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The Rock-itt : December 2009
The Youngest Person to Attempt to Circumnavigate the World Solo & Unassisted In this the second of our series tracking the voyage of our courageous little sailor, Jessica Watson, it should be pleasing for everyone to know that Jessica is ahead of schedule and handling things like a true veteran. At this point in time Jessica has now covered approximately 5000 nautical miles of the 23000 mile journey after 44 days at sea and has crossed the equator. In her post dated Friday 20th November Jessica wrote that she celebrated the crossing with chocolate (somewhat melted from the heat) and toasted his highness, King Neptune, with fruit juice. Crossing the equator actually meant the end of the first leg of her voyage, and although a milestone, Jess knows that now things will begin to get tougher the further south she travels. To stay on track for a record trip, Jessica has to complete 100 miles per day, which is quite a feat of sailing in her 34ft boat, "The Pink Lady". For the time she has gained on her first leg of the journey she must also be prepared to lose some advantage as well if she becomes becalmed with no wind to push her along, and that is probably as bad as facing monstrous waves and howling winds. Going nowhere for days on end can really affect the morale of a sailor, especially one out there on her own. But this is all part of what Jessica must go through to achieve her goal and I'm sure she is well aware of the perils that possibly await her ahead. Another part of the journey that Jess must tackle is Cape Horn, the most southern tip of South America. The Horn as it is most commonly called, has been the graveyard for many ships and their crews over the years. Although Jessica won't be going round in the stormy season, it is still a risky business and all precautions must be adhered to. In her latest post, just before The Rock-itt went to press, Jessica wrote this in her ship's log: "It is amazing to think we have passed 5000 miles already. It sounds a lot of miles and I guess it is. But it doesn't feel as though we've covered that much ground. It seems to have passed so fast, so that's a good thing." The Southern Ocean lies another 1600 miles further on and because of the hazards, it will be a real test for our courageous little sailor. There she will come in contact with the "Roaring Forties", gale force winds which whip up monstrous sized waves. If you are a religious person, pray for our Jessica that she is kept safe from harm and if you are not religious send your thought waves out across the ocean waves to her. She will need all the help she can get.