Saturday, February 6, 2010


Pic: Doing some schoolwork when the sun came out yesterday - well, trying to anyway!


Astroglide_Australia said...

Hi Jessica,

Nice to see you doing homework. How about a B line around South Africa then to Tassie and home, so you get home well before your birthday!!!

Unknown said...

Nice pic! Jessica did you take some favorite music with you? Who are your favorites?

Queenslander said...

Ah Jesse,

So how's it going out there?

Do you have any home work for the weekend?

How's the fishing?

Did you fix your heater?

Need info!!!

BTW... Great to hear from you!!!

Erica (from Brisbane) said...

Hi Jessica, great photo. Very enterprising of you to be doing homework. I guess that means that all is going well on the ocean. Great news. Happy sailing. Erica from Brisbane

Philip said...

Well, good grades are important. And the sun, well, he can come out when he wants to.
At least you have quiet time still which is nice.
Not much more to say since it just crossed midnight my time and I am expecting snow soon with -1C (30F) right now.

USA East Coast

Astroglide_Australia said...


I see Abby Sunderland with has ported in Mexico with power issues, just goes to show, these boats are full of things to go wrong, which is why BOAT means

B ring
O ut
A nother
T housand

Leask Family said...

Hi Jesse

Hmmmmm ..... sucking up to the teacher now??????????? Glad to see you exercising your brain seeing you can't go for a walk. When do you estimate rounding Africa?

Good luck, both with the school stuff and your travels.

The Leask Family, Forbes NSW

Stan said...

Geography perhaps?
Got to be hard to concentrate on any one thing for a decent length of time. Sail on Cap'n!

Tony Roberts said...

Jess, you're in the best possible classroom. I give you a pass on the books...

Anonymous said...

Hey, Jesse, when you learn the secret of how to concentrate on stuff like schoolwork, let me know, willya? I'm trying to write a short story set in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, and keep distracting myself with things like reading your blog. Anything to avoid the work of writing. Not that I put reading your blog into the "anything" category. It was just a figure of speech.

Anyway, keep on doing what you're doing. Now you're well past the half-way mark, I'm counting the days. Cheers, Michael from Toogoolawah

Kev said...

Good girl Jesse!

I'm tempted to ask what grade you are in but you are certainly well qualified in sailing and would get first prize for that.

Safe sailing,

Cheers, Kev, forestville, 2087, Oz.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

What a grand classroom, I know a few others that wouldn't mind doing schoolwork in those surrounds! Good to see you being studious (?)
You look as though you are still a little rugged up even though you say there is sunshine.
Anyway, stay safe, glad to see you well, look forward to the next blog bye now.....Babs

kiwi_canuck said...

It must take great self-discipline to hit the books....good on you, Jessica. Hope you are able to complete all your assignments with A+

~Brian & Phill
Vancouver, BC

Queenslander said...

Repost from last blog while we were waiting for this one...

@ Mary, Maine...

Where exactly in Maine?... Portland, MDI?, Mid Coast? Canadian Border?

AND what can you tell us about Whoopie Pies? MMMMmmmmm...

@ Jony the Pony...

If you want to be a bit adventurous and try something different... here are some sayings I "stole" from an old Aussie Ad (Hard Yakka?)

"Fill them bilges"

"Wind up them winches"

@ Jesse...

The natives are getting restless. Can Andrew allay our nail biting with a brief news update or did you give him the weekend off?

February 6, 2010 11:14 AM

Unknown said...

Bit more interesting doing your homework where you are than in your bedroom! I reckon you could teach your teachers a few things with everything you've learnt preparing for and doing this trip Jesse!

Stay positive my friend, Australia is right behind ya the whole way.

Lea.. Far North NZ said...

OMG... How can you concentrate on the boring schoolwork? You have definitely done enough English, with all the blog writing! Maths....working out positions etc. Biology...studying all the birds and sea life around you. Geography....speaks for itself. Home your meals. I know you will be a very competent public speaker, when you get back to dry land..

Yours in true admiration


Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,

There you are. It's always good to see that you are okay after a little absence. Thanks for checking in and letting us be a part of this amazing journey of yours.

Great picture - school work must be hard to do with so many other things that need your attention. At least that would be my excuse.

Good weather, good progress, happy sailing & stay safe.

My continued best wishes from San Diego,


kiwi_canuck said...

Us again....with the latest 2010 Winter Olympic news from Vancouver.... the Aussie team flag is causing quite a controversy

Go Aussies, go!!

Brian & Phill,
Vancouver, Canada

Muhammad Asim said...

Hi Jess !

You are looking very charming. Well , I liked the fact that when absolutely nothing else to do , its ok to do the school work.

Keep sailing .. wonderful girl

Bluefin said...

Hi Jesse,

Good on you for doing some school work but you look very unimpressed by it! Hee, hee certainly can't blame you, I would too. Love the photo and I'm glad you are not in any storm or bad weather, was worried about you. I bet its really hard to settle into something like school work after doing such extraordinary things over the last 3 months.
You get a huge "A+" for perseverance, bravery, resiliance, writing skills, mathimatics, geography and a million other things that have ensured your safe and most brilliant passage so far.
Always completely in awe,
Bluefin (Annie) Buderim, Queensland.

Anonymous said...

You write so well, must be a result of all that schoolwork! :)

jan said...

hi jesse,very warm here in canterbury nz.looks just as pleasant where you are. nice pics, cheers jan

The McGraths said...

My my, don't we look relaxed sitting there.

Good to see you getting stuck into the schoolwork. I don't know how you can concentrate on it though.

I'm trying to get motivated for the ironing, as you can see it's not working cause I'm reading your blog.

Nice pic Jesse,

The McGraths, Nowra NSW

Neville and Jenny Chisholm said...

Oh yeah right Jessica, who are you trying to kid?

Now that you've taken the photo you can stow all the books back up in the bow next to your rubbish bags.

Neville Chisholm
Doha, Qatar

Mike_trrac said...

Hi Jess

I realise that, from long experience of your qualities, we all expect you to be capable of anything - leaping tall buildings in a single bound, flying to the moon, crossing the Sahara by camel (solo and unassisted), sailing round the world (last one's a bit far fetched).

However, sitting outside by the water in beautiful sunny weather and concentrating on schoolwork! - who are you kidding? - where are you hiding the swimsuit and suntan lotion?

Have fun
mike (Avoca Beach, NSW)

sails said...

What the heck here goes:

TEACHER: What are you writing?

PUPIL: A letter to myself.
TEACHER: What does it say?
PUPIL: I don't know. I won't get it till tomorrow.

TEACHER: Where is your pencil, Harmon?
PUPIL: I ain't got none.
TEACHER: How many times have I told you not to say that, Harmon? Now listen: I do not have a pencil. You do not have a pencil. They do not have a pencil. Now, do you understand?
PUPIL: Not really. What happened to all the pencils?

TEACHER: Want to hear the story about the broken pencil?
PUPIL: No, thanks, I'm sure it has no point.

TEACHER: Why do they say the pen is mightier than the sword?
PUPIL: Because no one has yet invented a ballpoint sword.

TEACHER: Dorothy, what did you write your report on?
PUPIL: A piece of paper.

Fred did a report about the phone book.
He wrote: "This book hasn't got much of a plot, but boy, what a cast!"

Mrs. Johnson asked the class to write a composition about what they would do if they had a million dollars. Everyone except Fannie began to write. Fannie twiddled her thumbs and looked out the window.
When Mrs. Johnson collected the papers, Fannie's sheet was blank. "Fannie," said Mrs. Johnson, "everyone has written two pages or more, but you've done nothing. Why is that?"
"Nothing is what I'd do," replied Fannie, "if I had a million dollars."

TEACHER : Fred, your ideas are like diamonds.
FRED: You mean they're so valuable?
TEACHER: No, I mean they're so rare.

TEACHER: Fred, the story you handed in called "Our Dog," is exactly like your brother's.
FRED: Of course. It's the same dog.

TEACHER: Your poem is the worst in the class. It's not only ungrammatical, it's rude and in bad taste. I'm going to send your father a note about it.
PUPIL: I don't think that would help, teacher. He wrote it.

Jessie you are a picture of someone very much in control we love it!


Richard Lathrop said...

Good morning Jesse,

Another thing I admire about you is your attitude toward school work.

It would be so very easy for you to take the "who needs it?" approach, as I have done in some of my blogs, and treat it as an entirely unnecessary concession you are making to an arbitrary authority. Many bloggers treat school work--in your case--as a joke.

But instead, you have accepted the school work assignment, however reluctantly. Half the world and four knockdowns later, you are still honoring the plan you had when you left to do some sort of formal, perscribed studies during your voyage. This is something other kids your age are expected to do and you are following suit.

It will have to remain a bit of a mystery as to exactly what role this schoolwork has in your mind--is it just a nod toward an agreement you've made, as, say, a nod to your sponsors may be? Or is some other motivation behind it--curiousity, maybe, or passing some exam?

Surely, you must recognize that anyone who can sail solo around the world and write her own book about it does not need school to get ahead in life. Your station, your identity, your fate is set by factors in your character and personality--not by your score on some multiple-choice test.

In a sense, Jessica, you have already passed all the tests. You are beyond all that.

