Jessica sails into Yamba
IT DIDN’T take long for the word to spread that Australia’s newest hero had sailed into the mouth of the Clarence River yesterday afternoon.
Ella’s Pink Lady crossed the Yamba-Iluka bar about 3.30pm before arriving at the Yamba Marina – just as the school bell rang, giving the kids a chance of getting an autograph from round-the-world teenage solo sailor, Jessica Watson.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Jack Wright, 12, said.
Coincidently, the world’s first woman to sail around the world, Kay Cottee, was working on her boat at the marina when Jessica pulled in.
The young sailor was making an unplanned stop for fuel and supplies on her journey north and the two met for the first time and had a brief chat.
Soft applause broke out from the onlookers as Jessica stepped ashore from her well-travelled yacht.
She stopped briefly to sign two autographs before insisting to the crowd she ‘had to pay for her fuel’ at the marina office.