Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sunny, Foggy and Flat

I know sunny and foggy isn't your normal combination and up and until yesterday I had no idea that the two could exist together either. It was certainly very strange, as one minute I had a perfect sunny conditions and the next the sun was still shining, but through a thick layer of fog. A bit odd or I thought so anyway. The fog hung around for the rest of the day and the night reminding me of the foggy conditions we had at around this latitude heading south in the Pacific.

We've also had really gentle sailing conditions, I can hardly believe how little swell there is and flat it is, which makes life nice and comfortable. We haven't been making the most amazing speeds with the light winds, but Ella's Pink Lady has been able to keep up a steady pace to the east. All this warm sunshine and easy sailing reminds me of the tropics and feels like holiday!

It's amazing that after only a few days of quiet conditions so many of my habits have changed. Mostly little things like leaving things out on the bench and sleeping out in the cockpit , its actually quite a thrill to be able to sit a cup down for a moment without it flying across the room. I have to keep reminding myself to keep everything tidy and shipshape, as I know that this will only last so long.

Only 2000nm to the Cape of Good Hope. That's going to be it from me today as I'm keen to get back outside into the sunshine!



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Jenny Lewis said...

Jesse loved the the t-shirt, it says it all! Enjoying your adventure and wonderful stories. Looking forward to see you in Aus and enjoying more than one tough chocolate cookie. Enjoy the sunshine and calm weather.Jenny Lewis

Unknown said...

First to comment. WOW!!!!

Anonymous said...

So nice to see you getting a little rest while still making some progress.keep your chin up your not alone out there!!!

Trudy said...

Hello dear Jessica,

I am delighted, that you can experience a holiday.

Enjoy the moment, one after another!

Yes, in calmer conditions one would settle into a more 'normal' routine!

To be grateful for small mercies is to build up your 'bank account' of good feelings and that kind of attitude, which you have been putting into practice anyway, makes for even better times ahead!

Jessica, you are a gem and I am happy with you, that your coffee cup stays put, where you placed it.

In fact, it makes me more mindful to look for the small mercies in my daily life!

You have done it again, inspired me to have good feelings and therefore add to a better life's experience!

Thank you Jessica,

I am puffing out my cheeks in your direction and send you good winds.

Fly, Captain Jessica,
keep well, happy and above all safe,

Trudy, Austria/Australia

The last photo too is delightful, you look (you are) so happy!

Anonymous said...

Your an amazing inspriation young women Jesse Keep up the good work and enjoy the calm conditions while you can. You must be looking forward to the straight run home.

Bluefin said...

Hi Jesse,

You paint an ethereal picture with the sun shining through fog, like Ella's Pink Lady floating in a dream and combined with the flat sea, sounds beautiful.

I like that you can leave a cup on the bench today without it "flying across the room"! I can understand why you are enjoying this respite. I can imagine you lying on the deck reading a book, soaking up the sunshine and just chilling for the day but don't forget to take some photos of the sunshine shining through the fog before you get too relaxed! I really like the sound of that.

Enjoy your rest Jesse,
Bluefin (Annie), Buderim, Queensland.

Poppa Bear said...

G'Day Jesse,
Just a short blog to remind you to take plenty of phots' and video. Once the moment has passed it's gone forever so click click and more clicks. Video video!

Love your writing, puts most of us to shame.
Looking forward to your book - hence phots!!

Sail safe,

Poppa Bear

Dukehaus said...

Howdy Jesse! How nice to back in some temperate climes! Actually here on the high plains we have seen sunny and foggy conditions too! Along with sun shine while it's raining or snowing! Quite beautiful!
You are making such wonderful progress, and God must think you need a little 'holiday at sea' just now, so enjoy! It sounds heavenly out there. Stay safe.
Love and prayers,
Kim and Bill
Wyoming, USA

Anonymous said...

Just for info...Abby is headed in.

john naughton said...

Hi Jesse
Once again, thank you for your update. If you've got clear skies tonight I hope you enjoy the huge full moon, how bright!
Best wishes
John N

leah said...

Congratulations on getting through the storm Jessica, thank goodness! Take care in the sun and have an enjoyable day.

Anonymous said...

Dear Jessica, As a Mom thinking about you so often since you left I must compliment you and your team for taking the time to get your Ella's Pink Lady in shape to take such a long trip. It really says a great deal about that planning for you and Ella to be knocked down 4 times in wicked weather and to snap back with not too many bruises and your dunny in pieces. I have a couple of sailboats but only sail on lakes here in Minnesota USA. Your sailboat must be a hardy boat. And we all know that you are the hardiest of Aussies. OyOyOy. Haha. In the states we always think of Aussies as always yelling out: AUSSIE AUSSIE OYOYOY.
Best on Ya!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you're doing so well, Jesse. Wanted to tell you to look out for the blue moon (2nd full moon this month) and Mars which appeared together last night in Sydney. I presume they're still out there somewhere on the other side of the world!
Kay from Sydney

Lori said...

Hi Jesse, thanks for the update, so glad you are having such tranquil conditions at the moment, nice little repieve for you.

Keep up your exceptional work sugar, always keen to hear from you and the gang - like many, it is a daily ritual that I love and will miss when you reach Sydney.

Hello to all fellow bloggers as well, and of course your dear Mum, Dad and Ground Control.....x

-Lori, Brisbane

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your voyage so far, Jesse! You are a true inspiration & the courage you have shown is amazing for someone so young. Happy & safe sailing to you for the rest of your journey. Have been following since the start & lovin' it! Stay safe & best wishes
Until next time :-)

Lanna said...

I suspect you are an adrenaline junkie! :) Who else could get a thrill from leaving a coffee cup on a bench? Who else would try? I absolutely love the way you find marvel and enjoyment in the most prosaic and mundane situations.

hp said...

Bonjour jessica & Pink Lady,

Ah! Perfect weather for schoolwork! :-)

Or testing Ella's products, or practicing book signatures? :-)

Stay cool, be safe.

Unknown said...

Enjoy the calm as the gift from God that it is!

Hang tough, Jessica!


Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,
Nice to hear that you are able to relax a bit and that you have good weather conditions. Here in south Sweden it is one of the coldest nights this year. It is minus 14 and not very pleasant to be out in.
Best wishes Bo

Angus. said...

Hey Jesse,
Its nice to hear that your doing so well, its good to have some sunshine around, specially after the Horn.
I read an article in today's Sunday Mail, and a photo of your Mum and Dad.
You don't have to be a uni grad to succeed in life. I left school at 15, joined the RAN and it took me 3 attempts to pass my Junior.
I'm now Managing Director of a large civil construction Company.
So anyone can succeed and your sure proving that.
You've proven so much to the world and how tough you really are.
Your an amazing example of what you can achieve when you put your mind to things. Take care.

Fair winds and following seas.

Anonymous said...





Anonymous said...

I discovered your blog as I started following Abby Sunderland as she was on the news leaving Los Angeles, where I live. I admire your constant good cheer, and certainly your courage during this latest violent storm. I wish you fair winds.

Bill Bennett
Los Angeles, CA USA

Queenslander said...

Abby has had to abort and will have to restart...

Go Jesse

Anonymous said...

Hey Jesse, it is good to hear you get a break with the weather, even if it is strange weather! You're ever the inspiration.

What's the next milestone? What are looking forward to next? It does seem a little strange that you're on your way home now, but that's a big deal too!

Thanks for your sunshine.
Tom, Missouri, USA

Marc D. (Pine Island Florida) said...

Skipper Jess,
You seem to be brimming with confidence. I would imagine sailing through Hurricane force winds, taking (4) knockdowns, doing a turtle, & coming out relatively unscathed has alot to do with it. Thanks for letting me know about Abby. Do you have the time to follow her blog?. She had to turn back to Cabo San Lucas Mexico after only (1) week at sea due to Mechanical problems. Keep up the good work your doing fantastic!.

Kissyfrott said...

Thank you for the video, Captain Jesse. It is always a great pleasure seeing you and hearing your voice telling us how our ladies are going.
Having a night sight gives us a realistic impression of what you are in... darkness!
This fog looks like dark mashed potatoes. It shouldn't last for very long in these areas.

With Master Bob playing the watchman, you may have let some things here and there for a short while, we know without any doubt that tidying up your cabin and updating EPL's seashaping will be done in due time; you are not a Gilbert and Sullivan's sailor, though you can sing like them!

2000 nm... about a couple of weeks, possibly?
You're doing a very good job, Captain.

I wish you a nice sunny ride, wonderful girl.
Your Dad (I think of him because I am a Dad too, but it is true about your Mum too) is a very lucky Dad. He will never be too proud of you.

Babs said...

Hi Jessica,
Enjoy the calm while you can, sounds like a good opportunity to fish!
What types of marine life have you seen lately and water craft, if any?
Safe sailing and keep smiling, bye for now

Anonymous said...


Enjoy the sunshine while you can.It sounds pretty wonderful to me.

I guess one of the great things about your epic adventure is the exposure you've had to so many varied weather and sailing conditions and all of the things you've learnt first hand from that.

Safe sailing, Vicki
NSW > Newcastle

Unknown said...

