Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Jessica Rounds Cape Horn!

Pic below: Diego Ramirez Islands in the background, taken by Jessica earlier today, approx 60nm before reaching Cape Horn. This is significant in that it was the first land Jessica has seen since departing Sydney on 18 October.

Blogmaster Andrew


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daarth said...

Congratulations!! Greetings from the west coast of Norway :-)

Ann and Steve said...

CONGRATULATIONS....what an achievement.

Claudia said...

What an inspiration you are Jess!!!
Claudia, Townsville

Paula said...

Jess, there are thousands of your honorary moms and dads all over the world, so happy to hear you've passed this huge milestone.

I hope your parents are able to fly right over you and Ella's Pink Lady and get some great shots.

Just a few nm to go.....:-)

Anonymous said...

What an inspiration!! You are living our dreams! Congrats and our heartfelt wishes for a continued safe journey back home!
Kim and family
Mandurah, WA

Glenda said...

Well done on rounding Cape Horn solo. What an enormous achievement - you must be so proud of yourself and I bet you have a huge smile on your face! Hope you get some rest now, although from your latest video you look in fantastic shape. Safe sailing.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jessica! You are the gal of the hour. Good luck in completing your quest.

Claudia said...

What an inspiration you are Jess!!!
Claudia, Townsville

Anonymous said...

So happy for you Jess!!

You are truly an inspiration! Continued safe sails and thank you for keeping us updated.


LFR in the USA

rod said...

congratulations on your achievements, great to sail with you.
take care
blackbutt qld

leslie said...

Hey Jess what an amazing feat!!!!
Achieved by a brave young woman!!!
It's great to hear the albatrosses that have been your companions have provided you with a safe passage (and of course a bit of help from the team too!!)my heartiest congratulations to you and to the team Jess!!.
Though I have not blogged with the consistency of others my thoughts of your wellbeing on your journey have been none the less at the foremost of my thoughts and I shall be one of those many people, bloggers and the many well wishers alike who welcome you back to port!!!
Stay safe and safe sailing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news, Jessica! Our heartiest congrats to you! Can only imagine your elation, satisfaction and personal pride.......... all quite justified! Hope you have a chance to celebrate in style (with crew and food parcels) soon.

Donna in Perth

Old Iron said...



Great photo; Glad you conquered the maritime world's Mount Everest.

Hope you hear tell this part of your Story again and again.

Thanks to Jessica's parents!!!!

Margie said...


Well done, the worst is over, CONGRATULATIONS. All the best for the trip ahead, may it be all smooth sailing. Regards, Margaret from Johannesburg.

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

Well, Sumari, you've done it again!!! What an amazing graphic you created to celebrate, and honor, Jesse's accomplishment this morning! We are all so thrilled that she's finally done it!! Now we can relax for a little! But, what an honor for you, to have your graphic part of that wonderful posting letting us, and the world, know about this momentous occasion!!! But it is absolutely perfect . . . HOW DO YOU DO IT!!!!
You are so talented . . . multi-talented, really! Of course I also enjoyed your graphic picturing the "multi-lingual" albatross group floating off EPL's bow, very clever! Keep up the good stuff . . . we all appreciate it and are in awe of you and your imagination and creativity!!!

By the way, I sent it along with my message on facebook, to share with as many as possible, I hope that was okay??!! But I did give you credit for it,naturally)

I'm going to post this e-mail on Jesse's blog, too!

Carol Florida U.S.A.

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Mike D said...

!!! Congratulations Jessica !!!

Ok... Ok... I’m calm now... ... ...
Sheesh, No I’m not! I’m still blubber’n... (Albeit, with a big old toothy grin ;-)

Mike D
Landlocked in Philadelphia, Pa, USA


Anonymous said...

I follow you from a distance Jess(Other side of the globe) and I am so impressed!
Way to go!
Rounding the cape! WOW!
What currage you show!
Good luck with the rest of the trip!
Jonas, Sweden

christianB.punkt said...

Wow, congratulations from us, we are sitting in Germany and follows your side.

Safe sailing :-)


Dietmar said...

Dear Jessica!
CONGRATULATION!!!!!! A new Cap Horner is born - exactly on my birthday. I enjoy your site every day but this day you made me a wonderful birthday present! Thank you so much.

Congratulation again - You are really an amazing youg woman!


OK only for the statistics - I am 61 years old now.

Evie from Bendigo said...

I am in tears of Joy for you Jesse a bit soppy I know but boy what a proud achievement. Congratulations Pet it has been hard won mighty effort.

I can only imagine how so very proud your family and on shore support team are of you at this very moment.

I hope you got the chance to share your hoy with your parents as they flew over head.

I am tip my glass in salute to you Jesse. The Quince brandy is a real tribute to a wonderful young sailor. Cheers

Love and hugs
Evie from Bendigo

greg said...

Congrats Jess you have made us all proud, stay safe and good sailing.Greg from Townsville.

Phantom Green said...

Congratulations to you Jessica! You've nearly conquered the world.

Anonymous said...

Dear Jessica,

Wow, 4 times HURRA from us in Sweden. What a great picture Sam has created for you, your parents and your team to remember this moment, and he has been so kind to let us all around the world be in the greeting card too.
Look forward to hear your news and feelings about this special moment, when the sea has settled down.
Continue to sail safe young lady.

Ingrid, Tyreso, Sweden

Michelle said...

Such great news! We are all so proud of you! Keep up the good work girl!

Unknown said...

