A brave girl.
“Jessica’s Mission: 22,000 nautical miles, 7-8 months, one young woman alone, facing all that the sea and the weather can throw at her. This is the challenge that Jessica will overcome.”
Records and competition aside, she is continuing in the grand tradition of solo globe circumnavigation in the wake of the greats: Joshua Slocum, Francis Chichester, and that tramp of the sea, Bernard Moitessier.
Here’s wishing Jessica all the best and a fruitful personal journey as she sails forth in her trim YoungestRound; as had Slocum in his oyster sloop the Spray which “steers itself”, Chichester in his fleet-footed Gipsy Moth, and Moitessier in his mind-boggling heavy steel-hulled Joshua, which takes all weather come hell or high water.
Moitessier is of course famous for his “crazed” decision in the 1968/69 Race Around The World [route map], where after rounding Cape Horn and comfortably leading in the final stretch back to England, he abandoned the race and sailed on in his own (long) Way and stopped only after circling the globe one and a half times.
“You do not ask a tame seagull why it needs to disappear from time to time toward the open sea. It goes, that’s all.”
“I am a citizen of the most beautiful nation on earth. A nation whose laws are harsh yet simple, a nation that never cheats, which is immense and without borders, where life is lived in the present. In this limitless nation, this nation of wind, light, and peace, there is no other ruler besides the sea.”
-Bernard Moitessier, from his “The Long Way”
What did Moitessier see… ?