Enjoy yourself Jessica! Luv your shirt and attitude, it's contagious...

JJ said...

Hey Jesse,

Sounds like the perfect weather for you to relax, rest up and reflect on your journey so far whilst preparing your mind and body for the next challenge of getting to and rounding Cape Hope.

Take care


Mark said...

Go well, sweet Jess.

LFR said...

Hi Jesse,
Thanks so much for all the updates. Your blogs are beautifully written, making me feel like I'm right there with you on your adventure. Stay safe.
LFR in the USA

Bob from Seattle said...

I'm glad everything is going smoothly right now and you are able to enjoy the relaxation.
I'll probably be uttering redundancy when I tell you Abby is heading to Cabo San Lucas as we speak for additional power needs and to repair an electrical problem.
Take care Jessica, any luck fishing?

Bill Bennett said...

You have probably heard by now that Abby Sunderland, in "Wild Eyes" is having to put in at Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico to work out problems with her energy generation / consumption, and the windspeed measuring system, after her first 8 days at sea.

Her team is flying down to meet her and work things out, then she is going to restart her attempt from there.

I guess the good news is Cabo is going to be WAY more fun to party in than Marina Del Rey, California for her return in a few months. It is a resort and serious party destination for young Americans. You should come.

Anonymous said...

i read you every day jes. i hope all continues to be well and good luck through africa. :)

Tony L said...

Hi Jessica

Enjoy your “holiday” while it lasts. Isn’t it great to be able to put things down in the cabin, go out into the cockpit, and later find them in the same place in the cabin. Strangely I am reminded of my early days sailing in a catamaran race in very light wind - with everything cleated on - until we were hit by a small bullet of wind which caused us to gracefully roll over. Bottled unexpectedly. We, skipper and crew, were both on the lee side at the time so there was no ballast to hold the boat against the gust. we were in a race, and leading boat, so we righted as quickly as possible, and sailed on with me (crew) out on trapeze for most of the remainder of the race.

That’s my short story for the day. I hope you and Ella’s Pink Lady can maintain some good progress. I sense that now you are on the return , so to speak, you are chafing at the bit (how’s that for horse language?) and urging EPL to go as fast as possible back home. I’ve got a dog like that. On the way out he walks slowly but on the way home the pace quickens.

Stay alert and positive and fly along home.

Tony L (Mt Martha VIC)

Old Iron said...

Thanks for the update!!

Unknown said...

My comment has disappeared, I have no visual verification. I wonder if someone will ever see this.

I said, in many words, "Enjoy your sailing, sailor girl."

Ian from Brisbane

Debbie said...

Hi Jessica,

I'm so happy to hear about your sunny weather and smooth sailing. I have really enjoyed your stories of everyday life on EPL. Like everyone has said, and how your new shirt from your mum says, you are definitely one tough cookie. You deserve a break from all that you've recently gone through, so take it easy and enjoy.

Tampa, FL

Old Iron said...

Thanks again for all the New videos and Photo.

There is no time like now said...

Hey Jess, I have followed your journey since day one and have never doubted your ability to complete it. How did I come to this conclusion? Well I don't know you from a bar of soap however it is really not that hard for one to do a little bit of google research and get a solid vibe on how mentally qualified, experienced and passionate you are about sailing. I guess this message is nothing fresh from the large amount of rightly deserved support you have received already, however let it be known that here is another person who goes about their daily life and keeps themselves tuned in to the great achievement that you have already succeeded in. Your out there and your doing it, your journey will not be forgotten for a long time, but what will not be forgotten for the time of mine and many others existence is your personality and attitude which shines through in each of the blogs you post - your a great person, the finest achievement one could hope to be. Your going to smile like no tomorrow when you sail into Sydney harbor ;) Keep safe x

Newhaven College schoolgirls said...

Hi Jesse!

We loved the t-shirt, so cute!! Your doing awseome, weird weather down here too but not as weird of fog and sun together!

Safe sailing.


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

Aunty Chris said...

Hey Jesse
You sound like you've chilled and your nice and relaxed which is just what the doctor ordered after your gales from a few days ago. Just settle back and enjoy the conditions, eat, drink, sleep and listen to some of your music. I am sure the stuffy crew will appreciate some down time as well. Maybe you could catch them a fish to keep them happy and stop them winging about not getting a new shirt..
Love Aunty Chris, back to normal Tamworth, NSW, Oz.

Anonymous said...

Love your Blogs Jess.. Been following you since day dot..
Keep them coming..Mick

Ron said...

Gday Jess,

Have you thrown any messages in a bottle out yet.


Unknown said...

Jesse I have enjoyed following your great adventure, traveling around the world....what are U planning for your next adventure? U remind me of another brave lady Amelia. :) Please take care, looking forward to your next blog....JOE, CHANDLER ARIZ USA

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,
Love the t-shirt, glad you are having a quieter time wind-wise and some lovely warm sunshine.
You seem to be happy and quite recovered from your traumatic ordeal down south which is amazing.
Yep, the t-shirt says it all.

Alessandro Machi said...


Unknown said...

Hey Jess
enjoy the smooth conditions while it lasts. The way you are going the next cape will be abeam before you know it.... enjoy it all


Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,

I must admit that all of us Jessiholics, (I really can't deny it any longer), enjoy the quiet calm sunny days you are having. Although it really is quite selfish on our part... the quieter & calmer it is, the more often you blog! And for some reason we never get a video when EPL is being thrown about in 9 meter waves?

It was great to see you on video again and I'm glad you can relax bit out on deck. Enjoy it! As you say... it can only last so long.

I remember it was once extremely foggy and on a whim I paddled the kayak straight out into the bay for about 2 - 3 minutes and stopped. Couldn't see a thing, but oh so peaceful... after a while I decided to head back in and got my bearings by listening to the waves gently breaking on shore. Your description of your foggy day brought this happy memory back for me.

Anyway, just wanted to tell you that besides our "webkinz orca" mascot, we now have a number of "Auzzie Webkinz" coming to class... so today's photo is of Orca and a few of her new friends!

Stay safe & keep sailing,
(and the Killer Whales)

Greg / Nancy said...

If the weather was always like you just described I, who am the worlds biggest land lubber, would enjoy sailing. As for sailing in a storm on rough seas, I would rather ride a bucking horse near the edge of a cliff. You are one brave cowgirl!

Greg Wolfley / Bluffdale, Utah

Capt Sparrow said...

Jessie my love, will you marry me?

Keep sailing right into my arms!

Rondry said...

Good morning Jess,
Great to read your message about confusing foggy/sunny conditions out there, sounds like a chance to rejuvenate, not to mention doing school work.
Talk about confusing, I read in today’s “Sunday Mail” where your mum says you battled with dyslexia and that her reading of Jesse Martin’s book Lionheart to you made you realize he was just a normal human being. There’s probably a lesson for all of in there somewhere.

He, as you, probably will never know the positive influence you generate by allowing us to know who you are and how normal you are via your blog. I find this hard to understand, as for most of us ordinary achievers it is hard to relate to you (or for that matter any of your fellow circumnavigators) as being anything but super human. I guess we also need bravery, work ethic, and natural survival skills etc. to achieve what you are doing.

Thanks for taking us along for the trip and for the inspiration,

Ron, Brisbane.

samurai said...

Hey there Jess, I hope you're well.
Just watched your video, didn't realise till this morning you had a new one up. First thing I noticed when the video started was your seems to have mellowed and you sounded so relaxed and beautifully harmonised with your surroundings. Mother nature influenses our whole being in ways we don't always realise. In "Sunny, foggy and flat" you wrote about being in really gentle sailing conditions with very little swell and flat ocean. Your tone of voice reflected that and the nice and comfortable life you say you're presently experiencing. Having said all that, I hope that the fog has lifted considerably by now and you are once again able to enjoy the sunshine and get lots of Vitamin D. Speaking of which, some Omega 3 would be great about now too...any bites or nibbles yet?
A smile tickled my face when you mentioned being able to sit a cup down without it flying across the room. Don't you hate it when that happens? I always found the gimballed stove to be a very handy place to set things down on for a while, at least for a bit more insurance.
You said only 2000nm to go before Cape of Good Hope...that sounds so far away and a lot can happen between now and then...

Every step ♪ ♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫ ♪ you take ♪ ♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫ ♪ every move ♪ ♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫ ♪ you make ♥ ♥ ♥ every single day ♪ ♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥every mile you sail ¸¸.•*¨*•♫ ♪ I’ll be watching you ♪ ♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥

Oops, just broke out in song then. Relax Magpie, I won't give up my day job either. :-)) BTW Magpie..."PLAIN OLD" Pink Lady??? Carefull there ol' chap, boats have feelings too you know. :-))

You're doing great Jess, keep on keepin' on and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! Take good care of yourself, stay safe and bye for now...(Aunty) Sam XX :-))

Collette Cole, Australia said...

Gosh Jesse, that fog/sunshine sounds spooky to me.. bit like a Dickens novel where danger always lurks. Nevermind, Tough Cookie is there to ward 'em off. Hope she doesn't crumble in the process!

