Saturday, January 30, 2010

Present!

The picture below is of my very cool new t-shirt which was a present from Mum in my latest food bag. I had to share it with you guys as my crew aren't doing a very good job of sharing my excitement!

Jesse

Pic: My new 'One Tough Cookie" t-shirt!

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Pauline Follett said...

Dear Jess,

Aren't mums great!
They think of everything,
even a cool Tshirt.
Very sneaky, but super fabulous.
Keep on keeping on.

Best wishes,

Pauline Follett. (NSW Australia)

June and Richard Thorn said...

Hi Jesse,

Thought that I would drop a quick note before turning in for the night. I am madly trying to get some information into my head before an examination I have next Tuesday. Of course, the last minute cram means that I am burning the midnight oils.

The weather here in Brisbane, and in fact Queensland as a whole, is somewhat strange at the moment. There are a couple of those usual summer rain depressions come cyclones around the north of Queensland at it is turning the weather everywhere else somewhat miserable at the same time. We can use the rain though.

I hope that the sailing gods are still being kind to you.

Again, I love the t shirt. Get stuck into the school work.

Stay safe and come home soon.

June and Richard Thorn.

Terry said...

Love the shirt Jess,it describes you to a Tee (ONE TOUGH COOKIE). Have fun and stay safe. Lots luv Terry and Patricia Melb

Ribbon said...

Hi I've just arrived here via another blog and I'm so happy to read about your adventure.

Wishing you a safe journey and may all your dreams come true.

take care, have fun
best wishes
Ribbon :)

Georgia Guy said...

Hi Jessica,

Just watched your latest video. As always, you looked and sounded cool, calm and collected.

Thanks for the update and I really liked the "Tough Cookie T-Shirt". You Mum Julie scored a 10 out of 10 on that one.

Safe sailing and Godspeed.

Georgia Guy
USA

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess

Your Mum and Dad's hearts must be bursting with pride!!! I've been following your progress from the start and you amaze me with your progress....your maturity, your sense of adventure, your love of life....go go go girl....I'm in awe!!

Ray, Indianapolis said...

You certainly earned that shirt weathering the knockdowns! Perhaps you should consider a career as a firefighter or paratrooper! LOL

HappyDaze said...

Well your mum has it right. Tough cookie, and sheer determination.
HappyDaze Bribie Island. QLD

HappyDaze said...

Hi Jessica, Tough cookie, and sheer determination. Mum sure has it right.
HappyDaze. Bribie Island

Mike D said...

Hey Jess,

Love the new video! Placidly perfect.
You are too cool for school ;-)
(Disclaimer- it's just a saying people)

Be Safe Jess,

Mike D
Landlocked in Philadelphia, Pa, USA

magpie said...

Hi Jessica,
Your latest video tells me that it's getting a little hard to stay motivated.
That's the first time I heard you drop the 'Ella's' for just plain old 'Pink lady.'
Keep on trucking! You're steaming along just fine ☺☺☺

Things that make you go hmmmm.

How about ♣Samurai pre-empting the 'tough cookie' slogan with another art piece?
I think there's a bit of insider info goin' on.
Even ♣Sails seems to be in on it...
"Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power (Lao Tzu) - Simply genius you two.

P.S. ♣Ros (Sydney), don't give up your day job, lol.

Anonymous said...

That IS COOL! Go tough cookie.
Jim in Italy

Anonymous said...

@ Mary, Maine, USA

Welcome back. Your thoughtfulness was genuinely missed.

P.S. loved you last poem!

Anonymous said...

Wooo hooo for your MUM to give you a shirt like that... praying for your safety... =] stay warm out there

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse, I think the shirt says it all, profoundly. And you make it look terrific. Hope your day is good and the wind and the sea are too.
Tom, Missouri, USA

Anonymous said...

@ Tracie Lynne Hall

RE:
“Oops. I meant to comment *here*, but commented on the last post instead.”

Not to worry. We savvy Blog followers “always” check back on the previous post or two, to see if the post count went up. Never know what you might miss! It would be… well… just rude not to, lol.

Your post wasn’t missed by us or Jessica I’m sure.

Right people?!

Anonymous said...

Hi there Jesse, Yes you are what you are now wearing!!!!! ONE TOUGH COOKIE...........Great to hear you are doing so well and you have been able to repair onboard. EPL Love to buy the tade mark shirt.

Cheers the Hirst Family Newcastle NSW

Amazedbyou said...

Hiya Jesse,

Just doing some of my blog family house visits (with post's to them).

Hope things are good with you, must be morning now where you are. Hope you have a great day and you catch that illusive Atlantic Salmon.

I love eating fish, and they a very good for you, it's the cleaning and filleting them that is a bit of a turn off.

Don't let that put you off though. You need a fishy or two in your diet about now, to keep you healthy and strong. (no doubt you are taking vitamin supps as well?) So I suppose it is all covered. Fish or no Fish.


@Sam........ YOU ARE,,,YOU ARE Telepathetic !! (I'm never going to let you live that one down, te he ha ha) Really, all jokes aside.. how uncanny and nice !!

@Evie Bendigo....Laughed and laughed.

@Brumby..... Halfway Here to There Loved it, just great poetry.

@WorkerBev.....Laughed that you know where hubby is now ...reading Jesse's blog. And the crew may just start nibbling on our Jesse!!

