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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Auzziemom said...

God Bless you Dear Girl!!!!

Anonymous said...

WHA! WHO0000! WAY TO GO LADY SAILOR! KEEP UP THE GREAT ENTHUSIASM AND EFFORT. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION.

KG
RIVERSIDE, CA, USA

Shirley said...

Congratulations Jess
Thinking of you
Shirley

Anonymous said...

Yay!! you go girl!

Anonymous said...

Awsome, absolutly awsome!

Lisa said...

Fantastic achievement Jess. Well done!

Bruce de Mich said...

Great pics, Jessica! What an awesome experience. I can almost feel the spray hit my face. What all want to know... were you able to see your Mom and Dad and all of the ships at sea through all of that soup?

Hope you find some sunshine and fair winds now for a few nice days of sailing.

A big, 'Congrats and nice job', to you and all of your support team. You all appear to really work well together and obviously have trust and confidence in each other as well.

Sail on Mariness (NEW WORD JUST FOR YOU!) make the rest of your dream come true!

Bruce de Mich

Karl said...

Great Photos! You bloody legend !

Anonymous said...

waahooo, yay for you!!! Your a great inspiration for everyone to live their dreams :-) best wishes to you, but not that you need it!

Anonymous said...

What is there to say except WOW, WELL DONE JESSICA.

Marilyn
NSW

USAntigoon said...

You have proven to be a real seasoned Skipper...Congratulations..
Keep up the good work and God Bless

Brian said...

Fabulous Pics. Congratulations and Good Luck.

dadan said...

Absolutely awesome !!

Mike Gregg said...

Congratulations!

Shara said...

Congrats Jess, how EXCITING! Woohoo!!!!

Bern said...

Congratulations Jessica, on a wonderful achievement, in safely rounding the Cape! You must be so proud of yourself.

Keep sailing and keep smiling!

Bern in Caloundra, Q'ld

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I am so proud of you and am glad to see you did it safely! Good going Aussie girl, you make the rest of us proud to be Aussie girls :)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful pictures Jessica! Thank you! And congrats...you are such an inspiration to all of us. I'll probably never see any of the world that you are sailing at (and will be sailing at) but your descriptions and pictures are wonderful. It's almost like being there myself, and I wish I was!! You're doing a fantastic job! If I were your mom I would be crying tears of joy looking down at you while I flew over. D.J. in Iowa, U.S.A.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jesse,
CONGRATULATIONS !!! well done.
you are an amzing 16 year old.
You are making Australia very proud.
EPL looks like she was flying around the Horn with the wind from behind.
Saraya :-)

jarmo said...

Jessica, Bloody fantastic, amazing and incredible. May you sail into warmer weather and steady breeze. Cheers

Ron said...

Wow! That smile on your face looks like the Mona Lisa. You're proving everyone wrong but I had faith in you and I know you'll continue to do wonderful. Congratulations Jesse

Ron - Alabama USA

Anonymous said...

Amazing photos! Congratulations!
Best of luck for the 2nd half of your journey.
Sara
Adelaide, AUS

Chas. "The Red Lion" said...

Great stuff Jessica. How did you ever have time to take such great photos.
Keep going lass and good luck.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic job rounding the Cape Jess! I've been following your blog from the beginning, but am becoming obsessed. The closer you got to the Cape the more frequent my log ons became to see how thngs were going. You're an inspiration.

Angela
Auckland, NZ

Pete said...

Pics 2 and 3 show the swell really well - bumpy! Congrats and stay warm and dry!

dietrich888@sbcglobal.net said...

congratulations, what a wonderful achievement, stay safe. r

Anonymous said...

Well done Jessica, be very proud of yourself. Graham in Adelaide.

Clark said...

Beautiful pictures Jessica. Looks like you made great time with those 40 knot aft winds. Congratulations on rounding the Horn! That's no easy task.

Clark & Suzy
s/v Final Straw
San Diego

We were berthed next to you guys in Mooloolaba in 2004-2005.

Anonymous said...

congratulations what a wonderful achievement, stay safe. rolf

Leslie McDaniel said...

Yay Jessica! I haven't posted anything on your blog yet but I follow it everyday. Congratulations and best wishes for continued safety on your trip. Keep on! Congratulations!

Leslie
Bozeman, Montana, USA

Howard Moon said...

Well done! How many Capes to go now?

samurai said...

Rolf Zullig said...
January 14, 2010 11:10 AM
I think, thanks are well and truly (over)due to the excellent Webmaster, Andrew! - Thanks for filling in the gaps, and making sure this site is always UP! Good on ya mate, and cheers.... thanks for doing a fantastic job. (I bet you got your hands full with work....)

*** AND SO SAY ALL OF US!!! ***

Thanks for the fabulous pics just posted, I adore the second one.

Cheers...Sam

Matt NZ said...

Congratulations Jessica! Did you see your parents in a plane?

Matt

Old Iron said...

Great photos!!
Thanks Stay Safe!!!

Mark

Mike said...

Hi Jess

What wonderful pictures! You must feel so proud of yourself as we all are of you.

I don't think anything has given me so much pleasure as following your journey and seeing how much joy you bring to your fans.

Keep happy and stay safe.

cheers

Mike (Sydney)

TaraLee said...

Well Done! You are such an inspiration!

Sparkie said...

Amazing pictures Jessica! Thankyou! Hoping you get to sight Mum and Dad soon. Congratulations on all that you have achieved so far! Keep on keeping on! Hugs

Jessica said...

