Sailor Jessica Watson, 16, begins attempt to circumnavigate globe
Sixteen-year-old Aussie Jessica Watson set sail from Sydney Harbour Sunday morning, hoping to become the youngest person to complete a solo round-world journey.
AFP reported that her 23,000-mile voyage was stalled a month ago after damage to her boat in a test run. This did not deter her from going through with her dream, though Queensland state officials did ask that she reconsider her plans to go through with the solo trip.
Twitter users are wishing her safe travels, though some believe it is a risky voyage for someone so young.
Watson’s trip is to last 11 months on a bright pink yacht called Ella’s Pink Lady, as skincare company Ella Baché is sponsoring the trip.
She comes after a few teenagers who have completed the same journey in the past year. The most recent of these adventurers are 17-year-old Mike Perham of Britain, and American Zac Sunderland, also 17, who completed his voyage in July.
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