Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Life Goes on as Normal Out Here

Still more nice sailing for Ella's Pink Lady and I. Yesterday was particularly great with our speed sitting on an almost constant 7knots all day. The wind has mostly been between 12 and 17knots. Well that's my best guess anyway, because since losing the wind instruments, I've had to resort to the oh so primitive method of looking out the window and at a piece of string tied to the rigging, to determine the wind speed and direction!

These are just the sort of conditions Ella's Pink Lady and I love. Does anyone object if I give Sydney a miss and go around for a second lap?! No, don't worry I wouldn't do that to you. I might still be having the time of my life out here, but there's also things back home that I miss. There's no way that I'd be able to sail past a hot shower and I'm worried that if I'm away much longer I won't be able to recognize my brother, who is apparently getting taller by the minute!

We've also had more of the weird foggy/sunny combination. It seems a bit strange to record 0% cloud cover next to 'very poor' for visibility in the log book. But I do come from Queensland, so fog will probably always be a bit of a novelty to me!

Also you may have noticed that we're heading North East, rather than East again. Bob's got me sailing north some more to avoid a particularly nastily system passing to the south.

It's crazy to think that not so long ago it was a battle to keep warm, particularly my feet, layered in socks and tucked away at the end of my sleeping bag. Now I'm constantly being irritated at being be woken up with hot feet! The fact that a little thing like this is annoying me gives you an idea of how nice things are out here at the moment.

So life goes on as normal out here. Yesterday was a housework (boat-work!) day and there's always the odd bit of maintenance to keep me busy, like tightening the fan belts on the engine and re-taping a few chafe points. I also seem to be able to spend (or waste) a pretty huge amount of time cooking. My powdered egg omelets are steadily getting better but my attempts to change or add to my Easyfood meals are failing miserably, along with most of my other food experiments.

It's a good thing that there's no one else to complain about some of the meals I manage to ruin!



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Kim humphreys W.A. said...

Hi Jessica
Glad to hear your using the tried and tested Aussie Wind instrument
If string is still-- calm
If string is stiring --Slight breeze
If string is flapping -- strong breeze
If string is straight out -- gale
You cant get any simpler than that
If you do decide to keep going can I come for the ride.

Anonymous said...

you go girl

doing a great job and being a great australian.

any marriage proposals yet?

maybe you need to prove your cooking skills first.

Rob S

Unknown said...

Dear Jessica,
Nice to learn that you are having great weather.Great idea to sail north,and let the bad weather far down on your starboard side.I commend your shore side crew.Mum and Dad must be thrilled that you have only about 2000nm or even less to reach the Cape of Good Hope,as you sail by you will see Table Mountain on the Port side of Ella Pink Lady.
Looks like you are making good progress.Your cheerful approach to every little challenge, and getting over all the hurdles thrown at you is inspirational.
Keep going ,and having the time of your life.Also may God grant you his choicest Blessings and keep you Safe,May you catch a few fish,to supplement your diet. My very Best Wishes and Regards to You,your Team and also to your Family......Rex Manuel. Greenvale. Victoria 3059

Georgia Guy said...

Hi Jessica,

As always, good to hear from you and it sounds as if you have really settled down into an almost day to day "routine"; that is if anything about sailing solo around the world could be described as routine.

I wonder sometime if you could contrast the differences between the Southern Atlantic experience versus the Southern Pacific. Having never been either place I would not know. However it seems to me to be the absence of multiple passing tropical rain showers as compared to the Pacific. That's just an observation since I don't recall your mentioning the subject.

Anyway, keep on keeping on. You're really into to grinding out the miles toward Cape Hope and another significant rounding. Soon it will be the Indian Ocean and not the Atlantic.

Safe sailing and Godspeed.

Georgia Guy

Kathie said...


Enjoy your "down" time...you deserve it!! Sounds like you will be home before you know it.
You are doing an amazing job...your bloggers are so proud of you(I think I can speak for them all )!!

Kathie (NYC)

Molly said...

Greetings Sailor Girlie!
Glad to hear that you are experiencing a bit of a "calm".
As usual, your attitude about every little thing is so lovely.
I think my fellow Marylander, Richard, nailed it.
You are at peace with the sea.
I'm sure a second go 'round sounds like fun.
However, I think your family would have a word about that.
I'm sure they are all anxious to have you home again.
Blessings and safe travels to you,
Maryland USA

Anonymous said...

I love your blog - you're so hopeful and funny! You'll make your way - maybe twice time round the world...?
Greetings Axel, Germany

Anonymous said...

Keep at it, I'm really impressed.

Anonymous said...

I love your blog - you're so hopeful and funny! You'll make your way - maybe twice time round the world...?
Greetings Axel, Germany

Anne said...

jessica, i am sitting here reading your blog holding my sleeping 5 month old daughter, having spent the day celebrating my son's 5th birthday. your adventure is every parent's dream - and nightmare at the same time!

as a mother, i can completely relate to what your mum must be feeling - the pride, the fear, the love she has for you. as a woman, i am incredibly proud of what you are doing. as a writer, i am so impressed with your written accounts and the maturity you display at 16.

i truly hope that my children will have the courage and strength you exemplify and i will be buying a copy of your book to read to them both.

all my love and good wishes go with you. go girlfriend!

anne, south australia

Cat Harbour said...

Hi Jesse,

Am glad to see the speed you are making toward the NE, and that Bob has been sending you that way. I've been watching "Passage Weather" and worrying about a couple of hot lows heading east, hoping you get far enough north to avoid the nasty parts of them. All the best, and keep up the great sailing.

Rex Gibbons
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

Great to hear you're enjoying some favourable sailing conditions and managing to keep out of the reach of the adverse weather further south.

Not certain if you are familiar with the Beaufort Scale of wind velocity which gives a fairly good indication of wind speed assessed from the condition of the sea around you. I'm pretty sure you've been at sea long enough now to be able to estimate the speed of the wind to within a few knots even without modern instrumentation!

Regardless, you are still making fantastic progress and at the present rate will have crossed the Atlantic in next to no time!

Thinking of you and stay safe.

Kindest Regards, Martin, Canning Vale, West Aust

Amazedbyou said...

Hiya Jesse,

Gee it’s good to hear from ya. Love that things are going well and you are making good ground.

Yep, that is a big “negatory” about second lap around the world. As it is now I have told my work that I will need to have the end of march, or some of the beginning of April, or maybe mid April, or maybe later April, or maybe mid march off….and I promised I would get back to them, Just keep it open for Me and Jesse…!!

If that does not work and they try to peg me off to a time, I will just say I have a gynaecologist appointment and I don’t know when it is….they never want to talk about that stuff, time off guaranteed. So, you can see the extent I am prepared to go to, to see you pull into Sydney …!!

So you have a bean sprout brother !! Wow, boys do that don’t they. I do not have children, although I am blessed with many nephews, and I have seen growth spurts and they are amazing. They tower over me now, yet I remind them everyday that I used to change their nappies….last form of defence.

Your brother would be eating your Mum and Dad out of house and home ! I can tell you miss him heaps, send food bags and Atlantic salmon.

Hot feet. That is like someone cuts your oxygen off. I am sure you breathe through your feet. ‘Feet’ soon let you know that they need “release” to fresh air by bugging your brain.
I am a one foot out of bed all the time person, it is my oxygen tank.

I can imagine that easy meals uplifting attempts are becoming fish food? Not long now Jesse, and with all that burly you should catch a fishy, that would make a pleasant change in diet. Well this is a novel, I better go. Take Care, Turn the music up and dance like no ones watching…!! Cheers Paula.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess! We're so proud of you, now go to the next post!

Dear Bob!
I hope that if she gets too cocky, you put her back in a storm!

Rock on Watson!


Anonymous said...

Proverbs 12:9
Better to be ordinary and work for a living than act important and starve in the process.

Good morning, Jesse! Your diligence, contentment and satisfaction out there all alone for so long just doing what has become a sort of routine group of chores makes me think of this rather funny Proverb. I thought I'd share it with you. Yes, things are proceeding as normal for you and you are not starving in the process!

You have in fact been amazing, an inspiration -- never a complaint from you that we have heard. Many thanks for your journey.

