an unhappy birthday
In heartbreaking news from England’s South Coast, the body of one of Britain’s top young sailors was found late last week near a car park in the New Forest. 17 year-old Jess Eales uploaded the pic you see at left to Facebook just hours before her death, which neither police nor coroners have explained, though news reports say they are not treating it as suspicious. There are only a few scenarios where a dead 17-year old in a car park in a forest isn’t suspicious, but it shouldn’t be long before we all know more so we’ll just keep our mouths shut until the government has a chance to explain. Jess had celebrated her 17th birthday the day before she was found.
Jess had just returned from the Youth Worlds in Portugal, a rising star in skiffs and cats. We’re told her sailing circles in the Lymington and Hayling Island communities are in shock; despite not knowing Jess, we’re pretty shocked too. This shit isn’t supposed to happen to 17 year olds.
We will update you when there is more information available. Until then, share your thoughts in the thread. As for the title, it’s rare that Morrissey and sailing ever mix, but there’s a first time for everything. NOTE: Don’t click if you don’t want to be even more depressed. It’s a Smiths song, after all.
August 5th, 2014