Jessica

Absolutely Beautiful! What a sight to see. You are amazing! To think of the things you have seen and will still get to see. Thank You for sharing the photos. You are one lucky girl! Keep going strong!

Jessica
Virginia USA

John said...

Great to see your smiling face again! You look so well, you must be a good bad weather chef.

Make sure those sailors keep clear!! No more boys on board!!

Thanks for sharing the adveture with us strangers.

Keep well
All the Best
John

julies said...

Wow, could I be your first post since the pictures you posted of going around the cape? We have been checking for when you rounded the cape obssesingly! My husband and I talk about your voyage every day. We are so excited that you made this monumental stop. Stay safe and we will be watching you every step of the way back home. Hugs to you in your journey, Julia and Ray.

Matt and Jenna J said...

Congratulations on rounding The Cape-you're an inspiration-especially to my three young daughters.

Go girl!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess
Congratulations times a million.
Also fantastic tribute from Samuri'
Nearly half way unbelievable it only seems like a few days ago that you left Sydney (at least to me).
Will be watching your next leg with great anticipation.
Jeff Victor Harbor

Heather (Sunshine Coast) said...

ABSOLUTELY AWESOME JESS,


Congratulations once again, you are amazing....

Matt and Jenna J said...

Congratulations on rounding The Cape!

You're an inspiration to all-particularly to me as a dad of three young daughters.

God's speed and good winds.

You go girl!

Lawrence said...

Awesome pictures, Jessica, and congratulations on rounding a most important and memorable milestone. Now on to more Southern Ocean :).

Please keep those pictures of EPL herself coming - while you may see her and hear the creaking every day, us armchair sailors want to see all the gear in action!

Fare forward.

Lawrence (AP, one of many)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jessica, I really enjoy reading your blog, been tracking you, I would have been lost miles ago! Stay well and keep safe regards Michael, Hampton Park, Vic, Australia

Anonymous said...

Looks amazing, you are doing an amazing job, we're proud of you!!!

Bruce said...

Jessica
wow wow wow
and thanks for the photos too
Bruce

Marg said...

WELL DONE JESS!
You are amazing!!!!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS!
Margaret
Cooroy

Peter Vickerson said...

G'day Champ

What can I say? The pictures tell it all. The expression of achievement and accomplishment on your face is priceless.

"well Done" and "congratulatins" dont come near expressing my admiration for you and what you have achieved.

Good Onya and God Blessya

Anonymous said...

For you Jess,
A song inspired by your courage and commitment. If you want to hear it go to you tube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SElkzW_mzAw


Someone like me,
Draws strength,
From someone like you,
So young so strong,
And when you sail back into Sydney,
You'll have the world as your crew,
A world,
That's watched this journey through with you.
Jessie dance, dance, dance,

Jessie dance across the water,
Dance across the sea,
Dance into our hearts girl,
Help to set us free,
Jessie dance, dance, dance

Someone like me,
Could never circumnavigate the world,
In a tiny boat like you,
But in a way we're all going solo,
In our tiny boats,
And we could use a little inspiration,
To help get us through,
Jessie dance, dance, dance,

Jessie dance across the water,
Dance across the sea,
Dance into our hearts girl,
Help to set us free,
Jessie dance, dance, dance

Go girl, go!

Sally said...

Hi Jess

Congratulations! What wonderful photos to cap off a truly amazing achievement. Stay safe. Sally

Calatan said...

Well done! Hope you manage to get some sleep despite the weather...

mwp62 said...

Wow, Congratulations and well done Jessica! We have been praying for you, and will continue to pray for you, on your journey.

Michael and Jennifer, S Carolina, USA.

Warren Rice said...

Wow Jess, fantastic stuff!!!!
Now for Africa.........

Stay safe.

Warren
Armidale, NSW.

'different drum said...

an amazing acheivement,,amazing photo's,,,,congratulations to an inspiring young lady, ---enjoy the trip home,,!! stay warm,,stay safe.
'different drum' Freo

jo from perth said...

Jesse,
just posted on the blog Andrew left and then found you there.
I am so happy for you Jesse. Thanks for the pictures. See what you mean about feeling bit bulky in all the wet weather gear, regardless you're looking fantastic. I just love to see that smile on your face. Yes it is exciting to see the cape in your pictures and it does look almost mythical, but as wonderful as they are I do so love the picture of that amazing girl with her amazing smile and courage!
Good Winds, Safe Sailing, Jesse,
jo

Dukehaus said...

HOWDY & THANK YOU for the pictures, Jesse!
So real-feeling to see the conditions, and most thoughtful of you to share them with us! It has been incredible to share this journey with you to date, and tonight the candle is lit, the prayers have been said and we wish you and yours all you pray for...
Be safe, get some rest and keep the wind to your back.
Love and prayers,
Kim & Bill,
Wyoming, USA

Ali said...

congrats Jessica, excellent stuff, well done and all the best for the remainder of your journey home!!

donzo said...

Great news congratulations
Donzo

Anonymous said...

Wow! How amazing! Praying for your continued safety and God's amazing creations you are showing along the way. Stay safe and get some rest! Good luck on the rest of your voyage!! :)

Anonymous said...

HUGE congratulations! I've been following you for some time but haven't written - know there are lots of us praying for you daily!! Keep writing!! :-)

Natalie in Iowa, USA

Zryda said...

Congratulations Jessica.
What an achievment.
I think all of Australia is so proud!

Ross & Dee Germon
Gympie

Mark Anthony of Dallas said...

