Thursday, January 28, 2010

Eastward

The temperature is hardly cold anymore and Ella's Pink Lady and I am now far enough north to avoid the worst of the nasty weather systems to the south (not that we couldn't still cop a storm anywhere). So it's time to start making some serious ground to the east. Go too much further north and we would risk losing the prevailing westerly winds that mean easy sailing and good progress.

With only 2300nm till we pass under The Cape of Good Hope and Africa we're getting pretty close to being half way across the Atlantic already. Time flies when you're having fun!

There's really not too much new and exciting to report from out here, just that all's well. I'm still loving every moment, enjoying all the little things. I've still been finishing up a few jobs from after the storm and yesterday I made the most of some sunshine to catch up of some washing - the rigging and lifelines make a great washing line!

With everyone back home back to school (sorry guys!) it's probably time that I have a go at finding where I stowed my school work too.

It looks like I'll be in this calm patch for a while longer so we should have quiet sailing and hopefully good progress for a while longer.

Jesse

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HomeSweetBoat said...

Hi Jessica

So glad your temp is better and you are being blessed with some sun.

Can just picture all the washing hanging over the lifelines and rigging! What a domestic little scene (hee!).

A great relief to all of us bloggers that you came safely through the nasties after Cape Horn. We hope you will also evade those round the Cape of Good Hope.

Your star is shining brightly! EPL you continue to be good girl!

… GO GIRL!

Kevin - LOVED your Table Mountain!

Fay from the Gold Coast

couosinpete said...

hi jess.
glad you weathered the storm fairly well, and are experiencing warmer weather, and good winds.
see ya

sails said...

Today's Inspirational Quote


Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.

Lao Tzu

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Jessica,you are making great progress, and as you head eastwards the nautical miles will left to travel will decrease even quicker!You have through your courage and commonsense Jesse, captured the imagination of literally thousands of people,who like myself follow your progress on a day to day basis.Whilst there is never any room for complacency,when you are at sea, Jesse you have displayed a maturity well in advance of your years,and while your family must be proud of you,you too can also be very proud of yourself, and the extremely efficient team supporting you!
Have a good day's sailing Jesse, "when the going gets tough, the tough get going"You are in our prayers Godbless & Godspeed Dougal

gustav said...

Hello Jesse,

Jesse skipper,you are sailing so fast I am running out of map and after having previously calculated the ETA for Ella's Pink Lady to arrive at Cape of Good Hope on the first of March 2010,I now have to revise that date forward by a whole week to the 21st of February 2010.I can't believe how fast you are sailing east, you must have had some really good wind speeding you on your way.

I reckon all that washing you got hanging out there on the rigging and the lifelines of Ella's Pink Lady catches the wind like one huge Spinnaker and that is the reason why you are sailing so fast.

- only 2300 to the Cape of good Hope -

great going Jesse,


gustav haffner
navigator-pilot
www.redbaron.com.au/adventures

Ron said...

Gday Jess,

Sounds like its all clear sailing from here on. I dont want to bring up a sore point but how is that fishing going? Oh and no offence to our Japanese friends but have you seen any whales yet?

Ron
Bus Driver Phd. B.A.

Auzziemom said...

Wonderful news that you will be writing a book Jesse. I will be first in line to get a copy and hopefully you'll come to Melbourne to sign it. We are so very proud of you dear. Huge congratulations to your parents and entire team.

Erica (from Brisbane) said...

Glad to hear all's well out there in the Atlantic and you're getting your washing done. But I bet it's hard to concentrate on schoolwork. Are you thinking you'll have a go at your exams when you get back. If you do, that's very admirable. Great news that EPL is flying so fast across the world and will soon be passing under Africa. Only one more ocean and you're home. Brilliant. Happy sailing. Cheers from Erica in Brisbane.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,

Well, the Killer Whales and I had a great time learning a little about Australia and celebrating AUSTRALIA DAY!

We coloured maps, learned about Australian animals, listened to your national anthem (now we will recognize "Advance Australia Fair" when it is played during the Vancouver Winter Olympics), we read some story books by Mem Fox and we tried some Australian food. The meat pies were a big hit, but sadly, only four Killer Whales asked for extra helpings of "Vegemite."

Anyway, each Killer Whale wanted to send you a message, so today we decided to write an acrostic poem for you...


Jessica Watson's Ella's Pink Lady

J ess, don't get too close to a shark! said Graham
E njoy the sunshine when you can! smiled Bugs.
S alena said, Ella's Pink Lady rocks!
S o, why did Jessica's dunny break? wondered Jason
I love meat pies! smiled Raleigh.
C ongratulations on roundin' the cape says Phoenix
A ustralia Day is cool! said Chris.

W e ate Vegemite Jessica! Good-bye from Isabel.
A mazing... only 16 and sailing the world! said Julia.
T aylor says, I love icecream!
S tay safe! smiled Jamie (class lizard)
O n the stormy day, were you scared? asked Keith.
N ever doubt a 16 year old Auzzie named Jessica!
'S o how are you out there? asked Hoppy.

E lla's Pink Lady is cool! cheered Riley.
L ittle lady why R you sailing the world? said Ethan
L ately, I like vegemite! said Ethan E.
A lways believe in yourself! smiled Orca.
'S torms are cold and scary... really scary! said Cyan

P ractice using your safety belt! says Jordan.
I really like Vegemite! said Zoe.
N obody likes Vegemite more than Tristan!
K ia wonders... was it scary during the hurricane?

L icorice from Australia tastes good! said Matthew.
A dam says, You are doing great at sailing Jessica!
D ear Jessica. Happy Australia Day! from Abby.
Y ou are the Killer Whale's inspiration! smiled Jake.


I should mention that Jake came up with that last one by himself... so it must be the truth!

Paul
(and the Killer Whales)

Lisa said...

Glad you can get some rest for a while!

Lisa

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess

Forget the homework, what you are achieving is much more stimulating and enriching - the school work can happen later.

Great to hear your cruising along with much warmer weather.

Grant is working on song 3 - fantastic!

Safe sailing

Aussie Aussie Aussie

Erica (from Brisbane) said...

Hi Jessica, just read that your book will be published in August 2010. That is great news and I'm looking forward to reading it. I read Robin Lee Grahame's book years ago and loved it. Cheers, Erica from Brisbane

Anonymous said...

Great to hear from you Jesse!

Glad things are more chill for the moment and that you're warmer :o)

Enjoy your studies,
~Deidre NC, USA

gsimmons said...

Hi Jessica
Great to hear from you Jesse. Glad the temperature has gone up a little, what temps are you having now? You don't need to go to far north to get out of that real cold crap.
It's nice you are in a calm patch, you need a bit of time to just chillout (not quite the right word) warm up sounds better. So take it easy for a little while.
Now for that school work, it may be a little hard to find, as I'm sure it fell overboard when you had your 180 deg rollover, so don't bother looking.
Not long to your next milestone, I think you may have to slow down a bit, if you finish this adventure to quick, all us bloggers will be bore without your daily blogs.
I have a good idea Jesse, when you cross the line at Sydney Harbour, turn around and go back out and try to break Jon Sanders record of 3 times around the world. No, only kidding, I don't think we all of us could take the stress of that record. Can just can see your parents jumping onboard and dragging you off.
So Jesse keep having fun and KEEP SAFE.
Cheers George Simmons
Lots of love
Exmouth WA Australia

glenn said...

Good Day Capt Jessica

Glad to hear all is well, hope you get a good rest, and yes keep up on your studies. I look forward to your post everyday. Keep smileing. Till Next Time

Glenn, Bathurst NB Canada

Grandma Sue said...

Hope you're still in the calm patch and enjoying the luxury of some quiet sailing.
Also, glad you're all shipshape again.
Good wishes Jesse.

Tony L said...

Hi Jessica

Eastward, ever Eastward, over the seas and sailing back to home. Good to hear. I bet you don’t find your school work. You are already going to the school of hard knockdowns, and you would probably rather scrub the deck than sit down to schoolwork. Just forget to remember where you stashed it and enjoy sailing instead.

I can just imagine the sight of EPL decked out with your washing. Probably very colourful. Do you get strange looks from passing Dolphins and Albatrosses now? I hope your Mum is impressed.

Enjoy the quiet days, soak up the sun, and be prepared for the any stormy weather ahead. We’ll think of you out there and continue to produce more hot cyber air chatting amongst ourselves.

Tony L (Mt Martha VIC)

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess,

fine to hear that you got regular things to do.

Didn't read much about your homework. Is there really the time to get down to it at all ?

