Thursday, January 28, 2010


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.



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Mike D said...

Hey Jess,

Fantastic news! Your progress is just incredible. And you need a good break in the weather.
Keep having fun!

Be Safe,

Mike D
Landlocked in Philadelphia, Pa, USA

Anonymous said...

Hey capt!

Keep up the great work! See how quick it's going? You'll be pulling into port before ya know it . Love ur posts. Can ya add more pics? That way we can feel almost what it's like to be in the middle of nowhere. Thanks Jesse!!

Susan h ny

Unknown said...

Hi Jessica,

Glad to see your spirits are still up. I love reading about your adventure. May God speed.

Anonymous said...

Jessica, you are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your experiences, and hang in there, you are doing a fabulous job. Portland, OR

Helen said...

Hey Jess

Fantastic progress, East to the next milestone then! I hope the weather is kind to you after that nasty storm but I'm sure you and EPL will be just fine with whatever it does chuck at you!

Go back some cookies and get some rest whilst you track East!

- Helen (UK)

Volly said...


Unknown said...

Yes the East is calling your name! Nice to hear you are homeward bound. Enjoy the warm weather. Don't study too much. duane

The McGraths said...

Hi Jesse,

Nothing wrong with a bit of quiet time is there. Although not to quiet that you end up back in the doldrums, however not sure if that would happen where you are.

If you can, let us know how your foodbags are going. Interested to know if your bored with them yet.

Take care & as usual you are in everyone's thoughts.

The McGraths, Nowra NSW

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse
My Happy Austalia day message somehow got lost in cyberspace..that seems to happen sometimes...soooooooo happy belated Australia day!
Enjoying immensely your blogs! Your writing is just so descriptive and you sure paint a vivid picture for us so far away from you.
WOW you are certainly flying across the God Speed as you sail eastwoods towards the Cape of Good Hope and towards home!
You are a legend!
One of your many Brissie fans!
PS If you have not already viewed it..Dilip has written very kind words on his blog about you dear Jesse!

Richard in Maryland said...

Hi Jesse,
I'm glad your warmer! Keep up the great work!

Richard W

Anonymous said...

Glad you're having some calm after that hectic storm and hope you've managed to sort out any damage.You're a tennager with attitude but such a strong positive attitude - a great role model!!! Thanks for all the details in your blogs.
Marilynne Ashmore

Gaffjaw said...

Jessica, your so right:
"There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats" Kenneth Graham The Wind in the Willows
Continue to enjoy the journey

Unknown said...

hi jessica,
glad you are doing so well after the storm! just love reading your blog! first thing in the morning after reading the international press i check for your news.

keep the spirits up high?

greetings from an ozzi living on the island of poel baltic sea. temp yesterday -20!
take care


Mike said...

Best news I've heard all day. Course it's just 0800 on the East Coast of good old USA - in North Carolina specifically. Super glad things are going sooooo well, Jessica. All the best at Ya! Mike

Terry said...

Great to hear from you again Jess and that all is going well. Yea stay away from those storms , they are not friendly. Hope you feeling all better after battering the other day. Enjoy the calmer seas and take care Jess . Any luck with the fishing? Lots love Terry and Patricia Melb

Unknown said...

Hey Jesse, just pretend you lost the school books over the side during the storm, We won't tell. Hehe.

Stay Safe


Amazedbyou said...

Hiya Jesse,

Says 0 comments, but I know there will be about 50 by the time I post.

Gee it's good to hear from ya. Fancy you not going to school, betcha your laughing your head off, doing the happy dance. Your brother and sisters would be so jealous. Nicky Nicky Nah Nah!! Don't search for school work, it will find you eventually...!!

Go the sunshine !! I hope you took a photo of EPL with washing all over her. I am all for avoiding the nasty stormy 'steel bending' stuff from down south. That’s a good plan.

Since you have been away for a bit, I see all my adopted blog family are writing just for you. Poems, positive affirmations, chapters of your sailing and events, information and education about the finer details of sailing from the old salts, crusty shell sailors or is it turtle backs?. All makes for an interesting read, while you are off working hard to come back home. You even have a letter from Dunny...!!

I am hoping that Dunny is all functional now and parker has his hat on straight, and your flux capacitor is fluxing. Bent targo is going to have to stay that way eh.…anyhow …Have fun Jess, Take care, turn the music up. Thanks for the update. Cheers Paula

Anonymous said...

hi Jesse,

Glad to hear that you have some calmer weather to catch up on all the things that you need to do and to rest up a little after the bad weather that you had to deal with recently.

It's also great for you to have time again to enjoy your journey.
You are making such incredible progress.

Go Jesse !!

Any sign of your dolphin friends ?

Take care.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

God Bless

Armidale NSW

Amazedbyou said...

@PWB, I am thinking that you are talking about “The Shawshank Redemption” biggest quote ever I remember from that is
“get busy living or get busy dying” Andy to Red.

My/our all time favourite movie had…”I’m your huckleberry” as quote.

One address/quote from Movie for Jesse to remember and aim for is.

Just keep sailing, Just keep sailing…..
P Sherman
42 Wallaby Way

@Trudy, thanks heaps you too

@Samurai, read ya and love ya, you have been working lots too, I can tell. Your artwork is excellent !! Very clever !! Lets chat soon in your zen room.

Cheers and Beers Paula

Bruce de Mich said...

Great! Your descriptive comments find me relaxing and taking a pleasant, deep breath as well! Sounds like a great respite from the storms. Good luck with the remaining fix-its and hope the laundry ends up clean and fresh smelling... even if a bit saline!

Bruce de Mich

Liz LaSorsa said...

Hi Jess,

Enjoy the calm, enjoy your school work and enjoy that nice weather. The moon is a beauty tonight aye.

Thanks for being there when I can't sleep in the middle of the night.

Awhitu Girl

Kissyfrott said...

Hello Captain Jesse, you deserve some quiet time after the stormy passage. I am happy to read that you are progressing and enjoying, even the washing tasks!

I am afraid your school work might have been lost in the storm, hasn't it? That would really be bad luck!!!
(I feel Mum Julie's eyes rolling on me and I wish I could hide, but the cabin is so small..).
What are you supposed to study? What's the official program for your class? Cooking, washing and ornithology would be a good choice, but you may have something more... less... whatever!

Have a good sailing and sleep well while you can, as the South African capes are said to host traffic jams that will keep you awake for a few days!

Give us news from your favourite scallywags and receive all our love and some hugs for the skipper!

Organisedvicar said...

You are definitely making great progress and so pleased to hear it is all fair sailing presently. You deserve it after what you've been through!

My nephew commenced high school today in Sydney but for my 17yr old daughter it is Monday to begin Yr 12. She's been hard at the books for the past week catching up on holiday homework so guess its time you did the same! I imagine there would be a fair amount of work for the 'holiday' you are having. But not too many teens will be able to stake the claim you can on your return.

Good luck gorgeous girl and stay happy and safe.

Jo-Anne, Geelong.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess,

We LOVE hearing from you even when you feel like you've got not a lot to report!!!!
Sounds like a nice break for a while, enjoy it!

We love ya!

~Two in TX

Richard Lathrop said...

Half way around the world and you decide to hit the books! Are you a little behind on your home work?

Not to worry. You are writing the book. You are living the book.

Today's assignment: Write an essay about: "WHAT AUSTRALIA MEANS TO ME."

Whoops, the assignment ought to be: "WHAT I MEAN TO AUSTRALIA."
That would be an essay with some teeth in it.

Because you have outdistanced conventional schooling and even conventional wisdom. You have turned convention on its head.

You have not only liberated yourself, but countless others-- around the world-- whose lives are limited by lack of vision.

So hit the books, Jesse, be a good girl. Just don't believe everything you read there.

And when you get home, write your own book. It's guaranteed to be a best-seller and, eventually, a classic.

Fair winds,

Richard Lathrop

Anonymous said...

Hey Jessica, does the warped solar collector still work? Did you get your "wind instruments" working again? We are so proud of you!

Maybe your buddy, the PM of Australia, could arrange for some satellite images of you rounding the horn of Africa.

John, Colorado, USA
Jimmy, Kentucky, USA

Anonymous said...

As usual, it's good to read of your progress Jessica.

