Jessica Watson

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Date of Birth May 18, 1993
Place of Birth Australia
Age 27 years old
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Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson is an Australian sailor who was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for completing a southern hemisphere solo circumnavigation at the age of 16. Departing Sydney on 18 October 2009, Watson headed north-east, crossing the equator in the Pacific Ocean before crossing the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. She returned to Sydney on 15 May 2010, three days before her 17th birthday, though the voyage was ultimately shorter than the required 21,600 nautical miles to be considered a global circumnavigation. In recognition of her achievement Watson was named the 2011 Young Australian of the Year, and the following year was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia. She currently resides in Buderim, Queensland.

Born: May 18, 1993, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Nationality: Australian, New Zealander
Occupation: Sailor
Parent(s): Julie Watson, Roger Watson
Website: Jessica Watson's Official site

About Jessica Watson

Explorer who became the youngest person to sail unassisted around the world without stopping in May 2010. The journey spanned 21,600 nautical miles and lasted from October 2009 to May 2010.

Before Fame

She lived with her family on a cabin cruiser for five years, and she spent time living in a double-decker bus.


She has garnered some criticism due to her trip not meeting official World Sailing Speed Record Council criteria.

Family Life

Her parents are New Zealanders Roger and Julie Watson.


She successfully circumnavigated the globe like Ferdinand Magellan, who was the first person to do so.

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Latest information about Jessica Watson updated on January 18, 2021.

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