Yet, you doggedly hit the books from time to time and you appear to take these studies seriously.

I don't expect you to answer me on your blog, but I hope that reading your book, next Fall, will enlighten me on this question.

Fair winds,

Richard Lathrop

Cameron B said...

Year 12!!!
Its good to see your alomst done with school and coming about the finish line.

Best Wishes

Cameron Boulter

Katie said...

Hey Jess!

Glad to see your doing your homework, unlike me! Hope its smooth out there, just wondering when you'll be rounding South Africa?

Hope your having fun in the little sun! Safe sailing



HomeSweetBoat said...

Hi Jessica

You look so comfy doing your homework … good on you! So glad all is well in your world of water. It is getting SO exciting for us followers … you continue to inspire everyone. We are so happy that you came through the last threatening weather safely and in good spirits.

Thank you shore team for your update.

Glad you could chat to the other ship Jessica. Can you tell us a bit about it?

Roll on Cape of Good Hope and stay safe Jessica.


Fay from the Gold Coast

Scott said...

Good for you. It must be tough, but I'm sure once you get home, you'll be glad you used your down time to stay on top of schoolwork. I imagine anything feels like downtime after the storm. I hope the edge of that weather you're supposed to get soon or already got wasn't too bad.

Scott, Denver, Colorado, USA

Tony L said...

Hi Jessica

That’s a nice photo of you trying to do some homework – barefooted in the cockpit. Reading between the lines it’s easy to see you are torn between doing homework and sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the rhythmical motion of Ella’s Pink Lady bounding along downwind. I’m all for you enjoying the latter at the moment. I can’t see you really concentrating on formal schoolwork for long while you are at sea, although I am sure you can concentrate for hours to get a job done when you really need to.

Presumably Parker is in control and steering EPL so I will leave you to enjoy flying along, hopefully eastwards. Thanks for your communication. Have a good weekend.

Tony L (Mt Martha VIC)

Rob Hardie said...

Hi Jesse,

Thanks for an update itno your daily routine. School work....what can I say....other than it has to be done sometime. Can think of a lot of worse places to be doing it.

Hope all is going well and you are making good progress. The time is going by so quick now you will home home in no time!!! Then what will do. :-)

Take care our special girl.

Stay safe,

Ingleburn NSW

danma said...

Hey Jess,

What a great classroom, I bet there are heaps of kids out there wishing that their classroom looked like that.

Good to hear that all is well, stay safe & happy sailing

Keith and Anne said...

Hi Jess, good to see the homework being done. You have been able to learn so much more than most young people your age. The pic is great.
You look so relaxed. Take care and be safe until we hear from you again.
Keith & Anne, Hervey Bay, Q'ld.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,
I have followed your journey since you began. You are such an inspiration! To set such a huge goal at such a young age, and to persevere and work hard to succeed...well, you are an amazing young lady with a bright future ahead! Keep up the good work. You're parents must be so proud of you!
Greetings from Oregon

Terry said...

Hi Jess,

You must be one of the few that can claim " a dolphin ate my homework!!" if you dont hand it in!!

Good luck! Terry, WA

Barry Clements said...

Hello Jess and I'm so high up the list of replies for a first. although there probably are many early birds comments in but waiting to be proof read before going online.

Love the set up school work photo. were you doing it or doing a pose for the education minded bloggers.

There's plenty of time for school work later because what your doing now is a bigger education than most will get in a life time. you don't want to miss any orange buoys with your head stuck in a school book. (giggle)

I'm worried that you have sailed three parts of a globe circuit and we have only had one fish reporting. Is that from not trying, lacking technique or Murphy at work.

I've posted some suggestions to help out a couple of times but I've always been well down the list and possibly beyond where you get time to read to.

I hope I don't bore the blog family but I'll paste in some of my tips again to hopefully help you get some seafood on the table.

This is a link to the species you may catch in the southern Atlantic

It came from this website which is by school kids for school kids and has over 7,000 links to websites they've built with knowledge on them. on the Library tab there is a search pane and you can search any subject but only get results the school children have researched and built pages for.

This is the fishing tips I've posted before :

Just throw a baited hook out back without a sinker or with a small amount of weight to keep the line down enough so the birds don't get hooked up (not sure what albatross tastes like) LOL.

By having a surface fishing line you are very likely to pick up a surface feeding fish such as mackerel or skipjack tuna. a lot of the oily (big on Omega 3), fast swimming fish chase schools of bait fish on the surface so you may pick one up.

If bait is an issue try any feathery lures or silver lures you have in the Jesse going fishing box. several types of tuna are in the South Atlantic at different times of year. (I'm not sure about their roster / breeding seasons)

Night fishing is always better than daylight because that's when the fish seek food the most.

If you get something just cut the flesh into strips and marinade in lemon, lime or vinegar. throw in some onion, chilli etc for variety.

The acid in citrus and vinegar cooks the fish fairly quick but you can leave it longer if you want flavour from the additions of onion etc.

It won't hurt to throw in a couple of lines at different depths and tie them off to the rail if it's a heavy breaking strain line like 30kg plus.

Have a play with different amounts of lead and see how you go. you do have the time and it may reward you with a treat.

It will be nice to see a photo of a fish posted again and hear you talk about the pleasure of having some food that didn't need to come out of plastic and have water to rehydrate it.

Did you get to read the two posts I put on your last blog "Cruising Along" that were lists of Murphy's Laws.

The first was at February 4, 2010 4:06 AM and the second at February 4, 2010 4:50 AM

Go to page one of the blog comment then press Ctrl + f together and a search pane appears at the top of the page. just enter my name and click next until you get to the post you want.

Have fun fishing and I look forward to a photo of one and how it tasted in your next blog.

Barry Clements
Bribie Island

Bill said...

Dear Jessica,

I have been vicariously hooked on monitoring your progress, with bated breath at times waiting to read your next blog entry, and am very impressed with your can-do attitude and calm demeanor in light of all the challenges you have to face and have dealt with.

You display such a clear presence of mind, no doubt from having the knowledge, skills and preparation for such an inspirational quest.

You are truly a role model in the human spirit for us all to aspire to.

Wishing you a safe and successful journey!

Best regards,
From “The Land of 10,000 Lakes”, Minnesota, USA

Jungle said...


If you don't get an A+ in geography a lot of your fans around the world are going to be calling your school wanting to know why.

Smooth sailing Cap'n

Anonymous said...

Jess... what could schoolwork possibly have to offer you now???
Mate, you are going through the top notch school of life right now :)

School of the air is not available for your age group, is it? Might be nice to hook up with some other students that are 'remote'.


Charles Dodgson said...

the secret to learning is to be interested. This trip must have given you thousands of questions that can only be answered with some study. Don't let these naysayers give you the idea that school work is boring. It is only boring to people who are not curious; and you have certainly demonstrated that you are a curious person.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Jessica.
Good to see.
Luv u
Richard (QLD)

Anonymous said...


Thanks for the picture.
Nice to see you focus on some other things other than sailing.

Stay safe always,

Caves Beach Andrew said...

Hey Jesse,

Good pic, you look so pleased and happy to have the privilege of doing your school work!

I bet that you will tell your teachers when you get back that the thing that you missed the most was school, homework, assignments, and of course, most of all, you missed your teachers!

That's the real way to suck up to them! LOL

I would think that you would be able to show your English teacher how to write descriptive stories - don't let them tell you otherwise.

The real markers are the people who read your work - that is, us, the Jessica Watson-olics and I am pretty sure that it is agreed that your writing is up there with the best of them!

So when you finish writing your book, will you be able to use that as your HSC final assignment?

Anyway it's good to hear from you again, still thinking of you always, and now I feel pity for you that you are actually doing the schoolwork.

Take care gorgeous girl!

Caves Beach, Newcastle

Bruce S said...

Hi Jessica
great photo. Thanks.
We were concerned about the big seas/wind ... did they impact on you at all?

Addicted to your Safe Progress
and too the Jess-aholics
Bruce Stanley/Sydney
BTW raining cats&dogs !!!! in Sydney

Susan said...

Looks like a super nice day out there, or considering how quickly weather can change, a nice moment! ... and you're barefoot! even better. And your study area... you couldn't have a better study area! It must be hard to want to do homework instead of closing your eyes and basking in the sun, or watching the scenery pass by.
How nice to have weather you can be out in again... or should I say how swell!

Always love the photos!
Susan in Oregon

Bruce S said...

Hi Jessica
Addicted again.
Just Read your "LATEST NEWS".
Very informative, thanks.
Wished I'd read it before i made the earlier post ;o((

Bruce Stanley/Sydney

SaltyDog said...


There have been so many times when I’ve come across a huge flock of sea birds who were “chattering” so loud you could hear them a mile away. I’ve always wondered what the heck was so exciting for them to all be squawking at the same time. Well, look at all of us, Jess. We’re like a flock of those sea birds all squawking, or I should say blogging, at the same time. It’s easy to see what we’re all excited about. You! So I suppose there have been quite a few large flocks of sea birds left in your wake, chattering for days about the beautiful girl and her fine feathered and fur bearing scallywags in the pink sailboat with that hard working guy, Parker, hanging off of the transom. You just have that affect on all of God’s creatures.

Have fun, stay safe and happy sailing.