I noticed a few days ago via the voyage waypoints you appear to be putting the hammer down and covering a lot more ocean, even with those knockdowns you are flying along

Guess you will be back in school before you know it hehehe. Just as well hey. I think the work you took with you got washed overboard in that storm.

Just some cheek from
Kevmeister / Perth
who was done with school many many years ago -_^

David said...

Hi, Jess, we appreciate your blogs even when you may feel that you haven't written much to us. Your blog is the firs thing I look for in the morning. Glad that you are still having fun.


samurai said...

Hey there Jess, I hope you're well.
Thanks for the update...Aaaahhhh!!!
That's how it made me feel and I'm pretty sure that's exactly how you feel too after what you've just been through. Good for you, you deserve some quality R&R for a while so enjoy the moment. You're doing so very well, it's unbelieveable how far you've come/gone/sailed :-))
Isn't it a strange feeling that you get in the pit of your stomach when you're getting close to the end of something you don't want to end and how time seems to fly by all the more quickly. You're going to be a very busy girl when you get back Jess. To be fore-warned is to be fore-armed. You need to seriously prepare for it or it will drain you out. But time enough to revisit that in the next couple of months, hey? You can still cop a storm anywhere, as you said so stay alert and keep an eye and an ear open while you go about your activities of daily life hahaha :-)) I can't wait to see another "Finally a fish" post from you...Atlantic Salmon, mmmmmm!!! Helllloooo brrreakfast!!!
I hope you manged to keep your school books nice and dry. Oh look, they're all soaking wet, now what's a girl supposed to do???
Hang them out on the lifelines and rigging too...maybe they'll just sorry, Aunty Sam is such a bad influence...:-)) Seriously, you are getting (IMO) the best education in life already. This is what character building is all about. There is rumour in the truth that common-sense without education is far better than education without common-sense. :-))
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this patch of quiet sailing good progress of yours and stay safe. Take good care of yourself and bye for now...Sam XX

Dukehaus said...

Howdy Jesse! So good to see your new video from the 7pm news, and now to read how well things are going out there, well it's just great news! Laundry at sea! Any luck fishing? Also we had been wondering about the schoolwork and how it would seem very mundane, but since it's extremely important you'll get through it with a 'breeze'!
Stay safe,
Love and prayers from
Kim and Bill
Wyoming, USA
p.s. did you ever notice how the "S's" in your signature look like a sail?

Cowboychincs said...

Dear Jessica:

Way to go girl! Happy that you are getting into warmer climate and a little calmer sea... hopefully you will have good winds to keep you and EPL moving along.

Again, check all the little things as you go about your boat from stem to stern... it is always the little things that can cause big failures..

All the best to you,

Grandpa Jerry, South Carolina, USA

Anonymous said...

GO Jesse.
So much has been said by others who are far more eloquent then I, So I will not try to find a better way to Praise you.

I am just a father watching is third 'Daughter' follow her dreams.

It brings tears of joy to my eyes reading not only your BLog but the comments of your truely international followng.

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.

I think it is this Quality in your writing that is responsible for all the self confessed Jessaholics out there in BLOG Land. They (we) have finally found something that can be so easily accepted as an honest to goodness truth.

Apart from your FAMOUS understatements, I feel that everything that you write is just how it is. You have no need for embellishment as your life is so full and rich , just as it is.

GOOD FOR YOU, and may you never change form this point forward in your life. The world needs people such as you, now and in the future.

Enjoy your rest time, re-charge your batterys, and be fit and ready for the next challenge that Mother nature throws at you.

Tom Grayson

Wesley said...

Good to hear the news, keep it up!

I'm not sure how many comments you get from "young" people, but this 17 year old male says good luck to you, and stay safe!

Keith from Melbourne said...

Hi Jesse

Its great to hear things have settled down, fingers crossed weather wise.

I think about what you're doing everyday, along with many others, its just brilliant. And everyday, I wish I was out there too.

Actually, and selfishly, I'll be glad when you're back home so I can stop thinking everyday about being inspired to do it as well.

God speed
Keith D.

Unknown said...

Glad to hear that things are smooth sailing - Hope it lasts for a while. . .

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess

Enjoy the calmer weather, you deserve it after the storms you have been through, i have been keeping an eye on your progress and you look like your flying along,

Keep up the good vibe

Dreamsailor, miami, florida, usa

SaltyDog said...


You’ve really had an exciting and hectic past week. You’ve endured an intense storm, rebuilt the dunny, entertained the Prime Minister and given Richard Branson some sailing tips. You and your fine feathered and fur bearing crew definitely deserve a day for some serious R&R on Ella’s Pink Lady.

Maybe you could start off the day with a little exercise on the jogging track on the Sun Deck. Then a little trap shooting or shuffle board on the Lido Deck or just lay around the pool. Indulge yourself at dinner, but keep an eye on Big Ted if you hit the all-you-can-eat buffet. I know that he’ll stuff himself. Finish off the day by hitting the night club on the Promenade Deck for some dancing. I know that Chick-with-Attitude likes to shake a leg (or should I say shake a drumstick) and she just might want to sing a little karaoke too. And by then you’ll be ready to head back to your luxury suite on the Aloha Deck for a good night’s sleep. Sweet dreams, Jess……

Have fun, stay safe and happy sailing.

From Seattle, WA, USA

Robert Bernecky said...

Hi Jessica,

While browsing the bookstore at the Mystic Seaport I found "Storm Tactics" by Lin and Larry Pardey. I am now reading it, perhaps to allay my anxiety aroused by your account of the storm you suffered. The book makes a good case for heaving-to with a drogue.

Robert Bernecky
Mystic CT USA

Mike_trrac said...

Hi Jess

Just been catching up with all the previous blog comments when up you pop again - what luck!

I'm really glad you have the chance to relax a little and perhaps catch some sun. Schoolwork can wait a day or two I'm sure.

Did you know that on your last two posts alone you had 243 bloggers from 39 other countries than Australia so you are a genuine worldwide inspiration. Perhaps Australian ambassador to the United Nations will be your future mission.

Wishing you blue skies and fair weather.


Mike (Avoca Beach, NSW)

Ina said...

Good news, for sure! Enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

He Jesse, I check in on you every day - you are an inspiration to so may people around the world - your descriptive writing brings tears to my eyes some nights. What very proud parents you must have! Enjoy the warmer weather I'm sure it makes life out on the ocean waves much more pleasant, although nothing seems to phase you! Great that you got the dunny put back together! I often think of you during the day out there in the wild blue yonder - until next time stay safe Judy, Mandurah Western Australia

Clint Jeffrey - VK3CSJ said...

Hi Jess,
I knew if I stayed up any longer I'd see a new blog from glad you've got some calm weather with a bit of Sunshine.

I figured your course was taking you north away from those nasty little storms...a good move, but as you say a low pressure system could still manifest itself!

So we now see you are on Facebook and Twitter and what's that other one...oh yes "Flickr" are really popping up everywhere my dear...becoming very popular me thinks...

School work!...good grief, its funny someone said do you do your school work with "School of the Air" over the shortwave...made me chuckle, I don't think they even have that service running anymore.

Good to see all those ropes around the place being put to good use too...

Anyway Jess Star...enjoy the calm conditions while it lasts get plenty of you still feel like a Marshmallow? sure don't look like one!

Is that other Solar Panel okay???


Clint "Eastward" - Melbourne Town
sorry couldn't help've made my day!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess
Life is to short to rush, drop the sails, and drop a line, see what fish are around. It may feel like a long time out to sea, but once your home it will feel as so you were not gone for long at all. Have a day off, you have earned it.

Good luck, Peter Goulburn NSW

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,
I have been following your trip with great interest for the last two months. This is the first time I have chimed in, although I read every day and keep you in my prayers. I am so glad that you have managed all the adversities with such good spirit. Best of luck to you on the rest of your voyage.
Sail on girl!

Anonymous said...

Thankful to technology that you can send updates from the middle of the ocean! So glad you're safe and enjoying your voyage. Time should just speed on by and soon you'll be preparing to pull into port at the end of your adventure.

we are watching you from work in Ohio...have turned my officemates onto your well as Dilip's and Abby's, and we are all fans of yours now. Keep up the good work!!

cl in Ohio, USA

Rick said...

