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Global sailor Jessica Watson tries hand at fishing, enjoys calm night under moon

Teenage adventurer Jessica Watson heads off on her solo global circumnavigation on her boat Ella's Pink Lady from Sydney's Middle Harbor on Oct. 18.

Outtakes from a progress report posted Tuesday by Australia's Jessica Watson, 16, who is attempting to sail alone around the world, on her blog:

-- "It's been a quieter day today, a bit too quiet actually. For most of the day the wind has been a bit non-existent."

-- "I kept busy doing some schoolwork and I finally put the fishing line out. No luck catching anything but there's always tomorrow. I also didn't have much luck with school work. After completing the first English assignment I sent it off to discover that I'd opened the wrong bag and have been working on next year's assignments, oops!"

-- "To cheer myself up I had scrambled eggs for lunch, made with powdered eggs and cream, really yummy!"

-- "Last night I brought my sleeping bag out in the cockpit and managed to get a bit of sleep under the full moon. It was a pretty cool sight with the moonlight making the waves sparkle and lighting up the sails. I have to keep reminding myself to make the most of nights like this as things are certainly going to change when we head back south and into the Southern Ocean."

Watson, who is attempting her voyage alone and unassisted aboard a 34-foot sailboat, left Sydney on Oct. 18 and plans to be at sea for about eight months. Outposts will keep tabs on her odyssey and provide periodic updates.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Teenage adventurer Jessica Watson heads off on her solo global circumnavigation on her boat Ella's Pink Lady from Sydney's Middle Harbor on Oct. 18. Credit: EPA/Dean Lewins

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