat. Keep warm!
-Dimitri, USA

Anonymous said...

I still check in with you everyday...good to always hear your positive spirit.

Merry Christmas

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,
I read your blog every day! I loved the picture from the top of the mast....actually it was incredible! And scary!
Thanks for keeping us updated day to day. Still praying for your safety!
Jayne from Maine (USA)

RichieParis said...

extract from “21st Century’s legends”, pubished in 2345 AD


Chapter II. Jessica’s 3 Crews

In her famous odyssey, Jessica was the C.O. of three very different crews.

The First Crew or Shore Crew:
The official one, made of several high level teams:
- Family Team (Julie, Roger, and several circles of siblings)
- Project Team (Bruce and his bunch of top specialists, including the renowned Parker)
- Weather Team (Bob the Kiwi and his analysts)
- Management Team (Scott, Andrew & Co @ FiveOceans)
- Supporting Team (Don and sponsors)
The members of this crew were certainly the most implicated in the preparation and also the most critically influential during the adventure.
Mainly based in Australia (QLD and NSW) and New Zealand, they carried the largest part of the hard work and their efficiency became part of Jessica’s Legend. One exception: Parker, Lieutenant Windvaner, based on board.
Missions: Think, Prepare,Talk, Watch, Foresee, Manage, Hold on, React, Support and Love.

The Second Crew or Fluffy Crew:
The tightest one by its number, just a hand of stuffed sailors, but unrivalled in their skills.
Their real identities have never been clearly established; they are generally known by theur nicknames.
- Bear One (Big Ted?)
- Bear Two (Blue Ted, or Teddy?)
- Chick-xith-Attitude
- Buck the Duck?
- Neal the Seal?
The members of this crew held an essential part in Jessica’s achievement, as they were by far the closest mates of the illustrious Captain Watson.
All based : on board of Ella’s Pink Lady, they did help her daily, and are celebrated for various reasons, as having taken 24/24 watches, having tasted the food, checked the security devices, and handled EPL while the skipper was up the mast playing some remote control game.
Missions: Advice, Watch, Taste, Test, Discuss, Hug, Cuddle, Support and Love.

The Third Crew or Stowaway Crew (or Evergrowing Crew)
The largest one in number; at least hundreds of thousands, even in the first legs of the journey, and over one or several millions at the end. A totally heterogeneous troop by nature, with the widest range of age and condition, but with very strong common vibrations. A tentative clssification parted them as:
- Adopted parents and grandparents
- Adopted brothers, sisters, cousins
- Adopted classmates
- Adopted full classes
- Adopted friends
The members of this huge snowballing crew, built a kind of rare and special community. Known either as the Followers, the Bloggers, the Adopted Ones, the Dreamers, or the Sharers, they were united by a common interest and admiration for Jessica’s odyssey, and by her inspirational talent for living and sharing.
Based: all over the world.
Missions: Watch, Listen, Wait, Worry, Smile, Be Proud, Marvel, Care, Chat, Advice, Support and Love

Summersailor said...

Hi Jess:
Hey, maybe u will have some company as u round the Horn together, although he's probably going to pass u, well before u reach there. Remember no rafting up, because that would be cheating. :-D. Maybe u both could party once u complete this part. I think it's kind of cool thousands of miles from land and yet someone is doing the same thing at the same time, u are. This is great company for both of you.

Enjoy :-)


Roger Carlton said...

Hi Jesse,
Following your posts daily, it is very cool to feel we are sharing your adventure. Keep up your spirits as you are in our thoughts.
Stay Safe!
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

nutralady2001 said...

Goodness Jesse how many of you solo sailors floating around out there? LOL j/k thanks for telling us...another blog to follow.

Anonymous said...

Myriam Grech from Malta:
Hi Jessica, it really is inspiring to read your blogs as it gives you an insight into your world. How different from our small island. We are experiencing the most wonderful weather here, temperatures into the 20's unlike the rest of Europe with their snow problems! Well it seems that we are eating the same things as you :) only on land and shared with family :) but I guess being there in the middle of nowhere for ones is a great experience. I like your decorations and the feel of Christmas on the boat and like you I would have loved the surprises of opening presents. Enjoy! I'm sure you will remember these presents for a long time and will be recounting your experiences to your children and grandchildren some day. They would be amazed of their super grandma - I'm sure! Well good luck Jessica and have a super time till New Year's Day. Regards, Myriam

Seth G said...

LOVE the blog, and wish you all the best! Please give us more sailing details, I'm facinated by the technical feat you're undertaking! Please continue to stay safe and happy.

Good luck and Best Wishes from Washington, D.C.

Chimli said...

Hi Jesse, yes I thought Dilip Donde may be crossing trails with you. He left Christchurch about two weeks back after repairs. Unlike you he has stopped 3 x so far along the way. Nice bit of unexpected company tho.

Brian Riley said...

Good sea conditions (although slow )make for a good passage past the horn, so lets hope it remains this way for you, and you are able to visually see the lighthouse on the Cape.
It is good that you are able to be in contact with another sailor on his own adventure in the same area, makes for a good exchange of ideas and thoughts, 47' is a lot of yacht solo.
You are sailing well Jesse, and EPL although not the best downwind is relishing the comfortable conditions.
Safe Passage, will talk later.
Hervey Bay.Qld

Anonymous said...

Dear Jess,
I don't know why but you have endeared yourself to so many people we all feel and have you a part of us. It must be strange reading post with so many words of endearments. I was wondering myself ,I'm glad this lass decided to try this, its like a beautiful gift in times that are so seemingly unsteady.We all rush to see your next blog, its better then reading a good book,(I love to read).Keep on keeping on girl.
I also was checking some others who did this extrodinary feat to see what you would be up against. hummm is all I can say. One thing did become clear to me though you have a very good team backing you up. For that I am grateful.
I read the blog from the Indian navy navigator.It was interesting but not nearly as coloful as your blogs. You are quite the skilled writer. Should get an A or what ever you get in school for writing.
Well this is much longer then I usually do so better sign off.
I am so proud of you...
your adopted grandmother from ohio usa.

hezakiah299 said...

12-27-09 @12:45
Hi Jessica,
Appreciate the post, always good to hear from you. I hope that all is going well for you. You sound chipper enough in your post.
I guess you'll have to make the most of it and enjoy the calm while you have it, but I'm sure you'll have a little fun further along. As you say, when the wind picks up the wind chill factor is going to drop quickly. Stay warm in all your Musto gear and get under your blankets whenever you can.
Glad to hear that you have some company on the water with you. Do you think there's any chance of physical contact with him? (Be careful, I just had to say that)
The Examiner, a paper out of Philadelphia, Pa. ran an article on you and it was really good. So many papers ran articles on you when you first started and then they stopped.

