Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pictures of the Cape!

Pic 1: Surfing along in 40 knot winds approaching the Cape

Pic 2: The Cape - how exciting!

Pic 3: The Cape again looking almost mythical!

Pic 4: Despite the conditions, rounding Cape Horn was amazing, the highlight of the trip to date!


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Chris Akenfelds said...

Congratulations, Jessica. You are a living legend, and one hell of a chickiebabe! All the best for your gradual return to Australia over the next few months.

Chris Akenfelds
Brisbane QLD
akenfelds @ lycos . com

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,
Great pictures. What a wonderful achievement. Look forward to hearing how the visit with Mum and Dad went.
Keep up the good work.
Stay safe,

Anonymous said...

Hahaha WOOOOOO! So stoked for you - so so epic, well done :) Stay stafe!

Nick in Tassie

Anonymous said...

Jessica, you are such a totally awesome individual... Congratulations on the rounding of Cape Horn!
The photos are amazing... thank you for sharing these special moments with us. You should be very proud of your accomplishments. Hope you were able to see your Mom & Dad's plane!

Today my class was so excited to move the "Pink Lady" around to the other side of the Horn. Then we each created paper boats and coloured them pink!

Oh yes, I must thank you for your perfect timing... tonight I met with all my students parents, because we are planning a little adventure for ourselves... a three day field trip down to Victoria (BC, Canada) to meet our pen pals. Well, after beginning with a discussion about a brave young 16 year old girl sailing solo around the world and sharing your web page... heck taking their children for only three days didn't seem like such a big deal. So thank you! I'm going to send a few art projects from the Killer Whales...

Skye said...

Congrats from Arizona USA!!! I've been with you all the way and knew there was NO doubt you would make it! WOO HOOOOOOOOOOO Jessica!!! Be proud of yourself and your team! Thinking about you tons!!!

Tim09 said...

Hi Jess,
Thanks for the pics they are great. Also hope thatyou got to talk to Mum and Dad. Well rest up young lady the South Atlantic awaits.
Stay safe and hooked on
Tim and Rosie Caboolture

Brucey said...

G'day Jessica,

Looking Good!

Great photos. Looks like Ella's Pink Lady is handling the seas beautifully.

Hope you see Mom and Dad.

With you all the way!



Charley said...

Hi Jesse,
Your pictures, they tell so much and have such depth of feeling. Thank you for them. Awesome views. You strong girl - say volums in yours beautifully.
Next chapter - can't put the book down !
At Cape Horn Rounding Milestone
What a great unforgettable family and international get together (at a distance) All for you representing your Homeland Australia. A proud Mum,Dad and Jesse, we are proud too. Congratulations you and Ella's Pink Lady sailed those seas real pro

Now from the Atlantic to the Indian and home shoot for May +-
Bells ringing horns blasting Jesse, you are so deserving of
the greatest homecoming Beautiful Sydney Harbour has ever seen...
I think you feel the blogger family's magnetic power holding on to you, we will stay the course with you all the way home...
The best to come, Charley

To the Shore Team: As Jesse refers to "My great shore team", we say again. Thanks for your best help on earth to dear Jesse and her dear Ella's Pink Lady. What a team, what a boat, what a girl, our Jesse.

Sam:Thanks, we can't do without you... cool...

Anonymous said...

thanks for the great pictures Jessica, you are a very brave person.....congrats to you, you are truly amazing, you have done something I dreamed of doing my whole matter what happens in your life, no one will ever be able to take this accomplishment away from you

PolarisLux said...

Congratulations from Brazil.
Great and amazing photos!!
You are really great.
Nobody can stop you.
Go, you are in right way, the ocean is yours.

Fran said...

congratulations from all here at Greenwich Baths in Sydney Harbour. What an inspiration you are! can't wait to see you sail back into Sydney Harbour, we know you can do it!

Lea said...

Hi Jesse,

Congratulations. It must be such a proud day for you, not to mention exciting now that you're on the home stretch! Awesome pics too.

I look forward to your next blog outlining the details of the day and hope it was all you wished for.

Keep on achieving those goals!

Lea xx

Sue (this n that) said...

Everything's been said already hasn't it!
Thanks for pics - very much appreciated.
You do have a look of achievement Jesse....and so you should, well done.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Congratulations Kate!!!!! Did you see your parents too! I'm only 8 and I would sure miss my parents if they were gone more than a day. I hope someday to grow up like you and have all your courage. Looking forward to hearing you round Cape of Good Hope!

Unknown said...

Your journey is so exciting and inspirational. After reading a book from fellow aussie adventurers ("crossing the ditch"),it is exciting to follow your adventure and when you do return to Sydney, there will be thousands to cheer you.
To the doubters...they will be only to happy to choke on their past words and join with all in celebration.
Now that you have rounded the Cape, enjoy the moment, keep the maintenance up and enjoy an extra ration !!!

Unknown said...

Congratulations! What an accomplishment! I have been following this grand adventure since you set out. I am amazed with each blog entry.

maxine maroochydore said...

Good on you Jesse thinking of you watching you on telly, and checking on you on the computer, YOU ARE AMAZING the pics are amazing thankyou from us landlovers, feels like we are there with you God speed Jess, Maxine and Colin Marchydore, P.S did you get to look up and see your mum and dad

Anonymous said...

Well done, may this just be the first successful milestone. Stay safe and Godspeed.

Joolz said...

What a great achievement in your trip so far, Jess! Go, you champion! We are very proud of you and wish you safe sailing and Godspeed. WooHoo!

