Sailing Alone Around The World

October 12, 2009 at 10:10 am 1 comment

Post by Beth Carls, CEO, OneSeventeen Media & Co-Founder,

Good Morning America reported Sunday morning on 16-year old Australian Jessica Watson’s quest to be the youngest person to sail solo, non stop, unassisted around the world. Jessica reports on her web site that her inspiration came from two pioneer sailors: Screen shot 2009-10-11 at 10.42.13 AMKay Cottee, the first woman to sail solo non-stop and unassisted around the world, and fellow Australian, Jesse Martin, the youngest person to do so.

While many of us might not set our sights on a goal like sailing around the world, we can take inspiration from the goal of this young woman. Even when it seemed her trip may not happen when, less than 24 hours before her departure, her yacht, Ella’s Pink Lady, was struck by a 63,000 tonne bulk carrier and sustained considerable damage, Jessica did not give up. What an inspiration she can be to us and our youth on the importance of goal setting! She shares her route and rules on her site and reported today the weather seems to be cooperating for her to depart Sydney, Australia toward Northern New Zealand around the middle of the coming week.

Jessica was born May 18, 1993 on the Gold Coast and currently lives in Buderim, Australia. Her mantra is: Always make the best of everything, Positive, ask questions, lots of questions. Her interests include: Anything outdoors and on the water, camping, the beach, reading, cooking, weather, fencing, dingy sailing, boat design and CHOCOLATE!

If you’d like to follow her 8-month journey, you can find her blog and other information on her web site.

Good luck, Jessica!


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  • 1. Jaclyn Bell  |  May 19, 2010 at 10:04 am

    On May 15th Jessica made it home. Over 1,500 vessels sailed alongside Jessica and an estimated 75,000 people packed the Harbour foreshores to welcome her home.


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