@Magpie....I love your dry sense of humour. You tickle me.

Cheers Jesse and sooo many other blog family who I have grown to know and admire, cya tomorrow. Paula

Where is @Helmut is he back from softball?

Stay safe Transplanted Aussie, see you soon.

Mike D said...

@ Larry January 30, 2010 11:59 AM

RE:
“Last night I composed the greatest comment blog that I have ever sent to you but I'm not sure what I did and the whole thing is just floating around in Cyber Space!!”

Been there my friend! You poor out your heart for more time than you care to admit, hit “Publish Your Comment”, wait a bit and POOF, its all gone…

Try writing your posts in WORD and save it to your computer and than copy it to the Blog. Give it a day and if it doesn’t show, you don’t have to rewrite it from scratch.

Hope this helps…

Anonymous said...

How true, how true!

Haven't read all of your earlier blogs (I started following you when you were sweltering near the equator); but, am hoping you are keeping a detailed diary for your book that you absolutely must right.
Sail on!
Gybemeister

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess
Great shirt....how totally apt! What a clever Mum to plan this surprise for this stage of your journey!
How are those bruises ..disappearing I hope!
WOW there sure are beautiful human beings blogging on this site- what an encouraging bunch! Particularly was inspired this evening by reading Debbie's poignant blog from Florida.
God Speed Jess and stay safe!
One of your many Brissie fans! xx

Ant @ Townsville N QLD said...

Way to go Jesse you tough cookie you, as always you blogs are so personal. Please share your next suprise as you don't only get food in a food bag.:)
Stay safe
Anthony N QLD OZ

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess

Once your book does come out I hope you have a way of selling autographed copies of it online. I live in America and I probably wouldn't be able to make any book signings that you have, but I MUST have an autographed copy!! I don't read all that many books, but just the fact that I followed this whole adventure as it was happening, would make the book a special and treasured keepsake.

Luv ya girl
God speed
RN

Craig said...

Nice Shirt, it says it all.

Craig Tom Bean Texas

Rudra said...

Dear Jessica,
Wish you all the best in the Universe. I pray to God to be with you all the time in your solo journey. Have faith on yourself and I believe that you will definitely put yourself as the youngest conqueror.
Rudra ,
Pune
India

Alan said...

Hi Jessica,
Just read your mums story on news.com.au, i found it very touching and just wanted to wish you all the best in the rest of you voyage. Sounds like you have already come so far in life and will have a very promising future, you are a great role model for those with disabilities and to young girls all over the world who now know they can overcome and accomplish anything they put their minds to.
Stay safe. Alan, Sydney

Anonymous said...

Jessica nice photo of your new garment hope you dive into that new food bag and tuck away all you can hold! Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess.

After reading a new article right now... all i can say is..YOU ARE AMAZING AND INSPIRATIONAL.. a real hero and role model to everyone!

I just read an article in news.com.au (http://www.news.com.au/national/solo-sailors-dyslexia-hell-revealed/story-e6frfkwr-1225825081371)

THE mother of teen sailor Jessica Watson has revealed for the first time the private pain that is driving her daughter's dream of going around the globe.
The 16-year-old was a preschooler when she was diagnosed with severe dyslexia – the lone child in the class unable to count to 10 or recite the alphabet. But after enduring the stigma of illiteracy, Jessica's fate changed at age 11 when mum Julie read her Lionheart, the story of Jesse Martin's solo world voyage.
"What people don't realise is that I was reading to her because she couldn't read," Mrs Watson told The Sunday Mail.
I was helping her access a world she couldn't reach. When she heard Jesse Martin's story and realised how human he was, Jessica went very quiet, you could see the cogs turning.
"She realised he was an ordinary person with vulnerabilities and humanness. And that's why he wrote the book: so people realised you don't have to be superhuman to go around the world."
Today, the Sunshine Coast teen is almost halfway across the South Atlantic Ocean and on track to achieve her dream of becoming the youngest person to sail solo around the world, non-stop and unassisted.
Last week she completed repairs on her 10m yacht, Ella's Pink Lady, after earlier facing frightening 10m waves and buffeting 70-knot winds.
Today Jessica is expected to face winds of up to 30 knots, according to marine weather tracker Roger Badham, but nothing dramatic.
Mrs Watson said her daughter had overcome enormous personal insecurity to get this far and was now an inspiration to others.
Her dyslexia, which has improved, has not held her back, although she does have to take extra care.
"She has to be careful with number reversal when she's conveying her position," Mrs Watson said.
Her mum said Jessica was propelled by a fortified internal confidence.
"She has struggled all along with perception and people saying: 'How could she do that if she can't even spell?' But you don't have to accept that as a limitation," she said.

Anonymous said...

Colossians 1:11-12 ("The Message")
We pray that you'll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul -— not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.


Good morning, Jesse! As already stated by more than 400 bloggers before me, I love the pic, too, and of course, love the shirt, too.

Simply, your post makes me think of this verse, and today I am praying the prayer described in this verse. Count on it, I am praying this prayer for you today.

RichieParis said...

Hi Captain Jesse,
Mum Julie really got a strike in the bowlblogging alley!
If that is not unanimous...