Also looking forward to another video and photos from you.

Just talked to my sister about you who confirmed that you really are a tough and brave girl.

Please keep your addicted audience informed :-))

All the best wishes from

Markus,

Bremerhaven, Germany

Bruce from Brisvegas said...

Hi Jess

It all just sounds so relaxing which is more than well deserved after your fast and furious time down south. Keep chopping away at the NMs and you will be coming through 'The Heads' before you know it. Family, friends, chocolate and hot showers!

I think we all get the feeling like you never want the trip to end. I can cetainly understand why. What a 'Hoot' you are having out there!!

That said, after you cross the line in Sydney Harbour you could just turn around and go back out - not crossing the finish line! Many years ago, my brother and I learnt the hard way about the crossing the finish line of a race rule immediately after completing a race. Still, you would probably be okay as, apart from maybe casually going for Jesse's record, you are really only racing yourself - and even that seems very lay back!

Yes, we are all back to school. Uni in my case. Enjoy your freedom while it lasts. In that you don't have a dog on board with an apetite for homework, I hope that your homework doesn't get blown off the deck! Do you like that one?

Anyway, stay well clear of those nasty Cape shipping lanes, although that is something that you don't need reminding about. I am sure your friends have already done the "Charter Boat, what Charter Boat" gag a million times over. But you are an Aussie, an part of that is being able to laugh at yourself/ourselfes.

Any bites? Let us know when you catch one. Did I tell you that I was fishing in the MLB canals and I saw the biggest fish jump. I think that it was a spanish mackeral. It was about 1metre long. And it was right in front of the yacht club. And we were rigged for Bream. OH well.

Anyway Jess. Take care.

Best wishes Bruce

Charley said...

Hi Jesse, gobsmackum news
Your book - 'Jessica Watson Around the World' - is this ever going to sell the world mass market. Glad to hear this and it is going to take off like a rocket to the stars and make you one.
Congratulations to all especially you Jesse...
All the best, Charley

Marijke (Rikki) and James said...

G'day Jess - may you have fair winds & god speed as you head for home. All of us here in Australia are waiting with open arms...

andrewVA said...

sorry jess...i've been out of touch for a few days and i'm sure you missed me :))

i'm to see everything is still going well for you and you have fair weather for a change.

be well. be safe. have fun!!

andrew
richmond, va

HAWKEYE said...

HAWKEYE

Hi Jesse - nice to know things have settled down and you are trying to minimize the storm factor although as you know nature has a funny way of thinking and behaving. What's this about using the lifeline to hang out the washing - is that a good idea?? The worry-beads are a little edgy about the that.

You appear a little tired darl and that's understandable even though it is a few days since you were put through the ringer. The emotional response tend to lag behind a little and linger on a bit. But your OK darl and if the heads still back in the storm it's probable time to move on and if you are having trouble talk to the folks, friends, etc.

Yeah, your mates are back at School but it's good to know you are doing your bit of study as well. It's good for the mind and get some music happening, etc.

When you think of it you are truly homeward bound but with a lot of work in front of you. Keep the routine on track and have the goals sheet filled out. You need to have the small steps in place to keep you in the moment.

Well precious one take care and think safety first. Give yourself a few treats and a pat on the back. You are doing fine and I think of you constantly out there in your little shack.

Take care precious girl and be Happy.

HAWKEYE

Kirsten said...

Hey there
Greetings from Wellington again. Another great day here today and hopefully more to come over the weekend with a few events on. It was the first of two ACDC concerts last night here and I tell you I have never seen so many black tshirts in one place before! It was a very still evening (unusual for Wellington!) and apparently the surrounding suburbs could hear it as clear as too. Alas I am tucked behind a hill so no freebies for me. Anyway, got to get back to work, its my final day on this contract at work so have a couple of things to tidy up. Keep smiling and enjoy the warmth and clean clothes!
Take care and keep safe.
Kirsten

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,

Even your "not much to report" news is great to read. I love reading your blog & hearing about your every day stuff, the weather you are having, the progress you are making, even your clotheslines. Your excellent writing ability makes us feel like we are right there with you.

Mmmm, school work. Fun. What kind do you have with you?

I hope the calm weather will continue for you. Stay healthy, stay safe.

Continued best wishes from San Diego.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica and Jessica’s family how do you fill that Abby Sunderland from the USA how do you fill about her doing the same thing as you I am satch a fan of you I look at your website every day wish you lack from shekira

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess
Glad to hear that all is well with
smooth sailing at present (although i cant help but to recall that following your last sojourn in the Sun after the Cape you suddenly started sailing upside down )i guess one must always be prepared for any eventuality )As for schoolwork Room 401 can attest you are doing your best there along with the Killer Whales,the Girls from Newhaven College and a few recent additions to your bloggosphere pages lol Yes you have that covered pretty well Jess. (Even Music ala She"ll Be Comin round the Cape When She Comes,(so cool your work in schools and of an International bent I must say)

I see that Mike D has upgraded his techno gizmos to help stay abreast of events on Ellas Pink Lady Jess
and i congratulate him on his forward steps into the present (LOL)Im right behind you Mike, but i was thinking fellow Bloggers, maybe its time we chipped in and got our own satellite for extended
coverage (Ahem Mr Branson... )

Well thanks to all who make these pages so memorable for the qualities demonstrated in their words,(poems,songs,info,jokes,recipes lol etc and general get togetherness I for one rarely witness in this troubled world )
Cheers
God Bless Jess
(even those three little Words can be considered politically incorrect
quite often these days ...
God Bless Jess
Steve P

rod said...

good day captain,
nice to know that we are all well
and still having fun, the school books, um, where did we stow them over the holidays?
no doubt you will locate them, hopefully they are dry.
well the calmer seas sure suits me,
i was feeling abit like a tossed salad during the storm.
until next time
take care, keep safe and keep control
young adventurer.

rod
blackbutt qld

John Pender said...

Can't believe you're almost halfway done already! Funny you mention the school work; I just commented on Abby's blog a minute ago. I'm so glad to see you (and she) are choosing to continue your education while on this adventure.
All the best!

Bethlehem, Georgia USA

Mike D said...

Hey Jess,

I'm so happy your team has verified that you will be writing a book! It's sure to be a best seller. And hey, I get my copy signed, OK? LOL

Be Safe Jess

Mike D
Landlocked in Philadelphia, Pa, USA

keco said...

Good day captian jesse.
73 old'y from melbourne again.
Can't stop laughing thinking about ya washing haging on the line on EPL.ha ha ha ha.
School work, forget it. tell you what, roll it up,put in a bottle toss it over the side. never know it just might find it's way to Bondi beach in ten yeay's time.
looking forward to the book. (and the film) a must.
Enjoy the calm weather jesse.
What music do you listen to as you drift along your way.
Happy sailing Jesse.

Keco. xxxxx

Evie from Bendigo said...

Hi Jesse
Just read your great news on you producing a book in August that is fantastic cant wait.

I should imagine while life is quiet it is a bit anticlimatic after all your drama but dont get too complacent.

Have you found every thing after the rough and tumble ride you had.
Here is a fun email I got thought you would see the joke.

A true Bundy Rum Fishing Story
BUNDY RUM (Bundaberg Rum) = Queensland's famous product! Forget Jamaica or any other rubbish!
A Mate of mine told me this story and swears it's Fair dinkum (I.e., 'true'!!).
Here's what he told me:
'I finally got around to going fishing this morning but after a while I ran out of worms.
Then I saw a King Brown(For you overseas people.... a King Brown is one of the deadliest snakes on earth)with a frog in his mouth, and frogs are good bass bait.

Knowing the snake couldn't bite me with the frog in his mouth, I grabbed him right behind the head, took the frog and put it in my bait bucket.

Now the dilemma was how to release the snake without getting bitten. I grabbed my bottle of "Bundy" (Bundaberg Rum) and poured a little rum in its mouth.
His eyes rolled back, he went limp, I released him into the lake without incident, and carried on my fishing with the frog.

A little later I felt a nudge on my foot.

There was that same snake with two frogs in his mouth!!
Hope you enjoyed the smile Love and hugs
Evie from Bendigo

Brumbyy said...

