A 16-year-old Australian steered her bright pink, 34-foot yacht out of Sydney Harbor on Sunday to start her bid to become the youngest person to sail solo and unassisted around the world. Jessica Watson’s plan to make a 23,600-mile journey through some of the world’s most treacherous waters sparked a debate in Australia about whether someone so young should be allowed to try such a potentially dangerous feat. Watson and her family insist she is an experienced and capable sailor who has studied navigation, electronics and maritime safety procedures. Although she will sail solo and unassisted, she will be in constant contact with her support team via radio, email and a blog.

… Too young to sail around the world? On her blog Jessica posted this quote from Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the things you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

(From Justin) : Here’s Jessica’s personal website with links to her blogs and the route she’s taking plus other fun stuff. I pray she has a safe journey. http://www.jessicawatson.com.au/

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