For 210 days, a sixteen-year-old Jessica Watson spent seven months sailing 23,000 nautical miles around the world. Her round-trip odyssey started in Sydney on October 18, 2009 and concluded on May 15, 2010. Jessica's voyage was her dream come true!
After her return to Sydney on May 15th, she was quoted as stating "I'm an ordinary girl who believed in her dream." However, what makes Jessica's solo sail noteworthy is the extraordinary circumstances of its development. After all, battling wind gusts of up to 44 knots and over 5 meter swells doesn't happen usually right? (For those interested, 44 knots of wind gusts only occur 10-15% of the time when sailing.) Well, Jessica received her Christmas present late on 2009. On December 29, 2009, Jessica single handedly overcame wind gusts of up to 44 knots and over 5 meter swells during her solo circumnavigation. Interestingly enough, during this encounter Jessica befriended a dolphin which stayed alongside the Pink Lady (name of her ship) for 6 hours through the entire storm.
Was this dolphin her guardian angel? Was it a symbol of serenity and courage? Was it a friend reminding her to believe in herself? I guess only Jessica knows the answer to this one. Regardless of its significance, Jessica noted its companionship on that joyous day here.
Who or what is your dolphin?
Finding a cheap week in the sun.
It has reached the stage of year where many of us are thinking what could have been this summer. As we start to near the end of the summer it is clear that it is yet another year where the sun has not shone to the degree to which we would have liked it to, and it leaves a lot of us feeling like maybe we should have got ourselves organised earlier on and booked something abroad.
The good news is there is still plenty of time to do that, even if you are on a budget. At the moment you will find plenty of last minute deals available on the internet, and at times you can pay silly prices which don't even seem realistic!
A great place to hunt if you are looking for an affordable late deal is the South and east coast of Spain, it is a cheap place once you get there, here you will be able to play online casino games everywhere and you will also find that there is so much accommodation along the coast that there is always somewhere that will be available if you are looking to book.
At the moment, you will find that there is plenty of room at the Levante club apartments in Benidorm. Anyone who is a fan of the show Benidorm will know that it is certainly a place where the sun is always shining, and it can be a great fun place to be. The area near to Benidorm has some incredible beaches, and you are sure to have a fun filled time. It doesn't cost the earth, and you can have a great week or two away, so look online now to see what you might find!