Sunday, May 16, 2010
Around The World At Sixteen!
A sixteen year old Australian returned from seven months sailing around the world single handedly in a thirty-four foot yacht. Jessica Watson proved a lot of people wrong that thought she would probably not survive. I was stationed aboard an aircraft carrier, the USS Ranger, for three years while in the service. We were in typhoons and rough weather so I’ve seen what the ocean looks like at night with the entire world in black roiling chaos at sea but I was on a floating city. Imagining being out there for seven months by myself in what wouldn’t even qualify as a life raft compared to the Ranger chills me right to the bone. Some ‘sailing enthusiasts’ claim she wasn’t far enough north of the equator for her voyage to be considered an official ‘round-the-world’ sail. Oh really, you short-sighted nitpicking toads? Ms. Watson has accomplished an incredible feat which may never be equaled by one so young ever again. She may have used up a lifetime’s worth of luck and daring but wow, what a ride! Her real life voyage makes paranormal fiction bland in comparison. God bless and keep her safe.