Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Australia Day!

Every year at school we used to get asked what Australia Day meant to us, this year I couldn't be much further from Australia, there's none of the things that make a typical Australia Day celebration out here, no sunshine, beach, no taking the day off or BBQ but this year I really can say I'm proud to be an Aussie! And also how great it feels to have the support of the country behind me!

I've still got a lot of the world to see (a lot of Australia too actually!) but the things that are special about Oz to me (other than all the cool scenery!) is our relaxed positive attitude and 'can do' approach! I'd like to think that we're a county that's capable of coming together to tackle challenges, one that's capable of showing the world that we can achieve the things that we believe in.

So how am I celebrating? Well last night I was pretty thrilled to get a call on the sat phone from Kevin Rudd who offered to pass on a Happy Australia Day message to everyone from me! That's about all I needed to make my day!

In other news, I'm pleased to report that the dunny is all back together (thank goodness!) and that the stove fired up again (yessss!!!) after drying out a little. Can I just say that, after enduring a few days without a stove my respect for James and Justin (the guys who kayaked the Tasman) and any other sailor or adventurer who's main food source was self-heating freeze dried meals has just gone up about a million notches!

So getting Ella's Pink Lady back into shape after our little battering has been going well, not helped by another front that passed yesterday but luckily it didn't give us any more than 40 knots of wind. I'm currently waiting for the wind to ease a little more so that I can finish patching the main sail and pull it right up again. Ella's Pink Lady looks a little worse for a few battle scars but more importantly is still as strong as ever.I shouldn't really be surprised as this is what we set her up to take and why we picked the S&S 34. Still it's nice to know.

I certainty can't complain about the miles we've been covering lately, we're flying across the Atlantic, I'm starting to worry that it's all going to be over and we're going to be home before I'm ready!

Well I'm going to sign off and have a go at making meat patties with tinned mince for a hamburger. Then maybe even some cake or muffins just because I'm so thrilled about the stove working!

Happy Australia Day!

Jesse

P.S. Congratulations times a million to Abby Sunderland for departing on her voyage last Saturday, I know what a challenge it is, just to get to the start line. Despite the fact that there seems to be a lot of adults determined to see Abby and I pitted against each other as rivals, I only wish her the best of luck and am totally thrilled that there's another girl going for the record!

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The Green Sailor said...

Girls Rock! You'll always be the FIRST 16 year old to make it 'round the world!
Enjoy your stove!
Yona

Cazzie!!! said...

Jessica, my family and I wish you safe travels and wish you a very joyous Asutralis Day. We are celebrating with a BBQ and with many friends who we adore..and well, the sun is shining nicely here in Melbourne so what more could we ask for? This IS Australia :)

Anonymous said...

A first for me! To be 1st Blog today! Have a great day Jesse, I am enjoying the cruise from near Toronto Canada.

Igor, USA said...

Have Happy Australia Day! :-))

Mick said...

Happy Australian Day to you Miss Watson "Taurean Superstar" you make the day special.

Faye and Max said...

G’day mate !!. January 26th is our Australia Day (for all you overseasers who don’t know), that was the day in 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip, Commander of the First Fleet, sailed into Sydney Cove to start the Colony. Since this time we have had many Super Hero’s, people we can look upon with the utmost respect. At the moment there is one, just 16 year of age, a mere slip of a girl, with the most beautiful smile, and a heart as big as the pretty pink boat she sails, who has taken on the most dangerous, frightening and courageous challenge that anyone could ever imagine. We are proud to be Australian, and we are so very proud of our own Captain Jessica Watson who is epitomizing the great Aussie spirit. So on Australia Day, when we chuck another lamb chop on the barby, we will drink a toast to Australia and to Captain Watson with our VB (we are from the southern state) or our Port through a Tim Tam (hi Bob)....oops Jesse is underage .... with our glass of milk, and wish her a safe trip back to our wonderful country. And we know that she will receive a totally different reception from that of Captain Arthur Phillip, some 220 years earlier.
Go-Girl-Go.

With love from Faye and Max (Mulgrave, Vic)

USAntigoon said...

Good to hear all is well with you and Ella's Pink Lady. The way you reported the events about the knockdowns and the rotation tells me that you are a very self disciplined and rational thinking person.. In fact all what a good Skipper needs to be..
You are "absorbing" experiences which will be the guidance for the rest of your promising life.
God Bless and a "Happy Australia Day"

Kaye said...

Hi Jesse,
So glad that you are getting on top of the battering from the storm
Good on our PM Kevin Rudd calling you on the Sat phone for Australia day and true Aussie spirit with you congratulating Abby Sunderland for departing on her voyage last Saturday, well done Jesse Australia is so proud of you we love our little captain.
Safe sailing home jesse please stay clipped on we can't wait for your return.

Happy Australia Day!

Kaye Brisbane Australia xxoo

Anonymous said...

Happy Australia Day Jessica. I'm happy to see you have your toilet back together and your stove is working again.
Trudy
Adelaide SA

Gregory said...

Jessica,
You are so right in congratulating Abby as well as yourself! Records will always be broken, but you and Abby and all the other adventurers who think out of their comfort zone and take on challenges such as these, are the people that are most respected and admired. No matter what record is acheived and by whom, all of you are an amazing inspiration.

Greg from Marina Del Rey

Anonymous said...

Been keeping up with your blog from day one, but first time posting. You're doing great, hang in there!!!
Bryan Bridges, Verona, Virginia. USA

Anonymous said...

Oh Captain My Captain (Jesse)

What an inspiration you are to the rest of the world.

I predict that you are in the running for Young Australian of the Year for 2011 and in my eyes you already are!

I continue to monitor your every nautical mile.

Best Wishes
Kirsty in Brisbane

Roy said...

Happy Australia Day Jesse! we are getting the spirit of it back on the Gold Coast ... by wearing Pink! You and EPL have come through a very tough test and made it sound like just another day at the office, fantastic! And the dunny is back together... bonus!
Enjoy the hot tucker Jesse!
Roy

Charles Dodgson said...

Jesse, it is a typically hot steamy January day in Sydney. I've just been for a swim across Bondi, from Ben Buckler to the Icebergs, and saw the thousands lying on the beach. The smells of BBQs, suntan lotion and aeroguard is heavy in the air. Sounds of "I come from the land down under" and cricket commentary on transistors. A welcome southerly buster is expected this evening. A very good Australia Day.

Karen said...

you are a class act. love the positivity.
Karen
USA

Auzziemom said...

Again we are so proud of you dear Jessica. You certainly gave us a fright the other day. I literally had nightmares after your post about the storm. I pray the sea Gods only have smooth sailing ahead for you. I am with you in wishing Abby a safe journey. You are a true Australin hero.

Anonymous said...

keep going jess

Ron said...

Jesse, I know it's important that you get your sails repaired and other things working but what's most important is getting the cabin neat, clean and spotless before your mum has to scold you for not being tidy. After the cabin is shipshape and able to pass mum's inspection, then you can worry about other things.

Ron - Alabama USA

Dukehaus said...

This is what we call a 'whoa, howdy!!'
meaning truly, "GOOD ONYA'S!"
So good to hear from you (and shore team earlier) and to know that your creature comforts are close to back in place. We've been watching PW and wondering where you are exactly out there, and all the while knowing that you were born to be there, and safe, anyway. Billy's mother turned 100 yrs. this past June and she is 'hooked' on your journey! She just gave up her 'machine' (laptop) a couple months ago, but we are keeping her up to date with printouts of your progress, news, and experiences. You are so loved Jesse, as is your entire family! All we can say is the candle is lit again, and you and yours are constantly in our prayers. Be safe! Stay strong!
CONGRATULATIONS ON (MORE THAN) HALF WAY HOME!!!
With love from Wyoming, USA
Kim and Bill

Peter Puerto Rico said...

Hi Jesse, record is to be broken and so it will be for the rest of mankind.

Maybe swimmers have to rest a while as their super swimsuits are no longer permitted.

What makes you special is the way that you tacklr life as much as the sailing around the world. You say that it is going to fast for you, well...as much as I want that you have fast safe journey, as much I know I will miss this blog :-) My blessings to you and all luck. Peter

nanna said...

Hi Jess,thanks for the blog today,Happy Aussie Day,will have a little toast to you,
Stay safe and Aussie of the Year I reckon,Nanna Cairns Qld

Rex said...

Thank you for another great blog, Jesse. Keep on thruckin'. Glad the last bit of wind was not too bad.

Cheers,
Rex Gibbons
Newfoundland, canada

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,

nice to read that you don't complain about anything which indicates that you recovered a bit and that your yacht and equipment work again as intended.

That's worth a lot.

Have a good time out there.

Markus
Bremerhaven, Germany

pestinfo said...

Jessica

You have to be in the nominations for Young Australian of the year 2011. Your determination has certainly earnt you
heaps of respect. I just heard our Prime Minster (Kevin Rudd) rang you last night. He must have have a tick sheet in front of him.

No licence to drive - tick
Too young to drink - tick
Can sail small yachts in high seas - tick
Very determined - tick
Makes excellent muffins - tick
Excellent ambassador for Australia - huge tick

Well done
Just come home safe. Stay focused.

Sail safe

Allen H/Bay, Qld, AU

ozwi said...

Faye & Max I could not have said it better. I am a Kiwi myself but I have lived in Melbourne for over 20 years, I'm 52 in april, & am proud to call Australia my home. I'm also proud when an ozzie does well & Jessica is certainly doing that.
I'm glad to hear Jess that you've got things fixed & working again & I hope you keep doing Australia proud.
HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY JESS.
Cheers, Phil (ozwi, part oz part kiwi)

greg said...

Hi Jess happy Australia day to you, I am happy to see you have repaired your dunny and stove, apart from food two of the main essentials. It is good that Kevin Rudd phoned you and wished you well, but I want him to make you Australian of the year because you deserved it.Please stay safe and god bless. Greg, Townsville PS. We all wish Abby well and don,t think her your rival as you do, safe sailing to both of you.

Tracie Lynne Hall said...

