The mother of teenage sailor Jessica Watson says her daughter is starting to get excited as she edges closer to Australia.
The 16-year-old from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has has less than 4,000 nautical miles to go in her quest to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world.
She is expected to round Cape Leeuwin, the most south-westerly mainland point of Australia, in the next few days and enter Australian waters within a week.
Julie Watson says her daughter hopes to reach Sydney early next month, in time to celebrate her 17th birthday on May 18.
“I was really surprised, because she just kept saying all the way … she was just having so much fun out there,” Ms Watson said.
“Now you can hear her starting to turn her mind to, ‘when I get back I’m going to do this’, and she’s getting really excited.”