Sunday, December 6, 2009

Quiet Sunday

It's been a nice and pretty uneventful day, what with being so far from land and home it must seem a bit strange but it felt just like a Sunday out here today, don't ask me to explain exactly how a Sunday feels but that's just how it felt!

Ella's Pink Lady still flying south and its definitely starting to get cooler, sitting outside in the breeze, I actually had to put a jumper on this evening. It's not exactly cool yet with the air temperature down to 28C (I recorded a top of 38C in the cabin above Kiritimati Island) but what did surprise me was the change in water temperature today. It jumped from 26C earlier today to 24.5C and compared with the 30C we've had for so long that felt just a little cool when I had a scrub down this afternoon, brrrr!

With the sea flattening out even more I've been doing the typical Sunday thing and catching some extra sleep and generally not getting up to much. I spent most of the day buried in a book which turned out to be just what I needed, it was so nice to completely put my head in another place for the day and I feel like I'm all recharged and ready for another week!

That's it for me tonight,



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GlenF said...

Thanks for the update Jess, sleepy Sunday ends for me too now - just time to put the wife out and make the cat a cup of tea then bed for all.

John said...

Hi Jesse,

Nice to hear you had some "Jesse time" today.
We just drove home from Sydney to Adelaide non-stop (14 hours) and when I switched on the cruise control I thought of you and Parker and EPL bobbing along on the ocean. It is amazing how time flys when you get into a routine!

Keep well and safe and keep rested while you can.
Thanks for sharing your trip with us all
All the Best

Caves Beach Andrew said...

Hey Jesse,

Good to hear that you enjoyed a restful day today.

My heart bleeds for you with all that cold stuff around you! I don't know how you manage to survive in that freezing 25C water coupled with those cold 28 degree days! LOL

And I thought we were doing it tough here with the water temperature still below 20 degrees!

No wonder you curled up in bed all day, probably in a thick doona reading a book - just too cold to get out and about! You big wus! LOL

I spent today hitting 500 golf balls and 2 hours of putting practice, followed by an afternoon of golf / cricket / V8 car racing viewing. I am starting to wonder if sailing would be an easier sport to do! It would probably be easier on this tired old body!

Anyway, saw your light on and thought I would drop in and say hi - HI!

Take care gorgeous girl - my thoughts are with you as well as my good wishes.

Caves Beach, Newcastle

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess,

You rock! Thanks for your updates so we can all keep in contact with your progress. Loved your blogs from way back. It's so cool that the whole globe (or just about), follows you as you follow your dream. You're an inspiration. Fingers crossed, we're with you. You are in our thoughts daily. You Go Girl!! Love your work,

bennie from brissie

Bert said...

Hi Jessica,
I am one of the Adoptive Parents you are talking about. My wife and I adopted 2 girls 34 and 30 years ago but neither were as brave as you are. We admire your spirits and we love reading your 'daily' blogs.
When you get back to Oz you will find out how many people have followed your adventure and are behind you all the way.
As a 71 year old grandfather you are still giving me inspiration to do things so my wife and I are going to Bali later this month and climb the volcanoes. That's about the maximum I can do as I have undergone knee replacement procedures that restrict me doing so many things these days.
Keep going as you are, look for Father Christmas in a few weeks time as he might fly overhead and drop some gifts onto Ella's Pink Lady.
Bert from Springwood Queensland

Anonymous said...

"just time to put the wife out and make the cat a cup of tea then bed for all" that's very humurous Glen F, cracked up laughing when I read it as I am sure Jess will too, no doubt your wife will take it in a good way, I hope so!

John said...

Enjoy the relaxng days whle you can. Once you get closer to Cape Horn you will likely have to reach for some of your reserve energy for a while.

We are following your amazing journey and wish you continued success. Enjoy the ride and stay safe.

John and Jane, Nova Scotia, Canada

Anonymous said...

Here in Holland the Sunday is just about halfway. It's not very sunny though. It's very wet! But I feel recharged reading about your lovely day :-)

I look at Google earth (a great feature, btw) and see the thousands of miles of open water ahead of you. Imagine, when that part is over, you're nearly halfway!

Take care,

magpie said...

Hi Jessica,
Time to put your christmas lights on!
Or just be like that smartar$$e with the Ditto sign with an arrow pointing to her/his neighbour's 'lit up' house, lol. Happy days.

Tim09 said...

Hey Jess,
Glad to see you are getting some rest at last, hope you get another couple of days of it.
Reading a book is the perfect thing to do on a lazy Sunday.
Have a good rest
Tim and Rosie

Lynne said...

Hi Jess, nice to read how smoothly things are going for you. Make sure to conserve you resources for the tougher times ahead. I log on regularly to see how you are doing, so thanks for updating so often.

Helmut said...

That report on a quiet Sunday is the most reassuring thing I have read to date. What have your parents done to instil such wisdom? I am 78 and I draw inspiration from a 16-year old. You buried yourself in a book and I buried myself in piano practice, which was just what I needed. Yes, it felt like Sunday. And I, too, am recharged and ready for another week!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess

Fantastic to see that you are doing well. I am so proud of you.


Marcus Schormann,Germany said...

hey Jessica, enjoy your sunday rest, recover and be a bit a lazybone. For the next few days i would like to give you another job to do : Remember - one of the character of a seaman is to look forward, always recon with the things can happen. So you´re stearing generaly south heading to the roaring forties and cape horn.
Weather will become more uncomfortable, winds increase and the sea become less handsom. You should use the time to check every detail of PINK LADY, especially the rigg, to find any ever so small damage or weakness in your equipment. " a chain is as strong as her weakest piece" . I can tell you, its not funny to get a foresail under control within a high sea and winds about 40 knots or more only because a simple shackle broke, for example.
Anyway i suppose you know what i mean, be careful and have a nice time furthermore, many regards from the opposite side of the globe, your Marcus from Germany

mimo said...

But Jesse, it's Wednesday today, you must be getting punchy, LOL. I must admit my Sunday was pretty much the same as yours, sat on my bum, read the Sunday paper listened to music.
Anyway, thanks for another brilliant update.

Stay safe


Steve said...

Hi Jesse,
I've been following your trip and thought it was about time I said hi. You're doing a great job, keep it up, I wish I had your courage and fortitude. Enjoy your latest food package and I hope the book you're reading is a good one. I'm off to bed, I hope you manage to get as good a night's sleep as I do.
Kind regards
Steve Reeves

Rosemary Pratt,Kingaroy said...

Enjoy the new coolness, Jesse! Some of us, and our gardens, in Queensland are just about fried to a crisp , and what wouldn't I give for a sea breeze!Hope the cat enjoyed the cup of tea, Glen, but hope you know what the wife is doing out there!

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess, I love reading your blog, its really inspiring reading about your adventures day to day!! I watched the 60 mins story on you and cant wait to see you sail into Our countrys gorgeous Harbour again!! Being 8 years older than you, i can only wish i had the imagination and dreams you've got when i was 15 or 16... Keep up the cool every day run down, it rocks!!

Shaun from melbourne

Anonymous said...

hai Jess

my daughter smriti joined me in your fan club today. mighty impressed with your work so far. keep going.



Georgia Guy said...

Hi Jessica,

Sounds like an idyllic use of a Sunday having some serious down time and rest. I can't think of anyone better deserving of that than you.

Safe sailing and Godspeed.

Georgia Guy

Ernest From NH (USA) said...

Hi Captain Jesse, Glad to hear that you can relax a bit. Rest and reading can really recharge you. Soon, you may need to pull out the solar shower. Be safe! Be happy!

Elio said...

Hi Jess,
you amaze me young ladie so calm cool & collected, & I will say it again if you arent writer matterial I dont know what is, I love the way you write & explain things.I cant wait to read your first book about your adventure & I bet there will be many more, Keep your spirits high lovely young ladie & all the best from my family & myself Go Girl Go!
Elio Wollongong AU..

Summersailor said...

Well Jess, being in that super warm climate your blood has thin out, so the change in cooler weather will seem like it's colder than it is. You'll adjust as the weather grows colder and your blood thickens up.

Take care


samurai said...

