Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Stones Throw from the Cape

With the wind gusting to 35knots Ella's Pink Lady is really surfing away the last 80nm to Cape Horn. It's looking like we'll be rounding the Cape first thing tomorrow morning, super exciting! Fingers crossed that the cloud lifts a little and I get a half decent view as we sail past.

Up in Punta Arenas (Chile), Mum and Dad are getting ready to take off later today and will be circling around overhead in a plane. We'll be able to chat over the VHF radio so looking forward to that.

Also, boats from both the Chilean Navy and Argentinian Navy are expected to swing by to give us a wave. It's been over a month since I've seen another boat and almost 3 months since I've seen another person, so I feel totally thrilled and spoiled to have so many guests all at once! I was extra careful brushing my hair this morning, (which is of course completely pointless in this wind!).

The other exciting news is that I heard from Dilip that he and Mhadei rounded the Cape ahead of us and are now on course to the Falklands to sort out his steering problems.

Anyway, there's plenty happening and things that need my attention out here, so I'm going to sign off for now.

Jesse

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StuntTrader said...

Congratulations Jesse or should I say Captain Jesse on rounding Cape Horn, what a trip, what a day!

Anonymous said...

GO JESS
Almost there !!!!!
Hope the weather is at it's best for you tomaz, we just had a 44~ down here in Melbounre...
Anyway everyone is wishing u the best... take care..
Nathan..

Amazedbyou said...

Hi Jesse, How excitement !!

It is so well deserved, you are a true champion. I am so happy for you. Give Mum and Dad a wave for me and show the Navy how it's done as you round that cheeky Horn !!

Will be good to see the Navy.

Two boat loads of boys..now that is going to be hard to handle. Hope there are some good looking buoys, take photos and share!!

The Language of Love is international you know, don’t worry that you can’t speak their talk. te he ha ha.

(Muummmm, Look at what Jesse is doing.....ooowwaaahhh.) Major boy alert.

I could not believe that you have not seen someone for so long, even a boat. Never mind, when they see you they are going to know that they are in the presence of someone truly brilliant. So proud of you, take care, have fun. Cheers, Paula

workerbev said...

J E S S I C A!!! J E S S I C A!!!

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

YOU ARE SO ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!!
YOU HAVE DONE IT!!! GOD BLESS YOU!!

And to the shore team - congratulations to you as well for being there and doing all the hard yards behind the scene. You are the bricks of this wonderful journey for Jessica. Needless to say it would be very difficult to do without you and you doing such a brilliant job at everything.

T H A N K Y O U!!!

T H A N K Y O U!!!

AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE OI OI OI
YEAH TEAM, GO JESS GO, YIPEE

GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU AND KEEP YOU IN HIS EVERLASTING LOVE!
Beverly & Andrew Penney, Tasmania
BEGIN AGAIN in 2010

Anonymous said...

RIPPA RITTA

Lori said...

Jesse, you darling girl, you have achieved another huge milestone, give yourself the biggest hug.

This has been so exciting, everyone has used all the words, so, what 'they' said with strawberries on top.

Congratulations once again to you all and once again, thanks for making us part of your journey....x

-Lori, Brisbane

Aus said...

SHE'S DONE IT!!

On the official site.....8.40pm tonight (Australia east coast time)

In miserable conditions but .....
SHES ROUNDED THE HORN!!!!!


CONGRATULATIONS JESS

You are incredible.

Bet its with mixed emotions you 'saw' your Mum and Dad today.....yet the jubilation of what you've just achieved!!!

Fantastic news. Cant wait to see
your blog entry when you get to do it next!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations - keep up the good work

Michelle

Sydney

Ashworth said...

Jess,
Great Job, I imagine the thrill of seeing so many people welcoming you around the cape. You must be thrilled. Specially with mom and dad circling overhead. I thought you were beating Dilip around the cape, but was wrong. His website is not as current as yours, or maybe his positioning on the map was incorrect as it appeared he was about 200 nm behide you. No big deal. The big deal is that you are supported by so many people. Been reading your blogs and responses every day and you have to be excited with so many people sharing your journey. Keep up the great job and God Bless. and a great job by your support group.
Capt. Jim
on Lil Provo
New Jersey USA

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jessica!

With all the stories I've read about the bad weather around the Cape, I am more than thrilled it went so well.

Keeping my fingers crossed that the remaining portion of the journey will go as well if not better.

In reality though, I think luck is only a tiny, tiny part of it and it is your skill, positive attitude and your support team that make this great adventure a success.

