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The Rock-itt : November 2009
The Youngest Person to Attempt to Circumnavigate the World Solo & Unassisted Saturday 17 October 2009 Every now and then they just come from somewhere out of the blue, people who show extreme courage and perform feats that only a select few have achieved. It takes an immense amount of courage to achieve the goals these extraordinary people set themselves, yet even though they are in the minority there is no end to them. Whether they be explorers, mountain climbers, deep sea divers, or astronauts, these people have always been there to keep us moving forward onto new horizons as surely as this planet of ours continues to turn. The person who has moved me to do this serial feature is a 16 year old Australian girl by the name of Jessica Watson. Jessica, by the time November's Rock-itt hits the streets will have set sail in her 10 metre sailing boat, "Pink Lady" in an attempt to circumnavigate the globe, solo and unassisted and become the youngest person ever to do so. Jessica and her parents have had much criticism levelled against them by a section of the public and the media who believe that Jessica at 16 years of age is too young to take on such a hazardous voyage. But none of the criticism has daunted this courageous young woman to achieve her dream of being the youngest human being to take on the arduous challenge she has set herself. We all know how cruel the sea can be, it will snatch life away in the blink of an eye and leave a once vibrant person lifeless, gone forever to be mourned by those who cherished and loved them. Yet those with the courage to risk all keep stepping up one after another to take on the challenge once again where their predecessors have left off. Despite the dangers that Jessica Watson will come across day after day as she risks her life to achieve her goal, we must get behind her and support her. Where would we be if Captain James Cook had adhered to his wife's requests to stay home? There will always be those who will do what they feel they are compelled to do and thank God that they do. I can't promise you a great pictorial to accompany our Jessica Watson series because the people who have sponsored her voyage, and rightfully so,