Jenny Fitzgibbon easily gets honored as Sailor Chick of the Week today for her 2nd place finish on Tuesday in the ballsy Solo Trans Tasman Challenge from New Plymouth NZ to Mooloolaba, Australia. From SA’er "jonsailor" (the designer and builder of the Jenny’s yacht ‘Soothsayer’):
Jenny is really doing well, good looking to say the least, she’s gone about her job without fuss or sponsorship, battling 48 knot winds the second day out and sailing through days of 30+ knots with no furlers or easy systems to help. She actually has a racing Tuff Luff, having to climb up on the foredeck to bend a smaller sail on and wrestle the bigger one below for every change, and it’s not like she’s bristling with muscle. Unlike little Jessica or Abby, she does her own mapping, weather, and repairs – truly unassisted. It’s unkind to say that she has balls because she is such a fine lady, but boy – she must have them tucked away somewhere.