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This is going to great watching this on TV.

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A PARTY to rival the spectacular farewell of the Sydney to Hobart fleet and the world-famous welcoming in of New Year is being planned for the arrival of teen sailor Jessica Watson next month.
it is already anticipated one of the largest flotilla of craft ever seen on Sydney Harbour will be on the water to greet the 16-year-old.


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Reply By: Member - Wayne B (NSW) - Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 23:24

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 23:24
Fantastic effort. I have been following her on her Blog Page.
I hope she gets the welcome she deserves.
Well done Jess
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Reply By: Muntoo - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 01:23

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 01:23
I hope she gets a heroes welcome.

I am still finding it hard to believe how amazing she really is.

Shes a champion, absolute champion.

I doubted her at the start, until i read her first blogs and as soon as i actually got to follow her she blew me away.
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Follow Up By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 07:23

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 07:23
I agree, she deserves a heroes welcome, and what ever dollars ect for her efforts re: Television / Magazines ect, might give other young people encouragement to try other things.
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 07:30

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 07:30
Go Jess!!!

You're an inspirational young woman.

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Reply By: Baz&Pud (Tassie) - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 08:44

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 08:44
I notice Doug T has said she will arrive NEXT MONTH, on the news last night see was almost to the north east tip of Tassie, so she should hit Sydney with in the next three to five days, unless she heaves to some where for a couple of days.

Have to agree, she has done an excellent job, i certainly couldn't spend that amount of time at sea by myself.
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 09:03

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 09:03
Baz
No I didn't say that at all, I copied that section of text from another website and forgot to change it to NEXT WEEK.....sorry mate , I also seen another site where where she will be directed well away from shipping lanes between Tassie and Sydney ,

Brisbanes Courier Mail has some good info too. HERE

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Follow Up By: Baz&Pud (Tassie) - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 10:31

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 10:31
Doug T
Apology accepted, not having met you but knowing you from this forum i guessed it was a typo, i just wanted to have a go.
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Follow Up By: Fatso - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 12:01

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 12:01
It's OK Baz.
Doug lives in the Teritory.
They are a bit behind.
It is still April up there.
Sorry Doug, I just couldn't help myself
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Follow Up By: Fatso - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 12:04

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 12:04
Also have to say what an incredible strength of character that girl has for a 16 year old.
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Follow Up By: Baz&Pud (Tassie) - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 12:52

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 12:52
Don't yu just love this site, i thought it was us that were behind the eight ball, now you guys are pointing the finger elsewhere, love it.
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Follow Up By: Member - mazcan - Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 12:18

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 12:18
hi
just reading the lastest on www.jessicawatson.com.au

site says she is expected to cross the finish line at 11.30am on the sat 16 /may /10 and disembark at the opera house at 12.30pn
that's if
if the maruading crowds and floatilla of boats let her through
imho opinion if she finishes this
she should be an instant nominee in

the:young australian achiever awards:
and also
:australian of the year:
no questions asked

this which she is about to achieve
is an incredible journey and experience for not only a young woman but also she has shown that what a lot of her critics claimed was impossible for someone her age to accomplish and also they claimed she was too inexperienced has become reality through her determined and guttsy effort

she is and should be an inspiration to all young and old not only in australia but the world as a whole
i have followed her journey from start to date and have been totally inspired by her she has faced and beaten some of natures strongest ocean forces and been knocked down on numerous occasions and did'nt throw in the towel in the fear of the moment
bring it home safely jessica
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Follow Up By: Fred G NSW - Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 19:24

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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 08:52

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 08:52
The very same media that knocked her before she left.. too young.. too imature.. too dangerous... parents are crazy... etc etc. are going to be crowding and crowing over her at the finish line saying how they knew she could do it and how wonderful and mature she is for a 16 year old.... go figure.

I think she is absolutely amazing and deserves all the credit she gets.
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Reply By: Member - Donks1 (NSW) - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 08:55

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 08:55
This may put a damper on things

Watson's record 'blow'

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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 09:17

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 09:17
And some will undoubtbly say that she did not really sail around the world ,, record or not it is an amazing achievement by one so young,,
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 09:36

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 09:36
I guess some forums will say anything to get some publicity.

