I wish her only the best, but I have my doubts about her actually accomplishing this momentous feat.
In looking at Jessica Watson
(the page from her site listing the rules and her route) I'm surprised by a few things:
1 - She will be primarily sailing south of the Roaring 40s, even venturing as far south as 60+ degrees south latitude, and
2 - Her vessel is only 34', and
3 - She will round both Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope, and
4 - Between those two roundings she will divert north to "touch" the equator (crossing the equator is one of the rules), and
5 - She cannot accept any outside assistance to effect repairs
, nor take on board any additional item (including food
as well as anything with which to make a repair) that she didn't set out with, and
6 - Time passes much more slowly when you're young. Her team thinks the voyage will take her about eight months, and eight months alone in a fiberglass
shell traveling slowly through some of the world's most inhospitable and coldest waters is going to seem infinitely long.
As capable as she may be, and I'm sure that she must be, the above list amounts to an incredible obstacle course to cope with for even, say, Bernard Moitessier. It all starts to look like a foolish stunt, to me, with numerous potential dangers.
I can't imagine gambling with the life of someone I love so that she can become "famous." Jessica has my profound respect, and if she succeeds, or even comes close, my hat's off to her.