YOU DID IT JESS. A fantastic milestone. Now for the run home.

The Griffs of Hillarys Perth WA. said...

Congrats Jess.

Is everyone in the world sitting up waiting for you to write. Only checked 2 hours ago and you already have 269 congrats messages on the board. Think today will break the record on blogs on this site to match your record breaking feat. Have fun and relax now that you have made it in lands sight of S America.

Fantastic achievement. I can go to bed now, so cheers for being so considerate as well.

Love and best wishes as always

The Griffs of Hillarys Perth WA>

albanyguy said...

One great Cape down and two to go. Time to head a bit north and get a bit warmer I reckon :-))

Well done on behalf of all the members of the Princess Royal Sailing Club in Albany West Australia.

sassy said...

Hearty congratulations Jesse.

Cheers from Canada

SaltyDog said...



I wish that I could have been standing at the top of Cabo de Hornos with all of my fellow Jessaholic bloggers, our arms out stretched (you know, like Samurai in her picture) and yelling “GO JESS!”

I can’t come up with words to express just how excited I am for you and how proud I am. You’ve reached what is considered by many as the pinnacle in sailing accomplishments. And yet I know you will continue to make so many more incredible memories as you reach each new goal.

If all of your supporters were to reach around the world right now and give you an international group hug I’m afraid that we would squeeze the air out of the globe. But know that we all are sending you our collective heartfelt love, support and congratulations. As I’ve said in the past, Jess, we’re on board for the duration of your trip. No one’s getting off.

55° 58’ 47”S and 67° 16’ 18” W
Cape Horn – loved and hated by adventures over the last 400 years.

Have fun, stay safe and happy sailing.

From Seattle, WA, USA

Anonymous said...

Bravissima Captain Jesse
Congratulations from Italy

Rockymntnhigh said...

Hi Jesse!!!!!!
Thank goodness you had some "real" waves and a few knots of wind to make it count! Just slowly drifting across the Cape would have been boring and you probably would have to do it again, to make it count, I guess. You go girl!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Woo hoo!!!! We're so happy for you. Wishing you continued success and safety!!!!

~Two in TX

Unknown said...

Aren't you reading the Blog?
Jessica saw "Lord Howe Island" early on in the trip!

Congratulations Jessica!
The rest of the way is a sled ride if you get that heater fixed!

All the best!
Allen, Atlanta, GA

tassie devil one said...

well jessica you did it....
aussie aussie aussie
this is your special day
what more is there to say
hooray hooray hooray

Anonymous said...

Phew ! That was tight. We, 13000 Scouts at the 22nd Australian Jamboree at Cataract Scout Park, NSW nearly thought we would miss it. Congratulations to achieving your limits.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Jessica! You are amazing!

Pam in NYS, USA

Anonymous said...

Come on, Ruddster. SPEECH...!

Anonymous said...

WELL FINALLY!!!!... now I can get on with MY life... PHEW!!

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Fox Maho said...

I'm so proud of knowing you, Jess! Even though in absentia... Enjoy your overwhelming feelings watching long awaited lands of hope and dreams! My heart is with you!

Fox. Moscow, Russia.

Anonymous said...

"Jessica Rounds Cape Horn!"
Was it square before she came ?

~j~ said...

Whooo Hoo!!! Such a milestone day!
Many congratulatory blessings to you Jessica! Can't wait to hear your heart on this most memorable day.
Go Jesse, Go Ella!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jessica! :)

I'm so impressed of what you are doing, sailing around the world! Me and my friends are following you blog and it's always so much fun when there is something new to here from you :D

Keep on going strong!
Love from Sweden

Val in San Diego said...


I ran to my computer this morning to see if you'd rounded... YAY for you! You're not only doing Australia proud, you're doing the world proud.

Hope the Mum/Dad fly-over was a success. What a great idea.

You're almost halfway there - soon you'll be on the downside and headed home.

I love how God's winged and scaled creatures have been keeping you company.

Ernest From NH (USA) said...

Hi Captain Jesse, Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
Well done Captain. Heading up towards the Falklands and getting much needed rest, Good!. Maybe your
parents will fly there and hop on a boat and meet up with you if possible. That would be great!See
Mum and Dad up close. Blow kisses and maybe interact. Get mail and maybe some goodies.Again, congratulations on passing through
the Everest of ocean sailing! We are all very proud of you. Stay positive as you move on to your next goal ( The Cape of Good Hope)
Be Safe! Be Happy! Sail Safely Into Warmer Waters! Sing Louder! Godspeed!

Anonymous said...


You brought tears to this old salt's eyes. Each mourning starts with a cup of coffee and your blog. My day will be much brighter now. The world is very proud of you.

San Antonio, Texas

Unknown said...

How cool it that. Great job Jessica. Very proud of you. Best wishes as you reach for your next milestone. duane

Laura said...

Congrats Jesse! So proud of you, you go girl!!!

Laura from Tennessee

Anonymous said...

Jessica, aujourd'hui, le 13 janvier, c'est mon anniversaire (j'ai le même âge que votre père);
et c'est vous qui m'avez offert le plus beau cadeau!!!
Merci pour votre exploit, et bonne route...

Jessica, today, January 13th is my birthday (I have the same age
that your father);
and it's you who offered me the best gift!
Thank you for your achievement and good road ...

Anonymous said...

The last few days have been nail-biters for us land lubbers as we've watched Passage Weather and waited for your progress reports.

We're SOOOOOO DELIGHTED with this morning's news.