Well, you do continue to prove your mettle! I'm betting all those folks on that reality show, "Survivor" are wishing they'd had you on their teams! Not only quite the sailor, but a stove and dunny mechanic! (No, I never actually watched that show...and I'm not sure it's something that would have aired in Australia, so forgive me if you aren't familiar with it, but I guess the title is self-explanatory.)
I didn't know there WAS an Australia day. How nice! I'll have to let my brother know everyone in Australia is celebrating his birthday--at least that's how HE will see it.
How funny that you are now talking about 40 knot winds as though they were gentle breezes.
Happy Australia day Jessica!
Blessings,
Tracie
P.S. (back at-cha) I was just copying your post to send to my brother, and realized I'd missed your P.S.. How sweet Jessica! I KNEW that's how you'd take Abby's joining you out there. You are SO my hero! (I'm not saying "heroine" because that somehow implies there might be a male counterpart on equal footing, and besides my husband--whose in a different category because God made him especially for me, there really isn't.)

Bruce de Mich said...

"PS:" Great news, Jessica, and many more points to go on your maturity meter! I really liked your approach to we adults, you and Abby! I must admit that I have had a few of those flashes that we might see a 'cat fight' at sea but I am very happy to see that you are not biting on that! You are a real winner... I say with a tear in my eye. Carry on wise one of sea and don't get distracted by trivial pursuits while living out and accomplishing your dreams!

Love ya girl,

Bruce de Mich

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,
I live in the USA and my brother lives in Melbourne (married to an Aussie) I found out about you having read things about Abby Sunderland. I just wanted to wish you good luck and have spent hrs playing catch up and reading watching all thats on your site. Be safe and enjoy your journey.

Cheers

Frank said...

Happy Australia Day Jessica.
I'm so amazed by your attitudes and thought processes. I am in awe of the way that you have taken the time to remember Abby.
Your maturity runs a lot deeper than your age.
Safe journey on the home ward leg.

Frank, Brisbane

Attitude said...

Happy Australia Day Jess!

Bruce de Mich said...

PS: ... and Happy Australia Day from Michigan USA!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

Congrats on making the halfway point of your voyage. Great to hear your stove and other equipment is functional again. It sounds like EPL hasn't suffered too much from the battering she received during the storm and she's taken the latest 40 knotter in her stride.

Hope you have an enjoyable Australia Day out there in the Atlantic Ocean and you receive lots of good wishes from all of your supporters.

Thinking of you and please stay safe.

Kindest Regards, Martin, Canning Vale, West Aust

Canuckiwi01 said...

You are one amazing person and goodonya for congratulating Abby S on getting started on her trip. You make the us all proud of your accomplishments and attitude. Fair winds Jesse!

Attitude said...

"You don't concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done." Charles Yeager

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica, and happy aussie day to you as well ^_^

You've almost got yourself a beach. There's plenty of water, you're just missing a bit of sand that's all. A few canned snags on the gas stove barby and she'll be right.

Glad you got the dunny fixed as well, would be a long time hanging on until you got back to port. (sorry folks -_^ just a potty joke)

Smiling @ ya Jessica, I reckon most of us are doing that. Thinking about you, willing you on untill you arrive home. Go girl.

Kevmeister / Perth

Anonymous said...

Happy Oz Day Jess,, You are a star. Loving your blogs.

Rose in Brisbane

AlbacoreLiaFail said...

Happy Australia Day from the USA to you, Jesse! We nominated you a while back for Aussie of the Year, and your note expresses why so many feel you are the perfect nominee! I e-mailed the Sydney Morning Herald this afternoon and asked the editor to change out the photo they keep using with you coming in with a broken mast. Because the press should express pride in your accomplishments as an Aussie in not giving up pursuit of your plans, they could avail themselves of a more recent photo than the one of that tough moment. Tonight I see they removed the "survival" photo from your article. We'll see what they post next!

You do your country proud, Jesse, if it's OK for Americans to say so. You are a role model for many of us here in the States, not just young people either! We are really touched by people sharing stories action on life-changing dreams. Your congratulations to Abby, de-fuses the competitive scenario a bit and demonstrates solidarity with a kindred spirit.

So the meth stove really doesn't cook upside down?!! We won't even talk about the dunny, but your repair skills are quite noteworthy! OK, back to your cooking, cleaning and mending...

Love from your Adoptive Family of Pink Fans from the Cyberpod hailing from Northern Nevada-- Patricia, Richard and John

Vladimir said...

Excellent
Striking power of the spirit in a young lady.
I wish with all my heart you good luck and as sailors speak - 7 feet under the keel.

Anonymous said...

I agree with (Greg from Marina Del Rey) Very well said Greg.

Paul said...

"HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY JESS!"

Well, the Killer Whales and I talked about the BIG storm and your four knock downs. Then we all drew some "EPLs" and used the mirrors to flip you upside down (sorry, but the kids quite enjoyed this). but then we talked about what it would have been like to be hanging upside down in your wet seat... the feeling was pretty unanimous... SCARY!

Of course, after reading the blog one student had to ask what Jessica would do without a "dunny"... they'll be relieved to hear that you got things put back together!

It's still Monday here in Campbell River, so I think we'll celebrate Australia Day tomorrow in your honor!

Stay safe and keep on flying!
Paul
(and the Killer Whales)

Ray - USA said...

Happy Australia Day from snow-covered Indianapolis! God hold you in His hand!

Ray

Anonymous said...

Capt Jesse

Great to hear you've got everything cleaned up, and that the stove is working. Also great to hear that EPL is none the worse for the pounding she took during the big blow.

You surely amaze me with your lattest post. You sound so under control and matter of fact considering the events of the past week.

All Aussies have reason to be proud of you. You are a shooting star and the whole world is in awe.

OlSalt

Anonymous said...

AHOY Captain Jessica...CONGRATULATIONS for coming through the storm and for handling your craft so well. As a father with three daughters I am all for GIRL POWER...and you have it all...I am glad to hear that things are working out well for you. Happy Australia Day..You certainly represent your country very well. 100 days..WOW..
Keep up the good work..you are definitely homeward bound...Stay safe...and enjoy the trip...

Joe Springfield VA USA

Pat and Bruce Caspersonn said...

Oh Jessica, what a wonderful Ozzie you are. When the genie in the bottle grants me 3 wishes, the 1st one will be to have you as my daughter.
Bruce.

riveter said...

Class act in your ps message Jess. Money can buy fancy ocean racing boats with all the bells and whistles. Money can't buy true desire, I really believe in you....and your desire with EPL.
Best wish's to Abby, I hope her trek is successful for her dreams

G Roberts said...

happy australia day Jessica
your strength, resilience and sheer guts is what makes us aussies what we are and you display those in abundance.

have a safe and peacefull journey home and once again happy australian day .

Richard Lathrop said...

you ARE Australia. "you can get the girl out of Australia, you can NEVER get Australia out of the girl."

I will never be able think of Australia without thinking of you, and Australians everywhere must be just as proud of you as they can be.

I'm not Australian (but I'd be very proud to be one). You and your country are great.

Good news about the stove and the dunny. How about tying dunny down, just in case you fall off another five-story wave again and land upside down--you gave a whole new meaning to the expression "heads up" the last time you did that.

Thanks for your kind and generous attitude about Abby. We all wish her the best. No comparisons are necessary.

Fair Winds

Richard Lathrop

nita said...

We wish Abby luck as well..but regardless of what she does you will always be our favorite Aussie! Keep flying, Jess. Everyone one is so proud of you.

Nita, On the Pacific in California

Mary, Maine, USA said...

Dear Jess, you are so incredible!!
I think I enjoyed this blog even more (if that's possible) than the drama one! Your post details so much resiliency, having moved from a place of being battered yet in control, to a place of recovery, repair and rejoicing....in Australian pride, in an intact dunny, and in eating hot food. Yippee!!!

I DID have a vision of you baking 100 cupcakes to celebrate your 100 Day Milestone. But I've known that you had a few things to do to take care of business and manage Mother Ocean greeting EPL in these last couple of days.

Enjoy your cooking time and I hope you get a few good zzzz's tonight. From my narrow view looking at Passage Weather, I was thinking, "If Jess could only sail up to the 40th parallel, or so, there'd be relatively smooth sailing to the Cape. You'd be north of the storms I've seen in PW."

All the best to you and your scalliwag crew, as Richie Paris says.

xoxoxo Mary, Maine, USA

sponge21 said...

Woooo hoooo!

Great news about your Dunny!
if i was out there i would be permanantly strapped to it!
Have a great ozz day girl!

Mark Perth WA

Marg said...

Happy Australia Day Jess!!! So good to hear your stove is working again! And you have put your dunny back together again. You have an amazing positive outlook on everything, and I think you are such an inspiration to everyone. I have learnt a lot from your blogs (but I still don't want to be a sailor!). You have been blessed to have such wonderful parents.
Keep safe sweetheart.
Margie
Cooroy, Queensland

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you're recovering from the rough weather. Best of luck!!

Ally said...

Happy Australia Day Jess

I smile with pride with each blog I read.
Your well wishes for Abbey Sunderland show off your wonderful positive and mature attitude. I wish her all the very best also.

I hope she receives our wishes.

Keep on keeping on Jess and thankyou again and again for sharing this adventure with us.
Im saving my pennies hard to be there in Sydney when you arrive.

Ally (from sth Aust)

Collette Cole, Australia said...
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Collette Cole, Australia said...

Dear Jesse, great the dunny is all back together...the things a girl's gotta do !!

Lets hope you dont have to do any sutures like you practised on the chooks !! EEEWW!!

So happy the storm front wasn't as bad, was watching Passage Weather as often possible and got myself into a panic !!

Typical of you worrying you might arrive home "before I'm ready" !! To me, May seems sooo long away. For once I am eager for the year to pass quickly.

Fond Regards Jesse, stay safe.

Freddy said...

Happy Australia Day, Jesse!!!

... and since I'm German that's actually the first time I've ever said that... ;-)

Good to hear the stove's working again! Reading your post about the storm really gave me the creeps - it was 4 a.m. local time and that wasn't quite what I had expected before going to bed... So glad you and Ella's Pink Lady rode it out with "only" some bruises!

Again, all the best for you!! Take care!!

Freddy, Germany

Queenslander said...

Your a bloody marvel Jesse.

Enjoy your nosh.

Happy Australia Day!

Mary, Maine, USA said...

Hiya, Jess, and fellow bloggers,
I've been writing a bunch of posts tonight but I forgot to say:

How great you are to have congratulated Abby S. and her voyage, in its beginning stages. I'm also glad that you got a call from Kevin Rudd. I'll look for it online.

Thanks to Faye and Max for the Aussie Day history lesson.

My heart is full and overflowing into the ocean, where I'll surely meet the dolphins.....

Safe Sailing, Jess,
Mary, Maine, USA

Rio The Homework Dog said...

