Posts Tagged ‘Jessica Watson’

Another Challenge

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Another Challenge, owned and skippered by Chris Lewin, has won the Sydney 38 division of the Sydney-Gold Coast yacht race. This is the yacht that Jessica Watson is taking in the Sydney-Hobart this year with a young crew and she was aboard for the experience.

They raced with a combined crew – some of Chris’s regulars and some of Jess’s team preparing for the Hobart. They finished one hour ahead of second-placed Wizzard but were penalised 10 minutes for missing one HF position report. We haven’t heard any reason for this.

The three other Sydney 38s finished within two hours of the winner, with Eleni being awarded two hours’ redress for standing by Wasabi, who lost its keel about three miles offshore.

Water-ballasted, Wasabi was able to stay afloat and was escorted in to Camden Haven.

Australian Youth Sailor of the Year

Monday, October 18th, 2010

On Saturday night Jessica Watson was named Australian Youth Sailor of the Year in recognition of her single-handed circumnavigation at the age of 16. Jessica’s mother, Julie, collected the award on her behalf.

The young achiever is being kept busy overseas by her publishers – she’s currently promoting her book in Brazil. She’s already launched True Sprit in Los Angeles and New York, London and Paris where the book has been translated into French. Her trip also took in Cannes where she promoted her documentary.

Jessica Watson signing her book, True Spirit, at the Sydney International Boat Show 2010
Photograph © Bevanda Pty Ltd, 2010

Our picture is from day one of this year’s Sydney International Boat Show. Annie immediately spotted another ‘leftie’.

Both of us wonder how much her signature has changed since that first day she spent autographing her book.

Sailing highlights for 2009

Friday, January 15th, 2010

The other day I wrote about the overall winner of the Sydney-Hobart yacht race, Two True. It was also one of the sailing highpoints published in last week’s newsletter.

The other highlights for me were:

Three round-the-world yacht races:

  • Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09
  • Vendee Globe 2008-09
  • Clipper Round the World 09-10

Two short-handed/solo ocean voyages:

  • Berrimilla’s return to Sydney from Falmouth, UK
  • Jessica Watson’s solo, unassisted circumnavigation attempt on Ella’s Pink Lady

And, finally, the launch of our new product, Nautical Knowledge.

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