Challenging Conditions For Jessica in France and UK


After completing the Mini Fastnet race in France last week in tough conditions with Scott Cavanough aboard 'Skippy' (see pic below), Jessica then headed across to the UK to compete in the Round The Island Race, which did not go so well.

In France, the sailing was wet, cold and hard work with some difficult sailing conditions and a few technical problems along the way, but Jessica enjoyed the experience.

“It was tough, but Scotty and I had a great time. It was nice to complete my first offshore yacht race and it was a good experience before the Sydney to Hobart in December,” said Jessica..

But the Round the Island Race didn’t last long for Jessica and her crew. A record 1,900 boats entered the race, but over 436 retired, including Jessica’s Bavaria 37 ‘Cold Play’. They got off the line well and made a solid start before colliding with another boat, sustaining damage that prevented them from continuing.

“It was disappointing not to complete the race, but these accidents can happen when there is such a big fleet,” said Jessica after the race.  

Jessica will provide more details and pictures in her blog later this week.

After some obligations in London, Jessica will return home this weekend, before embarking on yet another very hectic schedule in July, which involves various State Tours for the Australia Day Council, as part of her role as Young Australian of the Year.  

Pic: Jessica helming ‘Skippy’ during the Mini Fastnet


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