I am today giving thanks for the seeming safety and continued good progress of your present conditions there in the Atlantic. I will pray for your good completion of your maintenance and chores, that EPL's good equipment will continue to endure and serve you well, and of course for your continued good health, strength, and restful sleep. And, I will also pray for your family who misses you and awaits your arrival back at home.

Ernest From NH (USA) said...

Hi Captain Jesse, A big thank you
very much to Weather Wizard Bob for
keeping you safe and out of harms
way of the nasty weather system. It's good that you have that flexibilty out in the wide open Atlantic. Very pleased to hear that the pleasant conditions allow you to have a more relaxed daily routine. Be Safe! Listen to Linkin Parks'"What I've Done" Godspeed!

Unknown said...

What you're doing is pretty amazing! I know you've heard that a lot, but seriously.. You're so brave.
It's my first year in college and I hardly cook at all, lol. Just eggs and ramen.. Anyway, I hope you're still having fun out there. It's good you still have connection with the outside world. How exactly DO you charge your electronics anyway? Could you please include the answer in your blog? Thanks.

Good luck and take care!


tom paine said...

Nothing like hot feet :-)

samurai said...

Dear Tony L...please don't be mad at me :-((
I was just trying to protect Albert Ross. He was in enough trouble already after being misunderstood a few blogs ago while he was just catching up with a couple of his friends. :-(( Sam

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Unknown said...

Hello again,

I was wondering if you were reading any books, but you probably don't have enough time with the upkeep of your boat. When did you embark again?

Best wishes,

Clint Jeffrey - VK3CSJ said...

How'z it goin young lass, El Capitan, skipper, shellback, come sailor, Jesse Star....super hero and one tough cookie!

Well...I'm sitt'en back getting right into new episodes of season 8 of 24 on Channel 7, Jack Bauer as usual is right into the action....good stuff!

I'm soooo glad you're steering further north and keeping clear, as much as possible, of the bad weather, and speaking of weather, I remember you saying that your weather instruments had been effected by your knockdowns but I thought they were okay, but reading your latest it seems you have lost the Anemometer and Wind Vane indicator...sad to hear about that, I understand how important it is to have these instruments not essential but still nice to have working.....I guess nothing beats a calibrated piece of string with a pair of well trained eyes!

Well brave hearted girl you have the wisdom you have the courageous spirit and the support from all of us here in internet land...."Go Girl"...there I've finally said it!

Gotta go....work tomorrow!

Clint - Melbourne Townshippy...

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,

After the storm last week, normal is a very good thing. It reminded us all how tough circunavigation is despite how easy you make it look.


Anonymous said...

Bribie Island
February 2, 2010 6:20 PM
Good tip on how for Jesse to catch fish but careful matee ff poor old Samuri be accused to disowning Jesse if she dont catch a fish what they gonna say about yu?
Some folk just don't get Samuri but i do she very fun

Queenslander said...

For the bloggers unfamiliar with a sail boat's (and some stink pots)wind gear I did a quick Google Image Search and the links at the bottom of this comment will give you an idea of what Jesse would have had at the top of her mast. When EPL was upside down the gear at the top of the mast would have copped a hiding from being dragged through the water. Also keep in mind that electronics do not take too kindly to being dunked in salt water... and EVERYTHING outside WAS under water... LOTS OF IT!

Jesse & her team have not made us privy to the status of Solar Panels, AIS, Radar, GPS, Wind Generators, SSB, VHF, etc. So apart from the MHU we can only assume everything else is working (for now).




Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Hi mighty one!

It would be great to have a map showing your progress during the world travel!

Can anyone tell if she already passed by Brazil? Or if she is stopping by?

You are in my prays! Wish you ALL THE BEST!!!



Anonymous said...


I admire your spirit and determination, you are an inspiration to us all. It seems the sea miles are clicking by fast and you will be home before you know it!! Safe sailing and all the best as you conquer the Alantic ocean and soon to enter into the Southern Ocean @ then home.

Take care sailor.

South East Queensland

Rob said...

Hot feet, I hate that!!
but on the other hand i think i hate cold feet more.
Second lap, i think you should try that next year. give yourself some time to catch up and then load up the boat for a double lap around the earth. How many people have done that nonstop unassisted? I would guess not many.
Have a great day!
Columbia, Missouri, USA

Bobby from South Carolina said...


Can't wait to read the book...although I must admit I've read your blog at least twice a day since you left on your adventure...it'll be fun going back over the fun, crazy, scary times...sending you a big hug from South Carolina!!! Safe sails my friend...safe sails...

Bobby from South Carolina

Unknown said...


Glad to hear that things have finally settled down for you. Enjoy the quiet time and warm weather! Keep safe.

Denise and family
South Dakota, USA

Gary Carlson said...

I haven't posted to your blog for awhile, but I have not missed any of your posts. We are happy about and impressed with your positive and willing spirit, so far into the voyage. Your spirit is not alone; you continue to bless and inspire. Keep your sunny side up!

Gary (Skipper), "Crikey"
Riverton, Wyoming, USA

Unknown said...

Hi Jessica, ive just started watching your progress & dont know why i didnt start sooner since reading jesse martins book.

congratulations on your journey so far, & good luck with what is to come. i'll be cheering for you when you reach sydney =)

SchlegsofTonka said...

Greeting from Minnesota, USA. My grade 9 (14-16yrs) students and I will be keeping tabs on your journey, and following your blogging. They will also be writing to and about your journey in their own blogs.
We are all in awe of what you are doing, your courage, and your determination. Good luck and stay safe!

Anonymous said...

Hey Jesse, I'm believe the future holds great great things for you. I can't wait to see you in the international news upon your return. You are a global star and for the best reasons...real accomplishment, real bravery, real stamina, and an unwaivering spirit...even under conditions that would bring the average person to their knees.

Are you still generating enough power with your collectors and wind generator? How is your fuel tank level holding up...enough for the remainder of the trip?

We are very proud of you Jesse.

John, Colorado, USA
Jimmy, Kentucky, USA

GroundskeeperWlllie said...

Enjoy the good weather! 3:30am here (Sydney), humid, and my feet are hot too .... As always though when I read your posts - muchos jealous!!

chris said...

Hey there,
You are sailing by the method that all Jr. sailors are taught! The string off the halyard.lol
Keep on going and dont get bored... as if!

chris in northern calif

Mike said...

Hello Jessica! I see in your latest video that you are getting plenty of mileage out of the new "One Tough Cookie" T-shirt! And rightly so! It is wonderful to see how your mum has packed little surprizes for you to find. Such a lesson for us to learn from your mum and the support from your team and a great example of love and thoughtfulness.
I am sure your team has already thought of this, but I would like to pre-order your book if that becomes possible!
Constantly praying for you and your family.
Grace fellowship Church.
North Stonington, CT. USA.

BroncoDave said...

Sounds like you are not a coffee drinker.. I wouldn't make it with out a good cup of joe... I might even drink it before my first hot shower !

Mr. Canadian said...

See any Groundhogs out there Jess LOL.

Have a good day

Jony the Pony said...

Hi Jess,
keep up them dodgers,
Jony the Pony

Dan said...

Dear Jessica

You are so funny, you make me laugh. What you are saying is life as normal would be the adventure of a lifetime for most of us, and that is just one day sailing at 7 knots all day in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Good thinking avoiding nasty weather if you can. You don't need to give the poor Pink Lady anymore thrashings and your bruises are probably just starting to fade.

I'm curious if you have heard anything from Commander Donde and the mighty Mhadei. His schedule was to leave the Falklands sometime around here. As you know he's got some exciting sailing ahead of him getting out of that place. You have a nice head start this time. I wonder if he can catch again you by the Cape of Good Hope. Then you will be parting ways, both heading for the home stretch.

Keep up the great work sailor girl.

Portland, Oregon, USA

sander said...


I've only read your story on a Belgian newssite today and I must say, I have lots of respect for you.
sailing all alone wouldn't be anything for me so.

I wish you good luck on your further adventure and when you have arrived at the Cape of good hope, make sure to make lots of pictures!

greetings from Belgium.

Anonymous said...

Good indeed...you posts always make me smile. You are accomplishing such an extraordinary thing, which seems like such a "big girl" (grown up) thing to be doing, and yet how you express yourself in the blogs resembles the youthfulness you carry- oh wait, you are but a teenager afterall! :)-Karyn, IN, USA

Attri said...

