The latest on Jessica:

Jessica is facing more challenging conditions over the next week of her around the world voyage, with large swells and gale force winds predicted.

Having been on the receiving end of 50-knot winds and monster seas off the West Australian coast, Jessica now has to confront more of the same as she approaches Tasmania.

But Jessica and her 34-foot boat Ella's Pink Lady, having now sailed over 21,000 nautical miles, are well prepared and now less than 1,700 nautical miles from Sydney.

Despite the forecast, Jessica remains positive.

"The forecast is not ideal, but we just have to take it one day at a time," said Jessica.

Jessica remains on target to achieve her dream of becoming the youngest person to sail around the world and in time to meet her goal -- to arrive in Sydney before her 17th birthday on May 18.

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If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracle of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.
- Lyndon Johnson, on signing the Wilderness Act into law (1964)