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True Spirit

True Spirit

The True Story of a 16-Year-Old Australian Who Sailed Solo, Nonstop, and Unassisted Around the World

True Spirit is Jessica Watson's own account of becoming, at just sixteen, the youngest person to ever sail solo, unassisted and non-stop around the globe.

Now back in Australia after two hundred and ten harrowing days at sea in a 10 meter boat, teenage sailor and adventurer Jessica Watson takes readers beyond what has been revealed in the media and on her blog. She shares her preparation, how her parents came to terms with her decision, and a journey that included sleep deprivation, technical problems, gale-force winds, mountainous seas, and hazardous icebergs. She will also share how she managed to maintain composure against solitude that most of us can only imagine dealing with alone on a vast sea, with no land in sight and no help close at hand.

This is a compelling, inspiring story of risk, guts, determination and achievement that will capture the hearts and mind of all those who admire an adventurous spirit.

This eBook contains 19 embedded videos of  the amazing journey that Jessica filmed as she sailed around the world. Note: Download time is 4-6 minutes.
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  • Atria Books | 
  • 368 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451616323 | 
  • September 2010
List Price $12.38
Available on or around September 7, 2010

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A note from the author

Thanks to all the people who have followed my blog. When I was putting this book together with my publisher, I started to rewrite the story of the voyage in a more traditional way, but it didn’t work. I lost something doing this. Instead, I decided to include the blogs, though they have been edited sometimes, and then expand on them to reveal things I wasn’t quite ready to talk about when I was at sea and to share things I have learned since. I hope you enjoy reading about my whole journey, not just my 210 days on the ocean.

It can get a bit confusing but throughout this book I... see more

About the Author

Jessica Watson
Photography courtesy of the author.

Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson was born on May 18th, 1993 on the Gold Coast of Australia . On May 15, 2010, at just sixteen,  she became the the youngest person to have ever sail solo, unassisted and non-stop around the globe.

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