Dear Jessica

I am a master mariner, with experience on boats ranging from 8,000 to 360,000 mt dwt ships. I have passed 20 mtr waves on a 36,000 and 360,000 tonner. Both the times I, along with my fellow mariners, felt dwarfed by the seas, more so on latter ( King Neptune can fix that stupid pride of sailing on something HUGE in a jiffy).

I was always a huge fan of the deep sea fishermen found all over the oceans bobbing up and down crazily in the strangest corner of the oceans. Following the voyage of EPL and Mhadei by you insanely courageous sailors is an absolute cultural shock even though I have been on oceans for thirty years.

Thanks to you and Dilip, I will have no reason to grumble when I don't get those fresh veggies on a 30 or 45 days voyages.And definitely while bracing storms ranging upto say a week or so when cookie laddles out whatever he best can.

Put on the cookie hat and don't have a thought about what you are gonna cook up. Spur of the moment, young lady, always comes out the best. You are a "Toughie Sailor Cookie"

Keep taking deep unpolluted lungfull of breaths, Enjoy the star studded skies on a clear night, and keep humming,

( Hey Sydney, we are gonna see you and be gone again )

Be safe

Chandigarh, India

Randy said...

Hi Jesse!

Great Idea! ...go around the world a second time. You will break the next record ;-)))

I'm sure you have your "time of life". I still often think about to be in a small boat for so long time and sail around the world - so alone. Must really be a fantastic experience!

So once again: Enjoy this time and sail safe across the atlantic ocean.

I think of you!

Randy / Hamburg, Germany

Cheryl in San Diego said...


Sorry Jessica, but being from San Diego I must comment at the back-handed remark about the tell tail and the cup.

And exactly how many times out of the history of the America's Cup, did you win that cup? Hmmm.


Mikayla said...

Hey jess!

I dont evenknow if you are going to read this but Im 14 and I think you are great!
You are inspiring I read your blog every day!

Keep up the good work!

Mikayla from NZ

Unknown said...

Hi Jesse, I just wanted to say that I find it interesting and cute in a way that you can knock out a blog and just go on and on but when it comes to ad-libing a short video it's an entirely different story. I can almost see the relief in your eyes as you go for the on/off button at the end of the video. Needing to keep saying things off the cuff as the camera is rolling is an animal of a different. Of course we all know that you are trying to the very best that you can and let me say we appreiciate all you do. Now you are trying to be a floating comic (giving Sydney a miss and go around for a second lap)!! I can just see the headlines: "Youngest person to sail around the world non-stop and unasisted with only provisions for one trip. When she came in a good portion of her rigging and sails were eaten away and about one third of the boat." But Jessica looked hale and hardy and glad to finally be home." Well Jesse I think only in Hollywood would that be possible. Well Jesse I'll leave you obviously enjoying your journey at this time and we will converse next time. Your long distant friend Larry (guamgranite@myfairpoint.net)

AMZ said...

Hi Jesse... hope you manage to miss that storm. Have fun out there!

hugz xox

Anonymous said...

Mr. Bigalow stared out through the windows of his executive suite at the expansive view of Sydney harbor stretching out towards the Heads. “Give an inch and they take a mile” he muttered under his breath. He went back to surfing the Internet, while putting all inbound phone calls on hold.

Suddenly, as he read yet another heartfelt tribute to JW, it all became perfectly clear to him. He had found what he company was missing!

“Cindy, please call Sally to my office. I need to talk to her right now.”

“What is it Mr. Bigalow?" Sally asked.

“I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently. I think you are an exemplary employee and I would like you to get a 10% raise, effective immediately”

Sally, startled, replied “Thanks Mr. Bigalow, but what have I done to deserve it?”

Mr. Bigalow replied “Any employee who looks at JW’s blog at work will become an even greater asset to IMPCO by following her principles of positive thinking. The only thing I ask of you is that when Jesse Watson comes back to land at some point, that you ask if she could give an inspirational talk to our employees”

“Thanks again, Mr. Bigalow for the raise. I have to go now; I have to read how Jesse is using string to find out where the wind is".

Anonymous said...

Fog on a sunny day is something I doubt if you'd ever see sailing in the waters off Queensland. But it's called an "inversion", and it's caused, I believe, when patches of colder air meet up with warmer water.

It is always relaxing for me when you are having a relaxing time out there. Bob is very wise to steer you out of the way of another system. EPL may have survived that first beating as well as could be hoped for, but for her to take successive beatings would not be good. There would be cumulative damage and your safety would be compromised. Don't concern yourself with the delay it may involve. Remember, you were 1500nm ahead of schedule a few days ago. You have some time to spare.

Best wishes.

Deborah, BC, Canada

Jony the Pony said...

Hi Jess,
keep up them dodgers,
Jony the Pony

Ali in QLD said...

Jessica, I've been following your progress for months now - my goodness girl, but you keep impressing me more and more. That last storm, the pics were simply scary - and it always looks far less than it was in pics of the sea so I gotta hand it to you, well done, just doesn't say enough! I'm sure I would have baled out after that! We sailed for a while & I have a 15yr old son who can not do what you're doing! We also found that the dolphins always found us out there after some particularly nasty experience - so they seem to look after you, almost the 'angels of the sea' if you like. How do they do it - feel the vibrations? I never worked it out. Enjoy the calm conditions and eat while you can! I'll think up some new recipes for you!! Go girl, the 'angels' are with you!

Anonymous said...

HI Ho, cptn Lennie here.
I sailed out to watch Zak Sunderland,s homecoming and also to watch Abbeys departure. As an old Aussie sailor living in LA I am proud, thrilled and inspired by your fantastic progress. I will try to be one of the fortunate thousands who will welcome you on your heroic return home. Having done one of the bad Sydney to Hobart's I vowed to never race in "weather" again so I can only Imagine what you are going through. You seem to do it with grace style and real courage. You are a real inspiration to us countless armchair adventurers.

Transplanted ''Aussie'' said...

Hi,Jessica and Team;
I AM BACK ''HOME'',what a change,going from 80plus deg.F to 25.F with snow on the ground and more to come overnight,it's the second one this week and from what my friends who have stopped by today to say hi and thank you for my work it's going to hit us again Friday into Saturday,[BOY WHAT HAPPENED TO MY RETURN TICKET TO ''HAITI''].
For now,time to catch up on sleep and some REAL FOOD.Jessica,I share your comment on package food.
It has been a rewarding experience to help in this human tragedy and been able to put my ''skills'' into to practice,have seen sorrow and faith that is beyond my understanding,the human spirit is strong,these people will get through these day's,the ''world'' has not left them.I WOULD GO BACK TOMORROW IF ASKED,THAT'S HOW STRONGLY I FEEL TOWARDS THE HAITIAN PEOPLE.
Jessica,thank you for your on going updates,videos and all other blogger postings,especially ''Auntie Sam'',Richie Paris,Salty Dog,Amasdbyu,Mary,in Maine and all the rest who sent me some warm comments during some of my ''darkest day's'' their.
''WE ARE THE WORLD'',and within in this world there is great kindness.
Jessica,enjoyed your update with tired eyes,glad to see you are avoiding an oncoming storm,your land team is the best at what they do and they will keep you on the right path.
Warm feet comes a warm heart young lady,I believe from day one of your adventure that nothing would stop you,I am so proud to be part of your ''adoptive world family'' and God willing your achievement you will cherish for a life time.
McGraths,how is the Flag coming along????
Richie,you bring a laugh to my face when I read your blogs and of course Auntie Sam and the rest.
Hi to Richard and Molly in Maryland,boy you all should have told me about this ugly weather,I would have stayed a few more day's in Haiti....
No,I am glad I am home,however we may return in a few months to help with reconstruction,STAY TUNED,for now sleep,rest,good food and try to stay WARM.
Jessica,continue to make me pruod of my homeland,I SO MISS IT ,for now a well deserved FOSTER'S and a VICTORIA BITTER OIL CANS over the next weekend.
Jessica,thank you for allowing me to SHARE my trip with our ''world family'',it has been a time I will remember for the rest of my life.
Again, HI TO ALL MY BLOGGER MATES DOWN UNDER and the international gang too,to the ''Yankee'' group,''WHO DAT'',GO SAINTS this weekends Super Bowl.
Much love,hugs and support to your crew and land team.
Stephen M.,
Transplanted ''Aussie'',
[snow on it's way...]

