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#4119 - 05/08/10 06:09 AM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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My previous post about Jessica's arrival time was rife with errors.

Arrival is Saturday 11:30 Australian time, not Sunday.
Whitney Zone time will be around 6:30pm on Friday.

If you look at the map, it seems she'll have to sail in circles to delay her arrival.

Jessica's having engine (and dunny) problems on ELP. She's also eaten all the best food. She's warmer, though, 20 degrees (68F). Post is here.

Abby is having a great time in Cape Town.
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#4121 - 05/08/10 08:08 AM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Actually I only met Zack's dad Laurence.Can't remember if he was South African or Australian but he sure talked funny. Zack did a no show when he was supposed to meet with us.Something about he would rather be on the Today Show than meet with us at Hops.

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#4176 - 05/10/10 10:25 AM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Quote:
it seems she'll have to sail in circles to delay her arrival.

Maybe the extra mileage will get her the "official" record. wink j/k
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#4177 - 05/10/10 11:03 AM Re: Jessica [Re: CaT]
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Jessica's got A Working Engine!

"The little Yanmar engine is going again! A little delicately, but it is running with a water transfer pump rigged up in place of the fuel pump which had stopped working. It's pretty dodgey with all the miss matching hoses but should do the job. Apart from the kick I got from actually managing to fix something, it was quite a relief as we've pretty much had no wind at all the last two days, so the batteries were lower than I'd thought."

I wonder if the water pump came off the dunny?
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#4178 - 05/10/10 11:11 AM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Abby just posted photos from Cape Town.

The Saffies are probably glum, 'cos they just got tossed out of the World Cup.
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#4264 - 05/13/10 05:30 AM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Jessica waxes philosophically about her homecoming in So Close and What I'm Going To Miss And there is a great photo, too.

The NSW Minister for Ports & whatnot has a lech for Jessica - Simpson!
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#4266 - 05/13/10 12:22 PM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Abby's boat Wild Eyes has been tipped over!.
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#4279 - 05/14/10 04:13 AM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Sydney prepares for Jessica.

Some MSM stories from the last few days:

Here and here and here plus this.
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#4315 - 05/14/10 03:47 PM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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I have been in touch with the event organizers, hoping for a live video link to post here.

"For all the international fans, we will endeavour to post vision and quotes from Jessica's arrival as soon as possible. But please be patient with us, as all the shore team will be out greeting Jessica in what is shaping as a monumental day."

Vision(Oz) equals video(USA).
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#4320 - 05/14/10 11:01 PM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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My wife found a live streaming feed from Nine News in Australia, and none too soon. So I got to watch Jessica come in from an hour or two outside the "Heads" as the entrance to Sydney Harbor's headways is called, and then gradually make her way up to the dock next to the Sydney Opera House, followed by a very close-up camera shot of her first meeting with her parents and family and supporters, and then the big welcome home ceremony with the Prime Minister and the local provincial Premier all in attendance, among others. As she was walking toward the stage (and walking fairly well for someone who had just been at sea for 7 months), an older gentleman handed her an exact model replica of her sailboat with the sails unfurled, mounted on a very nice base, the whole thing looking like it was a good 12" or more tall. I thought that was an incredible gift from a total stranger. It was obvious throughout this entire time -- from the finish line to the end of the welcome home ceremony -- that she was, to say the least, very overwhelmed. All the attention and good wishes were very well deserved. There was an absolute flotilla of boats surrounding her as she made her way through Sydney Harbor. The zoomed-out view of all those boats making their way down the harbor, as shot from the helicopter overhead, was breathtaking. Two of the young men who previously did the same circumnavigation before Jessica, got to board her boat early on after the finish line and then ride with her the rest of the way through Sydney Harbor. Actually, one of them steered the boat which was now being powered by the engine once the sails were lowered, so she could enjoy the rest of the trip in from the finish line without having to drive the boat, which also allowed her to get herself somewhat cleaned up to meet the Prime Minister and everyone else. This was truly an amazing and historical thing to watch from start to finish! The only other thing I remember staying up all night to watch was the entirety of Princess Diana's funeral and service and drive back to where she was laid to rest in early September 1997. The historical significance of both that and this event (though starkly different in tone), felt similar to me in their historical significance, each in their own way, and in their emotional impact, also each in their own way. Jessica has inspired so very many people, and she has truly made Australia proud, and rightfully so.

I'm going to really miss checking in on her blog and voyage map every day as I have been doing ever since wagga first began this thread. Wagga ... thanks!

CaT
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#4322 - 05/15/10 12:11 AM Re: Jessica [Re: CaT]
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Thanks, CaT. Would have been good to watch.

All right, somebody post some links to the Oz-News where I can see some of this!!!

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#4323 - 05/15/10 03:24 AM Re: Jessica [Re: Steve C]
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Here's the Jessica's blog and the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald.

Thank you for the kind words, CaT, don't forget Abby's only half way.


Edited by wagga (05/15/10 03:26 AM)
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#4332 - 05/15/10 04:31 PM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Wagga. I'm reminded of a song I believe that was from WW I.

"Australia Will Be There". It is unfortunate that with all

your interest in Jessica's round the world trip that you

couldn't be there at the finish to see history being made.

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#4333 - 05/15/10 08:27 PM Re: Jessica [Re: CMC2]
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Yesterday was quite an emotional roller-coaster for me.

First off, the Oz team in the T20 World Cup were so far behind Pakistan that I pretty much gave up on them. Then this happened! Tomorrow it's Oz vs the Poms. That's 8:30 WZT, so don't bother me. Ask me & I'll expound on crickies being much more exciting than baseball.

Then Atlantis left the planet like a homesick angel. I was present for the first & second Shuttle landings (Oh! that sonic boom!), and have missed few televised Shuttle events. Worst case, if the Shuttle program had only supported the Hubble 'scope, it would have been worth the cost, but it did much much more than that. You do know that there are only 2-3 launches left, right?.

Then Jess came home. Kept the Prime Minister of Australia waiting for hours.

I'm in awe & shock of our two nations, "separated by a common language". (GBS).







Edited by wagga (05/15/10 08:32 PM)
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#4334 - 05/15/10 08:46 PM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Jessica's trip is pure Aussie.
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#4338 - 05/16/10 04:31 PM Re: Jessica [Re: Mike Condron]
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#4361 - 05/17/10 04:09 PM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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Abby posted a video of sea trials to check out Wild Eyes. That place has a Table Mountain too!

Jessica is home safely, so shall we continue our Jessigail thread with Abby?

Perhaps it will end up with our members inviting both girls to summit Whitney with us...
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#4384 - 05/17/10 10:05 PM Re: Jessica [Re: wagga]
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> Perhaps it will end up with our members inviting both girls to summit Whitney with us...

Now THAT would be a remarkable hike.

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#4394 - 05/18/10 07:37 AM Re: Jessica [Re: Steve C]
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Steve the perfect chaparone for those two young ladies, since
we tend to be sort of a motley crew, would be our uniformed
Ranger, Bob R. Bob always seems to attract the pretty women
even before the uniform. Wagga could be his backup & translate for the oz lady.


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#4395 - 05/18/10 07:39 AM Re: Jessica [Re: Steve C]
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From Column 8:

"I would have thought that Jessica Watson's passport would be something of a collector's item,'' writes James Shipstone, of Berowra Heights. ''Apart from the obvious association with the young adventurer, what other passport would have exit and re-entry stamps, 210 days apart, with the owner apparently having been nowhere?"
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