From Seattle, WA, USA


GlobeMasterOne said...

Ahoy Captain Jessica,

I remember reading earlier that you were going to complete Year 11 exams by correspondence while at that still the plan? I admire you for keeping up with your schoolwork. By the time you finish your trip you will have a well- "ROUNDed" (sorry!) education.

I attempted to check out your location today with atlas, ship and buoy tracking sites etc. and it is truly amazing what you have achieved. Well done.

All the best to you and the Team,
Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario, Canada

PS Thanks for the beautiful picture of you and EPL.

June and Richard Thorn said...

Hi Jesse,

Good work. Schools in on the Pink Lady.

If it of any consolation, I just finished exams last Tuesday and I have this semester’s work in front of me. There really isn't any rest for the brave and wicked. You're the brave and I'm afraid that I must be the wicked.

It's great to see you so well and having what is a fairly calm period. Although I have no doubt that you are still flat out.

I hope that you are still taking in all of the adventures, and that the memories and experiences are all that you had hoped for.

Stay safe and keep finding the kind winds.

We're waiting for you anxiously to get back home.

June and Richard Thorn

LScottG said...

Hello Jessica

Wow great pic. I have done some ocean sailing. Nothing compared (not even close to what you are doing). But I've seen that big swell behind you before. To me, it was pretty cool, scary and awesome at the same time. Wow!
My boating these days is casual day Kayaking. I could just as easily spend my whole day bouncing about on the water as I could putzing around the house. You look at home in the pic. I know the feeling.

Be safe

Scott - PA USA

Scott, QLD said...

Don't worry about homework!!!!! You are learning heaps more out there about the world than you will from any books. Plenty of time for that later.

Sally said...

Good Afternoon Jesse

Great photo! Well done to you in attempting your school work. Sunshine, around the world sailing and school work somehow just don't match!! But it's good to see that you are exercising your brain in other ways - well attempting to! You have the best classroom on the planet. What a view! It must be difficult to focus and concentrate on schooling whilst you are sailing along.

I have no doubt that the lessons that you are learning during this magical journey of yours around the globe are just as important as school work. You will gain wisdom, knowledge and experiences in so many different ways maturing you well beyond your years.

The weather looks good in the photo. Alot better than Sydney at the moment. It has rained heavily non-stop for 3 days. We have had wild winds and lots and lots and lots of rain. I have just discovered a leak in the roof of the cellar downstairs. Yikes! I am now going to wake James up, who is having a 'nanna' nap on the lounge in front of the TV, so we can sort it out. He's snoring happily it seems a shame to wake him. What else is there to do on a really rainy day, except lay on lounge and fall asleep in front of the TV?!! Fix the leak, I guess!!

Have a lovely day Jesse - good luck with the school work! Stay safe..

"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain" Dolly Parton

"The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain. ~
share this Rain saying" Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sally In Sydney

Aunty Chris said...

Hey Jesse
Good lawdy, you must be bored or are you just pretending to be doing school work?? ( Just to impress us no doubt.) Maybe you could line up the stuffy crew in a nice row and make out that they're your very noisy classmates - now that would really look like a classroom. Don't do too much - we don't want you falling into a deep depression out there. Nice to see the calmish conditions.
Love Aunty Chris, Tamworth, NSW, Oz said...

Cooles Klassenzimmer... Hi Germany

Anonymous said...

You can always just tell the teacher that "An albatross ate my homework"

Thinking of you always
Robyn, Ipswich (Queensland)

Old Iron said...

40 Knot Winds and Heading East

approximately another 9,000nm to sail to reach your destination of Sydney Harbor, WOW.

Great photo of your doing your your schoolwork. Maybe you can tell you what some of your School work is??

Gillian@Fontainebleau said...

Hi Jesse
You look so sweet sitting there trying to look industrious.
Gillian, France

RICHARD said...

Gee you were "lucky" that all of you school work didn't "accidentally fall overboard when you had the knockdowns?"

Great to see you looking so well and the sea so calm. Once you begin to head S.E. it will be all down hill to the land down under.

See Ya Sailor!

Marcus Schormann, Germany said...

hey Jessica, nice to see you doing your schoolwork, must be another way of relax while sailing along the south atlantic.So many schoolkids are surely jealous while sitting home doing there boring all-day-same-procedure.
Maybe you can do me, or us, a little favour : I´dlike to see some pics of EPL round deck in these days, how is she looking after some hard days in the past.
On the other hand i need some detail from her foredeck, ´cause i´m building EPL as a model for a SIB ( ship-in-the bottle). And my daughter( aged 11 ) wants to know where do you sleep in the small cabin filled up with so much stuff
you probably need for your journey.
Many regards so far from the northern hemisphere, yours Marcus

maxine maroochydore said...

HI Jessee, Homework who worries about that when your doing what your doing. Love the photo. God speed Jess, Maxine and Colin Maroochydore

ericinoz said...

While schoolwork has some importance I think that what you are learning out there will stand you in good stead later in life. Don't get too hung up on bookwork, you are learning self-reliance, self-confidence and the benefits of a can-do attitude, plus I am sure a lof of other things. I'm old enough to be your grandfather but I look for your blog every day, sail on girl and keep safe.

KB said...

Hi Jess
Enjoy the sun and conditions
play some music and get some zzzz's
Plenty of time for studies when u get back.

When do u think you will be at Cape Agulhas ???

Safe sailing cookie


Anonymous said...

You get an A for effort anyhow, Jesse! I'd rather be where you are, we are in the midst of a nor'easter blizzard. Listening to some island music at the moment to take me away from it all :) You look great! -Karyn, IN, USA

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse...
The University of Life's Experiences you are currently attending makes your schoolwork seem to be play school. I admire you so much... all that you have accomplished... your attitude toward life 'if it can be done I will do it'... nothing is too hard... another lap around... WOW! You are an amazing woman...
My honour, respect, many blessings.

Anonymous said...

Hi Captain Watson; Another great picture. The photographer and the subject seem to have a great relationship. As for Richard Lathrop's comments, I concur. If ever we should meet, it would be my honour to shake your hand. Fare Well Jessica.
Vancouver, Canada

hezakiah299 said...

02-05-10 @ 03:02
Hi, My Little Barefoot Countessa,
Glad to hear from you, it seems like a long time, but it’s only been three (3) days. I’ve been hounding the site, and that’s no good, it’s like watching water boil or snow melt.
I sent you a post a little earlier and asked you if you were getting caught up on your s--------k, I just didn’t want to say any bad words on here. lol….
Jessica, you look so perplexed, and yet behind your eyes I can see that you are having a good laugh. You are a complete rascal, haahaaaaha.
Tell me, is that some pink nail polish I see on your big tootsie????
Good for you, getting all dolled up now that there’s some boys in the neighborhood. Ooops, I meant bouys, yes, yes, bouys…..Remember Mum’s watching.
But you do look happy, and that’s good, I guess your crew is all sleeping down below, and that gives you some peace time. Peace of mind……..
I take it your feet are hot again, a long sleeved shirt and your d---- hat on, so yeah, your feet must be hot. Elementary my dear Watson!!! Jessica that is.
I was real glad to hear from you!!!
Well here’s hoping you’ve had some pretty good sailing, with more to come.
Take care Angel, and don’t let them scallywags sleep to long, I think you’re spoiling Ted. lol…..
Keep her pointed East and sail on…….

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

Larry said...

Hi Jess,
Read your blog daily, it must nearly be time to through the fishing line back in for a try. There wouldn't be a better place to do your school work. Safe sailing across the Southern Atlanic. Hope the crew are not complaiming of boredom.

Sarah Cooper (Sydney Australia) said...

Good on ya Jess for doing school work when you got no one telling you too! I'm guessing you'll get a A+ in Geography!!! Haha!

What's your ETA for Cape Horn? And for arriving home now- your ahead of time aren't you?

Your doing fantastic Jess! Doing all of Australia proud!!!

Anonymous said...

Hello Jessica - We've been following your trek from snowy Wash DC - expecting 30 inches of snow overnight!! Good luck on your journey. Cat

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 to Singapore, every few minutes it continuously spews ash and of boulders several hundreds
of metres into the air-- a nice glow at night too, it has not been dormant since the original explosion.

BrYan, Perth

Ali in Qld said...

School work? You want to do it? Nah, you've been sailing too long!! You've got sea water in somewhere maybe? Maybe you're bored? My guess is that its just for the record that you did do some on passage....whatever the reason, good on ya girl! We all need that piece of paper behind our names so well done! And if you dont get too far with it, no worries - there's plenty of time for that later, one thing at a time hey!
All the best for the next Cape approaching. You'll be right with that team supporting you. I love your excellent attitude. With that you can do anything - and you are.
Fair winds and calm seas.

Unknown said...

proud of you Jess

Chris Akenfelds said...

Jessica, I think you're getting a fantastic education out there in the middle of the ocean just by doing what you're doing, but I also think the education you get on paper is pretty important, too. Good to see you're doing both. Most of us would only do one. Then there are those who probably have neither :-)

Chris Akenfelds

Anonymous said...

You could say the dog ate your schoool work.Think of all the free time you could have ha ha
ian mannering park

Song Riter said...