On your way home now and in great spirits. You have a world of beautiful folk along with you dear, we couldn't be more proud.

Eat well and stay safe Jesse.

dave said...

Hey Jesse,
how far will you be from the cape of good hope will you be when you pass or will you be able to see it ?

Jan said...

Enjoy the sunshine while you can, Jessica! If I could, I would give you some of the wind we're having today. I don't know if it's the right kind for you, but you're welcome to it! Keep up the good work. I hope Mother Nature remains kind but helpful.
Jan, Waitara, NZ

leatherwood said...

Hi Jessica

This is the first time I have written to you but have been following your progress every day since you left -
I feel so proud of you and the way you are handling this amazing adventure -
I marvel at the technology that you have at your finger tips - and as for phoning your mum to locate the cheese - LOL
So hang in there Jess - I feel very confident that you will achieve your goal.
I have a tiny request - I wonder would it be possible to occasionally mention your latitude in your blog - I know you were at least 55 deg south around the horn but the map, whilst showing your position doesn't seem to show a rough latitude -
Or am I missing it??
Absolutely loving following your journey Jess -



Anonymous said...

Thanks Jessica for the postings. I was shocked about the knockdowns and sincerely hope that's all for you and Ella's Pink Lady. You're a brave, talented sailor! Wishing you fair winds and seas.

Brian said...

G'day Jess
Enjoy the rest, still some tough times ahead, the Tee shirt says it all. After your lsat adventures I will have to elevate you to Madam Kid,one more step to make it to Queen Kid of Australia.
Like the old paint motto Jess "KEEP ON KEEPING ON"
Regards Brian


Tu viaje sigue fascinante, sigue adelante y buenos vientos para ti.
Quito Ecuador

Dan said...

Dear Jessica

So glad to hear your are getting some warm sun and flat sailing. You sure deserve it after what you have been through the last month. Enjoy!

Portland, Oregon, USA

Kerri said...

Ahhhhhhhhh, enjoy the warmth and sunshine...........and nothing bouncing off the cabin walls to bruise you. Wishing you steady winds to the east and onward to Good Hope.

Holiday, so no school work, wink, wink! I love it that's the true sailor you are.

Happy sailing from California!


Evie from Bendigo said...

Hi Jesse
I think what you are experiencing is a sea mist not an actual fog. Fog is low cloud were as sea mist (I think) is water droplets in the air caused through evaporation thus the sun and fog scenario.

Don't forget to keep a weather eye out for any sudden changes but at the same time enjoy your little holiday.

Jesse this seems a dumb question I know after all the sailing experience and work you put into getting your Lady ready for sea, Why is Abby setting sail with only 6 months sailing experience? By her comments the boat is some what ill prepared, leaving behind essential equipment like knives forks and spoons?
At no stage have I ever doubted your skill and knowledge as a sailor.
Please dont get me wrong I am not issuing a challenge between you both I am concerned for the young woman and I was hoping you may help put my mind at ease.
I dont have any funny emails at present to pass on to give you a laugh like the fishing one and about the dunny so enjoy the sun 'keep a smile on your dial'.
Love and hugs
Evie from Bendigo

keco said...

Hello Jesse,
hope you had a pleasant night last night and clam sea's. Give you a chance to get some well earned sleep.
I notice you have not made a mention of your dolphin friend's, hope they have not left you for wamer waters.
As you get closer to South Africa there are some nasty reefs to keep a look out for. I am sure your home team have that one well in hand.
You still have not told us what kind of music you listen to as you breeze along on the ocean blue.????? and how is your fresh water holding out ???.

Take care PINK LADY you are an insperation to us all that follow you on evey wave.

Love you Jessica, stay safe...xxxx


Unknown said...

Great shirt! I can't believe how far you've come; it's mind-boggling. Enjoy the weather and happy sailing in the coming days!


The McGraths said...

Hi Jesse,

Sounds like a walk in the park at the moment however we know it won't last. So glad you have some sunny conditions & just to remind you that we think of you everyday.

We had friends over for dinner last night & of course your name came up throughout the evening. After a couple of bottles of wine we were talking of sailing through the Whitsundays one day however one of males mentioned he gets seasick just looking at a boat without even boarding. How can I convince him he will be OK. He is very impressed with your sailing skills however.

Take care Jesse,

The McGraths, Nowra NSW

Anonymous said...

Skip'Ohoy.Captain Jessica.I'm so happy for you,you are over the half mark and steedy going home and the weahter is coperating,yes you had more than enought of that scary stuff.Get all the rest you can and just enjoy the world around you.Here in has been strong winds and wery cold ,far below zero for the last 3 days and my driveway was full of threebrances,yes I'm dreaming og summer.Jessica.G-d speed sailor.From:Herman.Hampstead.NH.USA.

Anonymous said...

Sunday afternoon snooze weather, I think! So, sweet dreams as you wend your way east .... enjoy!

Kirsten said...

Hi there
Well its crap here again in Wellington. Was an amazing day yesterday and then about 10pm it changed completely and now its a southerly and cold - unreal! Hopefully it will clear up and calm down again over the next few days as I have a friend swimming Cook Strait - not quite the same as sailing single handed around the world but he is 60 so will still be an amazing feat!
Enjoy the sunshine, catch you soon.

Jim from Perth WA said...

Hi Jess,

so only some 2000nm to Cape of Good Hope, guess if you average say around 100nm per 24hours you pass under the cape avoiding the "Cape Rollers" around the 20th February, and my rough eta for you sailing into Sydney Harbour is around early-mid May, maybe even late April if the
wind and sea conditions treat you well, this is great as you can certainly get some nasty storms in the southern ocean and up the East coast of Australia starting around mid-may. You're a swell gal, so impressed, you're teaching me we can triumph over any obstacles life throws at us.

Sail on sailor girl

Western Australia

trentgs said...

We have similar strange weather..i.e. started out rain went sunny and now is foggy misty rain..Worse in mid US though. Snow and ice millions without power for possibly up to 2 weeks..I'm quite pleased with your gentle breezy weather. You needed a break from the rough stuff..even if you are one tough cookie! (wouldn't want to contradict Mom :O))
I was just watching your early videos and different ones as you went've matured..more than you know..The sea is a harsh mistress is something I always heard..when I was riding around on a flat top (carrier) in the had one meaning..but I think the weather turning on a dime (small space) fits too..Quirky storms and gales out of nowhere..

Hey we're just glad to know you are enjoying the ride, and getting back to some semblence of order..I wouldn't rush all those nm to come..just take is day at a time..savor each and be thankful for the protection and wonder of it all..Memories are made of this..and Thank you as so many have said for sharing them with us..your adoptives...and friends and well wishers..Be Blessed Miss Jess..


Gary & Jan

Toni McLean said...

Ah Jessica, you're making this sound all too easy again. :-)

I'm sure the gentle sailing conditions are a treat. A bit like cruising the Whitsundays when the SEs aren't flying through. It's great that you can put something down without having to tie it down. And these conditions will allow your bruises to heal too. Your body must look like a cricketer's after facing a fast bowling attack!

Well, enjoy the sun and the tranquillity while it lasts. Maybe even read a school book on the deck for a while? :-) Sounding like a parent, I know - might be because I am one!

Lets hope the fair winds keep coming.

Howdy said...

Hi Jesse

Variety is the spice of life, so they say.You are surely getting that in regards to the weather.

I heard a news report this morning where your mum reports on why this trip and goal is so important to you.

She spoke of your being diagnosed in pre-school with severe dyslexia and what an effort it was for you to to become the articulate, well written young woman you are today.

I thought I had run the gamut of being impressed by your character and accomplishments but this just adds yet another dimension to the remarkable person you are.

Well done Jesse on being so inspirational, in so many ways, to so many people.

Any chance your merchandising team can come up with a coffee mug of you and Ella.

I can imagine all us bloggers and readers being unified as we sip our (insert favourite drink here) from a mug dedicated to you as we read the ever increasing replies to your blogs.

I'd by one... or many. Just as I'll be buying your book and any other goodies something thinks to dream up.

How about a Jesse brand of cookies or chocolate. lol

Evie from Bendigo said...

Hi Jesse
Abby has had to pull into Cabo San Lucas for repairs and will restart from there. It will give her an opportunity to double check supplies.
Evie from Bendigo

Brady Weldon said...


I am following you here in Tennessee!! Hang in there and good luck!


Rio The Homework Dog said...

Hi Jesse,
I'm sure the calm sailing is a welcome treat!

The sister of one of my students was asked to do an extra project and do some research. She is writting about you! She came with us on our field trip last Sunday to see the boat that was kind of like yours. Just think students will be reading autobiographies/biographies of you in the future! We are lucky to be watching history in the making!

Best wishes
Room 401- Minnesota

p.s The third graders in my room love every chance they get to sign in on the laptops to see how you are doing.

Stay alert , stay safe and happy sailing.

trentgs said...

Abbey is going to port and will restart. She says she hasn't been generating enough power and will take on more batteries as well as added solar panels.
I could tell she was disappointed but its probably best to refit with the things you need before finding out 1000 mn out!..She says she will restart after outfitting with the power she needs.

Anonymous said...

