Flashback to teen's epic voyage
Three days shy of her 17th birthday, Jessica Watson set an unofficial world record when she became the youngest to sail nonstop, solo and unassisted around the world. On Oct. 18, 2009, the Australian teenager took to the open seas from Sydney, Australia and, seven months later, sailed back into Sydney Harbor to complete her 23,000-nautical-mile voyage on May 15, 2010. The reason her record is unofficial is because the governing body requires sailors to be 18 and over in order to be eligible for the record. Kind of defeats the purpose of "the youngest" superlative, but we're assured it's for safety reasons.
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