Hi Jessica,

Must be hard to keep your nose in a book when the ocean is in your backyard! Life is funny like that. You get to sail around the world but you still have to do homework! Amusing, eh? Maybe put that in your book? I can see by your writing prowess in your blog that you have the skills to write a book. I most like your Aussie sense of humor about things. I hope you let that come through in your book. It would make it very engaging and entertaining. Can't wait for it to come out. Oh but first you have to finish the trip. Can't overlook that minor detail. Happy sailing, so many people are in your corner.

John in Ashland, OR, USA

Anonymous said...

I reckon you're learning more and getting more prepared for after school life out there on the vast seas than what you could learn at school.

Keep on going on!

Barry Clements said...

Hi Jessica, this one is for you and all school children

I found this fascinating website that everyone needs to have a look at and I would suggest that every school age person keeps it as a fast reference place for school work. there is stuff from all over the world but it does have a lot of American subjects.

There is two easy ways to save it on your computer for easy access.

1, when the homepage is open, push keys Ctrl + d and it will be saved in you favourites list.

2, when homepage is open, right click in a clear or white area of the page, move the cursor down to "Create Shortcut" click on it and when a "Yes, No" box opens click on yes and the website link will be saved on your computer desktop.
When you want to go to the page another day you just double click on the icon that is on the desktop.

This website is and can be a great reference tool for anyone. mostly for students because by using the library tab there is access to more than 7,000 webpages that have been created by students, for students.

Enter any word in the search line and all the results you get are student built and researched webpages.

It can be handy for you at sea because there are webpages of fish species and bird species relevant to which ocean you are in and the same thing applies for any other subject you enter. enter "South Atlantic fish" and the first result in the list is a page of fish species names and pictures and get this (it has recipes).

Enter "South Atlantic birds" and the first result gives you a bird species for "Inaccessible Island" and that's roughly where you are.

Students can become members of the website and make contributions to it and there are also competitions for submissions.

I'm 53 and have used the site many times for research because there is no clutter of irrelevant material, you don't get 3 or 8 million hits for a search like you do with Google and the majority of webpages are a basic, straight forward answer of what you were looking for and there isn't an advert or popup to be seen.

What I've used so far all checks out to be very accurate so I'm assuming someone is proof reading any material that is posted on the site.

I hope a search of the fish pictures on the website will help identify the fish you'll catch in the next day or so.

Anyway I hope it helps you and others for their school work research and to just have some fun with in the games section.

I am impressed at how well you are looking and if I'm right I can see a face of a very contented person who wouldn't wish to be anywhere else.

Dig out the Jesse going fishing box before sunset and get a lure and or bait in the water tonight.

How nice will it be to wake up to a fish brekkie.

If you have flour, coat the fillet or whole gutted fish and shallow fry. the flour gives it a great tasting coating and it keeps in the moisture.

Don't forget to refrigerate (24hrs no problem) or discard any flour the fish has been in or the lot will go off.

You are impressing the world with your adventure, attitude, determination, continuous updates of new goodies every time and are winning new hearts everyday.

This is normally used in the real-estate business but I think you have claim to it for a while.

Location, Location, Location,

You've got it all out there.

Barry Clements
Bribie Island

Anonymous said...

Hi!!! I follow your adventure on Bloglovin; so that I never miss your posts!! You are in one of the best classrooms of the world!!!
Keep enjoying your trip :)

Northern Spain

The McGraths said...

Thanks Shorecrew for the latest update. It's always good to hear what's happening. Even better that Jesse missed the worst of the storm and able to head East now.

Much appreciated.

The McGraths, Nowra NSW

Anonymous said...

Not sure how you can possibly do schoolwork out there in the ocean. Guess the change of focus is good for your brain. You're doing great Jess.... don't let down your guard for the unexpected.
Take care.
Val, Toowoomba, Queensland.

Barry Clements said...


This post is more for the bloggers who like I, were researching to see if we could identify that mysterious orange buoy.

I've looked at things like weather, floating ocean statistics station for researchers, Tsunami warning monitor (DART), metdata buoy, etc but there shouldn't be any of those that far south in the mid south to south east Atlantic.

Below are some of the websites that are sources of a great deal of ocean information and websites that give maps of ocean buoy, monitor locations.

I'm still going to put it down to a longline float because I can't find certanty of it being anything else and Jessica came across a ship today that could have been the owner of the lines. it may have been a mother ship and processing / freezer home of several smaller boats.

Google Marine Data

Report on Ocean Marker Buoy Techniques for the Atlantic Ocean.

If the above doesn't help anyone, at least it will stop you from doing what you should be.


Terry said...

Hi Jessica ,You can have the day off school tomorrow , you have been a good girl and deserve a rest , Just kick back and enjoy the day (Weather permitting,of course)listen to your music and have a bit of fun. But remebember take care and stay safe . Best wishes Terry and Patricia Melb Aus

Evie from Bendigo said...

Hi Jesse
Even though you will have a university honours degree in universal travel, unfortunately you still need to hit the books to get the simple school leavers certificate. It would be a real mental challenge to devote time every day to your school work but it is important Pet. Good luck with the studies.

You look wonderful and glad to see the wind has settled down and that you only caught the edge of that bad storm cell.

Hope you have a few sea creatures drop in for a visit and the odd albatross.

Love and hugs
Evie from Bendigo

Bebie - Caloundra said...

Hi Jesse,

Just one word with reference to your photo, no, make that two .... absolutely Beautiful!

Take care little sweetheart.

SUBIR said...

Hi Jessica,
1. I agree, a sure A+ in geography. Isn't it funny that at home you'll probably do your best to avoid home work but out in the middle of the ocean it is actually is a welcome activity.
2. Did you get to use the sextant? They tried to teach us to use it when we were cadets but being a technical cadet didn't have to and didn't learn to use it well enough. My Executive Branch colleagues tell me that it is a great asset to know to use the sextant, especially when you are sailing alone and in case of instrument failure. Guess you'll be a master (oops Miss) by the time you get back.
3. So happy studying while the waves, winds and sun permit.
Take care,

kylanip said...

hey jess. its allways great to get into some school work, isnt it!!!
it must be wierd doing work on your boat, doesnt your work end up looking all messy?
good luck, have fun

kylani and serena.

Anonymous said...

Goodonya Jessica. Something tells me you dropped that textbook like a hot cake after the photo was taken :) I know I would have.

Keep having a great trip.

Rob from Perth.

Anonymous said...

we can see you jess you are heading home and we can see you
we are standing on the headland waiting for you..
we will wait all night and we will wait all day...
we are waiting for you to arrive
we will see you soon

Kissyfrott said...

Hello Captain Jesse,
Thank you for this nice pic and your bright eye. It must have been good to take it, proving that you tried to tackle that bl---y sc-------k.
A kids fun short story:
- Toto, what is a lazy boy?
- It's a boy who doesnt' look like if he were working.
At least, you opened the cursed bag and took one of the evil books on your lap. That's fair dinkum bravery.

Andrew let us know you are experimenting mighty winds again. That must keep you too busy to keep on studying. What a pity!
Which are the hardest courses for you? Maths maybe? Literature? I don't know enough (honestly, about nothing) of australian programs, and even less for each grade.
Anyway, from what you are showing us in your World Tour, I don't believe any school matter could resist you. Even if you don't enjoy (weak word?) some, you have brilliant brains and a steely will, aka more than enough to quash any vicious school-related question that those stormy teachers would throw you. Can-do and want-do, work the same.

"Only" 9,000 nm to go. Not yet Australia's neighborhood, but it should soon smell like home. In french, people used to say, riding back home and seeing their horse's increasing pace: "he smells his stables". Past Africa's tail, it woudn't be that surprising to see Ella's Pink Lady finding an extra knot in her speed average.

Merry surf, Captain Cookie!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,
Great to hear from you again ,knowing youre safe and enjoying a bit of sunshine and I hope ,your schoolwork.
Loved the picture, looks a bit fresh out there. I hope you still have some good books left to read for the good days .
Wishing you lots more easy sunny days with good wind speed ,and safe sailing .
Thinking of you every day.
Take care
Lotsa love always
from Nana Annie NSW



Dear Jesse Gal,

Firstly, I would like to "Thank You Very Much" for joining me in the record book of history, thus voted by me and the world as: THE QUEEN OF THE SEAS, and to celebrate you coronation I have a song for you. Jesse, or should I call you Ma'am, ..well gosh, hear it is anyway, but you have to sing it in a white jump suit while swivelling your hips:

You ain’t nothing but a Sea Gal
Sailing all the time
You ain’t nothing but a Sea Gal
Sailing all the time
Well, you ain't never caught a fish
But I don’t really mind.

They said you went High Seas
And they were asking why
They said you went High Seas
And they were asking why.

Well, you ain’t never caught a fish
But I don’t really mind.

♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ Buckets of Love♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡


......................"Thank You Very Much"



Anonymous said...


"Don't worry little fish..Jesse's busy right now with her books."
Well done Jesse for trying to keep up even when it's hard to concentrate.Plenty of fish dinners when you get home.
Safe sailing.
Sally in Melbourne by the Marine Sanctuary.

Dusty from Dubbo said...

