Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Jessica Watson nears Sydney Harbour and 50,000 fans

The S&S (Sparkman and Stephens) 34, a classic design from the famous Sparkman & Stephens, it is known firstly for its seaworthiness, toughness and track record. It is a boat capable of consistent speeds and one that Jessica can easily handle.
Big hello planned for Jess Watson by Glenis Green From: The Courier-Mail May 11, 2010

ELLAS PINK LADY: Jessica Watson. Picture: AFP Source: Herald Sun

THE Sunshine Coast will blush pink in a joyful homecoming celebration for around-the-world solo sailor Jessica Watson.

While Sydney is planning a $1 million extravaganza - on par with its New Year's Eve bash - for the moment the teen officially completes her circumnavigation this Saturday, her home port of Mooloolaba also wants to do its famous daughter proud.

The Sunshine Coast Regional Council has offered to host a civic reception, but an informal community celebration could reflect the thrill supporters and family feel about the 16-year-old's remarkable achievement.

"The intention is for the whole of the Sunshine Coast to acknowledge what a wonderful job Jessica has done and welcome her home," said Mooloolaba boating identity Vicki Brown yesterday. A tentative date of June 6 has been set for the welcome

"We're going to get her to sail Ella's Pink Lady through the rock wall at Mooloolaba (harbour) and we're hoping to have both sides of the rock wall lined with as many people as possible wearing pink or waving pink flags," Mrs Brown said.

Accompanied by a flotilla of local boaties and a water police escort, Jessica would then sail to the Mooloolaba Yacht Club for an official welcome.

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