Unknown said...

Hope you have lots of string to fly in the wind ..
Once you are around South Africa, you'll see us on the horizon cheering you on.
Barby and family

sails said...

Today's Inspirational Quote:

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of
getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one."

-- Mark Twain

Anonymous said...

Good to see life is normal (normal is obviously a relative state of mind) and that you're your usual chipper self.
Arnie in Canada

Anonymous said...


Bob from Seattle said...

Here's a pic of EPL's keel for those who haven't seen it:

sails said...

Jesse read this only if you have time.

"It's clear" said the teacher, "That you haven't studied your geography. What's your excuse ?"
"Well, my dad says the world is changing every day . So I decided to wait until it settles down !"

Teacher: What can you tell me about the Dead Sea?
Pupil: Dead ?, I didn't even know he was sick !

What are the small rivers that run into the Nile ?
The juve-niles !

Teacher: Why is the Mississippi such an unusual river ?
Pupil: Because it has four eyes and can't see !

Teacher: What are the Great Plains ?
Pupil: 747, Concorde and F-16 !

Teacher: Where is the English Channel ?
Pupil: I don't know, my TV doesn't pick it up

Pupil: My teacher was mad with me because I didn't know where the Rockies were.
Mother: Well next time remember where you put things !

Teacher: Why does the statue of liberty stand in New York harbour?
Pupil: Because it can't sit down !

Teacher: Is Lapland heavily populated ?
Class: No, there are not many Lapps to the mile !

Name an animal that lives in Lapland ?
A reindeer
Good, now name another.
Another reindeer !

I failed every subject except for algebra.
How did you keep from failing that?
I didn't take algebra!

Why was the ghost of Anne Boleyn always running after the ghost of Henry VIII?
She was trying to get ahead!

What was the first thing Queen Elizabeth did on ascending to the throne?
Sat down!

Teacher: Are you good at math?
Pupil: Yes and no
Teacher: What do you mean?
Pupil: Yes, I'm no good at math!

Teacher: Why is the Mississippi such an unusual river?
Pupil: Because it has four eyes and can't see!

Why did Robin Hood only rob the rich?
Because the poor didn't have anything worth stealing!

Why did Eve want to move to New York?
She fell for the Big Apple!

Pupil (on phone) : My son has a bad cold and won't be able to come to school today.
School Secretary: Who is this?
Pupil: This is my father speaking

Don't you love it!

Anonymous said...

Montissier? in the golden globe decided to go around again, he came to his senses in the midst of the pacific islands. I suspect once is enough. Great to hear you are progressing well and that Ella pink lady is behaving.
Keep up the focus and good work

Gary mccredden In Mt Martha Vic

Toni McLean said...

It's all lovely news from you Jesse. 7 knots is fantastic - you'll be back in no time. I'm really going to be interested in how it will be for you trying to walk when you come ashore. I remember that after a week or two at sea I would definitely be unsteady, even just in the marina before going ashore! And I really had to get used to cars driving at 60 kph - it was very, very scary after a speed of 4-8 knots!

I suspect your family might hijack you before you got too far on your second circumnavigation - besides, you'd probably need more chocolate by then anyway. :-)

How are your crew holding up? Are they out sunning themselves on the deck when the fog's gone?

Wishing you more fair winds,

Unknown said...

Hi Jess,

The value of a first class shore crew is apparent in your blog entry. Being able to dodge particularly bad storm cells must help your frame of mind.

I admire you particularly, Jessie, because I found out about your dyslexia last Sunday. I taught students for almost 40 years and have worked with my share of dyslexic students. Many overcome their disability without fuss, many let their disability defeat them. You are one of that marvellous band that step through the dyslexia barrier and make the world accept you on your terms.

You are a wonderful human being.

Ian from Brisbane

Anonymous said...

Easymeal versus Tough Cookie! Perhaps try fish cakes? What have you got in the way of potential for that? 60 degrees North

Kissyfrott said...

Chapter 7


Recorded by John Dory, for the Ocean Whelk, on February 2nd, 2010
kept in Tristan da Cunha Archive Library

JD - Good night Milady
EPL - Good night, Mr Fish Dory.
JD - You are now in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean. Would you mind telling us who you are, how you did arrive here, what you are doing, and where you are going to?
EPL - Certainly I will. I am born in October 1984 in Melbourne. I am a true blue Aussie, as hard as it may seem when you look at me. My parents names were Sparkman and Stephens. My first Master’s name was Marty, and he kept me until I was twelve, and then he prefered to leave me and elope with a girl with two bottoms, I mean two hulls. My name was Shanty, as I liked the sailors’ songs, and I had a beautiful white dress.
Then I spent some years mostly wandering and resting. Not hard, but very boring. And then, to make short, I became Don McIntyre’s Goddaughter two years ago. It was thrilling, as he has an adventurer’s reputation. I was much impressed and a little bit frightened he might take me to the North Pole or some freezing place. But he had other plans, and he gave me a new Master in 2009.
JD - And this Master is a Mistress?
EPL - Precisely. Her name is Captain Jessica.
JD - How is it to be two women at sea?
EPL - Incredibly well! We have so much fun together!
JD - But in your yacht’s job, don’t you need to feel a strong commander?
EPL - Ha Ha! Because you think Captain Jesse isn’t strong? You’re just nuts, Mr Fish!
JD - But she is only a small tee...
EPL - She is a normal sized average great wise brave funny gifted clever smart cool astute serious warm hearted skilful Commander! She is a shellback and a Cape Horner and an Old Salt! And she is God Neptune’s personal friend!
JD - Yes Yes Yes, all right, Milady. I am sorry. So how is your relationship?
EPL - We are the best team ever. She takes care of me, keeps me clean and shipshape and does me tickles when I am a little tired, or yells at me when I feel sleepy. And I take care of her, I am taking her in her round the world quest, I protect her against the winds and the waves, and even the storms.
JD - But I see you are no longer wearing that white dress of yours?
EPL - You’re not blind, despite your weird eyes, Mr Dory! After these boring years, I had stopped singing, so my name was changed in Youngestround. And as I needed some make-up after several years yawning in the harbour, Mistress Jessica gave me an exciting present: a complete make-up and a new bright pink dress, that I am wearing now!
JD - I must confess it is really merry and fits well with your endeavour.
EPL - You’re welcome, John.
JD - What kind of troubles did you meet during your journey, up to this interview?
EPL - Not many. Oh, I had some fear near Kiritimati when a buoy came scratching my ribs.
JD - Oh, that’s scary. But why ditd he do that?
EPL - Oh John! When you have a very attractive young lady on board, as soon as you near some land, you have buoys trying to climb! Since then, I carefully avoided all the lands!
JD - Oh, I see. And how was the rounding of Cape Horn?
EPL - I am pleased to say that we did it with flying colours.
JD - No storms at all?
EPL - Only good gales, nothing to be afraid of, young fish.
JD - But you met a storm later, didn’t you?
EPL - You bet! And a mean and nasty one! A male storm, brutal and violent, that attacked us hours long, helped by vicious rogue waving accomplices.
JD - And you held on?
EPL - That thug tried to rape me! He pushed me bottom up, and he tried to tear off my sexy black panties!
JD - And you could resist such a furious mugging?
EPL - Thanks to Captain Jessica! She yelled at me and at our mate, Otto Pilot, so he helped me rolling on my side, and I went up on my keel and put my mast just in his eye, the bastard!
JD - My congratulations... And what are your plans now?

Kissyfrott said...

EPL - As you can see, we are heading East-North-East and will round the Cape of Good Hope, and from there, we shall sail together to Australia.
JD - Oh, that is still a long way to go. But what will you do there?
EPL - My Captain Jesse will have a hot shower. She is lucky, I’d have one too, but I think there is no cabin at my size. I am not that fat, am I? But I am sure I shall be taken care of, and have my share of glory too.
JD - No doubt you will. Do you have a wish?
EPL - My dream is that Her Majesty the Queen would make Captain Jessica a Lady too. So Jesse and me would be like sisters.
JD - And another wish, maybe?
(part 2)

EPL - Mmmm... resume my singing career. Being like a floating stage, for one partying night in Sydney Harbour, with our crew’s rock group, the Them Scallywags.
JD - Do you think that there would be some tickets for the ocean’s people?
EPL -I shall ask the Director, Mr Bigalow. I guess that with the crowd coming for the concert, there shouldn’t be many fishers around that night.
JD - Oh thanks! The harbour will be full of fishes then!