G'day Jess

Schoolwork when you can relax in the sun is possibly OK however... my thoughts on all this school work are possibly not what you want to read, if you read my blog of a few days ago... enough of all that... the pic has you looking well and a calm sea in the background with sun out... what a life!!! Looking forward to you getting closer to Africa, the next goal. Keep smiling you good thing


Sea Ya

Dusty from Dubbo.

Anonymous said...

Well done Jess, not long now and you can tick off another ocean, how did you get on with the sextant? How does it compare with the chart plotter?
Keep up the great work, stay safe and keep the blogs coming.
Annie & Cam “H”

Anonymous said...

Are you serious!
Surely you've already got an A in Geography, Maths, English (your blogs), Sport, Personal Development..... Are you catching up on a bit of History then???
Must be smooth ailing out there!

loonyhiker said...

I'm a school teacher and I'm curious as to how you get your school assignments and how you turn in your work. Are you keeping up with your class at your regular school or do you have a private teacher sending you work? I had wondered about this so I'm glad to see you keeping up with your studies.

keco said...

hello Jesse.
love the photo. You look so at pease. Beautiful.

hope the wind's and seas are kind to you and ELLe.

Take care lady of the sea.

Love Keco..xx

Daphne Vos said...

Hi Jessica ,

I am Daphne (16 year old girl) from Belgium . (Very small country in between Holland , Germany and France , Australia is 250 times larger )

Just want to let you know that for our English classes the teacher wants us to read your blogs .

In the beginning no one of the class was realy interested and considered this to be just another duty .

But already after a few days the whole class (and even the whole school) got interested in the huge project your facing .

We all admire your guts to even consider to take on such an adventure .

If one of us has a problem the other always say " think about Jessica " and this brings it back to its proportions .

Finally I think e few of the boys (and even some girls) are slowly falling in love with you (although you are more than 10 thousand miles away )

For many of them you've become their role model and I sincerely want to thank you for that .

Keep sending the video mesages , they bring a lot of joy to your supporters all over the world .

Good luck and have fun .

Daphne Vos .

John F said...

Hi Jessica,

Don't get too carried away there with the school work. There will be plenty of time for that once you reach home!

Best Regards,

John F.

MikeC said...

Excellent! And you even managed to keep the book up the right way for the photo-op; unlike one recently past American President! May I suggest you should at least get an Honorary Degree in Geography when you get home? Let's see - how about Majoring in Oceanography? Curious to know how you went with the sextant? I think I got something like F minus for that! Keep sailing and smiling.

Kestrel said...

Hey Jesse,
Wondered why we hadn't had a post for a while. Wading through schoolwork sure takes up time! At least you have the best classroom in the world. Good going, keep it up.
Sail on,

gustav said...

Hey Jesse,

Do you think the fish might bite a little better while you turn your back on them pretending to do school work at sun rise ?

good trick though... !

I really enjoy reading all the many posts here and the poems,songs,funny jokes and keyboard artworks by posters like "Sally in Melbourne" very much.

It is really great reading the writings and posts from all around the planet here on Jessica's great website.

It's a great and beautiful world we live in.There is always something new of interest to learn about,so school work never really stops for us.

go Jesse.

gustav in Sydney

Noela, Gold Coas said...

Hi Jesse,

Nice pic of you doing your schoolwork. I can imagine it would be hard to concentrate. Too much nice fresh sea air and I'm sure school feels a life time away for you.

Keep up the good work. I'm so proud of you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess, just a short note to say how proud we are of you. Praying for you and the trip.

Unknown said...

Hey Jesse, good to see you've got your Port Adelaide Power colours on.

Stay Safe


Mark Catalina 27 said...

Nothing like a bit of photo proof for the teachers Captain! Hey if all else fails, something tells me that the Annapolis School Of Seamanship would pass you in heartbeat.

Hope all is well aboard after 40kt winds. Sail on Miss Jesse!

Bruce Watt said...

Hi Jess

Back in my time, Pink Floyd released an awesome piece of music called "Another Brick in the Wall".. The opening line was "Hey teacher leave those kids alone". I dont know whether or not you know it , but I am sure your teachers are leaving you well alone.If you like guitar music as I do the Dave Gilmour is the best version of this number and one the best ever made by anyone.

Sail on Jess, sail on. Please dont loose you concentration for one minute.

Bruce Watt
Rosebud (Vic)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess
Good Luck with the schoolwork. Thanks for the pic.How many students have such a view as you do!!! Must be hard to concentrate! Especially when you are learning things each day out there that could never be learned from a school textbook!! Happy Sailing!!

Jill (Newcastle)

Bruce from Brisvegas said...

Hi Jess

Is that a map you are holding? Can't imagine that you would have any problems studying geography.

Best wishes


Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,
You look so relaxed doing your homework. I could think of better things to do sitting in the sunshine but good on you for trying to keep up with it.
We had a family reunion today and I thought how you must be looking forward to a family reunion in the not to distant future.
Thanks shore crew for the update.
Keep safe,

Unknown said...

...performing the mundane whilst achieving the extraordinary!
Don't stop either!
best wishes

Cat Harbour said...

We'll give you an A+ for this pic, Jesse. Hope your teachers do, as well.

Good to see it calming a bit. Was worried about that big low to your south. Glad that it has now passed to the east and you can start heading due east again. Come on, Cape of Good Hope.


Rex Gibbons
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Brian Riley said...

Hi! Jessica

School work with a smile that's new, though the weather does look good, as well as you, great photo.

Must be approximately 1700nm from Africa, with the stormy weather moving away from you at present.

Safe Passage, will talk later.
Hervey Bay,Queensland.

Bluefin said...

Hello again Jesse,

Daphne Vos of Belgium 8.39pm - what lovely comments, I'm glad your English class and school is being inspired by Jesse and her voyage.

Elvis of Oz, 7.57pm That is great, I loved it!

Gustav in Sydney 9.05pm That's funny re fish and homework. I agree about reading the blogs, poems etc from around the world.

Barry Clements, Bribie Is. Queensland 7.05pm Love your persistance re Jesse catching a fish. I can see the sand dunes of Moreton Is. from Buderim but I think Bribie is tucked around the corner and is not so high.

Cheers to all,
Bluefin (Annie) Buderim, Queensland.

Adrienne said...

Hi Jessica. The McVerry family at Tuchekoi near Cooroy are following your journey with great interest each blog. Well done.What an achievement. Adrienne McVerry

Collette Cole, Australia said...

Hi Jesse,nice try sweetie...heheheheh

Again Richard Lathrop,(hi Dick) Tony L ,Hezakiah299 (hi Michael) and SaltyDog (hi Mark),you got to the words I wanted to use first!!!

However, I could not have put them into prose as articulately as you.

Jesse sweetheart, it seems now you are out of the threat of that nasty piece of weather (ta Bob),so again I wish you the best of life on The Big Seas.

Your photagraph is gorgeous darling girl.

Keep well, stay safe til next time,

Unknown said...

Great picture Jessica. School is very important although I think you are getting an education far better than you could get out of books. Along with writing your book and giving motivational speeches are you considering teaching sailing?
Always love hearing about your venture. God bless, duane

Steven Hays said...

Good job on the schoolwork Jessica! Wishing you heath and safety! Keep on going Aussie! From the Hays family.

hezakiah299 said...

02-06-10 @ 07:22
Hi Jessica,
Well it looks like you got a little of the 'bumpy stuff' after all. Piece o' cake, right, yeah, you're getting so good out there that in 40 knots, you could fix dinner and bake some chocolate muffins.
The shore Crew said that you had caught the edge of that nasty front that was south of you with 40knot winds, but that’s down to about 25 -30 knot winds now.
It was nice to see that you had a pleasant conversation with the skipper of that passing ship. So you see Jessica, even out on the high seas, you are never alone.
“Two (2) ships passing in the night.”
You’re really knocking then nms down, only 1650nms to the Cape, and then approximately 9000nms to Sydney. Only, I say, that’s still a long way to go, but it’s all downhill.

@SaltyDog: I liked your last post, that was a great comparison!!!! lol….

Well Jessica, I’m getting pretty excited to, I am going to see you coming into Sydney, it might be at a distance, but I’ll have my binoculars, and I will be there to see you coming home. Oh, yeah....
Keep and eye on that pesky storm, take good care of yourself and the crew, be careful and keep her pointed ESE, at least for awhile. LOL…....
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

PWB said...


ConFuseUs, Says:

Girl who do study on pink boat as sea,

Is floating very bright ideas.


Glenda said...

Yeah, yeah, we believe you. Great pic but that is so not homework in your hand .. or is it? Well done if it is but how cool to tell your teacher that a dolphin ate my homework. Hasn't the time flown out there. You will be home soon and there will be plenty of time to catch up on schoolwork then. You will bring so much experience and wisdom to your future studies, with a different perspective from most other students. Go as far as you possibly can; you will surprise yourself. Good luck and stay safe always.

Richard in Maryland said...

Gustav makes a good point; schoolwork (learning) never stops throughout life. With the wonder of the Internet, and "Google", I have learned a tremendous amount about all the places that you have traveled by. I have also learned a lot about the people who are following your blog, by clicking on their posting name, and looking at their profiles.