Looking forward to reading the full story when you get time to post it on your blog.

Congrats & fair sailing in the Atlantic.

Phillippa & Brian
(aka kiwi_canuck)
Vancouver, Canada

Anonymous said...

Well done Lass, and Dilip you sneaky fella, beating young Jessica to the cape

kevmeister / perth

Jose, Clearwater, FL USA said...

Hey, hey, hey, looks like land out there...nice pic :)...!
I bet you enjoy that scenery it is so awesome. Time to celebrate. A little anyways.
Well, stay safe and....
Straight Ahead !!!

Sven said...

Congratulations, Jesse, from all of us here in Hamburg, Germany.

This day will definitely mark a change in your life.

I deeply admire you.

Take care,


Anonymous said...

Great ! Congrats from Belgium !

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Way to go! Now its like downhill to home.


Unknown said...

Congrats from all here in St Martin de Ré, France

Anonymous said...

Jesse, you are a Dinki Di Little Ball Tearer!

Conor said...

Congrats from the west coast of Ireland on a fantastic achievement! Delighted to see that you got a bit of breeze for the rounding!
All the best, Conor.

Sven said...

@Mum and Dad and grandparents of Jesse: you have such an admirable (grand)daughter

@Sam: thanks for your artwork

@Ground Control: Jesse may be so lucky to have you behind her

What a day today!!!

We will keep on going as Jesse is making miles...

Sven, Hamburg

Janell in Oklahoma,USA said...


WHAT A DAY for you, your parents and family, your shore team, for Australia, and for your world-wide family of faithful bloggers!!! WOW! There is a whole lot of unified pride that's being spread around the globe today, and all in honor and respect for YOU, our unstoppable 16 year old Aussie girl!!! WOW! Precious one, you are a treasure!

Hugs and prayers,
Janell in Oklahoma, USA

(code word: normul if it is normal to sail solo, non-stop, unassisted around the world!!)

Anonymous said...

Yay..... only 13200 miles to go.....

-Maggie said...

I am so excited for you!
You're so brave!

Anonymous said...


Captain Jesse earning the Golden Earring for rounding the Horn,

I can only quote "Sea-Fever" which you exemplify (even though I know it has been posted before):

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

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

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

By John Masefield (1878-1967)

I do believe you've had enough "flung spray and the blown spume" for a day or two, though? Smooth sailing to the Falklands and onward!


Samurai Sam, the very second I opened "The Latest News" I knew it was your loving handiwork celebrating Captain Jesse's accomplishment! Please, when you get a moment, send us a copy, too, if you would be so kind: Thanks!
...and Blogmaster Andrew, we SO appreciate the little sleep you have had for posting each communique, lovewaves from around the world and Jessica's to us.
Jessica, continued loving "Bon Voyage" from your adoptive Pink family in Northern Nevada, USA! Patricia, Richard and John (with puppy Minerva under the chair and three cats "on watch" at their posts nearby).

Jane L. said...

Well done! I am sitting at the computer with tears running down my cheeks~~~happy, joyous tears, I have not posted a blog before, but have followed you from the beginning. You have made all of us feel that we know you and that we are in "Ella's Pink lady" with you. Quite a feat for a 16 year old young woman. I will continue to follow you, will keep you in all my best thoughts and blessings. Onward to the next milestone!!! Jane L in Decatur,Illinois, USA

Wilson James said...

I certainly add my congratulations to the hundreds of well-wishers who have commented and certainly the thousands who are following your journey, Jessica. It is an amazing achievement and even more incredible to think that you're nearing the halfway mark already.

Godspeed and fair winds to you, and congratulations again to you and your team.

samurai said...

Hey there Jess, I hope you're well.
What can I possibly say that hasn't already been said? For the sixteen millionth time, CONGRATULATIONS!!! GOOD ON YOU!!!
I just got home from work and what a fantastic surprise to read that you've done it. You've blasted the lid right out of this challenge and did so remarkably well considering the weather you've had over the past 24-48 hours. Well done! Good for you Jess, I am so proud of you and I'm not the lone ranger there either. Rest up now you hear? At least I hope you can.
I must say, seeing my doodle art appear on your "Latest News" section totally blew me away. Fairdinkum, I am absolutely gobsmacked and so thrilled. Thankyou Andrew and thankyou to everyone for your gracious acknowledgements. I feel so very privileged. I personally thought it was too "busy" and got somewhat lost in its interpretation but, there you go. We are not always the best judge of our own work, are we? Thankyou all from the heart of my bottom. Ooops! Sorry, I get dyslexic when I'm tired. :-)) Seriously, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am absolutely stoked and can't wait to read your update tomorrow, Jess. Nice photo of "Land Ho!" too, by the way...excellent!
You take good care of yourself Jess and cheers everybody...Love, Sam XX

BTW...check out my spot.

OZy in Spain said...

Wow Fantastic!

Jesse, you are truly one of my few heroes!
Congratulations to Yourself, Parents, Sponsors and support team.

John, Alicante Spain

Anonymous said...

OMG u r so ql

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Unknown said...

Good for you, but please be careful as you are only a spring chicken. Good luck.

Paul said...

Following in the wake of Ferdinand Magellan... absolute madness- in a good way, I mean! How does it feel to be in the company of some of the most famous mariners of all time Jess?

minnesota mom said...