Another Jessica Poem

Halfway Here to There

I left there just a little girl, to eyes much older then
Suffered cries and calls from many, even yes, the poison pen

I travelled far in silent seas, I searched my soul for clues
As I closed equator, I still had yet to pay my dues

I passed the line and headed south, low lats were where I’d go
It got cold and heater stopped, but still I honed my flow

A storm or two would meet my stern, the wind would howl a tad
My feather friends would prowl beside, no words were needs be said

I practiced all my skills, those the team ashore conveyed
Between us both this little boat, was ready when Neptune played

We hit the Horn in flying style, a small blow to my rear
Parker took it in his stride, we flew past without fear

Parents rode the airwaves, flying high above their girl
Lifting spirits to great heights, yet minds still left in twirl

Falklands outpost passed on by, a typhoon tipped its wings
Atlantic welcome great so far, the new year so far sings

Neptune drew a line, yet not in sand as known
He threw a storm of power, his child he knew had grown

It tossed the boat so frighteningly, assailing every sense
Turned us up a way not meant, this fear the soul did cleanse

His passing maelstrom opened wide, who really sails this boat
Girl turned woman in just a year, an Aussie pride afloat

So Atlantic Ocean cross I do, warm sun begins to sear
I’m Jessica Watson, and I’m halfway here to there

Brumbyy

Anonymous said...

Enjoy the weather and get that homework done so that you can have more time to enjoy the remainder of your journey..wish I was there.
Safe sailing Miss Jessica.
Jersey Shore Mom, USA

Anonymous said...

Go well... lovely Jesse...
Watching your progress around the world with grateful appreciation...
Blessings...
Cielo

hezakiah299 said...

01-28-10 @ 21:37
Hi Jessica,
You really sound great, I can just see that pretty smile and hear your little 'giggle'. It couldn't be because everyone went back to school and you're stuck out in the middle of the Atlantic doing the laundry, could it? Ha, ha.
In regards to your schoolwork, why don’t you just make a copy of this post and give it to your teacher, then she’ll get tired of all the excuses she’s reading, forgive you, and give you an A++++. LOL….. Hey, it’s worth a try.
I hope you pick up some wind pretty soon and make some more good time, you’re doing great.
How about a picture of your laundry day, minus the unmentionables of course.
In my unprofessional eye it looks like you would make it to Africa with good weather most of the way. I just hope you don’t run into any more storms, I know you can handle them (no doubt) but it would be nice to just see you sailing leisurely for awhile. Yes???? You could get them scallywags topside and let them air out a little bit, as long as they didn’t try to ride a dolphin. Lol…Imagination is great.

Always remember, just a post from you is exciting for us, and especially since 'all's well'. You take care of yourself and enjoy this time as much as you can, especially all the little things, sometimes they are the things that are overlooked, and they can be the greatest things to remember.
Yes, don’t get to complacent and be cautious, do you still remember to stay hooked up?……Nag, nag, nag….Because we love ya!!!

Loads of love and hugs, your faithful friend, fan and follower.
May God be with you and watch over you and may the angels keep your sails full, and I, I will keep you in my prayers.
Michael (75) from Kingwood, WV

Dwight in North Carolina said...

Dwight in N.C
Just read the update that your book will come out in August 2010. Thanks for also letting us know you will be working on making it available in other countries other than Aus and NZ. I know you can sell a ton of them here in the U.S. I assume the picture on the update is the book cover? Very nice if so. Take care Captain, you are one heck of a lady.

Anonymous said...

A big hello from Minnesota USA!

Its freezing here so not much boating going on. We recreational boat on the St Croix River - very senic. Awsome videos. Can't imaging being in the middle of the ocean. Youre doing awesome!!!

dougchristensen501@msn.com

Faye and Max said...

Jessica dear, are you sure you weren’t just showing off your sailing skills by sailing Ella’s Pink Lady upside down ??

Your wishes to Abby were excellent, you are just so gracious and all class.

We thought it was fantastic that Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia, took the time to phone you on Australia Day to wish you well, and to sing your praises long and hard in his Address to the Nation, heard from any other politicians !!

To Paul and the Killer Whales: you sound a really great class, what grade are you ??

To Russ VE6VK: Great poem Russ, thanks from ex VK3YO (pity still don’t have my ticket, would have loved a sched! 73.

To Richie Paris: Special Chapter, Chapter 4, Chapter 5 – just sensational, thank you Richie. Now as Jessica is only half way around, can we expect up to Chapter 10 ??

To all the poets that submitted great poems, these were just so good – thank you all.

To Tony L: Thanks for the transcript of the PM Australia Day Speech re Jesse.

To Victor C. Pankouken: Thanks for the history lesson.

And to Jessica: Sail on dear girl and stay safe.
Go-Girl-Go

Love to all from Faye and Max (Mulgrave Vic)

Neil said...

Hi, Jesse. We've had a couple of storms this week - very strong wind for a little while, amazing lightning show, some pretty heavy rain. Couldn't help thinking that here we are, watching from inside a secure house that doesn't move (let alone turn upside down!), able to move around as much as we like, just about able to continue everything as normal. Can't really get a grasp on what it must have been like for you - and for 8 hours! Still amazed every time I think about it or re-read your blog posts.
Stay safe
Neil (Casino)

Mike said...

Hi Jess

I just wanted to clarify my earlier comment on international bloggers. I only covered the last two posts ("Australia Day" and "Winds, Waves, Action and Dramas" and counted each blogger only once. A lot of your faithful followers have commented on each post so you can double the number of comments to 486 and several of your international fans are exceptionally innovative and supportive and they have commented multiple times. There are a number of others that I could see were from o/s but they didn't give a country so I couldn't include them. I guess more than 500 international comments is reasonable estimate out of 1426 in total. I'll try to gradually go back in time and also make up a map of where they are all from.

To me, the way you have been able to gather, inspire and motivate such a diverse group of warm supportive and positive people of all ages and countries is a rare gift and as meaningful and exciting as your adventure itself. Too often one needs a flac jacket and tin helmet to visit blogs and forums because they are so angry, argumentative or narrow-minded. You, by your example, have managed to attract the best and most caring people, bind them into a tight group and bring out the best in them.

Good on ya Jess, you have a wonderful future ahead of you and some equally wonderful experiences to look back on. You're a winner!

cheers

Mike (Avoca Beach, NSW)

samurai said...

Hey there Jess, I hope you're well.
Just thinking about you...again!!! and envying you with your quiet sailing conditions and good progress. I can just imagine how Ella's Pink lady might be looking not unlike a Chinese laundry at the moment but hey, ya gotta do what ya gotta do, right? There's no one out there but you anyway.
Fishing...any bites or nibbles? Good luck with it and stay safe. XX

Latest pic...Carol Florida USA made me do it... :-))

Bloggers, please don't jump down my throat on my reference to Jessica reading a book on the foredeck...needless to say, clipped on of course!

Have a great day everyone and bye for now...Sam XX

Anonymous said...

Hi, Jessica
Just saw that you are writing
a book.(Jessica Watson Around
the World).
It will be good to get a copy.
I have been printing all your
blogs, so I have a book
already.
All the best
Luv
Richard (QLD) Aus

bill tasmania said...

well done jess.just such a great aussie girl,we think you are more than an inspiration to us all!!!
We look forward to you sailing around Tassie.Stay well and safe

Anonymous said...

hi Jesse,

I just read in "latest news" that you are writing the book about your journey.

Great News.

I can't wait to read it!!

You have so many dedicated fans worldwide it will be a best seller I'm sure.

bye for now, keep safe

God Bless

Wendy
Armidale NSW

Anonymous said...

You're doing brilliantly!

rondry said...

Hi Jessica,

It seems you’re missing a good opportunity to claim the world record for the most original excuse for not having your homework. How could your teacher not believe “I lost my homework when I was upside down in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean” ( beats “the dog ate my homework”).

Great to see you are relaxed and finding time for yourself. You probably won’t know Jessica Watson when you get home. She will have passed from girl to woman and conquered some of the most difficult tasks this world has to offer, made friends with thousands upon thousands of Jessicolics worldwide she will never meet, gained the respect of world leaders, and have created a new direction in her life, (may even have a tiger by the tail).
On the other hand, how will we who may never get to meet you cope with such a void in our lives until you release a book, allowing us to live this time over whenever we like.

Stay safe Jess, always thinking of you,

Ron, Brisbane

Bob C said...

Dear Jessica,

I am now addicted to reading your letters and looking at your progress around the planet.

Find it hard to believe you have been at sea for about 3 months and I do hope you make it into Sydney Harbour before 26 April when I have to leave Aus for a few weeks returning 22 May. Is it too soon to estimate your arrival date as I would love to be at Sydney Heads when you sail through??

Love your blogs videos and pix
Bob C

Cameron B said...

Well all going well you could possibly be home for your birthday :)
which just so happens, I share.
Enjoy,
Cameron Boulter

Faye and Max said...

