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The Rock-itt : May 2010
The Youngest Person to Attempt to Circumnavigate the World Non Stop, Solo and Unassisted Anzac Day 25 April 2010 As we celebrate Anzac Day, Jessica Watson continues to make her way home. Within the next week or so Jessica will have completed her historic round the world trip and be here safe and sound on Australian soil. I will leave the rest of this report until the last moment before we print before bringing you up to date on the latest news. Saturday 1 May 2010 In this my last report before Jessica Watson sails through Sydney Heads and only an hour or so before The Rock-itt goes to print I have gleaned the last information from Jessica's website. Included in this report is Jessica's own photo from her website blog of the rough seas she experienced on 1 May. It's been a privilege to have followed Jessica on her history making voyage. Jessica has been battling atrocious weather conditions as she ploughs her way toward Tasmania and through the last leg of her historic journey. With gusts of up to 50 knots and riding through large swells, it seems as though Mother Nature is going to give Jessica a real rough farewell. I thought it appropriate that Jessica tells you herself as she steers her way into our history books. "The swell is still pretty big but overall conditions are much more pleasant today. The drogue got winched in at dawn, that turn out to be a lot easier than I was expecting and since then "Ella's Pink Lady's" been flying along across the waves with only a little sail up. I've been catching up on a bit of sleep today, re-charging my batteries while I can. So that was the good news. The bad news is that there is MORE rubbish weather headed our way. After looking at the weather charts showing this new low pressure system expected over the weekend, I'll admit I had to dig real deep to stay cool about it all. Right now I've got more than a few bruises and sore muscles. Overall I feel pretty drained and would kill for some easy sailing but seeing as that's not what I'm going to get I'm just going to have to toughen up some to deal with it. It really helps a lot knowing that "Ella's Pink Lady", was built to take this and having Bob's great weather updates. As long as I keep myself fed and rested, there's no reason that I can't take anything on. Also for some reason or another, it really does help knowing that there's tonnes of people thinking of me out there, so thanks guys...........Jess. There was no other news posted before we went to print so you will have to depend on "The Manly Daily" to keep you informed from here on in until Jessica actually sets foot on shore. The Rock-itt will have our photographer, Ian Bird on the spot when Jessica finally arrives and he will be snapping away getting as many shots of our Aussie heroine as he can. We will do a special feature on "The Courage of Jessica Watson", in our June issue. So for the last time readers I will ask you................ 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 oceans' waves with wishes of good Karma. She needs as much of both as she can get. 'From the big swell during the week, with the drogue trailing behind Ella's Pink Lady, shaking off one wave with the next 10m monster coming up behind.'