Congratulations from the Frozen North! When I first read that your voyage would take you around Cape Horn my thoughts revisited so many books I've read about other
passages filled with daunting conditions and the legendary horrible weather. I felt a frisson of trepidation. It was with tremendous joy and admiration that I saw a headline we've all longed to see: Jessica and Ella's Pink Lady Round Cape Horn!
Take some time to celebrate. I hope your parents get to see you from the sky. Congratulations.
Minnesota Mom

Shirley said...

How excellent are you - you fabulous girl!! Well done - next stop Cape Town!
Shirley Cape Town South Africa

SailSim said...

Hi Jess,

Fantastic news!!

Another major milestone bites the dust. Did your folks get a good view or was the cloud base too low? If they could see you, how about some pictures on the blog?

Did the Chilean and Argentinian Navy show yet??

Congratulations again from all at Sailim

jim @sailsim

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Richard in Maryland,
I just spotted your request of Samurai. Many of us would love to have commemorative access, or we could purchase it if Sam wants to donate proceeds to a Jessica fund.

Bengt, looks like you're learning from Sally!


Anonymous said...

Texas 9:20am 01.13.10

Captain Jesse the Explorer

Well done, Captain Jesse. We are all so very proud of you. From the sound of it, you are having a party out there- planes, navies,birds, dolphins, Mum & Dad.

What fun. Thank you for having us along with on the voyage. Australia has a National Treasure.

Congratulations! and Godspeed.

Ben from Texas

Anonymous said...

Well whoop-de-doo! Getting to the top of Everest is only half the battle!

Barb said...

from Vancouver BC !!!!

Way to go!!....can you hear us cheering for you???

Unknown said...

Congrats to you! This day will go down in history! Keep up the safe sailing. Try hard to cherish the moment as long as you can.

Granite Bay, California

Cowboychincs said...

Thanks Andrew.... and congrats to Jessica.... soooooo, what we all want to know, did Jessica's mum and dad get to see her from the plane? Did she see them?? Hope so... I know that would mean lots to all three of them!

Grandpa Jerry, South Carolina, USA

Ron said...

Jesse, You've won the hearts of the world. You have especially won mine. I offer my humble congratulations on your accomplishment. I'm sure this is just the beginning of many things you do in your young life. Please come visit me when you're in the USA. Insist on my house being on your itinerary. I want to cook you a good American meal.
Godspeed sweet baby!
Ron - Alabama USA

Phil in Idaho said...

What a fantastic acomplishment!! Congrats Jess!!!! I'm very proud of you. It's a privilege to be following your adventures and triumphs!!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely Inspiring! I can't tell you how impressed I am with your determination to make it happen. Congratulations!
Your fans in Utah USA are following your every Blog! Enjoy and thanks for sharing your experience with us.

Péter said...

Congratulations Jesse, well done!
Péter from Szeged, Hungary

bernie777 said...

excellent video and photos cheers for your Bernie777

audrius said...

congratulations Jessica, god blesed yuo,best wishes from klaipeda,lithuania

andrewVA said...

hi jess,

you are absolutely phenomonal! CONGRATULATIONS on reaching this milestone on your journey.

we are SO proud of you!!!

richmond, va

Ralph and Judy said...

Ralph and Judy send their congradulations from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida USA!!!!!! We are very happy for you.

taylor said...

hey i just want to say i think its bloody amazing what u are doing a im about your age and have never dont anything like it a trully amazing. just thought id say good luck with the rest of your trip snd im sure the hole of WA Austrlia is behind u hope it all goes well

Taylor WA Australia

Maria Lilleøre said...

Way to go Jess! Congrats, it is really wonderfull.

Marcia said...

Congratulations Jessica! Well Done!

captain said...

I like half of Australia have had you in the back of our minds as you approached Cape Horn. Im so proud of you. NOW GET NORTH!!! Capt'n Kelly

M. Eric Carr said...

LAND HO!! Congratulations on conquering the Pacific. Next stop, Africa. Keep on having fun!

Oscar said...

WOW! You must be sooo happy!


Caves Beach Andrew said...

Hey Jessica,

Hip Hip Hooray - you bloody bewdy!

Congratulations on a job extremely well done! This is one very proud adopted daddy who is also very excited for you and very pleased that you are succeeding in your journey so far.

It is so good to hear of your success and the enjoyment and thrills that you are experiencing at the moment.

I also hope you had a great conversation with your parents, they too are to be congratulated at your efforts as they have obviously put in a lot of hard work to ensure your success.

Keep up the great work and I am definitely one very proud Aussie today. I will also let a lot of my golf club members know how you are going as I have been spreading the word about you and they always ask me for updates!

Take care gorgeous girl and three big congratulatory hugs are heading your way via psychic mail!

Caves Beach, Andrew

Tricia said...

Hurrah and congratulations!

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Charlie E said...

Counting Down.....continue, continue!

Helen said...

Congratulations Jesse! Hope the flyover was everything you hoped and more and you're looking forward to a little rest before the next stage!

- Helen (UK)

Anonymous said...

Fantastic !!!

Good Luck on the second half!!

Tiburon California USA

Peter Stockwell said...

Mega congratulations. You are now a Cape Horner - the best of the best.
We are so excited for you!

Peter and Robyn (UK)

JennyLynn said...

way to go Jessica! It has been such a joy reading and following along with your journey from my snowy home all the way up in Michigan in the USA!

Michigan, USA

Scotty - Denver said...

Woo-hoo Jesse!