Did anyone else think that Jessica’s last blog of Australia Day was as good as any posted so far ? (Maybe “Around the Horn” and “The Knockdown” not bad either). Starting with Jessica’s Australia Day message to us, Kevin Rudd, and her gracious message to Abby including the “rivalry” was all class. (We have posted comments on Abby’s blog, rather strong, about rivalry, that met with all positive comments). Then there was the 500 plus comments posted that were just sensational. We started making a list of those to thank but the list was just too great, so we would like to say a big thank you to those who contributed their poems, stories, interviews, links, graphics, keyboard art, songs, funny comments, etc..etc.. and we never get tired of reading the accolades to Jesse.
Thank you all again, we feel that your contributions have given Jessica Watson has the best blog on the internet.

Sail on Jessica dear and stay safe.
Go-Girl-Go

Love to all from Faye and Max (Mulgrave Vic)

Attitude said...

"Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself.”

Quote by – W. C. Doane

Attitude said...

"Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself.”

Quote by – W. C. Doane

Marlene Manto said...

Hi Jess,
Just a quick note to say how much I am enjoying reading your blog. My husband and I have had a dream to sail around the world...and now we feel like we are doing it via your story.
Stay safe!
Marlene (Adelaide, South Australia)

gra said...

Don't think you need to worry about pulling out any English homework Jess. Your writing is exceptional, but that's hardly surprising.
So amped on your exploits and concerned (but in a cool, trusting way) for your continued safety. Onya mate.

June and Richard Thorn said...

Jesse,

Our thoughts are with you. Enjoy the relative calm you are in at the moment and take the time to collect yourself together for the next adventure.

Stay safe.

June and Richard Thorn

Anonymous said...

Good Job Skipper,
You have many of us so thrilled to see through you words and deeds. Rest be safe.

Bob B
Lake Michigan Sailor

ignacio_urena said...

Eres increible Jessica! Mis mejores deseos para que todo siga viento en popa.

Con admiracion y respeto recibe un afectuso saludo.

Ignacio Urena / Mexico

"ella" means "she" in spanish.

SaltyDog said...

Jessica,

There have been so many of us who have repeatedly let you know how much we appreciate your maturity and what a great role model you are for all of the kids following your story. However, your wonderful mature nature should not only be a goal for young kids to strive for, but for all of us at any age. Just because someone is “older” doesn’t mean that they have reached the level of maturity that you display daily. There are many of the “older” blog readers who should probably be saying “When I grow up, I want to be like Jessica.” Thanks again for setting such a beautiful example for all of us. I can’t tell you that enough, Jess.

Have fun, stay safe and happy sailing.

From Seattle, WA, USA
SaltyDog

Peter Gold Coast said...

Hello Jessica
I posted to you yesterday but I think the gremlins got it.

A question In ocean racing, a boat may carry only one mainsail, if that gets ruined so the crew's chances of winning. Does the same restriction apply to you,or can you carry a spare?
The next question of course is Do you have a spare on board?

Could someone please tell me how to contact Abby, I would like to send her a bit of encouragement too.

You're going great guns, Jesse,keep up the good work we are all with you all the way and even though not posting all that regularly you and your safety are always in our thoughts

Godspeed, Peter Goldcoast.

Richard Rumble said...

Rooting for you and Abby BOTH.... makes my little 27' Ericson seem benign on my local waters of So. California.... Catalina is a short 35 mi.

Good wind and fair seas....

Richard Rumble
Mister Hypnosis
Dana Point, CA

greg said...

Hi Jess, been laied up for the last few days in hospital with kidney stones, and this is the first time I have had a chance to get back on my computer. congrats on reaching the halfway mark and sorting out all your equipment problems, and it is good to see you are getting some good weather for a change, are your dolphin friends still with you, well thats about all for now, stay safe god bless and good sailing. Greg from Townsville.

Peter Gold Coast said...

adHello Jessica
I posted to you yesterday but I think the gremlins got it.

A question In ocean racing, a boat may carry only one mainsail, if that gets ruined so the crew's chances of winning. Does the same restriction apply to you,or can you carry a spare?
The next question of course is Do you have a spare on board?

Could someone please tell me how to contact Abby, I would like to send her a bit of encouragement too.

You're going great guns, Jesse,keep up the good work we are all with you all the way and even though not posting all that regularly you and your safety are always in our thoughts

Godspeed, Peter Goldcoast.

Anonymous said...

Cooeee Jess! It's sunny here in South Australia too. :)

Glad you're going along well and enjoying every day of your incredible adventure.

As always enjoying reading your blog and happy to know you're safe and the winds and seas are co-operating.

Cheers from Soldier's Mum in SA.

Jose, Clearwater, FL USA said...

Short and simple. You are an awesome girl. Did I say Awesome ?Be proud of yourself.
Stay safe and Straight Ahead.

PS;keep that sun lotion in your pocket :)

John and Louise said...

Sailor to Sailor:
Hi Jesse. Good to see you get great weather and use the time to catch up on things and sleep. When I was younger, I used to sail around San Francisco - great air (20-30 Knots), moderate seas outside the Golden Gate. My boat was a Venture 21 Day sailor, sloop rigged with swing keel. I loved it and the adrenalin always pumped, as it does when I read of your hairy times. I about freaked when you told about the knock downs, especially the 180. I've never done that and truyly respect your ability to stay cool and positive in spite of the damage.
Just praying that you stay clipped in (when necessary) ever alert, super positive, and that you be safe, also checking all the stays and sheets; these do fray. Above all, thank God for His Protection. Much love and many hugs
We are John and Louise in Redding, Calif, in our mid 70s, happily married and retired, but still super active.

Anonymous said...

At first I thought it was a rash, (Itchy feet. To travel and explore), a phobia, like all alone, but some how feel adored!

I thought it was a disease, but a good kind spreading, without the sniffle or a sneeze!

I’ve been living in denial and I didn't want to say it, but I really think it’s true!

Heya everyone!
I'm William, and I'm a Jess-a-Holic too!

@ Hezakiah and SaltyDog... (Much respect)

I think it takes a pretty awesome 16 year old young lady to do what Jesse’s doing. It’s not for just anyone, that’s for sure!

She’s become like a great friend that we can always rely on for not getting back to us, lol, but we hope she’s listening, or at least she hears us sometimes!

I was wondering about when Jess get’s back and what are we gonna do? Could we drop in and say hi, or if it’s exams at school, be like Go Jess! Go! hope you get A’s or, well it’s here jess, (your driving test) Be safe, take care and watch out for trucks, n trains! Lol

I guess if we don’t catch up in Sydney, I’ll see you guys in rehab! lol

You’re going to fast now Jess, slow down!

@ Stephen… Thoughts are with you. Did you find that girls parents or family? I hope you’re seeing light at the end of a tunnel. It’s not my drop, but I’ll do better than a Fosters for you guys over there!

Jesse, we’re not ready for you either! Don’t worry about the record anymore, stay out there! Do some circles or something! Lol.

Go Jess! Go Alla’s Pink Submarine!

Billy!

Ps. Take care everyone!

Pss. Jesse’s Rehab program! (Big beach parties with huge bon fires and awesome bands).

Anonymous said...

Jesse,
You could tell you teachers that a shark ate your homework, sounds reasonable in all that's happened.

Susan said...

Marvellous that coditions are allowing you to recharg your batteries Jess.
What a joy to follow your exciting adventure through your expressive blogging and read all the loving, thoughtful, humorous and often hilarious comments made by your worldwide extended family. It must be a super, yet humbling feeling to hear how you have encouraged, inspired and captured the hearts of people across all ages, from every walk of life and in every corner of the world! You have rendered all our excuses to default on life null and void Jess! Not only is this your fulfillment of a personal quest, but you are an Ambassador for Australia... and now by adoption, a citizen of the world. All power to you Jess, I believe this is just the beginning of an extraordinary life ahead...mark my words.
Fair winds Sweet Pea! Continue having fun. Be safe. You are in my heart and in my prayers.

Susan in Melbourne

Sandrosun69 said...

You're Cool Capt, Jessica!

jungle said...

Hi Jesse

It's good to hear that things are less terrorizing now. We, your fans, worry about you.

It's absolutely fantastic that you are doing a book. I can't wait for it to be released in the US.

You stay safe girl. Good winds and calm seas.

Jim
Phoenix

Bluefin said...

