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Jessica Watson
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Jessica Watson - Around the World Sailor

Jessica Watson was born the 18th of May 1993 on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. In May 2010, she unofficially became the youngest person to sail non-stop and unassisted around the world, although her route did not meet World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) criteria for a circumnavigation of the globe. Watson's journey has been criticised by some like Barry Tyler of Pacific Motor Yacht Magazine who wrote - like the majority of the seafaring world, I consider it irresponsible, cavalier and indeed ignorant to attempt such a feat, at such a tender age and with so little trans-ocean experience. Of course Barry was upset. His male ego threatened by a female and a 16 year-old to boot. No matter what the nit-pickers haggle over, the fact remains that 16 year-old Jessica Watson did, in fact, sail a 10.23 meter or 33.6 foot Sparkman & Stephens S&S 34 sailboat solo over the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean. And after 210 continuous days at sea she returned to Sydney Harbour on 15 May 2010, three days before her 17th birthday. During her journey she suffered at least three knockdowns (where the mast hits the water), one of them with the mast deep into the sea, luckily without any real damage or injury. The swells she experienced in the Great Australian Bight were up to 12 meters in height, higher than anytime before. In the months following the completion of Jessica's journey, there were questions about what would become of her boat called Ella's Pink Lady. In April 2011, after both state and federal governments jointly purchased the yacht for $300,000, it was announced that the Pink Lady would have a permanent exhibition at the Queensland Maritime Museum in Brisbane.

Jessica sailed a southern hemisphere solo circumnavigation, in which a vessel must start from and return to the same point as well as cross all meridians of longitude and must cross the Equator. Jessica can tick off all of the above listed boxes. Jessica has sailed the most challenging and treacherous oceans of the world, passing Cape Horn, Cape Agulhas, Cape Leeuwin and the Cape of south east Tasmania and she crossed the Equator twice. She sailed solo around the world, non-stop and unassisted and is the youngest to have accomplished sailing almost 23,000 nautical miles in the process. Since completing her circumnavigation she has been given a number of awards including the Spirit of Sport Award from the Sports Australia Hall of Fame, and the Young Performer of the Year for 2010, an award voted by the Australian public and presented at the annual Sports Performer Awards in Melbourne.She was selected as one of the ten international Adventurers of the Year 2010 by National Geographic Society, being the only sailor in the group. She was also named the Young Australian of the year on 25 January 2011 and selected as one of the entrants to the Who's Who in Australia 2012 edition. Jessica has written a book titled True Spirit about her circumnavigation. Jessica has also filmed a documentary about her solo trip before, during and after completing her solo trip which will be narrated by Sir Richard Branson and premiered on ONEHD on 16 August 2010 and then was released on DVD along with a CD album on 20 August 2010.

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