That's quite an accomplishment young lady. Now, don't get an ego, you still got a long ways to go. =) You'll have some more "firsts" before you get home. Keep up the good work, take care of EPL. The whole world is proud of you.

-Scott & Cheryl deBeaubien
Denver, Colorado USA

Kathy said...

Congratulations Jessica on rounding the Horn and also being almost 1/2 way through safely!!! We have been following you since you left Sydney, and as I was tucking my children into bed last night, we were discussing you about to round the cape and the rough seas you would probably have. They mentioned that they hoped "chick with an attitude" and the other animals were safe too. I assured them that they were probably just fine all belted in.
Praying you will continue to have a safe trip all the way back home!!!
Congrats also to your family and shore team!
Kathy, Florida USA

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Kath, Qld said...

3 cheers for you Jess!
Look out world, she's just begun! What an amazing life awaits you Jessica Watson, I envy you.
Can't wait to hear about & see pictures of your rounding & Mum & Dad's visit, navy ships etc.
Almost in the home stretch :).
Stay safe, X.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Super Jessica on rounding the Cape.
Bessen's, Mypolonga SAust

DeanfromAustralia said...

You cracked your Death Star!! Congratulations!!

Dukehaus said...

STUPENDOUS!! amazing!! astonishing!! monumental!! staggering!! These words describe you and your amazing feat! CONGRATULATIONS!!

Mum & Dad, you are both incredible, and possibly more brave than your Jesse, in a way.

Shore team and sponsors are clearly the best.

Thanks Samurai for the wonderful depiction!!

Love, Peace and White Light to all,
Stay Safe Captain Jessica!

Kim & Bill
Wyoming, USA

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jessica, it has been a joy reading your blogs and following your progress to date.
Semper Fortis!

Bryan Foster said...

Awsome Jesse!! I can't imagine how excited you are. You are having an amazing impact on a lot of sailors. Smooth seas and a following breeze!

Unknown said...

Congratulations Jesse!

What an amazing challenge! Sail on into your dreams under stars and moon!

Blessings to you!

Vermont, USA

Unknown said...

Hello Jess:

Congratulations from a growing contingent of supporters here in

Stay safe, stay warm, and take a long pause and enjoy the moment.

This is just another of your many accomplishments to come...

Bob and Family from Denver, CO USA said...

Wow, Jessica! What a wonderful way for me to wake up in Southern California, U.S.A., to the great news that you rounded Cape Horn! I follow you every day. You probably can see Australia now!

Canuckiwi01 said...

Cpngratulations- your tenacity and spirit are inspiring! Cheers from NZ

TH said...

Jessica, you are inspiring to my family and we love telling your story to our 4 and 5 year old kids. You are a strong roll model for girls and that makes me happy as a dad. Stay safe and know that we are all thinking of you.

Toby and Family on Vashon Island, WA

Anonymous said...

Outstanding! Hoorah for you! We're here waving to you too Jessica. That's just awesome. Blessings to you.
Tom, Missouri, USA
man, that's cool. incredible and cool.

LScottG said...

Hello Jessica

Barely had two feet out of bed when I logged in to read that you made it around. Your Awesome!! Can't wait to read more later.

Scott - PA USA

sunfish550 said...



I'm shaking jessica,
This Bud's for you girl.

So relieved...
you're safe and sound!

Lenny Pittsburgh PA.

Laura said...

Congratulations, Jessica!!!!

It is difficult to hold back the tears as I write this post. I didn't expect this emotion-packed reaction to your achievement of rounding Cape Horn, and I checked your blog first thing after waking up this morning.

I share the beaming pride of everyone in your blogging family, and it is true. You are so loved and admired.

Bask in the joy of your achievement, as I know you will.

Godspeed through the remainder of your journey.

Newport Beach, CA, USA

el grande said...

Well done!!!! this is so exciting for us landlubbers that I can't imagine how thrilling it is for you! You look great on the video and I suree hope you got a good wave at your Mom and Dad. I know all of Australia must be bursting with pride. You are amazing!

Now, get ready to warm up in the little(r) latitudes!

Jennifer Monahan Explorer, writer, and philosopher seeking life's truths said...

You're awesome!!! and one very BRAVE young sailor!!!

Jennifer Monahan Explorer, writer, and philosopher seeking life's truths said...

You have a fan in Hershey, Pennslyvania, USA where Hershey chocolates come from!

Susan said...

over and over again…

Ka nui ngaa mihi (Maori)
Felicidades (Spanish)
Grattis (Swedish)
Mubarik ho (Urdu)
Vadaiyaan / mubaarakbad (Punjabi)
Subhkamna (Hindi)
Gratulerer (Norwegian)
Glückwunsch (German)
Zorionak (Basque)
Felicitations (French)
Congratulazioni (Italian)
Lokwinske (Frician)
Parabéns (Portuguese)
Gefeliciteerd (Flemish)
Apsveicu (Latvian)
Parabéns (Galician)
Omedetô (Japanese)\
Chook-hah-hahm-nee-dah (Vietnamese)
Selamat (Indonesian)
Tahniah (Malay)
Veels geluk (Afrikaans)
Asengamhlophe (Ndebele)
Zobdone (Sobota)
Urimet (Albanian)
Felisitasyon (Haitian Creoloe)
Rogüerohory (Guarani)
Masel Tov (Yiddish)
Meala-naidheachd ort (Gaelic)
Pozdravlaiu (Russian)
Gratulacje (Polish)
Gilotsavt (Georgian)
Cestitam (Serbian)
Llongyfarchiadau (Welsh)
Congratulazzjoni (Maltese)
Ponguezi (Swahili)
In ora bona (Sardinian)
Félicitation (Bobo)
Gong xi ni (Mandarin)
Cestitke (Croatia)
Tillykke (Danish)
Gefeliciteerd (Dutch)
Til hamingju (Icelandic)

What an accomplishment.
Here’s a toast to you with a cup of hot chocolate …clink.