Hey Jessica! I have a BRAINTEASER for you, and have been waiting for you to reach mid Atlantic to send it. So, its known that the big hurricanes of the Atlantic start as tropical depressions off the coast of southern Africa. Low pressures in the southern hemisphere turn clockwise, and in northern hem counter clockwise. So... what happens to those storm systems as they cross the equator in the Atlantic?! No fair getting help from your weather helper in Australia! :-) Ive been following your trip from the start and sharing your site with friends and family...You are really an inspiration. GOOD LUCK!

Molly said...

Ah,warmer and calmer.
How lovely.
Your progress thus far is just amazing.
Probably not your taste in music, but I'm hearing Simon and Garfunkel singing "Homeward Bound" now that you are more than half-way there.
God Bless Our Jess,
Maryland USA

Anonymous said...


Rob said...

So pleased you are making such great progress. Also very happy the Atlantic is treating you well. I can't believe you have made it so far in what seems to me such a short period of time. Just judging by the tracker on the site you look almost halfway around the world! Enjoy the sunshine and warmer weather for those of us stuck in winter far north of you. Be well!
Columbia, Missouri, USA

Judy said...

Smooth sailing sounds like great news for you Jessica. You need some relaxing in the sunshine. Seems like there is always laundry even out in the middle of the Atlantic. Have a wonderful day in the sun.

DeanfromAustralia said...

The other day I dragged out the audio book I owned of Kay Cottee's solo voyage and I've been listening to it again. I'm at the part where she is where you are now.

Give the ocean your all, Jessica.

Rick.Bonin said...

I am following your adventure every day from the safety of my office in St. Louis MO, USA. My teenage sons think you rock, and I have to agree. I can't help worrying about you though, so I will take this opportunity to wish you godspeed.

Vipaj Vichit-Vadakan said...

I'm 51 years older than you and am in awe of your sailing skills, poise, courage, and determination.
Vipaj from Thailand

Anonymous said...

Jessica best wishes for smoothe sailing for awhile your book on this voyage will be a great read. Cheers!

The Weekend Chef said...

Well done young lady. You are making mankind proud.

I look for your posts everyday. Please keep up the great work.

hp said...

Bonjour Jessica,

Sure hope that EPL doesn't mind being dressed up as a washing line! :-)

Aren't you a daredevil looking for schoolwork! Now that is scary! :-)

Enjoy, Take care, be safe

Anonymous said...

I have just recently started reading your blog but I am already hooked. I have read every single post since you started your amazing journey! I love your sense of humor and your writing. I feel like I'm right there with you. You are such an ispirational person. Keep up the good work, enjoy every moment of your adventure and have fun living your dream!! Oh and keep the photos coming!! Love them.

Carrie (from snowy UT)

Kestrel said...

yeah for small chores... have fun on the good days.... travel safe.

Gillian@Fontainebleau said...

Hi Jesse

Wow, you are really flying along.

So glad you are enjoying some warmer and calmer weather. Can just picture EPL with all your washing strewn up. I imagine it doesn't take too long to dry out there!

My girls are into their second trimester at school here in Fontainebleau. Each day we get a little bit more day light and now when they walk home at 5pm it is no longer dark. Can't imagine what school work you need to do out there, certainly not the writing part as you are doing brilliantly with your blog. Surely your daily calculations with distance and positioning of EPL takes care of the maths. As for geography, well ...

Hope the next 2300nm pass swiftly and safely.

Gillian, France

riveter said...

While your doing your school work in the middle of the Alantic...your are making new history lessons for kids of the future. "SOLO NON STOP CIRCUMNAVIGATION". the FIRST 16 tear old female, was Jessica Watson of Australia. You will be the first! And an inspiration to the many teens who will follow you
Sidney Canada

Phil in Idaho said...

Enjoy the peace and quite you have really earned it!! Hope all the repiars went well and I pray no more will be needed. I can't imagine being alone and going through not 1 but 4 knockdowns.

You are an example of toughness and courage.

Anonymous said...

Our family is watching your progress and find it so inspiring! Can you throw in more pics and news about the creatures in the sea that you see? How much time do you spend above board compared to below during the day? Well, and night? Have you gotten scared yet?

I'm sure you get too many questions to really answer them all, but we love to check in on your trip and wish you the best!!!

captnmarvel and pi_baby said...

Hi Jessica,

I thought I'd drop you a line and try to express how much joy I get from reading your blog. I have been reading it since you started and I am a real fan. I live here in So. California and went down to watch Abby start on her voyage, how exciting. Now I can keeo up with both of you, Your way with words and style of writing make your blog so much fun to read. Just want you to know how much you mean to so many people traveling along with you.

Keep the shinny side up.


Anonymous said...

So glad you are in calmer waters now...enjoy and stay safe xxx

Anonymous said...

Hey Jesse, we're glad to hear you have some smooth sailing. You are relentlessly encouraging. Thank you, blessings to you, and fair winds and following seas.

Anonymous said...

Great news...have been following your trip with awe. Good speed ahead.


Anonymous said...

Hi Jess, over the times I've spent in marinas I have come accross dozens and dozens of peole that are sailing around the world, although none of them have ever mentioned the words solo or non stop! Many of these sailors would have been sitting at the marina bar when you sailed out of Sydney coming up with the most outlandish reasons why you won't finish your journey. These same people were sitting at the same bar when Jesse Martin went on his little adventure and I know a couple that were there when Kaye Cottee went around!

I guess I'm taking the long way around of saying if you hadn't been knocked down or gone turtle in the bad weather then you would have been critisised by all those "Marina itis" people. I could just hear the comments now as you sail back into Sydney. "She had it easy, didn't even see a storm"!

The knock downs have made you a stronger person, you now know when the next storm approaches you can handle it (although I hope a another one doesn't find you)!

To all those "Marina itis" people out there that for some reason or another can't leave port and the reasons would be far and varied and most likely even ludicrous, I hope you can take a little of Jesse's courage and effort to put wind in your sails.

Keep up the good work girl,
Jodie, Gladstone, Qld

PS thank you to my dear friend Sea Cow for giving it a go a few years back. No "Marina itis" on your little 24ft hood!

hezakiah299 said...

01-28-10 @ 11:00
Hi Jessica,
Glad to see that you are sailing in better weather. It must be pretty nice if you're getting your laundry done. I hope the cabin is drying out as well. You are really doing a fantastic job and them pink flags show it. Keep up the good work and like you said “time flies when you’re having fun” and I’m glad you’re having fun. You deserve it after that episode a few days ago. Abby’s coming down along the West Coast of Mexico, and sounds very happy to be out on the open seas. She’s had a few problems with her gauges but nothing serious. Team Abby is working on some electrical problem.

You sound pretty chipper, glad to see that, keep that smile on your face and that chin up. You’ll do fine Jessica, and it looks like Ella’s holding up real well, great boat. Did you let them scallywags go out in the sun for awhile?
I’m real proud of you Jessica, you’re doing a great job out there.
Just be safe and try to get some sleep in this good weather that you’re in.

Eat well, and drink, drink, drink.
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

Georgia Guy said...

Hi Jessica,

Again, so good to hear from you and glad life is settling down to safe and steady sailing eastward.

I pulled up your track (pink flags) on Google Earth and did some measuring of your daily progress and you seem to be zipping right along.

Hope the progress stays steady for you and wish you nothing but fair winds going forward.


Safe sailing and Godspeed

Georgia Guy

KB said...

Hi Jess
Crank up some music and get some rest
Is everything working after the storm esp all the insruments?
Just had a look at your facebook, what a beautiful ile you have, will join when I have more time

Sail on girl, your in the history books now forever
Please stay clipped on and enjoy you dream

See ya mate

Ted said...

Hey Jess,

You're really making progress quick. Glad you have some weather to enjoy out there. Take care and my thoughts go out to you.

From Wisconsin,

Lori said...

Hello Jesse, that is indeed good news that you are in calmer waters, sighs of relief can be heard from around the world....:)

Keep enjoying yourself and stay safe, you are doing exceptionally well, well done, so very proud of you.

Hello to all fellow bloggers as well......x

-Lori, Brisbane

Lisa in MN said...

Hi Jessica -

Good to hear you are sailing along smoothly! Enjoy a little bit of "down" time while you can. Stay safe and keep having fun! Godspeed -

Lisa in MN

Anonymous said...