Julie, Angus, Kirby & Brianna McDonald
South Australia

Anonymous said...

Great stuff..we are all so excited for you.

Photos look great....just looking at them also on the news right now!!

sail safe and enjoy..Lyn Tasmania

ET Gurl said...

Hi Jessica

Its great to hear you got round that Cape safely i suppose it was just like sailing at Mooloolaba on a nice Sunday morning as the waves are there are much bigger so you have had a dream run so far so keep it up

Unknown said...

Congratulations from sunny Walt Disney World! I have been following your adventure since you set out. I am amazed every time a new blog entry is posted. Keep it up, you can finish this thing!

Valerie McLeod said...

Fantastic, Jessica - congrats!!! Heard about you rounding the Cape on the radio today.

You're an inspiration for us all.

Hope you enjoy easy sailing as you head towards the Falklands.

God bless

Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing all of this with all of us. Vicki, your little guardian angel from Caloundra.

Sar from SA said...

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!! I am soooo excited for you, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

I have been checking your blog nearly every day, so glad you are keeping safe. You are so inspirational, I think you should be nominated for Young Australian of the Year!!!

Enjoy your journey, a dream come true for you, :) :) :) your parents are no doubt bursting with pride.

Take care, seeya back in Oz soon!


Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,

Here is Killer Whale art project #4...

Keep on sailing Jess,

PS Let us know if you see any of Orca's cousins during your voyage!

Sally said...

Hi Jess

The photo's are amazing! you look great. Land Ahoy! It must be lovely for you to actually spot land - very grounding!! Pardon the pun!

So no doubt you are feeling exhilarated and exhausted by now! After battling those 40 knot winds during this part of your journey. All that excitement and emotion of passing the cape mixed in with gale force winds and the thought of your family being so close - a busy time indeed. I hope that the winds have abated so that you can take a breather and your parents have a successful flyover. Can't wait to hear about it.

Did the navy drop by?

What a little treasure you are Jess! Go girl!

Stay safe - look forward to the next installment.

'Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another' Walter Elliott

"Happiness is not in our circumstances, but in ourselves. It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something we are" John B. Sheerin

Sally In Sydney

cairnssalty said...

Congrats Jess,gee how high is Everest,its all go from here, any fish??

Kath, Qld said...

Wow Jess, great pictures. Congratulations again, just saw you on the news btw. The media here are a bit slow, even this morning they were still saying you were approaching the cape, long after you'd posted that you'd already past it!
Did you see your Mum & Dad's plane? And the navy ships?
stay safe .X.

observer said...

pictures are indeed worth thousands of words. Good for you. Keep it up.

Anonymous said...

Sending you the biggest hug Jessica. And some tissues or maybe it is all of us your followers that need the tissues!!! From reading all your comments I wasn't the only one feeling teary eyed.

Val, Toowoomba, Queensland

Judy said...

Congratulations Jessica!
What an exciting day for you! You are one brave young woman, what an inspiration you are to all of us. God Bless as you continue on your journey.

Jonathan Castelino said...

Hi Jess,


We are very proud of you and this landmark achievement !

Yes indeed, almost mythical.... and tempting ! You look incredibly determined and filled with the resolve of someone who is focused on the goal at hand.

Again, hats off......40kt winds and a swell ! You're a legend ! I was flying cross country yesterday across the Dandenongs through Kilmore Gap and Kyneton (in Victoria) in 30kt winds and got thrown around quite a bit and immediately thought of our Jess out there taking in the 40kt winds and swell in her stride ! So I really couldn't wuss out and return to the field, could I?

Anyway, next step... Drake Passage !


Anonymous said...


RebelCowboy said...

Congratulations on the milestone Jess. Those are some great pics.

Marlon N Weldon
Confederate Money Farm.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, its what all us fans have been waiting for these past 2 weeks.

With your blogs you really make us land-lubbers feel part of your adventure. I think you are only going to realize how big that fan-club is when you get back to Sydney - they are going have to declare a public holiday on that day!!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations, its what all us fans have been waiting for these past 2 weeks.

With your blogs you really make us land-lubbers feel part of your adventure. I think you are only going to realize how big that fan-club is when you get back to Sydney - they are going have to declare a public holiday on that day!!


Em said...

Congrats honey, well done, this has been the highlight of my week.

I've been babbling "Jess made it round the cape" but most people just think I am mad.

Stay strong.

infiniteblue said...

Nice work Jesse, press on , clip on and sail safe

sailordog said...

Congrats, Jessica. I have followed you since day one of your journey but this is the first time I have commented on your trip. What an accomplishment! I show my children your blogs, pics and tracking and we all are amazed. Keep up the good work. Fair Winds from North Carolina USA

Evie from Bendigo said...


You have become a young ambassador for the youth of Australia but not only have you done that but you have given the youth of the world a reality check there is a world of experience out there just waiting for them to live it. It just takes a dream and the courage to grab onto that dream and work hard for it.

You look pensive and quite emotional in your photo and mighty cold and I hope mighty proud of yourself. The photos will be wonderful memories for you Pet.

Again I congratulate you on your achievement.

A few good hours of sleep will go down a treat right now and maybe a few generous treats from your store of goodies.

I have to ask I have not been able to locate which island you take a rest at. I know you can not go ashore but are able to moor in the shelter of the island and am unaware how long you will rest up there.
It will be a well deserved rest.

Did you get to see mum and dad wave at you?

All the best Pet.

Love and hugs
Evie from Bendigo

Carl said...