Ms. Watson: I hope you understand what a great service you are doing for us. Not only do we get to sail around the world with you, but we get much pleasure in your daily words. I like most of those that follow you, do so every day. It is hard to believe that you have been out for over 100 days. It feels like you are on the downhill side now and will have smooth sailing home.
Cheers, Cascade Head Jack
Oregon, USA

Anonymous said...

Haaaaa great shirt young girl, wear it with prideas im sure your mum and dad are very proud of your efforts so far which all Australian are.

Good Luck


Tracie Lynne Hall said...

That reminds me, I was curious about this once before, but your mention of similar conditions around the same latitude in the South Pacific inspired the question again, besides this blog, do you keep a log? Not that you SHOULD. I was just curious.
I'm glad you have some decent conditions there, and I hope you see more of the same--as long as you are moving at the rate you are comfortable with.
Take care and blessings,

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Jessica
Enjoy the quiet times
Keep studying
You are beautiful
Luv u
Richard (QLD)

Anonymous said...

Good planning to soak up that sunshine and get in some R & R while it's there, Jessica.
Loved your 'tough cookie' tee........ don't know what is wrong with the crew that they didn't make a fuss!

Donna in Perth

Rick said...

To all bloggers:

If you really want to be blown away, read the article titled "Solo sailors dyslexia hell revealed" on ''. When you read what Jessica had to overcome to get where she is, your 'Jess admiration meter' will peg.

Jess--I had so much admiration and respect for you before, but now I'm almost speechless. From not being able to read a few years ago, to being on the verge of writing a book is unbelievable!

You are--and will be, an inspiration to more people than you will ever know.

Luv ya girl


ps. I had tears in my eyes the whole time I was writing this

Cameron B said...

I'm quite sure I Love* the shirt, haha.
Cameron Boulter

HomeSweetBoat said...

To One Tough Cookie

Hi Jessica

WOW, you are having such great conditions … ENJOY every minute … like the luxury of putting your cup down and having it stay there!


Fay from the Gold Coast
To StuntTrader – Good one!!!!

Brian Riley said...

Hi Jessica,

While you are enjoying sunshine and fog, we are getting the leftovers from cyclone Olga, high humidity and showers.

Nice to hear you are spending time in the great outdoors of your cockpit while enjoying all around you.

There was a piece in the Sunday Mail by your parents, you really are an inspiration to many many people,and I am humbled to be part of this adventure you are taking us on.


Safe Passage,Will Talk Later.
Hervey Bay. QLD.

KB said...

Enjoy the sunshine for even tough cookies are allowed a bit sun to rest in
Enjoy Jess, happy sailing :)


Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,

Thanks for the update, you sound very relaxed and happy, enjoy the conditions while they last. Once you head south around Tassie things might get rough again, though I'm sure with your indominatable spirit you will conquer whatever comes along. Well done, you give so much joy to the world it is a delight to be in some way a part of your journey. I'm off to work afternoon shift... someone has to do it!! As always, stay safe, keep smiling,

Bron Central West NSW

Macca said...

go jesthats one nice t shirt too hha


os jess is hot

Regulus said...

Hello Jesse!
I read your blog from Tokyo Japan.
I enjoyed your text and photos of wild sea.
I hope your safe and wonderful journey.
(It means do your best in japanese.)
See ya!

Mike_trrac said...

Hi Jess

Great to hear that you have some smooth sailing and pleasant weather. Just soaking up the sun will recharge your batteries and bring back the colour in your pretty cheeks. Enjoy!!

The sun through the fog sounds beautiful.

Have you heard that Abby is having problems and has to make for port in Mexico after 9 days to fix up her power supply etc. She hopes to meet her team to fix up the issues and restart when all is fixed.

Enjoy your peaceful interlude while you can.

Good travelling.

Mike (Avoca Beach)

Toni McLean said...

Me again. I just saw the comment that mentioned you have dyslexia, so I googled the article. It evoked three responses in me. My estimation has gone up maybe a million percent - so much that numbers become useless for measuring it. I feel very, very ashamed of hobbling around with a little broken toe at the moment as if it is something terrible! The other 9 toes are just fine after all, and the bit of pain will pass!
And boy am I resolved to achieve at the new venture I am beginning - a Ph.D. at the ripe old age of 57. If you can navigate etc etc etc with dyslexia, when once you couldn't count or read because of it, I can do a Ph.D. and earn a bit of money at the same time. I have tears in my eyes as I type this just thinking about your level of achievement.

You are truly an inspiration!

Big hugs

riveter said...

Still wearing that great T-shirt on your video I see...I STILL WANT TO BUY A T SHIRT JUST LIKE YOURS...Mrs Watson can you help?
Sorry to hear Abby has boat problems, hopefully she'll will be blazin in your tracks soon
Sidney Canada

magpie said...

Hi Jessica,
While you are circumnavigating the globe(slowly)consider these school subjects...

The roundest knight at King Arthurs Round Table was Sir Cumference.
He acquired his size from too much pi.
A backward poet writes inverse
Censored of course:)
A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital.
When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said, No change yet.
A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion
Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
Business studies:
No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery
PDHPE(sport and health):
Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise',
I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

And remember that some days you're the bug and some days you're the windscreen.

And finally,
Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

☺☺☺ Hoo Roo.☺☺☺

John McCormack said...

Hi Jessica,
As another S&S34 skipper and supporter of your endeavour I have been following your blog. Well done so far but please keep up the concentration and stay clipped on.
A few questions for you. How often have you used the sail on your inner forestay? What sail do you have on it e.g. No4 or storm jib? What conditions were you in when you used it?
I am thinking of doing the same mod but am unsure of its value.

Molly said...

Sounds very peaceful, Sailor Girlie. Glad to hear you are having some calm days.
Ma Nature has her balance after all.
Enjoy the smooth sailing.
You'll be back to "bouncy" before you know it.
God Bless Our Jess,
Maryland USA

Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf said...

Enjoy the calm! I'm new to reading your blog. I find it so fascinating. Looking forward to keeping up with the rest of your journey. :)

ToSeeTheSea said...

Who was it that said life at sea was boaring. You are getting the works out there Jess.

You continue to inspire. Thanks for sharing.

Richard in Maryland said...

Hi Jesse,

Nice to hear from you so soon! I think about you and check the blog everyday. It's as though part of my consciousness is at sea, going around the world with you. It is snowy here today and cold in Maryland. I can't wait for spring and getting back out on the Chesapeake Bay on my boat. There's nothing like being under sail. Following your blog let's me go sailing all year round. Thanks!

You are an inspiration on so many levels, and also a very tough Cookie
Richard W

IndyMike said...

G'day Jesse,
I've just been following you since I realized you and Abby are sailing solo. I think you're an awesome young woman, with real panache. I'm so proud of you and find it all so exciting.
When I was a boy (50+ yrs ago) I read the book Kon-Tiki about the raft voyage across the Pacific. It was so exciting for me! When I got old enough I joined the Navy and loved my times at sea (4.5 yrs). I never did actually sail tho.
Your blog and videos are like being with you. Wonderful! I'll be following right along now, and wishing you god speed, fair winds and following seas.


Indianapolis, IN USA
39*50'17"N, 86*9'21"W

PolarisLux said...

Hi Jessica,
I am glad to hear you the weather good condition in Atlantic.
Enjoy peaceful sailing.
Best wishes,

Bluefin said...

Hello again Jesse,

For Paul and the Killer Whales (Jan 29 10.35am)


For Paul and the Killer Whales and Rio The Homework Dog and Room 401 Minnesota - VERY COOL KIDS! and very, very inspiring teachers.

I'm a very keen reader of all the interesting things you do in class and on your field excursions. You have both fired up your pupils imaginations and as Rio the Homework Dog said "you accentuate the positive" what a gift for your students.

Always impressed,
Bluefin (Annie), Buderim, Queensland.

maxine maroochydore said...

Hi Jessee, my husband gave a little chuckle when I blogged on and there you were, my first reaction is shes there agaiin, I do get a real thrill keeping up with you out there. Torday in the Courier mail I was reading about you a little story from your mum, all about you being dyslexic, Well I thought to myself shes not talking about (our) Jesse, it cant be true, you are so articulate and Ivbe never seen a word spelt wrong in all your blogs, I told you YOU ARE ONE AMAZING,TOUGH COOKIE,glad you are getting some R&R enjoy the sun. We are finally getting some rain here on the Sunshine Coast, which we desperately needed. God speed Jesse. Maxine and Colin Maroochydore

Anonymous said...

Righto, holiday granted. But back to "school" on Monday...

Philip said...

Glad to hear you are relaxing at the moment, enjoying the sunshine during the day and sleeping out at night (almost like camping).

The weather you are describing is similar in several places, most notably in San Fransisco. It can be sunny and 27C at noon time then by 2pm foggy and 10C with the sun barely getting through the fog.

Anyways, just be careful about leaving things lying around. But it is nice to put down a cup and not having to lunge for it as the ship rolls.

Cold East Coast USA

Anonymous said...

WoooHoooo!!! Your cruzzzzzin Jess!
Hope you're blasting your music and having fun out there! It's hot here in Melbourne!

