How the Youngest Person To Sail Around the World Did It
ON MAY 15, 2010, 16-year-old Jess Watson sailed into the Sydney Harbor to complete her solo circumnavigation of the globe. Tens of thousands of people, including New South Wales’ Premiere and Australia’s Prime Minister, waited to welcome and congratulate her on becoming the youngest person to achieve this feat. She was named Australian of the Year and also a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. She did all this amid widespread criticism and doubt, and she battled hard against gender stereotypes along the way.