I would get motion sickness in any kind of waves. No idea how you do it. Do you ever feel sick?

Best wishes for the rest of your journey!
Carl, Wisconsin, USA

Anonymous said...

You knew you could do it, your team believed in you and what a team effort it has been. That little boat must have been well set up, but then again it is an S&S!

Congratulations, it's a tremendous milestone and achievement - go you little Aussie Queenslander Girlie!

Given the weather, did your folks get a chance to fly over? That would have been an emotional time for everyone, including all your followers around the world.

Again congrats and all our love,
MV Whittley Lass, Gladstone, Qld

Sandi said...

Well done Jessica! God speed for the rest of your journey. Can't wait to welcome you home.


Kaye Stapleton said...

Keep on going girl the world loves you.

Kaye xx

Anonymous said...

So that is the famous Cape Horn. I have read about it so much. Finally I saw it thanks to you. Thanks for the pictures Jesse!

Sofia - Bulgaria

Keith from Melbourne said...

Hi Jesse

More wonderful wonderful news.

I hope your parents and yourselves get to see one another, if only from afar.

Coming down from the mountain can sometimes be more difficult than going up, even when back at base. Set your mind to the right place, if its not already there.

You are close to something very special....

take care
am envious


Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jesse, well done.
This is a huge milestone.
Judi Sydney

Jim in Carlsbad, Ca. said...

Been following you since the beginning, you're the best! Keep up the good work, and congrats on rounding the cape! Keep your eye on the prize, and sail on. All the best!

Anonymous said...

Jess, on behalf of all the members of the Mooloolaba Yacht Club, a huge big congratulations for what you have acheived so far and for what you will achieve for the rest of your journey. We wish you fair winds and safe sailing. We will continue to cheer you on and upwards.

Cape Breton said...

Jessica, Jessica,
What can one say that has not already been said !.
As an old Aus/Canadian, even though I have never met you, I have to say that I am so proud of your accomplishment on rounding the Cape, an incredible, amazing, courageous young woman living her dream. Your picture says it all and if I may quote Blogger:
" Toni McLean who said...
You look so much at peace. Will you ever want to come back to a land life? I know you are very excited on the surface. I imagine underneath that is a very still, deep place within you where your wisdom resides.
What a gift to the world you and your life are and will be."
Cannot say it any better than that.
Be safe and sail on to Sydney.

From the Great Bras d'Or Lakes.

John Webb said...

To all the Cynics who said she would never do it..Blah blah blah to you all and to Jessica >>>> Wooooo Hooooo..!!!
Keep going girl you are doing a sensational job, well done.

John Webb
SV Playground

Bob said...

Hey Capt'n Jessica,

CONGRATULATIONS on reaching a major milestone on your quest. You have done exceedingly well and faced the harsh conditions like a seasoned veteran. We are wishing you continued success and look forward to seeing you complete the second half of your journey in top shape.
May God in Heaven grant you many blessings as you explore His wonderful creation. Remember you are never truly alone as the Creator watches over His children.
We are standing and cheering for you here in Oklahoma USA,,,,

Best Regards,
Bob in OKC

Anonymous said...

I love this picture of you, it really shows your pride in yourself, and rightfully so.:)That's what lifes about!
Lori (Western WA)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jessica
Fantastic achievement
Wonderful blog you send us
A beautiful spirit you have

Sail on safely

Byron Bay

Michael J Cawley said...

Hi Jess,

Great work you are on your way home.

Sail on Jess.

Michael in Melbourne

katsola said...

Congratulations Jessica! Very cool. I told my boss who is a sailor about you rounding the cape today.

wally said...

Very pleased to hear of you successful rounding and the best of luck as you continue.

Anonymous said...

Congradulations Jessica! Fantastic pictures! What a dream come true.
Cheryl and Gabbi
Bowen Island,BC

ian said...

take 10 & go to top of the class!
great effort to all involved.
sailed a few oceans myself a few years back in small craft.

keep up the good work & enjoy the moment.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jesse fantastic achievement

Tight lines girl

Cliff Brisbane

Australian Outback Photographer said...

Way to go Jessica...
Congratulations, you are inspirational

Ian Mckenzie

Crimson Tide said...

Congratulations Jessica!!!!! You are just awesome. I have followed your blog since your journey began, and the feat you have just accomplished is astounding. With all that is wrong and corrupt in the world today, my children now have a stellar heroine of their generation who is teaching them daily lessons about life and how to live it. We admire you so much, and will pray that you have smooth sailing and a safe return to your family and your beautiful country.

Doc H.
Birmingham, AL USA

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica.

You've shown awesome courage and brilliant sailing to achive what you set out to do.

All the best from Angelique 6yrs old and her dad Mark in Sydney.

Hope you kept the drawing of your yacht Angelique drew for you and handed to you at The Spit Bridge Marina in Sydney just before your depature.

Very proud to have met you.


gsimmons said...

Hi Jessica
Congratulation Jesse, on making the CAPE HORN CLUB, not to many people with that feather in their cap, or better still under their keel.
Great photos, but the weather could have been a little better, but you can't have everything.
Also a big congratulations to your whole shore crew, with out them this would not happen, so a big thankyou.
So give your parents a big wave, and have a fantastic day, your a champ.
So keep having fun and KEEP SAFE.
Cheers George Simmons
Exmouth WA Australia

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,

Great photos of the cape, you look like the cat who stole the cream !!! GOOD FOR YOU!!! Hope the rest of your adventure continues is the same style and we see you back in Sydney real soon!!!