Hello from Room 401,

Just posted on the tail end of your last blog, but in case your blog family and friends come straight to your newest entry, we want to say, "Happy Australia Day" to you and all our Australian blog friends!

Enjoy all the treats you are making. We're glad the stove is working. This means washing more dishes. : )

Good for you on taking the high road!

Best wishes-
Room 401
Minnesota

Anonymous said...

Happy Australia Day Jess, you are showing fine Aussie spirit on your wonderful adventure, you make us all very proud! Lovely of you to think of Abby, its wonderful to see our youth of the world chasing their dreams, without adventurers like yourselves we would never move forward. Good luck and take care. Leanne, Adelaide, SA

Anonymous said...

Happy Australia Day Jessica.
I loved your thoughts for the day. Now if we could just get everyone to adopt a similiar attitude there would be little we couldn't achieve. Keep up the good work, and stay safe.
Bill (ACT)

Justin said...

Great attitude again Jess in relation to Abby embarking on her voyage. Reminds me again that life is a personal journey and that it is better to be supportive than competitive.

JJ said...

Hey Jesse,

Happy Australia day to you too! Enjoy your meat patties - hope you get a sunny day to perhaps enjoy lunch up top soaking up some rays.

Great blog once again.

Hope you get everything back in order and in place soon as - nothing worse than having to clean up your room hey! I bet Mum is on your case.

Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi

Take care

JJ
xx

HAWKEYE said...

HAWKEYE

Hi Jesse - how about this for a prediction. Young Australian 2011 Jessica Watson; it's on the cards and it would be an appropriate choice. Why? because Jesse represents everything Australian: she's having a GO, she's a fighter, she's experienced and answered the doomsayers and at sea has dealt successfully with a number of major challenges but despite all this she continues, as we have come to expect, has marched on regardless - young Jesse is a inspiration and a classic role model - Jesse shows us all, young and old, that the true Aussie spirit for adventure and challenge is alive and well. Jesse shows us all what can be done when you have a dream, a purpose in life and in Jess's case a purpose that defines a brave, bold, strong-willed, humble and beautiful girl and; notwithstanding, the outcome Jesse will walk away at the end of all of this with her head held high knowing that she left no stone unturned in her quest to discover the real Jesse. Precious girl you are 'true blue' mate!!

I hope the cooking came off OK and the stove is in good nick again. The menu sounds an excellent substitute for the BBQ and I'll have a Crown Lager with mine please.

Well the PM got his priorities right and I think my prediction for next Australia Day has some merit - huh!!

"til next time precious one, think safety first, stay in the moment, and good luck with the maintenance and rest up when it is safe to do so.

You said there is no sunshine where you are - well I don't believe that because there is a beautiful 16 year old out there that brings sunshine everyday to millions of people around the globe; particularly to her Aussie mates. Jesse is 'true blue' Aussie treasure and a wonderful ambassador to the youth of our nation.

God bless darlin' and stay clipped on tightly.

HAWKEYE

Great Lakes Guy said...

Jessica,

Got to admit I didn't know too much about Australia before following your adventure. Now I find myself searching the history, people and even favorite foods!

Your can do positive attitude and knack for writing with a style that keeps the rest of the world coming back to read more, is just terrific.

Wishing a very calm and wonderful Australia Day to you and all of your fellow Australians.

Great Lakes Guy - Michigan - USA

Jeanelle said...

You are a CLASS ACT, Jess!

JL
Colorado Springs, CO

pweb21 said...

Happy Australia Day to you Jesse. Being from the US I believe you are the first person I've ever told that to. Hope it's a great and relaxing day for you.
Paul Weber, Fort Worth, Texas

Bluefin said...

Happy Australia Day Jesse!

Wow the Ruddster phoned! Everyone is thinking of you. Kevin Rudd also paid tribute to you in his Australia Day speech in Canberra. Go Jesse!
You certainly exemplify the "can do approach" you talk about. You demonistrate it to the world everyday.

I'm glad your dunny and stove are fixed, thats good news. Ella's Pink Lady can wear her battle scars very proudly, she has earned every one of them and she is as beautiful and dignified as ever.

I love your comments about Abby, as far as I can see there is no competition, what there is are two extremely brave and skilled young women attempting to sail sole and unassisted around the world. There's nothing negative there.

I'm glad that last storm wasn't too bad,

Enjoy your (Australia) Day,
Bluefin (Annie), Buderim, Queensland.

pete said...

Happy australia day jess,, Pete , Cairns..

bobcat68 said...

Hi Jesse,

You're still inspiring me but I'm having trouble keeping up. Your determination is infectious and it has me darting hither and yon through the web looking at all the various suggestions coming in from the WWF (World Wide Family) so I'm running just a bit behind. Being a slow reader I have just been looking at comments from Jan 4th by Hezekiah 299, Amazedbyou and Samurai about our Aussie word which they spelled as "Moccas".

Anyone who went for their dictionary probably would have come up with references to coffee.

It comes from the word "mock" (in Aussie meaning "sling off' i.e. to treat with derision) and can be used when attempting something difficult as "Don't put the mockers on me or I'll mess it up".

I am enjoying the side chats, such as in respect of above which was well worked out, and many of you bring tears to my eyes with your beautiful writing, poetry and art.

I assure you, Jesse, that I keep up with your current updates and just continue to marvel at your great strength of character. Sail on dear girl and make us proud.

Cheers, Bob from 25minutes due west of Noosa.

Jim said...

You continue to amaze me with steadfast determination and drive. You continue to be in our thought and prayers!
The Harris Family – Salt Lake City, UT

Andrew said...

Way cool, Jesse! What a happy coincidence to be halfway, near Australia Day. To get a call from Kevin Rudd shows how popular you are back home. I think many followers would consider that the typically-Aussie qualities you described are ones that you are showing in your quest. In many ways you are a symbol of Australia today - like it or not - especially because of your cool head in the storm and your resilience afterwards. Keep sailing sister!

Anonymous said...

What a nice thing to say about Abby you are all class- your parents must be porud of you

Christina Brisbane

RICHARD said...

There is not too many things better than to live in a country in which you take great pride. You make us smile. Why is it that it is only those who live in a democracy feel a deep rooted love for their country and the life for which that country freely let's you pursue?

I live in the USA and I know how much we honor our friendship and deep ties with our kindred Aussies down under. You exemplify what the Aussie spirit we so greatly admire.
Happy Australia Day.

Blessings,

See Ya Sailor!

Larry said...

Hi Jesse, It is always a total relief when we haven' heard from you for a short while and we get your next blog and know that you are still in good spirits and still looking east to Sydney. We figured it was going to take awhile to get the total picture of damages to boat and the Captain. My wife got a chuckle of the fact that you now refer to 40mph winds as somewhat of a stiff breeze!!! I guess after hurricane force winds 40mph wind would seem like a stiff breeze. My wife and I are looking forward to going to the land down under and partying with you Aussies. Truthfully, visiting Australia is on my bucket list. The term Oz is new to me but I'm a firm believer in the saying "You are never too old to learn something new." They say that on St. Patrick's everyone becomes Irish. Well from the day you crossed the start line all of your followers have become honorary Aussies and will remain that way until you cross the finish line!! I'm actually Irish by birth on my mothers' side and Guamanian from the island of Guam on my fathers' side. Well Jesse, I've got to sign off myself and get some sleep because tomorrow I'll be babysitting our only grandchild to date a two year old granddaughter Avary Jane. And you know how little girls can run their grandfathers ragged!!! On Guam grandfathers are called Tata and grandmothers are called Nana. So when Avary (two in Feb.) Says "I love you Tata I start to feel a little marshmallowy myself!!! Sail safe Jessica Watson (a true blue Aussie) you can never get back to Australia too soon for you family, friends, and supporters. Your long distant friend Larry (guamgranite@myfairpoint.net)

Dave from Minnesota said...

Happy Australia Day!!!!!!!!
You can be right proud of being an Aussie and Australia can be right proud of you. You are a real ambassador for your country. As we follow you around the globe it is impossible to not think of where you are from. You have that spirit!!!
Happy to hear that you and the Pink Lady survived the storm so well.
You are an inspiration to me.

Stay safe and God Bless You.

Dave from Minnesota

Lawrence said...

Jessica,

You are so gracious and thoughtful towards all the other adventurers you support, it is a pleasure to be a reader of your blogs.

I think we all needed the latest blog to see your air of calm after your ordeals frightened the rest of us in our armchairs with the visions of you upside down and being thrown down the face of towering waves. If you can calm down then so should we....

Fare forward,

Long time AP - Lawrence

LScottG said...

Hello Jessica

Good to hear from you today. Been a bit worried about you fixing everything up. Really glad to hear that for the most part you have everything back in order again. Must be tough mending a sail underway. Hope the solar panel is still at full power. Read through a lot of the 800 plus comments from yesterday. Must have seen the word AMAZING a couple hundred times. So I'll just say I agree with them, You Are!
Though Abby is a fellow American and I wish her all the best and will be following her journey like I have followed yours. You caught my heart and own sense of adventure first. You're hard to beat in that sense. I look forward to the day of maybe seeing the two of you together chatting about your travels.
Happy Australian Day!!

Scott - PA USA

RF SYDNEY said...

The BBQ is going and the cricket is on in the background -
Australia 0-42 after 8 overs.

You are an inspiration to us all and a remarkable young woman - a true Australian...

Keep up the great work, your blogs are both exciting and entertaining and we are supporting you sall of the way.

RF SYDNEY

Jude said...

Hi Jess! Happy Australia Day sweetie - yes I was waiting eagerly to see your blog posted and wish you a very special day knowing you are a very proud Aussie gal! Take care, love and best wishes. Jude

Donald said...

Felt so encouraged hearing your poised response to the knockdowns and now hearing you've got some heat, a working head, and have warm regard for Abby's adventure makes it complete. Sending my family's best thoughts your way from the snowy Rockies. ColoraDon

Anonymous said...

Happy Australia Day Jess, hope things have been a bit easier for you over the last few days. Glad to hear you put the toilet together again and glad you are still in one peace. Have a good one, Vicki the little guardian angel from Caloundra.

Anonymous said...

Jess,
SOOOOO glad you survived that trouncing in that storm! Wow, I can't imagine going thru something like that...I have a hard time on the rides at the carnival!
Still praying for your safety and so glad to hear the Lord is answering!
Jayne from Maine

Beverly, Tasmania said...

