Jessica Watson sails into Yamba
IT didn’t take long for the word to spread that Australia’s newest hero had sailed in to 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 and the kids could grab their chance for an autograph from round-the-world sailing soloist, Jessica Watson.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Jack Wright, 12, said.
Coincidentally, the world’s first female to sail around the world, Kay Cottee, was working on her boat at the marina when Jessica pulled in for her unplanned stop for fuel and supplies and the two met for the first time and had a brief chat.
A soft applause broke out from the onlookers as Jessica emerged from her boat, stopping quickly to sign two autographs before insisting to the crowd that she “had to pay for her fuel” at the marina office.