Bron Central West NSW

Rio The Homework Dog said...

Hi from Room 401,
The pictures are great! We are glad you could see Cape Horn. The celebrating with "Cape Horns"and chocolate was fun!

We'll be posting a special surprise for you!

Best wishes - Room 401

John said...

Way to go Jesse!!!

John - From San Francisco

kellie said...

hiya jesse
great news jesse now your home word bound the pics were great and congrats also

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting such great pictures and video for those of us following your journey. It was a highlight of my day to read about your success. You bring tears of joy to my eyes. Thank you Jess. You are an amazing person. Congratulations!!!

Here's to you! Cheers!
Gretchen - Southern California

pestinfo said...


New ocean, new map.

Well done

Sail safe

Allen, Hervey Bay, Qld, AU

Crimson Tide said...

Congratulations Jessica!!!!! You are just awesome. I have followed your blog since your journey began, and the feat you have just accomplished is astounding. With all that is wrong and corrupt in the world today, my children now have a stellar heroine of their generation who is teaching them daily lessons about life and how to live it. We admire you so much, and will pray that you have smooth sailing and a safe return to your family and your beautiful country.

Doc H.
Birmingham, AL USA

gary wigmore said...

well done kid.will go an celebrate on your behalf.not bad at all.........gary

Anonymous said...

Jessica, This is quote from Roosevelt way back in the 1800's.
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat."

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess, Great work! You can come home now, but take the scenic route!

hp said...

Bonjour Jessica,

It used to be the almost mythical Cape Horn, and now it's only the Cape? :-)

Keep warm, stay safe

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on a huge achievement. Well done. Thanks for sharing your travels with us and posting pics - few of us will ever get to that part of the world and probably none in a boat on their own!!!
Stay safe

Jennifer M Koskinen said...


So incredible to watch your progress - thank you for keeping us all posted - you are an inspiration!

Colorado, USA

Unknown said...

Congrats Jessica!

Been following you from (almost) the start. You're in my "daily" folder. Your journey is my journey.


Anonymous said...


Mike in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Kev said...

Brilliant Jesse, Absoutely Brilliant!
Ten out of ten, Gold Star, and Elephant Stamp!

Really Top Class!

Cheers, Kev, Sydney, Oz.

erica said...

congratulations, you are an inspiration for me to get out there and achieve my dream.

Carlamia said...


congrats on achieving a major milestone! Have loved watching your journey and was very excited this morning for you when the news broke that you had succeeded. Have been keeping an eye on your blog and loving your adventures, you are an incredible inspiration.

May the seas be fair, the winds adequate and the journey continue to an amazing experience.


Anonymous said...

Me again, Jessica.
What has the temperature been?
I imagine it would be freezing.
Just a few weeks and back to warmer weather.
Keep smiling :)
Luv u
Richard (QLD)

Anonymous said...

Skip'Ohoy.Captain Jessica.Seems like I dident come true yesterday.Oh well.Nice photos you look soo good.Keep it up.Fair winds and happy sailing to warmer waters.From:Herman.Hampstead.NH.USA.

Anonymous said...

We have just enjoyed seeing the pictures and videos of your trip. Hi from Werri Beach, NSW Australia, from Charlotte (6 yo) and Annelise. (7 YO). Go safely home and have a good trip. I think you are very brave, go girl.

Anonymous said...

Dear jessica ,
I can't tell you how much I admire your achivement so far. I've been following your every move on the ocean since you left Sydney harbour .
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! and all the very best of luck during the remainder of your journey.
I am 57 years old and have had an interesting and fortunate life, and seeing you sail into sydney harbour safe and well,at the end of your round the world quest, will be one of the highlights of that life!
You ARE, an extraordinary young woman!.
Stay safe.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica, This is my first comment but I've faithfully read your blog since you left Australia. I just can't let this momentous feat go by without saying congratulations, more power to you!

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Anonymous said...

What fantastic pictures, Jessica!

You look soooo satisfied and happy! And you may as well be, no one your gender and age has done so, ever!
Congrats, congrats, congrats!

A great achievement and you look as fresh as a daisy to continue on the next leg of your adventure!

I have sent your news of successfully rounding the cape to all my friends around the world!

How was the rendezvous with your parents?????
The navy ships????

When I am all excited and awed in wonder of you, I of course include your parents, shore team and all the people who supported you to get this 'little project' of yours of the ground.
It would not have been possible without them, but the 'driving' force behind was and is still Jessica Watson!

I am so proud to be part of this, courtesy of you and your team, I could burst!
Better not, a bit messy!

So sail on Captain Watson, safely until you are home again in Sydney!

Keep well, happy and above all else safe,

Trudy, Austria/Australia

Anonymous said...

Captain Jessica

Congratulations on your fantastic acheivment, from a long term blog watcher, first time blogger.

To the shore team and Mum and Dad what a tremendous team acheivment.

Now lets get Jess and EPL home. Continue west for half of the Globe, then take the first left after Tassie. Then there will be crowds on every vantage point cheering and showing Jess where to park EPL

Alan from Brisbane

Unknown said...

Congrats Jessica
Passing the cape is great
well done,proud off your achivement
Macka AUS

Mary said...

Thank you to BlogMaster, Andrew Fraser!!

Mary, Maine, USA

Darryl said...

Hey Jesse, I am still following you everyday, good on you girl! I am so glad you didn't get any really nasty weather.
Take care

Patch said...

Hi Jessica,

Congratulations, that's a milestone in itself. So great to see a true adventurer getting out there.