Boy, that last picture is GREAT!!! You certainly are the happy sailor :) Put that one in a picture frame for your wall at home/ You have the far look in your eyes :)

Clarrie said...

go jessica ....you've done it....congratulations

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you have made this TREMENDOUS achievement safely. You go girl. You are awesome!! Good luck with the rest of your trip. Loving your blog.

fredinthegrass said...

Been there, and it looked just like the photos.
Big difference - we had 6000 tonnes of steel under us,plus a highly trained crew to guide our passage.
Well done, and high fives for the rest of the adventure.

Anonymous said...

OMG Wow! Go Jess!

Chadi, Montreal said...

Wowwwww...
Jess, YOU ROCK.....
Amazing achievement.... An inspiration to all...
(although I don't comment everyday, but I read and follow you everyday)...

Wish the best for the rest of your journey..

Chadi from Montreal, Canada...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jessica, rounding Cape Horn is truly amazing, thanks for the pictures they are great. I have followed your journey from the beginning on a daily basis. I’m a 67 year old great grandpa to 1 and grandpa to 5 more from Milwaukee, WI. Jessica you have taught us all so much and have inspired us with your courage and abilities. Sail on little one.

Ross said...

Well done Jessica bet it's a great feeling!!! The pictures are awesome.

Igor, USA said...

Super! Nice pictures!
Thank you, Jessica!

Garry said...

Great pictures Jesse. enjoy the day and hope this gives you an extra boost to get you through the second half of the voyage

Anonymous said...

Fabulous shots - wonderful job :) Well done Jess.

Anonymous said...

G'day Jesse,
Good on Ya! Loving every minute of your cruise!
Paul.

Bob Harman said...

You are my hero....stay safe.
Bob Harman
Portland, Oregon USA
Retired Senior

Anonymous said...

awesome stuff jess, you have shown those critics up in everyway. well done and keep up the great blogs.

able2cyur1 said...

So brave and so intelligent.I am sure you will be successful-looking forward to it!

Anonymous said...

I think any words would fail to encompass what you've achieved. But taking a leaf out of your book - I'll try anyway - inspirational, astounding .. and humbling. This moment will never pass from your life, I'm sure. Nor should it. Thank you for sharing this adventure. Have I said 'inspirational'? I want to say it again. Bleedin' marvel you are. Sail on, crazy bright shining thing!!
Mike
Wollongong

anth said...

You,ve done it, good on you Jesse, part one complete what an accomplishment, well done.

Anth.

Jo said...

Hi Jesse, thanks for the pics you posted, looks like the winds have certainly picked up as we knew they would. You look great as you always do, it must be such a mixture of emotions for you especially relief right about now. The Cape does look quite mystical in the distance. I hope you are not too cold but I can see you are well covered as I'm sure the mist isn't all that pleasant. I hope you have some yummy goodies to celebrate today and lots of warm drinks!! Just don't let 'the crew' get too rowdy LOL :) Thanks again for the great pictures as it makes it all the more real for us armchair sailors.. and thanks for taking us along for the ride! Enjoy the journey. Take care 'til next time.
Jo
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Totally awesome Jess! The photos really show the Cape as one imagines it, eery and misty and windy! You are brilliant and the video shows you are still very calm and in control. Hope you can enjoy the rest of the journey even more now.
LM

jkarpus said...

Congrats....Everybody is very proud, the world is with you. Great Pics!! Stay well and be safe.

Johnny
New Jersey USA

Tony L said...

Hi Jessica
Your Pictures of the Cape certainly tell the story. I hope you didn’t feel a little cheated by the misty conditions. Your picture of surfing at 40 knots shows clearly it must have been an exciting rounding and in that respect more like what you probably expected and even hoped for. You have to be proud of going round in those conditions. Yet again you have recreated the atmosphere of ‘your’ cape by describing it as looking mystical. A most appropriate description backed up by your photo. Again – Congratulations.

Please pass this note on to Julie and Roger, your parents.
Hi Julie and Roger
Please accept my congratulations to you for being brave enough and bold enough to permit and encourage your daughter to convert her dream into a reality. The last 24 hours have been, in Jessica’s words, ‘super exciting’ and I would expect those words would also describe your feelings. If I may say so, I think you can be extremely proud of her achievement and you too deserve some of the accolades. I hope your fly-over has been successful and that Jessica will be really encouraged by your presence and continue to have ‘the time of her life’.
Tony L (Mt Martha VIC)

Barking Gecko said...

Good on ya Jessica :)

I think those pics sum up everything about your achievement.

Looks as though it was a pretty wild and woolly ride around the Cape.

And I'm glad you did it in good style.

Cheers from the shores of a much calmer Lake Burley Griffin, in Canberra

Anonymous said...

Congratulations jess, keep up the brilliant work and fantastic posts.
stafe safe.

nikki

Tim09 said...

Thanks for the Pics Jess. Fanbloodytastic!!!!!
Stay safe and keep hooked on.
Oh and hope you at least got to talk to Mum and Dad.
Tim and Rosie
Caboolture

Anonymous said...

Well done, so proud of you, just heard your nana on the radio in NZ she is lovely and very proud of you! ... Take care, Robyn - Raumati Beach, NZ

Debs said...

Wow jesse ( i seem to be saying Wow alot these days...lol)

Great pics.....it does look very mystical.....almost lost a lost island in the mist...lol

Im glad you found the horn an amazing place and an amazing feat even with the drizzly weather

So whats your next short term goal? Whats the next thing your looking forward to

I cant believe your almost half way there....do you feel its gone as fast as i feel?

