Five Years Since Jessica Sailed Back into Sydney!


Today, 15 May, 2015 marks five years since Jessica stopped the nation and sailed back into Sydney Harbour, after 210 days at sea during her solo, non-stop and unassisted voyage around the world.

It was a day that changed her life forever. Greeted by 1,600 support boats and an estimated 100,000 people lining the harbour foreshore, it was a day Jessica will never forget.

“Everyone asks me what I remember most about that day. It was all so surreal and a bit of a blur, as I hadn’t seen a person for 7 months. But there’s one moment I remember. When I switched on the TV in the hotel that evening, to see footage of myself sailing into Sydney Harbour. I remember watching it, as if it was someone else. I couldn’t believe it was me. The vision was just incredible and it was then that it sort of hit home,” said Jessica. 

“Every now and then I remember the moment and it brings back so many great memories – it is hard to believe it was 5 years ago today."

It was an extraordinary day for everyone who witnessed it - such an inspirational event. The 16 year old girl who had a fear of the ocean, a fear of water, who sailed 24,285 nautical miles around the world and overcame so much adversity to achieve her dream. In doing so, she inspired so many others around the world, who shared the journey with her, via her blog.

Jessica survived the monstrous waves, fastened into a lap belt as a ferocious Atlantic Ocean storm drove her tiny pink vessel Ella’s Pink Lady upside down four times in one night. She learnt to feel wave patterns, hear wind changes; smelled the land as she neared the Australian coastline; how home had a distinct scent that made her spirit soar.

Jessica is currently completing a communications and sociology degree while managing a diary of charity appearances, talks and sponsorship commitments. She is also involved in the development of the movie, TRUE SPIRIT, with a script completed and a talented director now attached to it.

Happy 5th anniversary Jessica and Pink Lady – thanks for the wonderful memories and an epic day on 15 May, 2010 - one we will never forget!

Click on the link below to view a video from Jessica's homecoming:


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