Hello Jess,
You are one gutsy gal. I am proud of you for keeping your wits about you when tossing about during the storm. You have wisdom way beyond your years. Enjoy the smooth sailing for a while. We will be with you all the way to Sydney.
For you and your landbound crew..keep up the good work and thanks for the updates.
Linda, Tyler and Miranda
Missouri, USA

sponge21 said...

Hi jess

You are becomming an addiction,before i do anything on my pc at home or at work i have to see if you are ok!The quicker you get back home the better!LOL
I have a 17 year old daughter that i worry about but you take the cake!
I have been in perth for 20 years and still not became a true ozzy,you make me sooo proud to even be here and witness all your support from your(our) country.
Cant wait till i become a true Australian like you and with it have the support and well being of my land behind me.
Well done Jesse and well done all her other followers from around our globe!
Mark Perth WA

Mr. Canadian said...


Hi Jesse
I am so glad to hear you are getting a brake in the weather. That big old sun can do wonders for the spirit.
On with your adventure.♥♥♥


Mark Catalina 27 said...

Sounds like you're having a great ride today Jess as we prepare for snow in North Carolina. Your comment about rigging and lifelines doubeling as great cloths lines made me smile. Many days on my C27 I've looked like a sailing laundro mat! Keep on Keepin on Captain Jess!

Anonymous said...

Excellent news Jessica, enjoy the weather, and hope you catch some fish :)

Cazz, Syd

Anonymous said...

Now that you are over half way through the challenge, have you given any thought to your next adventure? Almost anything mundane would be a real let-down, so I suspect you will have another major goal in mind. Certainly, you will be up to anything you could possibly conceive of doing! You have the real benefit of accomplishment at a young age, and I guess this will be only the first in a series of exciting and thrilling achievements.
God-speed & fair winds, Larry

Anonymous said...

You go jessica!!! We are all so proud of you and are rooting you on. You are truly an amazing human being!!!!!!!

moodusaustin said...

Jessica always expect the unexpected at sea as you already know. Leave nothing controlable to chance. When it is calm and smooth sailing is the time to prepare for more challenging moments. My rule has always been while at sea, avoid going any where near the rail after dark unless necessary check on something which could interfere with trim or progress. Austin.

PWB said...


Hi Jessica,

Good to hear that you are getting some smooth sailing.

I hope your school books did not get wet and soggy,.... it would be a real shame .....if you could not study. I mean if they got lost .... or thrown overboard, ..... sorry I mean slipped overboard.

Keep on keeping on.

Love from the Bush
Peter and Mary Bush


Kerri said...

Yo ho ho a sailors life for me.......... so glad you are enjoying warmer weather and able to dry out. Nothing like clean laundry and sunshine to restore the mood.
Now this school thing, I would hope that your journey would give you plenty of credits. Let's see. Blogging almost everyday -more writing than most do, so the writing component is taken care. I would say sailing around the world covers geography. History ---your making it! Math and science, well anything to do with sailing the yacht, repairing, charting, navigating, weather, etc. should cover that. Computers---obvious you've got that down with all your forms of communication and instrumentation. And home ec if they still do that, you are doing it all, how many kids repair their own dunny! And that little thing called philosophy, well the journey and especially those 8 hours with knockdowns I am sure have allowed you to gain far more understanding that a text and discussion. My gosh the list isn't even finished and I say you are good to go.

Have fun, blowing steady westerlies at you.

Happy sailing from California,


Unknown said...

Let's see ... you just rounded Cape Horn in winds gusting to 70 knots, and now you're looking for your homework. I think you've got a pretty good excuse if you don't get it done on time.


Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

I just admire you currage to sail around the wolrd! It's amazing! Bet you have the time of your life :)

Keep up the good work!
/Ida, Norway

chris said...

Hey there,
Sounds like you are on vacation now! lol Just kidding as it is never really a down time when you solo.
Nice that you are enjoying each moment... make them last as long as you can!
Keep it up, you are amazing!
chris in calif

Unknown said...

Way to go Jessica,

As I was reading your blog I wondered how many other people are like me and just read your blog and pray that you will be OK and not say a thing. But with all the comments you get, you don't need another.
Maybe your books got swept overboard.
Enjoy the decent weather and good sailing. Texas is with you.


Mike D said...

Hey Jess,

I just got my twitter on!
Now I get updates to my cell phone!
No more running to the computer to see if a new blog is up yet. Yahooooo!

Hi, I'm Mike D and I'm a Jessaholic.

Ahhh modernity...

Mike D
Landlocked in Philadelphia, Pa, USA

P.S. To my wife- Yeah, I know... I’m pathetic :-\
Love U! ☺

P.P.S. My word verification word is "RELIC". Not any more!!!

Bob from Seattle said...

Hi Jesse,....I'd say after the excitement of the 65 knot storm, you're due some warmth, sunshine, and calm seas. Stretch that body out on the deck, feel the breeze in your hair and say: "Not bad Jessica, not bad at all....." Give yourself a good smile. Of course you still have a long ways to go and it was either Jesse Martin or Zac Sunderland who said luck is always a factor in any circumnavigational attempt. I'd say luck has been with you, not to detract from your proven abilities which are substantial. But luck needs to continue to partner with you. Stay focused and as Abby's Dad admonished her as she stepped on Wild Eyes with "Don't grow complacent!".....I bet he meant it for you too.

trentgs said...

I am so glad to read of your calmer waters as well as calming in spirit. The tone of your message is restful just reading it. Glad to read the positive vibes!! More later.. I'm at work and its lunch but I just had to check and see if you had posted anything!!
Blessings and prayers...

Gary & Jan

Mike said...

Hello Jessica! I am pleased to hear that you are having fair weather. Great progress getting across the Atlantic. It has been a Joy reading how your country is supporting you! Stay healthy, stay alert!
Continuing to lift you and your family up in prayer.
Grace Fellowship Church.
North Stonington, CT. USA

The Author said...

I told my neighbor about you and he wants me to relay this message to you: "Marry me." (He's never been on a boat before, so...!) What are you going to do when you graduate from high school? Bless you! Warm and straight winds to you!
-Decatur, Alabama

Unknown said...

Glad to hear your enjoying good weather and still having fun. I read some of Abby's blogs (your still my favorite) said she had squid come on board. They make good bail for fishing. Wondering if your still trying that. A fresh fish sounds good to me. They are hard to catch here in the desert. Maybe with the good weather you can get ahead in your school work, just a thought. Now that was a typical grandfather remark. Good sailing and keep having a good time. Grandpa Bob in Tucson

jan said...

hi jesse,love reading your blog, keep flying along, you are a star.cheers from canterbury nz,

Old Iron said...

Thanks for the update Jesse.

All the Best!!

Anonymous said...


great to hear that the weather is fair. great time to catch up on those projects that need doing. we assume that you have patched the tears in the main. I always thought that Monday was washday. I suppose the wind dictates washday aboard EPL. Don't want the wash ripped to shreds while hanging on the line.

You make it sound like 2500 NM are just around the corner. Keep up the good work and enjoy your respite from the heavy weather.


Bo said...

Hi Jessica!
Good to hear that you have good weather now and that you have done some washing. I don't think you have told anything about how much fresh water you have brought. Guess you need that for drinking and not for washing?
Here in south of Sweden we had a real blizzard yesterday with lots of traffic problems. We have a very cold winter compared to normal in northern Europe.
Good luck in your progress on the ocean.
Bo, South Sweden

Unknown said...

I appreciate the update! We here at True Men Ministries are following you and look forward to the updates each morning.

Like others, we really love the pictures - especially sunrises and sunsets!

Fair winds and God's grace be with you!


Anonymous said...

Skip'Ohoy.Captain Jessica.Thanks G-d you are in varmer weather and calmer sea and steady going east thats all I want to know,say hello to the Albatrosses.Bay the way,at Boston Harbord Hotell they had Australia Day.Nice to know for next year.G-d speed fair winds.G'day from:Herman.Hampstead.NH.USA.

Anonymous said...

Wish you the best luck!
Nice to read your blog every day.

Rolf, in Sweden

Scott said...

I had forgotten that you've got schoolwork on top of everything else. How's that been going? If it's stowed away, I assume you've been focused on all that trivial stuff like dealing with the Southern Ocean and staying afloat in the storm. ;)

Scott, Denver, Colorado, USA

Steve in San Diego said...

