Jessica Watson shares key to life: take one storm at a time
THREE years after sailing the world, Jessica Watson is still inspiring young people to reach for the stars.
But the solo sailor admits she still struggles with the idea of being a role model - and being in public demand - especially before her morning coffee.
The 20-year-old, who defied the critics to conquer her own childhood fears of the water, delighted Coast business leaders this week with tales from her seven months at sea.
She revealed how despite travelling 23,000 nautical miles, she managed to land just one fish at sea.
And while she was more than ready for pirates, she wouldn't have minded an encounter with the Johnny Depp variety.
She's not so happy to see lemon fresh detergent, though, after watching it run down the walls of Ella's Pink Lady as the boat was tossed upside down in a fierce storm.
Jessica, who is now studying full time for a BA in sociology and communications, says she is often asked what is the next big thing.
At the moment she says she is just enjoying being back home with friends and leading a normal, albeit busy, life.
"There are all sorts of things going on," she said. "Sometimes I get itchy feet to go sailing again but I'm in no rush."
Jessica is working with scriptwriters for her movie True Spirit and says she is delighted a young, unknown actress will get to play her.
She also gets great pleasure out of her work with the World Food Program as well as speaking with young people at schools.
Her advice to young people is simple - have a dream - and break it down into small pieces to make it happen.
She says while her journey was tough, she never once thought of giving up.
"It is a non-stop voyage. The fastest way to get home is to keep going."
"When it was a tough day I would break it down. You can't think about the whole Atlantic ocean, you can't think about the whole world, so you break it down."
- AS well as sailing around the world, Jessica has competed in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, was named Young Australian of the Year and given an Order of Australia Medal in the Australia Day honours.
- She believes in making the best of everything, remaining positive, and asking lots of questions before doing something.
- Other than sailing, Jessica loves the outdoors, camping, the beach, reading, cooking, weather, fencing, dingy sailing, boat design and chocolate!