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The Rock-itt : February 2010
triggered which sent a message back to the Australian Rescue Coordination Centre who in turn contacted Jessica's mum. Can you imagine the look on her face when she picked up that phone? But Jess was quickly onto the problem and called in a few minutes later letting everyone know that it was a false alarm and that she was okay. What a wonderful book is waiting to be written by Jessica. When she gets back to school she'll have something for "Show and Tell". In the last posting, Jessica said she was experiencing foggy, sunny and gentle sailing conditions with an extremely low swell. The boat speed has also been low but Jessica is making steady speed as she heads east and is enjoying the calm after the storm. This gives her an opportunity to make repairs and get the Lady back into shape. She has another 2000 nautical miles to cover before she reaches Africa and "The Cape of Good Hope", which puts her over the half way mark and approximately 11,000 nautical miles to go after 100 days at sea. Jessica is 1,500 nautical miles further ahead of where she was expected to be. The Rock-itt is so very proud of our young Australian and when I decided on a name for this series, I knew I was calling it as it should be, "The Courage of Jessica Watson", because courage is what is needed to take something on of this magnitude. If you are Rounding the Cape religious, please say a prayer for Jessica so she will remain safe. If you are not religious, send your thought waves across the ocean's waves with wishes of good Karma. She needs as much of both as she can get. This is what Jess had to say about Australia Day. "Every year at school we used to get asked what Australia meant to us, this year I couldn't be more further from Australia, there's none of the things that make a typical Australia Day celebration out here, no sunshine, beach, no taking the day off or BBQ but this year I can really say I'm proud to be an Aussie! And also how great it feels to have the support of the country behind me."