Saturday, January 23, 2010
Three Cheers for Jessica Watson!
If you have ever looked at my list of "favorite blogs," you may have noticed a link called "Sailing Alone Around the World." It's a link to the blog of Jessica Watson, an amazing 16-year-old from Australia, who is half-way to her goal of sailing alone around the world. Her most recent post is absolutely astounding. She just weathered a huge storm in the southern Atlantic Ocean, with hurricane-force winds and huge waves (30 feet high!).
In her post, she describes the terrifying hours of the storm, which included four "knockdowns," or incidents where the mast of the boat goes into the water. Yes, that means the boat tips over on its side. One of the knockdowns was 180 degrees. Yes, that means upside down.
the "news" section of her website, which is maintained by her support team back in Australia. (She is able to stay in touch with them via satellite phone and satellite internet.)
She is a spunky and inspiring girl.
I recommend her blog to you.