H A P P Y A U S T R A L I A D A Y
Hi Jessica (Beverly here in Tassie)
How wonderful that PM Kevin Rudd called you on the SAT phone. That's the equivalent of my President calling me; however, I'm doing nothing but laying in bed in Tasmania, ha, wonder what I can make exciting about that! Well, my cat, Pudi, makes the bed hop around when she jumps from bed to window sill - she weighs in about 6-1/2 to 7kg so she sure packs a punch when she "takes off".

I admire your generosity of spirit on congratulating Abby on her embarkation. A "normal" 16-yo would not do that I don't imagine. I'm so proud of you for not being bitter, as I'm sure your Mom & Dad are also. You are one heck of a girl/teenager/young lady/woman. Heck, I don't even know what to think of you as - well, I do, you are "OUR JESSICA"! We love you and admire you and are cheering for you to "come on home".

Glad your storm "only" had 40kt winds. That is getting to be a normal day for you isn't it. No biggy! As long as the dunny is fixed and the stove is working. You mentioned "self-heating, ready to eat" meals. Never heard of them! I remember in the US Air Force we had C-Rations but they weren't self-heating, and they were kinda nasty if I recall. But hey, they were high calorie and sustained you through it all. In WW-II (I wasn't around til 9 mos after it was over, heehee) but they had packets of cigarettes AND CHOCOLATE in them for the guys (weren't any women in the field in those days with the exception of the wonderful nurses and Red Cross volunteers).

Gosh, here I am getting all soppy recalling what American soldiers/sailors/airmen went through and also remembering my "adopted" Diggers. You are right up there with them in mind-set and morals and every other kind word I can't think of that describes you. Guess I'll have to get out the Funk & Wagnalls before you get home.

Speaking of "home", my husband was just in here saying he hopes he gets to meet Bruce when we come up there to Sydney to greet you coming home. I'm glad I talked him into making early bookings on the ferry (18Apr-24May) because you probably WILL come in early. BUT...on the other hand, if there are too many parties and get-togethers after you get in, we may have to change our departure date, LOL. I'm not going to miss any of that for the world.

I started physio on Monday and I told her that she had just under 3 months to get this old, decreped body back in shape after being in bed for a year. I'm so excited about coming up to see you, I could probably go out (and in my mind)run a marathon! LOL, probably wouldn't get much past the driveway but in my mind I can do anything!

Well my dear Australian Lass, remember GOD is with you at all times, right there beside you and you can talk to Him about any little thing you care to, no matter how trivial. And His Legions of Angels are surrounding you and EPL and definitely doing their "jobs" in keeping you safe and guiding you back home to loved ones' arms. {{{HUGS}}} Beverly & Andrew Penney, Tasmania

BEGIN AGAIN IN 2010!!

claudia said...

I say there is no competition here. You are both very brave young ladies and I am anxiously going to be watching both of you! My hope is that you both do well and enjoy yourselves to the fullest!
Even though Abby is from my home state, you will always be the first on my mind.
God Speed!

Lori said...

Hi Jesse, Happy Australia Day!

Thanks for your great update, talk about being a Jill of all Trades, you are fantastic!

Glad the last front was only 40 knots, if that's all you get from now on, I will be happy, as will your dear parents and Ground Control - and everyone else around the world I am sure.

Keep having fun sugar, it's hot in Brissie so I am going to shower and go over to the Club to cool off - you will be back at your Club before you know it (it's a great Club always go there when at Mooloolaba).

Happy Australia Day everyone......x

-Lori, Brisbane

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that the dunny is fixed now, the stove is working & you are apparently in very good spirits! Hooray!

You are such a classy young woman Jess, especially in your wishes of support for Abby Sunderland.

The media has tried to pitt you both against eachother & thankfully you both have the sense to see that and not play!

You are both very adventureous young women & I cheer you both on!

Travel well & stay safe!

Jo said...

Happy Australia Day Jesse!! It's 38'C here in Sydney today, nice and hot! Pity the sun isn't shining where you are but I'm sure you have lasting memories of wonderful days on the beach...I'm so glad the dunny is working again and yipee that the stove is working and you can bake up some yummy treats for you and the crew!! Good luck with the burger and smooth sailing!! Take care 'til next time.
Jo
Sydney

angela said...

Well done. You are an inspiration to us all.
How australian of you to mention the Dunny.
I hope all the people outside oz know what you are talking about.
Made me laugh out loud.
You go girl!
Aussie
Aussie
Aussie
Oi!
Oi!
Oi!

Anonymous said...

Happy Australia Day Jessie!

Wow a call from the PM! You make your countrymen proud all the way to the top. As it should be.

Four knockdowns!! You are one tuff Aussie and Ella's Pink Lady is pretty tight little boat. Kudos to you, your rigger and to S&S.

Godspeed and stay clipped young lady.

Capt Dale
New England USA

greg said...

Hi Jess, again please don,t think I ment you throught Abby is a rival,I just worded the last part of my blog wrong and only just realised it Greg from Townsville.

Kerri said...

Jess, what a class act you are,, congratulating Abby on getting underway. Yes, it usually is the adults creating the $#%$#!@!@, but you have such character (maybe it's the Aussie spirit you right about) you don't let that ever come into play in your blogging. And I am sure at this point in your trip you now know it's about the journey and not some tag line. That will truely always be yours (as will Abby's be hers) for only you know all that has transpired in your thoughts, prayers, joys and character. You are awesome!

Happy sailing from California!

Kerri

Anonymous said...

Texas 10:10pm 01.25.10

Captain Jesse the Explorer

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY! Captain.

You shine brighter and brighter each day. What an awesome day will be your arrival in Sydney Harbor.

Thanks for your good wishes for Abby on her departure. It does appear that great spirits recognize each other with respect. I think one of the things that moves me so, is the idea that as long as there are young people such as yourself in the world, maybe we have a good shot at being more than we are now with all the strife, injustice and lack of compassion. You give us hope for a brighter future because of your example.

Sail on, sail strong, Good Captain Jesse and may God's angels and dolphins be with you.

Ben from Texas

Grateful in Maryland USA said...

Jess, I am very grateful to be able to read your terrific blogs. You are wonderful. I'm with you in my thoughts each day.

Kev said...

Have a Happy Australia day Jesse - and many, many more!

Great sailingand great spirit too Jesse!

Cheers, Kev, Forestville, Sydney, Oz.

eeyore said...

Well, I am pulling for you in the girl around the world race.

SaltyDog said...

Jessica,

More than anything, I would like to say what an absolute class act you and all of the young circumnavigators are. As you are sharing your kind words for Abby Sunderland, Abby also has had nothing but words of encouragement and praise for you as well as for Laura Dekker. You, Abby and all of the young circumnavigators before you share a total respect and appreciation for each other. All of you are setting an example that all of us adults need to pay much more attention to and to learn by. I want to say thanks to you, Jess and to Abby for the grace with which you display your spirit of kinship.

How many can say that they had the opportunity to celebrate Australia Day with Kevin Rudd. What an honor, Jess. I’m so glad that you were able to light the stove to fix some goodies for your celebration. Just make sure that Big Ted doesn’t sneak too much of your cake or muffins. From what I remember from seeing him in your videos, I think that he needs to watch his waistline a bit. But then with my waistline, I guess I better not get too addicted to those Tim Tams.

Happy Australia Day to all…….

Have fun, stay safe and happy sailing.

From Seattle, WA, USA
SaltyDog

Dave said...

You are amazing Jessie. All the best for the rest of the trip. - Dave (NZ)

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

Bonjour Jessica & Ella's Pink Lady,

101 days,~ 1500 nm ahead, about 11,000 nautical miles to cover,and so many other ways to say where you have been and where you're at.

No doubt you are a VIP to the people of OZ and the rest of us too!

Happy Australia Day to you & EPL, family & friends and your great team too!

Take care, be safe.

Anonymous said...

So many Aussies are so very proud of you on this Australia Day. Just imagine what the future of our country would be if all the 16 years olds out there had your spirit of determination, can-do attitude and humility.
Go Jess!!
Fiona in Tassie

Anonymous said...

Happy Australia Day Jesse, you sure are doing the country proud!! Pleased that you have not had any more serious storms to tip you upside down and scare you half to death!! sounds like you are all 'shipshape' again, guess that is where the saying comes from. Pretty hot out here in the west, we need some more rain for sure, the maggies are under the sprinkler!! Take care, keep smiling

Bron Central West NSW

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,
Happy Australia Day, glad to hear you have things back in order and enjoying an Oz meal (?). Just had a BBQ lunch here in very hot 39deg. heat. Crickets on and beer is cold. Looking forward to the fireworks tonight. Best wishes to you, safe sailing. bye for now.

Anonymous said...

Go Jess,
The legend grows with every nm you do!!
You rock!!

maxine maroochydore said...

Happy Australia Day to you Jessie, my husband Colin became an Aussie today, after 50 years in the country, but at least he did it, the ceremony was in Noosa with Bob Abbott, it was really interesting morning, but it got really hot up there. That must have felt pretty cool Kevin Rudd, talking to you, and you deserve all the accolades you recieve, because you are a TRUE BLUE AUSSIE, and make us all so so proud of you, and even your attitude towards Abbey, but it is you we all admire, and it is you who will be the first to come home safely. OZZIE OZZIE OZZIE, God speed Jesse Maxine and Colin Maroochydore

Russ. VE6VK said...