Go, go, go!!!

Andy, Gold Coast QLD

Mel M of USA said...


According to the web site "NewstalkZB, Aukland 89.4", you have a record: "Teen sailor Jessica Watson has set a new world record - having safely navigated her way around Cape Horn...The 16-year-old Australian is now the youngest person to have manage the feat solo."


Scott said...

Thanks for the pics. They really capture the excitement.

Scott, Denver, Colorado, USA

Anonymous said...

How sweet is your smile!!

Anonymous said...

Well done Jessica

Amazing feat rounding the cape. Have been following your progress from the start. All the best for the rest of the journey. Sounds like great alone time out there.


Joey said...

Congratulations Jessica !!
We knew you could do it !!
halfway home ! Start dreaming about what to do next !

Gillian said...

I wonder if you have celebration presents like you did for the equator.

Hopefully the sea will calm enough for you to enjoy them...or enjoy whatever else you can rustle up in the way of a celebration.

Three cheers for you and Team Jess!

Mary, Maine, USA said...

PS. Also, my fellow Jessicaholics, go to AdelaideNow for a short but wonderful video interview between Jess and a news rep. It's great.

Mary, Maine, USA

Noela, Gold Coast said...


Congratulations! Another milestone in your journey. Well done! Thanks so much for the pics. I feel as though I'm there with you.

You are an inspiration to us all. I'm so proud of you young Aussie. You have impacted so many of us and changed our lives for the better.

Anonymous said...

After this amazing day, you should be feeling pretty good about your accomplishments. You are one gutsy girl!!

Rest well, and enjoy today's victory.

Brian & Phillippa
(aka kiwi_canuck)
Vancouver, Canada

Miss M said...

(dictated to Mum to type)
Hello Jess,
I am 6 years old. My mum and I look every day to see where you are but I am too scared to say hello in case you say hello back, but now I am 6.I think you are very brave. I am getting brave too. I can now hang upside on the monkey bars.I flew to England from Australia and I looked out for you going around the horn but you were too far away (we were flying in a different direction) but I waved anyway.
My mum told me you made it around the horn without too much of a tantrum (from the sea)I asked Mum to help me to write and say you are very brave and clever and we think about you a lot. Mum said your boat is pink so that Santa
could find you on Christmas Eve.
I thought that was so clever.
Miss M

Anonymous said...

Jessica we are celebrating you! Michelle and Alicia in Canberra xxxxx

Anonymous said...

Wow Jessica YOU DID IT !!!! The two of you in those seas accomplished a great deal today. Congrats.

Speechless here in Oregon,

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Helene McGeever said...

What a wonderful to tell your children in years to come. You are truly amazing. All the best for the rest of your trip Jesse.

Unknown said...

Congratulations Jessica. You are an inspiration to all of us. Thankyou for your courage.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Jessica,

Congratulations on rounding the Cape! I'm glad you had time to take pictures, which means you had time to actually look at the islands as you passed them, and to think about and enjoy and appreciate what you'd accomplished. (Under those conditions, I thought you might be so busy keeping the boat upright and headed in the correct direction that there was no time for contemplation.)

I hope you also were able to talk with your parents and maybe even for the plane to do a flyover so you could wave at each other. It looks like there was some ceiling and visibility -- I guess it depends on the boldness of the pilot. I'll also be interested to know if any of those naval vessels came by to say hello (or hola, in their case). In 40 knot winds, they may batten all hatches and ride out the blow (an option you don't have!).

Now comes the boring part of the trip (if solo, long-distance sailing is ever boring) -- pretty much due east, about 7/12 of the way around the world, till you reach Tasmania. I hope the weather isn't like this the whole way! On the other hand, if it was, and it was a favorable wind, you'd make good time.

Congratulations again,

Michael in Texas, USA

Luis Velez said...

Hi Jessica,
Here is the link to a good Google Book:

Sailing alone around the world by Joshua Slocum,+Joshua&ei=rpc7S6uVDZe6yQSqioyrAQ&cd=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Enjoy! Good luck and Godspeed!


Nan Mim said...

Hello again Jess from Nan Mim - my second post for today. I have been thinking about you and your incredibly brave and inspiring feat - conquering Cape Horn - lots today and feeling so proud of you and your team. You have all gone about your tasks quietly, fuss-free and graciously in spite of much early media malignment and now look where you are. Whoopee again and again and again........and at last some well deserved positive media coverage. Thank you precious girl for thinking of us all and sending pictures of the Horn. Seeing you there brought tears to my eyes. I pray you will be able to have some time to catch up on some of your lost sleep but I am sure you will still need to be "on your toes" - the jourey isn't over yet is it? Lots more exciting things to come I am sure but you will be well motivated after this epic achievement. Blessings with lots and lots of hugs little lamb.
Nan Mim

Maxine said...

Hi Jessica

Your boat was moored near my place for a while before you left Sydney, and it looked so tiny. Back then I wondered how on earth you'd make it around Cape Horn, but you did it! Congratulations! I'm so happy for you.

I even had a dream of you last night, that you had finally returned to Sydney and I was talking to you about your great adventure. LOL.

All the best for the remainder of the trip.

Safe sailing.

Grant Fjermedal said...


It's so nice you were able to pass the Cape during daylight hours so you could witness the event and capture these photos of a lifetime.

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy for you! Keep up the excellent work! (And I know firsthand it is a LOT of work!) Enjoy it, and safe sailing to you!

Nan Mim said...