Fantastic, catch a few rays and mend yourself and your vessel. Man did S&S go up in my estimation, and they are already high. Be safe and fair winds and following seas.

Steve Gamlin said...

Congratulations on your journey, and for capturing the hopes and dreams of so many people who 'wish they could do (insert dream here)'.
May you be delivered safely to your finish line, with a lifetime of memories to treasure.
God speed!

RICHARD said...

Sounds like things are beginning to shape up around ELP. Enjoy the good weather. Perhaps you could post a video showing your repairs and overall condition.

We hope you are not going to sail too close to Africa.

Your progress is really remarkable. It's crazy to watch the markers move everyday. We are all with you Jess. Keep up the good work. You will be home before you know it.


See Ya Sailor!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

It sounds like you're really enjoying some fair weather sailing at the moment and hopefully conditions will stay this way for the remainder of your voyage!

Your progress so far has been quite outstanding and I'm guessing that your ETA Sydney will now be April rather than May as originally forecast. This could be a good thing as it will allow you to avoid some of the stronger cold fronts which start to hit the waters south of Australia from about mid May onwards....

Trust you are enjoying good health with your somewhat restricted diet and all is well with EPL! Would also love to see another photo or two!

Thinking of you and stay safe.

Kindest Regards, Martin, Canning Vale, West Aust

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

I'm pleased to hear that the weather has been kind to you for a while now, and that the temp. is better. I really admire you, that you keep the spirit high and really like what you are up to, to 100%.
Enjoy the Atlantic when it shows its best side.
Sail on with a smile and safe sailing.

Ingrid, Tyreso, Sweden

Rob Hardie said...

Hi Jesse,

Great news you are having some good weather. Warmer temperatures would also make it all the more pleasant.

The old school work is never far away. lol.. I am sure you will catch up on all that over the next couple of months. If be it!!!!!

Just keep enjoying the journey and living the experiences. I dare say you will not be passing that way again in the near future.

Stay safe and always thinking of you.

Ingleburn, NSW

Anonymous said...

Greetings from Seattle! I have been monitoring your adventure, almost every day of it, from the start. You are incredible. My smile gets bigger the further east you get. Thank you for managing to share your experiences, as you endure it. Rock on!


Anonymous said...

The closest I've ever come to sailing is taking the 30 minute ferry ride from Seattle to Bainbridge Island. I check your progress daily, what an adventure!

Thanks for mentioning Abby in your post. I'd not hear about her.

Seattle's having the warmest January on record ! [fun fact]

You GO Jessie!
Charlotte in Seattle

bernie777 said...

Jessica u never cease to amaze me you just came through a life threatening storm and you make it sound like a stroll around the park a Sunday school picnic perhaps...yes sir ee no time to dwell on the past lets push on...keep the heat up and give those school books the old heave ho...there will be plenty of time for school when you get back home,,,lol Bernie 777

Anonymous said...

Great going Jess...mate I wouldn't be looking too hard for the school books, besides they're probably soggy now after your dunking...just continue to enjoy your magical ride..


Bebie - Caloundra said...

Barry Clements, thank you for the Utube addresses on rogue waves. I was mesmerised and it showed me what Jesse might have encountered. Made me all the more thankful I'm a landlubber. (not too much adventure in these old bones I'm afraid).

Jesse, So glad to be hearing another descriptive blog from you. After reading about rogue waves my imagination went into overdrive.

It's good to hear things are warmer, a bit more calm, and that you're again tackling everyday chores (you'll take a pic of your washing 'on the line', won't you?). Guess you can't escape schoolwork either.

God speed, and take care little sweetheart.

Kath, Qld said...

Hi Jess,
It must be so exciting for you to be on the 'road' home.
LOLOL that you've 'stashed' your school books somewhere, if it was one of my kids out there the school books would have gone for a 'swim' ages ago :).
Stay safe X.

Anonymous said...

What you are doing is really impressive. I just read a story in our newspaper and started reading your blog immediatelly.

Be safe ...

Josh -- Germany

budzoe said...

Hi, Jesse,

This is all such a great adventure for us non-sailors! Now watching Abby’s journey, too- another brave girl to “worry” about. The Cape storm was such a nail-biter! I hope Abby and "Wild Eyes" is as capable as you and EPL have proven to be. But I’m sure there are still tough challenges for you before it’s over. What a happy day when you sail safely into Sidney. Thanks to Roger & Julie for the wisdom and courage to let you take this trip.
Budzoe – San Antonio, Texas

mike said...

Oh no Jesse

You may have trouble finding that school-work bag. It was the only bag that got washed off the deck during that fierce storm! Whatya gonna do now????

Mike (Canberra)

Vegasclimber said...

I haven't posted in a while, mostly due to the deluge of so many wonderful supporters, I couldn't think of anything original to say!

We're very proud of you Jess! Seeing the report on the storm was a shock, so glad that you and EPL came thru it relatively well. I was really worried for the next few days that some problems may have made themselves known after it calmed down, so I am glad to hear you're on top of it all and doing well.

Great to hear that you're over halfway and heading home, it seems that the time is flying by! And I see on your video that you got a call from Richard Branson, that must have been an honor for you!

I'm sure that the last thing you want to do is get into the schoolwork, but you haven't mentioned it in some time so I'm sure it's due to be done.

I can hear the excuse now 'Oh, I WAS going to do sums, but there was this major gale I was in, hard to read when the boat's getting knocked over...." ;)

I think most teachers would give you a pass for being a little behind! lol

At any rate, be well, and fair winds. I hope the good weather continues for a while, you and EPL deserve a bit of a break!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,

i finally understood who you resemble to me. It is russian kid actor Natalia Guseva who was a star in mega popular sci-fi movie here.. compare ))

Caves Beach Andrew said...

Hey Jesse,

Back again from the NSW Amateur Golf Championships - didn't play great so I'm back a day early!

Have just read your blogs from the past couple of days - sounds like you are back into your normal routine again.

Good to hear that you are making good progress across the Atlantic - the quicker across that stretch of water, the better I would have thought.

Hope you enjoyed your burgers and fries and you must be happy that you can once again sit on your throne! LOL

Keep up the good progress and I'm still thinking of you and keeping the members at my golf club updated on your progress.

Take care gorgeous girl!

Caves Beach, Newcastle

Great Lakes Guy said...


About the schoolwork:

If you can't find where you stowed it during the storm, I am pretty sure I saw it topside sliding across the solar panels during knockdown #3.

I'm not a 100% sure on this, but if your teacher asks for it, it will sound much better than "My dog ate it"

All the best to ya!

Great Lakes Guy - Michigan - USA

Ernest From NH (USA) said...

Hi Captain Jesse, So good to hear
that the weather is allowing you to rest up, catch up, and maybe
relax a tiny bit. Ahaaaa! Warmer
weather sounds delightful compared
to what you encountered in and around the Horn. Take advantage of
those Westerlies and enjoy! Be Safe!Stay Happy! Remain Focused! Turn up The Tunes! Godspeed!

Jim from Perth WA said...

Hi jessica.

great to hear you have some good sailing conditions, you seem to be making fantastic progress, it's east my girl if you average say 100mn a day another 23m days till you pass under the Cape of Good Hope, being out in the middle of the Atlantic doesn't exonerate from school work, dam!

Enjoyed the latest channel 10 interview just posted and thanks Andrew for posting all those social networking sites of Jessica, once again you have received praise from Dilip and the team on Abby's site have posted a thank-you note to you.

Sail on Sailor woman.

Western Australia

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,

Hey, your buddy Dilip Donde made the nicest comment about you in his post yesterday (27 Jan). It brought smiles to my heart. If you haven't seen it, do brighten you day with it.

You go girl. I love following your voyage, thank you for sharing the journey. Have fun and stay safe.

Kathy Bend OR USA

lswinter said...

Hi Jesse,

We're just stopping by to give you a bit of encouragement. It's great you're able to catch up on some of the mundane parts of life, like washing your clothes and attacking some of your studies. (By the way, what is your grade level at 16?) Be sure to build up your English skills in preparation for the book you'll be writing on returning home to Sidney. I for one will buy one of the first copies off the press!

