Posted by: sabrina | May 16, 2010

Sydney turns pink for Ella’s Pink Lady

So she made it.

After her first attempt to sail solo around the world as the youngest ever failed off the shore of Sydney on the very first day back in September 2009, teenager Jessica Watson is now Aussie’s new superstar.

CNN: The 17-year old solo sailor returned to Sydney with her yacht Ella’s Pink Lady after having spent 210 days sailing around the world – all by her self.

Welcomed by hundreds of boats and thousands of spectators, she returned to Sydney Harbour on Saturday afternoon.

Minutes after her arrival at the Opera House, Australia’s Prime Minister himself, Kevin Rudd, called Ms Watson the “newest Australian hero”.

However, there is controversy about her trip and the question whether she has actually set a record or not.

Critics say her trip was not long enough to hit the length of the equator (21,600 nautical miles) and therefore she may not have bested fellow Australian Jesse Martin, who had set the record at the age of 18 in 1999.

According to Jessica Watson’s team, Watson has sailed 23,000 nautical miles.

– read more about the controversy here

– read the CNN story here

– see a slideshow by the NZ HERALD here

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ARIIVAL: Watson arrives in Sydney (Qu:

What I would like to know:

1) After 210 days on a pink yacht – will she ever be able to look at something that is even just nearly pink again without turning insane?

2) What did Kevin Rudd think when he came up with the idea of presenting her with a “Learn 2 drive”-kit after her arrival in Sydney?

3) How will she be able to cope with being in an actual city after having been so far away from any civilisation for so long? Can she handle the people?

Anyway, on her blog, she promises to keep us up to date with her life – and if it’s too much for the blog, there will be a book, so I guess sooner or later we will find out.

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