For Anne McKinnon (Jan 29 7.08am)

Wow Anne I'm amazed that you regularly walk past Lionheart at the marina in Sandringham (Aust). She is a legend, I too would marvel at what she has been through and what incredible stories she could tell. I've read Jesse Martin's book "Lionheart" but to see her resting at the marina and knowing (somewhat) her story would be a great privilege and a real buzz!

Thanks for sharing that with us,

Bluefin (Annie), Buderim, Queensland.

Jim of Perth said...

Hi Jessica - I suggest you don't worry about school work, good idea Peter of Hyden, WA, tell your teachers all your school work "accidentally" fell overboard, Oh, what a shame!
Jim of Perth
Western Auatralia

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,
I have been logging in everyday and the whole family asks me how you are going. I feel like we are living in parallel- While you were charging down the Southern Ocean my husnad, myself and our fourdaughters where doing the Sydney Hobart- noone really belives me how cold in Summer it can be off shore down south! Then just last weekend we had fun finishing in 60kts- When we got home I logged into your site and see you had a pounding too ( but worse!). I still have a few buises! Keep safe and well out there. All the Short's here Sydney are with you in Spirit.
Christine Short

Anonymous said...

hi jess,


you may have a better boat, but looks like dilip has a better camera - can we have more pics of the sea life - some whales perhaps!

or have you reserved the best for the book. it is a bestseller already

love
Sundars

kiwi_canuck said...

Wow, Jesse, it seems like you're a highly sought-after young lady these days....first Kevin Rudd, then Richard Branson phoning you. You've certainly made an impression on a lot of people. You're the best, Jesse!!

Brian & Phill
(aka kiwi_canuck)
Vancouver, Canada

Greg / Nancy said...

Howdy and good luck from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA!!! We enjoy checking on your progress and very much like the pictures.

Kim humphreys W.A. said...

Gidday Jessica
Well my last comment didnt make it to your page and I thought it was my best one yet, but it was mycomputer that was the problem not at your end. I was having connection troubles.
Anyway its great that you are doing so well and still drawing a big following including the PM and Sir Richard.Looking forward to your next blog and videos
Safe Sailing

Anonymous said...

.

Hey Jesse....

Had to send you a copy of this.....'corz it reminded me of you..... They make 'em tough in QLD, eh !!! But we know that, eh !!

.. ( dropped a few blog words earlier.... just HAD to send this now for a laugh for y' ....
..best wishes, as always..
....Ooc ) ( viz..Old ozzie Codger in case y'forgotten over these last months!!)

********************

Life in the Australian Army...

Text of a letter from a kid from Eromanga to Mum and Dad. (For Those of you not in the
know, Eromanga is a small town, west of Quilpie in the far south west of Queensland )




Dear Mum & Dad,

I am well. Hope youse are too. Tell me big brothers Doug and Phil that the Army is better than workin' on the station - tell them to get in bloody quick smart before the jobs are all gone! I wuz a bit slow in settling down at first, because ya don't hafta get outta bed until 6am. But I like sleeping in now, cuz all ya gotta do before brekky is make ya bed and shine ya boots and clean ya uniform. No bloody horses to get in, no calves to feed, no
troughs to clean - nothin'!! Ya haz gotta shower though, but its not so bad, coz there's
lotsa hot water and even a light to see what ya doing!

At brekky ya get cereal, fruit and eggs but there's no kangaroo steaks or goanna stew like wot Mum makes. You don't get fed again until noon and by that time all the city boys are buggered because we've been on a 'route march' - geez its only just like walking to the windmill in the bullock paddock!!

This one will kill me brothers Doug and Phil with laughter. I keep getting medals for
shootin' - dunno why. The bullseye is as big as a bloody dingo's arse and it don't move
and it's not firing back at ya like the Johnsons did when our big scrubber bull got into their prize cows before the Ekka last year! All ya gotta do is make yourself comfortable and hit the target - it's a piece of piss!! You don't even load your own cartridges, they comes in little boxes, and ya don't have to steady yourself against the rollbar of the roo shooting truck when you reload!

Sometimes ya gotta wrestle with the city boys and I gotta be real careful coz they break
easy - it's not like fighting with Doug and Phil and Jack and Boori and Steve and Muzza all at once like we do at home after the muster.
Turns out I'm not a bad boxer either and it looks like I'm the best the platoon's got, and
I've only been beaten by this one bloke from the Engineers - he's 6 foot 5 and 15 stone
and three pick handles across the shoulders and as ya know I'm only 5 foot 7 and eight
stone wringin' wet, but I fought him till the other blokes carried me off to the boozer.

I can't complain about the Army - tell the boys to get in quick before word gets around
how bloody good it is.

Your loving daughter,

Sheila

***********************

..... Yep, the babes from QLD are somethin' else !!

kylani said...

hi jess,
i've followed your blogs everyday, great to hear from you and keep up to date with your travels. you're doing such a great job out there.
congrats and keep up the great work!

kylani

kylani said...

hi jess.
your doing such a great job out there. your blogs are great, its so good to hear from you and keep up to date with your travels.
congrats and keep up the great work!!!

kylani

AlbacoreLiaFail said...

Jesse, it doesn't sound like you have any finned friends just now so we'll be your "Pod around the Pond!"

@Richard Lathrop, so true!

Who thinks up these conventions like the '@' sign before others' blog names???!

@ Robert, I'm glad we're not on your Island of Poel--too cold. On second thought I'd love it. What is it like? I'm succumbing to the rat race run lately. Our son will compete in gymnastics this weekend in California so we get to drive the 5 hours over the Sierras--adventure!

@Richie in Paris, a few blogs back I was so surprised to read that English is not your first language; your writing is excellent, witty and sensitive. How did you first know of Jessica?
"...I wish I could hide, but the cabin is so small..)" --too funny!

@Samurai, what a productive artist you are! Nice surprise when I clicked on your picture to see the efforts of Jesse's good laundering and the albatross homework advisors! You've got a pretty good following, too!

@Salty Dog, what a Cruise Director!

@Jodie, your "take a little of Jesse's courage and effort to put wind in your sails" is exactly what got me through the day battling the decrepit fax machine in the windowless school office doing government reports today, imagining working quickly for survival in a Cape Horn storm--so I could get home to read how Jesse and EPL are--my real "window" to the world.

@Tom Grayson, my first blog, too. Sure got lucky!
Welcome to you and all the people new on board--pun intended! 5 bloggers from Brisbane today!

Bob from Seattle, you describing Jessica's life makes me want to sail away right now! oops, I'm four hours from the Pacific.

@Grant, can't wait for the next song/video!

Jessse, you are flying! Congratulations on the book contract, but I have other favorite pictures of you than the one on the cover--or maybe it'll be the one of you easing in to Sydney with a gigantic smile!

Love to you!

Gordon Heyward said...

I follow you very closely. Each night I can't wait to see if there's a new blog to read. The thing I like about you Jessie is that whenever you have a problem or any hardship, you always find something good to come out of it. I just wish I could be there to see you sail up Sydney Harbour. I for one will be buying your book.
I have also started my own blog.

Ian said...

I love the look of the book. I'll be buying a copy.

Ian from Brisbane

Lorraine said...

Hi Jessica, here at school we are all enjoying reading your blog. Also glad to hear you are getiing the books out! Enjoy doing some Multistrand Science... Cheers, Lorraine Lawson

Toni McLean said...

You are making fantastic progress, Jesse. I guess you've had enough excitement for a little while, so some gentle sailing sounds good to me. Make sure you peg your washing out securely, if it blows off there's no retrieving it!

You will certainly have the most original excuse ever for not getting your homework done on time! I was busy sailing around the world, sir, I didn't have time to do it! But it might be good to take advantage of some quieter time to catch up a bit. The 'holiday' is over now.

Wishing you just enough wind.
Best wishes
Toni

Anonymous said...

Good job! Enjoy the nice weather while it lasts.

Dora and Rachel
Czech Republic

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse'

Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forget about the one's who don't. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.~


God Speed you along and take care and be safe....

JOHN GLENN SHEPPARD USA

Anonymous said...

Your remarks on the blog about the knockdowns were honest and tempered, you are incredibly strong. Glad you have some warmer weather! I'm in Maine USA, up here at the 45th parallel, tonight it is about 5 degrees Fahrenheit. G'night

John said...

You are amazing.

RichieParis said...

Hi Captain Jesse, Hi fellow bloggers,
I don't know which funny stories have been translated or transplanted and where they have been created, as many, certainly, are known everywhere by now; but there could always be some that escaped being spread. We can try a few...

