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Officials say young solo sailor was unprepared

Would-be youngest solo sailor Jessica Watson was most likely asleep when her yacht hit and was dragged alongside a cargo ship, according to a story on

As a result of this and other indications that Watson wasn't prepared for the voyage, Australian officials are urging Jessica and her parents to give up the voyage.

Acting premier Paul Lucas last night said Jessica should abandon her attempt to become the youngest person to sail solo non-stop and unassisted around the world. "I'll be honest. On this evidence I don't think she's ready to do this," said acting premier Paul Lucas. "Just because our maritime safety experts may not have any powers to stop her, it doesn't mean they don't have a duty to talk to her parents about any concerns and how they could be addressed.

The report also says Jessica:

  • Failed to turn on an electronic device that would have warned her of the collision
  • Could not produce a clear, plotted plan for her journey.
  • Did not have a fatigue management plan.
  • Kept a log with "irregular latitude and longitude entries

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