Jessica Watson
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Jessica Watson
Jessica Watson OAM is an Australian sailor. She resides in Buderim, Queensland. In May 2010, she unofficially became the youngest person to sail non-stop and unassisted around the world, although her route did not meet World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) criteria for circumnavigation of the globe. Watson departed from Sydney on 18 October 2009, heading eastbound over the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean.
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Funniest Parenting Tweets: What Moms And Dads Said On Twitter This Week
Huffington Post - 12 months
Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways. So each week, we round up the most hilarious 140-character quips from moms and dads to spread the joy. Scroll down to read the latest batch and follow @HuffPostParents on Twitter for more! Me: Is that what you're wearing to school today? 3yo: Yep! Me: Fine. Just get in the car. 3yo: [Goes to school dressed in stickers.] — The ParentNormal (@ParentNormal) February 29, 2016 Parenting is like nothing else. Except you know those days when you drop everything, stuff breaks and everything goes wrong? It's like that. — Court (@Discourt) February 29, 2016 The kids in carpool this morning didn't seem to appreciate my one-person top-volume sing-along dance party as much as I thought they would. — Kim Bongiorno (@LetMeStart) March 3, 2016 Every time I see how-to hairstyle videos, I think, "Maybe tomorrow I'll try that" then I slap my hair in a ponytail & ju ...
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Funniest Parenting Tweets: What Moms And Dads Said On Twitter This Week
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways. So each week, we round up the most hilarious 140-character quips from moms and dads to spread the joy. Scroll down to read the latest batch and follow @HuffPostParents on Twitter for more! Don't ask me if I've seen a new movie. I have four little girls. If there wasn't a singing princess in it, the answer is no. — Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) January 11, 2016 BABY BOSS: we need to talk about your work ethic ME: *covers face with hands* BABY BOSS: oh guess he's out for lunch. I'll talk to him later — Kalvin (@KalvinMacleod) January 12, 2016 I didn't win the PowerBall, but my kids let me sleep until 8am, which is basically the same thing. — The Glad Stork (@TheGladStork) January 10, 2016 If you enjoy the sound a speaker makes when it's too close to a microphone, then having children might be for you. — Brenna Jennings (@SuburbanSnaps) January 13 ...
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Funniest Parenting Tweets: What Moms And Dads Said On Twitter This Week
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways. So each week, we round up the most hilarious 140-character quips from moms and dads to spread the joy. Scroll down to read the latest batch and follow @HuffPostParents on Twitter for more! Don't ask me if I've seen a new movie. I have four little girls. If there wasn't a singing princess in it, the answer is no. — Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) January 11, 2016 BABY BOSS: we need to talk about your work ethic ME: *covers face with hands* BABY BOSS: oh guess he's out for lunch. I'll talk to him later — Kalvin (@KalvinMacleod) January 12, 2016 I didn't win the PowerBall, but my kids let me sleep until 8am, which is basically the same thing. — The Glad Stork (@TheGladStork) January 10, 2016 If you enjoy the sound a speaker makes when it's too close to a microphone, then having children might be for you. — Brenna Jennings (@SuburbanSnaps) January 13 ...
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Funniest Parenting Tweets: What Moms And Dads Said On Twitter This Week
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways. So each week, we round up the most hilarious 140-character quips from moms and dads to spread the joy. Scroll down to read the latest batch and follow @HuffPostParents on Twitter for more! Don't ask me if I've seen a new movie. I have four little girls. If there wasn't a singing princess in it, the answer is no. — Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) January 11, 2016 BABY BOSS: we need to talk about your work ethic ME: *covers face with hands* BABY BOSS: oh guess he's out for lunch. I'll talk to him later — Kalvin (@KalvinMacleod) January 12, 2016 I didn't win the PowerBall, but my kids let me sleep until 8am, which is basically the same thing. — The Glad Stork (@TheGladStork) January 10, 2016 If you enjoy the sound a speaker makes when it's too close to a microphone, then having children might be for you. — Brenna Jennings (@SuburbanSnaps) January 13 ...
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Funniest Parenting Tweets: What Moms And Dads Said On Twitter This Week
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways. So each week, we round up the most hilarious 140-character quips from moms and dads to spread the joy. Scroll down to read the latest batch and follow @HuffPostParents on Twitter for more! Hearing your kid say, "The sky's awake...so I'm awake" at 4:45 AM is a clear indication that she needs to stop watching #Frozen — Doyin Richards (@daddydoinwork) July 20, 2014 Being compelled to risk waking your kid to make sure he's okay when he's sleeping later than usual is one of the curses of being a parent. — Dad and Buried (@DadandBuried) July 18, 2014 The day you throw away a pair of underwear in a public place is the day you've earned your stripes as a parent. — Janel Mills (@649point133) July 18, 2014 If the definition of insanity is "doing the same thing repeatedly yet expecting different results," then all parents are insane. — The Daddy Complex (@thedaddycomplex) July 17, 2014 ...
