PCYC Wagga Gala Dinner with Jessica Watson
Wednesday 11 September 2019
Jessica Watson set out to become the youngest person to sail solo non-stop and unassisted around the world.
Following on, record-breaking solo circumnavigations by heroes like Francis Chichester and Robin Knox-Johnston have captured the attention and the hearts of people all over the world.
Inspired in her turn by Kay Cottee, the first woman to sail solo non-stop unassisted around the world and by Jesse Martin, the youngest person to do so, Jessica Watson set her sights on beating Jesse’s achievement and stopped the nation when she sailed back into Sydney Harbour on 15 May, 2010.
In January 2011 she was awarded the prestigious Young Australian of the Year title.
In December 2011, Jessica skippered the youngest crew ever to compete in the iconic Sydney to Hobart yacht race, finishing second in their category.
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 hopes to continue to inspire youth, other adventurers and everyone with a dream in their heart.