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#9968 - 01/11/11 04:50 PM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Jessica is close to the Queensland floods. Not as much beach time as she wanted.

Jeanne is catching up on things, moored at Ushuaia.
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#10061 - 01/16/11 02:53 AM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Jessica is involved with a fundraiser for the QLD flood victims, then is off to Germany to launch the German edition of her book.
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#10231 - 01/23/11 04:01 PM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Nothing new from Jessica and Abby.

Laura is moored at Īsles des Saintes after sailing from Sint Maarten.

I emailed Jeanne Socrates with a link to the Zone & received an email back from her.

"Thanks for the good wishes! Happy New Year to you!
Sorry for the long delay - rather a lot has been happening of late....
Cheers,
Jeanne
"Nereida"
Ushuaia
"
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#10264 - 01/25/11 05:03 AM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Jessica has won the Young Australian of the Year award.
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#10267 - 01/25/11 07:19 AM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Excellent! Glad she got it.

From the Australian of the Year website:
Quote:
Young Australian of the Year 2011

Jessica Watson
Sailor

From the age of 12 Jessica Watson dreamt of sailing solo, unassisted, non-stop around the world, and at the age of 16 she made it happen. She overcame a lack of funding and respect, along with her own fears, to circumnavigate the world. Defying criticism from those who said her task was destined to fail, she sailed through dangerous conditions and some of the world's most challenging seaways, such as Cape Horn and the Southern Ocean. The teen adventurer survived multiple knockdowns in her yacht, Pink Lady, and endured 12-metre seas, 75-knot winds, storms and loneliness throughout the seven month journey. She kept in contact with followers through her blog and after 210 days out at sea, returned to a hero's welcome as she sailed into Sydney Harbour. Since her voyage she has displayed maturity and dignity, becoming a role model for young people all over the world. Her voyage has inspired thousands of people of all ages to take up sailing, and has shown that if you put your mind to it you can achieve what may at first seem impossible. Her courage and determination to defeat all odds is truly exceptional.

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#10282 - 01/25/11 08:32 AM Re: Jessica [Re: Steve C]
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There is a picture here, with more details. The awards are announced on Australia Day, Jan 26th. Oz is 8-12 hours ahead of WTZ.

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#10357 - 01/26/11 02:26 PM Re: Jessica [Re: Steve C]
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Jeanne has been beavering away, getting Nereida shipshape again.

Laura is moving on to Dominica.
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#10478 - 01/30/11 04:33 PM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Jessica's site has more information on her award, including a photo with Julia, the Prime Minister.

Laura is in Dominica, slaughtering coconuts.
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#10542 - 02/01/11 05:23 PM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Jessica had a lot of fun on Sydney Harbour on the Ella B. 18' Skiff. These "boats", though only 18 ft. long, can be 18' wide, with 1000 square feet of sail area. Thirty knots or more, as much in the air as in the water.






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#10546 - 02/01/11 06:57 PM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Whoa! That video is fun to watch!


Good pic of Jessica, too:

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#10600 - 02/03/11 08:49 AM Re: Jessica [Re: Steve C]
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Laura has begun sailing to Bonaire from Dominica
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#10609 - 02/03/11 02:01 PM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Laura has a new friend who gepoept all over Guppy.

Her English is definitely getting better - and there is a sense of humor starting to peek through.
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#10613 - 02/03/11 03:01 PM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Jeanne has a long, chatty post with a picture. She probably won't resume (actually, start over) her solo, nonstop 'til the end of the month.
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#10650 - 02/05/11 11:30 AM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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#10663 - 02/06/11 11:47 AM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Jessica joins the fight to save the Bilby

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#10674 - 02/07/11 03:35 PM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Abby is learning to drive.

"Makes me laugh at the thought that 16 is too young to take on a big sailing trip but not too young to drive... I for one feel much safer on a boat!"
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#10675 - 02/07/11 03:48 PM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Jeanne is still in port. I sometimes see international deliveries from my clients as much as 10 minutes late. Jeanne, at the end of the world, doesn't complain much about 10 days late. Not to mention an Irish pub with no Guinness available.

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#10676 - 02/07/11 04:02 PM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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There is a French bloke a week or so into a solo circumnavigation. He's single-handing an almost 100 foot trimaran in an attempt to beat the record 57 something-days record. 30 knots at times.

Unfortunately, the English posts are rare, & my French is fried.

If anybody with a good command of the Gallic tongue wishes to xlate & post, that would be un merveilleux.

I wonder what old Joshua Slocum would think of this...
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#10701 - 02/08/11 11:21 AM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Jeanne has posted some interesting bird portraits.
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#10809 - 02/12/11 02:04 PM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Here's a geo-position two weeks out for the French solo sailor. He's running at about 25 mph.
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