Just a few words to some Jessaholifellowcs...
Brumbyy epic! what a poem
Worldviewer moving and so true
Peter Bush ha ha well done
Larry always warmhearted and well said
Beverly your husband is ripe to join the gang, great!
Sally, Melbourne, not the most complex maybe compared to some previous drawings, , but wonderfully spot on, I adore it
Evie, Bendingo, the dunny and the fisher are two jewels, thank you!!!

Back to serious files: Good winds, Captain Jesse!
The little pins on the map are too close from easch other these days... No time to rest...
Even more seriously: What are you cooking for dinner tonight? I have like a feeling your skipper is hungry... Lamb chops or Beef Stroganoff?

Best sailing for you, Captain Cookie!

Larry said...

Hi Jess,
I need to send this short message to check out my new Google account. So sail safe and we will talk more after your next blog. Your long distant friend, Larry

Stanlee said...

Rough times make for tough reolve. Way to go on handling the turmoil. You're a trooper and of that there is no doublt. It's good for your emotions to have abit of a range, we can't know calm unless we know fear. You're doing such a great job of holding this together. And yes, congrats to the new girl on her adventure. Your journey is your journey and that is all that is important. You're bridging the half point soon. You're such a great inspiration. Hold on tight to your true purpose and sail on silver girl! Namaste
Stanlee

AlbacoreLiaFail said...

Jesse--You weren't expecting new clothes out there, were you? So fun! South Atlantic's Tough Cookie looks a bit like South Pacific's Sponge Bob! Weird fog on your video! Thanks for making one; we needed our Jessica fix! Out our window, we have big feather flakes floating down while the morning sun is shining through fog. Also weird.

Hmmmm...@L.G., Seattle, USA; @SaltyDog; @Carol Florida U.S.A.; @Randy / Hamburg, Germany; @Jy from Michegan; @Bill and Cindy of Bishop, California; @Claudio Silva; @Tony L (Mt Martha VIC); and @Ozca from Toronto---you all inspire an idea......a book means a BOOK TOUR! Sail the world, port to port, for signings. Please don't do big box stores if you come here to the US, pretty please with brown sugar on top?

We have great and fun independent bookstores with patrons like us out-of-the box (pun intended) bloggers! I'd love you to do what John Green did--go to the independents, put up your Panasonic Toughbook Laptop so the rest of us can watch the folks in line get their books signed and be vlogging, since we kind of know each other through you. Our then 10-year-old talked my husband into driving 4 hours to a little book store in Palo Alto, CA for John Green, a popular young adult author and commentator.

300 people were there for the signing of 'Paper Towns' and they phoned me back at home when they were close to the laptop so I could see them there live while I was reading the comments of young people I'd been seeing on vlogs and YouTube videos for the previous year in my kitchen. Find John Green on www.sparksflyup.com --tourdenerdfighting)

OK, so plan a tour--at least within 200 miles of Reno, NV--and believe it or not, there is a little sailing school on a giant pond nearby called Sparks Marina. The pond sailors would be forever smitten by you!

Love your attitude and story, @Debbie and Family
Tampa, FL!

@Ally, your cat pic cracks me up every time I see it. He looks like he just ate a mouse cookie!

Remember: BOOK TOUR! Sail the world, port to port, for signings. Your ground crew would meet you bringing your books, Tough Cookie shirts and Ella Bache' stuff, stuffed animals, food concessions of cupcakes, chocolates, Ella Pink Lady hanging ornaments, order forms for solar panels, windvanes and dried food, laptops.... ha, ha. If you tour, we'll feed you mangoes :) oops, we don't grow them here. Oh, dear. We grow 'Hearts of Gold' and Fallon cantaloupe?

Continued "Bon Voyage!"
AlbacoreLiaFail, Northern Nevada

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Wayne said...

Our family is cheering you on from Iowa, USA. Godspeed!

Anonymous said...

I really like the shirt Jessi and what timming, you really earned it! Your folks were right on with that one! Best wishes!

Doug F Elkhart, IN

ozbeachman said...

Jessie have you tried to contact the radio station on Tristan Da Cunha they might be able to chat with you . Do you lisern while resting in your bunk to the BBC world service or Radio Australia.??? Sunday morning with Mackka hehehe. might be fun captain
...ozbeachman

Cheryl in San Diego said...

@PWB Thank you Mr Peter Bush for my first genuine laugh of the day. Planet Hyden, I knew it, I just knew it!

@Howdy Nick great idea about the mugs.

@Brumbyy Wonderful poem, thank you!

@Sally in Melbourne by the Bay, that was great Sally. I am sure Jessica's Mum enjoyed it as well.

@Jane from Sydney, Ohh nice boat, go get her wet!!

Cheryl

Bob from Seattle said...

Make your crew swab the deck if they don't show any excitement over your cool new T-shirt! Your the tough cookie Captain, master of your ship, right?

russ said...

hey jess,your an inspiration to all of us daysailers.keeping up with you every day from east texas. love the shirt and safe sailing.russ

andrewVA said...

one tough cookie!! haha!! you are amazingly tough, jess. and i continue to be awe of what you have done, what you are doing, and what you will do in the coming months.

you are simply incredible.

be safe. be well. have fun.

sdehayes said...

So impressed with your strength and determination. Following you closely from Florida.

Thanks much for sharing your journey with us.

trentgs said...