The difficulty most people have with schoolwork is that they don't find the curriculum relevant to their lives. The mind remembers what it is interested in, and has trouble remembering the superfluous. A lot of conventional education has to do with showing society that the student has the ability to stick with something and finish it. You already have that down at an early age, and your completed voyage will be testimony to that.

I personally had difficulty finishing my college education when I was in my twenties, because in my heart, I didn't want to be a mechanical engineer, but my parents did. With only a year left, I quit, and started my own business, which I ran for 12 years. After seeing how the world was changing, I went back to school, studied computers, and became an IT person. Last spring, 37 years after starting college, I received my bachelor’s degree in science, after taking classes after work and on weekends for three years.

There is an expression "Youth is wasted on the young". You are an obvious exception to that statement with your drive, ambition, and sense of adventure. Let your mind seek out knowledge, and it will come to you. The world is yours before you, in more ways than beyond Pink Ladies bow.

Sail On Special One!
Richard W

Georgia Guy said...

Hi Jessica,

It's really something when your classroom environment is the entire world.

Thanks for the pic.

Georgia Guy

Anonymous said...

To Daphne of Belgium (today 8:39 pm)

I'm a teacher (yes of English and writing).

You can tell your English teacher from me that you don't need English classes. :-)

Your expression is balanced and clear. Good job.


Report ends here

Andy, Brisvegas

Alessandro Machi said...

Have you talked about whether you go barefoot or with shoes, and which you prefer and why?

art & judie said...

Good girl to have your cap on!! After school we learn the stuff we need to know.

Unknown said...

Hi there Jess.. Great course you've plotted there Captain! Its certainly helped keep you safe from the worst of the weather recently.. Just a thought: Do make sure you stick to the sound procedures that have kept you safe so far.. Once you've been through the wild weather you had earlier, it's easy to get complacent in the quieter weather now, but do just avoid the temptation to relax! - Because youre not far away from the biggest party of your life now!! But youre the only one who can help get you there girl! We're thinking of you and Ella bobbing around out in the mists of the Atlantic and wish you safe sailing and good progess! Bruce & Lucy - Brisbane Australia

Anonymous said...

You have permission to skip class when the weather is nice or when it is nasty. In other words, you have the rest of your life to learn the boring stuff.
Have fun and continued safe sailing. Good to see you are making great progress.
Arnie in Canada.

magpie said...

Hi Jessica,
So the old WRITERS BLOCK has set in I notice. On the schoolwork front, you should've taken a tip from the poor lass docked in Mexico who simply left her pens behind, lol.

Plenty of swell still coming your way I notice on passageweather. Bob was spot on! Those storms had plenty of pink bits.

♣Barry Clements, I know your heart is in the right place but you and a few others here need to use your own blog a bit more. When you start apologising for writing too much, it's time to dump it on your blog page.
Andrew does a great job but we all have to self moderate a bit too. I love fishing, thinkquest and (getting wierd now) looking for buoy traffic but ease up please, we can easily click on your name and have a look on your blog if we're interested, lol.

Now I'll just go and get another lemon and suck on it,
☺☺☺ Hoo ROO ☺☺☺

Anonymous said...

@Charles Dodson "the secret of learning is to be interested" Good on you Charlie I totally agree. Maybe Jess may like some subjects, they can't all be off-putting! There is going to be no end of distraction once Sydney is attained.

Jessica are you ready for the Agulhas experience? Those two mighty ocean currents, the Indian and Benguela meeting head-on, and you have to pass through the turmoil they inevitably create. I served a little time in the navy, sailed in and out of Simonstown (Naval base on the Cape Peninsular), on a few training cruises - The Agulhas can get very rough, larger boats than yours can be lifted and put down turned side on, and needing immediate correcting.
Two questions ;
Have you been up the mast recently, if indeed it's necessary?
Have you a sea anchor you could have ready to toss over the stern if in a storm you lost your steerage systems?
It could help to keep your bow facing into the weather if that was your wish. A plastic milk crate attached by a length of rope to the stern is one I recently read about that reduced the boat speed from 19 knots 9 in a howling storm.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse,
I bet you posed for the homework photo then tossed the books overboard! then turned to page 33 in the homework excuse book," i was sailing around the world when a giant wave snatched my homework!"
It works everytime hee hee
enjoy yourself and take care

Anonymous said... dont look to happy doing homework, but you have to =] Stay warm out there..Praying for you kiddo...

Anonymous said...


Kathy said...

Great Picture Jessica--always glad to hear from you and see pictures of what is going on in your life. We think of you every day and always say a prayer for you. I didn't see my note that I left when you got your cookie shirt, but I thought that was so awesome of your mom to think of her awesome daughter!!!!
Enjoy the sunshine....
Kathy, Florida

Clint Jeffrey - VK3CSJ said...

Hey Jesse,
We are sitting here at the kitchen table at 12:55am Sunday morning admiring the person before me over a glass of Baileys
Irish Cream, you'll have to try it some time Jess, it tastes like a lovely CHOCOLATE Drink!!!!...and I'm not kidding!....yum!

We are toasting a toast for a wonderful young teenager at sea....

Clint - Melbourne

Gezz..Andrew your up late tonight!

IndyMike said...

Hi Jesse..
Great pic. I look forward to you every day, and when you post a pic that's even better. Thanks for being part of my world.


39*46'N, 86*09'W

Buzz said...

Hi Jessica
I was surprised to see you have a tiller. Is that your preffered steering method. What precentage of time do you use the auto-tiller

Best of luck to you
Buzz, with the Cat 27
Ventura CA

Unknown said...

We never stop learning! Some day you'll look back on this moment with fond memories. Doing something as ordinary as homework in an extraordinary place, the south Atlantic!


Eric Sonnen said...


I'm glad to see everything is going well!

Best regards,

Georgia, USA

Anonymous said...

Hello Jessica,
Good to see that you are keeping up with the schoolwork, I guess that you know that there are many very successful people in the world that did not excel at school for one reason or another, example Richard Branson, so if you find the going tough in the floating class room then console yourself that you are already well on your way to success.
Hope your cooking is going well and that you remember to put safety first.
PS. Nice photo.
Take care, regards from Niels

Mr. Canadian said...

Hey Jess
Thats a nice pic. What did you do tape the camera to the mast. And I would go with what Terry said, a dolphin ate my homework!!" LOL.
˙·٠•●♥ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♥●•٠·˙

ben said...

Hey Andrew,

thanks for the update and to Bob for keepin Jesse out of the high turbulence farther south. As you say she will head due east and then south east to ultimately run the gauntlet to and around Africa's tail, pretty much as she did with Cape Horn. Sincerely hope she has a smooth run...fingers crossed.

Hey Jess,
I've just completed a 2yr course at work to pretty up my resume. Not a big deal as I knew most of what I was shown, but without that piece of paper my options would be otherwise limited.

Glowing references will inevitably await you when you return home. Just add a bit of education to pretty it up and the world is your oyster, so keep up the studies.

You take real good care out there and mind the waves now :)

Ben (Qld)

Niels said...

Hello Jessica,
Good to see that you are keeping up with the schoolwork, I guess that you know that there are many very successful people in the world that did not excel at school for one reason or another, example Richard Branson, so if you find the going tough in the floating class room then console yourself that you are already well on your way to success.
Hope your cooking is going well and that you remember to put safety first.
PS. Nice photo.
Take care, regards from Niels

Phil in Idaho said...

Nice Photo Jessica!! I would imagine the difficulty in doing school work on a trip like this. I mean what would your teachers say?

"Young lady what did you do all last school year? You are behind."

"HMM, Setting a world record!"

"Oh, Never mind"

Anonymous said...


There are some things that they just don't teach in high school. And in that regard you are the Professor of Nautical Adventures.
We who follow your blog are your students.

Hope the sun shines so you can test your skill on the sextant.

great job your doing sailing and keeping us all informed



leslie said...

Hey Jess!! What a relief that you are doing your homework!
I think I would have lost a lot of sleep if you had skipped some...You may use this as an excuse though if you are placed on detention!
"er yeah it's me...Jess...who?'s Jess!I am running a wee bit late at the moment the teacher said I have been awarded the "pupil of the day" for the "homework on time award" and have been...sorry what was that Dad? the line's breaking up a bit....oh yeah she said...he said... oh yeah I should be back around May or thereabouts.....what?..oh so sorry can't talk now the line is breaking up...yeah I'll pick up some milk on the way home.... and some bread....blah blah blah.
Of course, but not off course! you shall return without facing detention!!!
sail well and take care Jess!!

Jason said...

Marry me.
Forget Macca.
You are SOOO cute.

Jason in California

hp said...

Bonjour Jessica & Ella's Pink Lady,

Nice picture ;-J

Stay cool, be safe!

Mike Kay Avon Indiana said...

Hello Captain Jessica!

Well I am back from my month long sabbatical in the islands and refreshed and ready to go! Good to hear of your progress and high spirits. Just wanted to say hi and I will read the last months progress later. Also hello to the blog family I have missed reading everyones posts and am anxious to get back in the "loop" ! Mike

Anonymous said...



judy said...

I know it's hard right now to think of food as your fuel but that's all it is. Just remember foods aren't going away they will be waiting for you when you return home. My dream would be to make you your birthday cake. Be safe, keep your mind busy even if it is on homework and treasure the moments as they can't be replaced sweetie. Thinking of you daily. Judy

nutralady2001 said...