Hey there Jess, I hope you're well.
When you say EPL's flying, what sort of speed are you doing? What's your apparent wind, where is it and what sails have you got up and how much? I'm interested from a yachtie's point of view because I just can't help myself.
On the other hand, from a fishing person's point of view, if you are going really, really fast then forget it. There is such a thing as too fast for lures.
When you said brrr! while scrubbing down, I immediately wondered if you had one of those solar shower bags. I loved them and never went anywhere in the tropics without one. I even had one with tea in it so I had hot black tea on tap. :-)) They can actually get very hot, I kid you not. You have to be very careful.
I'm glad to hear you're enjoying some "me time" burying yourself in a book while Parker enjoys the empty sea, flying along at...what speed did you say?
Gosh, I wish I was you...bobbing around like a cork on steroids out there in the wide blue yonder. But I'm not so thankyou for sharing and allowing me to live the adventure through you. You are doing great and you will be greater and greater all the way home.
Take good care of yourself and bye for now...Sam

Brian Riley said...

Great you are recharged again, and looking forward to the next week.
The water temp's are amazing, considering you are still so far from the Horn and above the 25deg south Latitude, but then the whales have gone past here heading south again for the summer & cooler waters.
Hope you enjoyed your scones yesterday, when you get back you will be able to appear on, Celebrity Master Chef with the skills you are learning on the trip.
Safe Passage,will talk later
Hervey Bay. QLD.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess I love your blogs. I was thinking how lucky you are to be getting the cooler weather. Here in Melbourne we will soon be facing the bush fire season again, and I would rather be out on the sea than here with the hot weather and threat of fires.


Kensei said...

I believe you meant "Quiet Sunday" in the title.

Richard Lathrop said...

"I've been doing the typical Sunday thing and catching some extra sleep and generally not getting up to much."


'tis interesting that days take on a special character--borrowed from life on shore. [I just hope that you don't wake up to the dreaded Monday Morning.]

one would imagine that one day would flow seemlessly into the next, but I guess having some extra structure (names of days) placed on time helps us manage our inner resources. I'm pleased to read about how you are managing yours. Winter is coming--some 5K nautical miles to the southeast and this seems all part of your excellent preparation.

Any chance you'd give us a peek at the title and author of the book?

With warm regards and a constant wish for

Fair winds,

Richard Lathrop

Reg said...

Your doing the right thing taking sunday off and getting ready for next week. Even on a boat you need some time out.. I am a young 60yr old and I spent most of today fixing my computer it had a virus last week, that I got rid of but it's been doing odd things so I did a hard drive format, now it's great.
Reg vic

el grande said...

Enjoy that down time while you can, it's good for your "mental batteries". Those cold wases will certainly keep you alert as well.

Stay dry and safe!

jo from perth said...

Hi Jesse,
sounds like the perfect Sunday on the water, and not too much different to mine...except for the small fact I was on my lounge reading and snoozing and that doesn't take quite the same skill level required to do likewise on EPL in the middle of the ocean!
Would love to know what reading material you have on board with you. Pleased to hear you are refreshed for your week ahead, and for the week i wish you Good Winds and Safe Sailing.
Night Jesse, sleep well.

Clint Jeffrey - VK3CSJ said...

Hey there young Skipper,
My Bigpond has been down for the last 24 hours!...thankfully I've got one of these Wireless Broadband thingys that I've been using most of the day...every now and then I'll be refreshing your page, and here you are again, thanks Jesse for the temp readings most interesting isn't, the water temperature is particularly going to be interesting as you head further south....I agree about the Sunday feeling too, I reckon they should make Weekends 3 Days! work 5 days for 2 days off...just doesn't seem right!...

Heard TasCoast called you twice tonight too....

Better finish, its just gone 12:27am - work tomorrow...I'd rather be anywhere else...

Take care...Jess

Clint - Dandenong/Melbourne

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,

Hallo aus dem schönen Franken hier
ich brauch heut ganet gefrier.
(this is fränkisch, Franken is a litel part of Bavaria, Germany)

Good Luck
Michael Fella

RichieParis said...

And Ella's Pink Lady even has Sundays! Gosh, what a yacht! Hello Captain Jesse, you're as lucky as youre smart and brave. I hope some "brissie" barman will invent a very special cocktail drink named after you, to celebrate your skills!

Would you please tell us which book turned out to be just what you needed? It would be very interesting to know about the reading needs feeling in a situation like yours.

Keep on sailing so well in this fantastic journey, and enjoy your own adventure. Still some smooth time before the Forties. And thank you again for sharing with so much talent. You are probably one in a million, able and willing to do it, catching, dragging, "adopting" so many admirers and followers.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jesse,

You are awesome! Just a teenager and sailing around the world, solo! Hope you make, good luck.

Mary said...

As usual, Jess, a brilliant post.

Your writing voice is poetic in its ability to capture the essence of your mood and the day.

I'm so glad you've been able to recharge with the beauty of the day, albeit cooler, and to have time to relax into your book.

We've just had our first snowfall here in coastal Maine. And as I relax into our Sunday, I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Wishing you continued concentration, rest and good food. We are all with you in spirit.

With much love,
Mary, Maine, USA

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse
This blog totally made me think ...
You Tube
The Small Faces singing
Lazy Sunday Afternoon
I got no mind to worry
Close my eyes and drift away......
Glad you enjoyed your Sunday,mine was relaxing too but I was at the beach watching yachts not on one.
Happy Sundays and a great week ahead to you.
Sally in Melbourne

Peter Vickerson said...

G'day Champ
It's always great to see another blog entry and that you're doing so well. As you well know, the water temp will get a lot colder yet.
I was in Tassie a few years ago at Christmas. It was fairly warm and thought of going for a swim. I stuck my toe in the water to check it out first.....absolutely no way. It was freezing.
Just a small request...Can you put your lat and long in each post, that way we can plot your position on our own charts ?
Anyway, great to see you doing so well and enjoying yourself.

God onya and God blessya.

Peter from Brisbane


To Jessica's Mum Julie,

I want to give a big thumbs up to your securing a Post Office Box where all of us could mail Christmas cards, and other cards to Jessica during the voyage.

Whomever suggested this, it's a good one

Please consider doing this.

Georgia Guy

Ernest From NH (USA) said...

Hi Captain Jesse, The temperature where you are sounds good to me.
We had 4 inches of snow overnight here in NH and it was -2.777777C.
How cold will it get when you pass through the horn? Be safe! Be Happy! Stay warm and crank up the tunes.

Richard in Maryland said...

Hi Jesse,
Sounds like you are having a great time! Here is a link to a youtube video I found that helps to imagine what you are doing.
Youtube kite cam

You are fantabulous !
Sweet Dreams

Richard W
Maryland, USA

Anonymous said...

Good Morning from here, Jesse Watson. Thank you for keeping us up on your goings on. It is fun to know what EPL and all the equipment are doing too. It's hard to imagine from the middle of America what's going on out there. You continue in our prayers and hopes. Fare well Jesse.
Tom, Missouri, USA

Anonymous said...

Hello Jessica,

We certaintly enjoy your blogs and you tell the events so well; makes us feel as though we are on the journey ourselves.

We had some snow, here in Va. - USA on Saturday, Dec. 5th.; was a little early for snow but never the less, there it was.

Hope all continues to go along smoothly and take care of yourself.

Mary & Roy
Va. - USA

Mr. Canadian said...

+28c "Oh yeah" thats cool better get out the winter coat ha ha. our low tonight will be -30c. So what are you reading for a book. I am glad to hear you are getting some R&R.

Sail on little lady sail on.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

Sounds like you're enjoying perfect sailing conditions at present and you are in complete harmony with the elements.

Things will certainly become more challenging for you and EPL when you get into the "roaring forties" and latitudes further south on your current leg to the Horn. Please get as much rest and store up as much energy as you can while you have the opportunity.

In the meantime, Stay Safe and enjoy life to the fullest.....

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

Mark said...


Glad to hear that you are able to enjoy some "down time". Sometimes doing nothing for the day is just what the body needs to recharge; even here on dry land. :-)
I look forward to reading your updates when I get up in the morning, but don't fret when you miss one. I just think about how busy you are and imagine myself out there and wonder what must be going on. The anticipation just makes the next one that much more enjoyable.
Rest up for the "roaring 40's" and I hope that you get more easterly very soon.

Stay Safe; Stay Strong

Atlanta, GA (USA)

Rex said...

Watching you from Newfoundland, Canada, Jesse. Best wishes and god speed. Long may your big jib draw. We are watching your progress by the flags on the map, and always waiting for the next one. Glad to hear that you are safely through the islands of F. P. Lots of open water now to the Horn. We'll feel real good when you get into the south Atlantic, and are on the stretch toward home. Cheers,
Rex Gibbons
PS: About 150 years ago, some Gibbons cousins and friends left St. John's, Newfoundland, on Christmas eve and sailed to Australia and New Zealand. They settled there and their descendants are there today. I'd love to visit sometime and meet them.

Phil in Idaho said...