The grin on your face says it! Hoping you are enjoying the restful days and recharging your spiritual batteries as I am certain those storms took it out of you.

Glad to see the smile on your face.

Worldviewer said...

@ Mary, Maine USA (Jan. 30 - 2:49 pm):

In your posting to Jessica, you included the following text...

"I honor the place in you
in which the entire Universe dwells,
I honor the place in you
which is of love, integrity, wisdom
and of peace.
When you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
We are one."

Precisely! And it was worthy of a reprint...for 'our' Jessica as well as for all who find joy in her blog.

--Worldviewer

Nan Mim said...

Hello Jess, I continue to be amazed at you and your prowess and stamina and also at your fabulous team. It is a privilege that you are all sharing this journey with us. Thanks so much...and you truly are one tough cookie - us mum's know our girls you know. What a special mum you have to think about this gift so far ahead and how special you must have felt when yo opened it.
Blessings to you Jess and smooth sailing! Love from Nan Mim

Anonymous said...

...Cute
One ^ Tough Cookie!

Wishing you and EPL fair winds,

Steve from SCalifornia

John in the US Virgin Islands said...

HI Jesse,

Love the shirt - and the fact that you look so happy and even a bit rested. Enjoy the quiet times! Oh, and thank you for your blogs - I really look forward to it.

Anonymous said...

.


G'day Jesse....

Just viewed your latest video..... So excellent ! ~ so fine to see how your 'weathering'..... Yep, the T-shirt said it all, eh. ~~~~** I and hope you read the 'joke' about the 'tough' army recruit that I posted earlier**....... Yep... they make 'em strong in QLD , eh !

Hopefully it's all safe , quality sailing eastward and then up through the 'eye of the needle' and into Sydney Harbour where you'll have a throng of serried rankers gathered from the Blog... and , undoubtedly _many_ other admirers. Gonna have a formatted chip and charged batteries for _that_ little visit down to the Big Smoke!!

Y'going _Great_ , Jesse.... & less than 'half' to go. Gees, we're _all_ ( including you ?) going to miss this Adventure. ---As one other blogger suggested, maybe you could 'slow it down a bit'... Y'know... sail around in a few circles, or take a 'tour' up the west Oz coast or something--- Hahhah.

However-....... I think that long, hot shower and the space to stretch your legs-- like along the beach !... and your family and friends to 'touch'--- these will be a drawcard for zeroing onto "Sydney". :)))... So I guess the circles around Oz and Nw Z'lnd will have to wait. :)))

--- & really appreciated you last video. Thanks.
~ So Excellent that you're going _so_ well.

----safe sailing and goodspeed.

.... Ooc.

Latitood said...

@Anonymous (Peter Gold Coast)
January 30, 2010 1:42 PM

Southern Tassie in April/May "isn't exactly tropical" - but hardly "southern ocean cold" either - bit of a common misconception 'bout poor old Tassie; climate averages are actually within a few degrees of Melb.
Avg maxima for April/May in the south are a little cooler @ 18C/15C, but also not uncommon to have days into the low to mid 20's.. Latitude-wise that leg of Jesse's journey will take her just a couple of degrees south of her current position; down to perhaps 43S(?).
So not too bad, but I do realise for a Sunshine Coaster that is probably still far too cold!

I should also declare at this point that I am an expat taswegian ;-)

Well anyway Jesse, my point; if you managed to brave the horn without your heater you'll be just fine rounding the south of Tas (but I do hope you manage to get it working in any case!)

All the best Jesse; I don't post often but follow always. You continue to impress & inspire :-)

Cheers Brent.

Anonymous said...

Hey from New Hampshire! Love your shirt, love your spirit even more! I can only imagine what kind of life you will go on to live, having started out so early with this adventure! You are an inspiration. Wishing you fair winds and lots of sun,
Pam

Lee (Sydney) said...

Hey jess, Great to hear you & EPL came through the storm all ok. In the spirit of Robin Knox-Johnston in Suhaili and Bernard Moitessier in Joshua, You are one of the elite few. Wishing you and EPL calm seas and fair winds.

Anonymous said...

Cool Pic! :-)

best wishes, Noela (Brissy)

Dusty from Dubbo said...

Good morning Jesse

I don't think yesterdays blog got a run. I only have time at weekends to read the other bloggers..so a here goes a repeat. Luv the shirt but it should have your face on it as the tough cookie!!!!!As I said yesterday, in my line of work I have clients that read your blogs. One, he/she finds you inspirational and your story is helping them markedly. You are one brave lady who writes with feeling and warmth.
Hey Jess have a great Sunday, I notice in the photo a calm sea and you looking rested...good stuff, as we say in AUs for all you foreign bloggers aveagoodun

Sea ya

Dusty from Dubbo

Dusty from Dubbo said...

Hello bloggers

To the question is Dubbo a place? Yes. It is a city of 40,000 in the west of New South Wales, Australia. We have a hot dry climate hence "Dusty" . Wheat, wool and mining (precious metals and soon gold)plus we are a huge service centre for the westof NSW.
Dubbo means red earth and we have plenty of that! Hope this synopsis helps.

Dusty from Dubbo

Song Riter said...

