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    A 16 year old female is attempting to be the youngest solo around the world sailor. She's started from Australia and her name is Jessica Watson.

    You go girl! And all the bestest!
    Life is either an adventure... or you're not doing it right!!!

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    I certainly wish her well, but... I've got some concerns about this one.
    If folks read the full story, you'll see that on a short sail last month she and her boat collided with a cargo ship, clearly indicating that she wasn't keeping a good lookout.
    Also, her departure was delayed for a week due to high winds. Another concern, since it's impossible to sail clear around the planet without encountering lots of high winds, and especially so on the route she's taking.
    The collision and the wind delay are cause enough for concern. And note that her attempt is to circumnavigate "unassisted," meaning absolutely no outside help of any sort at any time. Any problems with rigging, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, etc., and she has to fix it herself.
    There's no mention at all about her sailing experience and skills. Hmmmmm.
    Like I said, I wish her well, but.
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    Oh my gosh Likanui! Thanks for finding the whole story, I thought that was all they wrote in my link.

    You're right. Running into a ship and not leaving due to weather?
    But... she has started the voyage.

    Remember folks of bodysurfing huge waves that we wouldn't dare now? If not you will. HaHa! It's the young think we're immortal stage of life.
    Most of us make it through, some die, while others excel and accomplish incredible feats!

    Have to admit that the circumstances show lack of experience. But you know what? Bet she won't ever run into a ship again. Don'cha tink?
    Life is either an adventure... or you're not doing it right!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menehune Man View Post
    Have to admit that the circumstances show lack of experience. But you know what? Bet she won't ever run into a ship again. Don'cha tink?
    Not necessarily. Consider that the collision happened during a short sail and while she was well rested. Now that she's started her voyage, true exhaustion will set in quickly and the chances for a collision rise, not drop.
    Singlehand sailors typically sleep no more than two hours at a time, preferably during daylight hours. When I used to do long-distance singlehand sailing I'd switch to that sleep schedule at least a couple of weeks in advance of departure so I'd be used to it.
    On the other hand, there's far less traffic way offshore than there is along the coastlines, so that'll help. She needs to have researched the standard shipping lanes and plotted a course to stay away from them. There's no guarantee that ships aren't outside of the standard shipping lanes, but at least it increases her chances. However, that also puts her farther away from help if she has an emergency.
    Also, I can see from the photos that her boat has radar, so I hope it's a good enough unit to also have a loud collision avoidance alarm.
    Another thing: I'm a bit concerned about parents who allow their child to do something as dangerous as this voyage.
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    At 16, isn't she underage and therefore not allowed to risk her life in such manner?

    There is no way I'd cruise outside of the semi-safe harbors of the islands.
    Yes, these day's I'm chicken, and sensible. I risked my life enuf out there.
    Blows my mind how many thousands venture into the 'unknown', and make it back. There are too many unforseeables out in the oceans that can send you to Davey Jones' cabinet without warning and no one ever knows what happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    At 16, isn't she underage and therefore not allowed to risk her life in such manner?
    Apparently not..... yet!

    But that could change if there's a tragedy, like in the case of 7 year old Jessica Dubroff's unsuccessful attempt to fly a plane across the US, which was the impetus for legislation prohibiting student pilots from trying to set aviation records.

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    I agree with the following quote...

    "Bilbo Baggins: It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to." -- The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

    That being said...
    We might as well try stuff rather than just let things happen to us.
    Because there's no true safety either ways, so I say go for it!
    Life is either an adventure... or you're not doing it right!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menehune Man View Post
    We might as well try stuff rather than just let things happen to us.
    Because there's no true safety either ways, so I say go for it!
    I knew you would! I can appreciate that.

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    Even if Jessica Watson makes it through okay, she's not the only teenager who has her sights set on a solo sail around the globe. There's a 16 year old girl from the US who is seeking sponsorship for a non-stop voyage. And there's a 14 year old Dutch girl who is trying to receive court approval to sail around the world, with stops along the way. This competitive desire to set the record for the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe unassisted,..... sooner or later, something bad is going to happen.