Did you get to see your mum n dads plane....did you get to wave???

Lots of questions today....:)

Anyway

You continue to have a ball out there, stay safe

Deb and the Guineas

Anonymous said...

Farewell Sth Pacific, welcome Sth Atlantic. Only one more ocean to go. Congratulations on conquering the Everest of sailors Jess. As you head northeast toward Sth Africa at least the weather should get a bit warmer and you will look forward to your next "tick off" point; then it really is heading for home time. Living in Manly will attempt to get on North Head to see you enter Sydney Harbour and head for the finish line of your EPIC voyage. Congratulations on your achievements thus far and stay safe for the rest of your voyage, the sea can be a great friend but also a beast of an enemy. BRAVO ZULU!

Keith, Sydney AUSTRALIA

Supporters of the amazing Jessica! said...

WOW Jess!!

You did it, congrats, your such a young inspiration to us all.

Good luck and we wish you good weather and a rest while you travel to the Falkland Islands.

xxoo

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

Joe L said...

WOW JESS - you did it! What a day, you finally rounded the Cape.

You must be so proud of yourself, I know everyone here sure is. Keep going girl, it's downhill from here on . . .

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- joe -

Mary said...

You Rock!!! And so does the Cape!
Fantastic! Exhilarating!

Thank you, Jess. I'm very happy for you, so happy that I'm eating a chocolate muffin with pink, raspberry frosting along with a glass of red wine!!!

I toast you and your accomplishments, Captain Watson, and wish you continued fun and joy surfing with Pink Lady.

Onto the Atlantic!
Welcome to my world! (sort of)

Your photos are so beautiful, Jess, and I'm sure I'll be one of many, wondering, where is your HAT??!!!
The air must have felt wonderful coursing through your hair, otherwise you would have been wearing a hat, right?

With gobs of love and continued courage as you sail on, Marvelous One.

I am, as ever, your gobsmacked and fotterwahd friend!

Mary, Maine, USA

Andrea said...

Hi Jessica, congratulations! How exciting for you and your team back home. You are travelling so wonderfully well and taking everything in your stride, it's such a pleasure to read your blog updates.

Take care out there.

Cheers
Andrea
Melbourne

Martin NZ said...

Congratulations Jessica. Wonderful news and photos on your rounding of the Horn.
You are an inspiration to us all. Be safe.

JL said...

Hey there, congratz.

How did you were looking at the cape. I would be so confused.

Did you do your hair?

keep it up, you are rocking now!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

Well done completing the Cape.

Everyone is watching with amazement back here in Sydney.

Regards

Robert

Vyan DP said...

Congratulations Jessica! i have been following your journey since you left Sydney, and admire how you are following your dream. Keep the faith, and we from Manila, Philippines wish you all the best as you continue your sailing.

Flash said...

Hooray for the cape and for conqueror Jessica! Reeeaaally nice pictures and a sailor girl still smiling after all the rough riding in this bumpy seas!

Thanks for sharing the moment with us. I was watching those heavy "drake passage" videos on Youtube and got concerned by the harsh work sailors have to do out there.

After you've made it so far you'll reach out for the next challenges with great confidence. I wish you all the power and patience you need for fulfilling your dream!

Go, Jessica, you're a legend!

Stefan, Germany

Anonymous said...

Well done Jess. What a fantastic achievement!! Stay safe.

Georgia Guy said...

Hi Jessica,

You have got to be on a natural high 10 miles up.

Thousands are so proud of you and as I said in a previous posting, you have shown the naysayers you could do it sweet cheeks.

Safe sailing and Godspeed

Georgia Guy
USA

Anonymous said...

congrats from canada . way to go and fulfill a monumental dream in every sailor and would be sailors.
Wish more of your generation would be as enthusiastic and energetic to undertake a historical milestone in their lives. All the best for the balance of your journey. godspeed

Anonymous said...

Way to go Jess! You are an inspiration to those youth who seem to have no purpose and the rest of us facing daily challenges....

Manik
Perth

Patrick said...

Congratulations Jesse, you're doing great!

Anonymous said...

Congrats, amazing , well done

Robert said...

Congratulations. Quite a milestone and and accomplishment. I wish you continued good sailing.

HomeSweetBoat said...

Jessica - your face says it all! Happy, happy girl and you deserve to be. WOW, mission accomplished, well the first big one at least ... almost half way there!

I love reading all your faithful bloggers reports - they are such dear folk.

Hope you get some good rest.

Again, thank you for the beautiful photos.

Fay from the Gold Coast

Dave said...

Man you tackled the cape well. Congratulations on achiving another milestone in your journey

Lily said...

Great photos Jess!
Congratulations again on this great achievement! You have done so well.
Definitely time to catch your breath a bit before tackling your next hurdle.
Way to go girl!
Safe travels, smooth sailing from Lily in Hervey Bay, Queensland.

PS: Waves hello to the other Hervey Bay people following Jess!

SaltyDog said...

Jessica,

Absolutely breathtaking pictures. I can almost feel that 40 knot wind and feel the spray. Although, a warm sunny day with glassy water would have been nice, you were able to feel what we all think of when dreaming of rounding the cape. Thanks for sharing the experience with all of us and again, congratulations on a huge accomplishment. You really have blown me away.....

Have fun, stay safe and happy sailing.

From Seattle, WA, USA
SaltyDog

BroBlast said...

Wow! The first comment!

You are wonderful inspiration to all girls -- young and old!

I feel honored to even be able to peer into what you're doing!