Great things to have on a long solo voyage-Books. Takes you to another place and gives a mental reboot. It's Sunday morn in the states and I know what you mean when a day FEELS like a particular day. Caatch some sleep. Parker will be on duty.

Mark said...

Jessie, what do you read when you are at sea? "Watership Down"? :) Seriously, reading anything good?

Helen said...

Glad to hear you got your head in a book and a bit of "me-time"!

How will you have your wash down when you get further south? The water will be really cold!

Safe travels and wishing you a restful evening to continue your chilled out Sunday.

- Helen (UK)

~eMm~ said...

Hey Jesse,

Nice update. Just keeping everything cool. Personally, reading always helps me to escape from it all for a while when I'm feeling a little down and never fails to get my spirits up. So good on you! Just out of curiosity, how many books do you have on board and maybe what the titles are??


claudia said...

My Sunday has just begun and I am preparing to go to work. You are always one of my first people to visit in the mornings as I get ready for my day. I have to stop by and see how you have fared.
I would love that there are times I could reade out there. When I was fishing commercially I read the entire J.R.R. Tolkien's library. It made my summer of fishing so much better. I do a lot of crocheting and cross stitching, I think if I were where you are now, that would be my down time thing to do!
Thank you for keeping us updated and informed on what's going on out there.
Many Blessings to you!

Alejandro said...

Always nice to read you Jess, it's also getting a routine, to check my mails, and see your blog. Today is sunday for me also and I am taking breakfast, (barbacoa tacos and orange juice)..:-)
Have beautiful days ahead girl!
Cheers from Mexico

hezakiah299 said...

12-06-09 @ 10:16
Hi Jessica,
Just finished reading all the posts from your last two (2) blogs. They were/are fantastic, there's a lot of love and concern written there. I know that I've said this before, but it thrills me when I see the honesty and sincerity from people from all over the world.
Those changes in temp. would make you shiver in a scrub down, I’ll bet you scrubbed pretty fast. Did you get behind your ears? LOL…….
Looks like you got a fair amount of sleep and had a restful day. Really glad that everything is going well for you, you deserve it.
I understand what you mean about getting your head somewhere else for awhile, that works for me when I have a problem that I can’t work out. Just leave it alone for awhile and come back to it later, and then it doesn’t seem so big. Not that you have a problem, but just that your getting away from your daily routine.
Well Jessica, maybe that's God holding you in the palm of His hand and the Angels filling your sails that makes it feel like Sunday. It could also be that you are well rested , and you’re really enjoying yourself. Have you had any luck fishing?
We had a little snow up here the last couple of days but nothing major. Just enough to make it sloppy and in some areas, hazardous. Thankfully, the West Virginians are used to the snowy winters so they are in general good drivers, although I could get some arguments on that statement.
Now that you are recharged and feeling good…Go get ‘em girl!!!!!
Take good care of yourself and Ella, stay clipped on, healthy, safe and alert. Always proud of you and always thinking of you.
May God be with you and watch over you and may the angels keep your sails full. I will keep you in my prayers.
Michael (74) from Kingwood, WV

Ben Sultan said...

I'm glad you got to enjoy a lazy sunday too out there on the water :)

TheCarterFamily said...

Its fun to check in on you after a couple of days. It gets to sound really like a book that I cant put down and I cant wait for the next chapter. I can close my eyes and be on ella pink with you. Its amazing who picturesque it is through your writing. Thanks for the reprieve from life here on the mainland. Gotta keep it short because I have day planned for working on the taxes. Ugh!!!
Keep blogging and sailing away---reminds me of the enya song sail away. Best of luk and good wishes.
The Carter Family--In North Carolina.

Jerald said...


Ralf from Germany said...

hi-----ich glaube--du bist nicht auf dem meer unterwegs---das ganze ist nur ein PR-Gag---ausserdem hast du mit sicherheit---wenn du unterwegs bist---Begleitfahrzeuge dabei die für eine sichere fahrt sorgen---ok wir warten mal ab - Ralf

Gary Carlson said...

Good to see you this morning, Jesse. I was reading about the garbage problem in the Pacific, and wondering if you have come upon any of it?

Gary in Wyoming

Wolfhound said...

Hi Jessica,

Happy Sunday to you ! I like to spend them with a good book, a cup of tea, and a seat by the fire.

What books and movies did you bring with you ? My one fear of a non-stop journey like yours is that I would run out of books. Although with computers and iPods and Kindles, and the folks at Project Gutenberg, there's no chance of that nowadays if you've access to the internet.

In the solitude sometimes poetry is just the thing, so here's another offering :

The Two Untamed
You may conquer the plain with plough and drain
And the forest with axe and saw.
You may pierce the hills with power drills
And shatter the mountain's awe.
But there are two you will not subdue
Though you curb however you can;
They will brave the test of your worst and best -
The sea and the heart of man.
-- Charles Stork

Beat on, Jessica.

All the best,

Brian in NY.

Donald said...

Just wanted to take a moment to let you know that your adventure is touching Americans too. Had a lively discussion with a family of Aussies visiting our new property for sale in Frisco, Colorado, center of ski country USA. Where it is currently snowing with temps this week having hovered around 15 degrees F below zero. Funny how your adventure touches all of us. When you think about this, we,(your adoptive parents) believe it takes a whole world's care and support to get a young lady around the world in the sense that it "takes a whole village to raise a child", be patient with us we all believe we are needed! Paying close attention, celebrating your spirit every day.

Bobby from South Carolina said...


What a nice way to start my Sunday... reading your latest post... glad you got in some personal time to read... reading always transports you to somewhere else... have a nice quiet evening... keeping you in my prayers...always... safe sails my friend, safe sails...

Bobby from South Carolina

Greg Murphy said...

Jess: As you head South and prepare for some of the most challenging conditions on your trip, take the opportunity to ask yourself this question whenever you look around the cabin:

What would happen if this were upside down? If you ask that question every day, see things that would cause a problem if they were "dropped" onto the overhead and find a way of securing them when not in use, you'll go a long way at being prepared for really rough conditions.

If you get used to having virtually no loose objects and everything secured all the time it isn't in use, you will have a much better shot at recovering from a knock down or turtle.

Let's hope you never have to contend with an upside down world; let's hope you are prepared just in case.

Greg Murphy
Shelbyville, MI USA

scott said...

just starting sun. here, 10:47 am. having coffee by the wood stove. we got some snow last nite. have a safe trip jesse. i'm jealous. scott from ny

Anonymous said...

Genesis 2:1-4 (The Message)
Heaven and Earth were finished, down to the last detail. By the seventh day God had finished his work. On the seventh day he rested from all his work. God blessed the seventh day. He made it a Holy Day. Because on that day he rested from his work, all the creating God had done.

Jessica, good Sunday morn to you. Makes perfect sense to me that you have that feeling you described for this Sunday. I am also so glad to hear you are had a day of rest. You needed it and deserve it. Also glad to hear you're cooling off. Enjoy the gradual change as it prepares you for what lies ahead. Today I am praying for your continued rest, good health and strength, EPL's good equipment, and all of your family at home following your progress and supporting you. I know they miss you. Blessings to you in the week ahead you now fell so ready to meet!

Anonymous said...

The nice blue ocean sounds very inviting. I would trade you readily. Yesterday, another blizzard, snow drifts higher than a car, not real cold, about -10c. Safe sailing and catch up on some sleep. Best wishes..Russ.

AlbacoreLiaFail said...

I have our dream vacation planned now: I want to go to Huahine, French Polynesia. I was looking up various spots in Fr. Poly so get a feel for your locale. Cool or not to you, Jess, we are in for a week-long cold snap in western North America: our forecast here is suddenly between -16 degrees and 30 degrees F. all week!

Some places are celebrating the Feast of St. Nicholas and festivities of all sorts are getting underway everywhere. Enjoy your week!

HAWKEYE said...


Hi there Jesse - happy you were able to get some quality sleep; and a good book is always relaxing. I suppose you would be feeling a shift in the temperature but that's a positive in many ways including being a reminder of your progress. My Sunday involved a bit of surfing - good swell and a good shape and that fills me with joy. After lunch I fell into a state of laziness, drowsiness and eventual sleep. I had planned work at UWA computer lab - oh well!

You would be recharged as you say after a bit of R&R. And with conditions as they were today it all fell together nicely for you. You deserve that and perhaps a little more often. But, to this point, you can't say you haven't faced and conquered a mix of challenges out there. But nature has a mind of it's own so you need to stay in the moment and I'm sure you are aware of how important rest really is to your state of mind.

'til next time special one continue to rest when you can, keep the mind in the moment, safety first and please stay clipped-on and darl be Happy!!