Take care Jess!

Hope you bring in a really big fish!

Hey! Have you ever actually tried fishing without the music blasting??? lol


Glenda said...

Hi Jess, so glad things are nice and calm now and you can catch your breath. I just spent two gorgeous days away at the beach for the last weekend of the Vic holidays. It was so relaxing, even with very cute but noisy, overfed possums leaping onto the roof at 4am! With no internet there I was wondering how you were going, so great to get back and hear all is well with you. Not long now until the next milestone. Keep smiling and stay safe.

Carole (Mackay) QLD said...

Hey Jesse, Glad you are able to enjoy the calm, holiday like conditions this is a very well earned 'breather' for you and EPL to have a bit of relax time. Enjoy the sunshine too! I imagine it is a lot easier to get your ship organised without walking on the walls and chasing cups of coffee around the cabin !! LOL

Your descriptions really imagine just what it is like. Loved the photo of you in the new T Shirt - your mum is so thoughtful, she packed that in the foodbag for after the Cape Horn milestone. Only 2000nm to go to Cape of good hope - thats fantastic. Like you said in the video every nm now is one step closer to home. Im wondering how the mainsail repair went and have you had to replace any sheets and running gear? I bet you are also thankful for a hard dodger which has withstood the knockdowns. Would love to hear whether much water came in the cabin during those awful knockdowns and CANT WAIT for your book.

Well done Jesse - enjoy your calmer days, still keep clipped on and we look forward to your next blog.


Carole (Mackay) QLD

Mary, Maine, USA said...

Dear Jess,

Whoooooroooooo!! It's great to see your face and hear your voice on your recent video post. Thank you!

So happy you're officially sailing home....yup, that certainly makes sense; it's the return trip now.

I wonder what other goodies and new clothing are stowed away in the food bags......a lovely new set of clothes for the welcome back to Sydney harbor?!

I haven't had a chance to read everyone's blogs so I feel a little out of touch. I did glance at a few and saw the mention of the article about your learning challenges. I read your blog entries for the year (or two?) before you left in October, so I knew of your struggle with dyslexia. Knowing that you've been so challenged in school has made me appreciate you and your desire to DO THE JOURNEY by yourself.

I taught children with severe learning disabilities for ten years in CA and have always had a deep appreciation for the complexities of learning styles. There's a door for everyone, Jess. You've walked through yours and I couldn't be happier for you than I am now.

With love and deep respect to you.
Safe sailing, Captain.

xoxo Mary, Maine, USA

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse Loved your video!!
You sound very happy and relaxed.
Enjoy the break deserve it.
Sally in Melbourne by the Bay

Unknown said...

Capt Jessica

glad to see that things have improved for you, hope you are getting the rest you need to set yourself up for the next leg. Enjoy your sunshine, Take care in this lull in the battle.


Anonymous said...

1 Corinthians 13:12-13 (The Message)

12 We don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! 13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

Good evening to you, Jesse. Though I posted a note earlier today, I couldn't resist checking again before turning in, and am glad to see a positive, calm report this evening. Couldn't resist copying these words of Paul the Apostle written in his letter to the Corinthians when I read your strange report of the fog in the day.

Here's hoping that you'll experience His love and trust steadily in Him who has gotten you this far on your journey. I hope you did in fact enjoy some deep warm sleep in the cockpit as you described. As I drift off this evening in real calm and certainty, I will be praying for you out there, for your safety and good health, continued progress, and for your family back at home tracking you and supporting you as they can.

Blessings to you for a grand day of rest on Sunday!

JeffK said...

Hi Jesse,

I refrained from commenting while you rounded Cape Horn and described that harrowing storm, knowing the whole world was watching and chiming in. I'm one of many surrogate grandfathers following this marvelous accomplishment of yours and I'm greatly pleased you're enjoying some pleasant weather (if not speed).

Amazedbyou said...

Hiya Jesse,

Yeah, you have just described me on a Sunday morning..foggy and flat. I am in need of some sunny action although I am listening to the lovely rain. We need that too.

Your sunny, foggy and flat would be so much nicer though. Must be a bit hard on the eyes though, is it glary? Would be nice to see. At least you are still getting power into the solar panels with all that fog, excellent !!

Light winds and a steady pace is a good for you now. I can see the upside of being able to have a nice cuppa without having to hunt it down about the place, that would be a welcomed change.

Things will pick up before you know it, so enjoy the easiness of it all. You may be able to bake your famous muffins !

2000nm to Cape of Good hope. That is unreal...!! You certainly have been making excellent ground in your journey?? Just past the Cape of Good Hope as your eyes look forward it will be the West Coast of Australia...!!! Well, there is a fair bit of the never never blue to cross, but still exciting...!!

I see a post from Qlder' that Abby may have had to abort and restart?? So I am off to see if all is ok with Abby. I hope she is safe and it is only a technical issue. Take care Jesse, have fun turn the music up...ENJOY. Cheers Paula

Anonymous said...

Cooeee Jesse from sunny ( but no fog!) South Australia! :)

Great that you're able to enjoy some quiet time and just enjoy it all.

My husband was a 20 year navy man and he often tells of the beauty of the ocean being calm and flat.

Often, when it was like that,the ship would anchor and
they used to have what was called "swimming stations". Whereby some sailors would be on guard with rifles and the other crew members would dive in for a swim out there in that vast ocean!

Crazy buggers! LOL
Now you know what our navy gets up to out there ... don't be surprised if you come across one of our ships and you see this happening! You're not imagining it! :)

Wishing you continued safety and fair winds, Jesse!

Cheers from the Soldier's Mum in SA.

nutralady2001 said...

Hi Jesse my phone and internet have been down for 3 days and was finally fixed this morning (Sunday). Was having withdrawals not being able to keep up with you LOL.
Love the "One Tough Cookie" Tshirt. Fancy the crew not appreciating it. Shame! Shame! Shame!I can only think that they were most unimpressed that there was nothing for them, well they can get st*ffed (literally....hope this comment gets past Andrew the blogmaster LOL) How did your Mum know just when to pack it for you to open? That wasn't a co-incidence as far as I'm concerned.

You look fantastic in the photo, so well and happy, it's now my new desktop photo, replacing the one of the moon at midnight on NYE.

My daughter is having a nose operation Tuesday so I'm playing chauffeur, staying there overnight tomorrow night to take her to the hospital and picking her up early Wednesday morning but will try and get here while I'm there.

Enjoy your "downtime" I'm sure you'll have some more challenges ahead although none as scary as before I hope.

I'm one of the ones hoping to get to Sydney to see you come home, you have a very devoted following young lady and you deserve it.

Roger said...

Thanks, again, Jess, for sharing your adventure with us, your admiring audience around the world.
You deserve much more media coverage than has been the case, with your inspirational spunk and determination, and, hopefully, you'll be honored royally when you finish (after some well-earned rest!).
Many of us are praying for you.
Via con Dios.
Roger de Davis, CA, USA

Anonymous said...

You'll be nicely browned by the time you get back home. Shame there's not time to anchor and do a bit of swimming the ocean.

June and Richard Thorn said...

Hi Jesse,

Fair sailing at last. Sounds as though it is almost too good to be true after the past few weeks.

Brisbane is rainy and somewhat miserable in the weather department at the moment. At least it is somewhat cooler.

I am at the desk drilling into my study books at the moment. Just as I know you must be doing (Not!!!).

How are the crew doing? Did they come through all of that rough weather okay?

Take it easy for a while and catch up on some rest.

Take care brave lady. Find the kind winds.

June and Richard Thorn

Erica (from Brisbane) said...

Glad you're able to sunbake for a bit Jess. It's raining here in Brisbane, but that's good. My garden needs it. Just about to go and watch the Men's Final of the Aust Open tennis. Federer v Murray. My husband is a Scot so wants Murray to win. I think Feds is amazing and say go the game. Who care who wins. Hope the sunshine and calm keep up for you. Happy sailing. Erica from Brisbane

Anonymous said...

As always you impress me every day that I read your blog. I look forward to your book, I'm sure I won't be able to put it down. I didn't know that you had dyslexia, you are such an inspiration to people Jessica! I wish I could experience the ocean you describe, I don't know how you will come back and not pine for the tame waves. Although I think being with family and friends will take that thought away :-) Loved your shirt!!Darla in Iowa, U.S.A.

The McGraths said...

@ Peter Gold Coast,

In response to your enquiry, is the site you are after.

Thankyou Jess & blog administrator.

The McGraths, Nowra NSW

kiwi_canuck said...

Hi Jessica,

It sounds like you're in a temperature inversion, with warmer air atop trapping the cooler fog-laden air beneath.....happens often here in Vancouver (lat 49°N) usually in the winter with fog at ground level, and a brightness that says it's a beautiful sunny day up above, if only the damned fog would lift...which it doesn't cos there's not a puff of wind anywhere.

It's good to hear that you're able to enjoy some warm relaxation for a while.....hopefully not too long, tho, as we're sure you're anxious to get goin' again.

Clear skies,
Brian & Phill
Vancouver, Canada

RICHARD said...