Anonymous said...

Your success made my day! Way to go Jessica!
Doug
Nelson, BC

Moko 2.0 said...

Congratulations Jessica.

Bluefin said...

Wow Jesse!!!

Those photos are really awesome, beyond words, I love the one with the Albatross in front of the Cape, what a shot.

You have a complete look of contentment with a quiet "I knew I could do it" look about you - always the quiet achiever - such a beautiful trait.

I know you could feel the excitement from all your blogger family yesterday, wasn't it amazing! I think we crashed your website, LOL.

I have a small quote re Cape Horn by the poet John Masefield from the 1800's thats very descripive -

"Cape Horn, that rumples beauty into wreck And crumples steel and smites the strong man dumb"

Very cool hey? What would those tough tall ship men think if they knew a 16 year old girl sailed around Cape Horn solo and unassisted! Not to mention your whole trip. That would certainly "Smite them dumb!" LOL

You just get better and better Jesse, now onto the Atlantic. I hope you are having clear weather for Mum and Dad's flyover.

I'm still in awe and stuck for the right words,
Bluefin, Buderim, Queensland.

Pip said...

Congratulations Jessica,

from the comments over the past few days I think we are almost as excited as you!

I get irate with my daughter and wife getting hooked on reality TV shows but I am now hooked on your amazing adventure.

Keep focusing on a day at a time.

I look forward to seeing you in person coming through the Sydney Heads in a few months.

Sydney Austalia

Anonymous said...

Wow!...Just WOW! Great job Jessica!

Chris
Nova Scotia, Canada

Anonymous said...

It's certainly not Mooloolaba. Congrats well done.
Mooloolaba Man

yarnek said...

Thanks for the pics Jesse. You must have a zillion things on your mind so appreciate the effort. Hope the weather clears soon so that your parents can do another fly-over and you can actually see where you're going! Critics are a bit quiet lately aren't they? Wish I could be there in May to give 'em a real smug grin.
Proud of you.
Cheers, The Old Bloke

Anonymous said...

Well done Jess. A great effort.
Glad that you are safe and sound.
May the weather ease and with a some protection from the land enable you to get some sleep.
Hopefully you can get some warmer weather. Or at least get that heater fixed and working.

sunfish550 said...

When you wish upon a star
Dreams will take you very far...
You're a shining star
no matter who you are...
Shining bright to see,
what you can truly be!
(Earth Wind and Fire)

You made it sweetie
You made it!
I'm teary eyed and you did it!

lenny Pittsburgh PA.

Anonymous said...

Certainly not Mooloolaba.
Congrats... Well done.
Mooloolaba Man

Susan said...

The number of people who have done what you have done, non-stop, unassisted, solo around the world, rounding all the capes, is actually countable! Not to mention being the youngest to it. That can’t be said for very many things!

The pics are so nice. Did yo hear the cheering from around the world as you went by? :)

Again, congratulations Jesse on a day and an achievement you’ll never forget.

Susan in Oregon

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jesse fantastic achievement...I look forward to reading your blogs as soon as you post them.

Your on the news today and I am sure that everyone is cheering for you.

Regards

Tina Reed

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS from Oregon, USA
I have been watching from day one.Your epic adventure in the greatest class room on earth is inspiring to us all

Toni McLean said...

Jessica,
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.

Allow the wonder of your achievement to envelop you for a little while.

Best wishes
Toni

Butterfly said...

Congratulations! This must be one of your most special milestones ... what's the next thing to look forward to, once you're finished with the celebrations of rounding the Cape?

Phantom Green said...

Wow! I can't imagine what that was like. Thanks for sharing these photos. Congratulations Jessica!

captain said...

Good onya Jess. They r amazing photos . Your growing up in front of our eyes. C u at Sydney Harbour..... my boat will be there cheering!

Chicago Jim said...

You're amazing! Congratulations !!

xxoo


Jim

Richard in Maryland said...

Hello Jesse,

The Horn! You actually got to see it! I does look mystical. Or mist-ical? Your first pic shows your Witchard boom brake really well. Don't want to have that baby gybing over! I can't wait to see the video you must have taken sailing through this stuff.
Your expression in the last pic is very interesting. You look as if you are having a mystical experience, but then again, you are!

Stay Safe!
We are with you all the way back to the Heads!
Richard W
Maryland

Serendipity said...

Hi there Jess!

Great pics & you looking ‘oh so cool’ & professional in all your gear! Once again congratulations on a remarkable feat – I am in awe of you! When you get the chance can you fill us in on the details? What was the weather like - any scary moments? Did you get to wave at your Mum & Dad or catch a glimpse of those Navy guys? I suspect they turned out as much to rescue you if need be as well as to salute you as you passed by! It wouldn’t do to lose you on their turf – they’d cop too much flak from your legion of fans ha ha! Will look forward to your next update – as always, thinking of you & wishing you well on your journey. Cheers, Maurie – Sydney, Down Under.

richard said...

Hoorraaayyyyyyyyyyyy! You rock the Cape. And the world! Not only are you setting the world's record for youngest around the world solo sailor, you're setting other records, too. No one person has been able to make so many people cry so many times in so many places around the world. Sniff!! Sniff!! Sniff!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica
Well done in making it to the Cape!! Have been following your blog since you left, but as yet havn't left you a note....but was so excited for you that you made it this far, that I just had to write and say "Congratulations!". Love reading your comments and seeing your photos. Look forward to more....
Bernadette

Anonymous said...

From John O Dunedin NZ.

