Jessica Watson, youngest sailor to circle the globe, aboard her pink yacht
Earlier this month, 16-year-old Australian Jessica Watson became the youngest sailor to circle the globe. While at sea for seven months on her 34-foot pink yacht, Jessica faced 40-foot waves, engine problems strong winds and homesickness. Although Jessica faced and overcame hardships, she also had the opportunity to sail across the world’s oceans and see beautiful sunrises. The full Associated Press article can be found at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126848754.
Before and during Jessica’s seven month voyage, critics around the world debated if she would come back from this trip alive. Critics stated that Jessica was “too immature and inexperienced” and protested her trip. Although Jessica has been sailing since the age of 8 and her parents let her accomplish her goals unassisted, critics have said claimed it was an act of insanity for parents to let their daughter attempt this feat. Do you think Jessica’s parents should have allowed her to go on this voyage unassisted?
Although Jessica’s voyage will not be considered an official world record—“because the World Speed Sailing Record Council discontinued its ‘youngest’ category”—Jessica accomplished an amazing accomplishment and should be applauded for her bravery. If you are interested in reading more about Jessica’s journey, check out her blog at http://www.jessicawatson.com.au.
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