For Grant Fjermedal, Seattle, USA December 27, 2009 2:56 PM:
Great job on the break down of Passage Weather. I’ve been using it and finally got it figured out (I thought) but your additional information added a lot. I use charts 1 and 3. Chart 2 I haven’t bothered with since I didn’t feel it added that much to the other charts. Thanks again.

For Tracie Lynne Hall:
The explanation of the 40s 50s and 60s was very interesting, a very nice post, thank you.

Take care of yourself and the crew, and stay warm. I can’t stand the cold anymore. I used to love it.
Does the long days of daylight interfere with you sleeping?
Stay safe, hooked up and always alert.
May God be with you and watch over you and may the angels keep your sails full, and I will keep you in my prayers.
Michael (74) from Kingwood, WV

Deepak Singh Rawat said...

All the best!

Jan said...

hi jesse, it must be comforting to know that Dilip is also out in the middle of nowhere, go musto for keeping you warm. cheers from canterbury nz.

Scott said...

I hope you don't get too discouraged with the slower progress. Like you said, it's a good break and it will pick up again soon enough. You're doing great.

Scott, Denver, Colorado, USA

Anonymous said...

Greetings from Latvia and good luck !


Bob B said...

Just read your lastest post, it's cool here also (Southwestern USA) but it's also our winter so can't complain too much. You commented about having a fellow solo sailor in your vicinty, 600 nm is close in such a vast ocean. He doesn't have anywhere near the comments you do so I sent him one. Maybe more people will also because of you posting his address. It's good for morale to get mail when your alone and far from home as you well know. Also sounds like he's bringing some wind with him so gooding sailing already waiting for your next blog. Grandpa Bob in Tucson

Rusty said...

Jessica---That is great news that you have made a new friend out it that vast remote corner of our world. What an encouraging thing. It proves that we are all human and just put two of us together in a common surrounding with a common goal and we can become friends no matter what our background.
Well done.


Anonymous said...

Proverbs 2:8
...for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.

Good morning to you, Jesse! Glad you can enjoy the still calm conditions despite the impact on your progress. I know you are ready for harsher times and are well aware of the effect of the wind on your comfort level. Can't believe you may be passed by Dilip! As we head toward the close of 2009 I enjoy thinking of you out there daily, praying always for you, for your warmth, good nourishment and health, and for your family and support team at home. And, know that I will continue with this practice right on into 2010!

Rob Hardie said...

Hi Jesse,

Thanks for another blog. You are making good progress and cannot believe you are not that far away from Cape Horn.

It must be fun having another solo sailor to chat to. I assume that he hewill pass you. It will be interting to see his track and how close he passes you.

Oh well, we have another wet day to look forward to hear in Sydney. WE have not seen the sun since around midday on Christmas day.

Stay safe and keep warm.

Ingleburn NSW

Mary said...

Good'ay, Jess,

There's been all rain today so our snow is gone and going. Hope you're rolling along nicely, with some chocolate to go along with....

Cheers and thanks to the McGraths, Nowra NSW, for including me in your great flag idea.

Thanks, also, to Grant for the extra info re: Passage Weather.

All best to Jess and her Team, with love and respect,

Mary, Maine, USA

jwb777 said...

Just can't get away from people, can you? And from buoys to boys at that!

I'm sure you must be delighted to have located a fellow circumnavigator in such close proximity! Perhaps that will give you comfort-of-a-sort to know there is another human being relatively close by and one who is experiencing similar conditions. We, here on land, just never know what to expect from you!!! :) You are an absolute delight!

Hugs and prayers,
Janell in Oklahoma, USA

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Jessica
Keep sailing
Luv u
Richard (QLD)

Dusty from Dubbo said...

Good Morning Jesse

Some great press over your Christmas blog and pic. Nice things being said and good to see you have found radio contact with a fellow sailor...there is nothing like comparing notes.With hard cases I do the same with my colleagues. Well more rain in Dubbo and now minor flood warnings being issued for this holiday Monday...we are a country "of drought and flooding rains"
Stay warm warm warm hypothermia is a worry for you. My client he/she had an "interesting" Xmas to say the least and rang me at 2am this morning to tell me..nice timing!!He/she wishes you as I do always, all the best for today as you get closer to the big goal...great stuff...cheers for now

Dusty from Dubbo

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

We are enjoying your posts and we had our Christmas early too! Our son was working on Christmas Day.
How interesting to be at latitude 50+ and long southern Ocean swells. We pray that the angels will surround you as you await the wind power to propel you along to Cape Horn.

Ian and Beth

Grant Fjermedal said...

Jessica notes she is in light wind. Forecast shows it may pickup for Jessica toward the end of the week.

By the Way: Toward the end of the December 26 Blog - Comments section I posted a pointer to a weather site along with instructions on how to use it. (I mention this now, just because a lot of folks might otherwise miss it, as it hit toward the end of the cycle. And Hooray for Jessica for posting so frequently that our comments have such a short shelf life.)

If you open up the Comments section for December 26 you can do a search (CONTROL KEY plus the F KEY) for the term:

and that should take you to the comment.

It is fun to follow the ocean weather forecasts -- which are overlayed on charts of the ocean -- so when Jessica says she's been in light air you can go: "Yep,it kind of looked that way. And the good news is that for the next 7 days, there are no storms heading your way." (Although in the Southern Ocean you can never be completely sure about that.)

- Grant Fjermedal, Seattle, USA

andrewVA said...

hi jess,

happy sunday! as always, you've got your blog fans completely mesmerized by your writing.

it's great that you've got another sailor out there. i know that in the utter vastness of the ocean it's always nice to know someone is around even he's 1000 miles away.

it sounds like you had a great christmas and i want to wish you an early happy new year as well.

as always,

be safe. be well. have fun.

richmond, va

juliano muscara said...

dear jessica, merry xmas to you, and thankyou for an amazing journey with you, while you may be a alone out their you have the spirit and the pride of australia with you. juliano muscara sth autralia

Anonymous said...

Keep the updates coming Jess, Do you know the make of the 47 thats to the West of you, we wouldn't miss your blogs for anything, we are with you every nauticle mile.
Go girl go.
Annie & Cam "H"

Rex said...

Hi Jess,
You're going to see Dilip's sail on your quarter in a few days. Will be great to have company in the vicinity as you both head for Cape Horn.
Best wishes on good winds and an end to the foggy days.
Won't be long now and you'll be east of the Falklands and heading for home.... downhill then the rest of the way.
Rex Gibbons,
St. John's, Newfoundland

maxine maroochydore said...

Goodmorning Jesse, well the weather doesnt sound that much different from the sunny coast except for the cold. We have overcast weather with showers, but its certainly not cold, the humidity was 90% last time I heard, so enjoy the cold. Thank goodness I had my brolly with me this morning poor Dolly got ssoaked, Abbey went home to our daughters at Twin Waters over Xmas, as she is not working, at the moment and has some girls up from the Goldcoast whos mum just died, and our daughter is looking after them for a while (8 and 13) as they are missing her she was only 42. Anyway Jesse safe journey God speed Maxine and Colin Maroochydore

Chris Bowyer said...