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Jessica Watson: You Are Supermom and So Are You
Huffington Post - over 3 years
People always tell me my hands are full. Persuading two 5-year-olds to stay close with a toddler on my hip and a teenager talking my other ear off as I weave through Target brings out these sorts of comments, I guess. But they kind of bug me. Maybe because I am already a little irritable when I'm stopped mid-crazy shopping trip or maybe because, after losing a daughter, I will never feel like my hands are full or maybe because, aren't all of our hands full? If my kids have decided to be relatively quiet on a shopping trip but the mom one aisle over has an only child who has gone all "wet noodle" in front of the bouncy balls and is screaming like he just skinned his knees on concrete, aren't her arms the full ones? Whether you have one child or two children or 10, the truth about motherhood is that it is not easy for anyone in the everyday, every moment. No matter how elaborately your neighbor organized her daughter's lemonade stand, no matter how perfectly ...
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Camille Sweeney & Josh Gosfield: 5 Tips Graduates Can Learn From Superachievers
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Congratulations, after running on fumes for years -- pulling all nighters and cramming for your exams -- you've finally made it. You've finished school and earned your degree. But before you've even had a chance to catch your breath everyone's asking, "So, what's next?" To arm you in the coming struggle to pursue your post-graduate goals it may help to take a look at some proven practices from real life. These core practices come from over three-dozen superachievers who we interviewed for The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It Well, including actor Alec Baldwin, Zappos's CEO Tony Hsieh, sports icon Yogi Berra, Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan and Laura Linney. No matter what field these extraordinary people mastered, whether it was business, the arts, entertainment, sports, science or technology, we found that these practices have been key to their success. You, too, can apply them to your own work and career. LEARN FROM FAILURE: You may n ...
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Jessica Watson: What I Want Other Moms To Know About Me
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
I started long after I knew better, past the age when my decisions could be chalked up to that invincible feeling that fades away as we get older. Already a mother I should have been setting a good example and following the very rules I was setting for my own child. I was embarrassed by my weakness. Life was too much. Single parenting and autism and a whirlwind of experience I couldn't seem to grasp left me feeling undeserving of the most basic necessities and looking for something I might actually be able to control. Food and I have never had a loving relationship. You would never find me drooling over cake or fumbling for enough adjectives to describe last night's dinner. I had always eaten because that is just what you do, until I didn't. In my early twenties I was put on a steroid regimen for an allergic reaction. Reading the label a little too closely, I fixated on the side effect of "weight gain" and planned what turned out to be the first of many meals I wou ...
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Jessica Watson: A Letter to My Daughter About Special Olympics
Huffington Post - about 4 years
My daughter is 17, almost 18 now, and has been part of the Special Olympics for nearly 10 years. She has an amazing heart, an unbreakable spirit and autism. As I think about the Special Olympics organization and what being a part of it has done for us, there is so much I want to say to them... but so much more I want to say to my daughter. Dear Ashlyn, Do you remember the day you decided you should not use a Cars lunchbox anymore? You were devastated and so was I. You were starting middle school and you noticed that no one else, especially the girls, were carrying one. My heart broke a little, because I knew you loved that lunch box and until then, you didn't care about everyone else and their brown paper lunch bags. Ever since that day, I have cherished the times when you can be exactly who you want. It is tough for you to be a teenager, I know it is, but not in the dating, gossiping, stereotypical sort of way. I know that the flash of a camera drives you nuts. I kno ...
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Watson's solo sail to be a feature film
Byron Shire News - over 4 years
THE life of round-the-world sailor Jessica Watson is to be turned into a major movie that will be filmed in Sydney and the Gold Coast next year.
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Jessica Watson's supplier goes under
Byron Shire News - over 4 years
THE franchise system that reportedly helped feed teenage solo sailor Jessica Watson in her global adventure has fallen into deep water.