Hi Jess and many congrats on what you have accomplished to date. Keep up the good work and if you get a bit low at times just think of the welcome that awaits you on your return. Good Luck

Trevor said...

An amazing feat by an amazing person

The world need more young people like yourself, who are brave
enough to follow their dreams and prepared to take the risks to make them a reality

Stay safe for the rest of the trip

Mark Searle said...

Way to go Jessica....you rule!!! I really like the picture of Pink Ella surfing down the waves in 40 knots. I've been at the Toronto Boat Show and the word will spread about a tremendously courageous 16 year-old gal who has rounded the Cape! E
I hope you can have a rest for a day or two!!

Earl said...

Congratulations from Houston Texas.

Exciting news!

Earl

Anonymous said...

These are the photo's you keep to show you children, Jesse

mjf97
Gold Coast,QLD

Calisto Brian said...

Congratulations Jessica! What a feat. I and my 11 year old daughter have been enjoying your adventure since before you left.
Brava! Brian
Santa Cruz, Ca.

DeeJ said...

I have to tell you I knew practically nothing about sailing before this but am fascinated by your blogs of your trip thus far. The cape photos sure show up just how huge the waves really are against the backdrop of the misty cape!
Congratulations Jessica on your terrific achievement in rounding the cape & continued safe sailing.

DeeJ from the Darling Downs. Qld.

mike said...

Hello Jesse

What can I say? An amazing and beautiful experience for you. Your photo tells it all - you look amazing and beautiful as you sail around your major milestone.

Sail on Silver Girl!

Mike (Canberra)

Andrew said...

Hi Jess,

Hope the fly past with your mum and dad went well.

Andrew from Perth

Anonymous said...

Congrats to you Jessica. Well done on what you have achieved so far on your journey. may the winds fill your sails and the tides be small. Enjoy every moment out there, and you will never forget this for the rest of your life. be safe, and return home to your family. Godspeed!
From THE BOYLE CLAN.
Woonona, NSW. AUSTRALIA.

JL said...

to add,

That Musto HPX jacket is awesome. Does it keep you warm and dry?

Oh, my puppy turned 1 yr old today, so both you and her had a good day (hint: I bought her some rawhide for her birthday :) )

Anonymous said...

g8 pics by the way Jessica. well done!!!
the BOYLE CLAN!
woonona, NSW. Australia

Anonymous said...

Very cool Jessica..thanks for sharing your wonderful milestone!!
Jersey Shore Mom, USA

Bluefin said...

Hi Jesse again,

I think the photo of you looking quietly pleased with your effort is the best photo I have seen of you so far and there have been so many good ones. Your expression says so much. Its a classic for sure.

Kindest regards,
Bluefin, Buderim, Queensland.

Gary said...

Congratulations Jess seems so insignificent. The world salutes you Jess you are a real explorer in out time. Again congratulations

Gary from Carrum Downs Victoria Aust.

Mark of Melbourne Australia said...

Well done Jess! The photos look sensational. Although I have not written in the past I have been reading your blogs regularly and enjoy them very much. Keep up the good work. We are all behind you.
Take care

Mark of Melbourne, Australia

Pipefish said...

Jesse, OMG! Congratulations and two thumbs up!! Your pictures make me teary eyed, and full of pride for you! Your portrait is the best! We see a different young woman here. We see a confident, worldly mariner of the high seas. Continued success to the next cape and beyond!

Anonymous said...

How exciting for you! Congratulations!

danma said...

Hey Jess,

You look fantastic but a bit freezing.

It has been an amazing achievement for anyone never lone someone as young as yourself.

A huge congrats to you & your team, enjoy this moment & bring on the next.

Stay safe, have fun & happy sailing........

LisaB said...

Congrats on rounding the cape! Glad to see you're all bundled up against the cold. Stay warm and up beat. Lisa

Anonymous said...

Yahoo Jess, the whole of Aussie is keeping an eye on you and wishing you the safest of sailing (along with a bit of exhiliration every now and then to keep you on you toes). Sydney beckons :)

Dylan

jennygil said...

What more can one say: Congratulations - absolutely fantastic! I hope the next leg of your wonderful adventure to South Africa will be even better than the last ( just a few more animal friends visiting along the way ).

Keep safe

Andrew said...

Well done, Jess! Another awesome achievement. All your hard work is paying off. Our thoughts and prayers are with you for the next leg - Kiwi Andrew

Anonymous said...

Oh happy day. What excitement
You are amazing.
Ol Salt

Anonymous said...

First?

Jesse grrrl ... :-)

CONGRATS girl!, a milestone on your world round about, no doubt. You still with the heater out of order?

Other, did you see any ship from Chile's or Argentina's navies?

If you happen to see Dilip, sort of in the neighborhood, you see, please say Hi! Sure hope he can take good care of his boat's problesh in Las Malvinas.

All the best (and DO stay safe at all times),

H.

Amsterdam
Netherlands

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

I think you might have got this one already, but, in case you didn't, here it is again!!!

Carol Florida U.S.A. said...
Wednesday, Jan. 13th 7:00 a.m.


TOOT!! TOOT!! WAY TO GO, JESSE!!! TOOT!! TOOT!!



SEE, WE TOLD YOU YOUD COULD DO IT!!!


AND YOU DID IT!!! YOU REALLY DID IT!!!



THE WHOLE WORLD SALUTES YOU!!! 


BUT, ESPECIALLY, YOUR LOYAL, EXTENDED, "FAMILY"!!!



