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The Rock-itt : March 2010
The Youngest Person to Attempt to Circumnavigate the World Non Stop, Solo and Unassisted It is now March as I welcome you back to our monthly report on our courageous young Aussie sailor Jessica Watson. As you know if you have been following her voyage in The Rock-itt, Jess has rounded Cape Horn, been buffeted by fierce winds and huge waves, tipped upside down, and has past the half-way mark. All going well and with fingers crossed we might just have Jessica sail back through Sydney heads in May, although let's not jump the gun; there is still a lot of water between her and us before she completes her history making circumnavigation of the globe. Jessica has passed the 15000 nautical mile mark which puts her past half way and has rounded the Cape of Good Hope or actually, Cape Aghulas which it is named and is the most southern tip of Africa. She is now sailing in the Indian Ocean which has the reputation of being very unpredictable and treacherous and our Jessica has to keep her wits about her and her weather eye peeled as conditions can change in a blink of an eye in this region. I thought you might like to hear a few words from the lady herself so here is the last entry in Jessica's log before we went to print dated..... 25/2/10 It's my sister's 18th birthday today so first off, happy birthday Emily!! It's the second year running that I've been away, so I'll have to find a special way to make up for the late presents next year! Loving the fast sailing at the moment. It's a bit breezy and the sea is up enough to give Ella's Pink Lady something to surf. She's really dancing along, climbing up each wave, surfing down and rolling with the gusts of wind. But it's not too uncomfortable with the wind gusting to just over 30knots and the third reef in the mainsail. The sun is out again after a drizzly overcast night and morning, which means the waves are a lovely shade of turquoise blue and the streaky white caps look pretty, rather than menacing. I'm finding it a bit hard to concentrate on anything much at the moment, because of frequent glances at the log displaying our speed. I keep catching myself watching it, as our speed ranges from 6 to 9 knots and occasionally shooting higher as each wave rolls past. I think I may have confused a few people yesterday saying that there are only 4,200nm till Australia, that's only till we're under Cape Leeuwin in West Australia. Sydney's still a long way after that and that's not accounting for any of the likely zig- zagging around weather systems. Not much else to report, so I'll finish up for today. Jesse Until next month, remember, if you are religious say a prayer that she will stay safe until she returns and 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.