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The Rock-itt : January 2010
The Youngest Person to Attempt to Circumnavigate the World Solo & Unassisted Welcome back to our January issue and the third part in our series as we track our courageous little 16 year old lone sailor, Jessica Watson as she endeavours to circumnavigate the globe non-stop, solo and unassisted. In December's issue we saw Jessica pass the 5000 nautical mile mark and cross the equator on her 23,000 nautical mile voyage. This issue Jess has moved on further and is averaging around 110 to 120 nautical miles per day and has covered over 8,000 nautical miles of her 23,000 nautical mile voyage. As we go to print Jessica has been at sea a total of 70 days and despite 70 days of isolation our young sailor is holding up well and showing remarkable courage. Jessica has now entered the Southern Ocean and is moving down toward Cape Horn which is the southernmost point of South America and possibly the most dangerous part of our young heroine's journey. Jess has also just passed Point Nemo which puts her in the position at the furthest point from any land mass being 1,450 nautical miles from the Pitcairn Island Group, Easter Island and Maher and Siple Islands of the Antarctic group. Jessica will start to feel a dramatic drop in air and sea temperatures and she will start rugging up in her Musto thermal wear to compensate for the cooler conditions. Christmas Day is certainly the one day of the year that no one should be alone, but in Jessica's case there was no other choice and to brighten things up Jessica decorated "Ella's Pink Lady", to suit the occasion. Here is what Jessica had to say about her Christmas day preparation. "Imaynotbeabletodomy Christmas shopping out here but I've been busy putting up decorations and I'm looking forward to opening the sack of presents that everyone has packed for me. I managed to resist the temptation to open them, but I don't have to wait much longer now". Obviously Jess is in good spirits and busying herself with ship board duties. On Wednesday 17th December she managed to climb to the top of the mast of "The Pink Lady," which is approximately 12 metres in height and with the boat pitching up and down the waves definitely no mean feat. This is how Jess described her climb to the top. "Yesterday was a nice calm day so I decided it was time to have a go at climbing the mast. Down came the mainsail, on went the main electric auto pilot, on went my dorky helmet and up I went. Ella's Pink Lady hasn't got the tallest mast and there wasn't much of a sea, but I certainly felt every little roll up there!