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    Update on the 14-year-old Laura Dekker:

    Dutch Court Halts Girl's Solo Sail
    A Dutch court ruled Friday that 14-year-old Laura Dekker was still too inexperienced to be allowed to set off on her quest to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world. Judges at Utrecht District Court placed Laura under the guardianship of child protection authorities until July to ensure that she cannot set off on her dream voyage. The ruling means Laura can continue living with her father, but her parents must consult child protection authorities about all major decisions in her life.

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    That's too bad about Laura Dekker.
    Here's a video story of Jessica Watson preparing to go. http://videos.espn.com/m/video/26607...on-feature.htm

    And here's her Blog... http://youngestround.blogspot.com/

    There are other young ladies trying to set a record too!
    Life is either an adventure... or you're not doing it right!!!

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    Just an update... doing good.
    "Wednesday, November 18, 2009
    Shooting Star and Crossing the Line Tomorrow!
    I'm not much of an Astronomer but with all this talk of meteor showers last night, I was keeping an extra good eye out and did see the most amazing shooting star. It was so bright and big that I was actually a bit spooked before realizing what it was. But I can't tell you what I wished for though!

    Well 'Silly' left us this morning (see pic below) but it was nice to have someone to talk to and have the company for a while. He really did have the most interesting opinions on the subjects of fashion and boys! He wasn't at all interested in any of the food I offered and didn't seem to mind the flash of the camera.

    Not a real exciting day out here today, other than the usual chores, sail trimming, HF radio skeds etc. I actually slept through most of it. I'm becoming more and nocturnal lately because it's so much easier to get anything done when it cools down after the sunsets. It was good to get a few extra catnaps in while I've still got plenty of open water and nice conditions."
    Life is either an adventure... or you're not doing it right!!!

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    YOU GO GIRL!

    Don't let age, or lack thereof, of expectations or restrictions hold you down.

    You have ONE life. Use it as YOU choose, or die another's death.

    And that goes for the rest of you HT'ers as well!

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    Default Re: Jessica Watson, 16, sailing around the world

    Well in Jessica. I am sixty two and have a small sailing boat (a 32foot Elizabethan in Liverpool marina) but I would love to come with you. Do you want crew ?
    The best of luck to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menehune Man View Post
    "Wednesday, November 18, 2009
    Shooting Star and Crossing the Line Tomorrow!
    I'm not much of an Astronomer but with all this talk of meteor showers last night, I was keeping an extra good eye out and did see the most amazing shooting star. It was so bright and big that I was actually a bit spooked before realizing what it was.
    I really do wish her well, but I'm rather concerned about her "I'm not much of an astronomer" comment. That makes it sound like she's relying solely on electronic navigation aids and that she can't use a sextant for her navigation... and (assuming that's true) that's an extremely dangerous mistake.
    All of us HT boating folks know that when it comes to boats it's not a question of IF the electronics will fail, it's just a question of WHEN. Month after month of salt spray will practically guarantee problems, and if she can't navigate without them, then... [/gulp]
    Lord have mercy on that innocent child.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LikaNui View Post
    I really do wish her well, but I'm rather concerned about her "I'm not much of an astronomer" comment. That makes it sound like she's relying solely on electronic navigation aids and that she can't use a sextant for her navigation... and (assuming that's true) that's an extremely dangerous mistake.
    All of us HT boating folks know that when it comes to boats it's not a question of IF the electronics will fail, it's just a question of WHEN. Month after month of salt spray will practically guarantee problems, and if she can't navigate without them, then... [/gulp]
    Lord have mercy on that innocent child.
    I couldn't agree more with you. As an ex officer in the Brit. Royal navy, we were taught to use a sextant. That was in the days before sat nav but that equipment has become more sophisticated these days.
    Still, I would never put out to sea without my old stand byes, chronometer, compass, etc.

