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Oh Snap! The Pink Lady Sets Sail Solo

Jessica Watson, 16, set sail yesterday from Sydney Harbor hoping to become the youngest person to sail around the world solo, non-stop, and without any assistance. If all goes according to plan, she will spend 230 days at sea on her yacht, named Ella's Pink Lady, and travel 23,000 nautical miles. Good luck, Jessica!


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biarose biarose 6 years
ShyFox- she has heaps of technology on the boat. She's updating her blog like everyday! Yogaforlife- The Aussie guy who did it was actually 17 at the time.
biarose biarose 6 years
ShyFox- she has heaps of technology on the boat. She's updating her blog like everyday! Yogaforlife- The Aussie guy who did it was actually 17 at the time.
cupcakers cupcakers 6 years
that sounds terrifying to me, all alone in sea..but so brave of her to do at such a young age and of course extra safe travels.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
I watched a show covering her preparation - she was inspired by a 16 year old boy from Australia who did this. There is concern about her sailing around the southern tip of africa - especially because she is a young girl and there are chances that she will run into pirates, not to mention the awful storms that plague the Indian ocean. Her first time sailing the boat solo over night along the australian coast (a test run), she fell asleep and her boat ran into a ship. It caused quite a fuss and the australian people were trying to prevent her from doing this because they think her parents are pretty much just letting her commit suicide. The parents argued that the route she sailed near the coast is a coastal shipping route with way more boat traffic and once out on the open waters, she'll be fine - there won't be other boats for her to have to worry about. She is insistent on doing it at 16 to set the record now because there is an american girl preparing for an around the world sail and she's going to be 15 when she does it - which will set the world record for youngest female to sail solo around the world. I wish her the best of luck and a safe, uneventful journey - and I hope that the misgivings of all the naysayers are proven wrong.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
I watched a show covering her preparation - she was inspired by a 16 year old boy from Australia who did this. There is concern about her sailing around the southern tip of africa - especially because she is a young girl and there are chances that she will run into pirates, not to mention the awful storms that plague the Indian ocean. Her first time sailing the boat solo over night along the australian coast (a test run), she fell asleep and her boat ran into a ship. It caused quite a fuss and the australian people were trying to prevent her from doing this because they think her parents are pretty much just letting her commit suicide. The parents argued that the route she sailed near the coast is a coastal shipping route with way more boat traffic and once out on the open waters, she'll be fine - there won't be other boats for her to have to worry about. She is insistent on doing it at 16 to set the record now because there is an american girl preparing for an around the world sail and she's going to be 15 when she does it - which will set the world record for youngest female to sail solo around the world. I wish her the best of luck and a safe, uneventful journey - and I hope that the misgivings of all the naysayers are proven wrong.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
i was thinking the same thing about her poor parents...they must just be freaking out..i can't believe they gave her permission to do it...at 16, you'd still need permission and this could be very VERY dangerous and unpredictable...for reasons well beyond her control and would have nothing to do with her abilityi wish her the best of luckand her boat is adorable
skigurl skigurl 6 years
i was thinking the same thing about her poor parents...they must just be freaking out..i can't believe they gave her permission to do it...at 16, you'd still need permission and this could be very VERY dangerous and unpredictable...for reasons well beyond her control and would have nothing to do with her ability i wish her the best of luck and her boat is adorable
hexentanz hexentanz 6 years
Safe trip and god bless!
hexentanz hexentanz 6 years
Safe trip and god bless!
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 6 years
I wish her a safe trip!
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 6 years
I wish her a safe trip!
ShyFox ShyFox 6 years
Wow, super gutsy. I couldn't spend more than a week away from my computer.Good luck to her.
ShyFox ShyFox 6 years
Wow, super gutsy. I couldn't spend more than a week away from my computer. Good luck to her.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Fantastic! What an adventure!
Frenched Frenched 6 years
Whoah. Quite gutsy. Hope she has a very safe adventure.
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