Solo Sailor Jessica Watson Collision

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Solo Sailor Jessica Watson Collision

Postby ssar » Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:55 pm

News a.m. 09/09/09:

"A TEENAGE girl attempting to sail solo around the world has had to turn back less than 24 hours into the voyage after running into a bulk carrier." ... 02,00.html

"Watson's yacht, Ella's Pink Lady, hit a ship off Stradbroke Island about 2.30am, 15 hours after the 16-year-old set off from Mooloolaba, The ABC reports.

The teenager was uninjured in the incident, involving a bulk carrier 15 nautical miles east of the island.
Her yacht has sustained damage.

Watson was able to phone her parents and start her vessel's engine. She is on her way back to Southport."


If she couldn't safely avoid a massive ship only a handful of nautical miles from her hometown, I shudder to think what kind of trouble she could have gotten herself into out in the wide open ocean.

On the other hand, if there was any place somewhat suitable to run into something, that's not far off as it's pretty handy to rescue/marine authorities if needed, repair facilities & her home :P
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Postby Kanenan » Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:59 am

It is believed the ship she tangled with is the Hong Kong registered Silver Yang. The Silver Yang is 225 metres long and 35 metres wide.

Thanks for the morning chuckle.. that is some good stuff.
Look at all those sponsors on the side of her boat too.. I'm sure there will be less of them or more "Chucks Craftsman Collision" sponsors the next time around.
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Postby ssar » Fri Oct 23, 2009 1:43 pm

Good on her I say, for having a go at a solo trip of a lifetime, for someone who obviously loves sailing & the ocean.

I probably would not let my daughter do it when so young, though.

And I find it strange that she often says "we" when posting on her blog presumably referring to Ella's Pink Lady + herself, rather than using "I".
Has there been any other discussion about this?

Anyway, she can do it, and I hope she does.
Sure, she's gonna cop some real nasty ocean conditions at times - she would know this, and be as prepared as possible.

And surely she has learnt a critical lesson with her tanker collision - I seem to recall she neglected to have some auto-warning equipment on or something. Let's hope she stays on the ball from here on.

If she gets a bit of luck with minimal equipment failure, flotsam & jetsam, certain weather systems etc. she has a good chance of completing a fantastic circumnavigation of our planet.


Oh, and here is her official website:
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