True Spirit: The True Story of a 16-Year-Old Australian Who Sailed Solo, Nonstop, and Unassisted Around the WorldPaperback
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- Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
- Format: Paperback | 356 pages
- Dimensions: 157mm x 234mm x 46mm | 431g
- Publication date: 7 September 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 1451616317
- ISBN 13: 9781451616316
- Edition statement: Original.
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, black & white line drawings, maps, charts
- Sales rank: 18,943
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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By Georgia Guy 03 Oct 2010
I was able to quickly read Jessica Watson's vivid account of her round the world voyage on Ella's Pink Lady. Why quickly? It was because I had followed her voyage almost from the beginning and read the blog updates almost every day and posted comments quite often. Therefore, much of it was revisiting familiar territory while living her adventure again. "True Spirit" is a unpretentious account of a young girl that had a dream and meticulously charted a course to realize and accomplish that dream which she did on May 15, 2010 when she sailed back into Sydney Harbor. Her odyssey was the culmination of years (yes years) of planning, preparation and training in order to sail smart and with caution. This was in no way a spur of the moment decision. In the book, a reader will quickly realize the enormous support and encouragement she received from her family, her friends and professional sailors as she untiringly soaked up information she would need. This approach carried her through some absolutely terrifying moments where she experienced six knockdowns from brutal waves of 10 meters height and more. Alone at sea for 210 days, she experienced highs and lows but with maturity beyond her years she constantly rose to meet any challenge the sea could throw at her."True Spirit" is a case study in human perseverance and determination and I highly recommend it to anyone who seeks a uplifting account of a young girl who first defined her dream and set out to make it happen. She aptly defines inspiration and in doing so has become a role model for young and old alike.