Teresa of Iowa said...

Glad to see you have made it through the stormy seas and are doing well! I really enjoy your video's and views of the ocean as you go along. Thanks for keeping us updated! God Bless!!

Anonymous said...

HELLO JESSE, hopefully my last message will get through to you, I posted just before this one. I don't want to repeat myself so will just say HI! Something went wrong when I went to send.

I so enjoy reading your up-dates. Also enjoy reading your followers blogs especially your regulars. Michael from Kingswood etc. Hello. Many of them have such sound advice always. I have learnt from different comments and advice they have had to offer myself.

Lots of wisdom here.

Until next time.

Lynne (Picton, NZ)

Anonymous said...

I haven't seen this question or answer to date. But I have noticed that as sea you have traveled in the last few days, that your map on the web has not changed. Where are you now.
Dee from Santa Clarita, Ca

Anonymous said...

I still can't believe that no one's come up with a better biscuit than Tim Tams!
Or have they and I missed it?

OMG Jess!
You have the best network here with some pretty great people! If you sold quality products you know we’d check them, discuss them and promote them for you, don't you? At least I would!

What's your biggest passion? Your family, right?

I reckon you should go around again but in a bigger boat, one with 2 bathrooms and all the luxuries!

Why don’t you take your family and go around again!

Just stop where you can to have fun or what ever! Take a teacher maybe!

You've all earned it and I'm sure everyone would follow you and support you! It would be fun for us too!

Maybe you could be the first ever family to sail solo around the world that smashed Jessica Watsons record??? lol

Just a thought!

At least we could still say hi for a wile and follow your new adventure! lol

You rock Jess and you've already done heaps of good things for everyone following you and I know there are millions following and it's growing!

Thanks heaps Jess, thanks for helping me get better at writing and inspiring me.

Well done to your proud family and everyone!

Ps! Jess! Remember, no tan is a good tan. Oh! That's right; you haven't seen all the new and funny ads yet have you? Lol



ozbeachman said...

Jessie,,,have you had any contact with Tristan Da Cunha yet has anyone talk to you on the radio. What a milestone !!!! right in the middle of the South Atlantic ocean...and going strong ...Do you listen to Radio Australia and the BBC to get the latest news Captain when resting on your bunk???? fair winds and a safe passage to Cape Horn...ozbeachman

Dusty from Dubbo said...

Good Morning Jess
10.30 am Aus time late today...how's things, hope you are still in reasonable weather and missing that horrible storm. Glad you are warm and loving life. He/she, my 16 yr old client says hi...they want to meet you in Sydney. I said I'll try to organise it..I did say that you would be swamped with family well wishers, media etc ...I think he/she understood.

Must dash...have a greast sail today LOL(oud) and often. Still no rain

Sea ya

Dusty from Dubbo

Liz LaSorsa said...

Hi Jesse,

I think you should consider a recipe section in your book. Seriously. I would buy the book anyway but for the rest of us foodies out there it would be an added bonus. I reckon you are far better in that galley then you let on. The best meals are always the improvised ones as long as you have plenty of garlic : )

Enjoy your down time and stay well.

Awhitu Girl - New Zealand

Tony said...

I’ve been away for a while and just caught up on your blogs Jesse to read about all the knock downs, holey moley, that’s some boat and not to mention some captain too, captain. Spose it had to happen sooner or later, but let’s hope that’s it, and the really bad stuff is over and done with for the rest of the trip. Enjoy the sunshine. Tony, (Shipshape) Bristol UK.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess, Do you think you will pass close enough to the Island of Tristan da Cunha so the people from the remote settlement of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas will be able to see you. The are the most remote settlement on earth.
Enjoy the great weather and stay safe
Phillip Island

Anonymous said...

Nice for PamG to point out that you're close to Tristan Da Cuhna. They're a strong proud people who prove that 'there's no place like home'. Many were evacuated in the 60's when the island volcano erupted, and many returned when the volcano was still on simmer, never really knowing if it would blow again today or next year, but wanting to start again anyway. Home is home. I used to live in a street called Tristan Close and knew some of those people. We draw inspiration from many quarters


jude said...

hi jess , just looked in to c how u r going. looks like u r going great, keep up the good work and sail safe. love your blogs,

chan said...

Hi, Jessica
Just caught up with you latest blog. Good to see things are progressing well and you are well on the way to rounding cape no. 2 after which it will be truly homeward bound.

Anonymous said...

Good to know you and the girl are doing good.

Happy feet. Good.

Your post was very up lifting. If you have time leave a bucket out in the sun. put something dark in it. The sun will warm it.

And take a bath. Then get some sun. Hot food.

And again take your arms and put them around yourself and squeeze. That's from me. OO

windsor, Ontario

Patrick said...

Hi Jessica.
I wrote this for you on the day you left but I could not get online and I just found it again.

Good Luck Jessica Watson.

Never fight the ocean
and you will always have safe motion,

When you are wondering if its going to work,
Batten down the hatches,
Go below and be a cork.

The pleasures you will receive
will always make you believe

I will be watching from my chair,
High up in the air.

When you finally reach the wharf,
You will no longer be a dwarf.

Good Luck Jessica Watson
From Pirate Pat

Anonymous said...

"As she sailed into Sydney Harbour, she saw her old friends but they couldn't kiss her, cause she was turnin' round to go do it all again...yeahyeah"

Bit of Aussie Chisel for ya Jess!

Jules of the NSW Riverina, Australia.

Unknown said...

Hi Jessica and family and all involved, I am continually inspired and impressed by all you are doing. Thank you, Brian Tisdall.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Well done Jess, i am glad its all going great for you, i have to admit i was a knocker at first!! letting someone so young attempt such a huge challenge, but i will eat my words you have proved that you a very mature and capable person, i am so proud of you as a fellow Aussie it makes me get a huge lump in my neck, you go Jess show them all the real Aussie spirit, i will be watching with great pride and cant wait until you make it home safely, well done Jess from John in Hobart Tasmania

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

At the risk of sounding like your Nanna, when do you turn South again ? The whole pirate thing off the African coast worries me a bit.

Hope you are having a good day & look forward to your next instalment.

Cheers, Susan (Adelaide)

Philip said...

At least you are having a normal time right now.
Food making like you are talking about can be tricky to change things around. The only thing you can really do is just add spices to make it better.
I can see the storm you are going on Google Earth. I love its weather feature on the program.
But you are staying warm anyways. Around my place it is 0C (32F)at the moment with snow on the way.

USA East Coast

kiwi_canuck said...

Good to hear that you're sailing along in easy seas, thanx to Bob's weather eye. He's a good guy to have on your side.

Lots of Olympic hype here in Vancouver, with only 10 days until the Opening Ceremony. On the subject of weather, our winter has been so mild that we're short of snow for some of the events....a bit embarrassing.

Brian & Phill,
Vancouver, Canada

IndyMike said...

I think, no doubt, you've absolutely found yourself. And I find you simply awesome! I'm certain you're just wonderful and I wish I could be on your pier when you get in. (even if you opt for another lap)
I'd love to know ye! Enjoy.

Fair winds...

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

Anonymous said...


Mary, Maine, USA said...

Salut, Jess!!

The blog posts from you and our family continue to be inspiring, funny, and heartwarming.

Richie Paris, tu es magnifique!!
John of Alicante, Spain, your adventures sound awesome....keep going....are you stopping home in Aussie Land?
Lori, Brisbane, good luck with your move. Hope to hear from you soon.
Love all the responses about hot feet, cold feet. It's amazing that Jessica's innocent comments about Life Aboard EPL can be developed into Worldwide Blogger Adoptive Jessiholics Stories from Life Experiences, Par Excellence.
Oh, and thank you to Bob, from Seattle, for showing us the pic of EPL's black keel (black bottom to Richie P.!!)
Nice flag, PWB, and kind sentiment to go with...
Welcome home, Transplanted Aussie.
I'm really happy that our comments to you made a difference, along with Jessica's courage and persistance, as you labored to complete each day's work in Haiti. You're an inspiration to me.