Still here and praying for you,
Leon & Sally
Our site
Waxhaw, NC, USA

Sally said...

Morning Jess

What great progress you have made!

Yes please - avoid those nasty weather conditions towards the south. We do not want to go through that again! Although I have no doubt that you and Ella's Pink Lady are totally capable of handling it, it's just that I am not!!!

Onwards to the next milestones The Cape of Good Hope and Africa. You are taking us all to the most incredible places Jesse.

Good to see that you could take some time out to get the domestic chores done and even consider some homework.

Yes it's back to school for all the students and also for the dancing schools. I start teaching dancing next week. Time flies!

We had a big storm here last night in Sydney, there was a fabulous lightening show, lots of thunder and some much needed rain. The garden smells beautiful and fresh today after a soaking last night. I love storms although I am not sure that I would enjoy them so much if I was sailing out in the ocean.

Glad it's Friday Jesse!

Hope you have a lovely day and as always stay safe!

"Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes" ~Henry David Thoreau

"May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through"
~Irish Blessing

Sally In Sydney

AMZ said...

Hi Jesse,

good to hear you are doing well.. it is nice to know i don't have to worry about you getting smashed by a storm for a while!!
Are you seriously going to do homework while you are out there??! Your parents trained you well young lady!!!I hope my daughter is as diligent as you someday!
Happy sailing!
hugsz xo

maxine maroochydore said...

Good to hear from you Jesse, I am happy that you are in calmer waters now and can have a bit of rest and catch up. I am trying to imagine your washing hanging out on those lifelines, what a sight EPL all decked out in washing. I would have thought school would have been the last thing on your mind, what you have learnt out there is far more what anyone would experience in their whole life, you do us proud, and oh yes you are amazing. God speed Jess Maxine and Colin Maroochydore

Song Riter said...

Captain Jessie:

Glad to hear you got a little down time after all the excitement of the Cape crossing and the storms and knockdowns. You earned it! Good luck with studying! I couldn't do it. I would always find something else to distract me even though I have two advanced degrees. Your positive attitude is infectious as always. Enjoying the little things. I like that. Can't wait till you cross the other Cape, won't that be exciting! Safe sailing matey.

John in Ashland

Trudy said...

Hello Jessica,
so good to hear from you, I am always delighted to find a post from you!

Only 2300 km :-) to Cape of Good Hope and you are progressing nicely.

Today, when I looked at the map, I could see pink boats on the left from where you are coming and on the right from where you left!!!!!
Hooray, you are closing the gap....FAST!

Keep on sailing on, happy, well and save,

Trudy, Austria/Australia

Jony the Pony said...

Hi Jess,
keep up them dodgers,
Jony the Pony

Katlin said...

You inspire us ALL! Stay warm and dry and good luck catching some fish! Katlin in Vancouver, WA

Anonymous said...

G'day Jesse.....

So _excellent_ that all has become relatively 'peaceful' again for your Quest.

The absence of the 'other stuff' allows a greater focus on your 'presence of self'..... the Perfect Speed of "Being There", as Chiang Seagull promoted .......
Gee, Jesse..Your school stuff is almost irrelevant in the light of your 'progression' into the Awareness that you've so enviably attained. I hope you're making copious notes in your 'source book' for your _First Book_.... :))) . _Far_ more significant than 'school stuff', though this might be a useful reflective diversion !

To more serious matters :))) .... Hey, it's about time you pulled in another fish, eh !! Hehheh.

.. Oh... and so relieved that you've 'weathered the storms'.....

.... best wishes...

... Ooc.

Anonymous said...

This might be a good time to start writing the book that is inevitable. A suggested title?
Considering that's the one word that comes up most in your fan's and follower's comments I don't think it would be an overstatement.
I'm sure you would even get an A+ in your English Lit as a bonus.
Think about it. Especially since you might be in for a comparatively boring sail going forward.
Arnie in Canada

Carol Florida U.S.A. said...

Hi, Jesse!

Twitter, Facebook YouTube and Flickr!!!! WOW, now we're going to have a lot more to check and comment on!!!

I'll feel awful if I miss out on any of your social media networking, but will try to keep up with them!!!

Will probably (but I'm not sure) primarily keep up with your blog here, if you're keeping it up and running.

I'm sure that spreading it over the other four sites will alleviate some of the crush of comments that have caused this one to crash a couple of times!!

So glad that you are now having some time to rest, relax, and regroup, before heading back south again.

I'm sure we'll see of picture of your laundry (hopefully not your unmentionables) hanging on the rigging of Ella in one of Samurai's creations!!
She's really able to capture the complete picture in each of them!!

Bye for now, Godspeed, Jesse, and remember, always, that we are all pulling for you and praying for you, and sending our love. Please stay safe, stay clipped on, and don't let the calmer seas and breezes make you any less alert to, or prepared for, the unexpected!!

XXX's and OOO's

Carol Florida U.S.A.

Peter and Sally on the Gold Coast said...

Hey Jess

Is it amazing what a little bit of temperature change can do to the spirits.

For your info the Gold Coast has had its first real storms of the summer this week

Your progress has been amazing, still tracking you on Google earth. Keep on Keeping On young lady

God Speed
Peter and Sally

Anonymous said...

Hiya Jess, bit of good old domesticity to keep you grounded LOL

Glad to hear you are having a bit of smooth sailing now, thanks for keeping us posted

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

Write a few poems or short storys about your feelings or the things you see all around.
I'm still very curious about the way you catch fish. Tell us in your blog please.
Many greetings from the Netherlands, Ton Zuidema.

Carol Florida U.S.A. said...


Just a thought, maybe you won't want to stow your homework too well next time you put it away!!!

Instead of the excuse "my dog ate my homework" . . . you could blame it on the wind, water, and the "bouncy" waves!!!

Too late now, to blame it on the last storm that turned you upside down and had everything all over the cabin!

You can tell I'm from the older generation, because, I just realized that, most likely, your homework is on one of those 4 computers you have, and not able to get "blown away" or ruined by being waterlogged.

Bye again, Still so very proud of you!!!!!

Carol Florida U.S.A.

Alessandro Machi said...

As my track coach used to say a long long time ago when we were exhausted running around the track but still had a ways to go, "you only have 2 more laps after the next one.

But since you are not flailing away the way I recall we used when wishing we were done already, just be careful you don't sail right on by Australia and onto your second lap.

Berlin Red said...

Hey Jess,

When did Ella Pink Lady turn into a plane,because you are positively flying girl. It seems like only yesterday you were rounding Cape Horn and getting knocked down in storms. It will be over all to quickly enjoy every second thank you for being the perfect roll model to our young.

Stay Safe

Berlin Red

Andrew said...

Great news Jess. Soooo happy you have a break in the weather an are speeding home to us.
Stay safe and double check everything, forget the school work for now.


Newhaven College Schoolgirls said...

Hey Jess!

Your doing so incridabally well! Half way across, thats pretty amazing, surely you'll be back home before June?!

We are back at school today!!

Have fun and safe sailing!


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

ozbeachman said...

Go East young Lady and fair winds!! watch out for Gough Island and Tristan da cunha. You are well on the way to being across the South Atlantic now. The prevailing winds are very much in your favor (we hope)!! and there should be a much better weather outlook from now on. . Long days before the wind sailing with making the most of the following trade winds and the African drift. This was used ofcourse so much to great effect by the sailors years make their fast passages. On their way to the Far East and its tea and spices. You should now be looking forward to passing under another big land mark The cape of good hope. Nice to know that the weather is warmer for you and those cold days hopefully are behind you. Ice cold fingers and glowing cheeks are not the best for sure and some sun on your face makes things feel so much better. Its a good time to make some muffins and feed yourself with some of those goodies you have saved for later. Sleep well and now you have tidied up the cabin and made Mum happy,and everything works as it should (hopefully the dunny too!!! after its re arrangement in the storm) you will have time to relax a bit (if thats a possible thing to do when you sail alone). Take care and a safe and speedy voyage home home...ozbeachman

Anonymous said...

Hi there Jess!

Thankyou Jess for being so generous and sharing your adventure with the world!
I have been avidly following each day since you set sail, soooo it is high time I said AHOY!

I am in awe of your ability to have such an indomitible will ....with a lighthearted touch! A REAL ACCOMLISHMENT!...AND to live in the moment!

