There were a range of emotions from tears to laughter as Jessica Watson said her good-byes to family and friends. If all goes according to plan the next time she sees them or even steps foot on dry land will be eight months from now. A small flotilla of well-wishers accompanied her to the official start line. *** everyone here applauds her determination and no one questions her courage, some do wonder if she has the experience to undertake such a risky adventure. Last month, on the first night of the test voyage she snapped her mast when her distinctive pink yacht crashed into a huge cargo vessel. The teenager was forced to limp back to port. An official report by maritime safety investigators found that she's fallen asleep without activating the crash warning device, and they were unimpressed with how she planned her epic journey. But the school girl and her parents have ignored calls for her to give up.
Fellow solo around-the-world sailor Tony Bullimore, who twelve years ago had be rescued by the Australian Navy after his yacht capsized in rough seas, knows all that there is dangers to face.（←自信ありません）
"She's got to be up against all sorts of sea conditions. She's got to have a good knowledge of sailing, boat handling, meteorology, weather routine, boat repairs, and you know, apart from the physical side of it, she's got to have a good mental attitude."
Even if she has to put into port for repairs, she can continue her journey and still break the record for the youngest ever around the world sailor. But she hopes to go (at/it??) alone all the way. If she is successful she'll prove her critics wrong, if not she could be putting her young life at risk.