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.

I can't even imagine. There is more information in 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.


Mike said...

Spunky to say the least. I don't know what I would have done in the same situation.

She has a wonderful support mechanism in Australia and around the world. She gets so many comments on each posting it is truly amazing.

Dorothy said...

I have looked at her blog a few times through your link. I can only imagine what it might have been like to simply "strap yourself in" and hold on while the storm rages. Amazing. And the rest of the world who know of her worry and pray. Wowser.

Lauren @The Little Things We Do.... said...

wow! that's crazy! i'll have to check out her blog.

oh...and also, thanks for the dream link. here's what it said about having zombie dreams:

"To see or dream that you are a zombie, suggests that you are physically and/or emotionally detached from people and situations that are currently surrounding you. You are feeling out of touch. Alternatively, it may indicate that you are feeling dead inside and are simply going through the motions of daily living

To dream that you are attacked by zombies, indicates that you are feeling overwhelmed by forces beyond your control. You are under tremendous stress in your waking life."

hmmmm....maybe that means i need to blog less and find a way to get rid of stress in my life! haha!

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Wow what a fantastic young woman. Very inspiring.