Hey Jessie,

Great Pic! I definitely think the t-shirt should be for sale on the web site. Most of the clothes are for women. How about a manly shirt like One Tuff Cookie. LOL. WOW! Halfway to Cape Horn or close, eh? Can't wait to hear about your next adventure. And the book too! Better get busy on that one. And school work. When will you find time?

John in Ashland OR, USA

Anthony said...

I love the shirt. And I love watching the little pink icons getting closer and closer to home. Hey, why not do a second loop? Just to show off! :-)

The Joneses said...

Tough cookie sums you up perfectly Jessica, I wouldn't have had the courage to do what you are doing when I was your age! Congratulations and wishing you all the best for the homeward run.

Anonymous said...

Oh Jess, you just make me smile every time I log in, that t shirt was most defiantly made for you, your parents are wonderful and supportive and I can't imagine how much they miss you
Happy Travels and Stay Safe

sails said...

Today's Inspirational Quote:

"Most success springs from an obstacle or failure. I became a
cartoonist largely because I failed in my goal of becoming a
successful executive."

-- Scott Adams

lilshawnee said...

Well jess you are one tough cookie.
And you look so good for beeing out there so long.
wow you are doing so so good.

Russ H said...

Jess,

Keep breaking the milestones and inspiring everyone back home. You're living a dream that most people wouldn't be brave enough to try.

The whole of Australia rides the wave behind you in support. Halfway there. Lots more hard work to come but we'll be there all the way.

Thanks for keeping us updated :)

Sydney said...

Hi Jess, You defiently are "one tough cookie". A perfect time to receive it on your journey. I love following your blog.

RichieParis said...

@Julie... I guess you are already covered with flowers, I hope you are not allergic! The cookie trick is really a master strike. The idea and the timing were terrific. By Jove, you know your cookie daughter as only a Mum can. If you look at Melbourne Sally's T-shirt, I think you will have a slight idea of what's in the bloggers' minds.

@Roger. Oh man, I re-watched the videos recorded before Jesse's departure, when you talked about her challenge, and on the day she left, when you hugged her, near Ella's Pink Lady, and tried to wipe a tear. Now that I know Jesse better, and you too, these pictures were much stronger.
At the first time, I saw a father saying good bye to his daughter leaving for a long journey. This time, I received a huge emotional impact in my chest, and I wiped the same tears you had. I felt the whole meaning, not in my head, but in my heart. It is SO powerful. You are very brave, as Julie is, to have listened to her, understood her, stood ny her, help her, support her. Of course, it is now obvious that she deserved and deserves all that; but it must have been a real strom in your heads and in your hearts.

Julie and Roger... You are TWO tough cookies.
No wonder you had such a daughter.
Congrats, Jesse, you raised your parents well! ;-)))

Collette Cole, Australia said...

Thanks heaps for the video Jesse, seems you may need to perform an initiation for 'tough cookie' to become a fully fledged member of your 'scallywag' crew!

Interestingly, she appears to be 'choc chip', and if this is the case then she will be your impeccable shipmate!

In contrast though, Cookie does't appear very friendly judging by her grumpy face and threatening arms!

I'm certain she has adopted this persona to ward off any manevolence which may head in your direction. It will be then that things will come to a 'crunch' and Cookie will show what she is made of! She'll be spitting chips..

Lovely to see and hear you seeing relaxed albeit alert and 'ready'.

Stay safe sweet girl.

Bruce Watt said...

Hey tough cookie Jess, I just thought of something. As you triumphantly sail through the heads, can you please fly the Australian flag. Why, because you are Aussie and I will be coming up from Melbourne to greet you. Along with a million others. Sail on Jess, Australia awaits.

Bruce Watt
Rosebud (Vic)
Australia

hezakiah299 said...

01-30-10 @ 18:10
Hi One Tough Cookie,
I’m glad to see that you are looking well, (Beautiful really, in your Tough Cookie Shirt and your Angelic Smile) and you sound like you’re normal chipper self. Still busy on the clean up, where’s that crew at? Did they find out that they couldn’t eat the cookie, and now they‘re sulking?
Sorry to hear that you’re in a foggy area, I guess that if you have fog then you don’t have any wind, that’s no good, since you’re on your way home.
Just finished watching your latest video and I totally agree….Yes, definitely some very interesting moments.

Transplanted Aussie in Maryland and Haiti. I’m very proud of you
Stephen M, It takes one hell-uv-a man to do what you are doing. Good luck to you and may God Bless and watch over you.



For Samurai:
Samurai, Samurai, Samurai, your last picture of ”Wash Day on the EPL” or “Jessica’s Laundry” is outstanding, I laughed myself simple,…again. I almost pulled one of your tricks I laughed so hard. Enjoyed all the little captions. “Oh look she found a book to read”….“I wonder if it’s a schoolbook”.
I‘m trying to save all those pics, do you keep them in a file, I think you should, make up some kind of a book, their priceless!!!!!

Hey SaltyDog: you got that right, when I’m down in Sydney I’m going to try and get my name on any list that might be available,…..LOL

WorkerBev: I’m looking forward to seeing you and Andrew in Sydney, how are you doing….good, keep it up you can do it. Yes……..

Worldviewer: Well said!!!

Jessica, I hope the fog blows away, then you’d have some wind, yes?
Take good care of yourself and be careful. Watch them scallywags!!!
Is that your wrestling arm you’re holding up?
Looking forward to your next post.
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...

