Thursday, January 14, 2010

Jess Rounds Cape Horn - Half Way!

Jessica rounding Cape HornAussie schoolgirl/sailor Jessica Watson has just conquered the Mount Everest of the maritime world by rounding Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America, doing so in 40 knot winds, mist, drizzle and a bumpy 4m.sea. The conditions have not dampened the spirits of this intrepid 16-yr.old who seems to be having the time of her life out there!
I have childhood memories of sea stories that featured ferocious hurricanes decimating entire armadas of galleons around Cape Horn! But Jessica seems to be taking everything in her stride (and has obviously picked the best time of year weatherwise for her trip too).
Had a rough trip home, dear..She's clocked up 9800nm by this, Day 88, of her solo circumnavigation as she approaches the half-way mark of her journey: I'm sure this day is one she'll never forget.
(for more, check out her website and blog)

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