IT IS JUST GREAT TO KNOW BOTH YOU AND EPL ARE ALMOST BACK IN SHAPE AGAIN AFTER THAT ORDEAL. I HAVE BEEN AWAY FROM AUSTRALIA SINCE 1947 BUT MY THOUGHTS ARE ALWAYS AROUND ON ANZAC DAY AND AUSTRALIA DAY.
Australia Day


Australians are a funny lot, you'll often hear one curse,
How things have started badly, and they'll probably get worse,
The weathers dry, the sun's so hot it's stolen all the water,
The Government has never done the things we think they oughta'.
But if we hear a tourist say his home is much more grand,
They had better be prepared to make a very solid stand.
For although we Aussies may complain at what's become our lot,
When someone knocks this country, we defend with all we've got.
We may criticize some teenage brat, may even wish them failure,
But we stand behind them cheering when they're playing for Australia.
Because, if this is home to you, the country of your birth,
Then you back the native player to beat anyone on Earth.
When the cricket bats are swinging or when someone scores a try,
When a home grown horse has won the cup and made the owner cry,
When some paraolympic athlete hits the front and sets the pace,
You'll hear 'Aussie Aussie Aussie' as the crowd goes off their face.
And although we like to take a break in overseas locations,
If you take the time to question this nomadic population,
They will tell you without blinking that wherever they may roam,
The best part of the journey was the last bit, ....coming home.
For the sun was never brighter on the beach at Waikiki,(????????)
Than it is on all the sandy shores Australia has to see,
The water never purer nor the air as fresh and clear,
The people never friendlier than those that we have here.
If you venture to the outback where grass is scarce as snow,
As you swelter you may wonder what it was that made you go,
But just look at the locals who have lived there since their birth,
And I know you will not find a better class of folk on earth.
All across this wide brown country from the Cape to Hobart town,
There are people who will help you when you find the chips are down,
And if someone should abuse you, and does it just because,
Then that person's not Australian, and that person never was.
So when you feel disgruntled just remember this rendition,
And never blame the country for the acts of politicians,
Look up and count your blessings when you see our flag unfurled,
And be grateful that you live in the best country in the world.
Happy Australia Day

THIS CAME FROM ONE OF MY GRAND NIECES IN OZ.
LOOK FORWARD EACH DAY FOR YOUR BLOG. THEY ARE ALWAYS VERY INTERESTING, EVEN TO OLD GUYS LIKE ME.
NEARLY 86. KEEP PLUGGING JESSE AND GET THAT MAINSAIL PATCHED. BEST WISHES AS ALWAYS.
RUSS/CALGARY.

J0E said...

I'm happy for your progress and repairs! I am also really glad both you and Abby S. have such great attitudes about "the competition". Naturally the wonderful media wants to turn this into a drama-filled battle "for the record". They nearly make it sound like you are both armed! I guess they feel a story about 2 young people who both understand that this is a personal challenge and an adventure wouldn't sell papers. Carry on with the great work!

Jim from Perth WA said...

Hi Jesse,

There's nothing I can add really that hasn't been said before about what an absolutely wonderful sailor you are not to mention a beautiful warm-hearted Aussie. Your good wishes to Abby and concern for the Haiti victims deomonstrate this. What really amazes again about you Jessica is I've been following since day 1, plus going back to you very first blog in May 2008,is anything that arises that is a problem you fix, there you are sewing up the tear in your main sail as well as getting the stove working again and the all important dunny operational.

Well how amazing Kevin Rudd (Prime Minister of OZ for overseas bloggers who know who KR is) rang you on Australia Day. That must have made you feel very proud, and rightly so. So 100 days, 11,500plus nm up, and you're speeding along way ahead of schedule. Remember to thank the dolphins and the angels. I reckon you can look back on that storm as a positive thing- 1. it showed you can handle the toughest of conditions the oceans can throw at you, 2. it demonstrates to everyone your amazing sailing skills, 3. It absolutely silences and puts to bed forever all the critics who first said one so young shouldn't do this, then when you do do it they CAN'T then turn around and say, "Oh you were lucky you good had good sailing conditions"

Sail on sweetheart xxxoooo

Jim
Western Australia
P.S. good luck with the repair of the sail, know you will have it fixed in the next day or two.

Anonymous said...

In reading today's post, you are again, you are wise and mature beyond your years...your parents have done a beautiful job in raising such a wonderful girl. Glad to hear things are quickly returning to normal...and you fixed the dunny by yourself- what a big girl thing to do! :) Happy Aussie Day to you, I know of no finer Aussie- you do your country proud. -Karyn, IN, USA

jowel said...

Hi Jesse! Happy Australia Day! Sorry you've missed the fireworks but sounds like you've probably had your own version of that.

You forgot about the tennis and the cricket! I'm camped in front of the television flicking from one to the other. I am usually at the Aussie Open but not this year.

How nice to get a call from the Prime Minister - you must be feeling pretty chuffed. I hope next year you get the Young Australian of the Year as you deserve it.

The usual debate is on about the flag - whether we should take off the Union Jack as Canada has done. And the date is fairly contentious with the indigenous (can't blame them actually). But patriotism is higher than ever. I've never seen so many cars with flags flying and houses with flags proudly displayed. Makes one proud to be Aussie.

Fair sailing, and hope all the repairs can get done quickly and smoothly. Glad to hear your dunny and stove are back to working order! Hope you enjoy the hamburger and sweets!

Jo-Anne, Geelong, Aus.

Anonymous said...

Hiya Jess, all the best for Australia Day, good to hear things are getting back on track, wouldn't have been much fun without a stove (or dunny for that matter LOL)
Yep, Big Kev passed your message on, thanks :)
The news reporting of your little rough patch was sensational(istic), quite pathetic really, I'd rather hear it straight from the horses mouth anytime :)
And yes... your nailed it on the head with the rivalry, not sure why they feel the need to portray it as such, I think in these changing times you are setting a wonderful example that it is more about just doing it than doing 'against', good onya Jess.
cheers
Tia

Philip said...

Happy Australia Day to you Jess.

Glad the latest storm wasn't as bad as the one before. At least you were able to get more things running again.

Don't worry about getting home too soon. You will be ready for it.

Philip
USA Soggy East Coast :)

Evie from Bendigo said...

Hi Jesse
Happy australia day.
Glad that the Prime Minister gave you a tingle to say hello.

There is no challenge between you and Abby you are both girls and both 16 yrs old you are incredible people.
However, there has always been a challenge between Australia and the USA especially when it comes to sailing.
Enjoy your mince patties, and some nice flavoursome muffins as a treat maybe.
Again Happy Australia day
Good luck with your final repairs and good news about the dunny unfortunately a necessary piece of equipment.

Love and hugs
Evie from Bendigo

Old Iron said...

Happy Australia Day!

Jesse

Glad to hear your getting Ella's Pink Lady back into shape.

The USA is watching both Jesse and Abby.

Wishing the best to both.

Thanks for the blog update.

Bob from Seattle said...

Jesse,.....You write so beautifully, it's hard to believe you are only 16. Mum and Dad did something right I think. A lot right!

Thanks for mentioning Abby's start to her circumnavigation attempt. I follow you both daily and I have no favorite. I only hope with all my heart that you both complete the trip safely and your journey in self-discovery is fulfilled.

Bluefin said...

For Greg from Townsville,

Its ok Greg, we know what you mean - there's not too many of us who have not pressed "publish" and suddenly realised we have made an error or mistake.

Enjoy your day in beautiful Townsville,
Bluefin (Annie) Buderim Queensland.

nutralady2001 said...

Wow Jesse you must have posted just as I was commenting on your last blog so at the risk of repeating myself am going to paste my last comments here again.....you answered one of my ?? about Kevin ringing you LOL

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!

I read online that you got a phone call from Kevin....true? (didn't/haven't seen his speech).

Could have gone to the day/night cricket match at Adelaide Oval today but opted to watch it on TV, they are televising it as it's a sellout. My son and daughter have gone and taken my son's French Canadian girlfriend , newly arrived in Oz ( they met in Canada and came back 2 weeks ago) with them so that will be an education for her LOL

Glad you got the loo fixed and your stove going again. Best of luck to Abby ! Of course you have your critics and I notice yours change tactics as their criticisms are being dealt with one by one by your actions, one wonders what arguments they will be putting up by the time you sail back through the Heads. Take care sweetie xx

kiwi_canuck said...

Ahoy Cap'n Jesse, good to hear that EPL is ship shape after last week's storm, and that all appliances are working again.

Happy Australian Day, young lady, and hearty congrats on receiving a call from PM Rudd.

Skipper, keep your hand on the tiller and take EPL homeward bound.

Clear skies,
Brian & Phill
(aka kiwi_canuck)
Vancouver, Canada

Evie from Bendigo said...

Sea Fever

I MUST down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a gray mist on the sea's face, and a gray dawn breaking.

I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way, where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

John Masefield

Jessie said...

Hi Jesse

i am so proud of you!im glad the stove is working and enjoy!you are a role model to me i want to grow up to be like you.I hope i can achieve half the stuff that you have.

Love Jessie

nutralady2001 said...

Meant to add on this day in 1788 my 4 x great grandfather arrived in Australia "below decks". He was originally sentenced to death, to think I almost wasn't here LOL.

What must he have thought on seeing this wide brown land after his native Cornwall I can't even begin to imagine.

I often think of that First Fleet voyage and wonder how they managed and what they thought.......and here we are 222 years later and we are in daily contact with you AND getting photos, marvellous! But then I'm of the generation that was transfixed on July 20, 1969 when that oh so grainy (in retrospect) film came back from the moon. One of those "Where were you when...." ? moments.

I'll be able to add a "Where were you when..." moment when you come sailing back through the heads again xx

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you are so far ahead of where you thought you would be! That's wonderful!!I'm not from Oz but I'm guessing that Australia Day is a lot like our July 4th. Your graciousness toward everyone is amazing, and I admire how you recognize the second girl who is sailing not as a rival but as a friend and you wish only the best for her. You are doing wonderful Jessica, we still worry about you but I know you will make it!! Darla J. (D.J.) Iowa, U.S.A.

yogarshi said...

I first read about you in yesterday's newspaper and i'm amazed at your grit...Great going girl!!! And hopefully everything's back on rack after the weathering that you and EPL took!

Yogarshi Vyas
India

June and Richard Thorn said...

Hi Jesse,

Tell em which was most exciting, the dunny, the stove or Kev 07?

I can't agree more with you about Abby. You both are one as sailors setting out on you life adventure.

I wish Abby well and a safe journey just as I do you. Certainly you can identify with what she will have to endure.

Stay safe young lady. We want you home as quickly as possible.

June and Richard Thorn.

Ian said...

Your affirmative comments about your country, your get-cracking attitude about righting the boat, and your cheerful best wishes to Abby are the reasons we love and admire you so much.

Best wishes and my prayers, Jess!

Ian from Brisbane

Anonymous said...

How good do you sound. So happy for you Jess on Australia Day. Getting a call for Kevin 07 too! You lucky little Aussie. Go Girl!
Bessen Family of Mypolonga continue to read and support your adventure.

Bruce from Brisvegas said...

Hi Jess

Happy Australia Day!!! Just a very typical Australia Day in Brisbane. Hot. BBQed lunch. Plenty of time swimming in the pool. Games with the kids.

Very cool getting a call from the PM. He is my local MP. I have chatted to him at local fetes and school events and he seems like a good bloke and very down to earth. I am sure that he was honoured to speak with somebody who is SO famous - you!!!

Good to hear that you are getting EPL back together again after being shaked, rattled and rolled. Thank goodness the stove works. That is what I was most worried about. Could you imagine cold food until May.