There are so many incredible and creative comments from us armchair sailors and theorticians, poets, designers, taskmasters, teachers and teasers!!

We love you, Jess, and we're thrilled that you and Pink Lady are dancing such a swift waltz around our Mother Earth.

In peace and with safe sailing, as always,
Mary, Maine, USA

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica, To make a simple simple
windsock, see this site...
or google = make a windsock.
if you have a flag cut a cone shape
the opening will be a quarter the size of the length approx.
8x36 6x24 4x15
sew up or use gaffer/duct tape.
Fair winds
BrYan Perth.

The McGraths said...

Hello Jesse,

Geez, good sailing weather, can't complain about that! Had to laugh about doing a second lap, but you're right no one at home would be happy as everyone's becoming excited about your homecoming now.

We do hope you miss the storm that Bob's predicted but better safe than sorry as they say.
Anyway it won't be long and you'll be around the next Cape, then having to cope with the Indian Ocean then the anticipation of seeing your family again. Can't wait for it myself!

What's going on with the food?? We all thought you were a budding chef, although I can imagine how hard it would be without some fresh produce. Another reason to hurry home for some of Mum's cooking.

Better go as I haven't read the blogs yet and I'm sure that will take up the rest of the afternoon. Lucky I got in a gym visit today! Haven't been for months and no doubt I'll be feeling it tomorrow.

Take care little one,

The McGraths, Nowra NSW

Linda Pasquariello said...

Hi Jess,
You are an inspiration, I love your happy and postive way of writing which reflects your true nature!
Go girl!!

Les D. said...

Looks like you're about 200 miles west of Tristan da Cunha. Any plans to pass within sight of it?

Tony L said...

Hi Jessica

I enjoyed reading the interview with Ella’s Pink Lady written by Richie Paris as Chapter 7 of his “Legend of Jessica”.

Congratulations Richie on another very humerous and imaginative account of life at sea in the wake of Jessica. I hope you don’t mind me saying that Ella’s Pink Lady was conceived by Sparkman and Stephens in the USA and her birth was assisted by Swarbrick and Swarbrick in Perth, Australia, before being named Shanty and registered as an Australian sailing vessel in Melbourne.

Jessica, I hope all is well and that you are not on the ‘bad tack’ northwards for long. Look forward to hearing from you when you are able to get to your toughbook and send us your next news. Till then, enjoy sailing.

Tony L (Mt Martha VIC)

Unknown said...

For this poster, anonymous I think it was, have copied his original post here...."Hi mighty one!

It would be great to have a map showing your progress during the world travel!

Can anyone tell if she already passed by Brazil? Or if she is stopping by?

You are in my prays! Wish you ALL THE BEST!!!


February 2, 2010 6:03 PM

If you click on her official website you will find a map, video clips, photo's, and updates.

Hey there Jess. I haven't posted on your blog for a while. You are doing great guns, cruisin along there, sounding upbeat and positive and all fired up for a second round even.

Hoping you get none of that rough weather that you are trying to avoid.
I can't wait for your book to come out, I will definitely be buying it.
Take care, smooth and safe sailing.

Lily in Hervey Bay, Queensland

Bruce Watt said...

Sail on Jess, sail on . Go aussie girl oi oi oi.

There will be a huge welcoming group to welcome you home Jess. You have had awesome support from your team and they deserve acolades, but of course your meteroligist Bob lives in New Zealand. I hope he will fly over for the welcome home, he deserves to share some of the glory for what he has done and continues to do.

Bruce Watt
Rosebud (Vic)


RICHARD said...

Back to normal? Alone at sea... a small boat... an amazingly powerful sea... endless storms and crazy swells... equipment failures and dried food.... lol. I guess it is all relative.

It all sounds so "not" normal to all of us. You are doing and extraordinary thing. There is nothing normal about what you are doing. LOL

That being said.... we all wish you great fortune as you continue the dangerous daily tasks of business as usual on the high sea.

I repeat.. you are awesome!


See Ya Sailor!

SaltyDog said...

For those of you who are interested in Commander Donde, he did get underway on Monday and so far has experienced some pretty nice sailing conditions. Dilip has been very supportive of Jessica, so you might want to drop by his blog and give him a “g’day, mate.”

@Stephen M., Transplanted ''Aussie''….welcome home and thank you for the outstanding service to the citizens of Haiti. It was great that you found time to keep in touch with all of us while you were in Haiti. You are certainly a faithful Jessaholic.

@kiwi_canuck….you’re right, lots of excitement leading up to the Olympics. They definitely could use more snow, especially at Cypress Mt. I hear they’re trucking snow up there for the freestyle and snowboard events. Whistler/Blackcomb should be in great shape, though. We’ve been basking in 10°-12°C in the Seattle area this week. My skis are gathering dust. The Olympics should be a lot of fun for all of us in this part of the world. I imagine Paul and the Killer Whales in Campbell River are looking forward to them, too.

And Jessica. You listen to your Auntie Sam and get busy fishing.

From Seattle, WA, USA

greg said...

Hi Jess, it,s great to see you are still having good weather and doing 7 knots at that rate you,ll be home in no time. It is all so good to see you still heading north east to get away from that bad storm further south, you don,t want another bad storm knocking you about. Have you tried any more fishing since you have struck calmer waters, well thats about all for now, stay safe, god bless and good sailing. Greg from Townsville.

fumes said...

congrats on your wonderful progress jesse!

and continued best of luck to you and epl..


Anonymous said...

Hey Jess,

Congratulations on passing the 12,500nm mark. I make you 31 days ahead of schedule and due to arrive in Sydney on 4th May (13 days before your birthday).

** Departure date: 18th Oct
** Length of journey (miles):23,000
** Today's date: 3rd Feb
** Total sailing days so far: 108
** Travelled so far (miles):12,500
** Est. total journey (days): 199
** Av. miles per day: 116
** Scheduled finish date: 4th May
** Original finish date: 5th June
** Days ahead of schedule: 31

Sydney, Australia

Anonymous said...

The mention of Tristan da Cunha reminded me of the Krakatoa Volcono explosion in 1883.
Maybe it will interest the Bloggers to know that it is still active, I have cruised past it (a 2 mile exclusion zone for ships) a few times on the way toSingapore, every few minutes it continuously spews ash&lava every few minutes several hundreds metres into the air-- a nice glow at night too, it has never been dormant since the original explosion.

BrYan, Perth

Unknown said...

Hey Capt

You are one brave girl.


gustav said...

Hi there Jessica,

That fog you and Ella's Pink Lady are sailing through I find very fascinating. I often think of Fog as "Cloud on the Ground",or in your case "Cloud on the Water".

Normally clouds form in higher altitude ,where the air is cooler.Water vapours and humidity will rise upwarts with warm air until the water vapours cool in the upper lower temperature and cool to "dew point",where the vapours form into small droplets and clouds form.

Advection fog may occur when warm, moist air is carried over a surface that is cooler than the dewpoint of the air. Cooling and some turbulence in the lower layer lowers temperature to dewpoint and fog forms. Sea fogs drifting into New South Wales coastal areas are advection fogs that are formed when the sea surface temperature is lower than the dewpoint, but with a steady breeze to promote air mixing. Dewpoint can be reached by both temperature reduction and by increased water vapour content through evaporation. Advection fogs will form in valleys open to the sea when temperature falls in the evening, and when combined with a sea breeze of 5 – 15 knots to force the air upslope. Thick advection fogs may be persistent in winter, particularly under a mid-level cloud layer.


So it seems you got clouds on the water,
because of the warm air near the surface of the cold water is being cooled to the point where dew forms,or cloud,or fog.

Advection fog may occur when warm, moist air is carried over a surface that is cooler than the dewpoint of the air.

So the sea temperature must be quite cool where you are and when it touches the warmer air,advection fog forms.

I find metorology and the climate and weather on a day to day basis absolutely fascinating.There is always something new to learn.

The fog will hang around until you get back into more cooler air,stronger winds or higher up north back into warmer waters.

It is a sign that you are still in the cold southern waters,but with the warmer
air of the southern hemisphere summer.

If the Air is 20˚celcius and the Ocean Temperature it 15˚celsius and Dewpoint temp (where condensation forms)is also
15˚celsius,fog will form right there on the water surface.

