Great sailing, Jessica

Sir Francis Chichester was one of my childhood heroes.

He was the first person to sail single-handed around the world by the clipper route, and the fastest circumnavigator, taking nine months and one day overall.

I don’t know how many records Jessica Watson broke in her circumnavigation which finished yesterday, but sailing solo round the world, aged 16, in just 210 days is an impressive feat.

So too is her message:

Watson urged others to follow her example by living out their dreams.

“I don’t consider myself a hero. I’m an ordinary girl who believed in her dream,” she told a large, cheering welcome-home crowd in Sydney.

“You don’t have to be someone special to achieve something amazing. You’ve just got to have a dream, believe in it and work hard.”

Watson said she hoped her voyage proved what could be achieved by setting your mind to it.

“Anything really is possible.”

I wonder what her parents felt about her embarking on such a journey.

Had she come to grief en route they would have been called irresponsible for letting their daughter attempt such a feat.

Now that she’s succeeded they can be praised for helping her accomplish her dream.

One Response to Great sailing, Jessica

  1. Paul Tremewan says:

    When we circumnavigated, we had a crew of 15, a 77′ yacht which had done it before, and a skipper, Chay Blyth, who had sailed single handed round the world east to west, ( which few have ever done).
    Jessica Watson at 16, 17 on Tuesday, did it by herself, a craft half the size and that is a quite amazing feat.
    When we sailed with Dame Naomi James on Kritter Lady in which she completed her famous single handed circumnavigation, we were well aware how frail was her craft, and that was a 62 footer. For anyone, let alone a single 16 year old girl this is a seriously fine accomplishment.
    Let’s hope her life does not become a mess post adventure, as happened to too many others.
    That girl deserves a Speights when she gets older!!

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