Once upon a time, there was a girl called Jessica who was afraid of water.
One summer morning, Jessica was playing with her sister and cousins by the pool. At one point, the other children lined up on the side, and got ready to jump in together holding hands.
Jessica's mom watched from the window to make sure Jessica was okay. She expected Jessica to step back from the side, but was amazed to see her daughter step forward with the others. "One...two...three..." Splash! All the kids landed in the water, shouting and laughing.
From that day on, Jessica started loving the water. She joined a sailing club and decided to sail around the world on her own without stopping. She painted her boat bright pink and christened her, Ella's Pink Lady.
She packed the boat with steak and kidney pies, potatoes, cans and cans of beans, 150 bottles of milk and lots of water, and set sail from Sydney Harbor. She was just sixteen years old.
All on her own, Jessica sailed onward. She fought against waves as talk as skyscrapers, she woke up to the most beautiful sunrises, spotted blue whales, and watched shooting stars above her boat.
Seven months later, she arrived back in Sydney. Thousands of people turned out to greet her. They rolled out a special carpet for her: bright pink, just like her boat!
Born May 18, 1993
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