..and here I am again - forgot to say thank you Samurai for your tribute - very special!! Thank you!
Nan Mim

Mary, Maine, USA said...

Dear Friends,

Here's the link to the video interview I mentioned in my last post.

Hope it opens for you!
Mary, Maine, USA

Steve Sydney said...

Hi Jessica.

What a fantastic achievement.

When one considers your age it is quite humbling to think you are sailing the same seas as Columbus,Drake and other famous explorers.
You are an inspiration and an example of the motto" think it and you will achieve it"

Sail on Pink Lady.Thunderbirds away.
Steve Sydney

The Ryders said...

Woo hoo! Everyone is cheering for you! A big congrats to you and all your support team. You are nearly at the half way mark so that is awesome. Just love reading your blogs and have been sharing your story with all the rellies in NZ on a recent visit. Keep on enjoying yourself Jess!

Glenda said...

Hi again Jessica. Thank you for sharing those excellent photos of your special moments at the Cape. The waves look huge to me but you seem to take it all in your stride oh so calmly. I hope you get a brief rest and time to reflect on what you have achieved. It is not only the sailing records you are setting but the magical atmosphere you have created in this blog which has become an oasis, a haven, a refuge of peace for so many. Stay safe.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jesse. I have been faithfully following your progress as have so many others.

I am praying for the rest of the voyage to continue uneventfully and for a safe return to Sydney.

You are amazing.

Anonymous said...

Hola (Hello)Jessica

I am a Chilean living in Tasmania.
I am happy for your challenge,well done!
Keep safe


Steve Sydney said...

Fantastic achievement.
It is humbling to think you are sailing the same seas as Columbus,Drake and all the other explorers that have gone before you.

It is amazing to think of what you have achieved at such a young age.
Sail on Pink Lady.
Thunderbirds Away!
Steve Sydney

buddymarie said...

Hi Jessica, thanks for the great photos, we are so proud of your acceivements.

Buddy & Marie. riverina.

Ali :) Amazing photos said...

Cheers for the pics I'm welling up inside with pride all the best
Happy sailing
Ali Brisbane Qld :)

Cobrarog said...

Congratulations Jesse!
That look on your face is priceless!
Another milestone, another leg of the trip left behind. One step at a time. Keep up the great work and in no time you will be up into some warmer weather.

jan said...

hi jesse, welldone, FANTASTIC,we are all extremely ptoud of you.thanks for keeping us posted. cheers from canterbury nz.

Anonymous said...

Just think how many legends and explorers have rounded that Cape...

Huge congrats to you Jess...


Kevin in Las Vegas

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jesse on your fabulous achievement, stay safe and keep enjoying your dream! Great photo's, your positive attitude and courageous nature is awesome, you are such an inspiration to all. See you in Sydney.

The Hirst Family,

Unknown said...

Go girl!


Anonymous said...

Well done Jessica, what a great achievement. I bet it was great for you knowing that your mum and dad were close by and sharing your experience.
Adelaide SA

Galia said...

yes!yes! you did it!!!!!
What an amazing achievement young lady! you are showing us (again) that big dreams can come true :)

Safe journey- hope you'll be able to get some rest soon!


Unknown said...

Great pictures, Jess. You're now among the immortals. Congratulations on half a job well done.

Ian from brisbane

Jackie said...

Congratulations Jessica, Im so excited for you. I love reading your blog. Stay safe for the rest of your journey
Sunshine Coast.

Stephen Lyons Jervis Bay said...

Wow! Go Jessica but stay safe, I am sooooo proud of you.

Unknown said...


bruce nz said... fact bloody awesome. You are showing every person in the world what young people are capable of, given the opportunity. You and your family should be very proud. May your good foutune continue...PS must be that kiwi blood in you.

Terry said...

Hey Jess,

Congratulations on your fantastic progress.

I have told my sister , who lives in Port Stanley to wave as you go past ! Knowing her she will probably have the whole population looking out for you ! Go for it !


Anonymous said...

"If I have to, I can do anything.
I am strong, I am invincible,
I am Women. "Helen Reddy"

The above is from a song Jess......and you are not yet a women........great work and fantastic adventure from us all on land.
Ros (Sydney)

Fox Maho said...

I've just suddenly realised how beautiful a girl can be in this natural beauty, with sleepy eyes full of victory and satisfaction!))

Moscow, Russia.

Frank Lee, Sydney said...

Good on'ya Jesse!

Good luck with the rest of your trip!

Unknown said...

Congratualation Jess! That is definatley a new milestone in your solo round voyage. I hope you safe and get to another target soon. It is also coincident today is my daughter's 21-year- young birthday. I hope she is working hard,never stop in exploring the unknow world to her and happy all the life time. Jari from Dalian China.

Pelle said...

Truly amazing!

Have fun and sail safe!

CONGRATULATIONS from way up north!

Pelle - Karlskrona, Sweden

magpie said...

Hi Jessica,
I love how you so effortlessly take snapshots of Cape Horn in a forty knot breeze. I remember snapping a mast on my old VJ dinghy in a measley 20 knot blow, lol.
The Cape looks to have very similar conditions to when our 'First Lady' Kay Cottee flew past it and mananged a quick photo.
☺☺☺ Absolutely marvellous ☺☺☺

Unknown said...

CONGRATULATIONS JESSE! You're doing brilliantly. Hope things keep going well for you. We're all cheering you on girl. GO JESSE!
Chris from Qld

Anonymous said...

