Samu, Monkey Mia's latest addition was born on 12 Dec '09 & is pictured here with mum Puk.

26 April 2010

Jessica Watson - Abeam Kangaroo Island

ANZAC Day, 25 April 2010 saw Jessica and Ella's Pink Lady abeam Kangaroo Island, albeit a long distance from the South Australian Coast. They are over halfway across the bottom of Australia, inching their way across and down under Tasmania before heading north towards Sydney.

Despite the day starting with a knockdown and huge seas, Jessica is in very good spirits after sailing through the night under just a storm jib in 35 knot winds with gusts of up to 40knots, describing the swells as "liquid mountains rolling past with tumbling white tops."

Jessica had quite a rude awakening as Ella's Pink Lady was knocked down and consequently dumped a whole lot of water on top of her captain as she lay asleep in her bunk. Fortunately EPL's mast only just touched the water before righting herself again and overall sustained no serious damage. However, the spread of bilge water throughout the cabin left a lot to be desired for Jessica and her scallywag crew.

The most unfortunate turn of events at this point in time is discovering that Jessica came within half an hour of recording the knockdown had she not diligently and responsibly turned her camera off as the weather turned seriously nasty. As I read that part of her post, I imagined all her loyal followers throughout the world reading the same passage and simultaneously exclaiming, "What a shame!" That would have made for some incredibly good footage indeed!

Having said that, I'll take a pass on any second chances and wish Jessica and Ella's Pink Lady a safe and enjoyable passage under Tasmania then north onto their homeward stretch.

Sail on home Jessica. Bring her on home Ella's Pink Lady. See you in Sydney.


  1. Hi Sam,

    You have caught the mood of the day very well in this posting, it must have been really bad out there, and the knockdown while asleep... geee..

    Thanks again Sam, still love your work, can't wait for Sydney.

    Cheers from Faye and Max (Mulgrave Vic)

  2. Sam,

    I agree completely. Let's not have another knockdown for the want of more YouTube Video.

    Nice map and good job as usual.

    Georgia Guy

  3. Onya write just as well as Jessica!

    Just added this to my VA-Collection book!


  4. Hi Sam,
    I like the roo and the pink handbag lol. I also like, how NSW (Home) gets to claim Jessica as their own as well as QLD and NZ.

  5. Hiya Sam,

    This one has the 'wow' factor as well!! There's some very comical characters in there, and I love the signpost!

    I guess you must be working on your grande finale now. I'm sure it will be a masterpiece,


  6. Sam,

    Thanks for giving us foreigners a geography lesson. Now I know where Kangaroo Island is. Let’s hope that Bob can give Jess some pleasant weather in the next couple of weeks.

    Very nice job, Sam.


  7. Hello everyone, I hope you're all well.

    I'd love you take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you for all your very kind words, genuine support and encouragement. I hope you've enjoyed these pictures as much as I've enjoyed creating them.

    I still have at least 2 more pictures on the drawing board awaiting inspiration from our gorgeous girl. One being as she passes below Tasmania and another of her grand finale. Of course that's not to say she won't inspire me to create anything in between those milestones as I'm sure she'll most likely do.

    Watch this space and thank you all again. :-))

    Kindest regards...Sam xx

  8. G'day Sam! :)

    Another good one! Two thumbs up! :)

    KI (Kangaroo Island)[ as we call it here in SA :)]is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Pristine and the purest place on earth.
    I fully recommend a visit to everyone.

    Fingers crossed for Jesse, those seas are rough out there!

    Thanks again, Sam, for your creations!

    Cheers ........ Soldier's Mum

  9. Hello Sam and followers,

    Greetings from Canada. So great to learn more about beautiful Australia through Sam's art. Given how our brave Jesse has been battling the elements at sea this week Sam I don't think you will be short of inspiration for your next two pictures.

    Cheers, john
    Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario, Canada