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    Teen sailor Jessica Watson on home stretch

    good for her.




    Teen sailor Jessica Watson on home stretch

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    Sailing solo: Jessica Watson has more than 4,000 nautical miles to go before she reaches WA (Jessica Watson | Youngest to sail solo and unassisted around the world)



    Queensland teenage sailor Jessica Watson is on the home stretch to Australia, passing by South Africa's Cape of Good Hope and into the Indian Ocean.
    The 16-year-old from the Sunshine Coast is attempting to be the youngest person to sail solo around the world.
    Julie Watson says her daughter has more than 4,000 nautical miles to go before she reaches Western Australia.
    "The Indian Ocean is a very big southern ocean, so we've still got May as our expected date home," she said.
    "The Indian Ocean is probably the more notorious of all of them.
    "There's some fairly ferocious lows that march around the bottom there."




    http://abc.com.au/news/stories/2010/...section=justin

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    fairplay to the girl, i would loved to have done something like that at her age

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    Not really something someone should be doing at that age.

    Presumably it takes about a year. 15-16 yr olds should be studying, developing semi-adult social skills, and drinking flagans of cider while getting pregnant.

    Good on her though.

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    She has ... ahem ... balls.

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    sure it's an accomplishment that warrants attention, but i question the judgment of sending a sixteen year old kid out to sea for months on end.

    i would guess that an overbearing parent played a significant role in the undertaking of this endeavor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raycarey View Post
    sure it's an accomplishment that warrants attention, but i question the judgment of sending a sixteen year old kid out to sea for months on end.

    i would guess that an overbearing parent played a significant role in the undertaking of this endeavor.
    Naturelly you would you phony prick, you do not have the balls to move your cot, as they call a crib in UK, out of your mamma's bedroom yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raycarey
    sure it's an accomplishment that warrants attention, but i question the judgment of sending a sixteen year old kid out to sea for months on end.
    Nobody sent her.

    She went and did it.

    Well done I say.

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    FFS BG.

    A 15/16 yr old is still developing in virtually every way. Spending a year in complete solitude isn't actually the healthiest way to begin the growth into adulthood.

    But hey, she gets her name in the guinness book of records. Wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raycarey
    sure it's an accomplishment that warrants attention
    As a follow up.......



    What the fok do you think it is?

    A walk in a park.

    The wee girl has sailed solo around the world.

    FFS, if that isn't a major achievement I don't know what is.

    You're coming the cnut Ray, and you know it.

    You ever done anything even close to what this lass has achieved?

    I think not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairman Mao
    A 15/16 yr old is still developing in virtually every way. Spending a year in complete solitude isn't actually the healthiest way to begin the growth into adulthood.
    Disagree.

    This is someone special.

    Good on her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsetter View Post
    fairplay to the girl, i would loved to have done something like that at her age
    Indeed, me too. Guess mommy n daddy have a few spare shekels

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairman Mao View Post
    FFS BG.

    A 15/16 yr old is still developing in virtually every way. Spending a year in complete solitude isn't actually the healthiest way to begin the growth into adulthood.

    But hey, she gets her name in the guinness book of records. Wow.
    It's far more healthier to live a boring life in a city. Going out at night, take drugs with some cnuts, drinking,reading teenagers magazines and looking the television.

    She looks like an experimented sailor, so what's wrong. I guess she has learned more about herself during this trip than in a full boring life in her city.

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    her father says it's a dream worth dying for.

    again, we're talking about a 16 year old girl sailing around the world alone....and her father thinks it would still be worth it even if she died.

    wtf?

    Jessica Watson's parents say solo sailing attempt a dream worth dying for | News.com.au

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    to put he fathers words into context...............


    "It would be devastating if we lost her ... but I still think it would be worse to say 'no you can't go' because of that risk, because of what she's put into it," he said.

    As she left her tearful relatives at the marina, James Castrission, who crossed the Tasman in a kayak in 2007-08, recalled memories of the hardest days of his trip.

    "In the middle of the Tasman we were stuck in a four-day storm with 10m waves crashing down on us and for that four days we were strapped inside our cabin, down to the cabin floor and it felt like we were strapped inside this coffin," he said.

    "She's going to get big seas like that too but her boat is ready for it and she is too." The seasoned adventurer suggested the solitude of an expected eight months alone at sea will be Jessica's greatest challenge.

