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Sunday, May 16, 2010

SHE DID IT! Jessica Watson returns home after solo sail around the world

Nearly 7 full months after taking her boat out of harbor in Sydney, Australia, Jessica Watson returned to a hero's welcome yesterday: having become the youngest person in history to sail solo and unassisted around the world. And having been following her voyage during these past several months, I must say that she looks none the worse for wear :-)

The journey lasted more than 23,000 miles, including some time across the equator. During her trip Jessica consumed "32 cans of Spam, 64 cans of tuna, 32 cans of pineapple, 576 chocolate bars, and 290 freeze dried ready meals all alone in her small yacht." She was kept company by a crew of stuffed animals, and an assortment of timed care packages from her family that she opened per a set schedule. And when not navigating her ship "Ella's Pink Lady" Jessica kept busy keeping a blog that allowed everyone to follow the course of her journey.

It must be noted that for all that she has accomplished, Miss Watson is incredibly humble. Sharing the podium with Australian prime minster Kevin Rudd yesterday, Jessica shrugged off notions of being something more. "I don't consider myself a hero, I'm an ordinary girl. You don't have to be someone special to achieve something amazing, you've just got to have a dream, believe in it and work hard. I'd like to think I've proved that anything really is possible if you set your mind to it."

That's one lady who's got rare wisdom in addition to having notched up such a journey. And if ya ask me, they do make her a hero.

Congrats Jessica! Looking forward to reading the inevitable book about your adventure :-)