One before your departure, Jesse, and about the pessimistic naysayers.
Jessica's project was announced.
Some people didn't believe she could do it. They said many things... She was too young, she wouldn't be able to sail solo, what about her school year, and so on.
Then, Jessica and her team organized meetings, and they answered all the questions, explaining this, that and more.
Though, it seemed it would never be enough.
So they asked the media to come in Sydney Harbour, and they said: Jessica can do anything. To prove you she can, she is going to go across the harbour now. Look at her!
Jessica put off her shoes, she went down to the sea level, and she started walking on water... and she walked all across the harbour.
What do you think the reaction of the naysayers was? It was printed on the front page of some newspaper, the following day: "Jessica Watson can't swim!".

Anonymous said...

Hi dearest Jesse,

Good on you for getting some washing done. I guess you had a little bit of a back-log. I hope you have some pegs to attach your washing on with! :-)

Go Jesse go!!!!! You are doing so well. Keep up the great work and enjoy every moment.

ANY FISH YET?

Keep safe Jesse. Warmest wishes and big hugs. Jan Pace (Auckland, New Zealand)

Trudy said...

Hooray, hooray,
Jessica is writing a book!

I definitely will be a customer!

There goes your school work Jessica!
I second Kerri's post, where she said, with all the experience you have had and are having you should have enough credits for several years!!!!!
And writing a book to boot! Well, it was a natural sequence of events, wasn't it!

Thanks team on terra firma for letting us know!

Maybe faithful bloggers could get an autographed copy!?!?!?

Have fun, Jessica, be well, happy and above all else be safe,

Trudy, Austria/Australia

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica
Glad to hear things are a little easier for you now.
I am just loving reading your blogs and look forward to a new one being posted all the time.

I have a request though.
I would love to hear from your parents, what they think about all of this and what they are up to while you are away.
Also i would like to 'meet' your shore team... find out who they are & what there contribution to your daily life is.

Maybe on the days when you are too busy to comment we could hear from them.

Anyway.... have fun with the rest of the trip. It will be over before you know it.

Deb (syd)

PWB said...

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

@ Tom Grayson, Brisbane,

Tom Said, among other things:

“Although this is my first time at following a blog, I am absolutely blown away by the sincerity of all that is here. 

So many things on the internet these days are fabrications built by people to make them look better then they really are, in the eyes of whoever they are trying to impress or deceive. 

This is in total contrast to your honest and entertaining account of your real life as you are living it.”

Hi Tom,

“You took the words right out of my heart”

What you said is the way I felt for some 4 months, since I first logged onto this site. I had tears then, and after your comments (and others today) they came back. The truthfulness of it affects many people like this.

In my opinion, what you have expressed in your comments is one of the most honest and succinct summaries of Jessica, her spirit and her blog that I have come across.

Australians are not big on sentimentalism.
But when something needs to be said honestly, with heart…………..well I think you said it all.

Understatement at its best.

If what you said is indicative of the heart of a first time blogger, then bring them on:
First time bloggers….. blog your hearts out.

"Let you fingers do the talking"


Thank You for making my day.

Best Regards
Peter Bush, HYDEN, WA, AUSTRALIA

PS: I am also a first timer, to the point that I do not know how to set up the blog page properly, SO, If you, or anybody needs to contact me for any reason, please mail to:
PO BOX 90, HYDEN WA, 6359 AUSTRALIA.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Collette Cole, Australia said...

Hi Jesse, so lovely to read your latest blog, sounds like you've settled into a cosy routine again..apart from housework and...did I hear you say SCHOOLWORK?

Maybe all you need to focus on (which could resemble schoolwork a little teensy bit), is just to jot heeeeaps of notes down for your upcoming BOOK!

Not only will you be a famous world record holder, but RICH as well, It goes without saying that it will be #1 bestseller.

Talking of your impending fortune reminds me of your faihful blogger, RICHIE Paris...Richie, you are so eloquent, and a true gem with an enormous heart. And Michael of WV of course.

Other touching comments from Richard Lathrop, Samurai...and SaltyDog...hilarious...thanks..I couldn't put it as well as you three.

Take care sweet girl, and wishing you an extended spell of fine weather and smooth sailing...


PS...

It's terrific your voyage is updated on Facebook now so my pals can get a bit of an understanding why I spend so much time at my computer these days! (I suspect I have snagged one of them as a new disciple).

Julia said...

Jess, you are doing brilliantly. I think about your journey every day and wish you all the best. It's all been said before, but you are "sailor", "role model" and "courage" incarnate. Thank you for making us all a little braver and including us in your journey.

Anonymous said...

Enjoy Champion!

Ant @ Townsville N QLD said...

Hi Jesse,
enjoy the break in the weather as you know things can change quickly.
Anyhow take care, always enjoy your blogs.
Anthony N QLD OZ

Dave on Seren said...

Hi Jess,

Thanks for the ongoing updates. You are doing a fantastic job out there and I look each day to your blog for inspiration. If you are trying to think of things to tell us here are some things I would like to know. How much sleep are you getting? What time do you sleep? What did you eat today? Who do you talk to each day? Are you still fishing?

Regards,

David

PS - Can I have Pink Lady when you are finished? I like to have a turn too!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,
Glad to hear that you will have a book published this year.
We have enjoyed your blog so much and look forward to the book.
Hope the weather is good and EPL and the crew are behaving themselves.
Keep safe,
Joy
Ballarat

Anonymous said...

Hi, Jessica
Tonight at Prayer Meeting,
we gave thanks to God for
answering our prayers for you and
Ella's Pink Lady.
With the prayers of so many
you were certainly looked after,
during the storm.
Still thinking of you.
Luv u
Richard (QLD)

Ann said...

Hi Jessica good to hear that weather is kind to you at last.....you and Ella's Pink lady are doing a great job and so far all has gone very well for you...so glad to hear that you will be bringing out a book later this year....look forward to it.....smooth sailing Jessica and a very warm welcome awaits you when you return home......keep safe....many blessings and hugs..
Ann (Morwell)

Ashworth said...

Jessica,
You are doing a fantastic job. From experience, it only took me one knock down to learn how to stow my gear. It is great to hear you have everything back together and working your way to Africa. I wish you could put a video showing the viewers your deck and cabin. (Clean first of course)You trip has done very well. Abby has run into a few problems already including the mysterious squids found on take (Sound familiar?) Keep up the fantastic job and we look forward to every report.
Keep the canvas side up.
Captain Jim
New Jersey USA

Anonymous said...

Go Jess
Thanks for the update! Happy sailing!

Jill (Newcastle)

Marine Engine Driver 3 said...

Hi Jessica, you are doing so well! I would head north too. What a great inspiration you are. I'm getting my mates on my Jenneau 40 to welcome you back home after your trip and such an amazing achievement. When in doubt, reef. Or so they tell me...wish I had your hours!

Graeme said...

Hi Jessica,
We are glad to hear that things are a bit quieter for you at the moment.We love reading about your day to day activities and progress - enjoy the calm and stay safe !

From Serjosha,Nastassja and Graeme
(3 Aussies living in France)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,
Marvellous progress and so brave out there on a very big ocean.Just keep sailing. Be safe and enjoy it all.
Leah in Wagga.

Cap'n Sandy said...

Are all systems (especially radar) in good shape after the storm and knockdowns?

leslie said...

Hey Jess! great to hear that you have fairer weather! You really do put into perspective for myself, and I'm sure many other people, as to when we can just go and get some "kip" or a proper sleep!
After a weary day or night shift I know that I have a place to rest in comfort without having to concern myself about the elements that you have to be mindful of Jess.
Just remember that we all have your safety at the foremost of our thoughts and wish for you a safe return back home to your family and friends!!! Take care Jess!!!
Melbourne

magpie said...

Hi Jessica,
We have been belted by some scary lightning strikes in Sydney recently and for some reason I remembered this site:
http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/GG/ASK/hurricanes.html
It helps answer an earlier question about the direction Hurricane's spin when they are formed in the Atlantic.

Cobrarog said...

Hmmm. Upward, Onward and Eastward. That's a new one. You're past the half way point but there is still much work to do. Keep vigilant and don't let your guard down Jesse.

Yes, that dreaded school work is still to be done. Please don't let your school work slip behind. Catch up or get ahead when time permits and the rewards will be at the other end of your rainbow. Sorry if I seem to harp on that.

I too long for the smell of fresh fish wafting from your galley, as only you can describe it.

Keep up the great work Jesse and hang tough!

From Hervey Bay, I am wishing you safe and enjoyable sailing.
Cobrarog

sailaway said...

Can't imagine what school books could teach you that you don't already know!