Gary said...

Glad to hear thigns are well. You are a strong individual to saty so positive in such a singular situation. Of course you get a couple hundred e mails a day and a lot of "Chores" each day so that occupies the time. Not sure if you realize how much you have inspired people around the world. Your deeds and daily efforts give many folks (at least this one)a reason not to slack off and accomplish something of value each day. Just wnated to share. I read your blog every day before heading out to work. Gary in New York

Meechree said...

Glad all is well!
-Dimitri, USA

Gabe said...

Well Jess, I'm in the middle of my Sunday. Making some turkey soup with some leftover turkey stock I froze. And watching the small bit of snow we got yesterday melt. Yay!
I am no fan of ice and snow.
Sounds like your day was just what you needed. I think there is no finer pleasure than burying oneself in a book and letting a story take you away for a while.
You do an amazing job of resting while you can, so you have your energy stored up for when you need it.
Safe sailing and blessings to you,
Maryland USA

Conor said...

Good for you Jesse! What book you reading? Take care. Conor.

Staffan said...

Be careful out there!!!!!!

RGDS Staffan

Anonymous said...

Have you checked your shoes, boots ? Here in colder Germany it is St. Nikolaus Day and if you polished your boots and have been nice in the last months, St. Nikolaus would have brought you lots of sweets and chokolates. But if you did not polish your shoes, then you would have got potato peels and coals in them. And if there was nothing at all I think he might not have been able to land on your boat. Enjoy your trip and "Frohe Weihnachten".
Werner , Kiel, Germany
P.S.: Will you be back in Australia when we play you in Soccer World Cup on 13. June ?

Anonymous said...

Jess, I hope you skimmed the ice off your bathwater, before dipping in, lol !

Anonymous said...

GlenF, Dec6, 10:09PM:
You must be living in an area with a pretty slack council ,because some other apply a little bit of lead on any being that is straying outside the home after dark.

Anonymous said...

GlenF, I hope you have your wife microchipped and desexed as well...

RICHARD said...

You Sunday feeling is not all that different form ours. We get up early after a late Saturday night... hurry to suck down some breakfast in order to get to church... hurry the kids bask into the car to get home in time to meet friends who are coming over to watch the NFL game, which is a great excuse to eat junk food all day... and then at the close of the day round up the troops for baths and my wife and I finally sit down on the couch where we fall a sleep in complete exhaustion. Monday can be a welcome relief to our relaxing Sundays...

Hummmm... being alone, on the sea.. enjoying the peaceful lapping of the water and wind in your sails????? Priceless.. :)


See Ya Sailor!

Anonymous said...

Hello Jesse,

I am always praying for you all along the way. Keep up the good work! You are awesome because of your bravery and faith.God will guide you always.

Kentucky, USA

Anonymous said...

GlenF, have you considered installing an indoor toilet for your wife ? And how many spoons of sugar does your cat prefer ?

Anonymous said...

I always look forward to reading your blog and I'm never disappointed. If anyone ever says "I can't do that" in the future, I will send them to your website. You rock.
I can't wait to read the reports as you approach and round the Horn. I just know you will be up for the adventure.
Thanks for sharing your adventures.
Arnie in Canada

Ari said...


It is Finnish Independence day today. The temperature is few degrees below zero (C) and lakes have got the ice cover. Sea is still open, but actually not any swimming temperature.
You will be soon almost exactly opposite side of the world in few weeks (65N 25 E).
Take care and keep it safe.

duane said...

Happy to hear you are getting some relaxation in Jessica. Great hearing you are getting a little cooler weather, nothing drains a person as much as hot hot hot. I guess lack of sleep drains a person too. But heat just drains the life of ya. Happy sailing and God bless. duane

Nancy said...

I have been following your progress since day one. What an adventure! I am absolutely hooked on your daily updates. Friends ask me "how's the sailor girl doing?"
Wishing you good sailing and a safe return, Nancy

Monroe Georgia USA

Anonymous said...

John, promise me not to be on the road, when I come to visit your country ? I might be a bit of a coward, but stopping every 2 hours without a cruise control will guarantee me and others to arrive safe and well at our destination. Parker on EPL is designed to keep Jessica reasonably on track. Furthermore her boat is fitted with 3(?)Long Distance Anti Collison Warning Systems, so how do you shape up on that with other cars passing you head on at 100kmh (Collison Force of 200kmh into a fixed object...)within less than 2 metres seperation. Why do you think airlines HAVE TO CANCEL flights, when it becomes evident, that each pilot will be working in control of an aircraft longer than 8 hours without rest ? Your 14 hours nonstop (Even with short refuelling brakes) are more than irresponsible, if performed by a single driver all the way.

Anonymous said...

Caves Beach Andrew, hitting 500 balls, 2 hours putting practice, watching Golf/Cricket/V8 ? You sound pretty "HYPO" to me. Don't think a trip in the confined space of a boat like the SS34 will be very beneficial to your psyche.
Try hiking the Nullabor Highway in Winter with Westerly Headwinds. AND NO GOLF WHILE WALKING ...

Benjamin Arie said...

So you read to imagine a place away from the boat, while we read to to imagine a place away from dull land and wish we were you!

The grass is always greener -- wait -- the hull is always pinker on the other side of the world.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Jessica
Take it easy when you can
Smooth sailing
Luv u
Richard (QLD)

SaltyDog said...

I would like to again thank you for including all of us in your experience. You are very gracious and unselfish to find the time to update us. It really is a pleasure to read your blog and is appreciated by so many.

Many people think that a solo trip would be such a lonely experience. But being on the ocean alone is an increadible feeling that few people will ever have the pleasure of experiencing. There's a feeling of independence and serenity that can be found in very few other places on earth. Your trip around the globe is giving you the opportunity to touch many of the 6 or 7 billion people in the world. Hey, if you ever feel a little lonely, you have thousands of new friends to keep you company. I've always said that there's a difference in being alone and being lonely. Like me, it sounds like you are someone who can thoroughly enjoy and appreciate all that comes with a solo trip.

Have fun, stay safe and happy sailing.

From Seattle, WA, USA

lilshawnee said...

Well Jesse,just relax and do some of your school work.
Have fun,are you getting a nice sun tan.
Well,,,i cant wait till you get to go home and see your family.
Well Jesse, Christmas is just a couple weeks away,you will be in our minds and prayers thu out the holidays.
sail safe and be good,leave the boys alone..we all love you girl.
Your friends fron USA
Robert,Ellen Alison and Autumn

bernie777 said...

Go Jessica books are good I tried telling this to my son who is going to go for his hsc..this year hes 18 and already spent 3 months in India and 1 in Roumainia such is the European Education system...which leads onto Bart Simpson who attempted to answer an essay question about Ivanhoe,,,,yaeh glanced at it ,,,its all about a Russian farmer and his gardening tool....well done Bart...dont go blindly into what you are doing ...moral number 1...number 2 prepared,,,,,sleep tight Jessica there will be plenty of time for sailing ahead...go hard....Bernie should start a fan club or something....

Literary Lawyer said...


You are an inspiration to countless people. I grew up sailing on the Nantucket Sound (i.e., the small body of water between Cape Cod, Massachusetts and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket in the Atlantic Ocean). I have dreamed of circumnavigating the globe for years. In fact, I named my 15' daysailer "Around the World" as a pun; so that I can jokingly say I've sailed "around the world". Seeing your videos inspires me. I wish you the best of luck in the coming months- know that you are my thoughts and prayers.

God speed,

Anonymous said...

Hey jess this is my first time writing to you but i just had to wish you all the best you are an awsome role model for all those girls out there mayb one day they they will follow ur footsteps and achieve wat you have so far.

oh and my dad and mum wish u all the best to oh and i promise ill keep track of how you are going.


Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

I'm so pleased to hear that you have had a "normal" Sunday, that the seas is flattening out. That you have recharged your batteries.
After that heat in your cabin, todays temperature seems nice.
My Sunday has been nice too. A friend came over and we lit the two candles in the Advent candel stick, had a nice cup of coffee with a saffron bun and a glass of hot mulled vine. Perfect in this dark and wet day.
Read and listen to your music between the duties.
Safe sailing.

Ingrid, Tyreso, Sweden

Neil said...

Glad to hear your resting up, I thought that was what Sundays were invented for. Take care of yourself out there and enjoy yourself.


Anonymous said...

Have you run aground?

Your chart hasn't been updated in so many days it appears as if you ran aground on one of the islands in French Polynesia.

If your chart tracking no longer works, could you send us lattitude and longitude in your blogs so that we can follow your voyage across the map?

