Originally Posted by Hirophant
Anyhow, it's a really nice looking boat she has, and red is a much better colour for a boat than (ahem) pink! I hope she keeps sailing Guppy and doesn't make a quick buck by selling it to a museum like a certain other teenage record
holder did.... boats should not live in museums except perhaps for ones that are old and unseaworthy like dug up Viking longships et al.
Firstly congratulationa to Laura for completing her circumnavigation
but I could not let the above very unfair comment go by without responding.
1. Jessica Watson
did not make a "quick buck" by selling her boat. Are you aware that she turned down an offer of more than $1 million from an American buyer? Hardly the actions of someone trying to make a quick buck.
She sold her boat for $300,000 and the buyer was the Queensland
and Australian Federal government
. The boat is housed at the Queensland
Maritime Museum. Its $300,000 price
tag will only just cover Jessica's debts. Jess was in a lot of debt, having bought the boat herself.
2. Jessica's circumnavigation
was non stop. She chose a route
that is a traditionally recognised path and distance for ‘around the world sailors’. As this was a Southern Hemisphere voyage the significant landmarks were the southern tips of the American and African continents, as well as some of the most challenging oceans a sailor will ever face. She chose a route
that is a traditionally recognised path and distance for ‘around the world sailors’.
3. Laura's voyage included several stops and island hopping where she was able to get refreshed and meet up with family
& support crew and was nowhere near as gruelling both from a mental & physical aspect as a non stop circumnavigation including the Southern Ocean. She even flew home in the middle of the voyage to speak at a boat show
and at other engagements.
4. The route followed by Laura cannot be compared to that followed by Jessica. Yeah, Laura may now be the youngest circumnavigator but the challenge was nowhere near as tough.
As you will note my very first comment was to congratulate Laura so I give credit where it is due but let's be fair here as we are not comparing apples with apples.