Way-to-go Jessica - what a fantastic achievement. Did Mom & Dad mangae to make a fly-over, and did the Chilean and Argentinean navies manage to get close enough to say "hello?"
All the best for the rest of your voyage home - we'll be watching your web page and thinking of you daily.

Jenny & Martin Thistlethwaite
We're just a couple of retirees in Calgary, Canada, but dream of having had the "moxie" and courage to do what you are doing.

Digiscrapper said...

Congratulations Jess on achieving such a great milestone in your journey. A dream come true for you. Now onward and homeward as you are almost halfway through your journey.

Thanks for your blog and your amazing photographs.

You go girl!

Take care and stay safe


nutralady2001 said...

Hi Jesse, can't see my last couple of comments so no idea what happened to them (yes I made sure they showed that they'd be posted after approval.) Maybe I'm blind and can't see them. At the risk of repeating myself thought you'd like to know that your rounding the Cape took up most of page 3 of the Adelaide Advertiser today with a great photo of you taken before you left Sydney.

So happy for you and what great photos on this blog. Did your parents do the flyover and did you get to wave, given the fact that the eather wasn't the best?...........Meleese x

Unknown said...

You're a legend, well done! I hope your ride home is an enjoyable one. Keep blogging, it's great!

Jannette said...

Congratulations Jessica! I guess the doubters are pretty quiet now. I can't wait for you to sail back home.

carole (Mackay) QLD said...

Hi Jessica
Congratulations. The photos are amazing - loved EPL surfing along and also the large swell piccies, the cape looked as you said mythical. You look really well and your video was awesome.
Did the mist clear enough to see mum and dad - awwww I hope so, and I hope you wernt too emotional... All the guests at my resort were talking about you this morning - you are a star !!! Well done !! :)

Anonymous said...

Well done Jess, you are a legend in my books. Cause those waves look way to scary for this 37 yr old mum.
I love checking daily on how u are going. Fantastic achievement.

Dean said...

as A 71 year old who has always loved the ocean I sit here with tears in my eyes overcome by your feat so far. Stay safe, keep warm the world is watching YOU jess go girl !

dean Adelaide South Aust

StuntTrader said...

as Anonymous said (& boy does he post a lot!)
You've caused a commotion in the ocean, now do the locomotion.
Hope you get "Australian of the Year"

zoopa said...

MANY Congrats to you Jessica for achieving a fantastic milestone and to traverse such a great moment in your life at a young age.
Now we wait to see if other young people shall follow you as a true example of what we are on earth for,,,, enjoy the time aye mate.
Peter Lindsay

Karel said...

Was really exciting to follow your daily progress so far.
Seeing you take off from Sth Head and now you're at the Cape. Well done! Best of travels ahead.

Bruce Watt said...

Hey Jess You have done as superb job absolutley breathtaking. And of you course your support team. Jess I am a fellow Oz and I remember well your detractors in the begining, I was never one and have stood behind all through this epic journey. You could be forgiven for giving them, particularly the media a good old one fingered ozzie salute. Sail on jess, I want to see you sail through the heads.By the way great photos.

Rosebud (Vic)

Jim L said...

Congratulations from Chicago. Perfect weather for rounding the Cape. Great photos. I am enjoying your adventure. Sail safe.


Mark Ferrari Torquay Australia said...

Jessica you sure are a real" Role Model"to young people of the world...not to mention the rest of us!
You are an amazing young lady!!
Mark Torquay Australia

Tim B Tufuga said...

Congratulations Jessica Watson you have crossed every Sailors Mt Everest.

Everyone is proud of your achievement.

As they say, it should be smoother sailing from now least, we hope.

What a legend!! ;)

Anonymous said...

Well done Jessica! I have been following your journey along with everyone else but this if the first time I have commented. There are so many, I always feel what is the point, however rounding the Cape is worth a new blogger. You've done yourself proud!

Don said...

Congrats! Thanks for the pictures and sharing your journey. I read your blog every day. I wish you the best of luck and happy sailing.

WhooHoo Go Jess!

Don In Colorado, USA

Anonymous said...





Unknown said...

You look like you're having a mystical moment yourself Jesse. Absolutely amazing feat. Bit like riding a charging rhino through that surf and all I can say is bravo, congrats and really well done! Good on your courage Jesse.

Charles Dodgson said...

onya Jess. Just think about how many people have seen "The Cape" from where you have. An image that will stay in your mind's eye throughout your life. I suppose the Cape of Good Hope is the next landmark?

Brian Riley said...

Amazing Photo's, in amazing conditions, by an amazing sailor.
Safe Passage,Will Talk Later

Michal, Czech rep. said...

WOOOOOW!!!! AMAZING!!! You're number ONE!!! Congrats with all of my heart Jess... GO and may God bless you.

Anonymous said...

I've got goosebumps just reading your blog.
You are amazing - I wish I had just a bit of your courage.
Smooth sailing all the way home.

Anonymous said...

You are, quite simply, incredible.

Congratulations! You've vindicated your parents decision to let you reach for the stars. I bet they feel deservedly heady with pride.


daan brabant said...

Dear Jesse, lots of courage I wish you from Holland. Regards, Daan Brabant, NL

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Well done Jess. David

bernie777 said...

These pictures are so lovely and your face has changed you are now a young woman...and u look quite sexy too,,,I am sure our blogging friends will agree with me on this Bernie x...Go and get to that warm sun and fun you have earned a rest....

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess!

Congratulations! You are great!

astro-orange (Oliver)



Peter Stockwell said...

Great pictures. Well done!

Peter and Robyn (UK)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess!