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    I get lost in the city I grew up in. Tackle a world sail without at least five different ways of checking my location? Uh-uh!

    However, she may have just been referring to not been able to name constellations rather than not being able to navigate.

    Can't think of anything creative this time


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    Jessica Watson did it! 7 months around the world sail completed. Too cool!
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100515/...a_young_sailor
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    That 16-yo young lady has more... uh... 'fortitude' than most men I know.

    MORE power to her, forever!

    She knows how to BELIEVE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menehune Man View Post
    Jessica Watson did it! 7 months around the world sail completed. Too cool!
    She did indeed complete what is a historic accomplishment. Too bad some sour notes are emanating from a war of words between Watson's P.R. team and the sailing press, as reported by Sail-World.com.
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    Default Re: Jessica Watson, 16, sailing around the world

    * bump *

    Laura Dekker, discussed earlier in this thread, finished her round-the-world sail yesterday. She's 16 years old now.
    She was 14 when this first came up and the Dutch government wouldn't let her go at that time, though they finally did.
    She claims to be the youngest person to sail singlehanded around the world, but Guiness Book Of World Records no longer recognizes that category because they feel the category encourages young people to do something that is far too dangerous.
    I agree with that, but I congratulate Laura on her successful trip.
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    Here's a quick news vid... http://www.usatoday.com/video/news/1407951329001

    What an incredible feat at any age. I think it's cool!
    Life is either an adventure... or you're not doing it right!!!

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    For the record, the Watson and Dekker circumnavigations are apples and oranges. Watson sailed nonstop via the much rougher Southern Ocean, and completed the trip in 210 days. Dekker never did a longer passage than three weeks, stopped frequently, sailed a less arduous course, and took 361 days to finish (518 days, if you count the time it took to make her way from The Netherlands to St. Martin). This is not to denigrate what Dekker has accomplished, but simply to note that Watson faced a much greater challenge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LikaNui View Post
    For the record, the Watson and Dekker circumnavigations are apples and oranges. Watson sailed nonstop via the much rougher Southern Ocean, and completed the trip in 210 days. Dekker never did a longer passage than three weeks, stopped frequently, sailed a less arduous course, and took 361 days to finish (518 days, if you count the time it took to make her way from The Netherlands to St. Martin). This is not to denigrate what Dekker has accomplished, but simply to note that Watson faced a much greater challenge.
    Actually, Abby Sunderland had a greater accomplishment than either Jessica Watson or Laura Dekker. Really. So sez a publicist for Dekker and Sunderland.

    http://www.eurasiareview.com/1901201...essica-watson/

    Yet according to Dekker’s former manager, the teenage adventurer with the best sailing record is American teen Abby Sunderland – who had to abandon her quest to be the youngest solo-sailor after being hit by a rogue wave in the Indian Ocean in 2010.

    “Jessica’s trip was almost over before it started when she hit a bulk carrier. By comparison, Abby hit nothing but was simply a victim of extreme weather,” explained Lyall Mercer, who has worked with both Sunderland and Dekker.
    “Jessica ran into a ship and Laura could basically wait out rough weather until it was safe. Of the three sailors, Abby is the stand-out. She is the youngest person to round Cape Horn solo and was on track to complete her journey when a wave – not a ship – stopped her.”

    Mercer said it was ironic that Sunderland is still not always given the credit for such a tremendous feat. “There is no doubt that all three are amazing girls and great sailors, but Abby has the best record and this should be recognised,” he said.
    Poor guy is almost as deluded as the Sunderlands themselves.
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    The parents of this young lady stand to make a lot of money from her
    Brave Circumnavigation.
    There was bill passed called the Coogan Act that defined Parental rights in these
    sorts of cases.
    Jackie Coogan was later to emerge as Uncle Fester in the popular tv show
    "the Addams Family"
    Oddly enough Charles Addams was one of Jaqueline Kennedys romantic
    liasons for a short time.

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