Hi Jessica. Not since Francis Chichester and Alec Rose sailed around the world have I had so much interest in someone sailing around the world. Have a great voyage and who knows, since they were both knighted, maybe you will be Lady Jessica Watson by next year.

Anonymous said...

nice to hear you may have company around the cape. good going Jessica


Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,
Come on ''world family'',only 4 comments,we don't want Jessica to get bored with,lets keep the support coming for this young lady,I know some are away,but lets keep it going.
Jessica,have you given your ''kiwi'' a name yet?
Keeping a daily eye on the SH race and I guess the big Maxy's will be the ones to beat again this year,I am surprised Wild Oats is not getting closer to the front,but it's just the start.
Sounds like you are getting a chance to soak up the day with all your gifts,I told you Santa would find you,he never fails.
Your progress is remarkable from the ''tracker'',just keep that positive outlook daily and it will be there before you know it.
The sun has come out here in the northeast USA,the snow has melted due to heavy rains the other night,so we await the next storm,I hope none anytime soon.
Await with great interest on your next update,you are in the hearts of your ''world family''.
Stay safe,enjoy each day that brings new challenges for you,you have an outstanding land team in support,my congrats to them too.
Hugs to you and your ''stuffy crew and your new first mate the Kiwi.''
Stephen M.,
Transplanted ''Aussie'',
PS Holiday cheers to the Maryland blogger's ,keep it coming.

Ian said...

Hey, this is the first time that we have heard of Dilip. How far west of you is he and when do you expect he will overtake you? If he's sailing a 47 footer, is he sailing solo?

Entrancing questions. Thanks for the link to Dilip. Maybe that will give me my answers.

As always, all my love from

Ian from Brisbane

Andrew said...

Hi Jesse, glad you had a good christmas and u deserved to have a lazy one. It could have been so different. Wish you all the best and fair winds to the horn.

Anonymous said...

Hello Jessica,

You are doing so great! Even though, maybe you expected rougher weather where you are, as long as you keep moving at a reasonable speed it is all good,
The rougher weather if and when it comes, I am sure will be long enough!
I can't imagine the biting cold at sea with the wind and gusts blowing.

Just recently doing my competent crew in the Whitsunday Islands, I experienced a squall and winds gusting to 31.3 knots and the rain was horizontal and it was as if 1000's of needles were pricking my skin and that was in overall temperatures of 30 degrees C plus!
So when the really bad weather sets in where you are it must be a 100 times worse,
I am glad you have the right gear!
I have to chuckle, you an experienced sailor of many years and me with my one and only squall experience! :-))
Well, one has to make a start somewhere!

With the many hours of daylight, it must be the same as in the far north.
So you have plenty of time, to do everything you want and need to do.

That's great, that you met a fellow traveller in Dilip, how rare that would be!

In your 'club' nonstop around the world sailors' there are very few!
He knows and understands what you are going through!
Keep well, Jessica, have fun, look after yourself and Ella, is your BF growing satisfactorly?
keep safe,
Trudy, Austria/Mackay

Rowie said...

Hi Jess!

Just finished reading Dilip's blog, thanks for the reference to his journey, didn't even know it was happening! I wonder if you'll pass each other close enough to wave to each other?!

Wishing you a great day's sailing today, look forward to each and every blog you post Jess, take care and thanks again for sharing your amazing journey with us!

Aroha xx

June and Richard Thorn said...

Hi Jesse,

The slow winds are also putting some frustration into the crews involved with the Sydney to Hobart race. No race record this years with the yachts not expected into Hobart until late tonight (Monday).

What a great thing to be able to share your adventure with another brave soul doing an around the world solo.

Thanks for your blog updates. It's wonderful being able to follow your adventure with these small snippets of insight into your every day.

Take care and stay warm.

June and Richard Thorn

Anonymous said...

Hey Jesse! The snow is falling here now, and it is so quiet in the woods! I sat on the porch and thought of you...I'm so proud and in awe of you and the steady progress you are making toward Cape Horn. I continue to pray for your safety, peace of mind, and Godspeed. Snap a picture of an albatross if you can, I'd love to see one! :) Enjoy the ride...
Karyn, IN, USA

Franklin said...

never fear....the stronger weather is just hours away....but luckly not too strong. I'd have to say, you've been very lucky falling into the weak pockets between the lows. I wish you most of the same.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jessica. Enjoy all those Chrissy presents, plum pudding and whatever else you have out there. My wife and I are checking your blog every couple of days or so to see what your up to. Keep cruizin, your doing great.

Best wishes for the season.
from 5metreswell Tasmania.

laprofedixon said...

Jess, my husband and I have been keeping close tabs on your voyage with anticipation and admiration. Congratulations on your shimmy up the mast and Happy Christmas to you from Baltimore, USA. You are a great inspiration. We wish you calm seas, deep courage and a continued safe journey in 2010. Love, the Dixons

StuntTrader said...

Amazing that even at point Nemo there was another human being not too far away.
I wonder if you'll catch sight of each other as you approach Cape Horn
Love your work

Attitude said...

Hi Jess, glad to hear that the conditions have been somewhat pleasant. I have been reading everyone of your blogs and hope you enjoy the positive affirmations.

Angus. said...

Hey Jesse,
Its good you have someone else to communicate to that's doing the same as you. I know its not a race, that's when things go wrong.
Glad your enjoying the 50s. The last time I was in that latitude it was freezing and I was so glad to get back to warmer temperatures.
I dought that Dilip has anywhere near as many followers as you have.
I noticed you've got more people from all around the world sending messages. I suppose that expresses how much people care.Take care and stay warm and safe.
Fair winds and following seas.

Hugh said...

You are doing a "great job". and even though I dont comment much we are still with ya. Just keep on chugging along Jess , we know you will get there. Congradulations for getting where you are at the moment.

Gavin said...

G'day Jessica,

Glad to see you're doing well.
We've had a fair bit of rain here on Bribie Island too but we have also had the humidity.

I'm sure you have a big smile on your face everyday on deck...You are actually sailing around the world
Keep warm

Gavin :)

Caves Beach Andrew said...

Hi Jessica,

Thanks again for another great post, I love your sense of humour - very similar to mine! And I like your continued use of subtle promotions of your sponsors!

Take advantage of the quieter conditions, because as you know, you will definitely face some tougher conditions from here on back to Sydney.

You would have to be extremely lucky to spend 7 months down at those latitudes and not cop some sort of disgusting weather and sailing conditions.

We are now starting our 4th day of rain, albeit that it is not too heavy, and also, it is needed very much. So my days have been spent travelling down to Sydney to practice golf at an all-weather driving range at Olympic Park.

Anyway, keep up the good work, and stay positive.

Take care gorgeous girl!

Caves Beach, Newcastle

Bruce said...