Hi Jesse you are in the best classroom in the world IMHO.

You look fantastic sweetie! Don't worry if you don't get much done think of it as your "gap year" (before you even finish school LOL)

I remember years ago we went o/s for 3 months, 6 year old in tow ( only had one then) and dliligently took his school books.........think we opened them twice. What he remembered even now at nearly 34, was worth more than spending time sitting at a table working on his books.

Take care sweet one xxx

talyarose said...

Jessica, are you clipped in? Ready in a moments notice? Can you display that gear in the pics so we don't wonder? The forces of life have a way of making examples out of inspiring people. Let's get you home first. Great to see that you are looking great!

GlobeMasterOne said...

Greetings Captain Jessica,

You are THE TEACHER... not "the student" here. We have all learned something from you. If only I could put a "pink lady" apple on EPL's desk to thank you Ms. Watson.

Thanks for the update team/Andrew.
I am curious Jesse...had the ship's captain you had radio communication with heard of you? What a lucky guy to talk to you.

I am off to Mexico's pacific coast...I will connect with you in a few days.

Only 9000nm to go....stay safe young lady.

Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario, Canada

Ernest From NH (USA) said...

Hi Captain Jesse, After what you've accomplished so
far on your solo-circ, I think the school work should be waived. You get an A+ for real life experience. You
have excelled in Navigation,Geometry,Physics, Math,
Science,Home Economics,Physical Education,
Computer Science, Music Appreciation, Sports,
Communication, Writing, Management, Videography,
Mechanic, Troubleshooter, Geography and on an on an on....................................................................
Be Safe! Stay Happy! Sing Louder! Godspeed!

half_cent said...

I just came upon your blog and thought I would wish you well. I too am trying to seek adventure at sea. although I am just starting to learn to sail I hope one day to see the Islands.
I'm rooting for you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse, ah, the mundane on your quest to become the youngest ever solo-unassisted-circumnavigator: homework! I do hope you do it as much because you want to as because you have to. You're an awesome young lady. Thanks, Tom, Missouri, USA

Michael in California said...

Now that is a classroom! Seems much easier on you for the leg home.......Cheers, Michael

BERNIE 777 said...

to Itchycoo where i want to b...u can miss out school...y go to learn the words of fools.....Small Faces Itchycoo Park check it out on u tube....its huge Jessicsa...u r a phenomenon...first get home then cash in big time...then go to Bernie 777

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,

Nice photo! Great to see you hitting the books!

I must admit that I never liked doing homework when I was a student... still don't actually. However, I do give my grade 2 Killer Whales their fair share of homework... teacher's revenge? No, I just want to instill good habits while they are young, so they don't end up like me! I do try to make their homework fun & meaningful though... this year a lot of it involves you and EPL.

With the 2010 Vancouver Olympics beginning next week, our focus will shift to that topic for a while... but don't worry, we will keep checking your blog each day, as well as, moving EPL across the Atlantic!

Guess what? The "Killer Whales" are now communicating with "Room 401 & Rio The Homework Dog!" (a grade three class in Minnesota, USA). Like us, they have been following your voyage and with a local winter Olympian, they now plan to follow the Olympics... what a coincidence! This could be the start of many new friendships, although things could get awkward if Team Canada faces Team USA in the Gold medal hockey game!

Well, I should probably get started on my homework. Keep sailing Jess,

Paul (and the Killer Whales)

PS Today's photo is of "Orca" and the four 2010 Olympic mascots... "Quatchi", "Sumi", "Mukmuk" &
"Miga" (half Killer Whale & half Spirit Bear)

Kerri said...

Any of your teachers had better give you an 'A' for effort. I know for fact that my mind could never focus on some school papers while thousands of miles from their intended destination ---- a pile on a teachers desk. Conveniently, where you are sitting a nice gust of wind could eaily blow them all away, right into the sea! Good on you though, for the attempt. But seriously, this 'little' journey of yours will teach you far, far more than any text. And the skill set you will come away with is phenomenal.

You look adorable as always. Can't tell if you are keeping up appearances with polished toes, or it got bruised in one of your sutfing adventures.

Happy sailing from California and thanks for keeping on the regular blog,


Bob from Seattle said...

Looking at your picture makes me want to sit there with you, holding a cup of steaming hot coffee and have a good visit. You look like you would love to have a visitor.

Randy said...

Hi Jesse!

I don't want to interrupt you, doing your school work ;-))
So today, only a short message from me.

Go on and sail safe!

I think of you!

Randy / Hamburg, Germany

Claudio Silva said...

Glad you're Ok and still in fine weather, Skipper. Well, learning a bit never killed anyone, and you never know when something you just came to know might be handy. Unfortunately too many youths in the world would like to have acess to an education, but can't, because they have to quit school and work hard to help their families. In Brazil, only half the kids in high school age (15-18) study. manu don't graduate. Only 4 million people in a 180 million population attend University, for the State does not provide enough for everybody, and private universities are expensive. Many of those attending won't be able to graduate either. And things are far worse in Africa, Southern Asia and the rest of Latin America. So thank God you were born an Australian, and use every chance you have to improve yourself mentally too. It might be darn boring sometimes, I know; but, like your preparations for this trip, it pays big in the long run. Have a nice Sunday and stay safe, Ma'm! Big hug from the 40º Celsius southeast Brazil.

Unknown said...

Pipi Long Sockings;
If I was yous, I is to workin on me skipingers license, that is whyts inportdent, and not on the borin 9th grade school work, or writin for me book that will buy the school yearin work from me teachor....and just startin the nexting year now.

Robert San Diego Ca

This is written like what it was to have a 5th grade or so education in the 1800's and go to work on a sailing vessel at the age of 12.

SaltyDog said...


You really look great in the picture. Whether you’re excited about doing some school work or not, at least it’s a little diversion from the daily routine. And it always feels good to get some of the less fun projects completed. The weather looks nice in the picture, so I hope you’re getting a little stretch of good sailing conditions. You’ll be getting a lot of very challenging weather soon, so enjoy the good stuff while you have it.

Michael (Hezaiah299), Stephen M. (Transplanted Aussie) and so many other bloggers in Eastern U.S. are currently in the grips of severe winter storms. I hope you all are doing O.K. In my part of the U.S., the northwest, we’re experiencing a very mild winter thanks to El Nino. My great neighbors to the north in British Columbia are hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics which begin in less than a week and are wishing that they had more snow. And in parts of the dry, desert southwest, they have had several torrential rainstorms in the past several weeks. What a potpourri of weather.

Well, Jess, keep up the good work and if you need a little help with homework, feel free to ask Big Ted. Don’t worry, I won’t tell the teacher.

Have fun,stay safe and happy sailing.

From Seattle, WA, USA

johnytangofamily said...

Hello Jessica,
Hello from Las Vegas Nevada in the USA. Your trip is amazing and a hugh inspiration. Be safe, and keep up the videos. They are awesome.

Anonymous said...

Been there, done that - homework on the boat that is. Long ago I tried studying for a Calculus exam in college while on a boat. I thought I could "kill" two birds with one stone. Needless to say, the boat was a pretty heavy and pleasant distraction from factorials.
Keep up the stellar journey and as always, fair winds.

Anonymous said...

LOL...liked the comment that Jesse can put the books up now that she has her pic up! I believe she is really studying very hard (you are right? :o)

Great hearing from you,
~Deidre NC, USA

Transplanted ''Aussie'' said...

TWO FEET OF SNOW AND STILL COUNTING...want some I will you all ''down under '' some,the snowdrifts are so high I can't even get to my car today,Our team has been placed on ''stand by'' in case any rescues are needed due to possible building collapses due to heavy snow,no rest for the weary.
We actually had ''thunder snow'' at one point last night,I know for those of our ''family'' up north and Mary in Maine it's nothing,for Marylander's it is a ''state of emergency'' right now ,have called out the National Guard to assist first responders if needed.
Great pic. young lady and update,not much else to post,just our weather right now.
Looks like school work is part of your daily routine,trust your path is smooth still.
That's from an overwhelmed ''blizzard'' conditions in Maryland.
Stay safe,much love and support to your and sea crew and land.
Where's that AUSSIE SUMMER,we sure could use it right about now.
HI, to the ''world family'',haven't read the posts yet,do look forward to it,if my cell doesn't ring.
Transplanted ''Aussie snowman'',
[snow bound for now]

eeyore said...

You sure look good after so long at sea. It must be nice to be young.

john naughton said...

Hi Jesse

May I suggest an assignment for your Business/Economics homework?

Task requires you to
- take a photo of yourself holding the sextant and clearly displaying your wristwatch, onboard EPL
- sign photo
- copyright photo
- invite watch manufacturer to publish said photo in National Geographic magazine for a fee to you :)

Best wishes
John N

Anonymous said...

Very nice to meet you Daphne
(and all your school)

Unknown said...

You know that once youve achieved this successfully and you get back home, you will be doing nothing less than itching to do something greater. That is life!, and starting at your age youre going to have plenty adventure. I couldnt be happier for you and wish I had the guts to do something like this great achievement when I was young.
Enjoy before all the economics of life take over and never let money override your true calling.