Your note to Abby shows just what a great sport you are. ONYA Jess!

Anyway, best of luck with repairing your mainsail. I hope that you up up to full sail ASAP. Back to school for the kids tomorow. You have that to look forward to in May.

Sail safe, sail fast.

Best wishes

Bruce

brucepm@hotmail.com

Rosemary Pratt,Kingaroy,QLD said...

OK Jessica, that's done it, your courage,your humour and your demonstration of the true Aussie character.I am a Pom,been in Oz for thirty years but have not become an Aussie.Next year I promise that I will be celebrating Australia Day as an Aussie and I will do my best to live up to your fine example. Thankyou,from a sixty seven year old Nana, completely hooked on your fascinating blog.

Susan said...

One has to wonder about the varied apprenticeships you will have served by the time you sail into Sydney Harbour Jess! That of plumber/dunny installer, electrician, sail mender, cert 1V in fanciful food prep from dehydrated sources, not to mention all the instumentation you have to understand and care for, in order for it to care for you! Australia Day certainly belongs to you this year Jess. I am no sailor but your blog is an education that proves you are a Class Act beyond any I can think of. You are the epitome of the Heart and Spirit that makes Australia the great country that it is Jess, and you have proven it in such style. Courage, fearlessness,tenacity,ability,
humour and above all, a grace and humility that is enchanting. The art of giving and receiving are one and the same, and yet is an art so few possess. It seems to be inherent in you, so is it any wonder we wish to support and encourage you Jess. You are an inspiration. Know you are the sparkle in all our glasses as we toast this great country today.
Continued Blessings for safe passage and fulfillment of your dream. Enjoy those muffins!

Susan in Melbourne

Sarah Cooper (Sydney) said...

Happy Australia Day Jess!

So glad everything is fixed and working inside... hope you can get everything fixed outside soon!

I am also watching Abby's adventure online. I think it's great that so many young people want to achieve their dreams! Such a inspiration!

My one hope is that both you and Abby make it home safely, records and competitions don't matter here.

Will you and Abby be keeping in touch via radio or sat phone at all? It'd be great to give each other encouragment every once and awhile!

Enjoy your home ward stretch Jess! All of Australia is behind you and so proud!

Mary, Maine, USA said...

Hi, Jess, and dear Jessaholics,

Lovely blessings to you all. May this beautiful musical blessing stay with you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BkT6-CDIjw

In peace,
Mary, Maine, USA

David W said...

I am so pleased to read that you are safe and sound. I believe that the whole world is rooting for you.
You are a really, "class act" and you represent your wonderful country with such great pride.
I live close to Abby Sunderland and the words you addressed to her made me feel so good. God bless all who sail the seas and special blessings for our two adventurous young ladies.

jo said...

Jesse, so glad to hear the dunny and the stove are back in working order.
I think you epitomise what Australia is all about... Giving things a go with a positive attitude and plenty of humour thrown in the mix. Also your generousity and goodwill towards Abby... the idea that everyone deserves a fair go. But hey a phonecall from TinTin himself... how 'bout that! I wonder if one day we might see a certain woman who once sailed around the world stepping in to fill those shoes? It wouldn't surprise me in the least.
Well Jesse dear, Cheers and (non alcoholic) beers, good winds and safe sailing from this 'Underneather'.
jo

Meredith said...

Bravo and best wishes to an extraordinary and inspirational young woman.
Such joie de vivre AND common sense - what a gal!
Stay safe
Meredith (ex Buderim, now Sri Lanka)

Dave said...

Yeo

Happy Oz Day. I'll light my barbecue out in the snow and enjoy.

Dave Canada 260533Z

Anonymous said...

Jessica,

Happy Australia Day!

With such outstanding young people like you Australia's future will be bright indeed.

You are an example for all of the world's citizens to follow.

Fair winds,

Steve from SCalifornia

David said...

Hey Jesse, Happy Australia Day. You're setting a fantastic example for the rest of us here in Oz, and being a great ambassador for Australia in the process. Fair weather, good sailing, and we look forward to welcoming you safely back home.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,

We read your blog everyday and all the comments too, Just had to write today to say Happy Australia Day to You !! You make us proud to be Australian....

PS. There seems to be a resident Dolphin missing from Moffat Beach, he usually shows up at Sunrise and is never gone for more than 2 weeks at a time. I have not seen him since you left on your amazing journey........ any ideas??

Tania, Tim and Jess
Caloundra

PWB said...

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TODAYS 20 to ONE,

MOST UNTHANKED (By PWB) COMPLIMENTORS and DEVOTEES; REGARDING THE PRESERVATION AND PROLIFICATION OF THE PWB CONGLOMERATE OF COMICALY INCORECT NONSENSE ASSOCIATION.

IN no rational order:

1. StuntTrader , You made an excellent choice,
Thanks for your Male Blogging Bondage.
Do you trade in wives as well?

2. ‪Momma C, There is only so low that you can go, Momma C, And I am what you call bottom of the harbour. Thank You.

3. ‪Amazedbyou, Is our love still real, or is it just a Blog in my memory. Kind Regards.

4. ‪Mary, Maine, USA‬ , “Compliment Offline & Under Maintainance”

5. ‪RichieParis , Your deposit to my compliment trophy room was microscopic, but still remembered and treasured, ….you devil you,!.


6. ‪Trudy , Trudy, Trudy, where for art thou;
Are you waking or just Devine?
I still remember your kindness.

7. ‪hezakiah299 , Hezakiah was my first love in the receiving of a compliment stakes, and his words, as it were, lifted me up on eagles wings, and hence I fear that my feet have not touched the reality of the such earthen sod, since.


8. Jim from Perth, Dear Jim, since we are fellow statesmen and the population in WA is small, they may think we are related and that your compliment does not qualify. So will not say any more. Thanks. Love your State.


9. ‪Lily in Hervey Bay, Dear Lily of the Valley, I bid you to rise up and take shelter upon the most solid of higher ground. For after Jessica’s triumphant return and all the unbelievers are trodden underfoot there will be new work to be done. After the tumult of war like tsunami has inflicted much loss to life and limb, the world is going to need people like you to repopulate the surface of mainland Australia. And a more down to earth and far less mushy of human clay will we be, due to your contribution. Three Cheers and have a Beer on me. (Non- Alcoholic of course).


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HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY JESSICA, all the Aussies
And to the rest of the world, Hello From Hyden.


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Darren Achim said...

Happy Australia Day Jess

another thing you can be proud of is your sheer and utterly good sporting like character. I don't think a record is as important as the quality of character that this kind of experience builds within you. But records sure feel nice!!!! Glad to hear that the dunny is back together and you're able to have a hot meal!!! I really admire the way you roll with the punches. Do you have any vegemite on board some Aussie friends of mine made me eat it for Aussie day. It's not half bad as long as you don't know what's in it :)

stay safe!

Darren Achim
skipper "Quest"
Toronto Canada

Anonymous said...

Jesse,

A little wind, a loo, and a working stove . . . who could ask for anything more.

Happy Australia Day. You do your country proud.

Safe sailing and continued best wishes from San Diego.

Dr TD said...

- via remote -

G'day Jesse,

Just a quick message to say we’re sharing the Australia Day
celebration with you from out here in Centralia.

Crikey, you need to be congratulated, the way you’ve achieved so much with such expertise. Ella PL and you are a positive inspiration for so many people.

Good to read you’re on top of the on board ‘make and mend’, that the
dunny’s dinkum again, and the stove is steaming.

And, yes, I agree. Comparisons between Abby and you are inevitable in competition conscious Oz. But it’s with good humour.

Your sentiments are more valid, but. Abby and you deserve equal
recognition and encouragement, As you rightly say, just for getting
under way.

It’s also nice to know you're thinking of the coastal mob back here while you’re making a splash there.

But some of us are a long way from
the shoreline here in Central Australia.

An Australia Day Barbie at the beach? Gosh, that's the sort of thing dreams are made of out here north west of The Alice.

And what we wouldn't give for a cool coastal breeze, or to be out for'd hand on a sailboat right now.

But I know you’d not want to trade places :-)

Besides, you’re clearly a way better sailor than many of will’ll ever be.

Ah well. I'll just have to content myself with "sailing' on a camel, the "ship of the desert' for the moment.

Now I"m off to an Australia National Day barbie. Goanna and camel streaks. Yum Yum.

Oh, and for what it's worth, the temperature here under the Tamarind is hovering just over C50 degrees, in the shade.

Ah, but life’s great isn’t it?

May you have fair weather – well, as much as possible.

Cheers,

- Theo. Bennett

Anonymous said...

Jess,
Right now, you're on my Australia Day Honours List! Who cares about all the others - important though they may be. There surely must be an Australia Day Honour for true grit!
So glad you got your loo and burner going again.
Love,
Joy
x

nutralady2001 said...

@ Tracie Lynne Hall, yes "Survivor" is shown here. I don't watch it myself. The 2nd season was set in the Australian "Outback". I put that in inverted commas as they were a short helicoptor ride from the Great Barrier Reef ROFL, I did watch a few episodes but it wasn't as if they were put in the middle of the Simpson Desert. They kept re-iterating the "dangers of the Outback" til I'd had enough and switched off.

leslie said...

Hey Jess how is your Australia Day? Mr Rudd passed on your message and had this to say "Jess Watson is a remarkable young Australian," and also The prime minister described you as no ordinary young Australian.

"She is an extraordinary young Australian," he said.
too right kev!!
I rather like this very funny quote from Barry Humphries
“To live in Australia permanently is rather like going to a party and dancing all night with one's mother.” and last but not least another from Barry
“Australia is an outdoor country. People only go inside to use the toilet. And that's only a recent development.”
have a great day Jess we are Australians and we are proud of this great nation and of you!!!
Melbourne
Melbourne

tdbennett said...

. - via remote - .

(RESEND RP TX TRANSMIT DISRUPT)

G'day Jesse,

Just a quick message to say we’re sharing the Australia Day
celebration with you from out here in Centralia.

Crikey, you need to be congratulated, the way you’ve achieved so much with such expertise. Ella PL and you are a positive inspiration for so many people. celebrating.

Good to read you’re on top of the on board ‘make and mend’, the
dunny’s dinkum again, and the stove is steaming.

And, yes, I agree. Comparisons between Abby and you are inevitable in competition conscious Oz. But it’s with good humour.