Just thought I'd share with you, that Jesse Martin's LIONHEART sits snug in the marina here in Sandringham Australia.
Each time I walk past her to our boat ,I sense the adventures and challenges they faced together are still there forever with the boat. I am thrilled to imagine you and Ella Pink Lady ....OUT THERE!! gathering yours!!

Our boat is FORZA2...meaning strength and power or just simply GO!! Italian.

,,,,,so FORZA!!!! to you Jess!!

Stay in the moment( which you seem to have the knack of doing!) AND safe!

Anne Mckinnon. Forza2,Sandringham Australia.

Unknown said...

So good to hear conditions are much calmer. I love your blogs - they will make a great book when you get home!!!
Godspeed on the homeward stretch.
Cooroy, Queensland

Mal Johnston said...

Hi Jess

Great news! Enjoy the good sailing.



Anonymous said...

HI jesse,
Glad the weather has settled down and things are nearly back to normal.
You are really making great progress.
I thought you School work would of been damaged or washed overboard in the storm. ha ha.
Keep up the good work

Sarannah said...

Thanks for sharing what your world is like with us landlubbers. You continue to astound us with your adventures and your positive attitude. I look forward to your book when you return. Surely you're going to write a book about your adventures aren't you?

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

Yep the school year is about to start again for this year including uni studies as well.

Glad you’re having some better weather conditions at present so you can repair any damage areas from your recent stormy experience.

Have a Nice Day! & keep safe,
Pete (Canberra)

John F said...

Hi Jessica,

Great to hear that you have moved into a warmer and more weather friendly area.

Regarding your school work..wouldn't it be a shame if you found that it got wet during the storm!

Enjoy the calmer waters.


John F
Brisbane, AUS.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,

Always good to hear from you.

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing."

You're a legend

Brian Riley said...

Hi! Jessica,

What an inspiring post to hear you are taking a well earned rest after the storms of recent days.
EPL appears from your maintenance sheet to be in good repair, and enjoying this type of sailing.
Abby is having trouble with wind instruments not working, and very little wind,so her progress is slowed down at present, her shore team are trying to rectify the instrument problem.
Do you REALLY BELIEVE you could put your head around school work while enjoying the wide open spaces and nature, (I think not).
A bit over 2 weeks to the southern most tip of Africa, enjoy.
Safe Passage,Will talk later.
Hervey Bay. QLD

Flash said...

Hi Jessica!

Isn't it hard to study your school tasks while you're deprivated from to little sleep? If you can really concentrate yourself and focus on the stuff under this special conditions you must be a very leveled human being with totally self-control. Good on you!

It's always and again exciting to imagine you and EPL in the middle of nowhere, doing all the daily routine and some dull stuff like "dishwashing" and this!

It's a miracle that you're not facing any mental crisis because of all the lack of other people, of solid ground, of walking, of good fresh food.

You're simply a toughie, that's it. Keep it up - surf the miles away with your pink vessel.

Impressed as always,

Stefan (Germany)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,
Good to hear you have everything shipshape once more. While things are quiet, it would be a good time to fish, maybe a nice Atlantic Salmon!
I have been reading Abby's blog now as well. She also had squid jump onboard, some suggested cooking them!
You sound a bit reluctant getting those school books out, don't blame you, that would be the last thing on my mind as well...oops shouldn't say that should I, sorry.
Always enjoy hearing how you are faring.
Enjoy your tranquility, safe sailing.

Bluefin said...

Hello Jesse,

I'm glad you are having a break in the weather and are able to relax for awhile. Back to the school work ah? You are making incredible progress across the Atlantic you will be around the Cape of Good Hope before you know it.
Have fun,
Bluefin (Annie) Buderim, Queensland.

magpie said...

Hi Jessica,

Time flies like the wind
and fruit flies like bananas.

Hoo Roo.

trentgs said...

I looked at Abbys' blog today and she was talking about finding squid all over the deck and it put me in mind of your first few days out of Sydney. She was lamenting having forgotten to grab some pens and pencils..she apparently has one. I told her maybe some will show where she least expects them to..I would be difficult to not be able to sketch or write a few lines (other than on computer)-but I'm sure she'll get by if need be..

More later..Its' really good to be was such a long day at work..yet I'm thankful to have work..and I was reminded that you haven't had the luxury of leaving epl for even a moment..other than up the mast. I know you will be happy to finally beable to go further than 34 feet..68 if you walked back.. :O)

Gary & Jan

trentgs said...

Hopefully you won't forget all of us folks on this site that don't twit or tweet. Too much personal data on line ..particularly on Twitter is frowned upon where I work..aparrently some folks abused I have kept my distance..figuring I haven't missed anything..but I would miss your blogs if you weren't writing here..

Anonymous said...

Jessi! If you don't have anything to to tell us what you are doing the whole day. When do you sleep, what do you eat and when? Are you reading books? When do you use your telephone? I thin you are doing a good job. You like your journey - but I'm not sure if Abby while be able to do it. She is having some problems.
Axel, Germany

Bruce Watt said...

Onya Jess, you deserve a bit of peace and quiet where you can catch up with your personal stuff. Their was a nice posting from Dilip and it is good to note you are in his thoughts. It would be good if one day the 2 of you caught up with each other and traded stories. I reckon one of your highlights must be how dolphins kept watch on you during the rough weather. Ok Jess back to you, sail on fellow Aussie, sail on you have a terrific armada of supporters right behind you.

Bruce Watt
Rosebud (Vic)


Roger said...

Ohai Jessica!
Your have such a strong spirit, and your life will, undoubtedly, inspire many others to do those things they have dreamed of doing.
I pray that you come home safe, with unique experiences that will warm your heart, enrich your life and spice your conversations for a long and satisfying life.
Via con Dios.

Dusty from Dubbo said...

Good morning Jesse

School work! Nah... take it from me relax and rest while you can power up, go the music and the DVD's plenty of time for school work later unless you want to read youe English novels, plays and poetry. I am back at work and I have music playing gently in the background at the moment before anyone joins me its the Rolling Stones!!!!
Good to see you are moving along at a great rate perhaps even celebrating your birthday on land!!!

RELAX Jess you need it after the storms but stay clipped and warm

Sea ya

Dusty from Dubbo

John frm Gladstone said...

Hi Jessica
Great to hear that everything has settled down & you are making good progress towards the next cape.
Are the albatrosses still with you?

Lea.. Far North NZ said...

Who needs a book?,when we have the 'Adventures of Jessica Watson' to read.
I wish I could come to Sydney to see the live chapter....

pestinfo said...


Most pleased that the storms are over, for the time being anyway. Stove working, dunny fixed. Maybe time for a bit of a rest. Whilst you cannot build up a sleep credit, it would be refreshing to know that you are not too sleep deprived.

I am not sure that you need any more school work. You are a good communicator, sensible, level headed and most intelligent. There are many that leave school with far less than those qualities. Then there are life skills you have picked up since you left Australia. All these qualities will stand you in good stead for your future. And ------- you can forget Domestic Science classes. Anybody who can bake muffins on a tilting, moving, simple spirit stove gets an automatic pass.

Sail safe

Allen, H/Bay, Qld, AU

Anonymous said...

hey Jessica ive been following you everyday since you departed Sydney all i can say is well done congratulations you are an amazing young woman,your very courageous,your dedication to it just totally blows my mind i think every Australian is watching you in every step of the way in your jouney keep up the good work Jess

Unknown said...

Great to hear that the winds are favourable and that you have the time to make EPL comfortable and clean.

Let's hope the winds send you along so that the Cape of Good Hope (even Cape Agulhas) appears on your left very quickly.


Ian from Brisbane

Randy said...

Hi Jesse!

Well done so far!

I think you should look for good weather. It's much better to sail in calmer sea as in storm.
So go on, look for sun and blue sky.

Have fun with your school work (have to be done - hihihi)

All the best for you!

I think of you!

Randy / Hamburg, Germany

Unknown said...

You could just keep going and give us a visit in the US Pacific Northwest. We would love to see you !

Gig Harbor, WA

nutralady2001 said...

Hi Jesse I'm glad you are able to have a bit of "down" time after all the "excitement".

Good luck with finding the school books maybe they can stay conveniently "lost" until your return LOL x

yarnek said...