Hello Jesse
santa found you out there,thanks for the blogs. I have followed them from day one im proud of you safe journey
Macka aus

Anonymous said...

Jesse only has 4 comments :\

Guess it really was a MERRY Christmas for you!!!!!!:]

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, Jess!! Forgive me for being late...I'm away from home too, and haven't had internet. May you feel our brotherly/sisterly love that knows no strangers or distance, and be blessed with the spirit of the reason.......Godspeed, just one of a million armchair mates, Steve in CA

Anonymous said...


Eric said...

hi jesse, wish you have a safe christmas n happy new year

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,
Good to hear you can talk to Dilip as you both head for Cape Horn. That really is a bonus. These Fearsome 50's are certainly subdued at the moment but from a land lovers point of view that is a good thing! Its possible that you could round Cape Horn whilst enjoying the view if the weather pattern hold out but I get the feeling that you would like a bit of action!
It certainly sounds cold, we have been lucky on the Coast to be getting a few showers but its still very muggy.
Jesse, calm seas and Albatross thats beautiful.
All the best,
Bluefin, Buderim, Queensland.

karen lee said...

Hi Jesse,
Following your progress every day (even tho I rarely comment) and nice to know you have some 'company' with the Indian sailor, Dilip Donde. Thanks for the link to his blog - have had a quick look and like your blog, some amazing photos. Another adventurer on the seas, although unlike yourself, he IS calling into ports and is a tad older at 42! Not to say age is relevant - passion and determination is paramount. Makes me wonder - How many others are currently sailing solo (whether assisted or unassisted) around the world at this point in time? Keep up the incredible effort!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the blogspot of
the Indian sailor.
I will check on his progress, too.

Kiwi Andrew said...

Hi, Jessica. Well done for your achievements so far - more to come! You are keeping your spirits up with a realistic attitude, good preparation and excellent sailing skills - awesome.

Since you have only 76 comments today, I thought I would finally write. I met a kiwi relation of yours who told me about you and I have read your blog from before you left. You are in the thoughts and prayers of people worldwide.

Glad you enjoyed a happy Christmas; don't worry about the fog: like everything else on your voyage - it will pass.

Kiwi Andrew :)

Mike Kay Avon Indiana said...

To the McGrath's, I just read your post about brainstorming the flag and including some of the favourite bloggers, well I don't know how you will determine who that will be but I would love to be included on your flag! I would also be willing to send a donation toward purchasing the materials. Well, let me know please. Mike Kay in Avon Indiana, USA. Thanks for your consideration.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,
Great to hear you have someone else to talk to. I will check out Dilip's blog later. I quess he will just realize how popular you are when we all leave a comment on his blog.
Keep warm and I hope the wind picks up so you can make more progress to the Horn.
Keep safe,

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work!

Stockholm, Sweden

Aunty Chris said...

Hey Jesse

Told Dilip to wave to you as he sails past. Am suprised nobody has given the 'heads up' to Mum re. Boy Alert. They're sneaky creatures these boys - will find a gorgeous girl anywhere, even near Point Nemo. Good grief, do we need to send out a patrol? Don't even think about checking him out Jesse you have an important job to do - The Horn is looming on your horizon and you need to concentrate so eyes straight and just give him a cursery wave and then look away.

Be careful.
Love Aunty Chris (from wet Tamworth, NSW, Oz.

Toni McLean said...

Hi Jesse,
You really are blest in not having had any really bad conditions to deal with so far. At least you won't be exhausted if and when it gets a bit hairy.

It must be exciting as you edge closer to the cape and see the gap between you and cape lessen. I guess this is a really handy time to get some school work done! :-)
Although I think you're getting a much better education than you could get out of school books - and I am someone who is very serious about education, so I don't say it lightly.

Stay warm and dry. I'll pop over and have a look at your new friend's web site too.

Wishing you just a little more breeze - just a bit!


Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,
HMMM, Albatross, slow, cloudy, cool, drizzly. Sounds like good fishing weather to me!

Pipefish said...

Hi Jess, I know you're anxious for more wind, but perhaps it's a blessing in disguise. Just steady on, and keep your eye on the prize. Thanks for the heads up on the other sailor, Dilip, as I wish you both godspeed and fair winds.

Pipefish, California Usa

Julie said...

hi there Jess... was away for Xmas (minus the computor!) and missed you !!! Was delighted to be flying home to auckland and reading the latest womans day to see a lovely big article about you in there... felt like I was all part of it ... you go girl... this trip is awsome and wishing you all the best for the new year.... love Julie xx

Bruce Watt said...

Hi Jessica

Glad to read you have made contact with another solo sailor, particularly as you you approach the Cape. Look as though you will round it first. Keep sailing Jess and good luck.

ET Gurl said...

Hi Jessica

Hope i'm not too late for my comment but i think you better find that Curry so Dilip doesn't catch up with you as it will put a lot of wind in your sails

ET Gurl said...

Hi Bloggers

Dont worry about Jess as she will have plenty of wind after she finds that Curry as it puts plenty of wind into those sails after you eat it just ask Dilip its his secret

Anonymous said...

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence.
Hov’ring there I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
John Gillespie Magee 1922-1941

Peter and Sally on the Gold Coast said...

Het Jess

Checked out your fellow sailors website, we figure this, 42-16=26.

So with that in mind let him catch you, it will be good company for you But the numbers will always be on your side.

We will follow him as well it will good to see who gets to the cape first, as they say, game folks

I can hear the cheers now, goooooooo Jess!

Take care
God Speed
Peter and Sally

alex said...

Good on you Jesse, enjoy the rolling swell and keep warm. Lots of people around the world check your blogs everyday if not more. You have the whole world with you! Good stuff

Graham Rafferty said...

Hi Jessica. Im a late starter in following your progress. What an amazing adventure for you.I Live in Perth WA I will be 59 New Years eve I have two Kids Cassie(27) Stacy (24)
I cant emagine either of my Kids taking on such an amazing adventure.
I wish you luck and a safe journey, and a very happy New Year.Graham R.

Amazedbyou said...

Hi Jesse,

Great to hear from you, the ‘not so fearsome’ part is good. Going a bit slower, not so good.

Good to hear that you have company speeding up to you. Go with the advice from friend blogger Samurai about "slip streaming" behind unsuspecting Dilip....what a great idea !! How funny.

I must thank you Jesse and my blog family for catching me up with sailing terms and technology surrounding this amazing sport/pastime/life. It is like I have entered another world. My “Kangaroos in the top paddock” got some response. Te he ha ha. Thanks guys.

In my world, once upon a time I thought....

1. You wore a Parker when you got cold.
2. A tiller was someone that could operate a cash register.
3. The Squash Zone was were you took rackets and hit little black ball on a court.
4. A Dodger was an American footballer/baseball player.
5. The Roaring 40's was a place named because someone sailed through there in the 1940's and it was rough. (Cheers gsimmons)
You have completely stumped me on the Musto gear, but I am sure it is great. (Is that like what the Woolworths refrigerator workers wear?)