You have taught us so much already about weather, storms, the ocean, wildlife.....the list is endless.

Stay safe

Julie J
NSW
Australia

PS....for "Gaffjaw"

Perfect quote from Wind in the Willows. Has to be one of literature's finest lines. And so appropriate for this site.

Jony the Pony said...

Hi Jess,
what about them albertos?
I am disappointed about the lack of videos...
Anyways,
keep up them dodgers,
Jony the Pony

marlyn said...

I so enjoy reading your blog and finding out how your travel is going. Continued great sailing and God bless you on this journey.

Linda, NC, USA

Anonymous said...

At first I thought it was a rash, (Itchy feet. To travel and explore).

A phobia, like all alone, but some how feel adored!

I thought it was a disease, a good kind spreading, without the sniffle or a sneeze!

I’ve been living in denial and I didn't want to say it, but I really think it’s true!

Heya everyone!

I'm William and I'm a Jess-a-Holic too!

@ Hezakial and SaltyDog... (Much respect)
I think it takes a pretty awesome 16 year old young lady to do what Jesse’s doing. It’s defiantly not for just anyone, that’s for sure!

What a great inspiration for all.

She’s become like a friend who we can always rely on for not getting back to us, (lol), but we can hope she’s listening or at least she hears us some times!

I was wondering about when Jess get’s back and what are we gonna do? Could we drop in and say hi? Or if it’s exams at school, be like Go Jess! Go! hope you get A’s, or, well it’s here jesse, (your driving test) Be safe, take care and watch out for trucks, n trains! Lol

I guess if we don’t catch up in Sydney, I’ll see you guys in rehab! lol

@ Stephen… My thoughts are with you! Did you find that girls parents or family? I hope you’re seeing some light at the end of that tunnel.

It’s not my drop, but I’ll do better than a Fosters for you guys over there!

Jesse!
We’re not ready for you either! Don’t worry about the record anymore, stay out there! Do some circles or something! Lol.

Go Jess! Go Alla’s Pink Submarine! Lol

Billy!

Ps. Take care everyone!

Pss. Ref… Jessica’s Rehab program! (Big beach parties with huge bon fires and awesome music maybe)?

Queenslander said...

G'day Jesse,

Been replacing the discharge hoses on one of my heads... what a lovely job.

As far as your homework is concerned I am pretty sure you stowed it very carefully under the docklines in the Lazarette.

No dogs out there but when the boat was upside down a mischievous dolphin may have snuck into the Laz while you were strapped in.

It is really great to see the miles you are putting under the keel.

Fair winds.

Verification: "histio"... yep, you are making it!

The McGraths said...

Hi Jesse,

That's fantastic to officially hear about your book. We had no doubt you would write one and we're sure it will be a "must read" for everyone. No doubt it will have to go to second print. I just can't wait to read it!
I mentioned in a previous post about the number of sailing/adventure books I've now read....they are so addictive. What is so funny is that my husband who usually reads "westerns" is now enjoying them too.

Anyway Jess we hope the weather is being kind to you and you're managing to get some rest.

I was just thinking today how much I look forward to reading your blog and before we know it your journey will be over, I have no idea what I will do then, although maybe the household chores will get done on time. I'm sure I will have withdrawals so might have to go to one of those "meetings". Can you imagine that, fronting up and telling a group of people what you have been addicted to for the past six months, although I think there will be others in the group too.

Take care little one,

The McGraths, Nowra NSW

Mike D said...
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Bob E, Phila. PA USA said...

Homeward bound! Keep on truckin'. Can't wait for the book. Who will play you in the movie?

Jo said...

Hi Jesse, I so happy for you that the weather is warmer now and you are getting some sun. After the last few days it might be nice to relax in the sun and do some homework while you can. Time is passing by really quickly, can you believe Monday is the 1st of February already, where did January go?? It seems like it was Christmas only a few days ago.... Enjoy yourself Jesse, just think, this time next year you will be back in the classroom gazing out the window ... remembering this wonderful adventure!! I wonder did you manage to catch a fish? Take care 'til next time.
Jo
Sydney

Anonymous said...

jess, take care and god bless!

c u in sydney!!

Anonymous said...

Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."


Hi, Jessica! Good morning! I spotted your last post late last night, put couldn't post a note myself, so was privileged to drift off assured that you are a little warmer there, and feeling good and calm, and catching up on chores. Then, this morning, what a delight to read that you in fact plan to be writing a book about your journey. Very exciting.

It struck me that the announcement about your plan to publish a book even has a date attached to it -- August. Throughout your journey we've all freely written about your route plan, and your plan to return home by a certain date.

Plans. They make me think about this verse, which is one of my favorites. I've said it before, I think God has great plans for you. So far, they have not included any harm to you, thankfully! I, for one among many, will be following to see just what plans He does have for your future. Seek Him and you will always have the peace which passes all understanding, knowing, for certain, that you will spend eternity with Him. What a plan!

Today I am praying a grateful prayer of thanks that you are warmer, calm, and making good progress. I will pray for you to be well and strong as you continue, and that EPL and her good equipment will serve you so well. I am also praying for your family and shore crew as they plan, assist you, and anxiously await the completion of this "heading home" portion of your journey. All the best to you today.

Anonymous said...

hi, you are awesome! and so brave! keep going!

from,
Mt.Pleasant,MI

Martin Gerhard said...

Hey Jesse:
Do you have an HF radio? perhaps we can chat..I'm an airline pilot and cross the atlantic on a regular basis...
Martin G
Wayzata, MN USA

willie said...

hi jessica,
i have been following yours and abbys
blogs and you girls are amazing. i know you have been at sea for more than 100 days and have you giving abbey any advice yet? she will need all she can get. jessica you are a very brave young lady, i will be checking on your progress everyday and may the wing stay at your back and have calm seas. good bless
willie
mobile,al

Claudio Silva said...

Way to go, Skipper! It is good to hve some fair weather around for a change... Hope you make good progress to the Cape. Lots of sea traffic there though. Are you approaching land enough to have to be double careful? Anyway, enjoy the Atlantic Ocean's sun to rest a bit.

Anonymous said...

Jesse, you define the phrase "One Tough Cookie". I'm glad you have chosen to share your excitement!!! You continue to amaze me, and countless others. Fair winds and following seas...Beach

RichieParis said...

@Peter Bush and Tom Grayson
Sincerity, authenticity, generosity; you speak gold.
I am also a prime timer; I went to see some blogs, look... and go. This one is *****, unique? TY, JW!

Wanton said...

Hi Jessica,

Although its been a couple of weeks since my last post I have been looking into your progress at least twice daily. I've become a bit of a Jessica Watson addict.

Glad that you are now making some happy progress towards home with calmer weather and some time to re arrange EPL after those knock downs.

Talk about brave. Four knockdowns and you remained as calm as one can be under those circumstances. In 30 years of sailing I only experienced a single knockdown and that was about 18 months ago in the Gippsland lakes. A knock down in the lakes is a lot different to the knockdowns that you experienced in the Southern ocean, so far from help and with those huge seas that you described. Mine was just the spreaders touching the waters, yours a complete turtle. How scary was that? But you have shown, as you have so many time thus far, that you have the courage and where-with-all to pull through, survive and move on. What an unbelievable girl you must be.

We are so very proud of you. You have stepped so far outside the square. You are an inspiration to all men and women around the world. Let no one ever say that you can't do that just because you are a woman. You have given all human kind the power to do anything they dream about. My grand daughters are all too young to really appreciate your deeds at this time, but I am sure that you will become "The Beacon" of self awareness and self confidence, for them in the future as surely you have become to all girls, women, boys and men now.

Fantastic, inspirational, incredible, monumental, colossal, epic, historical, extraordinary, and motivating are words that have to me become synonymous when speaking about you.

God speed and safe sailing.

The Flynn's
SUNBURY, Vic., Australia

Transplanted ''Aussie'' said...

Hi Jessica;
Missed a few day's of your site,been busy here getting on with their ''recovery'' efforts,have had tough and rewarding outcomes.
The little girl we delivered a couple of day's ago in the back of our SUV is doing great,we visited the med location today.
The people of ''Haiti''continue to survive daily with a spirit that I so admire.
The little girl who had been with me since day one,we found her uncle and she said her good byes yesterday,I am so happy I could give her shelter until she was able to move on.
The ''world ''continues to open it's heart daily,I believe this tragedy will be a window to a new ''Haiti'' in the future,for now the struggle continues.
Jessica,you look great on your update,a little time to get your batteries recharged on your homeward bound leg,love the t-shirt too.Hope your ''stuffy crew'' has dried out and you have had some chocolate.
Hi to all my fellow world bloggers,
continue to love your comments as all ways.
Young lady,keep trucking,God speed and keep up your positive focus.
I hope to be home next week,it's been along and fruitful trip,but very rewarding personally.I would do it again at a moments notice.
My admiration for you continues and I only hope your journey continues without major challenges.
Bye for all, much love and support.
Stay safe,may God continue to guide you in your journey.
Stephen. M.,
Transplanted ''Aussie'',
Maryland,USA.,
[in Haiti]

Cheese said...

