Jessica Watson : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Partner, Children, Education and Career

Jessica Watson is an Australian sailor who was awarded the Order of Australia Medal know all about her in this article as like her Family, Net Worth, Parents, Partner, Children, Education and Career

Name Jessica Watson
Birthdate ( Age) 18 May 1993
Place of Birth Gold Coast, Australia
Nationality Australian
Marital Status  In Relationship
Spouse/Partner Cameron Dale
Children Not Yet
Parents Julie Watson, Roger Watson
Education Not Known
Profession Australian sailor
Net Worth $1 Million – $2 Million
Last Update September 2021

Jessica Watson OAM is an Australian sailor who was awarded the Order of Australia Medal after attempting a solo global circumnavigation at the age of 16. 

In recognition of her attempt Watson was named the 2011 Young Australian of the Year,and the following year was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia.She currently resides in Buderim, Queensland.

Early Life and Family

Watson was born in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The second of four children of New Zealander couple Roger and Julie Watson, who moved to Australia in 1987, she has dual Australian and New Zealand citizenship.She has an older sister (Emily) and younger brother and sister (Tom and Hannah).

All four took sailing lessons as children, and the family went on to live on board a 16-metre cabin cruiser for five years, the children being home schooled via distance learning. Later they lived on a purpose-built double decker bus for some time.When Watson was eleven and they were still living on the boat, her mother read Jesse Martin’s book Lionheart: A Journey of the Human Spirit to the children as a bedtime story. This led to Watson forming the ambition, at age 12, to sail around the world too.

Jessica Watson Partner

Cameron Dale was  the long-term partner of around-the-world sailor Jessica Watson has died in a Gold Coast hospital, six weeks after suffering a catastrophic stroke.Dale and Watson routinely enjoyed time out on the water sailing. In fact, that was where they met a decade ago.The pair, who were living in Melbourne, visited New York together in early 2019, enjoying exploring the Big Apple and skating at Central Park.

Jessica Watson Net Worth

Jessica Watson OAM is an Australian sailor who was awarded the Order of Australia Medal has an estimated Net Worth of $1 Million – $2 Million.

Professional Career

Watson had been planning to complete a solo non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation since at least early 2008. Officially announced in May 2009, the journey was expected to take eight months with an estimated distance of 23,000 nautical miles. To fulfill the plan of sailing non-stop and unassisted, during the journey no other person would be allowed to give her anything and she must not moor to any port or other boat, although advice over radio communication would be permitted.

Watson’s planned circumnavigation route was to start and end at Sydney and to pass near New Zealand, Fiji, Kiribati, Cape Horn, Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and South East Cape. In accordance with the definitions for circumnavigations set out by the International Sailing Federation’s WSSRC, the equator must be crossed – this crossing was carried out near Kiritimati. However, the WSSRC criteria also stipulate that a global circumnavigation must have an orthodromic distance of 21,600 nautical miles – Watson’s journey did not meet this requirement.

Watson wrote a book about her experience, True Spirit published by Hachette Australia.The book was released 29 July 2010.Watson filmed a documentary about her solo trip before, during and after completing her journey. It was narrated by Sir Richard Branson and premiered on ONEHD on 16 August 2010, before being released on DVD along with a CD album on 20 August 2010.

A television documentary “201 Days” was made about her circumnavigation. It was narrated by Richard Branson.In 2021 a movie “True Spirit” about her circumnavigation is in production in Queensland, starring Teagan Croft as Watson. It is produced by Netflix and expected to be released in 2022.The production has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.