I have noticed that you are in daylight a lot..incredible. (Thanks to other friend blogger website Thanks again Jesse, you are a great teacher in so many ways. Have fun, say Hi to Dilip for me. Cheers.

Emile MHS said...

Hi Miss Jess, Fearsome 50's can be fearsome don't psh your luck. Fair winds.

mimo said...

Hey Jesse,
Good to hear you're well. I'd rather the calm conditions than the rough stuff but that's just me. I like the way you chuck in a little comment from your sponsors, you're good at it. It's like watching the movie the Truman Show.

Stay Safe


G said...

keep your thoughts WARM.

Best wishes from Los Angeles

ToSeeTheSea said...
Make the most of the lack of wind to get the boat ready for that nasty low down the western edge of the high to the noth of you.
I like to use the trisail in these conditions as it covers such a wide range of wind and reduces the risk of the boom. Choosing sails for the sea state as much as for the wind strength increases your options with the wind aft of the beam your foresail will be doing most of the work and is easier to get stow. Save your main for lighter or more stable conditions. I dislike sewing mainsails a lot.
For those that want to see what I'm talking about cut and paste this to your browser:-

sails said...

Today's Inspirational Quote:

"No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time
for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance."

-- Confucius

samurai said...

G'day everyone, I hope you're all well.

Just a quickie to pass on a couple of links which may be of interest.

As you'll see, Mhadei is a very impressive 56 footer with dual steering. Commander Dilip Donde, 'though not of heavy build, seems quite capable and, dare I say tentatively ambitious. I sicerely hope everything goes very well for him. As with Jessica, he too has my respect and admiration.

2010 is going to be a bloody good year!!!

Kindest regards to all...Sam

hezakiah299 said...

12-27-09 @ 21:58
Hi Jessica,
How's everything going in the great ocean? Looks like you'll have some company for a while, thanks for the heads up on Dilip. Thanks for passing on the link to Dilip Donde. You are a very sharing person.
I just hope I’ll be able to keep you all separated. That makes four (4) sailors I’ll be tracking, but you’ll be the most important one.
Have you been eating Christmas leftovers? Sometimes they are better then the original meal, after all the juices and the gravy soak into them.
Stay safe, warm, hooked up and always alert.
Looking forward to your next blog.
May God be with you and watch over you and may the angels keep your sails full, and I will keep you in my prayers.
Michael (74) from Kingwood, WV

Anonymous said...

Wow. Glad you have a friend out there near you, even though he's about 600 nm behind.
Continued good luck.
Looking forward to continued updates.
Arnie in Canada

Tracie Lynne Hall said...

Well how very cool that you have someone to "talk" to who is experiencing similar conditions! You can compare notes! How did you stumble on him, radio?
I read a little of his blog and I think it will be fun to read both of you. He doesn't seem to have your following so it was nice of you to share your crowd with him. He mentions you in his most recent posting too. I guess it's not a coincidence you both had a "Fearsome 50's" subject heading (on different days), since it's probably an obvious thing you'd want to note in a log, but it does kind of make you kindred spirits. He also mentions prawns, so for a second I forgot he was Indian and was thinking he was also from Australia, as the first time I was introduced to that word was in the opening pages of "The Thorn Birds". Since Colleen McCullough introduced me to the word I've become familiar with what they are, but still have never eaten one, but I get the impression they are common fare in Australia.
Well, I don't want to take up too much of your time when there are probably a hundred more messages waiting for you!
Blessings...Oh! and I'm so relieved to hear (read) that those Fearsome 50's aren't ALWAYS fearsome! Thanks for that reassurance!
TTFN (ta-ta-for-now),

Richard in Maryland said...

Hi Jesse,

It was great for you to share your Christmas with us. I guess you have a new crew member who signed on looking for a growth opportunity!
Recharge yourself in the light conditions as much as possible, odds are that you can't have such benign weather forever!

Best wishes on your amazing voyage! You are a bright light in this world!

Richard W

maksud said...

Hi Jess

You are doing a fantastic job. Congratulation for your new achievement. Can I add you on Facebook?

Hope for your success.

Anonymous said...

Jessica's blog receives so many entries its hard to decide whether to add to it on any given day. Its likley someone else has already addressed this question from an earlier blog entry....but here I go anyway.

For Neils: The "dodger" on EPL is that semi-enclosed structure that starts a top the cabin, partly encloses the sides and extends to form a partial "roof" over what would otherwise be an open cock pit. The boat does not come "stock" with this feature (old photos show the boat without it) It obviously adds great protection from wind blown spray and as well as from the wind itself.

Note that (at least at the moment), Abby Sunderland's Open 40 has no such addition. Her new boat photos show solar panels on the coachhouse roof, so it doesn't look like anything like that is planned to be added. That concerns me, as folks like Grant, Old Salt, and other sailors who post here know, it gets COLD and WET in an open cockpit- it won't be pretty at 50 degrees south.

Whomever suggested the hard top dodger alteration to EPL did a great thing. Jessica will love it even more in the weeks to come than I suspect she already does.

Always my best to her (talk about a brave young lady!)

Steve in California

RICHARD said...

My daughter was married today. It was a beautiful wedding and I couldn't stop crying. Our children grow up too quickly.

To think you are in the middle of the ocean so young and so mature is incredible. I know how proud your parents are.

Hang in and enjoy, (I know you amazingly always see the best in every situation) the wind will be upon you all too soon.


See Ya Sailor!

Mary said...

Goodnight, Jess,

I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, as always. As we bloggers have always said, you're never alone. But you GET to be solitary, which is wonderful!

PS. Notes:

for Richie Paris: I loved your tender Chapter II.

and for Sally: your computer art is SO GOOD.

Worldwide Group Hug for Capt.Jess!
Mary, Maine, USA

HAWKEYE said...


Jesse it must be a good feeling to know that there is someone else in the middle of nowhere as you recently described your feelings and thoughts in one particular blog. It's may provide another productive avenue of support for you but your support team must remain your key advisers.

There's nothing wrong with slow darl - slow is still progress and progress is good and it's happening without incident makes my Jess-Stress meter very content indeed.

I've just got back from some good waves so I'm in a good frame of mind and it's looking good right along the coast for tomorrow as well. That makes me feel even better.

I hope you are keeping yourself warm because you must guard against the flu etc as you will need your strength intact for the Horn and/or whatever comes your way unexpectedly.

'til next time precious one clip on tightly, get as much rest as is safely possible, keep the head in the 'here and now' and be happy!!


Grant Fjermedal said...

Abby Sunderland reports she is getting closer to departing Los Angeles on her solo circumnavigation. She's expecting to leave about a week into January, depending on how sea trials and equipment shake-down tests go.