Congratulations - You are great!

astro-orange (Oliver Hourle)



Anonymous said...

Your Cape Horn photo tells a meaningful story of the stressful hardship of sailing. And you did it all on your own... A great accomplishment!!! Wouldn't have missed it... told everyone I met on the street 'Jessica sailed around the Cape!' You knew the risk factors & you did it anyway! You are an inspiration.
Until soon... blessings...

frits said...

Here I take my hat off to, greetings from Harderwijk Netherlands

Anonymous said...

i am so proud of you!!! how exciting!!!
joanna from CA. USA
(almost 49 yr.old mom to 5)

Anonymous said...

You are truly an amazing young lady. Congratulations for rounding the Cape and good luck for the remainder of the voyage.

Anonymous said...

Cooeeee across the sea from sunny South Austrlaia! :)

ONYA Jessica!

I couldn't be prouder of you if you were my own precious child!

Hope your beloved Mum and Dad were able to see you and speak with you as they flew overhead.

Great pics, Jess!

We're all on this journey with you ... albeit viacariously!:)

Wishing you fair winds and smooth seas in the days ahead. ENJOY!

hezakiah299 said...

01-14-10 @ 02:30
Hi Jessica,
Just finished reading a whooooole bunch of posts, there were a lot of new names, people who watch but don’t normally comment on every blog, so that just increases the amount of your faithful followers.
I had to take some time off and go get my drivers license, there not very understanding about you driving with an expired license. Exciting day. But I was exhausted, long nights, couldn’t sleep and today it caught up with me and I slept all day, now here I am again in the middle of the night. Something is definitely wrong with my clock. LOL….

I really enjoyed the pics, they were great. I enjoyed your pic, you looked a little tired, but a happy dreamy tired, and that satisfied look, I’ve really done it. A well fought battle.
That pic overlooking the bow is impressive showing all the lines and the pulleys and the neatly coiled line on the mast. She looks nice and clean, a nice neat ship. Yes!!!!
Nice shots of the Cape and the Albatross’s, how perfect. You are here!!!!!
I was thinking about your entry into the cape, first we were excited when you only had 500nms to go, then it kept working it’s way down and then pfffttt your past it. But, oh so happy. LOL…….
Waves or no waves, Wind or no wind, you‘ve done it and that’s all that counts.

For Mary, Maine. Nice looking pic with lots of snow, and your all bundled up for it, stay warm.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you again, not pushing but anxious to see your views on the last few days. I know they were extremely exciting for you as well as many, many, of your faithful Jessaholics.
Keep up the good work and keep them scallywags working.
Very proud of you, Jessica and I hope you have a fairly smooth trip back to Sydney. I say fairly smooth because I know you would prefer a little (maybe a lot) excitement. LOL…..
Samurai did a fantastic job on your posters and flags, She Is Good!!!!!
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

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jess! Such a big mile stone!! Woot Woot!!
Loving reading your blog.... I dont know how you're doing it.... I'm home alone for a week and I've been scared here!! Love reading your blogs!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jessica and well done - you look just fabulous - have the time of your life love Tricia XXX



Peter and Sally on the Gold Coast said...

Hey jess

Well done girl, you make all Australia proud. Actually you make all of the world proud to know you.

Stay safe and we will continue to follow your wonderful journey,

Did you get to wave to your Mum and Dad, its amazing the plane got off the ground with all the spirit and good wishes going your way. Then again it would have flown so well

God Speed young Jess
Peter and Sally

Anonymous said...

Well done girlfriend, i salute you.
Congratulations and god speed.

Nico said...

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!!


Frankfurt, Germany

Tony M - Townsville said...

Jessica, I have been daily watching your progress and as an old sailor that has sailed all my life I lift my lid to you! At first I was terribly worried about you and now all I can do is be in awe of your achievement to date. Go girl I am just another one on the rail with you. Congratulations (such a meek word for your achievement) on rounding Cape Horn you are inspiring!

fnqgirl said...

Thanks for the photos Jess. We are so proud of you.......Go jess Go....!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Well done Jess! You are awesome : )

Tammy Lorna said...

Woo-Hoo! SO excited to hear that you'd made it past the cape! I've been following you so closly I almost felt like I'd past it too :)
Way to go - we're all really proud of you and super excited.

xo Tammy
Daisy Hill, QLD

Anonymous said...

Way to go Jess,

The pictures look wonderful. I hope the 'crew' all yelled "land ahoy" at the appopriate moment :)

Safe sailing into the Southern Atlantic.

Colour me inspired, Vicki
NSW > Newcastle

Davo said...


You've just past one of the scariest places on the planet, congrats on an achievement very few souls will experience... Ever! Your critics have become strangely silent and anonymous, those cold and timid and frightened souls who know within themselves that they don't have the stuff to get out and do whatever it takes to live one's dream. All power to you young lady, you've discovered the real 'soul of a sailor'.

Cheers from Davo in Brisbane

Thierry, France said...

Jessica, I am 36 and French. I have always been sailing & C.Horn is a kind of fascination to me. I do not know what you have been doing before, but you probably know that you are entering in the Adult world through the Big Big door. Go. Go and see. Go and return home. life shall be so different after this. Please write a book. I will read you. Take care. Thierry

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jess, fantastic effort. Stay safe and keep enjoying the experience. Ros

Gillian@Fontainebleau said...

Awesome pictures!!!!
Awesome conditions!!!!
Awesome boat!!!!
Awesome sailor!!!!
Awesome team!!!!
Awesome achievement!!!!

Gillian, France

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