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Riverview Ambassador Team Expands
Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch - over 4 years
News Report The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) Ambassador Team welcomed a number of new members when it met June 1 the Riverview Civic Center.  The Ambassador Team is associated with the public relations of the GRCC and strives to bring members closer through business-to-business relationships.  Members are: Jacalyn Anticola, Christian Beiter, Daniel Berkowitz, Erik Butler, Chris Caito, Jennifer Caskey, Beverly Dail, J.R. Del Castillo, Tanya Doran, Joe Eletto, Alison Farnan, Donna Fore, Leslie Forrester, Margaret Fricke, Linda Grafton, Joe Nichols, Tanya O'Connor, Jennifer Petit, Jimmy Picanza, Randy Ramos, Tom Reagin, Richard Rohde, Trenna Russ, Jordann Scruggs, Cora Simon, Daisy Vega, Lorrin Wagner, Margy Watkins, Jessica Watson and Melissa Youngberg. For more information, contact the chamber office 813-234-5944 or email info@riverviewchamber.com.
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Honor Their Sacrifice By Attending A Memorial Day Event
Caldenonia Patch - almost 5 years
You've got the American flag planted on your front porch, but you want to put a little more meaning into Memorial Day. How do you do that? Well you can start by remembering a little more about why we celebrate Memorial Day. The day used to be called Decoration Day because women would decorate the graves of those who died during the Civil War. Originally, Gen. John A. Logan ordered Memorial Day to be held on May 30 in 1868. Here's an excerpt from the order: The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit. We are organized, comrades, as our regulatio ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jessica Watson
    TEENAGE
  • 2012
    Age 18
    She was selected as one of the entrants to the Who's Who in Australia 2012 edition.
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  • 2011
    Age 17
    After that, she sailed in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in December 2011, skippering Another Challenge with the youngest crew to ever compete in the race, consisting of ten people aged under 22, with Jessica aged 18.
    More Details Hide Details The boat got the second place in its class, Sydney 38 One Design, with equal standard boats. This was considered a success, since all the other boats in the class had considerably older male skippers.
    In August 2011 she sailed in the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race with part of her intended Sydney–Hobart crew using the boat Another Challenge.
    More Details Hide Details They won their class.
    Following the Mini Fastnet, she sailed the Round the Island Race in United Kingdom in June 2011, as a crew member with Phil Baughen as skipper and Michael Perham as third crew member, although they had to retire after boat damage.
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    Watson took part in the Mini Fastnet sailing race, in Europe, in June 2011, sailing a two-person mini sailboat with Scott Cavanough as skipper.
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    Watson was the first female skipper to cross the line in the 2011 Sydney to Hobart and as a result earned the Jane Tate trophy.
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    Watson was named the Young Australian of the Year on 25 January 2011.
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    In recognition of her achievement Watson was named the 2011 Young Australian of the Year, and the following year was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia.
    More Details Hide Details She currently resides in Buderim, Queensland. Watson was born in London, England. The second of four children of New Zealander couple Roger and Julie Watson, who moved to Australia in 1987, she has dual Australian and New Zealander citizenship. She has an older sister (Emily) and younger brother and sister (Tom and Hannah). All four took sailing lessons as children, and the family went on to live on board a 16-metre cabin cruiser for five years, the children being home schooled via distance learning. Later they lived on a purpose-built double decker bus for some time. When Watson was eleven and they were still living on the boat, her mother read Jesse Martin's book Lionheart: A Journey of the Human Spirit to the children as a bedtime story. This led to Watson forming the ambition, at age twelve, to sail around the world too.
  • 2010
    Age 16
    She returned to Sydney on 15 May 2010, three days before her 17th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details The voyage was shorter than the required 21,600 nautical miles to be considered a global circumnavigation, and Watson never claimed the voyage to be an attempt at such, preferring the less formal term 'around the world'.
    She was selected as one of the ten international "2010 Adventurers of the Year" by National Geographic Society, and was the only sailor in the group.
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    Sailing website Sail-World.com published an analysis on 3 May 2010 which claimed that the expected rhumb line distance travelled by Watson was, which was less than the required distance according to the definition set by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC), and that the journey was therefore ineligible to claim world record status for round-the-world journeys.
    More Details Hide Details The equivalent orthodromic distance for Watson's route would be. The WSSRC definition states in part "The shortest orthodromic track of the vessel must be at least in length." The analysis suggests that Watson's published distance logs are based on sailed distances, including tacks and strategic weather detours, rather than the shortest orthodromic track between islands and capes as defined. The rule is based on the older rule, followed by current record-holder Jesse Martin, that during a circumnavigation the sailor must pass two points on opposite sides of the earth (antipodes). For example, if starting in southern England, a place near the start will be opposite to the track near New Zealand. It was replaced by the rule that for world records the shortest orthodromic track must be at least as long as the circumference of the earth (hence 21,600 nautical miles).