And this is why you got advection fog.
well,at least your toes are nice and warm right now with the warmer air.

best wishes and lots of love,Jessica.

gustav haffner

Jony the Pony said...

Hi Jess,
keep up them dodgers,
Jony the Pony

Anonymous said...

Hi guys,
sorry but I am not Australian, so here the question: what is this "oi oi oi"?

JJ said...

Hey Jesse,

Just read on the latest news you are in for some strong winds and heavy swell over the next couple of days. Somehow I think you may become excited at the prospect after a couple of days of smooth sailing.

Take care, stay clipped on, etc etc.


StuntTrader said...

@ Amazedbyou
very funny re the gynaecologist excuse to get time off, no questions asked, for Jessica's return.
Hopefully a proctologist appointment will work for us blokes ;-)

Anonymous said...

Wow, just looking at the desciptions of wind speed on the beaufort Scale.

Read the descriptions and remember the wind speed Jessica had to put up with during the knock downs>



All the best Jess


Anonymous said...

Tom Grayson said -:-

John of hobart Said amongst other things....., "i have to admit i was a knocker at first!! ... but i will eat my words .... i am so proud of you as a fellow Aussie... "

Kudos for you John. Fewer People, then we like to think, will actually admit they were wrong. Let alone doing it as public as this,
Mind you it probably felt pretty good being proven wrong, just the same.

I wonder if the QLD Premier will show the same fortitude and change her stand as well? :o)

There is nothing that can be said that hasn't already been said regarding your recent post.


I am already working out how I can organize a trip to sydeny come May. Don't you dare bypass it :o)

Tom Grayson

Collette Cole, Australia said...

No no no no no no no darling.....not another lap....PLEEEEEASE!!!

We simply can't wait to have you home safely THIS time 'round.

Stay safe sweetheart.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess!
Flinders marine class here again.... Yes we are back at school unlike you - you lucky girl. Well done! We have been following your blogs and enjoying the adventure with you over christmas and new years. A couple of knock downs wouldn't keep you down. Keep flying Jess and we hope to get you in to school as a guest in marine class one day - if you'll come:-)
Life here is somewhat busy as we are departing for Heron Island on sunday for a marine camp. We will be busy conducting experiments and completing our field booklets. Hpefully the weather will be good for us as it has been for you.
Fly home - we look forward to seeing you......
our best wishes
Matthew Flinders 12 Marine Class

Kissyfrott said...

@Tony L .. Thank you! I din't have all these details about EPL's "birth". Conceived in the US doesn't change much, but I don't know what to think about her birth assitance (I had guessed Swarbrick was probably in Melbourne) and her birth place (a registration in Melbourne should implicate a birth there, even if Dr Swarbrick and Nurse Swarbrick were from Perth?). Let's say her parents are American, that the pregnancy was spent in Perth, and the official birth in Melbourne. What shouldn't we get through for some fun! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,

How's the fishing going?

Have fun and keep safe my dear.

Warmest wishes and big hugs. Jan Pace (Auckland, New Zealand)

Andrew said...


Your sailing skills (and cooking skills) are improving. You'll soon be able to sail around the world in a bathtub and cook a 5 course meal with a blade of grass! Perhaps your book should combine the two skills?

Stay safe,

Andrew and Vicki (Queens Park, NSW)

Trudy said...

Hello Jessica,

congratulations on passing the 12 500 nm mark. Simply a marvelous achievement.

The wallchart is delightful too.

Steven, transplanted Aussie, welcome home, I am glad you experienced the strength of the Haitian people and also saw much kindness there.

Richie Paris, every chapter of Jessica's Legend goes into a special folder, can't wait for the next installment.

Mary Maine, your kind words are always inspiring and warm hearted!

My typing is slow and clumsy, I nearly cut my index finger off today.
What a silly thing to do!
Another thing one takes for granted, to have all fingers working!

Jessica, be constantly alert and mindful, keep safe,

Trudy, Austria/Australia

Kissyfrott said...

Hi Captain Jesse!
Congrats for the 12,500 nm already chewed! EPL has an excellent stomach and seems to like your cooking, whatever you modestly try to make us believe. Your recipe of "nautic spaghetmilles with windy sauce and salted knots" perfectly suits her taste, and the more you give her, the more she is asking for. What an appetite for that little Lady! I had noticed she has a cute round belly...
Oh, and your chart is really welcome, and looking nice. I am going to use it asap, and also when you will be in your 2nd, 3rd, 4th laps. I am sure it will be precious for classes like the Room 401 intrepid singers and Paul's famous Killer Whales.

May the edge of the stormy system give you good winds without too hard bumps on your freeway... Keep your guard up, we know you will. Our strongest and warmest thoughts are with you, Go on, Mistress Tough Cookie!!!!!!

+Personal messages time!
@Sails Big thanks! I know stories like these in french, but about none in english, and not those! What a good laugh. And some more fun recognizing in some of them the same "comic mechanism" that in a french one!
@Multi-Transplanted Stephen M. Hi! Now think also a bit of yourself and rest... Must be difficult to relax your mind, but you need to, and we need you.
@Cheryl, San Diego: would it be possible for you to get in touch by email, please?
@Mary, Maine TY! Black panties seem to be better to avoid barnacles, don't they?

Angus. said...

Hey Jesse,
Sounds like your having a ball with the warm weather and smoother seas.
The fog can be a bit of a pest at times, but it will go.
I am looking forward to your book coming out, will be worth reading.
Will catch you later, take care.

Fair winds and following seas.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica

I love what you are doing and how you are doing it - with aplomb !!!

I calculated for you (using Earth's radius and simple geometry) that when you first see the summit of Tristan da Cunha on the horizon then you will be 90 nautical miles away.

I know you have your whizzy GPS gear and can work out your location down to a metre or two, but this information would have been pretty important for ancient sailors who were aiming for Tristan da Cunha as a way point before heading around Cape of Good Hope. Any further away than 90 and they would sail right past!

If you get a chance to check my calculations with a real sighting of the mountain then that would be great thanks.

Hope the remnants of the southern storm don't trouble you over the next few days, take care and stay clipped in!!

Wellington NZ

gazabrown74@live.com.au said...

Hi jess
My name is Gary and I'd like to say.......HOW FREAKING AWSOME YOU ARE!!! I would not have been able to do what you are doing at your age, or even now for that matter. Anyway you are very inspirational, maybe I could go around the block with no hands on my pushy, hard core me mate. Have you heared the new Powderfinger album Golden rule? There's a track on it "Sail the wildest stretch" I think of you every time I hear it, if you haven't listened to it give it a go it's nice, the whole album rocks. Anyway I hope this message finds you well.

Amazedbyou said...

Hiya Jesse,

Transplanted Aussie, Stephen is back !! that is so lovely. You kindly mentioned that you were so proud of ‘our’ Jesse, well we are pretty chuffed about you as well.

Stephen, you are living proof that angels do walk on this earth. I thank you. Your blog was heartfelt.

(I did donate, but I still feel so hollow and useless) So glad you are back. Cheers, hugs and squeezes. Paula

Michelle Close said...

I love reading your blog. You amaze me. I am a mother of a 5 and 9 year old, I can only begin to imagine how proud your parents would be. What a fabulous young woman you are!

Nasdaq 3X said...

Hi Jesse,

it's always great to read your posts and I am happy that now you are sailing in a gentle way, warming yourself after the big cold!

Keep going on, the Cape is getting closer!

Cheers from Italy,


Jony the Pony said...

Hi Jess,
keep up them dodgers,
Jony the Pony

Unknown said...

Hi Jess,
have been following you from the very start , standing on a cliff in Sydney watching you and Ella's pink lady sailing off on your adventure, with my Mum & Dad who were visiting from New Zealand.
My Dad always asks me "how's that little yacht woman going?", thanks to all your great blogs I let him know.
Stay safe , can't wait to stand on the cliff and welcome you back!

Attitude said...

You are an inspiration Jess, Keep it going!

bobcat68 said...

Hi Jesse,

I just love the way you can understate the way things are - such as "Life Goes on as Normal out Here". What you are doing can hardly be called normal except by those who, like you, have salt water in their veins.

The 301st comment was added to the blog I mention about two minutes ago and I have just completed a spreadsheet which numbers the comments to every blog you have posted since, and including "Tomorrow I'm going to get up and sail around the world".