Hi Jesse,

I have two daughters 19 and 17. I am very over protective so I don't know how your mother is surviving. I have been keeping up with Abby as she started her journey on the 23rd. Then today I found your blog. I couldn't leave the computer until I read it from start till todays entry. What a fascinating journey you are having. I can't imagine how the fly over went. I am sure your mother had to be sobbing getting to see you. I was in tears just reading about it. I will continue to read your blog and Abbys. You are to very brave young women. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bring you two home safely.


Mother of two daughters. USA

TMFPeterV said...

Hey Jessica,

Why don't you post your homework on your blog? I'm sure we can do it for you. I mean, help you.

Seriously though, school is meant to provide an education but you've been getting that out on the open ocean, albeit in a different format. Even if you had to repeat a year, the life experiences gained will still be far more valuable over the long haul.

Keep safe. A lot of people are thinking of you.

Peter
(from Sydney but living in Washington DC)

trugannini said...

She sails into the sunrise,
not much the worse for wear
Her eyes on the compass and canvas,
Her heart on a wing and a prayer.

Sail on silver girl.

Lesley

The Original Whyalla Jack said...

Onya Jess.
" Your friends have got the tow rope,
and we're hauling in the slack".

Homeward bound..yo ho.

Whyalla Jack.

hezakiah299 said...

01-29-10 @ 20:46
Hi Jessica,
You really sound great, I can just see that pretty smile and hear your little 'giggle'. It couldn't be because everyone went back to school and you're stuck out in the middle of the Atlantic doing the laundry, could it? Ha, ha.
In regards to your schoolwork, why don’t you just make a copy of this post and give it to your teacher, then she’ll get tired of all the excuses she’s reading, forgive you, and give you an A++++. LOL….. Hey, it’s worth a try.
I hope you pick up some wind pretty soon and make some more good time, you’re doing great.
How about a picture of your laundry day, minus the unmentionables of course.
In my unprofessional eye it looks like you would make it to Africa with good weather most of the way. I just hope you don’t run into any more storms, I know you can handle them (no doubt) but it would be nice to just see you sailing leisurely for awhile. Yes???? You could get them scallywags topside and let them air out a little bit, as long as they didn’t try to ride a dolphin. Lol…Imagination is great.

Always remember, just a post from you is exciting for us, and especially since 'all's well'. You take care of yourself and enjoy this time as much as you can, especially all the little things, sometimes they are the things that are overlooked, and they can be the greatest things to remember.
Yes, don’t get to complacent and be cautious, do you still remember to stay hooked up?……Nag, nag, nag….Because we love ya!!!

Loads of love and hugs, your faithful friend, fan and follower.
May God be with you and watch over you and may the angels keep your sails full, and I, I will keep you in my prayers.
Michael (75) from Kingwood, WV

The Original Whyalla Jack said...

It's me again, Whyalla Jack from Esk.


I'll be 70 in March and

I'm looking forward to your book. I got the sailing bug from reading Robin knox Johnston's book and eventually built a "Suhali" look-a-like in ferro.

Next, read Slocum, Tristam Jones, Sir Frank chichester and all the rest. Can't remember the English girl's name but enjoyed her book. Then there was James wharram's "Two girls and two hulls". Now that stirred my spirit of adventure. I built a 36ft. "tangaroa". Bought and sailed a 46' cutter, then my knees gave out. What a "gunna". I left everything too long.
I'm sure I'll never forget your name after this trip and am looking forward to adding your book to my library.

Never mind, Jess. Like the pilot of The Pinta, I'd like to watch over your shoulder. Stay off the plums, though.

Tracie Lynne Hall said...

Well heck! And here I've been pestering you about your school work, (and when I wasn't, that was just me *resisting* being a nag) and you were on Summer vacation? No wonder I haven't heard about any school work. (Not that you had time for it.) So Christmas happens during Summer vacation? Huh. And I imagine you have long days in the Summer, where the sun sets around 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. like we do in our Summer? (Forgive my geographical/Astronomical ignorance.) It seems like that would put a crimp in the Christmas lights tradition--DO you guys put up Christmas lights on your houses, boats, and whatever else strikes your fancy, like we do in the US? You'd have to wait til rather late at night to enjoy them it seems.
OK, I'll move on to the subject at hand. I LOVE that t-shirt! You look fabulous!
Did you get that sail sewn up--or am I remembering wrong--it needed a little mending after The Perfect Storm, didn't it?
OK, off I go now. Take care and blessings,
Tracie

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

I was a bit concerned when you left on your trip, but you seem to be holding it together ok.
My daughter is in the Navy and she had a round the worlder last year on the HMAS Sydney, a bit bigger than Ella.

Anyway goodluck with it and watch out for pirates. (your getting close to them now).

Name withheld for privacy reasons.
Qld

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess,
My name is Phoenix from Paul's
grade 2 class from Campbell River, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada . Hope you are having a great time out there,I heard that
Ella's Pink Lady went overbord! Hope you are ok. I read your blog,oh and I like your cookie t~shirt!! What gave you of th idea of sailing around the word?

Be safe,

from Phoenix
PS.My techer Paul and the class are making a BIG poem of, Jessica Watson Ellas Pink Lady, it was realy fun!! BYE~Phoenix

Phoenix said...

Hey Jess,
My name is Phoenix from Paul's grade 2 class in Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada. I hope you are ok when the big knockbown happend! I looked at your new blog, I like your cookie t~shirt.
Well I got to go now

Be safe,

from Phoenix
PS.Paul and I and my class are all doing an poem about you! the words are, Jessica Watsons Ellas Pink Lady. BYE~Phoenix

Pagoo''s World of Humbug said...

Heya Miss Jessica. I've been following Abby's journey and learned about yours. Why to go! You must be an amazing young lady.

I'm going spend the next or so catching up on your adventure. Not that means a whole lot, still...its all pretty interesting. Stay safe!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you are moving so fast!! That's wonderful news Jessica! I'm glad you're back in warmer temps, unlike here in Iowa where we are having below 0 F. temps right now. Soon you will see Oz in front of you! I'm wishing you the best. It's fun reading these comments and seeing the same people day after day, almost like a family supporting you that you have never met!! :-) Darla (D.J.) Iowa, U.S.A.

Anonymous said...

I forgot to tell you in my last comments that a thank you is in order. I'm so glad I can read you on Facebook now! Thanks again Jessica!! Darla, Iowa, U.S.A.

Patricia said...

Jessica,
It has been exciting to follow your travels and a little worrisome as well. I applaud your parents for having the strength to allow you to live your dream and want you to know that we are all so very proud of you. Remember to reach out during your dark times and rejoice during on your brightest days.
Be Safe Jess, Godspeed

Patricia W.
Peterborough, Ontario

Anonymous said...

Jess
Where is Sally (by the bay)??
It looks like I will have to try and send you a creative reply if she is having a day off!

Thankyou for the latest
video and photo

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Ros (Sydney)

Anonymous said...

@Jessica fans, check out this photo gallery of Jessica and this link is my fav pic of her. Looks like one of those $1500 Hollywood hairdos that makes her look like a million dollars:

http://www.perthnow.com.au/gallery-e6frg1vc-1225818927366?page=62

Steve from SCalifornia

Vic G said...

I luv the T shirt!! It couldn't find a better person to wear it. Speaking of tough cookies, you must try the new Arnott's original Gingernut biscuit when you get back. They will break any loose teeth and don't even soften after being dunked in a hot cuppa for thirty seconds. A bit like you! I think we could give them to our troops to use as armor protection in their jackets.

Keep on cooking.

Vic G
Diddillibah

Vic said...

I luv the T shirt!! It couldn't find a better person to wear it. Speaking of tough cookies, you must try the new Arnott's original Gingernut biscuit when you get back. They will break any loose teeth and don't even soften after being dunked in a hot cuppa for thirty seconds. A bit like you! I think we could give them to our troops to use as armor protection in their jackets.

Keep on cooking.

Vic G
Diddillibah

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