Anonymous said...

Greetings from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA. This dry docked sailor in northeast Ohio has been enjoying your adventure from the comfort of my computer desk. A relaxing Sunday is a wonderful thing. Being a father I have to remind you of your school work. How often are you able to get some of it done? Do you send your work to your teacher via email? How are your grades this term? All kidding aside, you are an inspiration to me an many thousands around the world. May the winds be fair and the sky clear.


Angus said...

Hey Jesse,
I'm glad things are going well, Sundays are nice, we went to the movies which was ok because I needed some sleep (show was a bit drawn out)
I suppose Its only logical that it will get a bit cooler.
When you get around the Horn and head for Africa, what latitude will you be aiming for?
You'r definitely climbing that mountain.
Take care , i"ts good to hear you and EPL are going so well.
Fair winds and following seas.

Anonymous said...


G'day Jesse...

Most excellent reading your words and that you're relaxed and well.

And you're getting your wishes for cooler temps, eh !!! Hahhah... let's see how such wishes resound down around 40S+. !! I reckon the Falklands will seem like the Gold Coast ! :)) But it's all part of your kaleidoscopic experience that you are loving to the utmost. Such a beacon in personal endeavor, you are !

Oh... and I hope you get another nice fish, soon, :))

...catchya down the way.... and best wishes, always.

.... Ooc.

Mike Kay Avon Indiana said...

Hello Captain Jesse, We love Sunday's at my house. Usually sleep in and late breakfast and then football games in the winter. Our Indianapolis Colts are trying to go 12-0 today!! well glad that you are doing well on this Sunday! Wishing you well and continued smooth sailing, Godspeed. Mike

pestinfo said...


Nothing like a good book to take you away from your world and lift you into another one.

What was the title of the book?? "Sailing for Beginners". I think maybe you've read that one a long, long, long time ago.

Sail Safe

Allen, Hervey Bay, Qld, AU

Mark said...

Hi Jess,

Just checking on you.
All seems good.
I must say, you are flying along !
How's the water supply going ?
I don't comment all the time, however my daughter and I read every single one of your blogs - love it.
Go Girl GO


Robin said...

It's -18 C here in Montana USA, with near zero visibility from the driving wind and snow. It is almost impossible to imagine warm sea water and bare feet. What a miracle of modern technology that we can keep up in real time with your heroic journey! Sail on,

danma said...

Hey Jess,

It's always good to hear from you & just make sure that all is well.

A lazy Sunday well you deserve it, a good book & some catnaps is good for your soul.

Stay safe & happy sailing......

Ashraf Ismail said...

Heyy Jess.. it became a daily habit for me to check your blog & your updates of your trip every night before i go to bed, it makes me really feel happy & comfortable knowing that your are fine, happy & that EPL is doing a great job, GOD bless you girl...Take Care...

(Ashraf from EGYPT)

sunfish550 said...

hi jess, have a nice monday, got a dusting of snow here, winter approaching, following you everyday, rest is essential
lenny (GMT-5) pittsburgh PA.

Rob Hardie said...

Hi Jesse,

Great update. Glad you had plenty of 'my' time today.

Hopefully you have more days like today so you can be fully prepared for the leg around Cape Horn.

Always thinking about you.

Keep safe

Ingleburn NSW (packing for a 2 day trip to Singapore, again!!!)

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess,

33 year old Aussie girl on a big adventure of her own here teaching in Turkey. Just downloaded some old 60 Minutes clips for viewing and came across your story which someone had mentioned to me in passing about a month ago. Curiosity got the better of me and I just had to Google and see if you were still out there. All the best to you. If there is such a place as heaven I bet God's gonna ask us when we get there "Did we live to our best potential as a human being while on the earth?" At least you can say you gave it a damn good shot! You go for it girl!

Peter and Sally on the Gold Coast said...

Hi Jess

We had a lazy day too, visited the Santas Warehouse on the Gold Coast, we have our house lit up pretty well trying to compete with your lights. We figure we dont have enough money to buy that many lights.

Oh well you win!

Keep rested, stay safe, God Speed

Peter and Sally

desmond said...

I think you should correct the typo in the heading.

Ian said...

"Quite" Sunday or "quiet Sunday", Jess? LOL That's the school teacher of a former life coming out in me. I don't really mean to be picky. How wonderful that you were able to have some Jesse-time. Enjoy, lass, enjoy!

Love from

Ian from brisbane

Kestrel said...

Hey Jesse,
What a great way to spend Sunday. We spent the day wandering 'round ships chandleries looking for bits to finish off "the project". Took delivery of a "new" mainsail last week which was cut from a very large used main, so we could be out under sail for the first time next weekend.
Great to see your progress. Keep rested, take care and sail on.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess,

Your doing so well, I know you can do it.

Your so brave as I would get lonley out there on my own.

Go Jesse!!


Newhaven College
Year 8's now!!
Katie, Findley, Maddie, Kelly and Zoe.

Dusty from Dubbo said...

hey Jesse

So pleased you had a great Sunday and that you have had some sleep. Here comes the "parent" bit. Teenagesrs need their sleep and as a professional in the area I do worry that you are not getting enough...brains don't work very well when tired...OK enough of that, the West Indies look like making a game of it for the second test..I am a cricket nut...coming up two two great days of runs and wickets AUS to win of course.

Stay clipped enjoy the balmy weather while you sound really positive

SEa Ya or cya

Dusty from Dubbo

Mal Johnston said...

Good on you Jess.

Because you have had to go so far South already you will be really used to the Roaring Forties by the time you get to the Cape.

Keep up the good work,
cheers, Mal

Rob said...

Jesse what book are you reading? I need to find a good book to read but nothing lately has really grabbed me. Sundays are always a good time to catch up on things. Whether that be sleep or chores. I like to treat them as a free day for whatever I feel like doing. Keep up the good work, it sounds like you are really settled into a good schedule. Have a pleasant evening and I'll see you Monday!
Columbia, Missouri, USA

Toni McLean said...

Hi Jesse,
Thanks for the blog. Chill out 'Sunday' days are essential for well being. So it is good you take care of yourself. And you don't have to feel guilty about it. Our bodies always let us know what we need, we just have to be prepared to listen.

It does seem to be cooling down quickly. I'm not familiar with currents where you are, but it sounds like there must be some cool water heading northerly and you're meeting it. Your 'showers' will get rather cool won't they?

Meanwhile here in Oz we're heading towards another hot and fiery summer. It will be hard for you to imagine as you sail around the bottom of the globe dodging icebergs. At least you'll be able to get some ice for your G & T's. Ah, forgot. You're not allowed to drink alcohol yet. Ice for your Coke then. :-)

Hope it gets just as fast and exciting as you can manage, but no more!

Fair winds

The McGraths said...

Hi Jesse,

Pleased to read you had a typical Sunday catching up on rest & reading. That rest time will come in handy soon.

We're expecting temps of 27 today so will be down at Callala Beach no doubt thinking of you as we look out to the ocean.

As always, take care.

The McGraths, Nowra NSW

Attitude said...

"Flow with whatever is happening and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate."

June and Richard Thorn said...

Hi Jesse,

It's been a couple of days since we've been able to catch up with your adventure.

Reading your blog it seems as though you have had your work cut out for you over the past week or so.

Good on you for having a Sunday type of day. Particularly reading a book to take you away from the ocean for a short while.

Just think, if you were back here in Brisbane you would be sweltering away towards the end of the School year. Apart from being away from your family for a while, much better that you're out there having the adventure of your life.

The lessons that you learn over the next months will see you through the rest of your life.

I hope that you took a CD of Christmas Carols to play over the coming weeks.

Stay safe, stay strong and keep finding the kind winds.

June and Richard Thorn

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess,

Nicole would think Sunday is a Rose.
“Living up to ideals is like doing everyday work with your Sunday clothes on.”

Keep on keeping on
You're a legend

Maravale Home Schooling said...

Hello Miss Jess, We think that you would be enjoying quite a quiet Sunday in the middle of the Pacific. We envy your calm but wish you fair winds to blast you East by South. DOnt forget the chocs.

k878 said...

Hi Jess,

What book are u reading? It's good to hear u had any easy Sunday! :-> I'm glad its cooling down a bit, but lets hope it doesnt get too chilly!!!
I think we all understand the, 'feels like a Sunday', thing!!

Good Wishes

Kate & Family, Vic, Aus

Howard Moon said...

What book are you reading...Jaws? You have to let us know.

taz said...