Meanwhile, it is fun to hear that she is following Jessica's blog, which makes good sense. Abby's December 27 blog entry read in part:

"I've been reading Jesse Watson's blog when ever I get a chance, and I have to say I envy her a little at how far along she is and I can't wait to get out there myself and leave some of this craziness behind."

Sure Jessica can identify with what Abby is going through in the pre-departure days.

Readers here might enjoy following Abby's voyage. Her Web site is:

Already recognize some familiar names from this site over at Abby's (including Brian Riley of Queensland and Hezakiah299 (Michael from Kingwood, WV, and RichieParis, and some other folks from Australia and New Zealand -- all of whom always have something cheerful to say ((as opposed to my posts which are sometimes grilling the poor kid about backup steering systems and other such stuff ;-) -- For instance I posted a couple of times suggesting she hacksaw a couple of feet off her boom (and reduce mainsail size accoridngly) so that in an accidental jybe she wouldn't have to worry about releasing the running backstays. I wanted her to reduce boom size to clear the running backs -- while keeping the running backs in place to support the mast. Logic is that it is better to give up a bit of speed potential to protecthe mast, especially if she plans to do this non-stop. Should have sent her a saw, but she ordered new sails with no mention of shortening the boom, so guess she doesn't want to give up the speed. Kids these days!! ;-)

Will have to check out Dillip's blog that several folks here have pointed to. What a great time for Armchair Sailors: 3 solo circumnavigators out there at one time.

- Grant Fjermedal, Seattle, USA

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica.

You need a like button such as facebook has. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse
this is my first time on the blog even though I read your posts all the time, You make us so proud that most of us put young people down myself included. I now look at my own in a different light,young people can show the likes of me and others the achievments they can make are absolutely inspiring, take care and enjoy the experience.
Tweed Heads

Noel said...

Hi Jesse,
Wish you a Happy New Year and may God Bless you with good health for the rest of your adventure. I admire you for your courage and skill.
If you only had a Ham Radio Callsign and Ham Radio, millions of Hams right round the world would love to have a contact with you on the radio.
Best Regards,

Sri Lanka

cloudburst said...

Hi Jessica.... I got your link through dilip donde (old friend of ours)... I have to are really brave to do this alone... takes courage and then some...

here's wishing you all the best. lots of luck, fair winds and following seas.... take care



Gareth said...

G'Day Jessica,

Like hundreds of others I have been following your progress.

Jessica you are an inspiration to all, and I hope that what you are doing will inspire others your age to get out and give things a go.

You can be very proud of what you have achieved already.

Good luck, smooth seas, and moderate winds.


Sally NZ said...

Jesse you are an inspiration, we are beginner sailors with a trailer sailor, and I am just in awe of you, your ability and how brave you are. I have been following your blogs and videos and you make me feel safer just listening to your descriptions of the day to day condions and sailing. I was not sure it was a good idea for you to attempt this on your own, but the now I am right behind you, and often wonder what Jessic is up to today! You are one gutsy girl and your parents must have all the faith in the world in you. Sally NZ

Anonymous said...

Keep up all the good work and remember to be kind to the God's of the Ocean.

Proud of ya!

kina said...

Hey Jesse,
nice to see you've got company around the Horn. It begs the question tho..just how big is our planet eh? Have checked out Dilip's blog.
Completely understand the frustration too regarding light winds. On the other hand Dilip experienced gale force winds prior to reaching NZ and we certainly do not want that.
Longer days as you near Cape Horn. Not a bad thing I would think. Best to see what you're up against.
Good plug for 'musto gear' too. They will certainly keep you snug and warm against that freezing southern chill. Stay focussed and steadt as she goes...O Rrr! :)

Ben (Qld)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

Hope everything is going well with you. I am amazed to read about your mission on newspaper! it's not only a great adventure but also tells us about your character and mental toughness!
I wish you all the best with your voyage. may you return home safe and sound.


Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse
Merry Xmas! Thanks for you blogging which I love reading every day or so. Its amazing that so much communication is possible for you, compared to Jesse Martin, compared to Kay Cottee ...
You may be interested to know that the Sydney-Hobart maxi finishers are also dealing with little wind - apparently the front finishers are rationing their food after having their likely finish extended beyond the expected 2(roughly)days. An unexpected challenge?!
Fair winds Jesse - gonecruising.

gustav said...

Hello dear Jessica,

Great to pictures of you with all the Christmas Presents,Books and everything.
Just as well you don't circumnavigate the globe by air or else you would have never gotton off the ground with all the extra weight of Christmas decorations, bauble balls,tinsel and lots of Christmas presents.

In 1927-Lucky Lindy(Charles Libbergh) refused to take a Parachute,a sextant and even his beloved Toothbrush in order to save weight for his then record- breaking flight across the North Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris,France,in his single-seat,single- engine monoplane Spirit of St. Louis.

No such limitation for the Ella's Pink Lady so it seems.

It has been a rainy Christmas here in Sydney and there is a low pressure trough all along the east coast of Australia and even flood warnings further inland.

Since last Thursday,24 December we had low cloud at 1000-2000 feet and drizzle and showers of rain over the last 5 days with temps at 22˚-25˚C,but at least there are no fierce bush fires so far and the ground gets a good soaking.

So weather-wise you are not missing all that much Jessica.It is not exactly beach weather here in Sydney.

I am glad the roaring 50's have been calm so far,but they could show up some time in the next couple of weeks,as you know conditions can change quickly near the polar region.

Your team picked the best time for you to sail through the Drake Passage,the middle of the southern Summer when hopefully there are no Icebergs and milder conditions.

But of course the strong winds of the Polar Region can surge up at anytime without much notice,driven by those strong antarctic low-pressure Systems.

You are doing a fantastic Job,Jessica and everyone I know is mighty proud of you including myself of course.

we are following your progress every day and your posts are fascinating to read.

I like how you describe the Albatross,
the way they seem to glide almost without effort,so I looked up some more interesting info on this great birds:

Albatrosses travel huge distances with two techniques used by many long-winged seabirds,dynamic soaring and slope
soaring.Dynamic soaring enables them to minimise the effort needed by gliding across wave fronts gaining energy from the vertical wind gradient.Slope soaring is more straightforward:the albatross turns to the wind, gaining height,from where it can then glide back down to the sea.Albatross have high glide ratios, around 22:1 to 23:1,meaning that for every metre they drop,they can travel forward 22 metres (72 ft).They are aided in soaring by a shoulder-lock,a sheet of tendon that locks the wing when fully extended,allowing the wing to be kept outstretched without any muscle expenditure,a morphological adaptation they share with the giant petrels.Taking off is one of the main times albatrosses use flapping in order to fly,and is the most energetically demanding part of a journey.

It is amazing how we learn something new every day,just by following the great journey and blogs from the Ella's Pink Lady great skipper,Jessica.

wishing you a great Christmas and all the best and lots of love,dear Jessica.

We are sooooooooooooo very proud of you!

gustav haffner

hezakiah299 said...

