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The Rock-itt : April 2010
The Youngest Person to Attempt to Circumnavigate the World Non Stop, Solo and Unassisted I'm wondering if you are as excited as I am. Having checked the progress report from 18 March the Jessica Watson website, it tells us that our Jessica has now been at sea for 5 months and has covered 17,250 nautical miles. It seems at this point in time with all going well, that we will have our little Aussie heroine home by late April or early May. Since our last issue of The Rock-itt ,some interesting things have happened to Jessica. On 5 March, Jessica hit some heavy weather with a 5m swell and strong winds, forcing the Ella Pink Lady to reach heavily. Then on 8 March, Jessica described the weather as "Perfect sailing conditions with 15 knot winds, great speeds, clear skies, gentle sea and a lovely sunset to finish." But just as things were starting to look sublime, a sudden change in the weather really threw a spanner into the works with winds gusting at 35 knots, making Pink Lady heal dramatically, sending her off in the wrong direction. Can you imagine this at 2am in the morning, pitch black, soaking wet with a cool southerly blowing, and all this is happening out in the middle of nowhere to a 16 year old girl? What a girl! 31 March "We've had lots of good progress in the last few days but now towards Australia we've been heading north again to avoid the worst of a passing front, it's safely past now but did give us, and still is giving us, some pretty big seas with some of the biggest waves reaching 7metres. Mostly Ella Pink Lady takes it all in her stride as always, but the occasional breaking wave is a little hard on my nerves and makes for some petty bouncy sailing." Jessica Our next report should be very interesting as a month down the track Jessica will either be back home and reached her goal or getting close to it. But don't worry, our photographer, Ian Bird will be on the scene when Jessica sails though the Heads and you can bet he'll have some cracker images for all to see. Remember, if you are religious, say a prayer so Jessica 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.