Well done Jess. You're on the way home now. Fair wind and God speed.
Doug Dunn (QLD)

Susan said...

Thank you Worldviewer, you express it so aptly:

...Every so often, the Universe presents humankind with a soul uniquely qualified to uplift and inspire others simply with the goodness of their being. You are most definitely one such special soul.........

How fortunate to be living in an age with technology that allows an experience such as yours Jess to become a global sensation...who knows what greatness you are inspiring in others and I am sure we will learn of great feats in the future and hear how their success is directly attributable to one young lady in one small boat, who showed them how!

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, BEGIN IT. Boldness has genius,power and magic in it"..Goethe

Well done Jess. Following your adventure catapults me into a whole new way of thinking about many things. Particularly about how important it is to foster a positive mind set in our children that will stand fast against negativity. I think of all the greatness lost to the world because a great dream was dummed down by fear, our own or that of others.
Your parents couldn't be prouder I know, but their belief in you and willingness to support you is an indication of their trust in your innate sense of who you are and why you are here! Go Roger and Julie, you are indeed parents of the year in my book!!

Susan in Melbourne

Erica (from Brisbane) said...

Hello Jess, crazy! crazy! think I had a "seniors moment". Course the food bags are on board. Woke up feeling so stupid - as if there's a postman or something delivering food bags to IPL in the middle of the Atlantic???? DON'T TELL ANYONE WILL YOU.
By the way, loved Evie from Bundaberg's Dunny rhyme. Conjures up (smelly) memories of my Aunt's place in Camp Hill in the '50s. Just hated those squares of newspaper. They were nasty.
And, good one Cobradog. I'm with your wife on the "fish past the windows" comment. Glad that didn't happen to us when we hired a cat from Sunsail in the Whitsundays.
Most of all Jess, just forget I asked about the food bags. I'm daft. Cheers, and happy sailing. Erica from Brisbane.

RichieParis said...

@Anonymous 1:33 am
O-M-G
Thank you for the link

Captain Jesse, you're even greater than I thought.
You've climbed big mountains already. Not talking of the one you are halfway in.
My admiration and love for you are far over the moon.

The quote of the day:
Wow! (J.W. 2010)

Transplanted ''Aussie'' said...

Hi Jessica;
GREAT TO HEAR OF YOUR UPCOMING BOOK,MUST SIGN AND SEND ME A COPY PLEASE.
Loved your T-shirt,able to enlarge it,looked cute,along with your infectious SMILE.
Been a very moving day here in Haiti,had a rescue of a young boy who was trapped trying to locate his mother today,it was touch and go,but God willing the end result was successful.
I continue to be overwhelmed and moved by the children who are without family,but the human spirit brings stranger's together and with the ''worlds efforts''that continue some good is coming out this tragedy I see daily.The people are strong in their faith,which gives me strength daily.
Thank you for your kind remarks from ''Richie Paris'',''Salty Dog'',I so much appreciate it.
Been a long day,probably be leaving on Monday,it's going to hard to leave,I have seen so much tragedy,but also so much inner strength in the ''Haitian people'',WE MUST CONTINUE TO GIVE,there is so much NEED still to be taken care of,the ''heavy equipment'' is here and working daily,BUT THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO BE DONE,I only hope these people who are in medical need are sent to places they can get the proper treatment.I hope I have made a dent in this effort even though small,I WOULD BE BACK TOMORROW IF ASKED AND DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN.
Jessica,thank you for allowing me to ''share'' my thoughts with your ''world family''.
I continue to be in total admiration for you and your adventure you are on,I so wish I could be at your arrival in Sydney,WHO KNOWS I MIGHT.
Keep up the great efforts,put that ''stuffy crew'' to work.Hey,can they COOK,ha,ha.
In closing young lady,stay focused,you are on your way home,God will keep an eye on you and the ''world '' is with you all the way,hello to your ''land team'',my congrats to all of you keeping Jessica safe and up to date,I have been so impressed throughout.
Got to go for now,stay warm,hooked on and remain positive daily.
''Auntie Sam'' great pros as all ways.
Love,hugs and support to you and crew,GODSPEED YOUNG LADY,bye for now.
Stephen M.,
Transplanted ''Aussie'',
Maryland,USA.,
[ in Haiti ]

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

Great t shirt, very appropriate.

I have looked long and hard several times at your pic. and I think a few of the bloggers have been at sea too long, I cannot see any dolphins in the background, bit like the sailors who thought they saw mermaids!

dave said...

hey jess

how far south of the cape of good hope will you be tracking or will you be close enough to see it ?
david

Joslin said...

Love your shirt! How very true it is - you are one tough cookie.

Geoff from SV 2abreast said...

Hi One TC,
Cookies can come soft or hard !
You are tough but also soft I'm sure....
You are doing so well, we are sooooo proud of you. Won't there be a huge celebration when you return to OZ. So many people will have to eat their words. Just hand them some tough cookies!
Go girl go.

