Jessica Watson Biography: Age, Husband, Net Worth, Books, Height, Siblings

Posted By Johnson Ajiboye

Jessica Watson is an Australian sailor who gained recognition for her daring attempt at a solo circumnavigation at 16.

Despite not meeting the distance criteria for a circumnavigation, Watson was named the 2011 Young Australian of the Year and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her achievements.

She continues to inspire young Australians and serves as a role model for aspiring sailors.


  • Full Name: Jessica Watson
  • Date of Birth: May 18, 1993
  • Age: 30 years old
  • Gender: Female
  • Place of Birth: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Profession: Sailor
  • Height: 5’4″
  • Parents: Julie Watson, Roger Watson
  • Siblings: 3
  • Relationship Status: N/A
  • Spouse: N/A
  • Children: N/A
  • Net Worth: $5 million

Early Life & Education

Jessica Watson, currently aged 30, was born on May 18, 1993, on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

She is the second of four children, including Hannah, Emily, and Tom, born to Roger and Julie Watson, who relocated from New Zealand to Australia in 1987.

Jessica and her siblings were exposed to sailing from a young age and were homeschooled while living on board a cabin cruiser for five years.

Their education was conducted through distance learning programs.

At 11, Jessica’s mother read a book to the children about a solo sailing journey, sparking her ambition to sail around the world.

She began sailing lessons at the age of 14.

Personal Life

Details regarding Jessica Watson’s romantic relationships and personal life are not available.


Jessica Watson embarked on her solo circumnavigation journey in October 2009 at 16. Her voyage was expected to take eight months and cover approximately 23,000 nautical miles.

Despite facing challenges, such as a collision with a freighter and treacherous weather conditions, Watson completed her journey on May 15, 2010, returning to Sydney Harbour.

She documented her experience in a book titled “True Spirit” and also released a documentary about her journey.


Jessica Watson faced criticism and controversy throughout her journey, particularly surrounding her age and experience.

Some questioned the decision to attempt such a feat at a young age and expressed concerns about her safety.

However, Watson persevered and completed her solo circumnavigation.

Net Worth

Jessica Watson’s net worth is estimated to be around $5 million.

Social Media

  • Instagram handle: @jessicawatsonsailing
  • Twitter handle: @jess_watson


  • True Spirit

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