WE'RE SO PROUD AND HAPPY FOR YOU, AND MOVED TO TEARS AT YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT!!!



MORE PRAYERS, LOVE, HUGS, AND SQUEEZES . . . DOES YOUR HAND HURT FROM HOW TIGHTLY I'VE BEEN TRYING TO SQUEEZE IT??!!



WE ALL LOVE YOU, DEAR ONE! CELEBRATE, AND SAIL ON!!! GODSPEED!!!



Carol Florida U.S.A.


p.s. Not surprisingly, Your website was flooded this morning, and had to "fight" to get on


Carol Florida U.S.A.!
JANUARY 13, 2010 10:24 PM

Anonymous said...

Wow! what a wonderful accomplishment.With you every day and keep your messages flowing.
cheers, CascadeHeadJack

Anonymous said...

Great Day for you and your team.
Such excitement. Thank you for sharing your dream with the rest of the world.

Alec in Bargara said...

Congratulations Jessica :-) You are so inspiring and I actually choked up a bit knowing you rounded the Cape successfully and safely!! This is my first time leaving a comment but I have been following your whole journey since day 1. Thinking of you daily and annoying my kids with regular updates on your progress. Cheers to you and your land based support crew. Brilliant work!

Margaret said...

Great photos Jessica. Well done!!! Safe sailing in the days to come.

Central Otago New Zealand

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jessica! Really well done!

Mark said...

Woo hoo, congratulations on rounding the Cape Jessica.
As a parent I can imagine how proud your mum and dad must be.

Gemini said...

I am completely in awe of your accomplishments thus far and so thrilled for you and your family. Your picture today says it all! I was kibitzing a bridge game at Bridgebase Online when one of your fellow "proud" countrymen announced to 300+ kibs "Jessica Watson has just passed the cape." Kudos princess. Safe journey.

Jerry Critter said...

Congratulations, Jesse. You are doing great. I am having fun following your adventures. Keep up the great effort.

Jan said...

What an accomplishment, Jessica! Great photos, too! Hope you have a little down time to savour your achievement. All the best for the rest of your journey.
Jan, Waitara, NZ

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Captain Jessica

What a wonderful day (as we all agree)Achievement upon Achievement
I perceive a sense of that achievement reflected in your pic;
a quiet and steely glint in your eyes Jess. Beautiful to see and much deserved.Im glad you have a "little breeze"to speed you round the Cape,(why walk when you can run and running is a joy )

I too was concerned for you before you left us but you have convinced me you are the right Women for the task you have set yourself through your blogs and your steady determination to succeed in this
adventure.

I too will be watching for your return to Sydney Harbour and will be there to honour you as you do truly deserve upon your return to home waters.

God Bless Jess
Sail On,Sail on
Until we see you soon
Stephen P

mark said...

Wow! Congratulations!

africanaussie said...

Congratulations, you are a real inspiration. It must feel really good to tick that off your list! :)

Anonymous said...

Sensational! You're a legend!!!

Stuart said...

Well done Jessica,
So many of us dream of sailing around the Horn one day. You just did it!!
Hats off to you.
Fair winds for the rest of the trip.
Stuart, Canberra.

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! You look so happy! Did the fly-over work? We are praying for your safety and for your safe return to your homeland. Excellent work!!!
A Homeschool family in Nebraska, USA

Anonymous said...

I love the photos Jess - gives us a great perspective of the Cape from Ella. How exciting!

Stay safe

Alison
Brisbane

Brian said...

G'day Jess
Thanks for the great pics,CONGRATS can't call you kid anymore now, have to be "Miss Kid"
You are a TRUE BLUE CHAMP.
Regards Brian

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Good on you. Keep being safe and having fun - only half the world to go!
Bel
Wollongong NSW

Anonymous said...

Well done Jess you are a CHAMP..We are all thinking of you in Hervey Bay..

Anonymous said...

Congratulations seems so inadequate for such an incredible accomplishment for an amazing young
girl!!! I loved the pictures...I'm grinning from ear to ear...I'm so very happy for you, Jesse. -Karyn, IN, USA

Anonymous said...

Jesse,
I've been thinking about you all day and vicariously enjoying your huge victory.

Your expression says it all. I'm so glad for you (and your family and support team). I think most of us on the planet would do anything for a moment like that in our lives.

Eagerly awaiting details after you've had a rest, and come down off the celebratory chocolate high. ;)

L.G., Seattle, USA

Eddie Offermann said...

I am SO happy for you! This is so exciting!

I'm a year out from my own grand sail, and every milestone like this I just feel like I'm right there with you. The seas look fantastic, and it looks like you've generously reefed the sails for those crazy Southern Ocean winds. You don't even look unbearably cold!

I wish I was out there right now. I *am* in fact sitting on my boat though, so beneath our bottoms ripples the same sea.

Godspeed!

David said...

Bloody fantastic Jessica! Well done, and wishing you a safe and speedy return from your "Everest". Keep your spirits up and you will be home before you know it.
I look forward to welcoming you as you sail back into SEQ! Best Wishes DavidN Brisbane

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

DEAR JESSE!

WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHS, THANK YOU SO, SO, MUCH!! WE'VE BEEN ANXIOUS TO SEE THEM!

HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS ALL DAY LONG . . . IT'S NOT ANY FUN TO BE OUT OF TOUCH WITH OUR ""FAMILY" . . . AND JUST BECAUSE YOU'VE COMPLETED THIS WONDERFUL ACCOMPLISHMENT, DOESN'T MEAN WE'RE ALL THROUGH SENDING YOU BLOGS, AND READING ALL THE ONES YOU'RE GETTING!

