Posted by: sabrina | September 29, 2009

Solo sail Part II (or actually IV)

And here we go again…

I feel obliged to tell you the latest news in the sailing world, although I reckon, we have already heard enough of it. But journalism is about balance and balance is about telling everyone everything, so here we go (again):

Ella's Pink Lady

The colour pink may stop her to think & the ship would sink... (pic: Colin Merry)

DOMINION POST: Teen-sailor Jessica Watson sets sails to head for the world record once again. The 16-year old girl from the Sunshine Coast has prepared her vessel Ella’s Pink Lady for another try, after it had collided with a cargo ship on September 9.

Opposed to Laura Dekker, who was placed under state supervision by Dutch authorities who said she was too young to sail solo around the world, Jessica Watson causes controversy on another level.

Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) had released a report listing basic problems that might have contributed to the collision.

The report accused Watson of having not plotted a course nor kept “irregular latitude and longitude entries” in her log.

On her website, Watson comfirms receipt of the MSQ letter, but also says it was confidental: “and made some recommendations which have been adhered to, despite the fact that the incident occurred outside MSQ’s jurisdiction.”

It is disappointing that the MSQ letter has been leaked to the media.

The solo sailor herself also postet a statement on how she feels about the media coverage in her blog:

“Even though most people’s reaction has been positive and supportive, I’ve been a bit disappointed in some of the completely un-factual articles being printed. It’s a little sad when even the basic facts become completely twisted! But it’s all part of the fun and the only thing that’s important right now is getting back on the water safely.” –

read the whole DomPost story

– view: NZ to make Dutch girl’s dream come true?



  1. I don’t know If I said it already but …Hey good stuff…keep up the good work! 🙂 I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,)

    A definite great read..Jim Bean

  2. Thank you very much, I appreciate your feedback.
    I actually wanted to blog on a daily basis, but sometimes there is just not enough time or no stuff going on (since this is a class project I have certain regulations to meet, regarding my topics), so now it’s more a matter of “blogging on occassion”. 😀

    I update my readers on my blog (and my life, sometimes, and unnecessary, but funny stuff as well) on Twitter, so feel free to follow me, if you like:

  3. […] – view an earlier blogpost here and here […]

  4. […] view earlier blogposts about Laura Dekker & other solo-sailors here, here, here & here Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)100 Year Old Superyacht Sets Sail Once […]

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