Susan in Oregon

Susan said...

Can't sleep for thoughts of you Jess and your amazing accomplishment. Congratulations,I just had to get up and post this! You are one plucky courageous gorgeous, talented girl and the world salutes you..... and your wonderful parents who had faith in you and allowed you to follow your dream! That goes for your team too, and all here who lovingly support and encourage you and bask in your success as if it were our own!!!!A legend forever more. You did it Jess. Bravo.Can't wait to see the pics and hear all about it!
Susan in Melbourne

chris said...


knew you would make it... you have so much positive determination...

you go!!!

many hugs
chris in calif

Anonymous said...

Awesome acheivement Jesse. Congratulations and Godspeed.
Mike T, Algies Bay, NZ

Magic Number said...

Well done Jessica! A truly great achivement. Your as good a half way home!!

Best Wishes,
Donagh, Ireland

Christian Hangel said...

Congratulations from the snow i Denmark. We will bee crossing fingers up here that the rest off the journey will go as smooth as it has so far.

I might show some of your videoclips at at youth sailer camp in the end of January, and tell the sailers a bit about your journey round the world.

Jony the Pony said...

Hi Jess,
more pictures and videaos please!
What about them albertos?
Keep up them dogers!
Jony the Pony

Bob from Seattle said...

GOOD GOOD GOOD----------I am so happy for you! You did it GIRL !!!! Wow I bet you feel GOOD !!!!

Rob said...

I can't wait to hear about how you felt as you rounded the Cape with so many onlookers. I hope the seas calm down and the wind is just how you need it for a speedy trip across the Atlantic. Good work and keep charging ahead!
Columbia, Missouri, USA

Bob from Seattle said...

Hey jesse,
I just watched your video. I like your hair up. What a cutie.

Anonymous said...

It started down under not too long ago,
A sailor named Jesse, just rarin’ to go,
A world was waiting to watch this great show,
Of a girl heading East before a rainbow

Alone in pink lady she nestled all snug
Moved out of harbor without any tug
Fining little wind to fill her great sails
She started her journey as slow as a snail

Trimming the sheets and fine tuning the course
She picked some speed and ran like a horse
Up to the equator so warm and so nice
Turn for the Cape with rough water and ice

Catching a fish and climbing the mast
Watching for birds and dolphins so fast
The adventure is full and yet to unfold
Hurrah and goodonya to Jesse the bold

Way to go are writing a story for a world to enjoy, rock on sweet one!!!!

California Dreamer

Anonymous said...

Skip,Ohoy.Captain Jessica.Wow it's must be a good feeling to see land after all those days at sea,hope you can smell it too.Nice to see that the Chilean and Argentinian navy are going to salute you,hope that this not happen at the same time,they could start shooting at each a little worried for your parents flyover,tought they only had old Hienkel Trickle trotlers down in Chile,but it seems they have come a long way,you parens will probly swoop by in a twin-engine Cessna 402 from.DAP. Or better in a Bolkow Bo 105 Helicopter.Then they safely can drop. som goodies to you.Soon you will be out of the cold and on the next leg.G-d speed and fair winds.From:Herman.Hampstead.NH.USA.

Kellygirlnyc said...

Awesome, Jess! I hope it was as momentous as you wanted it to be and that your parents enjoyed themselves and you got to wave to the Navy ships! Travel safely. How exciting!! :)

Unknown said...

WOW Bob in Tucson

Tricia in Vancouver, BC said...

Congratulations Jess! I've been following your voyage from the beginning but have left the comments to others. Now joining my voice with the other fans. Well done!!! Wow! So proud of you! Hope you have some fabulous chocolate to help you celebrate.

Stay safe, captain.

A smalltime, middle aged coastal sailor.

Tricia, Vancouver, Canada

Andreas said...

Congratulations!!!! It's really awesome! You deserve some blue skies and sunshine now :)


Eddie Offermann said...


Just fantastic!

I know how exhausting it's got to be right now: the wind and seas can really wear you down but you've been exceptionally fortunate.

Hold fast, Jesse!

nutralady2001 said...

Congratulations Jesse!!!! And I was asleep....drat! ( it's only 4.30am now and this was the first place I checked when I fired u the computer.

Thanks for the graphics on the news page Sam(urai)fantastic!!!! said...

Congratulations Jess!

I know there is still much ocean to sail before you make port, but this accomplishment shall stand on its own as an inspiration to those who dream of great things and wonder if they might be able to realize it.

There are more challenges ahead, but I hope that you the encouragement offered by those who are "sailing" with you buoys the obvious strength and courage you have already displayed.

God speed and fair winds...

Jerry Romanno, NJ USA

Malene said...

Bravo, youpi, you're fantastic... You are an inspiration for everybody of any age... Keep following your dreams. And bravo again, this is fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Way to go Jessica
Special Special Day!

Martin & Retno (Madagascar)

Dave said...

Congratulations, and thanks for doing it on my birthday. Welcome to my ocean.
Dave, Canada

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Well Done You Wonderful Girl!
Wojciech, Stockholm
PS What about nickname "Albatross of Diego Ramirez".. You deserve it!

magpie said...

