Jessica Watson - You are amazing

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  1. travelespresso profile image80
    travelespressoposted 8 years ago

    16 year old Australian, Jessica Watson has just finished sailing around the world single handed - 210 days!  What a feat!

    When the Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd welcomed her home, he said she was a hero.  Jessica replied that he was wrong - she just lived her dream. 

    A truly outstanding effort and an amazing young lady.  I salute her sheer guts and determination.

    1. barryrutherford profile image78
      barryrutherfordposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      indeed !

  2. Origin profile image59
    Originposted 8 years ago

    What path did she take to sail around the world?

  3. travelespresso profile image80
    travelespressoposted 8 years ago

    She left Sydney and went round the bottom of South America etc.

    There was a lot of controversy before she left Australia as she had a near miss with a ship on her first night away.  But she returned to Sydney, dealt with the controversy in a way that many mature people wouldn't be able to and started again.

    She's an outstanding young lady.  Its hard to believe that she's just 16!

  4. Eileen Hughes profile image85
    Eileen Hughesposted 8 years ago

    Jessica Watson has more guts than me.  I would be too scared I was left in the ocean for those big jaws,  they freak me out watching them in movies.

    She sure has made those knockers sit up and take notice.  Good luck to her she deserves all the ackolades she receives.  It has put Good Old Oz back on the map and its only through a young sixteen year old,  she has done as much for Australia as all those big boats in the american yacht races.   Good onya girl.   Congratulations thats all I can say.

    1. travelespresso profile image80
      travelespressoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      She certainly did have her detractors.  However, she focussed on her goals and did it!!!!  I'm so impressed. 

      I was in Sydney when she left which was tremendous.  I wished that I could have been in Sydney to welcome her back to Australia.    However, a flotilla and crowds welcomed her back which is great.

  5. Pearldiver profile image81
    Pearldiverposted 8 years ago

    Amazing effort when you consider that she spent 210 days alone at sea in a Pink sloop. hmm

    Instant millionaire before her 17th BD... brilliant lesson for all of us... irrespective of age.  smile

    AND... she comes from good Kiwi Stock lol

    1. travelespresso profile image80
      travelespressoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      All true!!!

      And...whats wrong with a pink sloop???? Picture smiley faces in a line (how do I do that?)

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        Audreveaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        smile smile smile smile

        1. travelespresso profile image80
          travelespressoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Yes...but how do you put them there????

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            Audreveaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Just : )  ....... but get rid of the space in the middle (I had to remove or it would become a smiley)

            as many times as you want. Replace the ) with D for the big laughing smiley face

            1. travelespresso profile image80
              travelespressoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              Ooh now I get it - Duh!! smile smile big_smile big_smile

              1. profile image0
                Audreveaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                LOL - now we just have to work out how they do that rolling eyes one. Add that one to winky wink and we're all set!

  6. salt profile image73
    saltposted 8 years ago

    she did good.

  7. I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s profile image62
    I*n*v*i*c*t*u*sposted 8 years ago

    Amazing story! Very exciting.

    1. travelespresso profile image80
      travelespressoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yes it is a fairy tale story.  Her parents (and her myriad of technical supporters) must be so proud.

  8. K Partin profile image58
    K Partinposted 8 years ago

    WOW! What an amazing feat!! Hard to believe really!! smile

  9. profile image0
    Tom Maitlandposted 8 years ago

    It's such an incredible story! Can you imagine being alone on water for that long?

    It was really great, however, to see the media focusing so much on such a positive topic for once too. Really glad she got the attention, certainly deserved it.

    1. travelespresso profile image80
      travelespressoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      As much as I love sailing I just cannot imagine being on the water and alone out there for that length of time.

      In the middle of the ocean she went up the mast too.  Gutsy.

      I'm so happy she captured attention.  I agree with you totally TM - she does deserve it.

 
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