12-28-09 @ 03:57:
Hi Jessica,
Just had to drop you a line to say hello, and tell you how excited this whole family is getting since you invited Dilip to join us. I’m sure his popularity is going to increase tenfold. Open your arms and your heart, that’s you Jessica.
I also, dropped him a line today and welcomed him aboard. I think he’s going to be overwhelmed when he sees the response.

For Grant Fjermedal Seattle, WA:
There is criticism, and then there is constructive criticism, which from the posts that you have sent her, is what you offer. So don’t be to hard on yourself for pointing out things that you see could be improved. You know the old saying “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”.
But I’m sure they considered your suggestion.
You’re doing fine, keep it up. I have learned a lot from you, thank you.
I file a lot of letters from you under my “Educational Letters” folder. That one on Passage Weather was great.

For RichieParis:
Love that story, don’t quit now. LOL….. I’m 74 years old but I truly love all the Castle type fantasy movies with the Kings, Queens, prince, princess and all the wizards and dragons that go with it. So like I said, don’t quit now.

Take care of yourself and the stuffy crew, and make sure you drink plenty of water………
May God be with you and watch over you and may the angels keep your sails full, and I will keep you in my prayers.
Michael (74) from Kingwood, WV

RichieParis said...

Good night (for you, here it is morning), Captain Jesse!
As the entry seems to have been lost, I am posting the english translation (by Lawrence Chorley) of the poem "L'albatros" de Charles Baudelaire. Hope you will like it.

"The Albatross"

Often, in search of sport, the idle mariners
Capture an albatross, giant bird of the sea,
That languorously follows as fellow traveller
The ship gliding over the vast and bitter deep.

Scarcely has he been laid upon the briny deck
Than this lord of the sky, ungainly and abased,
Will let his great white wings hang piteously down
Like a pair of paddles abandoned at his sides.

This winged voyager, how limp and graceless now!
Grotesque and risible – his beauty now all gone!
One of the tars teases his beak with his clay pipe,
Another, limping, apes the cripple that once flew.

The poet is akin to the prince of clouds
Who dwells in the tempest and scoffs at the archer
In exile on the earth, mocked by the jeering cloud,
His giant’s mighty wings impede his very step.

RichieParis said...

Re: The McGraths
I am not sure you got my answer to your kind delegate suggestion. Just in case, I confirmm you that, like Mary from Maine (BTW thank you, Mary!), I am quite interested, and grateful. And ready to help: what can I do?

@ Grant Fjermedal: all your posts are wise and accurate. Really precious to understand... and they should be followed (ref. Abby...)

@ Steve, California: nice job about the dodger. I agree with you, with or without doesn't make the same journey!

Greg said...

Your a brave young lady, keep it up. Your doing a awesom job. Dont get to cold out there. Yeah like another poster said, i do hope you get a book deal out of this. you should i'll try to be one of the first ones to buy it. :) take care and stay warm.

Lucas McCain said...

Hi Jessica, Jealous of your conditions, been so hot and humid on the Sunny Coast. Incredible job you are doing, stay safe. Ian Qld

Petrina said...

Hi Jessica

good to hear that you have entered the furious 50's. May the albatross keep you company and the good weather keep with you. We saw Dilip leave Lyttelton (Christchurch) on 13th December, so at his faster rate he may well catch you. As mentioned, I really admire you and your courage -I too sail a 32ft yacht, but could not imagine myself doing what you are doing. Amazing. Take care and I'll keep reading your fantastic blogs.

Anonymous said...

I hope you had a good day on christmas. and you like your presents. You are a great girl showing the boys how it is done. go gurl u rock. love checking in every day to see whats doing. this will be something that i will never forget. my daughter thinks u are soooo cool. thanks jessica. all the best. keep safe.

Katie, Findley, Zoe, Kelly and Maddie said...

Hey Jess, Merry Christmas for a few days ago, your doing so awseome and we are all so proud of you!

Good luck and safe sailing


Newhaven College
Year 8's on holidays!!
Fin, Katie, Zoe, Kelly and Maddie

Maria said...

Hi Jess
im an Aussie Expat living in Malasia (KL). i have been follwoing your voyage on the tracker and reading your blogs etc. i have 2 young children and each day i explain to them where you are and how your going. there impressed.

keep going, i thik its a great effort and very intresting


Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,

What a remarkable girl you are. I'm enjoying reading your adventure and know that you and the sea are one. Enjoy your moments as much as I am yours.

Jane from Sunny Queensland.

yarnek said...

Thanks once again for fitting us into your day, and thanks also for Dilip's link. I've told him that we can't have him closing the gap too fast so I'm emailing you a paddle!
Cheers from the Old Bloke.

MUNGUS said...

Hi Jesse,

Great to hear that you will have an intrepid companion as you both approach the foreboding Horn.

A million armchair adventurers are on the edge of our seats.

Don't stuff up!

Love from Alan and Lena, Gold Coast, Oz

Anonymous said...

I like to see if you are ok out there and you do write very nice take care Merry christams and happy new year 2010 have a good one xox Shaylene ward

thecat'smother said...

Hi Jesse,

Thanks once again for your blog. It's good to hear Santa found you in the Southern Ocean, and fitted you in early on his round the world trip.

Thanks also for the link to Dilip's blog, I'm sure I'll be equally obsessed with his adventures now too.


Jony the Pony said...

Hi Jessy,
you are the best, you are amazing, you are the most wonderfull girl around.
Keep sailing.
By the way, an albatross is a bird I guess?
We are proud of you,
Jony the Pony

Tania C said...

You are an inspiration to us all. Keep up the amazing work, stay strong and keep smiling. You go girl!!!!
Merry christmas and all the best for a rewarding & adventurous New Year.
Tania C xo

Anonymous said...

Merry Xmas Jesse.
Today, I've discovered your travel and your blog, and I think that you are the most brave girl of the world. I hope that you feel well and encourage you in your big and fantastic trip. Best wishes to you,
Madrid (Spain)

Erica, Brisbane said...

Hello Jessica, glad you have company in another lone sailor. Comforting for you to know you aren't too far from each other. Happy sailing for now.

Charlotte said...

I was just talking to my husband about you and wondering how you were doing. It is lovely to read your blog. What an amazing girl you are. Keep up the good work and we wish you all the very best. May 2010 be a very special year for you!
Charlotte Perth

jorge said...

Hi jessica : again I saw your story in the chilean TV is an excerpt from the Radio network "Radio BioBio"
Jessica Watson, la adolescente australiana de 16 años que da la vuelta al mundo navegando en solitario, cumplió el domingo su 70/o día en el mar tras haber pasado una nublada Nochebuena en uno de los puntos más aislados del planeta.

You are also in the news in Punta Arenas and Puerto Williams ...go girl go...we all expect you cross safely the Horn

Good Sailing

(Santiago Chile 28-12-2009 09:55 AM)

BevandY2 said...

