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As someone who works in the Media here in Sydney, I have been following this story pretty closely as it becomes bigger and bigger news locally with her impending arrival around the corner, and well I still don't quite know what the go is.....
The record she is trying to break, firstly is unbreakable after 'the youngest ever' record was officially stricken from the books amongst the controversy of Laura Dekker last year. The record remains held by Jesse Martin, and will be forever......regardless of how far Jess sails.
Secondly those in her camp also claim to have been aware of the distance technicality all along....however don't seem to have a good answer as to why she didn't comply with it, you think they would of if for no other reason than to stop this kind of controversy....
At the end of the day, it seems silly though to say that she hasn't sailed enough miles to break the record that officially she can't break anyway....
So what remains is that a 16 year old girl wisely or otherwise has sailed a 34ft yacht around the world. For that my hat is off to her.
As an aside, I had occasion to speak to her a couple of times before she left, albeit fleetingly and as a person she does impress me.
'Life is either a daring adventure or nothing' - Helen Keller
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Last edited by chall03; 05-06-2010 at 10:17 PM.