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Global sailor Jessica Watson, 16, endures 30-knot winds and 10-foot waves

December 11, 2009 |  8:23 am

Watson123 Jessica Watson, 16, the Australian adventurer who is sailing alone around the world and making her way toward treacherous Cape Horn, has spent the last 24 hours in 30-knot winds and 10-foot waves.

It might be a taste of things to come as she approaches the tip of South America and perhaps the most dangerous passage on the planet. Things got so rough that Jessica had to strap her stuffed animals into a makeshift seat belt.

Despite the weather, she continues to blog updates -- though she missed Thursday as she was a bit busy dealing with the elements aboard her 34-foot pink sailboat.

Today she posted an item in which she expressed feelings that are understandable given that she has been alone at sea for almost two months.

"As always I'm good spirits but couldn't help thinking this morning of how nice it would be to be able to take a few days off, to think of something other than sailing and to be able to let down my guard for a while," she wrote.

On the bright side, she has passed the 6,000-mile mark and her journey is one-quarter finished. It's a noteworthy milestone.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Australian sailor Jessica Watson poses on Ella's Pink Lady in Sydney before her October departure on a voyage around the world. Credit: Greg Wood / AFP / Getty Images