Absolutely Terrific!!!

Great Lakes Guy, Michigan USA

joeblack said...

congratulation from the north part of our Earth, near by the Lake of Constanz..
..best regards J.

Marcoo Byron Bay said...

Go Go Jesse! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

greatings from germany! you are the best! tidiko

zankoku said...

Congrats on the half way mark. Heard about your trip a couple of weeks ago and started watching your progress.

Good luck on the rest of your journey. This is one trip you will never forget.

And you have the world pulling for you.

Jim
Mesa, Az, USA

Elizabeth said...

Well Done Jessica!!
It's been a deliciously exciting story so far. Brave beyond measure and so cool I can't breathe...and you're a Sunshine Coast girl as well. Stay safe and enjoy your day.
Elizabeth

Sailing in my genes said...

Go Jessica go. For some reason I get choked up and an unexplained mist in my eye thinking about your accomplishing this. I think we all needed to ease up on our prayers for light winds, so the good Lord get some wind to you.
Just know that your parents will be waving for a world of other people. Stay save out there.
My wife has asked a dozen times if you ever got your heater fixed? Hope your staying warm too.

Gerald and Susan
Houston, TX, USA

David of Sydney said...

Geez when I have a rough day or feel lazy I will be thinking of you Jessica.

I know everyone says similar things about what you are doing and how amazing it is but you're doing it just because you are you and for me, that is the greatest inspiration.

You are a credit to yourself, your Mum and Dad and your country and to women as well.

You make me smile! :)

Much love and wishes forreaching the halfway point and continuing success for the remainder

Neil O'Donnell said...

Hi Jessica,

How's the fishing been? Wishing you a safe and quick completion of your journey. You're already a hero as far as I'm concerned.

Best regards,
Neil

Rob said...

Jesse,
All I can say is congratulations!! I am so proud of you.
Rob
Columbia, Missouri, USA

Lillee said...

Hey Jess - what a fantastic achievement - you should be very very proud of yourself - we are all there with you wishing you a safe journey home

Go Aussie Go

Meechree said...

Glad things picked up!
-Dimitri, USA

Lynne said...

Woo hoo! This is awesome news. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

ericveltman said...

Congratulations Jessica, absolutely magnificent achievement. Your blogs have been a fascinating read, it feels like we're out there with you everyday with your highs, and your lows. All your supporters are so proud of you, and your knockers, well I suspect they'll be quietly proud of you too.
Keep up the great work, keep those wonderful blogs coming, and most importantly continue to enjoy what you're doing.
Eric (from Melbourne)

Anonymous said...

your the best every day i read your blogs you have to be the braves girl in the world good luck...adam young

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS YOU GOOD THING! Keep on SAILING ahead towards home and treat yourself today won't you!?
Huge fans,
Michelle and Tibor

Anonymous said...

Jessica,

A later blog post says you passed the Horn! I don't know how they say it in OZ but here in the US it's YEEEHAA! And your latest pic showing land, heck that ocean looks like the pond at a nearby park :-), I was expecting 6m waves, hope that doesn't happen.

Great going Jessie, congratulations.

Wishing you fair winds and waves,

Steve in SCalifornia

PS - Seems like your main website has crashed, maybe from an overload of fans???

emgb1 said...

Hi Jesse,
It's lare evening here now. So, I believe, with the time difference, you must be there now.
Congratulations to you and all your team for this great great achievement.
There seems to be a little problem with your site and your link tonight (or maybe too many hits for your army of fans). Nothing to worry about. We'll see it tomorrow.
For now, enjoy the lot (family, visitors, the view, the thrill, THE LOT)
All the best to all people involved

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

Liz said...

Go Jess!!!!!!!!!!! woohooo.....

Liz:-)xox

Transplanted ''Aussie'' said...

