Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Tomorrow, the World! Teenager Set to Embark on Solo Sail around the Globe

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Tomorrow, the World! Teenager Set to Embark on Solo Sail around the Globe

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Byline: NIKITA LEE

HOWEVER you look at it, Jessica Watson is about to embark on the biggest adventure of her life.

She is just days shy of her sweet 16th and has already begun realising her dream of being the youngest person to sail solo around the world.

The Buderim girl has enlisted the help of a handful of sailing mentors and made it her mission to gain the experience and knowledge she needs to match her ambition.

Jessica today launches the 10.4 metre yacht Youngestround.com, which she plans to set sail on later this year to fulfil her mammoth expedition.

The excitement at seeing her once-vague dream turning into reality has overshadowed any nerves leading up to the trip.

"It's been a dream for more than five years and before that it was just a vague idea, so in a way nothing much has changed in my head," Jessica said.

"It's more that other people can see that I'm really going to do this."

Jessica contacted adventurer Don McIntyre late last year to gain some insight into his well-documented sailing expeditions. …

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