Take my hat off to your parents as well for supporting your dreams and having faith in you.

Anonymous said...

Best of wishes from Kodiak, Alaska!
The 5th graders in Mr. J's class are enjoying your blogs. We are learning a lot of geography and what it's like to have a dream and go for it. They have been writing their own adventure stories and what it takes to persevere. Thank you for inspiring them.
Godspeed and keep your chin up!
Mr. J's 5th graders, Emily, Elin, Isaac, Leah, Adelheid, Madison, Hannah, Jaiden, Jacob, TJ, Eric, Cassidy, Chloe, Johnny, Matt, Alex, Hayden, Trent, and Isabelle.

Anonymous said...

Ecclesiastes 1:13
I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men!

Good day, Jesse! Great image of you, barefoot. The thought of you "trying to" do that homework brought this verse to mind. In Ecclesiastes, the writer addresses the teacher, and eventually comes to the conclusion that there is nothing new under the sun, and that everything meaningful leads to eternity. That's the focus, the one true focus. God's goodness is perfect, His judgment complete.

So anyway, I like the image of you keeping things in perspective out there "trying to" keep up with your homework while you are so immersed in God's creation, cradled in His arms out there.

Today is a free day for me -- trapped inside by a snowstorm of historic proportions. But yet, it is nothing compared to what you have seen and experienced out there. It may be days before I can get my tractor out, dig out to the main road, and you can count on me to pray for you daily, for your strength and good health, and your continued progress. I am grateful that you skirted the worst of that large storm to the south.

dutchinspace said...

Bugger me - I tried to read the stories-too much, Thanks Andy,for words to Daphne (Belgium)-Daphne, you,as do any other new english speakers probably speak and write English better than native speakers-we're lazy and don't care.

Do me a favour and avoid the bad habits- check the(english) spelling and remember a 'meter' is an instrument to measure increments,a 'metre' is a lineal measurement!!
Jess, don't listen to them about fishing- it's an excuse for checking if the water is still wet, just as watching cricket and golf is an excuse for watching the grass grow-and I can prove it because I walked into the pub and the cricket was on telly and they had 'grass-cam',the grass was half up the screen, another two balls it would've needed cutting to see the game!!! So there !!!!

And the fish-hook line and all the crap will slow you down !!

'Homework' is only homework if you go home......??? I worked that out at an early age......"but I didn't make it home yet miss'...
For a bit of real entertainment, watch the wind generator and blink your eyes really fast and see if you can make the thing stop!!!
That way you get to be as silly as me......!

Have a nice day all,from duTch

Gina said...

If a page blows out of your hand and into the sea you don't circle around for it right? Has that happened to any unlucky assignment yet?

Trudy said...

Hello Jessica,

thanks for the great picture!

Schoolwork...........would only to be to appease the status quo. In my opinion you have learned and are learning more about life, perseverance, waiting for the right moment, success and also the traditional subjects of maths, reading, writing, geography, creative, independent thinking and decision making than most people learn in a life time, let alone school.

You also have found your niche, THE occupation you are happiest in. Your sailing around the world is not a pastime, this adventure belongs to your life, to who you are.
I doubt, that you could ever be happy in a 'normal' job - 9 to 5, where someone else tells you what to do!

You are a free spirit Jessica, you are a powerful woman, who knows her mind, you need elbow room and the world is your oyster.

Thanks to the shore team for your excellent update. Not far to the CoGH now.
And thanks a million to Bob, weatherman par excellence for steering Jessica away from another severe storm.

Wow, 'only' 9000 nm to go to Sydney......and it's getting less with every day!

Stay in the moment Jessica, enjoy every second of your experience!
I think the excitement of your arrival in Sydney is far greater with our blog family, than it is with you!
For you it is part of the journey to arrive at the point you started from!

I think of you so often and talk about you, to everyone, always telling them of your fantastic attitude to life and how worthy it is to emulate it.

By the way, there is a really good article in this weeks 'WHO' magazine.
It is called 'Amazing race' with a lovely photo of you and one of Ella.
Underneath is Abby's photo and the article is about not being rivalry between you and the other contenders for youngest round the world.
The last lines were your mother's:
There's a lot of kindred spirit between adventurers, said Jessica's mother, Julie Watson.
'It's all, 'Good on you' and 'All the best'.

And that is what I say too to you:

Good on you and all the best,
enjoy, keep well, have fun, be kind to yourself and above all be save,

much love,

Trudy, Austria/Australia

Anonymous said...

Hi Jesse, you look so relaxed sitting out in the sun - despite your homework, wow!
You seem really to feel at ease with your life at sea. It's a great pleasure to follow your blog, day after day. Thanks very much.
Best wishes
Irene from Switzerland

Doug, Gold Coast said...

Jessica, you don't need school homework, you are already getting the world's best education from wonderful mother nature herself. Not all the text books in the world could provide you with such grand panoramas and real-life experiences. The planet Earth is your classroom. Finest wishes for all your endeavours, past & future.

Barry Clements said...

Hi Jesse

I just want to thank "Magpie" for telling me to pull my head in. you're right about me writing too much and I consider myself told.

When I get a bigger ticking off than "Jony the Pony" does I'm obviously getting on some people's nerves.

I've just looked at Jessica's solo challenger Abby Sunderland's blog and she's detailed the maintenance done and she is leaving Cabo this morning.

My apologies to all for writing too much and I'll just keep it down to praising our little Aussie hero.


angela said...

Dont try too hard, enjoy the sunshine,
you deserve it.
Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

Like everyone else that has posted comments it's good to see your still going strong. It won't belong before your heading back to Australia as time does fly when being busy. This years seems to have gone quick so far for me as it is back to uni studies tomorrow.

Catch you soon,
Take Care
Pete (Canberra)

Queenslander said...
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Anonymous said...

Very impressed with the "doing homework" bit - but wonder how long your homework sessions last? Just long enough to take the photo and then put the books away and get on with the joys of sailing?? ;-)
Would love to know when you expect to be passing South Africa and approx ETA for Tassie...
Keep up the good work (both sailing and homework!). Fiona in Tassie

Anonymous said...

No news isn't good news with you out there Jess!

Thanks heaps for the update!


Kissyfrott said...

A few words to fellow bloggers

@Barry Clements - Magpie is right but your reply is nice too. Keep on the good work, we love your posts, just more centered around Jessica!
@Daphne Vos... What a remarkable entry and entrance in the supporting team! As several fellows said: welcome... (you speak english so well in Netherlands!)
@THE ELVIS OF OZ... Would you have Peters' fingers?
@Bob from Seattle: Naughty buoy! Are you looking for a flirt (many will be jealous, including me!) or trying to jeopardize Jesse's solo status? lol
@Sally in Melbourne, another masterpiece!!!!

@Captain Jesse, a new blog from you, I must run over there to read it! THANK YOU, Captainissima!

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess!

I new there was something about you! Hence...(There's something about Jesse)! lol

You’ve got what I had but I’m also high functioning! Erin Brockovich has dyslexia! You both have brilliant minds that look outside the square.

I know it’s a struggle at school but I’m sure you’ll perfect the skills you need faster when you need them! Your weak spot is your blind spot! It is your hidden and greatest treasure.

I think you will always see through obstacles and aim high! “Always be careful Jess” I don’t believe that it’s about your grades as much as it is your passions, dedication and drive!

Your book may well be the first book I’d like to try and read because your writing is real, it’s easy to understand and you’re funny! You explain things that some of us may not understand like you under stand at all levels! (The bigger picture) It’s sort of like we know you too and that’s pretty cool!

I think you will always make the right decisions, you’ll always focus, be determined, work or fight hard and have the patients at the same time! I think you could take on just about anything in any conditions! I don’t think you will ever fail that easily! (You may look through that)!

Check out this site Jess!

Go to inside the teenage brain and then go to the wiring of the adolescent brain! Keep in mind that at age 15-16 you are in about the dead center where this final pruning period is at its peak for all 15-16 year olds.

Be safe and alert Jess!

Keep your guard up sweetheart!

Don't let that school work get to you. Remember if your feeling down, then get back up soldier and shake it off. You're at work now and this quiet period may be as trying as any storm.

Keep moving Jess!

How proud is the world of you!


Unknown said...

Ah, a scholar at heart. well done!

Ian from Brisbane

Ranen said...

Nice foto Jesse, wat does foto say....this foto of yours says....that u r very happy, u r enjoying your ocean life....u r in fact studying which u might not do regulalry at home!!!!....truely wat foto can say....writing can't say...cheers

Berlin Red said...

Hey Jess,

School suxs, but work suxs more!

So study hard young lady.

Stay Safe

Berlin Red

Jony the Pony said...

Hi Jess,
keep up them dodgers,
Jony the Pony

jeffers said...

Hi jess Great to see you looking well and keeping up with the school work,but who checks it?
Are you sure there isn't someone behind the camera taking the pics.
Tell me how do you cope with the night time out there alone so far from land on your own?
You have an incredible amount of "Go" in ya girl and I can only heap praise on you for being who you are.
Sail on girl Sail on.

Anonymous said...

hello jessica hope you did some fishing out in the wild blue yonder you picked a good time for it eh plenty of water every where ,,,,way to go,,,,