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

08 April 2010

Jessica Watson - Forever Young

Jessica was singing her current favourite song, "Forever Young" at the top of her voice while out on deck in the rain with Ella's Pink Lady rolling along in the dark.

The rough patch of weather Jessica and Ella's Pink Lady were prepared to pass through last week did not intensify as was originally predicted but was compensated by a short and lumpy sea caused by some erratic shifts in wind directions as the low pressure system passed over them.

Consequently, Ella's Pink Lady's motion in such a sea state gave Jessica a pretty uncomfortable ride and, combined with a damp bunk, is it any wonder she got a little moody, homesick and grouchy? But after a proper mean and some good progress she was soon back to her normal self again.

Also in Jessica's latest update, she reported having spend most of yesterday reefing in and out the mainsail due to a number of squalls that passed through, including strong wind gusts and periods of rain interspersed with moments of sunshine.

Jessica and Ella's Pink Lady are slowly creeping up on Australia and currently have less than 400nm to go before passing below Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia, the south western most point of our great continent.

It is indeed most unfortunate that Ella's Pink Lady will not be visible from any vantage point along our southern shores. Jessica is expected to sail a long distance south of the coast as she makes her way to the south east cape of Tasmania, from where she'll hang a left, or should I say, turn to port to make her final sprint home.

Needless to say, the excitement among Jessica and Ella's Pink Lady's loyal followers is picking up momentum, as is evidenced in their blog comments with each passing nautical mile.

Sail on home Jessica and nail that dream!


  1. Hi Sam,

    Your talent is neverending! I always seem to love the current addition....then the next one knocks its socks off!

    As others mentioned in your previous Voyage Art, it is such an undertaking ot enormous proportion considering you also work and play hard girl!

    Warm thoughts,


  2. Dear Sam,

    You always hit just the right note with your creations. I'm so glad your back on deck as we have all missed you.

    Keep up the good work and hope to see you in Sydney on the triumphal return of our heroine.

    Mike (Avoca Beach NSW)

  3. Sam,

    This is another great one. When Jessica said that Forever Young is now her favorite song, I had to pull up a music video of it and now I can’t get the darn song out of my head. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking that Forever Young somehow pertains to me. Actually, I’m old enough to remember when Rod Stewart also had a song called Forever Young, so I guess that's a clue that it doesn’t pertain to me. :-))

    Thanks again for sharing your Voyage Art with us, Sam.


  4. Hi Sam,

    Another terrific piece of voyage art!

    I'd love to be able to join you at Cottesloe, but alas .... :( If only we didn't have a wedding to pay for this year! We suggested a ladder [aka - elope! lol] but nah.... it wasn't an option taken up. Sooo ... indulging ourselves this year is off the table! Ah well, it's what we do for our kids. :)

    I'm sure you'll have lots of company at Cottesloe! It'll be a great gathering I'm sure.

    Hmmm ... I wonder if any South Aussie's would be interested in meeting close to when Jesse is "under" SA?

    Glad you enjoyed your scuba diving, Sam, and nice to *see* you again! :) Don't work too hard and hope no full moons if you're on a late! :)

    Cheers from Soldiers Mum in SA

  5. Hi there,
    I always worry when I don't see a comment posted on Jess' latest blog post...
    Take care,
    chris in northern calif

  6. Hi Sam,
    Thanks for your great posts on Jessica's blog! Always enjoy them, and glad you are back! Oh, how I wish WA St., USA, was a little closer to Australia and I would SO be there! Have a great weekend. GO JESSIE! ;)

    Marie in WA St., USA