Jessica is back home

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SYDNEY - After a seven-month journey that spanned the globe, an Australian teen sailor crossed the finish line of her round-the-world journey Saturday, becoming the youngest person to sail solo, nonstop and unassisted around the world.
Thousands of spectators erupted into cheers as 16-year-old Jessica Watson maneuvered her pink 34-foot (10-meter) yacht into Sydney Harbour, the finale to an epic adventure in which she battled 40-foot (12-meter) waves, homesickness and critics who said she'd never make it home alive.
Watson's feat, however, will not be considered an official world record, because the World Speed Sailing Record Council discontinued its "youngest" category.
And though she sailed nearly 23,000 nautical miles, some sailing enthusiasts have also argued that Watson didn't travel far enough north of the equator for her journey to count as a true round-the-world sail as defined by the record council's rules. Watson's managers have dismissed those claims and argued she doesn't need to adhere to the council's rules anyway, since they won't be recognizing her voyage.
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Let's see if those bastards have the balls to do what she has accomplished, I bet not ! Lets all let her know we are proud of her. I know I couldn't have done that. Call the news chanel and praise her.
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Maybe it was another young lady that was doing this in the past couple of weeks but I heard the the trip was not "non-stop", apparently she had som type of electrinic navigation failure and went in to port for repairs.
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On 5/16/2010 3:22 PM, Leon wrote:

You're thinking of Abby Sunderland, who left from California, not Australia, and is currently in Capetown. She intended to break Jessica's unofficial record, but she's not going to manage it. She'll still be the youngest circumnavigator I believe but won't be the youngest nonstop circumnavigator. I suspect that Jessica is going to have that one for a good long time.
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"Leon" wrote:

--------------------------------------------- That was Abby Sutherland who pulled into Capetown, RSA, for repairs.
See prior post on this list:
RE: Abby Sutherland - Capetown
for details or link below.
http://tinyurl.com/y9kdowu
Lew
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wrote:

That was Abigail Sunderland, who was very ill equipped in many respects, and belongs to a publicity seeking family.
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