We were trying to dock at the fuel wharf in Bowen as the TV was showing Jessica Watson arriving home in Sydney. So moving. She is such an inspiration.
I think she serves as a Rorschach test for people to project their patterns and beliefs about issues such as:
- Coming of age rituals and ordeals,
- How parents should manage teenagers, with what balance of 'protect and control', vs 'liberate and tolerate risk'.
I just hope she has as much luck coping with a tidal wave of celebrity.
We had a nice sail north from Butterfly Bay through the Gloucester Passage, and had a walk over a headland in Bowen, where some of the film 'Australia' was shot. Today we have an eight hour sail to Cape Bowling Green, within striking distance of Townsville.