Well theres this sailor down here aiming to be the youngest person to circumnavigate the world solo. Our Jesse Martin used to hold this record, probably still does, 17 and some days. Its not surprising someone would try to break it. When Jesse did it, about 10 years ago, pirates were not as common as they are now.
So the latest effort sets out a few weeks ago and ends badly. On a shakedown cruise, the 16 year old sailor went to sleep 4.5 minutes after checking her radar, in the main shipping channel between Brisbane and Sydney and ran into a 68,000 tonne cargo ship.
a few weeks of repairs and she is off again.
Would you let your 16 year old daughter sail around the world alone, even if you didnt know she couldnt spot this?
when she was on this?
It was dark, but that doesnt really matter when you are looking at radar and were asleep anyway.http://yachtpals.com/jessica-watson-7021
I might be a lil bit skeptical and a teeny weeny bit cynical but click on the link above tell me this isnt a publicity stunt. It has to be, no parent would be so stupid. I cant believe that the pirates are not watching her progress on her web site with interest to say the least.
Jesse apart from being a bloke, had some good ocean experience. Jessica has never seen rough water. I hope she makes it of course, but I think its a very foolish thing to attempt.
Kay Cottee did it in the 80s when she was in her 30s, first woman to circumnavigate the world solo and unassisted, she had sailed since she was born. It drove her half mad and nearly killed her a coupla times.