Everyone seems to have an opinion on this; "She's too young", "Her parents are irresponsible" etc etc.
My view on this is basically that no amount of public complaining and outrage is going to deter Jessica from the trip. For one, she's already begun the voyage but I really think all this public outcry will just make her more positive about the trip and the goal to succeed.
I don't see why people are complaining about something that's not really got to do with any of our lives. For the people suggesting that Jessica's parents are irresponsible- Her parents are no more irresponsible than those parents who let their children underage drink/smoke, walk around late at night etc. The whole big speech about "I'd never ever let my child do something of that nature!" annoys me too. That's fine, don't let your child sail around the world but p.s. Jessica isn't actually your child. Let her parents deal with it.
It has also been pointed out that there's danger everywhere. Jessica is probably more likely to die in a car accident going to school than what she is likely to die out at sea. Lets just say the horrible scenario of something going wrong does occur, the people that whinged about her voyage to begin with, will they draw satisfaction with the whole "I told you so"?
I think, instead of complaining and focusing on the negatives, we should think positively and wish Jessica well on her voyage. She's obviously a very strong willed and passionate young lady and I really hope she succeeds :) Jessica is such a good role model for people, males and females, young and old. Her spirit, desire to achieve and optimistic attitude is to be envied.