Teen sailor Jessica Watson admits she has been struggling emotionally as her journey nears its end, with less than 400 nautical miles to go until she reaches Australia.
The 16-year-old from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is attempting to be the youngest person to sail solo around the world.
On Monday, Watson dealt with gale-force winds of up to 45 knots and extremely rough seas, dampening her mood for the next few days.
“Even though the conditions weren’t at all the worst we’ve been through, for some reason or another the uncomfortable motion and my damp bunk really got to me, making me pretty moody and a little homesick,” she wrote in her latest blog.
“Normally I can pull myself out of a bad mood in a few hours tops, but this time I didn’t have the energy and managed to be grouchy for a full few days, a voyage record!
“But it only took a proper meal and some good progress to get me back to my normal self and singing away [very badly] at the top of my voice to my current favourite song, Forever Young.”
Even Easter eggs could not help lift the teen’s spirits.
“Turns out that no-one remembered to pack any Easter eggs for me, but it wasn’t the end of the world because I’ve got more than enough chocolate,” she said.
In a recent video diary, recorded on March 20, Watson also confessed to feeling homesick.
“Australia’s sure creeping up on us now,” she said.
“I joke about wanting to do a second lap and wanting to do it all again straight away, but to be honest I think I am ready to come home now.
“Love it out here still but I think enough is enough.”
In just a few days Watson will reach Cape Leeuwin, the most south-westerly mainland point of Australia.
From there it is about 2,000 nautical miles to Tasmania and a further 500 nautical miles to Sydney.
If things continue going to plan, she will arrive in Sydney at the start of next month when swarms of supporters will be cheering her on.