    Watson completed her journey on day 210 of her voyage at 1:53 pm on 15 May 2010 when she arrived in Sydney Harbour.
    More Details Hide Details She gracefully walked along a specially-made pink carpet where 150,000 fans sang Australia's National Anthem Advance Australia Fair. Her 17th birthday was three days later. Australian mildly-disabled rock band The Junction House Band saluted Watson with the song "Queen of the Seven Seas", written by former lead singer Brook Crowley. During the journey Watson had to repair the boat and the equipment. Several of the repairs were reported on the blog: the battery monitor (18 December), the stove, toilet and mainsail (24 January), the toilet again (11 March), replacement of wind generator blades (30 March), the kettle (10 April), the mainsail again (18 April), replacement of the wind generator with a spare (21 April), and finally the fuel pump of the engine (10 May). In the months following the completion of Jessica's journey, there were questions about what would become of her boat, Ella's Pink Lady. In April 2011, after the state and federal governments jointly purchased the yacht for $300,000, it was announced that the Pink Lady would have a permanent exhibition at the Queensland Maritime Museum in Brisbane.
    Watson arrived in the Australian economic zone on 10 April 2010, celebrating with crackers and Vegemite.
    More Details Hide Details There her parents and media flew over her in a small plane in order to welcome her. She passed Cape Leeuwin on south-western Australia two days later, with approximately remaining. When south of Australia, Watson suffered a lot of bad weather. In this part of the journey, she had at least three knockdowns (where the mast hit the water), one of them with the mast deep into the sea, luckily without any real damage or injury. The swells she experienced in the Great Australian Bight were up to 12 metres in height, higher than anytime before. On 3 May, Watson rounded the South East Cape of Tasmania and began heading north to Sydney, her final destination.
    On 15 February 2010, she crossed the Prime Meridian, crossing from the Western Hemisphere to the Eastern Hemisphere.
    More Details Hide Details This placed her near the Cape of Good Hope, which she passed on 24 February, reaching Cape Agulhas, (the southernmost point of Africa), and crossing from the Atlantic Ocean into the Indian Ocean. From southern Africa, Watson sailed more than towards Western Australia.
    The halfway point on the voyage was passed on 25 January 2010, her 100th day at sea, based on the original calculation of sailing route.
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    Just over a week later, on 23 January 2010, several days after passing the Falkland Islands, she suffered four knock-downs in a severe storm with 10-metre waves and winds.
    More Details Hide Details The storm caused minor damage to her boat and her emergency beacon was inadvertently activated as the mast hit the water.
    On 13 January 2010 (9:40 UTC) she passed Cape Horn, having sailed around 9,800 nmi in 87 days.
    More Details Hide Details This was 11 days ahead of the planned per day schedule. Soon after her parents flew over her in a small plane in order to witness the passage.
  • 2009
    Age 15
    As required for a full circumnavigation, she crossed the equator on 19 November 2009 (Australian date), near Jarvis Island at about 161°40'W longitude, and rounded Kiritimati on 22 November 2009 (Australian date) after 36 days.
    More Details Hide Details Then she crossed the equator again at 156°20'W longitude, and continued south-easterly towards Cape Horn. The sailed distance from Sydney to Kiritimati was about 3,900 nmi. At Christmas she was near Point Nemo, the place located furthest from land.
    Watson sailed out of Sydney Harbour on 18 October 2009 in her pink-hulled Ella Baché-sponsored Ella's Pink Lady. 18 days later, on 5 November, she passed Tonga, sailing clear of both New Zealand and Fiji.
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    During a test run sailing from Brisbane to Sydney, on her first night after leaving Brisbane, Ella's Pink Lady collided with the Silver Yang, a 63,000-tonne bulk carrier at about 02.00 am on 9 September 2009 near Point Lookout.
    More Details Hide Details Watson's boat was dismasted in the collision. She was able to retain control and return the boat to Southport under motor. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau's preliminary report on the collision found that Watson had been taking a five-minute nap during the event, (thus she was asleep at the time of the collision), and that while she had checked her radar prior to lying down, she had failed to spot the Silver Yang. This led to the accident four minutes later. The report also found that the Silver Yang had been aware of her presence and had attempted to change course, but that this had been insufficient to avoid Watson's boat. The final report was released in June 2010. The report stated that both Watson and the Silver Yang's watchkeepers had failed to maintain an adequate lookout and that both had failed to properly employ the navigational aids. In addition, the report found that the watchkeeper on the Silver Yang had failed to offer assistance to Watson after the two vessels had collided.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1993
    Born
    Born on May 18, 1993.
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