Hey Jess, love reading the blogs, you are a real inspiration to us armchair sailors and wannabe adventurers, must've been good to get contact with a kindred spirit out there, no doubt not as crowded as it is here on the coast at present, safe sailing,


Anonymous said...

EEEK ! Are we sharing you with someone else ! I've just surfed Dilip's web and he seems like an interesting character - don't you just love that he's got his own cook to do all those spicy meals (if you like spice, which I don't - I LOVE it). I am waiting for the day you catch up and maybe have a fleeting exchange like Phileas Fogg scooping ice from a mountain top for his champagne bucket. Nice to know you've got a friend out there, closer and more capable than us in blogland.

I swam in the sea today for the first time in years, it was gorge. Don't do it until you're in Sydney Harbour.

Take best of care,


Kirpy said...

Hi Jessica,

Came to your blog after hearing about it from Cdr Dilip Donde ( Enjoy your adventure and be safe .. have the best of winds till you reach home.

Ulhas Kirpekar, New Delhi, India

samurai said...

Hey Jess, I hope you're well.

Allow me to translate what blogger Jorge said...
December 28, 2009 10:56 PM

Jessica Watson, la adolescente australiana de 16 años que da la vuelta al mundo navegando en solitario, cumplió el domingo su 70/o día en el mar tras haber pasado una nublada Nochebuena en uno de los puntos más aislados del planeta.

Jessica Watson, the Australian adolescent of 16 years who is sailing around the world alone fulfilled Sunday her 70th day in the sea after spending a cloudy Christmas Eve in one of the most isolated points of the planet.

Feliz ano nuevo Sr Jorge.

Anonymous said...

You must be a comedian, making jokes and not even meaning to! Hahaha!

I had bbq lamb chops last night. Cant think if I've had them before, but you said they were your favorite, rso I figured give it a go, instead of a steak! So, yeah, Hey good call on the chops! I will have to try them more often! Hahaha!
Keep having fun and make sure you have no cotton on, and you'll stay warm!
-Tim B. SF, CA USA

Richard Lathrop said...

to: Jorge of Santiago, Chile

Would you email me:

I am organizing a tribute to Jesse as she sails between Longitude 072 West and 071West. These longitudes happen to be shared by Santiago, Chile; New London, CT USA, Quebec City, Canada; and at least half a dozen other nations.

I have in mind a tribute--by blog--that will honor Jessica and reflect the international flavor of her following.

Other bloggers, especially those living at these longitudes, are welcomed to contact me as well.

Richard Lathrop

Grant Fjermedal said...

Steve in California raised such an important safety and comfort point about Abby's boat not having a dodger that I just posted a message to Abby's site, crediting the eagle-eyed Steve in California.

If a dodger isn't already on their To Do list, it should be. Doesn't seem likely she will depart without a dodger. You couldn't carry enough clothes to stay dry without one. And if the dodger is properly made it enhances safety by sheltering the sailor from rogue and demirogue waves that have nothing better to do than find inopportune times to come sweeping and roaring aboard. While the dodger would provide the best protection from waves approaching from the forward quarter, it also provides a backstop of sorts for aft approaching waves.

And then there's the spray, the rain, and the sun to hide from. I'm sure Jessica wouldn't give up her cozy "back porch" for a barrel of chocolate.

Some great writer known only as "Anonymous" left a Comment on Abby's site that is so fun, that I thought I would bring it over to here. It refers to the fact that Jessica and Dilip are already headed toward the Horn from the West, while Saito is preparing to resume his journey from the Cape from the East, while Abby is thought to be preparing for her departure to the Horn from the North. (Though she recently said she was considering going through the Panama Canal instead.)

Anyways, Anonymous wrote:

"Phew...sounds like there's going to be a rip roaring international feast down at Cape Horn in the next couple months. Maybe everyone can raft together and have a tea party or something. Jessica's got ample supplies and ingredients it seems and her baking down pat. She can provide the cake and biscuits. Saito has to have a stash of fine Japanese teas. Our friend from India can provide the curry for the main course and the fashionably late Abby can bring the iceberg lettuce for the salad.

Kind makes its sound like Cape Horn's a cool place to go and party at :-)))"

That's great topical humor, and loved the bit about the "fashionably late Abby" bringing "iceberg lettuce" as a topic of discussion on her site is the weather window and the possiblity of ice off the Cape if she were to go for a late Summer/early Autumn rounding.

Oh Well, back to work.

- Grant Fjermedal, Seattle, USA

Dreamsailor said...

Good afternoon Captain Jess

I have been keeping up to date with your blog and i am very impressed with you and your progress, your spirit is amazing and to go throught this time of year for the first time at such a young age is an example to us all.

I have left various comments before, and i know you do not have time to read them all, but(sorry for the but) if you ever are not sure what to write about i remember in the begining you were explaining how some of the systems on epl worked, e.g. water, electricity etc, since you have been sending some amazing pictures i was wondering if you could explain what the large white round thing is on your mast near the top, i know this may sound strange but the picture you took from up your mast is my desktop at work and i cannot figure out what it is.

Keep up on the rest while things still seem calm,

calm seas and steady winds,

Dreamsailor, miami, florida, usa

show me state said...

Hello Jesse, I am a great-grandmother reading your blogs daily, if you put them on. I keep you in my prayers and thoughts. I pray you have a SAFE trip and you accomplish what you set out to do. You are such a brave young woman. I looked on the map your location and you are directly south of us, we are in the heart of America, Missouri. I so enjoy all your pictures, Those sunsets were beautiful, we see some just like that here in the winter. Keep up the good work..Show me state....

Jony the Pony said...

Hi there,
now I also start to like dodgers, they seem to be a very useful item to have!
Keep it up Jess and stay dry with your dodgers!
Please post more pictures and video's.

Anonymous said...

hi jesse

watch out a 14 year old is sailing around the world to!
merry xmas!

Anonymous said...

Great Blog - Great thing for you to solo so young. Sounds like you are holding up well - I am sure that there are thousands upon thousands watching your progress and praying you remain well and safe. My daughter and her boyfriend's sister are now avid followers of your adventure - now that I have told them about it. God Bless and Good Sailing

rob, J. Fred adn Muggsy (the last two are cats)

Dusty from Dubbo said...

Good morning Jesse
I can hardly move this morning..stiff as a post after shifting sandbags to stop water filling up the house across the road..long story but we had a storm which dropped about 2 inches in half an hour unusual for Dubbo. We saved his house. I thought of you and those Sth QLD storms which bash your home area quite often. Are you still in calm waters with that rolling swell?
Alfa Romeo won the Syd to Hobart Wild Oats are sewing theirs in Bass Strait. Off to help with clean up fine and sunny today Tuesday.
Just want you to know that all my family are with you all the way...we all think you are so brave and strong.
Sea ya....roll on the Cape
Dusty from a damp Dubbo

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