I dip's me lid.
[obviously I've been in a lot of Rissoles(RSL)lately, lol]
This blog page will top a 1000 comments easily today.
Fantastic news.
Hoo Roo.

Anonymous said...


I was up early this morning to have a look at your latest news.

Do hope the weather was clear for you to see your parents fly over.
Until next time.

Lynne (Picton, NZ)

Lisa Walton said...

Such an impressive feat-well done.

Alison G said...

Yay Jesse!!! Fantastic. Congratulations.

Anonymous said...

Jess this is a huge achievement and an enormous milestone on your incredible journey. Congratulations! You better believe that the whole world is so proud of you. Thanks once again for shareing.

~~SC from NZ

Llew said...

Congratulations Jess! A fair wind and plain sailing from here on! Rounding the Horn has been a major personal maritime achievement for you but few who have been steadfastly following your trip are surprised as you are truly remarkable! You've taken all aspects of this epic adventure in your stride.
I can't wait to learn what your second adventure will be after this journey has been completed

Llew, New Zealand!

RICHARD said...

YES!.. Hooray! Yay! I am so pleased that the weather seems to be fairly good for sailing and not a scary as it can get down there.


Se Ya Sailor!

Randy said...

Really fantastic Jesse!

You are amazing!

CONGRATULATIONS for YOU - the one and only!!!

I'm really interested how you feel today....!?
I think, words can't tell, right?

Randy / Hamburg, Germany

Meechree said...

Very cool! Congrats!!!
-Dimitri, USA

TLR said...

jessica i congratulate you on rounding cape horn!
grisha roonov
russia sankt-peterburg

Scott said...

Good job. I'm so proud of you and how far you've come. What a feeling to have rounded the Cape, and to see your first people, ships, and land in months all at once. Keep it up, Jessica.

Scott, Denver, Colorado, USA

Bebie - Caloundra said...

Can't stop smiling! Wonderful photo. I feel so proud of you and you don't even know me - you don't know most of us but we really are excited. It's almost like you're our own granddaughter, daughter, sibling, friend.

Well done Jesse ... well done!

Hall Family said...


was there any doubt ?! No..

Now it is down hill all the way home....


Anonymous said...

Incredible! Just incredible!

I am one of the many who have been quietly cheering you on. I have been checking your progress every day from day one but have never posted before. I couldn't let this achievement go by without adding my huge CONGRATULATIONS!!

I am looking forward to hearing more about it and wish you calmer seas for a little rest.

You are an amazing person.

Continued best wishes from San Diego.

Cheryl in San Diego said...

Bravo Jessica, Bravo!
You amaze us all more each day!
God's peace and love to you.

nutralady2001 said...

Hi Jesse yes another comment so soon LOL. Just watched your latest video, you look good with your hair up also look well, healthy and happy!

Kicking myself I wasn't awake when you made the sail past.Oh well, she who snoozes loses....thought I'd better start signing with my name after all this time....Meleese x

Anonymous said...

Only one word to you, Jessi:


Axel, Germany

PamG said...

Brilliant news, CONGRATULATIONS JESSICA!! from Matamata, Waikato.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations from Colorado! Outstanding achievement. Many sailors in the US are watching intently and love your accomplishments! You've captivated the world...

Anonymous said...

Jessica, Congratulations to you and everyone in the support crew. What an effort and there it is "Nothing ventured nothing gained" You nust be very proud of yourself. We all are so proud of you.

Cape Horn has 9 letters so you can have 9 candles on your Chocolate cake today!!! Choice!!!!
Hope you saw your folks.Get some rest if you can.
Way to go girl-Wow now you can really say your HOMEWARD BOUND.

The Lovells Nelson NZ

Lumon from Rotorua, NZ said...

You go Girl! Another milestone reached. The whole world is wishing you a safe journey to your final destination.

Anonymous said...

Top work Jesse! Inspirational.

Hobart, Tassie

Anonymous said...

Yahoooooo! Congratulations on your rounding the Cape..good going Miss Jessica.
Jersey Shore Mom, USA

Anonymous said...

Well done, Jessica !
Homeward bound.
Richard (QLD)

Unknown said...

Congratulations, I've enjoyed following your progress on your blog! So thankful that you made it safely around the Cape! Blessings for the rest of your trip.
David Engle USA

SMCK said...

Fantastic CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!!

Dave J said...

I've been following your blog and the news several time each day anxiously watching as you round the Cape.

Congratulations Jesse!

What an accomplishment indeed.

I have not yet seen the latest video because the internet traffic on the link is so high that my browser times out. There are an unbelievable number of people following your journey and we are praying for your continued well being & success!

Dave J
North carolina USA

Anonymous said...

Yahooooooooo - that is just the best news to wake up to - yahoo xx


Joseph said...

A Great Big Congratulations to you Jessica!!
You have achieved a milestone that many will never reach but because of your strength and endurance you have given hope to both young and old alike in how to reach for a goal and make it happen!
Way to GO !!!!!
One more Cape to go then around Tasmania and your home free!!
Keep on Pushing Ahead!!

Joseph, Switzerland

ben said...

Congrats! You're now part of a very small club. Happy sailing. Been loving this blog since you started it.

Bebie - Caloundra said...

Took another good look at the photo and am still glad I'm a landlubber.

Thank you for the pic. Andrew.

Gillian said...

Ha, LOOK at all these comments....can you tell we are all so excited and proud of you?

