Jessica Watson - Solo Sailor Rounds The Cape of Good Hope!!

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Jessica Watson the 16yo Aussie girl attempting to be the youngest to sail solo around the world has just passed The Cape of Good Hope and has completed almost 15,000 nm to date.

Next land fall Western Australia then onto Sydney.

What a fantastic effort, You go Jessica!!

Jessica Watson Passes The Cape of Good Hope

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Reply By: Fab72 - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 09:50

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 09:50
Thanks for the updates John. It seems the media isn't interested in her progress anymore. Well not until she lands back on Aussie soil again.

Today Tonight and ACA are more interested in reporting out on weight loss fads and where to buy cheap groceries.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:15

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:15
Yeah agreed and yet when she sails through Sydney Heads they will be all over her like a rash.

She sounds so positive and happy, what a great attitude to life this girl has, she deserves everything ounce of fame and fortune that comes her way.



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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:30

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:30
There is an update on the CourierMail website almost daily , QLDer QLDer QLDer ;bit like a state of origin . LOL , good on her , still a fair way to go and may she arrive safely .
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Reply By: Top Ender - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:35

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:35
I still believe now as I did when she left that to let a young person attempt this was irresponsible, this is my opinion.

However young Jessica will deserves every last accolade she gets when she sails into Sydney harbour to finish this amazing voyage.

As for the media well just turn them off when they start to waffle.
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 12:09

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 12:09
Irresponsible ? How ? In yrs gone by the world was explored by youth not by the adult of the era , the dangers of mother nature has not changed but technology has , was Lt Cook irresponsible ? How old was he? Drake ? Magellan? ect ect,
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Follow Up By: Kev - Member - Wynnum - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 13:35

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 13:35
I am wondering about the round the world unaided and unassisted description of her journey.

Yes, the explorers of the past were youth who made the discoveries. However to their credit they did it on their own merits.

Jessica has performed a wonderful feat but to say that she has done it unaided, I don't know.

The previous record holder a 17 year old youth did the same journey but without the daily contact with parents and friends through modern technology. Jessica has had the opportunity of daily contact, councelling and fellowship to keep her sanity in times of trouble.

Surely the stresses on the mind would be a major contributor to this type of event failing.
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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 14:59

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 14:59
She may have these aids Kev, but it is still a lonely, lonely place where she is.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 15:10

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 15:10
Kev if your referring to Jesse Martin then he also used extensive satellite technology to phone home also.

Just the way of the times.

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Follow Up By: Kev - Member - Wynnum - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 15:47

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 15:47
John, I was not aware of this. Well then perhaps he can't claim to have done it unassisted.

The tremendous advantage that can be obtained via the net and messages from home in relation to course setting, adjustment, positioning and generally setting the mind at ease about the progress is invaluable in their case.

I don't want to detract from the serious undertaking they have entered into but it should be acknowledged that they have been assisted.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 17:00

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 17:00
I guess there is nothing in the rules that define assistance as Radio or Satellite contact.

Assistance seems to means she cannot touch another boat or person or accept pysical help, such as a food drop from an aircraft.

I think that many before her have relied on radio contact at various times so no doubt satellite technology is a simple although easier extension of that.

Its still a hell of an undertaking for someone so young to go without that pysical contact with parents, family and friends type thing.

Pretty big sea out there and she is doing well, good on her for the guts to give it a go.

I won't knock her effort.

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Follow Up By: Member Brian (Gold Coast) - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 18:03

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 18:03
"Member - John (Vic) posted:
I guess there is nothing in the rules that define assistance as Radio or Satellite contact.

Assistance seems to means she cannot touch another boat or person or accept pysical help, such as a food drop from an aircraft.

I think that many before her have relied on radio contact at various times so no doubt satellite technology is a simple although easier extension of that.

Its still a hell of an undertaking for someone so young to go without that pysical contact with parents, family and friends type thing.

Pretty big sea out there and she is doing well, good on her for the guts to give it a go.

I won't knock her effort. "

I'll agree with that whole-heartedly! And I won't knock her either!!
I will, however, wish her well for the remainder of her voyage!
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Follow Up By: Member - ross m (WA) - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 22:04

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 22:04
Cook was 38 when he got his 1st command and had been in the navy since his teens.
Before he got his commision he showed great skill as navigator and map maker.

Francis Drake was somewhere between 20 and 25 when his captain died and bequeathed the ship to him.
Mid 20s is like being middle aged in the 1500s

Magellin never went to sea until he was 25 ,and from then on he was more of military commander and viceroy and when he was 37 he became a captain and given lucrative trade deals to explore new territory.

Try to keep up with the class Alloy c/t
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 10:00

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 10:00
ross m , keep up with the class ? Cook was already offerd a command of a ship as early as 1752 , the ship 'Freelove".
Drake had been at sea on and off since the age of 11 as a cabin boy.
Try and keep up ,
The Navies of the world then as now are filled by the young wanting to see the world.
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Follow Up By: Member - ross m (WA) - Sunday, Feb 28, 2010 at 19:08

Sunday, Feb 28, 2010 at 19:08
Going to sea with as a cain boy is a little different to being master of your own ship/boat and different again to doing it solo
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Reply By: keviny6 - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 16:24

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 16:24
you can follow her progress at --jessica watsons blog --been good reading so far and she's on the last leg
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Reply By: Fred G NSW - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 16:31

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 16:31
Yes, this is one remarkable young woman blessed with intelligence, courage and an abundance of common sense. You'd have more chance of suppressing a lightning bolt, than wrapping this girl in cotton wool. (We seem to have a few of these young women in the spotlight at the moment.)

Now that she has completed the outward leg of her journey, and is headed for home, she will have an ever building excitement and anticipation, of not only achievement and being reunited with her family, but also being able to stick it up all the knockers.

