News__ Sail on Jessica!

October 20, 2009 | By

16-year-old sailor, Jessica Watson is sailing around the world--alone. She set off on her journey October 18 to become the youngest person to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe. People have voiced concern for her safety due to her age and expertise, but Jessica's mom is in full support. She posted an update on Jessica's blog yesterday morning. "I know you are all anxious to hear from Jess, but she's a little preoccupied on her first day, so she asked me to post a quick note to let everyone know that the departure went well this morning." Go girl!

Jessica Watson will spend the next eight months alone on board her candy colored ship, Ella's Pink Lady (kinda sounds like her boat was named after a $14 cocktail), navigating through 28,000 miles of the world's oceans. Pretty amazing if you ask us.

Of course there will be risks involved, but there are risks involved in anything. Some, obviously, a bit greater than others, but Jessica is confident and (clearly) believes highly in her skill levels of navigation, maritime and electronics. We also think it is shocking that a 16-year-old has so much individuality and mettle, she trusts herself to handle eight months of solitude. We salute you Jessica. Sail on!

Via: The Guardian UK

A British 17-year-old, Mike Perham, became the youngest solo round-the-world sailor in August following a nine-month voyage, although a stop for repairs en route meant his trip did not count as unassisted. The youngest sailor to complete the voyage unassisted is another Australian, Jesse Martin, who was 18 when he completed it in 1999.
In August a Dutch court ordered that a 13-year-old girl, Laura Dekker, should be put into state care following plans for her to attempt a solo round-the-world sailing

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