Champion effort Miss Jessica, champion.

: )

Dan said...

Way to go sailor girl!!! Brilliant, simply brilliant. Surfing in 40 kts of wind and sending out a picture by satellite. You are a legend Jessica. You and EPL have nothing more to prove.

Hard to believe you are closing in on half way. Keep up the great work and bring that Lady home.

Fair winds and following seas.

Portland, Oregon, USA

Peter H said...

Hi Jesse,
Congratulations for your perfect sailing!
Best wishes
Peter from Austria

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you (and your support team)!!!!

I'll be back to work today after holidays but going feeling great joy from your acheivements.

Gabrielle, Sydney

EJ US Virgin Islands said...

Congratulations Jess!!!

So great!

US Virgin Islands

Angus. said...

Hey Jesse,
Samurai-: You did a great job on the tribute to Jesse, picture.
If I send you my email could you send it to me and I'll get it framed for a little section of my desk.
beers and cheers


Lanna said...

Top stuff girly pants! Top stuff! Hope you get a bit of a rest now that you've got some land behind you.

Nan Mim said...

Whooohoo Jess, my first task this morning to check on my adopted granddaughter - what a fantastic start to anyones day - to find that special picture and that you have arrive at the Horn - congratulations - we are all so proud of you and I am sure your family and team are extra super proud of you. You are one special young lady. Yay, yay, yay!!!!!!
Love, Nan Mim

Anonymous said...

Felicidades, Jessica!

After the improbable experience of being becalmed and inching along on benign glassy swells during your approach, you have been able to round the Cape in brisk good form! Thank you for the photo and the video. With roses in your cheeks and a joyful sparkle in your eyes, you look like a million bucks! A happy gal, albeit a bit tired. Hope the visibility and the weather conditions enable a successful rendevouz with your mum and dad, and with los barcos of the Chilean and Argentine navies.

Wishing you easy seas, a steady breeze, and warmth, blessed warmth!
Todd @BCL

Anonymous said...

Just amazing, very emotional....congratulations Jessica. best regards, David.

(David Henderson)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jesse,

on my behalf: big thanks for being there doing what you love to do. Big thanks to the team also, to make it possible to follow this journey.

You inspire so many people.

Keep your spirits high.

Fair winds and following seas,

HL, Helsinki

Sueby said...

fantastic news - well done - great effort - savour the moment, love sue

Francesco said...

Congratulation, dear young sailor !!!! What a wonderful day !

.....and ocean..

Sail for you firstly, but also a little bit for us.

Francesco, Italy (Milan)

Silent P said...

Well done Jesse. What a fantastic achievement.

Stay safe

Ruth said...

Jess! Jess! Jess! What a girl ! CONGRATULATIONS AND A GREAT BIG HUG. I have tears of joy and pride. You are 'Simply the Best' and hope all goes well for the trip home. I hope you get the key to the city or State or better still why not AUSTRALIA. We'll raise our glasses to you on Australia Day. WELL DONE!

Always thinking and praying for you

Ruth xoxo
Sunshine Coast

Anonymous said...

You are a prodigy ! We are proud of you.

Keep up the momentum.

Congratulations !

maxine maroochydore said...

Congratultions Jesse, You are AMAZING, we are so proud of you, I feel like you are my granddaughter and I am bursting with pride, GO JESSE, AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE OIH OIH OIH Maxine and Colin Maroochydore

Kenneth said...

Congratulations Jess, I read your blog every day, and I repeat the Buddhist Mantra for the Universe, which keeps you safe.
Will keep watching your progress.

danma said...

Yay for you!!!!!!You go sunshine.....

Can't wait to hear from you about all the goings on...

Looking forward to the next part of your journey....

Keep up the fantastic work & as always stay safe & happy sailing.

Anonymous said...

Hello Jessica
congratulations for rounding the cape, we login every day to read your blog and watch your progress with the little pink yachts and counting the days for this milestone
well done, be very proud, you are truly an inspiration

Sally said...


What a wonderful achievement - can't wait to hear all about it Jess! We made it!!!

GO GIRL!! You are doing Australia proud.

Hope you had time to savour the moment amongst the strong winds! Well done on achieving an amazing milestone... I feel so proud, your parents must be bursting at the seams with pride. And your family and your support family! Well done to the lot of you - it's a great team effort.

Thanks Samurai for your beautiful artwork.

Stay safe Jess - look forward to your next blog.

"Destiny is not a matter of change, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."
- William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925)

'One ship sails east and another sails west
With the self-same winds that blow.
Tis the set of the sail and not the gale
Which determines the way they go.
As the winds of the sea are the ways of fate
As we voyage along through life,
Tis the act of the soul that determines the goal,
And not the calm or the strife.'
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Jessica! Wow! The Chillian and Argentine Navies, eh? Quite a reception! And thank you Sam, for the picture, (it's in "Latest News", in case anyone hasn't seen it). I love the dolphins and the albatrosses, nice touch! Jessica's not finished yet with 40 knots on rough seas, so I'm going to let her get back to business. Looking forward to hearing she's in calmer seas, and higher temperatures.

Deborah, BC, Canada

Dusty from Dubbo said...

Good morning Jesse
WAhooooo congratulations and well sailed what a fantastic effort...go go go you good thing. At 16 this is a remarkable effort, one that you can be proud of for the rest of your life. I am so happy for you... more later on my stay in your part of the world. Again well done.
Dusty from Dubbo

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