I pray mother nature is kind to her across the vast and unpredictable Southern Ocean, which has brought Tony Bullimore and others unstuck in the past.

Hopefully, by sheer coincidence of course, the Australian Navy from Fleet Base West at Rockingham, has some excercises or sea trials scheduled down there for the next 2 months :-))

Go Jessica.



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Follow Up By: Ianw - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 22:54

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 22:54
I think you will find that there is a support vessel not too far behind her. Not publicised, for obvious reasons, but it is there.


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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 02:31

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 02:31
Ian can you support that claim in anyway??

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Follow Up By: Ianw - Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 18:39

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 18:39
I have been following Jessies blog and website ever since she left Sydney. It took a few days before they got the mapping/tracking part of it up and running. When they did, it clearly displayed a support vessel following Jessies boat. She was about halfway to Hawaii at that time. It was quickly removed and has not been seen since. I wish I had taken a screen capture at the time.

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 20:51

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 20:51
So you can't support that claim?

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Follow Up By: Ianw - Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 22:00

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 22:00
So you are the judge and jury???? I'm not making any claim !! I'm just stating what I saw. Who are you to cross examine me? Can you prove that there is no back up boat? Go away !!! Come back when you have something positive to say !

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 22:29

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 22:29
I made no judgement, Just a simple question and you get all defensive.

Its a pretty big claim to make, tantamount to cheating in the unaided sailing requirements.
Besides the tracking system is a simple GPS position imposed on Google Earth for her vessel alone and shows no other vessel.

The first couple of days the tracking system was the Port Control VHF Traffic Management system which is used for tracking vessel movements in and around the Port and has an offshore limit that does not extend to halfway to Hawaii.
It showed lots of traffic around NSW as its designed to do but as I said does not extend to half way to Hawaii.

Anyway no matter, enough said.

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Reply By: Turist - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 17:39

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 17:39
Good to see that her new web sight is not claiming that she is the "youngest to sail solo around the world" as the original sight did from the very start of the attempt. There is still a long way to go before this is a real claim and for me this silly mistake subtracted a little from the great effort Jessica has made.
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Follow Up By: Top Ender - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 17:59

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 17:59
If she is not the youngest who is ??
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 18:06

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 18:06
I thought it said something like "Attempt to be the youngest to sail solo around the world" which is quite correct.

Of course the record won't be hers until she passes the Start/Finish line in Sydney.

In the end its semantics, she needs to meet all the requirements or she does not get to claim the record simple as that.

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Follow Up By: Ianw - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 23:09

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 23:09
She will only have the record for a month or so. Then the yankee shielah will take it from her!

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 01:39

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 01:39
Maybe?? But so what it still won't detract from the achievement.

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Reply By: obee1212 - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 20:17

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 20:17
these posts reflect a more optimistic attitude than prevailed on these pages when she first sailed. Some said the boat had one chance in three, she had one chance in three and one chance in three of being run down again. In other words none.

For me the big challenge would be aloneness with the tyranny of distance between oneself and a safe haven. A psychological challenge. I think that many enough people have proven that the journey is little challenge to a good boat and a good plan. But a challenge to the sailor none the less.

Good luck to anyone who wants to try as she has done but woe to those who race against poor odds and a high sea and expect someone else like our navy to pick up the pieces as the foolhardy have done in recent years.

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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 22:23

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 22:23
Ghttp://www.periebanou2.com/jon.html Good point Owen and I think she is great and here is another great Australian sailor, not many people remember this guy, he is our greatested ever sailor.
Jon Sanders from WA and he will be watching her with great admiration I am sure.
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 22:24

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 22:24
Make no mistake, this is a commercial venture. The young girl's website was selling merchandise well before she set sail.

It's been supported by sponsors, and the media rights and book deal were done long before she left.

Nothing wrong with that. People are entitled to make a quid any way they see fit.

But can we please set aside the "woo hoo" factor.

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Follow Up By: Ianw - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 23:06

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 23:06
All sportsmen/women have to raise $ to pay for their efforts! Even our Olympic athletes have to ! Have a look at the American girl Abby Sunderland's website. She is only weeks behind Jessica with a faster and bigger boat, and she is younger ! She has more sponsors, loads of electronic aids including radars, but she will lay claim to the title of Youngest Solo etc, as soon as she gets back to California. Stop rubbishing Aussies Jimbo, at least she is giving it a go !! Bet you couldnt do it !!


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Follow Up By: Ianw - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 23:11

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 23:11
At least they are both useing Aussie designed boats !!!
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 01:44

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 01:44
I guess its easy to see the bloke that right from the beginning hung it on this girl for giving it a go is true to the cause and still trying to bag her.

The tall poppy syndrome is alive and well eh Jim?

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Follow Up By: cycadcenter - Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 02:29

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 02:29
Abby had a bit of a hicup and had to restart from Cabo San Lucas in Mexico on February 12th, so Jessica is several months ahead of her and with jessica being way ahead of schedule it will be close as to whether Abby will actually get the record.

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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 19:27

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 19:27
My opinion has not, and will never change.

I believe it is an unecessary risk of a young life in the pursuit of financial gain.

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 21:13

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 21:13
Its pretty obvious your opinion has changed!!

The first and only post you passed comment about this voyage was This Thread back on 19th October 2009.

You made no comment about "Unnecessary risk in the pursuit of financial gains" then, so to now try and claim your opinion has not and never will change is obviously rubbish.
Back then you bleated she was to young and not experienced enough and she lacked the physical strength etc and now the girl has to date proven you wrong you move the excuse to something different.

Not adverse to moving the goal posts to suit are we Jim??

As I said tall poppy syndrome.

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