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Jessicas very cool new T-shirt was a present from her Mum in the food bag she opened after the four knockdowns.
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[Being knocked down] was certainly one of those times when you start questioning exactly why you're doing this, but at no point could I not answer my own question with a long list of reasons why the tough times like that aren't totally worth it!
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Jessica fitting the blades to the new wind generator.
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The traditional dunking of salt water of any first time equator crossing, can't say it was all that bad!
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The chart plotter behind me showing our position under Cape Agulhas and the Cape set on desktop as the screensaver.
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The big swell during the second last week, with the drogue trailing behind Ella's Pink Lady, shaking off one wave with the next 10m monster coming up behind.
Image by Jessica Watson, SOURCE
Doing some schoolwork on a calmer sea.
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Kneading bread in her open air galley at sunset.
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One of my favorite meals, the tinned and dried version of nachos!
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Th rest of the crew (click to enlarge)
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Jessica viewing Ellas Pink Lady from the top of her mast (click to enlarge)
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Jessica Watson's route.
courtesy Jessica Watson, SOURCE

Best of ExplorersWeb 2010 Awards: Teen solo sail around the southern hemisphere

Posted: Dec 28, 2010 02:00 am EST

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She wanted the world to know exactly what 'little girls' and young people are actually capable of. Alone at sea for over 200 days, Jessica Watson brought buckets of courage, self reliance and honesty to the Spirit of Adventure in 2010.It all started with the boys. Two years ago, at a blushing 16-years-old, Mike Perham (UK) and Zac Sunderland (USA) set out to sail around the world. They both made it, turning 17 at sea. Now the girls wanted in. Except they'd kick it up a bit. Where the lads had stopped en route for fixes,...

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