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True spirit : the true story of a 16-year-old Australian who sailed solo, nonstop, and unassisted around the world
2010
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On May 15, 2010, after 210 days at sea and more than 22,000 nautical miles, 16-year-old Jessica Watson sailed her 33-foot boat triumphantly back to land. She had done it. She was the youngest person to sail solo, unassisted, and nonstop around the world.

Jessica spent years preparing for this moment, years focused on achieving her dream. Yet only eight months before, she collided with a 63,000-ton freighter. It seemed to many that she'd failed before she'd even begun, but Jessica brushed herself off, held her head high, and kept going.

Told in Jessica's own words, True Spirit is the story of her epic voyage. It tells how a young girl, once afraid of everything, decided to test herself on an extraordinary adventure that included gale-force winds, mountainous waves, hazardous icebergs, and extreme loneliness on a vast sea, with no land in sight and no help close at hand. True Spirit is an inspiring story of risk, guts, determination, and achievement that ultimately proves we all have the power to live our dreams--no matter how big or small.
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A note from the authorp. ix
Chart of Jessica's circumnavigationp. x
Prefacep. 1
Part 1The Starting Pointp. 5
Part 2The Voyagep. 89
Stage 1Sydney and North to the Line Islandsp. 95
Stage 2South to Chile and Cape Hornp. 155
Stage 3North After Cape Hornp. 213
Stage 4The South Atlantic to the African Continentp. 217
Stags 5Rounding South Africap. 251
Stage 6Southern Ocean to Homep. 261
Part 3Homep. 327
A guide to Ella's Pink Ladyp. 342
Internal guidep. 344
Glossaryp. 346
Acknowledgmentsp. 349
Photographic acknowledgmentsp. 353
Sponsorsp. 355
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