HERE'S SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU THRILLED, JESSICA. I "GOOGLED" YOUR NAME EARLIER TODAY AND IT SHOWED THAT THERE WER 7,730,000 PLACES WHERE YOUR NAME IS REFERRED TO! ISN'T THAT AMAZING?!! PRETTY GOOD FOR A 16-YEAR OLD! PROUD OF YOU!!!

OUR LOVE AND ADMIRATION IS STILL BEING SENT OUT TO YOU MANY TIMES A DAY!

THIS NEXT MESSAGE WAS SENT EARLIER, BUT I DON'T KNOW IF IT GOT RECEIVED DUE TO THE SERVER CRASHING!!!

A SPECIAL “THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!” TO ANDREW, YOUR BLOGMASTER, OR WHOMEVER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TIMELY MESSAGE LETTING US KNOW THAT JESSICA HAS SUCCESSFULLY ROUNDED CAPE HORN!

WE DO APPRECIATE YOU, ALL OF YOU, AND SEND OUR 'COLLECTIVE' THANKS FOR REALIZING THAT JESSICA'S 'FAMILY', ALL AROUND THE WORLD, HAVE BEEN WAITING TO HEAR THAT FANTASTIC NEWS!!!

THANK YOU, AND CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL!!!!!

And, another that might not have been received:

Well, Samurai (got the spelling right this time), 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 a 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" (or at least bi-lingual) albatross group floating off EPL's bow, very clever!

Keep up this good stuff . . . we all appreciate it and are in awe of you and your imagination and your special creativity!!!

WE LOVE OUR JESSE, AND WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR YOU SAFETY!

HOPE YOU CAN GET CAUGHT UP ON SOME SLEEP, AND WILL SOON FIND SOME MORE COMFORTABLE TEMPS! WISHING YOU SMOOTH SAILING!!!

Carol Florida U.S.A.

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Anonymous said...

Fantastic!! Good on you!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and well done... And nearly half way too. Keep looking after yourself and the boat as you continue to achieve your dream one day at a time.

Marg
Bayswater, Vic

Gail VGC said...

Hi Jessica,
Following your voyage with awe!! You are one hell of a girl, go you good thing!!

Lanna said...

Lots of tears happening over the world today Jesse, and you're the cause of them all! I'd love to measure the increase in the salt water level as a result! Congratulations!

BEAR said...

awesome..you have done something most sailors will never do...big congrats...hope you can get enough north to get warmed up a bit...

Tony Ryan, Sydney said...

Dear Jesse,

Congratulations on this milestone, I can assure you that everyone is very proud of you.

I remember clearly watching Sir Francis Chichester sail into Sydney Harbour in the early 1960's, and I look forward to greeting you later this year.

God Bless and take care,
Tony.

Anonymous said...

Well done Jess, you're an amazing girl! Several of my friends are addicted to your blog, including one who is a teacher who will be checking in with his class daily on your efforts once school starts. Looking forward to your safe return to Australia.

Christina, Melbourne

Anonymous said...

Well done Jessica, a great inspiration to us all. Keep it going, our thoughts are with you. Your courage is beyond belief. Will there be a book? If so can't wait. The Wise Family Nth Vic Aust.

country coopers said...

Congratulations Jessica! We have been watching and waiting for this momentous occasion and are very proud and pleased that you have achieved this milestone! Well done! May you and the EPL have consistent winds in your sails and the warming sun keep the fire burning in your heart and soul. Keep up the great work.

Country Coopers. Cudal NSW Australia

GaylePHOENIXAZUSA said...

Captain Jessica -

Thank you for the photos. Looks a bit rough for me. Must be a gale storm! Is it the same one Dillip Donde went through?

I would be really seasick and scared to death right about now if I was out there. You are a brave young woman, and I so admire your courage and tenacity.

Congratulations on your accomplishments!

Gayle Ann

wabbitseason said...

Well done Jess knew you could prove all the knockers wrong. Keep safe and may the waves and winds bring you the rest of the way safe.

Steven andrews melbourne

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Jessica
What an amazing achievement.
Atlantic Ocean -
Full steam ahead!
Like the photos
Luv u
Richard (QLD)

Anonymous said...

Jessica,
Congratulations on your wonderful achievement. Anyone who has ventured on the high seas will know just what an incredible feat that you have achieved single-handedly.
Watching your epic journey has been one of the highlights of my time of this planet and something I will treasure, the day to day reports you have been making and my wondering what tomorrow will bring for you and EPL have had my rapt attention since you left port.

Well done again, and I am looking forward to a safe and successful completion of your circumnavigation.

Pete,
Sailing Vessel 'Mystery Girl'
Lake Macquarie NSW

Keith and Anne said...

Congratulations Jessica, well done. Hope you had a chance to see your parents flying over. What a wonderful achievement and sight to see. Hopefully things will be a little calmer for you and you can take in all that you have achieved so far. Loved the photos. Be safe and look forward to your next blog.
Keith & Anne, Hervey Bay.

Carlee said...

So exciting Jesse! Hope your parents could see ya through the fog!

Albanyguy said...

Not sure if you or any of your team monitor the Sailing Anarchy website but you're on the front page nominated as Sailing Chick of the Week. Congrats.

Considering a lot of scuttlebutt in the forums early on the tide is changing in your favour. Well done.

Fair sailing

Scott said...

Way to go Jess!
Prof. Scott Olsen
Concordia College
Moorhead, MN

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