Your sentiments are more valid, but. Abby and you deserve equal
recognition and encouragement, As you rightly say.

It’s also nice to know you're thinking of the "poor" coastal mob back here while you’re making a splash there.... :)

But an Australia Day Barbie at the beach? Gosh, that's the sort of thing dreams are made of out here north west of Alice in Central Australia.

And what I wouldn' t give for a cool coastal breeze, or to be out for'd hand on a sailboat right now.

But I know you’d not want to trade places :-)

Ah well. I'll just have to content myself with "sailing' on a camel, the "ship of the desert' for the moment.

Now I"m off to an Australia National Day barbie. Goanna and camel steaks. Yum Yum.

Oh, and for what it's worth, the temperature here is hovering just over C50 degrees in the shade.

Ah, but life’s great isn’t it?

May you have fair weather – well, as much as possible.

Cheers,

- Theo. Bennett

Terry Tin Can Bay said...

Jessica,hope you've had a great Australia Day.First time blog but have been following you from the start.Good on you girl you make all true Aussi's proud. Great you congratulted Abby on her start too.

Anonymous said...

Cooeee and HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY, Jesse!

Continued safety, fair winds and smooth seas.

Cheers from the soldier's Mum in sunny South Australia. :)

lionstooth said...

Thank you for inspiring me, pretty lady. Enjoy the "Big Blue" just like you she is a helluva lady! May our heavenly father be with you all the way and bring you full-circle safely. Always remember, even though we can't change the wind we can adjust our sails. Chris

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,

You are doing Australia proud !!

Love reading your blog and about your journey, keep up the great work.

Susan, Adelaide SA

Anonymous said...

Jessica,

Just read that the PM of Australia talked about you for one-third of his Australia Day speech. I think it should have been the whole speech, after all you ARE Australia. (right Aussies?)

Fair winds,

Steve in SCalifornia

Brian said...

Happy Australia Day to a courageous young Lady.We pray daily that the Lord will keep you safe and well.Love & God Bless Val & Brian

mimo said...

Well done Jesse, glad to hear how everything is repaired (well the important things, loo, stove). I like the way you describe the 2nd front as "Only" 40 knots. You're becoming very experienced. Nice to se you pss on congratulations to Abby. Funny isn't it how Adults, and Media always tr to beat things up more than they need to be.
You're all class Jesse.

Stay safe

Mick

Toni McLean said...

Jesse, you're such a gem. Reading your words gives me hope for the future. People like you in your generation are going to be much in need as you tackle the mess that my generation has been a significant contributor to - the environment, consumerism, "it's all about me", "I want it and I want it now" .... Your generation is going to have to pull together to take on the challenges successfully.

You certainly needed that stove working again ... even more than the loo - there's always a bucket. Or an old friend of mine used to just hand out over the side - I never had the nerve for that! Toilet and bidet all in one!

As for a mere 40 knot storm, I'm surprised you even mentioned it! :-) I hope it was pushing you in the right direction.

Hope the hamburgers were a success - with tomato sauce of course!

I guess muffins will have to substitute for lamingtons or a pavlova! Hey, what about fairy bread or vegemite sandwiches? After the Weet Bix, of course! It is Australia Day after all!

Happy sailing - look out for high flying dolphins

Toni

Liz said...

Jess...have to say you put a tear in my eye. You are one very mature young lady...i can only imagine how proud your parents are of you. Happy Australia day gorgeous girl...once again..you are just so very special.

Take good care of you and EPL..or maybe the dolphins are doing that...and enjoy your burgers.

Liz:-)

Anonymous said...

Hi, Jessica,

I'm so glad you made it through the storm alive and not badly injured, and that EPL is still functioning and mostly repairable. I'm amazed that a sailboat can turn upside down and (1) turn back right-side-up by itself (2) be in operable condition afterward and (3) have a person inside it emerge essentially intact. Tough boat; tough crew!

From what I've heard and read about Australia, and from the Australians I've known online, I agree with your comment about your attitude and approach. Example: I read an Australian government webpage once giving advice to homeowners on how to protect their houses during a wildfire -- based on the assumption that they were going to stay and fight, water their roof, that sort of thing. In the US, no government would EVER suggest that civilians stay and fight in that situation, for fear of being criticized or sued; the advice would all be about how to run away, let the professionals fight the fire, and if the fire wins, let the insurance companies (backed up by government bailouts backed up by nothing, except money we borrow from Red China) pay for the losses. We once had a pioneering spirit of self-reliance, but we traded it in on help from Uncle Sugar; you lot still seem to have it.

Sorry for the political rant.

Your mention of Abby Sunderland was so generous. She's an American but this is the first I'd heard of her effort. She must think she has a faster boat; she has further to go than you do (because she's starting further north from Cape Horn), but plans to finish in less time. Teen circumnavigation appears to be a family hobby with the Sunderlands. Do you have a younger sibling who can try to take HER record away, if she gets it? (I'm joking.)

I hope the weather gives you a break so you can have some memories of the Atlantic that do not entail having spray blowing in your face at 40 knots.

Best wishes,

Michael in Texas, USA

Bob said...

Hey Skipper...
Happy Australia Day to ya.
Glad u are Ok and that you have gotten some order again with the stove working and things drying out.
Your comment regarding Abby was First Class.
Just want you to know that Americans are so very proud of you too, you both are very amazing young women and we wish you both the very best and most of all success in your dreams being realized.
Australians and Americans both Number One in my book!!!
Blessings, Bob in OKC America!

danma said...

Hey Jesse,

Happy Australia Day, we also are not celebrating in our traditional way as we are in New Zealand.
I am glad that KRudd gave you a call as you well & truly deserve that one after what has been thrown at you.

As always please stay safe & happy sailing......

fd@, Los Angeles said...

Jesse,

Happy Aussie day!!! 100% agree with what you said about your country and people.

Glad to hear you are back on track.

You mentioned that It's going to be over before you are ready. Well, When you get home your status will change from a Sailor to Hero/Celebrity. Your adventure will change your life. Treasure it for it is priceless. And for me I will need some medicine on "How to not miss Jesse's Blog Syndrome". Any suggestions? Need lots of options. Lol.

Stay safe,
fr@ncis

Bebie - Caloundra said...

Hi jesse,

Loving your blogs and so glad to hear everything's in working order again with fair winds back on the agenda.

Happy Australia Day to you on this hot and pleasant Sunshine Coast day, and hope you enjoyed your Australia Day tucker.

Wishing Abby well is the sign of a great sportswoman and it's no mean feat for either of you two young ladies to be circumnavigating the world.

Looking so forward to your next blog.

Take care little sweetheart

auscan said...

Very glad you weathered the storm.

Happy Australia Day.

Keep your guard up.


Ray, Red Deer, Canada

Geoff said...

Hey J Dawg

I have been away for the long long weekend (well it was for me)I've just read your storm post !!

w0w

I suppose 4 bottles in 1 storm is better than 1 in 4 storms ??

Hopefully thats it for the knockdowns, it had to happen at some stage I suppose

It's Australia Day and I'll be firing up the bbq shortly

All the best

Geoff

Melbourne Orstralia

Cleo said...

Happy Australia day Jessie Even though I live in New Zealand we know how u Ozzies celebrate lol. Anyway good on you for getting the dunny stove etc working again Time for a hot meal I guess Stay Safe Little Traveller
Kiwi Gal

Rob Hardie said...

Hi Jesse,

Happy Australia Day!!!!

Another great blog. I and all of Australia are so proud of you and what you are doing. You truly are an inspiration to all people young and old.

You are right about the time is going quick. 100 days gone already....wow!!!!

Glad you have managed to get the critical itmes fixed and workign again. Will make a little easier for you.

Take care and I look forwad to further updates.

Keep safe and stay warm.

Rob
Ingleburn NSW.

rondry said...

Happy Australia Day Jess,
Thank you for a wonderful inspiring message making me proud to be Australian. Many of us take for granted this rich, trouble free life we have here and are just beginning to appreciate that we have many advantages we have been blessed with in this country of ours.

Jessica you have drawn people from all over this earth together offering us a little a little haven where all have a common interest in caring for and loving you and all involved in your journey and it would seem each other. I have to admit that it would appear that you belong to the world right now, but when this is all over we Australians want you back (heaven knows leaders like you don’t grow on trees).

I’ve followed your Blog since the Qld premier (Anna Bligh) first said they would investigate ways to prevent your leaving on this heroic voyage, but this is the first time I have sent you a message (or anyone for that matter).

I have to say that you attract the most beautiful people from all over this world to your blog and I just love reading, laughing, and learning from you and them. I can’t mention all their names (most have been acknowledged many times by others) but I would like to acknowledge what “AlbacoreLiaFail said” in today’s messages as being one of the reasons I am proud to be one of the multitude of people who follow you, and believe in your honest and brave approach to your journey and it would seem life in general.
I am blown away by your ability to take us along with you in your writings and leave me feeling new emotions as well as ones I have known all through my life that have resurfaced. I only wish I had had the foresight to allow/encourage my children (now parents) to reach their full potential and not take them for granted.

Along with everyone else I wish you a safe and satisfying journey home, enjoy each day (and no more frightening us).
Stop playing around out there and get on home.

Ron from Brisbane.

Anonymous said...

"Girl Power"
Thanks Jessica
You and your mighty yacht
are really flying along.
Enjoy it.
You are special
Luv u
Richard (QLD)

Bruce Watt said...

Glad to read things have calmed down enabling you to tidy things up, get your stove and dunny back to-gether. Jessica I thought your comments to Abby show how mature and good natured you are. They were wonderful. Sadly the American media is like a Dinosaur which devours everything in sight and just walks right over the top of anyone who gets in their way.Thus Abby will get a fair amount of publicity. But dont worry about that the Australian media albeit belatedly is starting to give your own voyage excellent coverage. The fact that our PM telephoned you and wished you well shows how much us Aussies are right behind you.
Sail on Jess, sail. Sydney awaits your return and will greet you like no other.

Bruce Watt
Rosebud (Vic)
Australia

mike said...

Well Jesse, all I can say after reading your Australia Day message is that you are basking in bright colours today - the lovely pink lady and a lovely true blue captain!

You get my vote for young Australian of the year in 12 months time.

Sail on Silver Girl!!!

Mike (Canberra)

Anonymous said...

Happy Australia Day to you Jesse from your followers in the USA.