Hi,Jessica,
CONGRATS YOUNG LADY,YOU DID IT,my heart is full of happiness for you.
Great pics.too,I can only STAND AND SALUTE YOU,I TOAST YOU for great accomplishment.
Hope you put your ''Turn signal'' on even though you where in 40 knot winds,only imagine you and your crew have your hands full at present.
Hope your Mum's and Dads flyover was joyous event and all stood and appalled you.
Now you are on your way,GOD SPEED YOUNG LADY AND YOUR CREW.
God has kept you safe and healthy,that is something to be thankful for.
Your ''adoptive world family ''is so so proud of you.
IN another side I would like the entire''world family'' to take a moment from our celebrations and pause and PRAY FOR ALL THE VICTIMS IN THE HAITI EARTHQUAKE.I maybe out of contact with you all soon,I am part of an elite ''Search and Rescue'' unit here in Maryland,and my phone rang last night to be ready to deploy in the next 24 hours,I can only hope my skills will be utilized to help in this tragedy,God willing I can be of some service.To all wish me God speed,hope to take my lap top to give ''updates'' should I go.
Please excuse me in this happy time,I just wanted to put this out their.
Jessica,you continue to make us all proud of you,I have said all along you will succeed,I put money on it,to those who said you couldn't,WHAT YOU GOT TO SAY NOW..
Again CONGRATS,I TAKE MY HAT OFF TO YOU IN YOUR HONOR.
Hugs to you and crew,
With much love and continued support on your life time adventure.
Stephen M.,
Transplanted ''Aussie'',
Maryland, USA.

Anonymous said...

Didn't have to read your Blog this morning to know where you had got to as there was a full page in the Adelaide Advertiser saying that you had made this major milestone. Seems that a few of our papers are beginning to eat their past words and start providing support and encouragement instead.

Congrats on this fantastic acheivement!

T&F from Adelaide Hills.

Robyn said...

Jessica, what great news to see you have rounded the Cape this morning! I have read every message you have sent - you are an inspiration to us all and so utterly brave! It will be so good for you to talk to mum and dad. Stay safe...

sails said...

Today's Inspirational Quote:

"You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will
be tomorrow where your thoughts take you."

-- James Allen

Anonymous said...

Well done Jessica!! What a stunning achievment so far. It is ironic that you are capable of sailing solo half way around the World - but not yet old enough to drive a motor vehicle. When you successfully return to Aus they might even let you get a driver's licence. Keep up the great work. You are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. Roy and Kay (Morayfield)

tim said...

Hi Jess,
huge congratulations from Tim, Amanda, Emily and Drew. Please be carful on the way home.

richard said...

As Rose stated in a famous TV Sitcom in the US "Phase 2 Complete"

You make singlehanded cruising fun.
We will keep enjoying our virtual voyage with you.
You are our AVATAR. :+}

"Keep er rolling" downhill.



Enjoy every day it will be over sooner than one would beleive

slocum spray society of Australia said...

Well done, Jess, Joshua Slocum would be proud of you. He took a few months to get 'round the Horn' in 1895 but then he was sailing west to east via the Magellan Straits. (check his book out) www.slocumspraysociety.asn.au/
You are doing it the hard way, and making a great job of it, by the looks of things. By the way, we have a link to your site on our homepage.
Cheers, from all your fellow members,
Barry Moore
President, Slocum Spray Society of Australia

Genevieve said...

Congrats Jessica! Keep going! Your almost there! I'm a huge fan and maybe want to do what your doing when I get older!

Greg T, Australia said...

Well Jess, you are living your dreams and dreams of many Aussies, me included. Good on you.
At least when you sit at the dinner table when your home or out, you can put your elbows on the table and nobody can tell you to get them off (old Navy tradition).
God speed Jess, i hope you have many more exciting days to come, safely.

mattsmom! said...

OH JESS WHEAT A WONDERFUJ ACCIMLOSJMENT!!

my figmerd are srtill crossded thoush! tey may atay thid way fir a whale.

it was interrdting to dee how many ud teared up alk ariund the workd! Boy, so meny of is are right there with yiu!

Celebratw!

Ann

Marty said...

Good on you

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and well done Jesse, a superb journey to the Cape. All best wishes for your homeward run.
Suzette & Derek Silk, London UK

Boomer2 said...

Well done Jessica Watson. We are all so proud (and a bit envious) of you. May you have fair winds for the rest of your journey. Stay safe please.
IMAC (Newcastle NSW)

Jim said...

Hi Jessica -


CONGRATULATIONS JESSICA!!! IT HAS ALL BEEN SAID BY OTHERS!!! WHAT MORE CAN I ADD! GREAT VIDEO, YOU SHOULD SO RIGHTLY BE PROUD OF THIS OUTSTANDING PINNACLE SAILING ACHIEVEMENT. THAT IS SO WONDERFUL YOUR VERY PROUD PARENTS ARE DOING A FLY OVER OF THEIR PRECIOUS GIRL IN EPL AT CAPE HORN, AND EVEN A CHERIO FROM THE NAVIES OF ARGENTINA AND CHILE, CAN'T WAIT FOR TOMORROW'S NEWS.

