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News: 16 Years Old Jessica Rounds the Horn

January 18, 2010 by Superyacht Design
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Jessica Watson, 16 years of age, has single-handedly reported to have cruised the Cape Horn in January 2010 in a very small and venerable sailing boat. She is said to be the youngest sailor to have traveled non stop around alone and won great acknowledgment further escalating the honor for her Australian counterparts in the world of yachts.

The 34 (10.4m) Ella’s Pink Lady is a classic design of the Sparkman and Stephens series. Previously used by Jon Sanders, David Dicks and Jesse Martin for solo circumnavigations it displays seaworthiness, toughness and has a good track record.

Though Jessica Watson is just half way round the Cape Horn, it has been 88 days for her in waters. Moving at a speed of 40 knot winds, it can struggle through mist and drizzle. In an interview she confessed that being alone was not a hindrance for her as constant communication becomes less of help these days. She feared lacking the knack of fixing things if there arose a need. There was a technical failure experienced in the heater but it was fixed later. It was not much of a hindrance because of the 50 S Southern Ocean summers and also because it is an extra feature of the boat.

Unlike the Dutch authorities which prohibited Laura Dekker, a teen to undertake the tour, she believes that this can’t be considered to be an act of foolishness. According to her, at a young age, this adventure reflects the skills demanded to become a mariner.

For more information
http://www.jessicawatson.com.au/

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