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    Round-the-world teenage sailor Jessica Watson gets hero's welcome in Australia

    I remember when I was in Australia and she was getting ready to leave. Good on her for a job well done!

    Round-the-world teenage sailor Jessica Watson gets hero's welcome in Australia - CSMonitor.com

    Sydney, Australia

    After seven months at sea, and a tumultuous welcome home, 16-year-old Jessica Watson now has to complete a book and a television documentary. So no one complained Sunday when the Australia schoolgirl, the youngest person to sail around the world solo, non-stop and unassisted, had a sleep-in, then spent the day with her family.

    Ms. Watson was hailed as “our newest Australian hero” by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, among thousands of people who turned out to greet her at the Sydney Opera House Saturday.

    The crowd cheered when the teenager, still a little unsteady on her feet, declared: “I’m going to disagree with the Prime Minister. I don’t consider myself a hero. You don’t have to be someone special to achieve something amazing.”

    Proving the critics wrong

    Before she set off last October, many claimed she was too young and inexperienced for such a challenge.

    The criticism intensified when she fell asleep and crashed into a cargo ship during a test run. Her parents, Julie and Roger, were condemned as irresponsible for allowing her to attempt the trip.
    But when her yacht, Ella’s Pink Lady, cruised into Sydney Harbour – 2 1/2 hours late, thanks to a torn mainsail and a strong southerly which blew her off course – the national mood was one of jubilation.

    Hundreds of boats turned out to escort Ms Watson across the finish line.
    Hero's welcome

    Setting foot on dry land for the first time in 210 days, she collapsed into the arms of her parents.
    The premier of New South Wales state, Kristina Keneally, told her she had inspired the nation.

    “You have reminded us in a spectacular way that life itself is a risk, and those who don’t risk never win,” said Ms. Keneally.

    Despite her achievements, Watson’s journey will not be recognized as an official world record, because – in an effort to discourage ever more youthful sailors from such a risky endeavor – the World Speed Sailing Record Council has abolished its “youngest” category.

    Last year, the Dutch courts prevented 13-year-old Laura Dekker from attempting to circumnavigate the world solo.

    Doubts have also been cast on Watson’s route, with some experts suggesting she did not venture far enough north of the equator to qualify as having sailed around the world.

    Watson, who turns 17 on Tuesday, shrugged them off, saying: “For me, it was never about the record.”

    Book contracts and scholarship deals

    The schoolgirl – who has book contracts and sponsorship deals worth at least $885,800 – covered almost 23,000 nautical miles as she traveled north-east through the South Pacific and across the equator, then south to Cape Horn, at the tip of South America, then across the Atlantic Ocean to South Africa, then finally through the Indian Ocean and around southern Australia.
    During her months at sea, she struggled against homesickness, loneliness, and boredom.

    She also battled wild storms. On one occasion her mast was pushed 180 degrees into the water.
    Her youth was underlined by Mr. Rudd’s birthday present to her: a free driving lesson.

    Until Tuesday, she will be too young to drive a car.
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    I'm glad she made it home safely.

    That is a daring young lady.

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    Well done to her and tough to the grey-suited curmudgeons who are trying to spoil her achievements. She has set a record so give it to her.

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    Meh... A lot of good people have been killed like this. Or worse, survived and got cocky & into the "invincible" mindset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Porsche917LH View Post
    Or worse, survived and got cocky & into the "invincible" mindset.
    A bit like you young man ?........ so what feat did you do to earn your attitude?
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    Quote Originally Posted by T_igger_cs_30 View Post
    A bit like you young man ?........ so what feat did you do to earn your attitude?
    Yay! Someone understands my posting finally...

    That's a good question. The answer is a lot of sweat, carbs, and $ (both won and spent).

    Where'd you get yours?

    Please know this is all in fun now.
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    A most impresive accomplishment. Great Job Ms Watson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Porsche917LH View Post
    Yay! Someone understands my posting finally...

    That's a good question. The answer is a lot of sweat, carbs, and $ (both won and spent).

    Where'd you get yours?

    Please know this is all in fun now.
    25 years in the British Army will suffice for you young man and trust me ..........all your sweat, carbs and dollars would not make your life easy if you came and spent some time with me .......................as you said all fun now.......... I always smile when breaking in a new toy

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    The answer is a lot of sweat, carbs, and $ (both won and spent).
    None of the above qualifies as a feat, just personal pride, not sure what your dollar comment is meant to mean. So what feat did you do that can even come close to being equal to what Jessica Watson accomplished?
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    Quote Originally Posted by T_igger_cs_30 View Post
    25 years in the British Army will suffice for you young man and trust me ..........all your sweat, carbs and dollars would not make your life easy if you came and spent some time with me .......................as you said all fun now.......... I always smile when breaking in a new toy

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    None of the above qualifies as a feat, just personal pride, not sure what your dollar comment is meant to mean. So what feat did you do that can even come close to being equal to what Jessica Watson accomplished?
    Well... In a couple years. *I will set a record* by being the youngest finisher (being really assertive here) of this YouTube - RAAM - Race Across America - Promo
    But preparation is intense. I haven't broken any records because my radness can't be quantified.

    Jessica Watson didn't use her own energy to propel herself really. Not saying as a cyclist/runner/triathlete I don't take advantage of the elements &physics. But I don't rely on them.

    In all seriousness: Major respect to you (excuse the pun)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Porsche917LH View Post
    Well... In a couple years. *I will set a record* by being the youngest finisher (being really assertive here) of this YouTube - RAAM - Race Across America - Promo
    But preparation is intense. I haven't broken any records because my radness can't be quantified.

    Just to finish willbe an achievement, what ever radness" is and cannot be quantified, trust me your arrogance can, I am beginning to believe that yor youth can no longer be an excuse for you.

    Jessica Watson didn't use her own energy to propel herself really. Not saying as a cyclist/runner/triathlete I don't take advantage of the elements &physics. But I don't rely on them.

    You are not serious, who was around to help her if the "elements went against her and she sunk? ......... unlike you who will have an ambulance with you in a matter of minutes, perhaps sooner , should you fall of your bike!!!........... grow up and start to think before you speak, ...engage your brain before you open your mouth son.

    In all seriousness: Major respect to you (excuse the pun)
    Thank you,

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    My salute to this remarkable young woman and I'm very, very glad she's safely home. A hellacious journey that I can only imagine in my wildest dreams (or nightmares).

    Movie material for sure.
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    Congratulations to her for a job well done! I'm sure the parents lived through hell while she was gone.

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    I like the way Aussies hail their sportsmen and women. In the UK we bull 'em up and then kick 'em down as fast as we can. One minute they are hero's the next they are zero's.

    Ms. Watson was hailed as “our newest Australian hero” by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, among thousands of people who turned out to greet her at the Sydney Opera House Saturday.


    Well done to the young lady and I'm sure she has a great future ahead of her.

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