*THANKS ANDREW, BOB THE WEATHER MAN AND ALL THE SUPPORT TEAM FOR YOUR TREMENDOUS ROLE IN THIS AMAZING FEAT PERFORMED BY JESSICA

*THANKS SAM FOR THE WONDERFUL DRAWING IN TRIBUTE TO JESSICA'S ROUNDING OF CAPE HORN

*THANKS SALLY FOR YET ANOTHER AMAZING CREATION WITH THE CHARACTERS

*THANKS BENGT FOR YOUR AMAZING "YOU HAVE DONE IT" CREATION AND THE PIECE YOU WROTE BENEATH IT.

SO MANY GREAT POSTS CONGRATULATING JESSICA , LOVE THEM ALL.

BUT BY FAR THANK YOU JESSICA FOR BEING SUCH AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL, THAT WE CAN CHASE AND ACHIEVE DREAMS, FROM A SONG I LOVED AS A CHILD BY THE SETTLERS CALLED "LIGHTENING TREE" (theme to the TV program 'Follyfoot') :"DREAMS COME TRUE IF YOU WANT THEM TO, IF YOU WANT THEM TO THAT IS UP TO YOU"

Jim
Western Australia

Martin said...

Jessica,
You will go down in our proud history, forever known of the brave feats that you have & will achieve by this journey. You should be sooo proud of your achievements

Trace said...

Well done Jess,
How many 16 year olds can say htey have rounded the Horn!! Alone!!!!
You are a truely inspirational young lady and I would love to meet you one day. You're a Champion. Fair Winds. Tracy Wilson (Canberra)

Anonymous said...

Way to go girl ! What a milestone ! Its a long way from a sunny veranda outside the MYCQ at Manly in June but if you listen hard over the local seagulls & terns you can hear the sound of cheering from Brisbane,
Kate

Wendy said...

How exciting for you Jess!
Enjoy your visitors and may the rest of your trip be as good as it has been so far

Regards
Wendy
Gladstone Qld

theoldhillbilly said...

Jess, Just in case you thought I forgot ( I don't post alot) The Old Hillbilly could not be more proud of you progress! You are an amazing person with amazing parents to back such an adventure. I keep an eye on your blog and could not be more impressed. Ex- Navy and grew up sailing a 25 footer, you have taken it to a level I could only dream of! As I have said in past posts, look to the sea and she will look after you. This I know to be true, you know this as well as I do at this point in your journy to another step in lifes walk.Love the sea, and she will Love you back.

Milton said...

Good on ya Jessica,
So happy for you
I feared for you at first
but hey I didn't know how tough you are.

Jim said...

Wow!! Go girl.

fixmypcny said...

Sail on Sailor!

Lyndal Hill said...

Jessica!
Wow girl, you go. I grew up in Brissie and have had family boats at Mooloolaba sailing club on and off for years. I learnt to sail through the club there in the 90's. The fact that you have reached Cape Horn is completely inspiring to me. Your parents support and belief in you, I hope is an inspiration to all parents out there. It is amazing what a human soul can achieve with loving support. Tonight my family will have a toast to your success. I wish you smooth waters for the rest of your trip. I will be one of the many new fans you will have waiting for you when you reach home once more.
Fabulous work!
From an inspired 35 yr old, Lyndal

Cordelia said...

Hi Jess
Well done on getting to the Cape, the waves look pretty rough to me, you are very brave doing this all on your own, you have proved yourself to all the people who told you not to go, keep up your spirits, God Speed
Cheers Cordelia Shaw

Peter A. Lord said...

CORRECTION TO PREVIOUS BLOG: Arctic storm should have read Antarctic storm. SORRY! Just watch out for those Arctic storms coming out of the south Atlantic Jess. the 84foot maxi-racer Anaconda2 rounded Cape Horn in similar conditions in 1975 in the Clipper Ship Race reenactment but was hit by a big storm with 70foot seas as it neared the Falklands. It got knocked down by a 90foot rogue wave coming out of the south and turned 360 degrees before bobbing up again. Despite the conditions it survived because the crew kept calm. Keep all hatches sealed at all times and take extra measures to stay attached if on deck just in case. Paranioa is normal at sea. It means total awareness. Take care.

GaylePHOENIXAZUSA said...

"de plane, Boss, de plane!!"

"Imagine a place where any dream, any fantasy, can come true. Such a place exists."

I think Jessica has found such a place.

Congratulations on 'Rounding the Cape'

Gayle Ann

Anonymous said...

Well done Jessica,
I am thrilled to see you reaching your goals and dreams. You are an inspiration to everyone.

Keep up the good work and happy sailing.

Leonie

John said...

