Here here.. CI,
Jessica is a real champ. Be buggered if I'd even dream of such a wild feat.
My guess is... because of the controversy leading up to the commencement of her journey no one is really admitting they are following her progress. I for one, log on each and every day but not too many people I know are real keen to discuss her attempt with me... are they affraid she will come to harm...maybe? Perhaps they just want her to complete the trip before they become too excited for her? Your guess is as good as mine on this subject.
Last month, there was a tradgic yachting accident off the coast of Wollongong NSW which took two lives.
I knew one of the deceased reasonably well, plus two of my good friends where crew members onboard the Maxi at the time of the incident.
Jessica was actually staying in Sydney as a guest of the Skipper of the Yacht involved, that's why the start of her voyage was delayed for so long. That accident took the wind out of everyones sails, even people remotely connected with the sailing fraternity, and of course Jessica was deeply troubled by it.
Now that she is well on her way safely, we may well see the people of Australia start to admit they follow her and her voyage on her website on a regular basis. Her website actually receives zilloins of hits per day as you probably know!
Kay Cottee, Jessie Martin and Jessica Watson.. they are all heros in my book.
You go Girl