Pardon the poor quality of the pix. Not easy getting a good shot even with a telephoto lens when you're being squashed by the excited crowd. I was one of the paparazzi! woohoo!
Someone once said, "If your child has a dream, give her wings to chase it."
In the case of Jessica Watson, her dream was to sail around the world, alone. Her "wings" is her yacht the 160-ft long Ella's Pink Lady.
After seven months and tens of thousands of nautical miles, 16-year old Jessica Watson is home. She started off her solo unassisted sail around the world from Sydney Harbour 210 days ago and today, she crossed the Finish line at 1355hrs and arrived at the harbour at approximately 1500hrs. Jessica was originally scheduled to arrive at around 11am but the swells around the heads delayed her return. Nevertheless, the delay didn't deter the thousands who thronged the harbour to join in the welcoming party. There were people everywhere, on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, on benches at Mrs Macquarie Chair, standing for hours in the cold at Bradleys' Head....even Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and NSW Premier were patiently waiting for her.
We were among those squashed among the thousands that gathered in Kirribilli, on the opposite side of the Opera House. It was cold and Mama was not well but if Jessica could do it all alone, who are we to complain?
Read all about Jessica's journey at http://www.jessicawatson.com.au. The young lady will have heaps to do once she's back on land - seven months of school to catch up with, proper shower, food and sleep. Oh, and all those TV, magazine and newspaper interviews to go through. There's a book going to print in June as well.
Sherlock Holmes would have said, "Well done, Watson!"
The flotilla of vessels that went out to greet Ella's Pink Lady at sea. The number of vessels increase as the hours went by.
Jessica on stage with the PM, NSW Premier and mum Julie.
The crowd and stage at the Sydney Opera House.
Jessica addressing the crowd with her VVIP fans giving support.
Angelina reporting from Sydney Harbour. Note to self: need more powerful zoom lens. purrr....meow!