The average number of comments per blog is just under 386 and those before 17/10/09 are not included. The total number stands at 29,707 at the present time.

I have never followed a blog before and I may never do so again but I am convinced that this is the most civilised, polite, friendly, supportive and loving site I have ever seen on the internet.

To me you seem so happy and content in what you are doing and I will always have an interest in what you may go on and rise to in the future.

You are an amazing young lady and I am sure you will go far.

Bob from 25 minutes due west of Noosa wishing you fair winds.

Ed C said...

Stay safe, keep us all updated, eat as well as you can and remember the huge amounts of people that are watching you make this history!!

Tony L said...

Richie P

Swarbrick and Swarbrick are two brothers who have been building yachts in Perth since 1963. They would not like to be thought of in association with Melbourne.

I think Shanty may have been adopted in Melbourne and her registration papers show Melbourne as her adopted place of birth, or is it berth.

As you say, its possible to have a lot of imaginative fun with these things.

Tony L (Mt Martha VIC)

PWB said...


Flash Back 100 days,

There have not been many movies
To have brought a tear of late
Actually not that much emotion
More like a dry salt lake

But when I read the Blog
For the very first time
About a Jessica Watson
Who sailed a watery line

Emotions came to boil
Mixed with humanity
Though I live in the desert
And she out in the sea

A tear rolled down my cheek
As I read the caring words
I did not understand
I just enjoyed the life they shared

Something moved within my spirit
On that day three months ago
That is why I write these words
About a Sailor … Girl ….. Hero!

Peter Bush, HYDEN, WA, Australia.


Bluefin said...

Hello to Matthew Flinders 12 Marine Class (Feb 3 7.05pm) what a great surprise to see your blog. I have had a lot to do with Matthew Flinders College over the years, its great to see some more locals visiting Jesse's blog site and wishing her well.

Have fun on Heron Island, I hope all goes very well for you.

Bluefin (Annie) Buderim, Queensland.

PWB said...


@ Hello Trissy, February 3, 2010 5:23

Re Your question:
What is this "oi oi oi"?

The "Oi, Oi, Oi" is a chant that is used to spur another person on to greater achievement, such as:

The full version of the chant, as heard prior to a free outdoor concert at the time of the Sydney 2000 Olympics and is as follows:-

Leader: "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!"
Crowd: "Oi! Oi! Oi!"
Leader: "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!"
Crowd: "Oi! Oi! Oi!"
Leader: "Aussie!"
Crowd: "Oi!"
Leader: "Aussie!"
Crowd: "Oi!"
Leader (much faster): "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!"'
Crowd (equally fast): "Oi! Oi! Oi!"

The chant was widely used during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, being heard at many public entertainment venues and also on public transport. The chant is now commonly heard at international sporting events in which Australian individuals or teams are competing.



Al Coggins said...

I teach 7th graders in south Georgia (USA) My son just told me about your trip. I am using your trip as an example to try to help motivate my students to grab the world by the horns, set goals for themselves and go for them. Good luck - Fair winds and following

Al C.

Sue said...

Hi Jessica,

I follow your blog religiously and I am delighted to find a young woman that is so mature and driven to succeed at only 16!

What you are doing takes discipline and responsibility which you seem to be mastering quite well…far beyond what could be expected of most your age! For that matter I know some at 50 that don’t have the sensibility you possess.

I am a Buddhist and Buddhists know that one can only achieve that which they “see” themselves achieving. You have a can do attitude which will serve you well through life!

I have some friends that don’t believe you should be “out there” alone and doing what you are doing being so young…I admit that when I first heard about you sailing the world alone I too was skeptical because of your age and gender. But, now that I have been reading about you and reading your blog I have completely changed my mind and believe you to be more than capable!
Cheers and smooth sailing around the Cape of Good Hope…May the weather be calm…
Sue O

Cheryl in San D A Go said...


You are welcome! Hey,I love the flag you made and my country (and yours) of course. Thank you!
Gee, unlike my new President,you new the correct number of states (stars)!
God's Peace be with you Mr.Peter Bush.


Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica

You used to complain about 7 knots being slow and preventing progress etc...and four knockdowns and ten years older now its perfect weather....funny :-)

I might have missed a paragraph but you haven't mention fishing recently. Did you get tired of fish? Do you give the dolphins any? In Brazil the dolphins help the fisherman catch fish by rounding up fish into the nets and the people and the dolphins split the catch....it was on a David Attenborough documentary

take care, stuart

Transplanted ''Aussie'' said...

Great to read your update today and pic,even though I am still trying to adjust,extra 4 inches of snow didn't help matters overnight,but it sure looked pretty this morning.
Woke up allot last night,it's adjustment time I guess for now.
I just finished my unpacking today and as I was unpacking I found what looked like a package of some sort in my bag,I unwrapped it and found a little hand made Doll,with a note from one of the little girls I helped with a note that said...''TAKE CARE OF THIS DOLL,LIKE YOU TOOK CARE OF ME AND MY FAMILY,YOU ARE A TRUE HERO IN OUR EYES,WE WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT YOU DID'',so by the time this macho guy wiped away the tears....
Enough,brings tears just sharing it with you all,I will put it in a special place for all to see.
Thank you,''RICHIE,SALTY DOG,TRUDY,MARY,in MAINE,and AMAXEDBYOU for your kind comments of welcome,feel part of a family that is sharing something truly special with Jessica's journey.
Richie,were you come up with all these pros,think ''Auntie Sam'' has rubbed off onto you.
Jessica,I see you are hitting the books once again,boy do you have a serious'' Holiday stories'' to share with your Aussie class mates when you end your journey.
Young lady,you have and continue to be in total ''admiration '' in my eyes.Only hope your ''stuffy crew'' is doing their share of work for you now and then,instead of just hanging around like all ''stuffies'' do.
Hope you have a safe journey through your oncoming winds,calmness never is their for long.
I am keeping a running folder of your adventure and all the pics,articles I can get my hands on out here in the internet world.
So keep sending those pics,updates,I should have a serious scrap book when all is said and done,I will be proud to share with my non sailing ''Yankee'' mates.
Think I have said way too much today,but I am truly glad to be home,but you know what, I MISS those people I helped,I can only pray that the''world'' keeps it's HEART OPEN for the HAITIAN PEOPLE,we truly are a world of kindness and may it continue to shine,it does in my HEART now.
That's it for now young lady,you stay WARM,SAFE,FOCUSED,HOOKED-ON,and be POSITIVE each day,God is watching over you and he well see you through.
Bye for now,once again THANK YOU FELLOW BLOGGER'S FOR KIND REMARKS,that is what makes me do what I do in helping people in need at a time of true tragedy.
My love,support,hugs to you and crew,''land crew'' continue to keep our Jessica on the right path to much success.
Stephen M.,
Transplanted ''Aussie'',
Maryland, USA,
[home from Haiti]

Cameron said...

Jessie, do you have any tortillas? Know what they are? Flattened flour or corn dough rounds, hand shaped, lightly fried. If you do, or have the stuff to make them, make a few (they keep very well), wrap your powdered eggs in some and snarf 'em down. Good!

Cameron--Tucson, Arizona, USA

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse

I follow jour journey every day and admire your courage and always good spirits.
Sailing teaches us much about life- how to handle
our personal low pressure systems and enjoy the good weather. It trains our mental strength. So as a Swiss woman I am thinking about taking up this wonderful activity!

All the best in the remaining time and happy return!

Regards M

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,
Have been keeping track of you all the way.You deserve a very special award for coping with storms,rogue waves and dark nights on your own.Keep safe.
Leah from Wagga.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jessy
hve you had contact to Andreas von Allmen??
with lots and lots of best wishes

Caroline Hutchinson said...

Hey Jess - it's Caroline from Mix FM on the Sunshine Coast - sorry it's taken me so long to get in touch...just wanted to say how much I love your blog - you are a great writer - paint a beautiful picture - almost make me want to get out on the open ocean (almost!!!!)

Anyway, Godspeed...and don't mess with the easymac!

Paris said...

Hi Jessica.
My name is Paris Bishop I am 5 years old from Ipswich Qld
My grandad told me about you sailing around the world ALL BY YOURSELVE. I think you are very brave, because I am scared to go in grandads boat just down the Brisbane river at Karalee.
I like to see your videos. Love Paris :-)

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