Hey Jessica and Mrs Pink Ladie:

I had a question for you if you have the time to answer, how many battery's do you have on board and are they powerd only by solor power and how long will they last with out sunshine? Also I just want to say that I think you are awsome for doing what you are doing. My family every night says a prayer for you and Mrs Pink Ladie. I wish you the best and I do know what you mean by if feels like a Sunday.

I wish you the best
Fred S
Washington State USA

Lily said...

Glad you took advantage of your Sunday to chill out with a book. Sounds perfect.
Thank you for the update.
Hervey Bay is beautiful this morning, blue skies and crystal blue calm water in the bay, sparkling under the sunshine.
Smooth sailing.
Lily in Hervey Bay

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,
I have been reading your comments from the start and never miss a day. Your an inspiration to us all. My two wonderful daughters can't imagine anything worse! don't know if I would have the courage to let them go anyway so hats off to your parents.
Stay safe Jeni

Anonymous said...

Goin' great, Jesse. When you head up the east coast of Oz, I'll be out to say "G'Day" in my old trawler, (coincidently name Jessica!), out of Botany Bay. Can't wait to read your book.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,
What a great way to spend a Sunday. Nothing like a good book.
You sound relaxed after a busy week. Hope you have caught up on enough sleep to get you through another week.
Best wishes always,

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,
Your living a dream which is amazimg to us! Your writings are unique and informative as if we are on board with you! Think Safety First and continue to have fun sailing.
Take care,
Charlene & Bob Vero Beach, Florida USA

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse, had a weekend away camping, so has taken some time to catch up with the blogs and comments. Seems the worry warts won out!!!! Glad to hear you got through the reefs and islands without any problems. Funny that thing about a Sunday feeling, even out in the middle of the ocean. Count down now to Xmas with all the mad shopping, wish I was out where you are and away from it all. Enjoy the beauty and safe sailing.

Bron C/West NSW

sails said...

Today's Inspirational Quote:

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must
have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We
must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this
thing, at whatever cost, must be attained."

-- Madam Marie Curie

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

Great to hear you enjoyed a lazy Sunday, that is exactly what they should be...time to recharge the soul.
Quite a few characters commenting here, must give you a chuckle.
I cannot believe what an impact you have on so many.
It IS amazing how often you are thought of.....example when I buy the unmentionable orange, my thoughts wander to you and just eating a mango recently same and eh I don't know you from a bar of soap (as the saying goes) but I love following your journey. The cicardas are singing, the days are hot and the holidays are nearing ahhhhh summer is here. Just had a lovely week down the south coast of NSW eating prawns and oysters, life is good, did do some work wasn't an entirely lazy week. Keep safe, look forward to reading your next update.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know if it is ever going to be possible for you to take a swim? I realise that's a massive risk, but lord knows, the irony of all that water and not being able to jump in would kinda suck!

Do you have hot water for the scrub downs in the South? Brrrr

New Zealand

Anonymous said...

Hello Jessica,

terrific, that you had a relaxing Sunday!

I always get the Sunday feeling too, a slower pace, very relaxing.....
For many years I used to work 7 days a week. During the week in the job and on the weekends the attention was focussed on house and garden.
I began to feel, that life was just a grind, work, work and nothing but work........
It has been over 10 years , that I keep Sunday rest again, and life is definitely brighter!
Sundays are for play time, now!

When one is used to water that is 30 degrees, 24.5 could feel cold!!!!!!!
Swimming at the rock pool at the Gorge is a little more chilly still, when I dive in there, I am sure it doesn't have more than 18 ° and the gasps for air prove it!

Reading is also one of my favorite hobbies. I can forget the world over a good book!

You are halfway through the current food bag as well!!!!!
It's also a good way to count! Next...........!

Keep well and happy and above all safe,

Trudy, Austria, now in Mackay

Anonymous said...

Hey sunshine,
Looking at the map you are at Brisbane heights again, almost looping back to Australia. But thats from my viewpoint on land, not knowing about winds on water, or in this case winds to eastern capes or what.
Yah sunday blues is a mixture of weekend ending and close to monday starting. Take care. And put some red and yellow on. Greets,
Paul Rotterdam

Anonymous said...

Good morning Jessica,
Hope you are well, and looking forward to your drive to Cape Horn.You were right Jesse yesterday was SUNDAY!!! Aust v West Indies in the cricket at Adelaide, V8 Supercars at Homebush, Sydney, Australian Open Golf at NSW Golf Club.!!!
Have a great day Jesse,you are in our prayers as always,Godspeed,God Bless, Dougal

emgb1 said...

Hi Jesse,
We're all glad you're ready for another week (we're looking forward to it, lol).
emgb1 from South Wales, UK

Anonymous said...

It's great seeing your blog and that you're 5000 nm up. It's good to see that you rest up. Go for it! Play safe and safe travels. Adam (A SE Qld person also far away from home)

Ken said...

Hey Jess,

I was amused by your "adoptive parents" comment in yesterday's blog. I suppose I would fall into that category since I am old enough to be your Dad. However, just so you know - I think you are doing a GREAT job and at least for the time being I'm not really worried about you. You seem to be particularly well suited for this adventure and you've obviously done the work to ensure you're in a position to succeed. So, my recommendation is to keep you doing what you're doing and have fun!! And please keep up the blog posts - I think they're great!!

Ken in San Diego

Tracie Lynne Hall said...

Good for you, taking Sunday a little easy!
Not a good time for me to mention homework, hah? On the other hand, maybe that book *is* homework.
Sorry, I think it's the librarian in me...but wouldn't it be cool to get the homework done and not have to worry about it? But I get it that you are busy. It sounds like sailing is a 24/7, 7 day a week job!
Well, here I go back to my own studies ---("Mastering the Art of Communication" by Michelle Fairfield Poley---it's called "professional development" reading. Every two months I am required to turn in a short review of what I've learned from something in our "professional development" collection at work.) Speaking of my own studies.... (self-study program though it may be), you'll be happy to know I did finally finish my Sailing Manual! But do I feel I could do what you are doing? Heck NO! And I don't think reading another book will help, but I'm going to attempt to read, "Chapman Piloting" by Elbert S. Maloney all the same, and see if that helps any. :-)
Take care and blessings,

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess

With you all the way! Think about you and read your blog regularly. Smooth sailing and may fair winds keep with you.


Anonymous said...

HEY, Sunday is a good day for worship, thanking God for your safety, prayer, and meditation.
I am grateful that you are safe, enjoying yourself, and look forward to your journey becomming more challenging. The southern ocean may change your mood somewhat. I think you are making it sound too easy. I think being in the middle of the ocean is harder than I can imagine. If God is with you, though, you are not alone. Thanks for your blog.

David W said...

Following you daily from S. California and want to thank you for allowing us to share your thoughts as you head for the Southern Oceans. Thought you would like to know i also just changed the icon for your website on my dest top to a Yacht. Very cool, you really stand out next to Google Earth!!
I am heading for the waters you are now in in 9 weeks, but on a big cruise ship!!!
Have a great week and keep on posting. David in Agoura Hills, CA

Thomas said...

Hi Jessica.

Glad to hear you are having a more relaxed day, where to spend a nice Sunday with a good book.

To make the best of these days, are with no doubt a good counterpart for things to come. You know, you do have plenty of days ahead doing other boat stuff.

But you are well on your way already, good job.

wishes for many of these Sundays to come.

Have fun and stay safe.

Thomas, Denmark.

Anonymous said...

I liked 'Quite Sunday'! Sort of like 'very Sunday' or something.
Oh well...

"Due knot trussed yore spiel chequer two fined awl miss steaks!"

BTW, Jesse, some of us would like to send Christmas cards to your home in Australia, could you ask your shore team (HI MUM!!!) for an address, maybe a postal box? One person thought the cards would be delivered to you, lol! Oceanmail delivery, via dolphins, or perhaps Silly could take a part time job!
Anyway, it would mean a lot to us, so thanks for thinking about it.
(RichieParis came up with the idea, thank you Richie!)

Glad you're getting some rest, the south 40's will keep you busy soon enough, yeah?

Thanks Jesse!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

My kids and I are following your adventures each day. My 6 year old wants to know if you brought any coconuts with you? My 4 year old says "be safe out there".



Pipefish said...

Greetings Jesse,
Nice to hear of your fine little Sunday. By now you and your pink craft seem to be as one spirit together. Ella must feel alive to you with her own moods and personality as if she has a mind of her own? There is a fine poetry in the way you two are working together to bring the other home safe. Best wishes.

Pipefish, California, Usa

Mike D said...

