Australia: Teen girl finishes round-the-world sail in Sydney

www.timesofearth.com A 16-year-old Australian girl finished a seven-month-long journey to become the youngest sailor to circle the globe solo, non-stop and unassisted. Thousands of spectators cheered as Jessica Watson sailed into Sydney Harbour on Saturday, the finale to an epic adventure in which she battled 12-metre waves, homesickness and critics who said she’d never make it home alive. Watson’s feat, however, will not be considered an official world record, because the World Speed Sailing Record Council discontinued its “youngest” category. And though she sailed nearly 23000 nautical miles, some sailing enthusiasts have also argued that Watson didn’t travel far enough north of the equator for her journey to count as a true round-the-world sail as defined by the record council’s rules. Watson docked at the city’s Opera House, bursting into tears and gasping in relief as she stepped off her yacht and into the arms of her parents, whose decision to let their daughter attempt such a feat was seen by some as irresponsible. Clinging onto her father and brother as she tried to find her land legs, Watson walked tentatively along a pink carpet rolled out in her honour her first steps on land in 210 days. “People don’t think you’re capable of these things they don’t realise what young people, what 16-year-olds and girls are capable of,” Watson told the raucous crowd, many wearing pink clothes and waving pink flags to match her yacht, Ella’s Pink Lady. “It’s amazing when you

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5 Responses to Australia: Teen girl finishes round-the-world sail in Sydney

  1. amoergosum3 says:

    @morph995
    She sailed around the world. Period. Now go ahead and continue being cynical…:)

  2. colindominy says:

    You dickheads, you who want so urgently to put her down. You’re sad, sad cases. Jessica deserves every accolade that comes her way, & every commercial benefit too. Stuff the world record – it doesn’t matter one hot. What matters is that this young lady showed the grit, determination & the RIGHT STUFF needed to see her dream thru to fruition. What a refreshing breath of honesty & humulity she has too – shoots straight from the hip & tells it like it is. A genuine inspiration to all.

  3. valiumsummer says:

    “assiated”? What the hell is “Assiated”?

  4. valiumsummer says:

    You’re a bright one.

  5. walterk1874 says:

    I think anyone who can do that by themselves obviously has a strong mind and drive for success. As for her country giving her shit, screw them. They don’t deserve her.

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