Sunday, October 18, 2009

Around the World in Eight Months

Watson's are tough.  When going gets tough the Watson's get going.  Yup.  That's a fact, Jack!

This said, 16 year old Aussie Jessica Watson embarked yesterday on a solo, unassisted round the world trip in her 34' sailboat that should last eight months.  Solo.  Alone in her 34' yacht which is 9 feet longer than Bob's.  When you're sailing around the world size does matter.  If Jessica is successful she will be the youngest person ever to make this voyage.

What's worrisome is that she's attempting this feat without assistance.  What does that mean exactly? 

"Without assistance" means a vessel may not receive any kind of outside help or take on board any supplies, materials or equipment during the attempt. A craft may be anchored or beached during the attempt, but any repairs must be made without outside resources, materials or help.

This adds to an already difficult task which would be daunting to even the most experienced sailor.  Keep your eye on Jessica's progress.  Here's hoping yet another Watson accomplishes the nearly impossible.

The photo here was taken last Sunday by Robin in the course of her shooting many pictures of Grace, Wifey and Bob.  More photos to come.

1 comment:

Joker_SATX said...

WOW, yeah that's interesting. Not to mention running into foul weather..and other such obstacles. I give her Kudos for having the gumption to attempt it....

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