After 210 days at sea navigating some of the world's most challenging oceans and surviving seven knockdowns, Jessica Watson sailed triumphantly into Sydney Harbour in May 2010. At 16 she became the youngest person to sail solo non-stop and unassisted around the world.In December 2011, Jessica skippered the youngest crew to ever compete in the iconic Sydney to Hobart yacht race, finishing second in their category. She was named Young Australian of the Year in 2011. And in January 2012, Jessica was announced in the Australia Day Honours list, receiving an OAM (Order of Australia Medal) for services to sailing and being a role model for the youth of Australia.Jessica completed an MBA in 2017, she is a partner in marine startup Deckee, an ambassador for Mobile Travel Agents, and is a Youth Representative for the United Nations World Food Programme. Jessica's #1 bestselling memoir, True Spirit, was first released in 2010 and her debut middle-grade novel, Indigo Blue, was published in 2018. Jessica is an in-demand corporate speaker and a management consultant within Deloitte's Human Capital Practice.
teen sailing sensation - Herald Suna poignant account of how one girl chases after a dream in spite of all the knockdowns . . . An inspiring read - Onya Magazine on TRUE SPIRIT