Hey Jess,

Congrats on your excellent progress. Enjoy that nice weather while you can, the temps will change rather rapidly with your progress due South. We just received our first snow here in Philadelphia and are missing the summer dearly. We are very happy for you that you are getting some much needed rest and relaxation. Thanks for more great blog’s, its marvelous reading them!

Be Safe,

Mike D
Philadelphia, Pa, USA

gsimmons said...

Hi Jessica
Sounds like you are right in the middle of perfect weather, not to hot or to cold and perfect wind (could be a little better direction), not to strong, not to light, so enjoy it while you can Jesse.
When you get down near the roaring forties, I would like know how many salt water scrub downs you are going have, if you think 24.5c is cold. If you were me that would be none. I think you will be heating a little water on your stove for a wash.
So Jesse, have many more lazy Sundays, mine was very busy with helping my son-inlaw screw down his patio roof in 40c heat and then got radio call for a broken down boat. Out in the marine rescue boat and in 2hours had him back in safe and sound.
So keep recharging your batteries, keep having fun and keep safe.
Cheers George Simmons
Lots of love from Exmouth WA Australia

Marco said...

Hey, I'm glad to hear you're doing well, and that you are updating your blog again. :) The last few weeks have been pretty uneventful for me, as I'm basically just waiting for my military service to start in January (yes it's mandatory here).

In the time since you left, your adventure has has inspired me, and instilled within me the need to go places. I've decided that in about a year when my service is over, I'm going to pack a bag, and go for my own adventure around the world. It'll probably take me quite a bit longer than your 8 months (no boat, or money for multiple plane tickets for that matter), and I won't get a record for it, but it's the trip that counts, and not the destination. :) Australia is already on the list! ;)

Thanks for inspiring us to do better in our lives. It's heroism that we don't have the privilege of witnessing very often. You deserve a medal! :D I wish you all the best.

Marco, Finland

lswinter said...

Sun, Dec 6,'09, North Carolina

Hello Jessica,

We've been following your adventure for over 40 days and are so excited for you. We know we're not alone in this, but we pray for you often and ask God to protect you and give you success. You are given a rare opportunity to view His creation. The peace you speak of today is an answer to our prayers for you. We hope you well be rested and well charged up for the next portion of your trip. May your spirit remain strong and may you enjoy every minute. You are in God's hands.

Blessings, Leon & Sally
Waxhaw, North Carolina, USA

mark said...

Wow, Jess - you're really hiking! You're along way further south than I'd anticipated. Must be an absolutely amazing feeling flying along with the trade winds. Glad to hear you had a lazy Sunday, and no annoying Sunday drivers to bother you either (at least I hope not)!

Alessandro Machi said...

Some people will go to the ends of the earth just to read a book.

Maurie said...

Hi Jess

I’m glad you enjoyed a lazy Sunday too even without the ‘traditional’ Sunday papers or lamb roast! It must be nice to be able to relax for a while - we tend to forget that you’re living life 24/7 out there - you can’t exactly call ‘timeout’ can you? Or put your feet up with a ‘cuppa’ when you’re tired & stressed… You certainly are one cool kid - you make sailing round the world sound like the proverbial 'walk in the park'! Tell me, what are you reading? The Twilight series is all the rage with girls ‘your age’ at the moment but I suspect you are more of a ‘John Marsden’ fan. His heroines are a lot like you - brave & resourceful. I’m curious about the salt water baths too - will the salt affect your skin in the long term? As you head further south I guess you can dispense with bathing altogether if it gets too cool – Parker is unlikely to complain about the BO! Cheers – Maurie, Sydney, Down Under

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse, where would you rather be. Looking at that beautiful blue ocean and white caps or this:
Look at the gallery. All we need is Santa Claus.. Safe sailing..Russ/Byron Bay/Calgary

Anonymous said...

G'day, Jesse!
It's terrific that you're able to give us a 'blow-by-blow' description of your daily grind. Thanks for taking the time to do so!
I'm an older person but I joined in with this Facebook nonsense recently and, after reading what many of my younger 'friends' post on their 'wall' each day, I am filled with admiration for you and others like you, who set their mind on something that may appear unattainable but, by sheer determination, keep at it until they succeed.
May God continue to keep you safe and return you home happy and well.
All the best, Brian

Anonymous said...

Hi J-
Curiousity only here, why not tack to port and put some easting under your keel? Are you trying to avoid the west coast of South America for some reason?
Take care and it's great watching your journey!! Stay safe.

Scott said...

I know the Sunday feeling. For me it usually involves a clear sky; I used to think of it as Sunnyday. I'm glad you had down time to recharge. I'd like some of that, but I'll be studying like crazy until finals are over in a couple weeks. How are you doing with your schoolwork?

Scott, Denver, Colorado, USA

cmdaes said...

Hi, Skipper! Salute from Claudio in southeast Brazil. Glad you had a good Sunday. Today in most Catholic countries is the traditional day of Holy Magi Kings (the 3 Wise Men that visited Baby Jesus), and I guess we all wish you the three gits of safety, fun and success for the rest of your trip. Good thing you enjoy reading books! I just wonder what kind of books, I mean out of the school and seafaring stuff... Well, it is not getting warmer or less windy from now on, so keep yourself well coated as you sail south. Hope you can spot some whales pretty soon. it must be a beautiful sight. So long, M'am!

Anonymous said...

Sunday is a good day to worship God, pray, and be thankful to have such a wonderful life, don't you think?
I am grateful you are safe, and enjoying your voyage. I think the southern ocean will change your environment somewhat, it could be quite exciting. I think you make it all sould rather easy, but being in the middle of the ocean would for me be quite challenging.
I like reading your blog, and appreciate the work you put into it.

Huw said...

Good stuff Jess - I hope all is going well out there - what book are you reading?

I am very hungover at work today, which is something I truly hope you never experience. Thanks for brightening up my rather difficult day.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess
Sounds like you are having a wonderful time out there living your adventure.
Just a quick question from my young kids whom I have been relaying your messages to - are you expecting Santa to drop by the boat later this month and if so, where will the reindeer land ?
Safe safe mate

gustav said...

Hi Jessica,

where ever I go and whom ever I meet one of my first questions is this:

Have you heard about Jessica Watson,the aussie girl sailing solo non-stop around the world ?Are you following her blog on the website?

I then check the response and get a good Idea of what sort of person I am talking to.

If they have a good reason for not knowing what I am talking about,(such as being an alien species or having been born only yesterday)I will provide them with a detailed update and a quick education to make them realize the importance of this vital information they have been missing out on.

Should they still look at me vacant like a brain amputee I usually try one more time in french,german a little italian and some words in russian and also traditional chinese.

Weißt du, wer Jessica Watson ist ? Savez-vous qui est Jessica Watson ?
Sai chi è Jessica Watson?
Вы знаете, кто Джессика Уотсон?

If there is still no response I will test if I am perhaps talking to some unknown species of the mineral,animal or vegetable variety ?

Whatever it is,they better have a darn good excuse for living on the same planet while still being so ignorant.


Anonymous said...

Last night, in Toronto Canada, met an 80yr old woman from Canberra and asked her if she knew Jessica's story. Of course says she, everybody in Australia is following the adventure!
Good on you, Jess!

Sally said...

Hi Jess

So glad that you could grab some 'YOU' time on your Sunday and shove your head in a book for the day. I love doing that, there's nothing like reading a good book and forgetting about all the other 'stuff' for a while. I am immersed in a biography at the moment and can't wait to grab time during the day to continue reading.

Time for the woolies it seems. You have had to pack clothing for all occasions it seems. Relating to the weather I mean, can't imagine that you would have any evening wear stowed away on board -although you do seem to have thought of everything!!!

Hope you had a good day Jess, stay safe and take care.

Thanks for the great blog

'The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams' Oprah Winfrey

'If you want to accomplish the goals of your life, you have to begin with the spirit.' Oprah Winfrey

Sally In Sydney

Alan Shea said...

Jessica-I have been kept busy the last 3 years reading my brother and his wife's updates as they biked around the world and now reading Freya's as she finishes her last few days kayaking around your Australia-now your updates for the next few months--Alan

BrianJones said...

Jesse, I am in Toronto Canada and last night met an 80yr woman from Canberra. Asked her if she knew of your adventure and she says yes, everyone in Australia is following your journey! I follow your progress daily and enjoy being part of your adventure. Have another great day down-under!

Brian Jones

Anonymous said...

You're right Jess! It doesn't matter where you are (and you can justify it!)but Sundays do have a "feel"

Have fun

Anonymous said...

Hi again Jesse

Again looked forward to checking your update this morning. Beautiful day here in Picton, Marlborough Sounds, NZ. Have you been down in this part of the world yet. A beautiful and sheltered playground for the water lovers. Fishing is rather protected at the moment but will improve.