God bless

Jim
Phoenix

rod said...

good day you beautiful captain,
hope we don't go thru that type of excitement again.
been in brisbane and only just read your short story and novel when i arrived home.
what else can i say today, you have handled your captaincy responsibilities with the upmost of professionalism, you have kept all of us travellers dry.
you have matured by this adventure and also set goals for other young adventurers.
you and epl take care as always.
regards
rod
blackbutt qld
ps happy australia day.
if you should happen to have any contact with abby ,please give her all of our well wishes for a safe and happy adventure.

Anonymous said...

Happy Australia day!!!
I admire your achievement so far. You are always positive.
Good luck!

Atanas
Sofia - Bulgaria

Laurie said...

Aust Day means Jessica Watson this year, congrats on a great job and keep doing us proud.

Bruce de Mich said...

Jess, Congrats on hearing from the PM. That is quiet an honor and surely says that you have your country and its people behind you all the way!

A note to Russ, VE6VK: Russ, I just read the poem you passed along from your grand niece. It was very enjoyable to read and made me feel a bit like an honorary Aussie on Australia Day for moment. Thanks for sharing.

BTW, I am a Ham Op too, K2BET. I think we may have had some chats with each other on Echolink some time ago. What a small world. We sure are all proud of your International Ambassador, Jessica, up here in The States. Keep producing those sorts down there and the world will be a better place!

73, to you, Jessica, her folks and the wonderful ground crew!

Bruce de Mich





Russ, VE6VK0

Pipefish said...

Jessica Watson, I am still exhausted from reading your close call post. So, I'm just going to float here along side miss EPL, and wish you both a happy Australia day, and all your countrymen too! Onward, Capitan, onward!
Pipefish, California Usa

Lindsay said...

Congratulations Jessica on your amazing efforts so far. Hopefully you won't encounter too many more wild storms.

Regardless of whether you break the record you have proved yourself one gutsy and very capable young lady.

May you have fair winds on your sail home.

Jeff said...

Hi Jesse It's a while now since I last left you a note but wanted to wish you a very Happy Australia Day. You are amazing and we are all thinking of you and wishing continued safe passage. I also thought that your words about Abby were very thoughtful indeed and of course we wouldn't have expected less. Enjoy your patties and pleased to note the loo is back working.
Warwick
Port Macquarie NSW

Barry Clements said...

Jesse

I did some research on the storm you faced and the BBC has posted on YouTube a 5 part series about rogue waves at sea. they tell about how rogue waves are formed and it gives a historic, scientific and visual explanation about the waves and why they are so deadly. it even has pictures of massive ships virtualy destroyed by these waves.

This will give all bloggers a new respect for your courage, seamanship and ability you used to face what you did through the storm and knockdowns.

I will also give everyone a brand new respect for your faithful servant "parker" and the massive part he played in getting you through that storm system safely.

Everyone needs to watch these to get a visual idea of what you went through during that storm.

Freak Waves part 1 of 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htq57DK1YrE

Freak Waves part 2 of 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8P-sbOMkI0

Freak Waves part 3 of 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUo7cKGg214

Freak Waves part 4 of 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ols9ytWIKNQ

Freak Waves part 5 of 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WDaGIKY93k

Cheers
Barry
Bribie Island

pestinfo said...

Jessica

So pleased you got the 'Dunny" fixed.

I was going to have to send "Kenny" out to help you. But that would have broken the rules.

For our international cousins, here is a link

http://www.kennythemovie.com/

Sail safe

Allen, Hervey Bay, Qld, AU

Anonymous said...

Wishing you a very enjoyable Australia Day has been a beautiful hot day here in Brissy. Checking your updates is a daily routine for me looking forward to hearing the many blogs to come. Hope the next storm is not as big as the last. Carla QLD

willi said...

willi from Switzerland said:

I am certanily very much relieved to hear that you are ok.
But are you not heading into an other storm? looking up the forecast at www.passageweather.com
it looks to me as you are gong to have a damp stove again. Watch out!

willi

dinghydiaries said...

Happy Australia Day Jessica. On our special day I would like to wish you - a great little Aussie the best and raise my glass to you and Ella's Pink Lady. Cheers and hurry home!

Kylee, Towmsville, QLD.

Anonymous said...

Happy Australia Day, Jessica! Glad to see you have your stove back in order and the dunny is cooperating! You're an inspiration to so many young girls out there - a true Aussie spirit. We are all very proud of you!

Nico said...

Abby Sunderland has started her journey:

Now, all you pirates and other sea-faring evil-doers beware! The oceans of the world are filling up with determined young ladies not going to let you remain those Jack Sparrow-like heroes any more! They are the real sea-heroines of our times: Jesse, Abby, and sooner or later with some luck, Laura.

Isn't that something to cheer!?

Of cause I also salute to Jesse and all those many Aussies in the blog-reading community:

A happy Australia Day! :D

Nico
Frankfurt, Germany

Mark said...

Is there something / anything, you CAN'T do ???

... GO GIRL ...

Fair passage, Sweet Jess

Yihan from Taiwan said...

Hi Jessica! Wish you have a good voyage! I'm also a 16-year-old girl, I have to say that you are so brave that I really admire your courage. I was locked up in my study and cannot go outside everyday! Not to mention go sailing. Zac Sunderland and Mike Perham, they are both great sailor, but you are much more worthy to be respected than them. I wanna go sailing someday 'cuz I don't want to waste my youth. Anyway, I just want to cheer for you. Good Luck + Cheers =D

Jony the Pony said...

Hi Jess,
great you could get them things fixed. Just make sure you get everything fixed before the next big storm hits. You still have a couple of miles to go, lady.
How are them dolfens and albertos?
Still wish you would post more pictures and videos!
Keep up them dodgers!
Jony the Pony

Staffan said...

For a moment ago after the storm your wrote that you aged a little. The way you write today i must say yes you have in a positive manner.

Today its only 40 knots of wind you mentioned, what can i say, most of the people here should have been terrified with that force.

Your progress as a human being is clear to me despite i dont know you at all. But, im beginning to do so reading your blog every day.

Staffan
Sweden

Craig said...

Jessica, durring this great Australia Day I have found my thoughts drifting to you and what you are doing. You are a wonderful inspiration to millions of Australians to follow their dreams; to work hard, to focus, and to take the risks to make the dream happen. I believe this is what it means to be True Blue! God Bless you and go well!
Craig

Anonymous said...

Today is the first time I have checked your site to see for my self how you are faring, what a credit to your family you are, you are so mature for your age and I wish you safe sailing for the balance of your trip, keep well and keep enjoying your adventure. Cngratulations to you for what you have achieved.
Ann from Stanthorpe - Qld as I don't have a google account!!

HomeSweetBoat said...

Hi Jessica

What a wonderful Australia Day it was … just as you would have liked. We missed you!! BUT, this time next year, you will be celebrating with us. WOW!!

Keep your head down and you will conquer whatever is next on your path. Remember you are a STAR!

… GO GIRL!

Fay from the Gold Coast

Anonymous said...

Skip'Ohoy.Captain Jessica.Just want to say. Happy Australia Day. G-d speed. Herman.Hampstead.NH.USA.

Gillian said...

So you are a good sport too! I thought so.

I think next year maybe you will be busier still being Young Australian of the Year! I hope someone who knows how it all works nominates you.

LAMINGTONS, you should be making LAMINGTONS.

Ray and Rose Bragg, Burpengary said...

Jessica, going great. We are with you with every wind shift.

Breezy and Chetcher said...

My Mum and I say - WHAT AN AUSSIE YOU ARE - GO JESSICA! Happy Australia Day sweetie!
Breezy and Chetcher

Heather(SunshineCoast) said...

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY JESS
We're thinking of you...

gsimmons said...

Hi Jessica
Have a very happy Australia Day Jesse, it's going to be very hard to beat his one. And to get a call from the PM Kevin Rudd, now, not to many people get a call from the PM on Australia Day, you are a one in a billion, Jesse.
It's great you have repaired the stove and dunny (head). How did the mainsail repair finish up, I'm sure you done a top job.
With the targa bent like it is, does the solar panel still work ok?
Now I hope you are far enough north to be out of most of those storms, and with a bit of luck, you will have a better run to the Cape of Good Hope.
So enjoy your hamburger and muffins, keep having fun and KEEP SAFE.
Cheers George Simmons
Lots of love
Exmouth WA Australia
PS Tracie Lynne Hall, we do get your Survivor show here, I should not admit it that I watch this show, but Jesse would cream any of those contestantson on that show, most of them are dumb.

Brian T Brisbane said...

Happy Oz Day Captain Jesse !! Gosh, I am so glad that Kevin Rudd gave you a call (we are so proud of you 'Brave Heart'). The things that I would like to say have already been said (by Faye + Max, AlbacoreLiaFail, Mary,Maine & Hawkeye ...... and so many others), .. we are proud of you. Jesse, you give us so much through your determination, your courage & your skill, to be doing what you are doing. Your acknowledgment to Abbey, and your best wishes for her, has obviously been well received. I guess your comments again just reflect what an amazing Aussie you are !! Happy Australia Day Jessica Watson - We are so proud of what you are doing & the support team (& Parents) that have 'believed in you before we were given the opportunity to do so' !! So pleased the Dunny is fixed mate & may the winds & sea's give you a little break ... fair sailing Captain :-)

StuntTrader said...

Happy 'Stralia day Jessica, support crew, bloggers and readers,and
Happy upcoming Birthday to the very gracious Susan in Oregon.
ST

fnqgirl said...

Jessica, are you sure your only 16. I know we keep saying it but you really are one amazing 16 year old. It is just inspirational attitude again and again. As for Australia Day I think the day you come back into Sydney Harbour will be like having Australia Day all over again. I know I'll be waving my aussie flag. You are such a gem!
Go Jess Go!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Jessica,

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!
I wish I was there now. How nice of PM Kevin Rudd to surprise you with a call.
Good news to hear that the stove is working again. Nice with a hot meal.
I agree with Faye and Max comment.
Once I have been in Australia the 26th of Jan. It was 1988, in Sydney, when your country celebrated The Bicentennial. It was a great experience. I agree with you about that you are a people with relaxed positive attitude. A friend from Aust. came visiting here in Sweden, and after being here for some weeks, she said: "You live for working, but we work for living". Maybe the climate and the history has something to do with it.
Good luck with patching the main sail. Maybe you will catch some fish if the wind slow down.
Nice of you to wish Abby all the best. Only you know what a voyage she has ahead.
Take care you special girl.
Regards from a sunny but a very cold place, -14C.
Ingrid, Tyreso, Sweden

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