Hi Jessica my wife and i have been following you on your site from the time you left:)
We both think you have an amazing spirit and self worth to be out there on your own, truly an inspiration to anyone.
We pray for you to be safe and continue on with your Quest and sail on home to your loved ones as soon as sail is completed ..)
Watching you Jessica you go girl !!!!! regards John & Swanacilli Gahan Old Bar NSW .

Anonymous said...

what an achievement Jess, you truly are an inspiration to everyone and especially teenagers
keep safe
Diana and Lachlan Ryan
Point Cook Vic

pieter said...

go Jessica Go. Enjoy your journey home,
marianne , Greenwich , CT, USA

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Jessica. We have been following your journey since you reached the equator. As we say in Newfoundland "Long may your big jib draw."
Regards from St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador

Rick said...

Well done Jesse,
You look content and proud in the latest pics. And so you should! Great to see your enjoying yourself.
Bye for now.

John said...

Great Girl, WELL done. I and all other people with at least a little brain know:
You will do it, nothing can stop you!
A role model for our youth.
Inspiring many; never forget you have millions behind you and we all love you.

Anonymous said...

Dear Jess,
I have been following your voyage from the beginning and this, the Horn, was what I feared most for you. Congratulations on a successful rounding.
Its funny but I feel for you almost as much as I do for my own daughter. I think you are incredibly brave and mature for one in such a young body.
Go girl, go!!!
Regards,
Chris Henman
Age 63

shaylene ward said...

HiI read when I can all the best always you show them baby. Love shaylene (shayj)PS Im a mother /wife of two 20 & 24 year olds, not kids lol. xox bye

Ken said...

Hey Jessica
I am one of those cynics that poured a little scorn over your attempt. You will be happy to hear I have eaten my hat and am preparing to start chewing on my Wellington Boots.

What a gal!!
Bon chance
Ken
Forster, NSW

Anonymous said...

We are so enjoying following you on your journey......well done Jessica. God Bless. Jan and Lauren

Craig Maitland said...

It's hard not to feel emotional at the site of Jessica on the video as she rounds cape horn. You can see in her eyes how much it means to her. It means alot to everyone back in Australia too, We are just so proud of you. I would like to send a message to Kevin Rudd and the government that this girl more than qualifies as Young Australian of the Year. Jess you have my vote, Come on Australia lets start a movement to make it happen.

Anonymous said...

How exciting your achievements are to date. Hope you are enjoying every minute and challenge that you are experiencing. Stay safe.
Regards,
Felicity

Kellie said...

Hey Jess,
Well done, you are doing an amazing job and making all us Aussies proud. Keep ya chin up and you'll be home before you know it. Look forward to reading about the rest of your trip. Stay Safe.

Kel, Vic, Aus.

Lioness_Erin said...

Hey Jess

Ive been following your blog since day 1. As an ex-sailor myself I can imagine what this feeling would be like for you - the freedom the water gives you is amazing! Sitting here very jealous indeed.

You'll turn around twice and you'll be back in Oz planning your next trip!

Stay safe chick.

Erin Murphy
Launceston, Tasmania

Anonymous said...

Yeahey! Yeah! Go Jj!

So proud of you Jessica! I've been praying of you since Oct. 8, '09 for a safe passage around. Well, indeed! And i'll still keep praying and praying Jessica, and offering lighted candles here in my church till you get home to Sydney. Tomorrow will be the Australian Open Tennis Tournament, and I'll hope they'll recognize you for this journey. I'm more excited of you everyday than any event this days...take care and stay dry...Jessie Girl.

Edoy
Plano, TX USA

Catherine said...

Hi I think its amazing what you are doing. Are you coming to America? Where are you right now? Is it scary out there? Sorry I ask a lot of questions.Well good luck out there! P.S. have you seen any sharks or dolphins? BYE!

Jan Baggen said...

Hi Jessica.
I read about the storm on sunday in our local newspaper. Now I've found your blog I will follow your adventure. Good luck from Holland
Jan Baggen

Ray said...

Jessica, ive been following you every day, and ive been using your inspiration in my daily live, like when things gets hard , i say tomyself that would be noting like you have to put up with. good on you girl . see you in sydney.big big love ray robina qld ray.hoareau@gmail.com

Robert @ Murwillumbah NSW said...

Focus. Don't think of the word...impossible. You can do it if you think positive. Its only hard or impossible if you let thoughts like that enter your thinking! Visualise positive every second and of every task. Use your wits to not jeopardise safety on the boat!!!!!!!!

Go get em!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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