After all you have been through in the past weeks this sounds like a welcome time for catching up and resting.I think it even has helped all of us who follow you to take a deep breath as well.

Enjoy your day.


See Ya Sailor!

Christopher at rest said...

Gidday Jessica, (alias One Tough Cookie) I've been looking at your progress chart on your site and I am extremely impressed by the progress you're making.

I've been doing navigation calculations to sort out approximately what is where and I can tell you, my head hurts. (GPS is the wonder of the ages and I don't care what anyone says about it.) It's pleasing to see that being upside down hasn't taken the edge off your sailing one bit and I am extra, extra impressed by this - proving the sceptics wrong can be a lot of fun.

Fair sailing and following winds,
Christopher Woulfe

Bebie - Caloundra said...

Hi Jesse,

Yet another wonderful word-picture describing the weather, the ocean, and a little of what you're doing; sounds perfect. I know you're enjoying it and I know you'll stay alert.

You're never far from my mind, and I'm sure, many other's as you head for the Cape of Good Hope.

Take care little sweetheart.

SaltyDog said...


NOW, you’re talking about conditions that I can REALLY relate to. The years that I spent commercial fishing off of the northwest coast of the U.S. were quite often like what you are describing. So many days, I would be in beautiful sunny conditions but would see what looked like a concrete wall ahead of me. A fog bank. And then I would hit it. Sometimes it would be like going from day to night and at other times it would be like you describe it. Fog, but I would see the opaque sunshine through it. I’m one who loves the warm, sunny weather but the conditions that you describe have added so much to my life experiences. Jess, you are just adding to the collection of stories to tell for the rest of your life.

Have fun, stay safe and happy sailing.

From Seattle, WA, USA

Bruce S said...

Hi Captain
Sea Fog and calm conditions just what you want for a holiday in the Southern Atlantic.
Bet the cup moves out of reach!
Thanks for the update and photo!

Sydney Australia

kylanip said...

hi jess its great to see you have some calm weather for the moment. you're doing such a great job out there.
keep up the excellent work,

Farnarkle said...

Hi Jess - I suppose you could call it the calm after the storm :-)
Like the 'T', we already know you're a tough cookie though. Keep a line out the back you never know what you might catch.
Off to the WACA to watch Aus vs Pakistan in the cricket one dayer -it's a beautiful day in Perth & I'll think of you when having a hot pie and cold beer ha ha ha.
Keep up the good work.
Jan & John from Wooroloo WA

Nana said...

HELLO JESSE - Just thought I would check on you this evening and great! another up-date.

You telling us about your sun and fog experience. I have known it here in Picton especially when we have had a warm day before, we wake up to thick fog and one can see the sun trying to get through. Then fog comes down and sits on the harbour and marina water while the sun is out above. The fog then slowing just melts away and we usually get a beautiful day with clear blue sky.

Sorry my writing skills are not up to your very interesting standard but had to tell you about it.

Our weather, after having some beautiful hot days (25c) hot enough for me, has now become very cool and very windy with a little rain. Most of the North Island is having lots of torrential rain. We are not having a good summer at.

Anyway, not much news but just wanted to check in and say hi!

Thinking of you, keep safe.

Lynne (Picton, NZ)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,

I have been following your voyage from day one and every time I read your posts I am inspired so much.
Loved the T shirt. It certainly describes you to a "T".

You are an insiration to me and all that read your posts.

Your Mum and Dad must be sooo proud of you as so many Australians are.


Anonymous said...

Jesse, I am so glad you are getting a bit of 'vacation' these days- so long as your making progress, enjoy the sunshine! :)
-Karyn, IN, USA

Unknown said...

So pleased you are writing a book Jess! My friend and I can't wait for its release!!
So pleased the weather Gods are being kind to you.
Enjoy the warmth and stay safe.
Cooroy, Queensland

greg said...

Hi Jess your doing a great job, keep up the good work. stay safe and god bless. Greg from Townsville.

Alonzo said...

I read your blog every time you write. You are an amazing inspiration to so many..thanks for being you!

Rob Hardie said...

Hi Jesse,

Great hearing from you. It must be so nice for you having the calm weather, but as you say it can quickly change and you need to keep on your toes.

Sun and fog, wow, hope you managed to get some video or pictures of this as it sounds fascinating.

Hope you have been some cooking, eating well and generally looking after yourself.

As you said in your last video it has hard to believe you are on your way home and well and truly passing the half way mark of you remarkable journey. So glad you have shared so much of it with us.

Keep doing what you are doing. You are a remarkable young woman.

Take care and stay safe,

Ingleburn, NSW

Mel M of USA said...


Great to hear that you're aware of what you're doing, aware of its limits, and aware that you need to be prepared to change it. With nobody around to save you from mistakes, this is, I think, an important part of your maturity and success. Enjoy but keep in touch with the weather guys back home. You already know that though--I'm sure.

Zander said...

‘Never-Say-Die’ Saito restarts his record circumnavigation
Japanese yachtsman, 76, sets off once more at Cape Horn

cousinpete said...

hi jess
i could use a good tan about now, and some ella skin moisturizer to go with it.
enjoy the smooth sailing.

HAWKEYE said...


Hi Jesse - you appear quite relaxed today and enjoying a holiday atmosphere. Beats the hell out of school - huh!! Put the 2000nm on the back burner and set some shorter goals. The CoGH will appear soon enough - just concentrate on getting things done on a day to day basis and keep the important tasks to the forefront of your mind. I keep harping on being in the moment and safety first because I am aware how quickly the conditions can change. I ride a surf board and believe me it can change very quickly even in that situation and where you are in comparison just has to be more tricky and unpredictable.

You are doing wonderfully well and it's the quiet days that you have to catch up on the chores but also to give a little bit of attention to number one and I might add, a 'special' one at that.

'til next time precious girl be happy, be in the moment and be a safety first thinker. Take care, love ya and God Bless.


hezakiah299 said...

01-31-10 @ 02:04
Hi Jessica,
I’m so glad that you can enjoy the sunshine and the smooth sailing. Get out there and soak it all up. What a change for you, but I’ve said it before ’you deserve it’ so enjoy the sun while it’s there. Just leisurely laying about in the South Atlantic, what a life. You’ve worked for it though. God Bless Ya.
Sometimes, like right now, when I’m typing a message to you, I get a giddy feeling within myself, knowing that you are having a good time. I can just feel the happiness, don’t know whether to laugh or cry, so sometimes I do a little of both. lol…. There’s a word for it but I can’t think of it right now. I guess it’s just the excitement. WOW!!!!!
I’m glad you realize that this could end quickly, and keep a tight ship, have you got them scallywags to do a clean sweep down fore and aft yet? Or are they still sulking over the cookie?
Although it’s not really funny, I had to laugh about the cup flying across the room, just imagining how nice and smooth things are going right now, as compared to a few days ago.
Yeah, don’t get complacent (it doesn’t sound like you are) and stay alert, on your tippy toes. And keep smiling. Are you doing any fishing?
Yes Jessica, enjoy your Holiday

Hi Lori: Just wanted to return your ‘Hello’.

For Erica: That’s ok, look at all the laughs you just got over something I didn’t see. lol….. Say what????

Susan in Melbourne, Really enjoyed your post, how true.

You know Jessica, when your book comes out it’s going to be so much fun to read, especially for all the faithful followers, when we come to certain passages in the book we’ll remember all that transpired at that time with all the posts that were sent in regarding that particular situation. I’m really looking forward to settling into my armchair and reading, reading and reading some more. I’ll bet there’ll be a lot of laughing as well, and probably a few tears.

Abby had to put into Cabo san Lucas...
She’s not able to generate enough power with her solar panels and the wind generators to keep up with her energy needs.

Take good care of yourself and the scallywags and enjoy your leisure time and the warmth of the sun.
Always thinking of you.
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...

That kind of fog, so far out there, that's remarkable. My wishes for you are at least two days of uninterupted sunshine, so that everything inside the hull really dries out. That should prepare you well for the next spell of wet sailing.

Nico said...

Hi Jesse,

your latest blog entry really brings some sunshine and warmth into our unusually snowy winter!

And thanks to your team for the announcement of the book. I hope, Amazon will make it available in Germany reasonably soon - I'll already have at least 2 to order ...

Good and friendly winds and lots of sunshine to you! :D

Frankfurt, Germany

Andrew said...


Sunny and foggy at the same time! Isn't the world a funny place? How clever of you to realize not to get too comfortable and to be prepared, as the weather could change. Still it must be nice to experience some calm after the wild ride you had last week.

Sail safe,

Andrew and Vicki (Queens Park, NSW)

Anonymous said...

Texas 1:22am 01.31.10
Captain Jesse the Explorer

Hi, Good Captain Jesse.
Catching up on the Blog. See you are progressing well after the storm. Good on you! (a Texan talking Aussie; see the affect you are having across the world!)

Regarding the school work you were trying to find a couple of days ago- you can always say you lost it in the last storm.

So happy you are having some nice days. Stay dry and cheerful, Brave Captain. Onward Mates! Australia or Bust!

Love the cover of your future book. What a "sunshine" smile.

