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Re: Jessica
CaT #3347 04/01/10 10:56 AM
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Months ago, when the book came out, CNN reported it as "Going Rouge" I corrected them.


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Re: Jessica
wagga #3388 04/02/10 03:40 PM
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I'm a bit behind on posting...

Both girls had periods of drifting around & fixing machinery.

Jessica's making progress. So, if you want a peek at her washing or a sunset picture...

Abby has a LA Times mention today. Can you spot the factual error?

Great posting from Team Abby yesterday.

Her dad is in the area - to date he has not been able to get out to see her.

Remember Jessica being knocked down & turning turtle?
Abby's moving into that area soon.


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Re: Jessica
wagga #3575 04/13/10 05:29 PM
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So much as happened...

Jessica got a mention in the Sydney Morning Herald

She entered Australian waters over the weekend, and sailed through a lightning storm. She saw the 'rents as they flew overhead.

Abby is seeing some nice weather in the Indian Ocean. Broke a wind turbine generator, though.

Solo sailing is not without it's dangers. Another solo sailor apparently went missing in that area at about the same time.


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Re: Jessica
wagga #3581 04/13/10 08:03 PM
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Abby's mom just posted. We have a tired girl.


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Re: Jessica
wagga #3593 04/14/10 07:30 PM
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Jessica has encountered strong winds and torn a sail.


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Re: Jessica
wagga #3596 04/15/10 06:00 AM
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I have always admired the adventurer and their amazing drive to push the envelope in their endevors. Zac,Abby,and Jessica all have my Walter Mitty jealosy for attempting those adventures I can only dream about.
I still scratch my head wondering what parents would not only allow their 16 year olds to attempt but actually enable their children to do seriously dangerous and ridiculously expensive pursuits.

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Quote:
wondering what parents would not only allow their 16 year olds to attempt but actually enable their children to do seriously dangerous and ridiculously expensive pursuits.

Probably parents that have raised their kids well, know they have the maturity level of someone much older (we would have no qualms about a 21-year-old doing this), and probably families for whom this kind of expense is not such a big deal (and don't forget all the sponsors Jessica and others have).

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Re: Jessica
CaT #3669 04/20/10 05:30 PM
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Jessica's been at sea for 6 months now, has had light conditions - so she replaced one of her generators. She also found a moth on board 500 miles from land.

Abby also has light weather and is learning patience. Her Kindle died, though.


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Re: Jessica
wagga #3701 04/22/10 11:07 AM
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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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And of course one for the ages, Saito has had a rough year out there but heading towards Japan...


Day 565 [April 20/10] -- A little party with King Neptune
Today's Report
April 20/10 0800 JST


00°10'N, 94°29'W (North Pacific Ocean, Equator)




The traditional sake toast was raised on board the Nicole BMW Shuten-dohji III in late afternoon, as Saito-san crossed the exhilarating, if invisible, line that separates south from north, and symbolizes both the final miles back home and completion of slightly more than 70% of a voyage of impossibilities.

He had reached the place on the globe where "the wrong way around" was now the right way, as the currents, winds, and waves would no longer conspire against him. He'd left behind the portion where, along much of the way, he had bashed against contrary waves and virtually unrelenting headwinds. Even the skies were clear, and the temperatures warm and soothing. (Meanwhile, back in Punta Arenas, where he spent a long, now-returning winter, on this day it was just a few degrees above freezing.)


The crossing into the North Pacific also marked his 565th day of the circumnavigation, his 20,400th mile, and his 27,862nd day on Earth. That's 76 years, 3 months, and 13 days.


"I'm really happy," he crowed to us this morning. "It's great!" He has lost count of the number of times he's crossed the Equator on solo voyages, but it would have to be at least twice for each of his eight circumnavigations, plus a number more during long ocean passages.


The Equator has, since the earliest voyaging days, been a point that invokes the loud cheers of crews either just beginning -- or no doubt, even more poignant -- just finishing, extended voyages. On the way out, shipmates subject novice "pollywogs" to various, sometimes brutal, rituals that invariably would include a seawater dunking of those on their first time across. In British sailing ships an extra measure of grog was the order of the day. And of course in the celebratory cup of present-day Japanese sailors, you'll find rice wine.

King Neptune got a splash as well yesterday to keep him happy.

http://saito8.blogspot.com/

Re: Jessica
So.BayMark #3715 04/23/10 07:53 PM
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Jessica has sailed past Western Australia and is now in South Australian waters. Took her a week to sail past WA, but WA is about three times the size of Texas.

Abby is still having autopilot woes. I wondered why she didn't have a wind-powered auto-pilot like Jessica, she (Abby), posted that apparently her boat is not suitable for wind-powered autos. Still, her trouble-shooting skills are exceptional, for a man, woman or child.

Quote from a comment:

"Years ago I installed a Morse hydraulic steering in a boat for a long cruise. I inquired about what types of fluids would work in an emergency. I was told, to my amazement, that in an emergency salt water could be used."

So long as Abby doesn't run out of salt water she should be OK.

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Re: Jessica
wagga #3716 04/23/10 08:26 PM
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Yeah, I think there's plenty of salt water available... shocked


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Re: Jessica
wagga #3721 04/24/10 06:14 AM
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Jessica just posted. She's had another knockdown!

Knockdown, Huge Seas and a Buzz from Customs.

Looking at her picture - she really looks a lot more mature than when she started out.


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Re: Jessica
wagga #3723 04/24/10 07:30 AM
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All I can say is those girls have amazing fortitude and sheer will power to handle all the forces of nature on the open sea and problems with their vessels.I would be crying "mommy" come get me.

Re: Jessica
Rod #3729 04/24/10 02:45 PM
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Abby has news!

Because of the partial failure of her automatic pilot, she will pull into Cape Town for repairs. She intends to continue.


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Re: Jessica
wagga #3733 04/25/10 08:33 AM
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WAGGA I assume you have already signed up for a couple of copies of the book: Jessica Watson - True Spirit.

Just read on her NEWS site that the book will be coming out this fall and they show the cover, very cute pic of the young lady.

Re: Jessica
CMC2 #3739 04/25/10 05:05 PM
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I expect I will. I did score an autographed copy of the Daily Coyote from Shreve.


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Re: Jessica
wagga #3740 04/25/10 05:12 PM
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There is a lot of MSM attention on Abby.

Here and here and here.

And the LA Times version, too.

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Re: Jessica
wagga #3757 04/26/10 01:35 PM
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Just noticed on the map of eastern Australia that's there's a town/city not far west of Canberra that's named -- are you ready for this? ... Wagga Wagga!

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