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work. Stay vigilant and strong.
Best Wishes
Warren

chris said...

tough cookie.i spent 30 years in the n.s.w. police and not behind a desk, i learned to fly a plane even though i was afraid of heights but that is nothing compared to what you a 16 year old is doing,you and abby amaze me,you have the spirit of the A.N.Z.A.Cs as well as the courage of a lion or is that lioness.you have people from many countries behind you on your blog,surely that must give you comfort while you are all alone in a pink boat on a huge ocean.i look forward to you and abby coming home to a well deserved welcome but until then i will have a few lumps in my throat.neptune has both of you in the palm of his hand and i am sure he will treat you kindly.

Terry said...

Good to hear you are getting a nice bit of calm sailing Jess . Hope it does last a while for you and that you can still make good headway too. Take care and enjoy the calm seas. Terry and Patricia Melb Aus

Jony the Pony said...

Hi Jess,
keep up them dodgers,
Jony the Pony

ranchocitygold said...

You go girl !!!

Eli said...

haha i really love this picture of you and your new shirt!

Transplanted ''Aussie'' said...

Hi,Jessica and Team;
Another long and tiring day here,there is so much that still needs to be done,but I hope I have been able to make a small contribution to this great tragedy these people in Haiti are facing daily.
Have had some very positive outcomes,bringing a little lady into the world and saving a few along the way,but still remains allot to do and I am confident the ''world ''will not forsake these people when all is said and done.
My eyes and team have seen so much sorrow,but when you see these young kids and they smile,I know deep in my heart there is HOPE FOR HAITI,PLEASE I SAY TO MY FELLOW FAMILY MEMBERS on the journey with you,IF YOU HAVEN'T GIVEN YET,PLEASE STEP UP FOR THESE PEOPLE,THEY SO SO NEED OUR HELP NOW AND IN THE FUTURE.
Jessica thank you again for allowing me to SHARE MY EMOTIONS OF WHAT I HAVE SEEN AND DONE HERE.
I am packing up now and should be heading home on Monday afternoon,my heart hurts to be leaving ,but I know that my ''skills'' where tested and I have come away with a place in my heart for these people,have made lasting friends from this mission of mercy,but I know I have grown a better person and look at the world allot different from when I left.
Young lady, you brought brightness to some of my dark days by reading your updates,videos and of course my family member's I read daily.
I have missed you all,''AUNTIE SAM'',what happened,thought you missed me,but still I have enjoyed your creative comments along the way,along with the rest of my mates and friends.
Sounds like you are getting a break from tough,windy weather,that's good, allows you to regroup and refocus.
Again, thank you all for your kind comments,the human spirit continues to amaze me daily.
Young lady,you are keeping your promise you made,with smooth sailing Sydney Heads will soon be in your sights.
Take care,much love,hugs,stay warm,hooked-on,you are a guiding light to us all.
Bye for now,should be talking at you again from HOME in a day or so.
Stephen M.,
Transplanted ''Aussie'',
Maryland,USA.,
[ soon leaving Haiti ]

Transplanted ''Aussie'' said...

Hi,Jessica and Team;
Another long and tiring day here,there is so much that still needs to be done,but I hope I have been able to make a small contribution to this great tragedy these people in Haiti are facing daily.
Have had some very positive outcomes,bringing a little lady into the world and saving a few along the way,but still remains allot to do and I am confident the ''world ''will not forsake these people when all is said and done.
My eyes and team have seen so much sorrow,but when you see these young kids and they smile,I know deep in my heart there is HOPE FOR HAITI,PLEASE I SAY TO MY FELLOW FAMILY MEMBERS on the journey with you,IF YOU HAVEN'T GIVEN YET,PLEASE STEP UP FOR THESE PEOPLE,THEY SO SO NEED OUR HELP NOW AND IN THE FUTURE.
Jessica thank you again for allowing me to SHARE MY EMOTIONS OF WHAT I HAVE SEEN AND DONE HERE.
I am packing up now and should be heading home on Monday afternoon,my heart hurts to be leaving ,but I know that my ''skills'' where tested and I have come away with a place in my heart for these people,have made lasting friends from this mission of mercy,but I know I have grown a better person and look at the world allot different from when I left.
Young lady you brought brightness to some of my dark days by reading your updates,videos and of course my family member's I read daily.
I have missed you all,''AUNTIE SAM'',what happened,thought you missed me,but still I have enjoyed your creative comments along the way.along with the rest of my mates and friends.
Sounds like you are getting a break from tough,windy weather,that's good allows you to regroup and refocus.
Again, thank you all for your kind comments,the human spirit continues to amaze me daily.
Young lady,you are keeping your promise you made,with smooth sailing Sydney Heads will soon be in your sights.
Take care,much love,hugs,stay warm,hooked-on,you are a guiding light to us all.
Bye for now,should be talking at you again from HOME in a day or so.
Stephen M.,
Transplanted ''Aussie'',
Maryland,USA.,
[ soon leaving Haiti ]
PS Jessica,this may go through twice,seem to be having a problem with my Laptop in transmission.

Bruce from Brisvegas said...

Hi Jess

Gee, you mum got is so right to put that shirt into one of your food bags. I don't know if your bags are numbered or dated. But if they are, your mum know's that you are one tough cookie to have made it this far. Let's face it, you are one tough cookie to have even consider sailing around the world solo, non-stop and unassisted. I presume that there were Tim Tams or Iced Vovos or similiar with the shirt?

It is so great that you are still having so much fun. Is that inversely proportional to the amount of school work being done?