The tall poppy syndrome is alive and well.



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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 12:45

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 12:45
This Rob Kothe from Sailing World.com is a bit of a jurk, as John said tall poppy syndrome
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 12:57

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 12:57
Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought there was no intentions of breaking records, the whole idea was to be the youngest to sail around world, and that she has nearly done,

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Follow Up By: Member - Donks1 (NSW) - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 13:22

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 13:22
Hi Doug..

Youngest to sail around the world is the record to beat, currently held by Jessie Martin.. ('lionheart")

They are saying that technically her track around does not qualify, according to the RULES of sailing, and therefore no record set. She may as well have stayed inside the heads for 6 months.

Still an amazing achievement.

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Follow Up By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 13:47

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 13:47
She left Australia, sailed east, crossed every line of longitude, came back from the west.

Sounds like sailing around the world to me.

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Follow Up By: lollylegs - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 13:58

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 13:58
Have any of her support crew commented on this latest hiccup regarding the record, did they know the situation or did someone make a boo boo.
It will make good tv that's for sure.
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Follow Up By: TerraFirma - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 15:15

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 15:15
Jessica's world attempt explained, this gets technical
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Follow Up By: Cliveg - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 19:18

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 19:18
There is to be no record set anyhow, shes too young ,
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Follow Up By: Member - Clive G (NZ) - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 19:50

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 19:50
Er. Is this an innocent double up or are trying to be me?

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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 22:29

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 22:29
Can someone explain to me how you can be too young to set a "record" for being the youngest to do anything. Sounds like a contradiction in terms.
What a gutsy effort regardless of how many kilometers she covered, well done young lady.I'm glad she made it so far safely and wish her a safe voyage for the rest.

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Follow Up By: Member -Signman - Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 10:19

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 10:19
Having done a little bit of 'off-shore' sailing- I do respect and admire this grand acheivemnet done by anybody- especially be such a young lady like Jess.
I do, however, contest the claim of these recent circumnavigation sailors as being 'unassisted'.
They have a team of weather monitors and advisors around the world, advising them as to where and when to go. Also, with the availability now of external navigation aids such as GPS, and the electronic GPS controlled helming self-steer equipment.

The only true solo, unassisted circumnavigation was by Francis Chichester in the mid 60s in Gypsy Moth 4. Even though he did have to call in to Sydney for a couple of days for repairs- which he stipulated he performed himself !!

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Follow Up By: TerraFirma - Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 10:29

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 10:29
Signman, You can't help technology and unassisted means physically so I think your comments don't really apply, I understand what you are saying and agree that she has been assisted immensly by technology but not physically. Nowadays in many sailing record attempts there are various categories such as power assisted or non-power assisted, hydraulic winches are one example of power assisted. Franics would have sailed with some form of charting and compass in his day nowadays we have better technology but the feat of sailing the globe physically and safely is still the same challenge, albeit boats are also getting better etc etc.
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 11:43

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 11:43
Forget all about Francis Chichester, think more about Captain Cook and the 17th century Dutch sailor and explorer Dirk Hartog ,

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Follow Up By: Member - mazcan - Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 12:29

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 12:29
hi guys
the critics that are disclaiming her record as not being official
imho
are the ones that initially missed being on the endorement list for any bonuses or commisions and didnt get there fingers in the money publicity pie that will grow after the event and achievement by jessica,
that would have come there way
and is just typical of the sour grape syndrome
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 15:04

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 15:04
Unfortunately she is now receiving somewhat negative publicity because her voyage does not qualify for any records and as I understand it she did state from the beginning she was out to become the youngest person to cirumnavigate the world, see her quote below

Quote "My goal is to sail solo around the world non-stop, unassisted. I have chosen a route that is a traditionally recognised path and distance for ‘around the world sailors’. As this is a Southern Hemisphere voyage the significant landmarks are the southern tips of the American and African continents, as well as some of the most challenging oceans a sailor will ever face. The entire journey is a mix of amazing experience"

She has not followed the complete route other world sailors have such as Jessie Martin so there seems to be a miscommunication of her purpose in my opinion. No doubting a great effort but will be soon forgottten because of it's somewhat irrelevance to the record books.
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Reply By: Fred G NSW - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 18:12

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 18:12
Certain people within Australia would certainly qualify for the "World record of Tall Poppy targeting". It raised it's head during the Logies the other night, and now the focus is on this wonderful young Australian. It makes me want to vomit.