Hi Jesse,

Hope everthing's finally dried out down below in the warmer and calmer weather. Also a chance to catch up on some R & R. Not that school work comes under that classification but I'm sure some chocolate will take the pain away! Must be time to rig up the fishing line again?

Cheers, the Old Bloke from Melbourne.

Bruce S said...

Hi Jessica
"little bit further north (I mean East) each day!"
well done
thanks for the update

Best wishes

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Jessica.
Enjoy it
Luv u
(QLD) Aus

Dave said...

Having found your blog I am a regular reader. You are an interesting writer as well as a good sailor. Glad your journey is going so well. - Dave (N.Z.)

Anonymous said...

You seem to be flying across the Atlantic. Glad the weather has been kinder this week. Enjoy the moment and good luck with hitting the books!

Kylee, Townsville, QLD

Tony from Texas said...

I'm glad you are out of the trouble area for awhile to get some of the things fixed that need it and some well needed rest. Good luck in the South Atlantic. Keep pushing hard Abby is behind you.

starrspeaker said...

Dear Jess..Ive been following you since the beginning and believe in you whole heartedly....So good to see you chugging along and homeward bound...

May calm seas prevail


Pete and Nancy in Keene, NH. USA said...

HI Jess,

Very glad to hear that you've finally gotten some good weather. With all the rigging and lifelines full with laundry drying, EPL must look like a mobile laundramat. Keep heading east and keep us updated on your progress. You are an incredible writer. Not many people can "PAINT WORD PICTURES" as well as you do. Your descriptions are incredible and very vivid. All of your fans around the world would still like to see more pictures and video of you and EPL. Do what you can when you have the time.

Stay safe and clipped in and most of all, Have a great time.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse
Great to hear all is going well with you. I just love the smell of fresh washing blowing in the breeze.
Watch out for the cheeky bird droppings!!!

Sally in Melbourne by the Bay

Unknown said...

Don't worry about your school work unless you really want to do it. I skipped 4th grade to go sailing and when I came back, I was ahead of everyone, even though I had not done any worksheets etc. Living life, observing and surviving are far more educational than any textbook.

Manu said...

Hi Jesse,
Already nearly half way through the Atlantic? Heck! You are flying, aren't you?
Back into a sort of routine then. That's got to be better than being tossed about like in a washing mashine, for sure.

Stay safe and enjoy

emgb1 from South Wales, UK,(GMT+0)

Bobby said...

Jessica, I am so happy you have this calm time to get things ship shape again. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

glad to see you are homeward bound..but as you say still alot of water to cover and some big seas to come...just keep yourself prepared for anything and stay on top of your boat maintainance...i just started to monitor you and abby who has only just started and has a long long way to go as you well know safe and best of luck
clyde (tauranga, nz)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse, Glad to hear you've got some quiet time to recharge. The storm must seem a bit surrreal now with most things back in order again. Well done putting the toilet back together; they can be cantankerous things. Hope the rest of the crew have had a chance to dry out too??!! Enjoy. Fair winds mate. Gonecruising.

Anonymous said...

Howdy Capt'n,
Well Jess you are really scooting across the atlantic. I'm so happy for you to have some nicer weather and to hear the smile in your voice. I would also like to wish you a belated Happy Australia Day and to say kudos to you for the comments you made re: Abby. You are certainly not a girl any longer Jess. You are a women.
Gods Speed Superwomen.

To all our American Bloggers:
Thank you for all the kind comments about our great country.
One blogger wrote that he was a wanna be Aussie.. this cracked me up because i'm pretty much a wanna be American HaHa. When i was Jess's age i used to dream that i'd marry a big tall cowboy from Texas or a US Marine. Then i watched "8 seconds" and i wanted to marry Lane hahahahaha oh well i married a big tall Aussie and lived happly ever after anyway....
Blessings to all

Jules from the NSW Riverina Australia

Anonymous said...

Hola Jess,what an incredible adventure,you go girl!keep having fun! and back safe to home.
Good luck!!from Spain.

Wozzadee said...

Hi Jessie

my 2nd blog. Keep up the great work, I'm loving following your story. Enjoy!

Kissyfrott said...

Ella's Pink Lady



Unknown said...

Hi Jessica! I just found out about you yesterday and stayed up late reading your blog and watching the videos. I'm 19 and this is the coolest thing I have ever seen in my life! You make me think anything is possible.. and I've never even been in a boat. I left my family and moved cross country to try to be an actress and have been having a hard time. Seeing your story is so inspiring! From now on whenever I get down I will try to think of your positive attitude. Congratulations on your success! You've already done more than I or most adults will ever do!! Have fun out there on the boat and smooth sailing! :)

JJ said...

Hey Jesse,

Good to hear you are enjoying some pleasant weather. Good drying and airing out weather I imagine for what you have come through.

Though you may be thinking it is all coming to an end way to quickly, I am sure none of us will rest easy until you sail into Sydney Harbour. By then I am sure you will be starting to formulate a plan for your next adventure anyway.

Take care Jesse


Anonymous said...

I wish I were in your shoes (and younger)...

Oh well, I can dream and live vicariously. Planning to sail offshore ourselves in 2-3 years. Have the boat, just need a little more time. If we have 1/10th your courage, determination, and spirit -- oh , yes, and all must agree: sailing skills -- we'll be fortunate)

You are an inspiration (and a pretty damn good blogger)!

David in Vancouver, Canada

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,

You meanie!! reminding the kids back home that you're out there having fun and they have to go back to school!! Good for you I say, and great to hear things are a lot calmer for you weatherwise. I think you will miss being 'out there' when you get back to land and want to head off somewhere else, maybe set the record for the most times around the world!!! Mum and Dad probably wouldn't agree. Best of luck with the rest of the Atlantic and rounding the Cape of Good Hope, then the last leg to home. Stay safe, keep smiling,

Bron Central West NSW

Anonymous said...

It is great to hear that all is going well...take advantage of the break...good luck and good sailing....

Joe Springfield VA USA

Vijay T said...

Hi Jess
So glad that things are panning out well for you. I am just back from my month long vacation in South Africa - i tried to catch up with your blog wherever i could - so the progress is fantastic. I also shared your blog with lots of family & friends and they too are now following your journey.
take care & keep safe

big hugs

Vijay T.
Brisbane Australia

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse, glad to hear you've got smoother sailing conditions. No excuses not to do that school work now! ;-)


Unknown said...

Hi Jessica,
Your blogs are great and so is your progress - haven't checked for a while but had a look at the map - WOW! It made me realise that if I want to wave to you as you sail around Tassie I had better start organising something with my friends. it won't be long.
Stay safe, warm and happy,
Love, peace and harmony,

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse! Glad t o hear things have quieted down, and you can relax a bit to enjoy the ride and view (or do school work!) I say throw away the books, you are receiving an education far greater than anything reading, writing, and math! Glad to hear all is well aboard Pink :) -Karyn, IN, USA

Grant said...

Hi Jess,
Great to hear things have settled down. I hope you got to hear the couple of songs you inspired on you tube I'm working on number 3!! I was lying in the dark listening to a storm last night and I thought of you alone in the middle of the ocean and I just wondered what it would be like on a moonless night out there. I really think what you're doing is amazing...go girl

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess

I'm just an oldie beyond my "use-by-date", or so it seems. But, that's by-the-way.
What I want to say is that it is so refreshing to know there are still teenagers with positive mature spirit.
After observing many of the youth around where I live I was beginning to lose faith in the future. It has been sad and depressing to watch young people with their whole life in front of them just throwing it away with purposeless self destructive behaviour, using the excuse that they are bored.
You have restored my faith in youth and the future.
O that there were many many more like you, willing to follow their dream with real passion and a sense of constructive purpose.
You are a perfect role model for your generation and an inspiration to us all, both young and old.

Looking forward to your safe arrival home.
May God keep you safe.

Roger - Cleveland Queensland said...

I can understand how you will feel when you can see the trip is nearing landfall and you want to keep sailing.

Everyday I check your blogg and you have helped me sail it with you. I too will be disappointed.

I love sailing and the sea... you have inspired me to do more. Thank you for sharing. You really are a wonderful lovable fair dinkum Aussie girl!

For our wonderful friends from afar read the Australian expression 'fair dinkum' as real, no nonsense and down to earth.
That's our Jesse!

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