Take care Jess. Sail safe and sail fast. And Look out for that chunk of land sticking out into the ocean off your port bow.

Best wishes

Bruce

Sven said...

Hi Jesse,

the new t-shirt is outstanding - what is inside it, is even better!

Take care,

Sven, Hamburg.

gustav said...

I Love your "one tough cookie" T-Shirt Jesse !

what a great mum you got,to put that in your food bag.

Your picture is great and makes me smile
and I always will remember those cookies you baked out in the middle of the ocean a while ago.

I hope the picture of those cookies will be shown in the book as well.

Can't wait for your book to come out in August and I hope to be there so you can sign it for me.

I certainly will be at Sydney heads with my binoculars,watching you sail back home into Sydney harbour.

What a day that will be !

You are one very tough cookie,Jesse.
The best !

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

Anonymous said...

Had to do a double take when I saw this picture, you look exactly like the daughter of friends here in Perth, she's 3 years younger than you though. And in school NAANAA!
Have to agree with everyone else to, ya a tough cookie. Fun the way you found that shirt in your supplies, mums can be sneaky, but good on them ^_^

Kevmeister / Perth

Kathie said...

Kathie says great T-Shirt.
My husband and I have just taken up sailing, and we ready your blog every day. You are simply amazing and we are so enjoying your story!

PAT said...

wow u have many admireers keep up that tough effort and sooner then u will want it this amazing adventure your on will be over
stay safe and clipped on

best wishers pat sputh coast nsw

PAT said...

wow u have many admireers keep up that tough effort and sooner then u will want it this amazing adventure your on will be over
stay safe and clipped on

best wishers pat sputh coast nsw

Scarlett said...

hi Jess,
Love your t' shirt!!! you look fantastic and so happy.
You are a tough cookie but with a SMILE !!!!!
Tassie

anonymous said...

HI Jessica, this is the first time I have left a post, but I have been faithfully following you and read your blog everyday. My prayers are with you, and my good wishes and admiration are yours as well. Keep safe, take care. Melany, New Brunswick, Canada

Bruce de Mich said...

"Part 3 – Cape to Cape

Once around the base of South America it’s due north for some calmer weather and a short rest. As the voyage is non-stop I won’t be pulling into port, so calmer seas and refuge behind land will feel like a holiday. The track will take me close to the Falkland Islands, most probably to the East.

Part 4 – The South Atlantic Ocean to the African continent

Rested and ready I move onto the next passage of unforgiving but rewarding ocean sailing. As the crow flies the southern points of South America and South Africa are about 3,500 nautical miles (6,400 klms) but my track is bound to be a lot more before I reach South Africa."

-Jessica Watson
'Routes and Rules'

Just a little reminder of how, absolutely ON you and your shore crew planned for your current experience. Except it looks like you are fortunate to get 'an extended rest', Dear Jessica!

Happy to see you looking so great and looking and sounding so mature as others have noted, "... right before our eyes!"

Bruce de Mich

Bruce de Mich said...

Darn, 'RichieParis', you made this 67 year old, cry!!!! Nice comments for Jesse and her parents... has to be true or the tears would not have arrived! Bless your thoughtful mind and warm heart!

Bruce de Mich

ozbeachman said...

Jessie have you had any contact with Tristan Da Cunha Radio yet? I am sure they will be keen to chat with you you are getting within their range now aren't you Tell us do you listen to Radio Australia and the BBC world service in your down time on the bunk resting?? That will keep you up to date with the news around the world. Fair winds Captain such a lot of people are thinking about you, and all our wishes are with you take care ...ozbeachman

RichieParis said...

@Gustav
I thought so many a time, and never said it yet, but I do like your posts very much. You may give precious details or go straight to say important things, but you speak with your head and your heart every time, and you are a brave and faithful jessaholic. Thanks!!!

FINANCIALONE said...

You go girl.....just amazing ad your blog regarding the storm that was a tough one.. You have a great mental balance.. From Dallas Texas

Mark

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess you are awesome!

Is that land in the background on the horizon?

manodom said...

Hey Jess,

You are the bravest tough girl I have ever seen in my life. On daily basis I have been following your positioning in the net and it’s nice to see that you have past the halfway mark and you are heading home. Don’t ever think that you are all alone by yourself in the middle of the see; we all are with you all the time and all our blessings are with you. We are proud of you as the youngest girl to take such big challenge, for that matter I will never do something like this in my life.

Jess, take care of yourself, keep up the good work, be safe and god bless. WE LOVE YOU JESS AND YOU ARE THE BRAVEST.

manodom said...

Hi Jess - the one and only tough cookie,

You are the bravest tough girl I have ever seen in my life. On daily basis I have been following your positioning in the net and it’s nice to see that you have past the halfway mark and you are heading home. Don’t ever think that you are all alone by yourself in the middle of the see; we all are with you all the time and all our blessings are with you. We are proud of you as the youngest girl to take such big challenge, for that matter I will never do something like this in my life.

Jess, take care of yourself, keep up the good work, be safe and god bless. WE LOVE YOU JESS AND YOU ARE THE BRAVEST.

Anonymous said...

hey georgeous, looks to me like by the time ya get home ya gonna need a haircut.....very proud of what u ave done so far.....

dave said...

Hi Jess,you are sure one tough cookie,and are doing one great job.Keep it up.Dave

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