This young lady is now a legend of ocean sailing, no matter what the rectums of the world want to say, and she deserves every accolade and reward that will undoubtedly come her way.
Well done Jess.

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Reply By: Member - Clive G (NZ) - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 18:55

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 18:55
There is a good piece on Jessica’s website under “Latest News” that sums up her teams thoughts on the tall poppy cutters. She wasn’t eligible for the record anyway, and the team knew it.

Go Jessica you great little Aussie of Kiwi breeding. (sorry, couldn’t resist)

Cheers. CliveG.

Jessica Watson
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Reply By: Isuzumu - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 19:15

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 19:15
I reckon she is the greatest, well second greastest sailor we have had behind this guy....how many of you have heard of him..

http://www.periebanou2.com/jon.html

The book by Hugh Schmitt.... Jon Sanders Sextant,Sea and Solitude The vessel he sailed is the same as Jessica's

This country probably has bread higher profile sailers, in the world of sailing then any other sports....hope you get my drift there.

Just wish I could be in Sydney to see her come in.
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Reply By: Member - Crazy Dog (QLD) - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 19:53

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 19:53
But old friend tonight on the TV they (??) are saying that she did not follow the "rules" so she has not really done the trip properly..

There are always those who just have to find fault.

Go Jess you have done yourself, your family and friends and all of us Aussies who care for you, proud.

Go young lady...Our young people have still got the courage and Aussie spirit that our forebears had to make this country what it is today. Bloody fantastic...Stick that in ya pipe all you detractors...

AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE...!!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Russnic [NZ] - Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 12:11

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 12:11
Oi Oi Oi
Hate to spoil your party,.
Jessica Watson may have been born in Oz but her parents are from N.Z.
We have a granddaughter that was born in Canberra to so don't say I am biased.
I do know Phar Lap was bred and born in N.Z. as was that dessert thing.Pavlova, is it?
Just slinging a bit of it here.
Her Grandparents live in Cromwell just up the track a bit.
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Reply By: Member - Russnic [NZ] - Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 11:46

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 11:46
She has done well, pity someone has bought up a technical problem, I would have thought going round the world would have meant just that, no matter which way one went.
She has some proud Grandparents in Cromwell NZ anyway.
Did she get "knocked down" five times?. Once would have been enough for me.
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Follow Up By: Fred G NSW - Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 19:18

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 19:18
Russnic, I just love that reply. In the true Anzac tradition mate.
She got "knocked down" five or six times, from both sides. This young lady of immense courage and personal fortitude has done a marvellous thing, as have other people before her, beyond the wildest imagination of anyone who hasn't been in water deeper than their bath tub.
I spent many a month in the "Grey Funnel Line" nursemaiding boffins from various Aus. uni's in the southern ocean in the 60's doing various forms of research in the ocean depths, and when you're down there, you begin to appreciate what mother nature is all about, and you tend to keep in touch with the "Big Bloke" upstairs in regards to your safety and sanity.
Russ you let them Grandparents know I think she is something really special.

Can anybody who has responded to this post, begin to imagine any 16 year old girl they know, doing and achieving this? She is a special young lady, and has achieved this in her own right, and none of it detracts from those who have done it before her. They are all a unique personality.

Fred
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Reply By: cycadcenter - Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 12:04

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 12:04
And now some damn idiot is saying she is breaching copywrite laws with the name PINK LADY.

What a total crock.

Having been on the receiving end of a million dollar lawsuit against me in the USA by an Australian Company because they had copywrited the name "Wollemi" in the USA to sell Wollemi Pines I know how the Jessica camp must feel. In my case the Australian Government got involved and told the company to go pound sand.

YOU GO JESSICA GO AND DON'T LET THE MISERABLE PIONS GET TO YOU.
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