One more sleep Jesse. Then people. Millions of them.

Submitted: Friday, May 14, 2010 at 08:18
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Have logged on at 0700 every day since Jesse left port (after her first test drive;-) and like so many others, have been constantly in amazement at not only her ability, which has no doubt, been honed to a keen edge, when suddenly she is the cheif cook, bottle washer, medic, radio operator, navigator, rigger, deck swabber, scribe, photographer, videographer, fix it guy, P.R. guy, fisherwoman etc. Together with her amazing base wallers, she handled everything which was thrown at her. Going back to my adventures / mis-adventures in my ten years all up regular army plus four years parachuting/skydiving, one comes to know one's self only when faced with major challenges, be they of a life threatening type or just plain physical endurance (sometimes they are combined). Lucky for us, fear is factored in to our mental systems, which kicks in, rather like the governor on a diesel, just when the extra power is needed. This adrenalin rush is only doled out to us fortunate few (although we don't always feel fortunate at the time) as we venture down life's gazetted highways. When we emerge on the other side, we are never the same person. Our confidence and trust in ourselves gets a major 'hit' which will, in the ratchet of life, put us well forward of where we seem happy to wallow. Many of us work on the slogan that says " No one can make me feel inferior, without my permission " "Over & out" !
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 08:23

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 08:23
Agreed!!
Will be great to see her home safe and successful.

Well done girl!!

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Follow Up By: Member - RockyOne - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 09:43

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 09:43
Wish you guys had not shown that great photo. Been there with a group (Portmans & Guests 4x4 Adventures)and need to do it all again. http://public.fotki.com/RockyOne/
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 10:16

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 10:16
On the local radio here this morning- they played a conversation between Jesse and the Coastal Patrol operator at (Jervis Bay I think)..
She sounded 'as bright as a button' and 'as high as a kite'..
She's hanging out for a big fruit pavlova when she gets in !!
Yes, I was a pessimist when she departed- but can only admire her achievement now !!
Well done girl...


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Follow Up By: Member - RockyOne - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 11:29

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 11:29
R i p p e r !
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Reply By: Member - Matt & Caz H (QLD) - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 11:14

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 11:14
Awesome!! I have been following the story myself - what a HUGE achievement, she has been an inspiration to my almost 16yr old son!!!

You go girl!!!

Cheers
Caz
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Follow Up By: Member - RockyOne - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 11:40

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 11:40
On yer Jesse! Yeah I guess the most exciting thing I did at 16 was being pulled along on my semi-racer (ratchet-no brakes except bare feet. pain!) one handed at 60 mph (. The other hand was holding the barrel of the .22 held by the pillion passenger on my mate's Triumph Tiger 100). Don't tell anyone,but we had been out testing match heads in drilled out .22 slugs which were supposed to explode but did'nt. Must be why I joined the army and fired 20 pounders & .30 Browning machine guns in my Centurion tank. Loved the smell of fresh burned cordite;-)
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 12:34

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 12:34
Jesse currently 'over the horizon' off Kiama.
Just marking time at the moment with #3 jib and reefed main.
Swells of 5 to 6m running and 30 - 40 kt winds.
All good.

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Reply By: Member - extfilm (NSW) - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 16:08

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 16:08
I'll be at the steps to see her in tomorrow...... Good on her and am very much looking forward to hearing what she has to say at the Press Conference. :)
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Reply By: Member - RockyOne - Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 09:39

Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 09:39
Aussie ! Aussie ! Aussie !
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