    "Personally I couldn't have taken on the Tasman by myself, I needed my best mate there, but Jess is a very special character," Mr Castrission said.

    "I've got complete faith that she's going to be able to go all the way round."

    The teenage adventurer's mother, Julie, also backed her daughter, despite heightened concerns for her safety after a collision with a 63,000-tonne cargo vessel last month.

    "It's far more dangerous to go out in the street and drive a car," she said.

    While her daughter was busy preparing for yesterday's long-awaited departure, Julie Watson snuck aboard the 34-foot yacht Ella's Pink Lady to hide treats to make her daughter smile when things get tough at sea.

    "Little cards, notes, a T-shirt, a cuddly bear, a hair bandanna, smelly pouches, anything I could think of," Julie said.

    Having survived a tidal wave of opinion against her adventure it was a gentle breeze that propelled Watson out of the public's reach yesterday after almost a week of weather delays.

    Jessica cried as she motored out, followed by a flotilla of about 30 boats and kayaks, but managed a smile and a wave to supporters.

    The 21,000 nautical-mile-plus journey will take around eight months.

    - with The Australian 59 comments on this story

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandajoy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by raycarey
    sure it's an accomplishment that warrants attention
    As a follow up.......



    What the fok do you think it is?

    A walk in a park.

    The wee girl has sailed solo around the world.

    FFS, if that isn't a major achievement I don't know what is.

    You're coming the cnut Ray, and you know it.

    You ever done anything even close to what this lass has achieved?

    I think not.
    errr.......what's your point?

    i said it's an accomplishment that warrants attention.

    as far as i know, we're in agreement on this point.

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    So she obviously begun when she was 15, how long does it take to prepare a trip of this magnitude, 2 years, at least?

    13 yr olds simply don't set up this type thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairman Mao
    13 yr olds simply don't set up this type thing.

    i'm sure the father has been enjoying the notoriety that has come with what his daughter is doing.

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    It's far more healthier to live a boring life in a city.
    *ahem*

    The 16-year-old from the Sunshine Coast


    Going out at night, take drugs with some cnuts, drinking,reading teenagers magazines and looking the television.
    Er no, how about developing adult social skills within your peer group, spending the evenings surfing, and spending the days learning within a school enviroment.

    Not every one was raised as you were mate, and developing 15 yr olds aren't meant for 1 year of complete solitude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raycarey
    i'm sure the father has been enjoying the notoriety that has come with what his daughter is doing.
    "notoriety "


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    based on this issue i wouldn't consider him to be a good parent....and i think most people would agree with me....but hey, he's being interviewed on the news! whoo hoo!


    btw, are you going to address the question i posed to you in post #15?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallalai View Post
    She has ... ahem ... balls.
    It appears she has more balls than half TD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairman Mao
    Not every one was raised as you were mate.
    Do you know anything about my life as a teen ? I spent all my free time in the mountain in summer and skiing in winter. Eh yes, the ski resorts were less than 1/2 hour from my home.

    Don't open your mouth when you don't know about what you talk.


    And I'm not your mate. And don't insult the way I've been raised by my parents.

    You're really a piece of scum and on my ignore list forever now.
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    would anyone on this board let their 16 year old daughter sail around the world....alone?

    and according to the link on the previous page, that takes about 8 months.

    i can't imagine that most parents would allow their children to take this risk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairman Mao View Post
    FFS BG.

    A 15/16 yr old is still developing in virtually every way. Spending a year in complete solitude isn't actually the healthiest way to begin the growth into adulthood.

    But hey, she gets her name in the guinness book of records. Wow.
    I don't agree, it's like a 16 year old climbing the North wall of Mount Everest. The solitude is far better than the sound of house music and drinking alcohol. She will meet her true self and this will give her strength for the rest of her life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patangko
    it's like a 16 year old climbing the North wall of Mount Everest.
    alone?

    and btw, why couldn't she have done this at 18 or 21?

    sure, she couldn't claim the 'record', but wouldn't it still be essentially the same achievement?

    and she would have the added benefit of maturing physically, emotionally, and mentally.....and she would also be in a better position to say...."hey, you know what? i really don't want to do this. dad, if it's something you want to do....have at it."
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