I do know exactly what you mean when you said it felt like a Sunday. Not easy to put into words but it can have atmosphere of its own. Opposite to the Friday!

Not much else from here, keep happy and safe.

Lynne (Picton,NZ)

LisaB said...

It's great to read of your travels, and accomplishments. Good luck in the rest of your trip, and I'll be following you. Next year, I'm going to Mexico on our 35' sailboat for 6 months, you give me inspiration. Lisa

DB said...

Hi Jesse, I'm back on line after 6 weeks of being unable to communicate or check up on anybody. Now I'm looking forward very much to your further adventures.

Vagabond Journeys

Hugo said...

Hello Jessica! Great blog today, as usual. Thanks for sharing your Sunday with us. One question: why are the 2 latest positions western with respect to the previous ones?
Best of luck, good winds, safe waters...
Hugo, Argentina

SEPTAQ said...

jess, are you going to pass near the argentinian coast? I read our navy will be in charge of your safety for a while, almost a day.
I hope to have good news about you.

Mary said...

Dear Jess,

May the stars continue to be your guiding lights, leading you onward in safety and joy.

Peace, good winds and favorable currents be with you!

Mary, Maine, USA

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse
Glad you had a Sunday they re-energize us all. Well I too now have to put my nose in a book Roman history. Take care pet
love and hugs
Evie from bendigo

Anonymous said...

Hello Jessica,
Glad that you enjoyed a restful Sunday are looking forward to the coming week sailing south...its now Monday here, your time, but still Sunday here in Nova Scotia.
Our TV news tonight had a story about a new ocean research
development that is named
Neptune Canada and can be visited at

that is, if you have the means and time available.
Bras d'Or Lakes.

Anonymous said...

Great to hear all is going well, loving your updates.

happy sailing


Cleo said...

Hi Jessie
Im glad you have had some lazy down time I was 4x4ing on Sunday and when we reached the top of a huge climb 1500 mtrs I could see the Pacific Ocean and blew a wish to you from New Zealand Safe Journey Little traveler

Kiwi Gal

andrewVA said...

hi jess,

glad all is well with you.

we all know exactly how sunday "feels"!! it's just one of those things!

be safe. be well. have fun.

richmond, va

~eMm~ said...

Hey Jesse,

I thought I submitted my comment last night but I must have done sth wrong. Lol. Anyway, cool update. Reading always brings my spirits up when I'm feeling just a little bit down. How many books did you bring with you and what sort?


Blind Willie McTell said...

Very good advice from Marcus Schormann in Germany. Make sure you use all this quiet time now to check and double-check your boat. It will be much easier to fix a small problem now than when you get further south and the conditions are tougher.
Good Luck!

Luv2Learn said...

My young students (K-3rd grade) are having so much fun learning more about the world by "charting" your progress (using yellow sticky-tape) on our classroom's large, cloth world map. You're touching a lot of lives in such a positive way! Glad to hear you had a quiet day & could catch up on a bit of sleep!
A teacher in Tennessee

nanna said...

Hey Jess,thanks for your blog,just love reading it.Make the most of the relaxing days and stay strong for the rest of your great adventure,cheers Nanna... Cairns Qld

Debs said...

Lazing on a sunday afternoon......

Yep no need to explain what a sunday feels like.....i think most of us know and have had the odd lazy sunday's.

Sounds like you had a great day....and got yourself ready for another great week.

Im Making ginger bread house today....could be better get to

have a great start to the week

look forward to your next blog

stay safe and have fun

Deb and the Guinea's

Jan - Wellington, NZ said...

Don't you worry about not posting for a couple of days - it must be hard sometimes when nothing terribly new is happening in your day or when you just have other things to do. We just worry a little that something might have gone wrong, but we all know that you are in regular contact with your folks and your support team so we really shouldn't worry too much.

It's great to know that you are so well set up that you can take some time out to zzzzzzzzzzzz and read a book, and make scones too! What a wonderful treat that must be, such a nice change for your usual snacks and easy meals.

Well I must get on - I am planning my January 23rd wedding and there's a whole bunch of stuff we have to finalise before xmas (it's kind of getting in the way of the planning, but I do love xmas too - I'm sure we'll manage).

I'm 52 and am really looking forward to my big day (second time around is going to be so much better than the first) so I'll leave you to get on with reading the rest of the messages left for you.

Take care, travel safe,
Big hug,

Jan, Wellington, NZ

Anonymous said...

Hi, Jessica,

It's good that your tracker's caption reminds me that "the GPS is not exact," because otherwise I might be overly worried that today, while you were reading a book and recharging your batteries, Parker was letting you sail a good deal WEST (as well as south), and if that continues you'll wind up in New Zealand.

Of course, maybe that's the best direction you could sail today. Maybe you were as hard into the wind as the Pink Lady could go. But it seems like you'd have mentioned that.

So I'll assume it's just a GPS glitch, and you actually are headed the direction you're trying to go.

I translated all the temperatures into American, and if you needed a jumper (sweater, I think that means) when it's 82 F (which is what 28 C translates to) you've gotten used to the tropics! And, going through a 10 C/18 F temperature change as quickly as you have, it's no wonder you have trouble adjusting. It'll be like going through six months in one month, summer to winter, on this long run south. I hope you have multiple jumpers and slickers and everything else warm for when you round the Cape.

Continued good fortune, and I hope the next tracker update shows some eastward progress.

Michael from Texas, USA

Anonymous said...

Good to see yout map has been updated.

If your map goes for days without an update again, I hope you'll start including your positioning so we can look it up on our own.

Jo said...

Thanks for the update Jesse, nice to see you have been able to relax and catch up on some well earned sleep. Reading is one of my fav things to do on a quiet Sunday too and that's always a nice way to relax. Take care 'til next time.


Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica

I agree with Marcus Schormann - now's the time to relax but start the prep for the roaring 40's. I was thinking also (ahead) whereby you will meet some heavy seas.....and I'm sure you're very well prepared for "following" seas. One must be sure that the hatches are secured (caution is in order for an overtaking wave to wash out your hatch cover(s) if not secure). Also - a couple of 50 or more metres of rode to trail behind if needed for stability. I know from experience that "surfing" in heavy seas can wear you out - requiring constant helm control.

I'm aware you know all this, but as an instructor I just can't keep my mouth shut (similar to a nagging instructor who cares about a student regardles of how much time they have).

Sail on brave soul - keep thinking ahead with your very capable team.

Gary O

Anonymous said...



John Webb said...

Hi Jess, Glad to hear that you are kicking back a bit and catching up on the well deserved rest. 26 degree water temperature well I'm with you I would boil the billy if it gets any colder before washing yourself
Keep up the good work and continue on your amazing journey, and I will stayed glued to my computor to read your updates.
All the very best.

John and Susan Webb
Brisbane Aust

Anonymous said...

Hey Jesse,
Hope you are nice and relaxed, it's a but easier to do things when it's cooler, it's stinky hot here in Brisbane.
What book did you have your head buried in ???
Be safe
Saraya :-)

Anonymous said...

It's been great to get all of your updates Jessica. I've only just now worked out how to leave a message for you (yeah, I'm a of a computer illiterate). Good luck to you, stay safe and I look forward to following your blog in the months to come. I might even start reading it to my little girl (she's only 20mths). You're an inspiration to many.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,

I was checking your route today, and it seems you are heading South West !

Aren't you supposed to go East??

Happy Sunday..
Good to hear you got some good rest today...

Jon @ Va Beach

auscan said...

Jessica, I think I envy 24.5 C. having spent 3 hrs shovelling snow at -20 C after a three day blizzard. Trade you places? Lots of luck and love from everyone in the Great White North!
Keep your guard up.

Alberta, Can.

Nick said...

Hey Jess, Looks like you're heading for NZ!!

Lily said...

I did read somewhere that Jess's exact position will not be posted as passing planes or other boats might become a nuisance and if they drop anything down to her, then it would defeat the purpose of her voyage.

I thought I'd posted earlier today, maybe it went off into cyberspace.

Relaxing with a book sounds like a perfect Sunday to me. Smooth sailing Jess.

from Lily in Hervey Bay, Queensland.

Muhammad Asim said...

Hi Jesse

Pls tell us the activity that you miss the most on land i.e shopping , walking , climbing , visiting friends etc.

Understand that it has been a LOOOOONG time in the sea.

peter campion said...

Thaanks for the updates jess. I have bneen following you since you left. Must be good to have cooler weather for a while.
Enjoy your book today, By the way what are you reading?

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