Ben from Texas

midnacht said...

Hey Jessica, did you get your gold hoop earring for passing the cape?? Its tradition. Well maybe your crew will get you one. Stay safe and ill be rooting for you all the way from the states. Watch for the shuttle im thinking it is going up soon.

A US. fan.


Auzziemom said...

An adventurer and author; there really are no limits to your accomplishments Jess. Congratulations.

hp said...

For Jessica, about…

Would you like me to tell you a little story? I'm sure you do.

As an old kid I (45° 31′ 0.02″ N, 73° 39′ 0.02″ W) would misread a word most often than others. No matter how much I was corrected, no matter how many times I would be told to spell it slooowly, as soon as I had just read it, yes, I would say another word ( which doesn't exist at all ).

[And sometimes people would just interpret that word ( which doesn't exist ) along their own thought processes so it would have meaning to them – people are so strange don't you think? ;-)].

On with my story.

The correct word is 'restaurant' - think you can guess what 'my' word was?. Try.

Anyway, noticed how the menu reads nowadays in restaurants? Looks like a Harry Potter formula doesn't it? It's almost impossible to figure out what the dish is about ( and if you ask for an explanation, it usualy gets worst). Words becoming meaningless.

So. My word was 'sertaurant' - you can guess the many interpretations I have had to hear.
Anyway, it never stopped me from having a seat and ordering what I wanted. Why? Because I didn't have a problem with the concept or the actual 'thing' that is a restaurant.
What it did, ( and a few other words and miswritten phone numbers later- oh! that's another thing but I guess you want to get to the end of this story first, right?) is to get me to order my thoughts, test the reality that words represent, play with the concepts and most important give meaning to what … I mean. To think.
( I know by now you might doubt that 'cause of the way this post is going – but that is a writer's trick – ok-ok, some other day on this one…or maybe not ).

So, what is all that about? It is about you developping a style of your own, what writers sometimes call a 'voice' along with your many accomplishments. That voice is all of you: sister, friend, skipper, team leader, artist of the seas, writer, etc.

You are not who you are as a correction to something called dyslexia. That is just a personal trait that you have on top of all your qualities, like being a 'soft paw' ( a lefty – are you?). In a phrase as in many you are a true Master at what you do and all of your 'voice' is unique – ask your bloggers! :-)

Keep smiling, be safe.

I still like it when people read to me.

Back to sailing as Soren would say.

sponge21 said...

Hi Jesse

Nice to see your cheeky smile in your new T Shirt!
Did you know Abbey is having problems and returning to shore for repairs?
As allways keep safe out there!

Mark Perth WA

Dee said...

Jessica, so good to know your still in safe travel. Love your stories. You are a brave young lady. This is so amazing to the world. You and Abby, going solo, wow.
Dee from Santa Clarita,Ca

Unknown said...

Great to hear, very happy for you - you're quite a girl! Keep on going strong :) Love your positive sounding attitude!

williluethi said...

Willi from Switzerland sayis

Atlantic ocean indian ocean

The closer you get towards the cape of good hope the more often you may encounter this foggy coditions.

the warm air coming fom the indian ocean will meet the colder conditions from the atlantic.
Towards cape town the fog may fall on you within minutes. They call it the "Devils Table clothe".
Watch out for Container vessel trafic comming down from Europe.

The more , gales comming down from the mountain are not showing any ripples on th water giving you hardly any time to reduce sail.

I wisch you a safe trip


Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,
How good it must be to be able to put things down and not see them fly across the room.
You need holiday conditions after what you have been through.
Enjoy the quiet conditions and the sunshine.
Keep safe,

Unknown said...

Hey battlefish, you were 2nd to comment, never mind.
Anyway Jesse, glad to hear all is well.

Stay safe


Kestrel said...

Hey Jesse,
Enjoy the sunshine and calmer conditions while you can. I thought the shirt your mum left for you was very appropriate!
Sail on,

Unknown said...

I've been following your blogs from day 1 and I am really enjoying them. I am so jealous of your adventure, you're living it for us. You have achieved so much you can rightly be proud of yourself.
Oh, love the t-shirt.
Eric from Melbourne

Anonymous said...

Kim@ NSW Australia
Hey Jess
Take advantage of the quite time and relax and recharge, I still smile every time I read your Blog, you are amazing and I can't wait to see you back in Oz, my computer is on as soon as i wake at 5.30 every morning to check your progress and again mid morning and again at night.
I think you would call me a Jessaholic LOL
oh and Abbey has headed back in to Cabo san Lucas for a re start due to technical issues.
Stay Safe and happy Sailing
Kim :}

David and Una said...

Hi Jess,

2000 and counting. Make the best of the flat conditions. I never thought about having a cup of coffee that didn't end up on the floor as a luxury.

Rest up and keep counting.

Stay safe!


Dave and Una

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work Jess we are all watching back home. You are an amazing young Australian
Graeme Cox watching Mali West Africa

Ann said...

Glad to see you enjoying the sunshine Jessica....lap it up while it lasts......2,000nm to Cape of Good Hope...sounds a long way....I just love reading your blogs they are like a breath of fresh air....can't wait for your book.....
TV stations are starting to pick up on your they will all be dockside on your return......loved the t shirt your mum got for you were travel Jesse.....God speed
Ann (Morwell)

David and Una said...

Sorry Battlefish...............................second to comment.

The odds aren't good!

Kaye Stapleton said...

Hi Jesse,
Great to hear you are having a rest from the rough seas you have earnt it.
I was reading you blog comments and heard about Abby having trouble so I popped over to her site to check things out and was surprised to find out that her yacht Wild Eyes is Australian made GO THE AUSSIES OI! OI! OI!.

Details as the following.



Designer: Jutson Yacht design, Australia

Builder: A.S.A. Yachts PTY, Australia

Model: Open 40, solo

Built: 2001

Stay clipped Jesse on safe sailing.

Kaye Brissie Australia xx

Sally said...

Hi Jesse

It's so nice to hear that you are enjoying some calmer conditions. Enjoy the sunshine Jesse and kick back a bit - you deserve a little rest. I am certain that there are more challenges in the midst or should I say 'Mist' !!! Knowing that you have just come through some fog! I do love a good fog, everything seems so mystical and eerie.

You sound incredibly contented in your last blog. Enjoying the simple pleasures in life - like basking in the sun and also being able to sleep out in the cockpit and the calmer waters. Hey,don't forget your sunscreen.

Get some good sleep credit stored up before the weather changes or you hit traffic!!

We have also had a mixed bag of weather here in Sydney this weekend - no fog though! We went to the outdoor cinema on Saturday night and saw a movie. It looked ominous all Saturday, like there was going to be a massive down pour to spoil the night. But it didn't happen! We had a great evening laying out under the stars on bean bags with a huuuge picnic full of goodies, watching Michael Jackson's 'This Is It'. And today we saw Avatar in 3D, so it's been a movie weekend.

So you, EPL and the crew only have 2000nm to the Cape of Good Hope - great progress Jesse!

Time to go and watch the Mens final of the Tennis. Federer V's Murray. Should be exciting!

Have a good Jesse & Stay Safe!

“It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.” George William Curtis


'Whether the weather be fine,
Or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Or whether the weather be hot,
We'll whether the weather
Whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not'
leksandra Lachu

Sally In Sydney

Kissyfrott said...

Hello Captain Jesse Tough Cookie of the Seven Seas,
Paris is inundated with a beautiful sunny light, and the sky is almost all blue, excpet for a tiny white cloud in the South. Makes me think of Ella's Pink Lady's white sails looking like a bright spot on the immense blue Ocean...

In fact, this message is less for you than for your partner, I mean Ella's Pink Lady. My old Mom called me this morning to met me know that tomorrow is Saint Ella's day, and as the tradition wants the wishes to be made on the Feast day's eve, may I ask you to pass her our very best wishes for a happy and merry return trip to Sydney, for herself, her beloved skipper, and their famous crew?
By the way, all my family joins me to wish both of you some of our sunny weather, but not too much, as the trees in front of my window show we have absolutely no breeze at all. Just calm and cold.

Please, windy Deities, push our Ladies out of that fog and help them speeding East... We have Good Hope in mind!

Go on, sailor! Play some music and sing...
Your armchair choirs are ready.

lilshawnee said...

Jesse,enjoy the good out doors and it must be fun camping outside again.
I think pink lady is such a good boat.
I sure hope all bad weather is gone.
Keep going girl.Cant wait till you get to the finnish line.
I hear your going to make a book, So cool,But i allso hear we cant get it here is the USA,, thats bad.
Well one tough lil cooke take your time have fun and be real safe.
Yor friends Robert,Ellen,Autumn,Alison

Kissyfrott said...

@AlbacoreLiaFail... There will certainly be a Tour. But why only a Book tour? It would be fun having also a singing tour, Jessica leading with Christmas songs, performing her famous spider impersonation with guitars, microphones and clarinets, and Them Scallywags dancing in the background.
@Howdy. I am sure Andrew has some merchandising in sight. Mugs are an obvious part of it. Tough Cookies T-shirts will be more difficult, I think they are from David & Goliath, UK. Maybe Aunt Sam could draw different ones (tuff for tough, and another cookie"s face and attitude, more Jessica-looking one?).
@Evie. About Abby, she hasn't been sailing for 6 months, but snce she was 6 months old.
@Magpie, what a teacher you are! LOL

Mark Catalina 27 said...

One Tough Cookie about says it all! Thanks for the updates and the video diary Captain. I'm sure all following along very much appreciate the time you are able to give us.

From a snow bound North Carolina and a Catalina 27 under many inches of white stuff, I wish you Fair Winds and Following Seas Jesse!

Unknown said...

Perhaps by the time your voyage is over you will have experienced every kind of weather there it. Nice you get a little reprieve from the rough seas. Thanks again for all the blogs. duane

Anonymous said...

Enjoy the little "holiday" in your conditions!! Happy sailing!

Jill (Newcastle)

AlbacoreLiaFail said...

@Howdy, love your idea about Jesse's team selling the mug to blog-watch with---a BLUG? or a MOG?

Jesse, your mom's comments about you struggling with dyslexia gives me all the more respect for you, and the fact that you zeroed in on something that grabbed you and you have not given in to frustration.

You are extraordinary! So how about that book signing tour--port-to-port, of course--along with a freight crew by land to see your books and items from place to place, and we get to meet you! Please say yes! We'll drive to Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, L.A.--wherever! Bring those blog mugs, or MOGS. Pink would be good. or black with a pink and white Ella Pink Lady logo, or a "tough cookie." Thanks!

Any more tinned fruit or mangoes?

Your Pink Fan Family from Northern Nevada,
Patricia, Richard and John

P.S. THANKS, Aunty Sam, for the tune that STICKS like velcro in my head--I'll be mad at you all day!
Just kidding. Perfect match for Jesse.

Bruce S said...

Hi Jessica
you have a broad church
with you.
cannot tell you who said this but
it is good stuff...

"hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love"

AND YOURS AND EPL's is to make it safely back to Ozzie shores.

Thanks for your every afford.


ben said...

"One Tough Cookie".
You exemplify the very essence of that statement Jesse.
Keep smiling :)
Travel safe!

Ben (Qld)

Jo said...

One day, you'll write a book and I'll read that book to my little girl...who knows what you'll inspire?!

You are truly amazing and brave; no doubt your parents are incredible people who have nurtured and guided such a fantastically inspirational young person.



Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,

A good dose of vitamin is always good for the soul. :-)

Enjoy the sunshine Jesse and not having to tie everything down.

Take care and keep safe. Warmest wishes. Jan Pace (Auckland, New Zealand)

Georgia Guy said...

Hi Jessica,

Glad you are able to enjoy some warm sunshine and smooth seas; so long as your wind holds up.

Given the choice, I would take smooth over bouncy any day of the week.

Safe sailing and Godspeed

Georgia Guy

Richard Lathrop said...

Great tee shirt Jesse.

Did mum also include any edible cookies in that food bag?

you are looking good and the Atantic looks and sounds scerene.

Congratulations on your progress.

Sorry your crew didn't appreciate the shirt. Put them on half rations until they shape up.

Fair Winds,

Richard Lathrop

Clint Jeffrey - VK3CSJ said...

G'day Jesse,
Gee you've got Andrew working real hard to keep up with you and your blog's....not to mention all the little extras we get elsewhere on!

Say does EPL have a Fog Horn?....I can just imagine that little boat making one hell of a noise with a Fog Horn sounding every couple of minutes!

Abby's had to pull in at a Port in Cabo to get some of her electrics sort out so she'll have to "restart" her journey from Cabo, just a small setback but she'll be on her way soon enough!

Anyway...the weather conditons sound very nice, I hope it holds out like that for another day at least...

Gotta tomorrow!


Clint - Melbourne

P.S. Another great picture Sam...!

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your holiday. Hope the winds pick up and skoot you along towards Africa.
Arnie in Canada

Anonymous said...

what a wonderful world it is, you are experiencing all that mother nature has to offer, enjoy her calm and her fury... isn't she wonderful,
take care,
mel of yenda!!
ps. you are an inspiration to us all

Ernest From NH (USA) said...

Hi Captain Jesse, Calm Seas,Sun,
Holiday Feeling,Relaxation, Yessssss!Thank you very much! We'll
take that any time on a solo-circ.
These conditions are just what you
need now to recharge your energy and spirit.Also, not a bad time to
check all your maintenence issues.
But above all else; Be Happy! Stay
Safe! Do Not be Complacent! Sing!

Anonymous said...

Sounds fabulous! Wish we were there! :) Get your rest while you can. Seeing any wildlife lately?

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

So good to hear that you have nice conditions out there. Enjoy it to the most while you can.
You describe the sun/fog so vivid.
Keep smiling and sail on safe.

Ingrid, Tyreso, Sweden

Rick.Bonin said...

Glad to hear the conditions are allowing you to relax for a while. But I know you are staying "on your toes" for the next bit of excitement. Thanks for the great updates - everyone out here in cyberland appreciates it very much.

St. Louis, MO USA

Gillian@Fontainebleau said...

Hi Jesse

Sounds like you are having the time of your life in these calm, gentle conditions.

Enjoy the sunshine.

Gillian, France

Phil in Idaho said...

Enjoy the relaxing time!! Take lot's of photo's for your album. Savor everyday as you will be doing this once.

Loved the t-shirt. You are in fact one tough cookie!

Alexey said...

Hi Jess! Sunny, foggy and flat is a really amazing combination! Wish you warm sunny days, more picturesque views and lots of positive emotions! Godspeed you and Pink Lady!!))

Alexey from Moscow.

Anonymous said...


chris said...

Hey there,
You are so right in fighting off the doldrums. That way you wont make any mistakes. It is easy to become complacent,so I am glad to hear that you are aware.
That reminds me, you said coffee! I am making some,do you like it strong or weak? :)
Keep on sailing, you are doing wonderfully.
You are amazing, but I think you know it now.
chris in northern calif(so you dont confuse me with that other chris in calif

bernie777 said...

no doubt about it u have earned the sun and the rest...Roger Federer is the A open champ again....good on him what a legend...

Christopher Evans said...

Have you seen her, sailing girl? Have you seen my great white leviathan? Can I hear thee, Thar she blows for her flukes soon a soundin? Tell me true.

Anonymous said...

Sleepless down under... good to see you've been around, Jess.
So happy to hear you and your crew are having a bit of 'smooth sailing'


Jony the Pony said...

Hi Jess,
keep up them dodgers,
Jony the Pony

Randy said...

Hi Jesse!

Sounds like a wonderful day!
...not to much action, relative good weather with worm sun behind the fog.
I hope, conditions like this will stay a while and bring you soon the next cape!

So enjoy your "holidays"!

I think of you!

Randy / Hamburg, Germany

Monalisa50ff said...

Herzliche Grüße aus Deutschland/Thüringen sendet Ihnen Kerstin Jecke. Sie beschreiben es sehr schön, wie sich die Sonne und der Nebel auf dem Ozean treffen. Ich wünsche Ihnen viel Glück für die weite Reise und freue mich schon auf Ihr Buch.

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear that you are relaxing during this calm spell. As long as EPL is moving you are at least running your easting down and every mile brings you closer to home. Rest is important for the very real challenges that lay ahead. The Indian Ocean and the southern Ocean around the south of Australia can be tough going, but you and EPL will do it I'm sure.

SaltyDog said...

To Evie from Bendigo,

I saw that you were questioning how Abby Sunderland was being allowed to set sail with only 6 months sailing experience and I understand your concern. I think that you might have mis-read the bio on Abby. She has been sailing since she was 6 months old. Abby’s father, Laurence Sunderland, is a British-trained shipwright and owner of Sunderland's Yacht Management in Marina del Rey. Abby has done solo deliveries for her father's company since she was 13. Abby has essentially grown up on and around sail boats so sailing is a way of life for the Sunderland family.

I think that all of us have feel like protective grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters to Jessica. That’s apparent by the outpouring of well deserved love that we all show. And by now, we all understand how incredibly well prepared, organized and experienced Jessica and her team are. I’m not qualified to comment specifically on the preparation of Abby’s boat, Wild Eyes, as I only know as much as I’ve read on her blog and various news stories. But I do know that her family and team are extremely experienced and have been through the preparation for a solo circumnavigation with Abby’s brother Zac. I get the impression that neither Jessica nor Abby feel any kind of challenge between each other. In fact they both have been extremely supportive of each other and I believe that they only wish each other a safe and successful circumnavigation.

As one of Jessica’s protective, loving “uncles” I wish Abby all of the best and I don’t think that her very experienced family would consider allowing her to attempt anything that she isn’t qualified for. Hope this helps ease your mind, Evie.

With warm regards.

From Seattle, WA, USA

Kestrel said...

Enjoy the calm moment for the thrilling times will yet come. Food and sleep while you can!

"Maggie & Kevin" said...

So happy all is going well for you and you are enjoying some better sailing conditions.

You go girl, the world is your oyster, enjoy!

Midwest, USA

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