Jessica Watson on Ella's Pink Lady due back in Sydney Saturday

Thursday, 06 May 2010

The youngest person to sail around the world solo, non-stop and unassisted, 16 year old Australian Jessica Watson, is expected to complete her historic voyage, arriving back in Sydney to a hero’s welcome on Saturday 15 May.

Jessica left Sydney on 18 October 2009 and has so far overcome every challenge that Mother Nature has thrown at her to achieve her goal.

Jessica needs to cross the finish line at Sydney Heads to officially complete her voyage.  She will then cruise down Sydney Harbour before disembarking at Sydney Opera House.

It is anticipated that Jessica will cross the finish line at approximately 11:30am and arrive at the Sydney Opera House around 12.30pm, the first time she will have set foot on land in almost seven months.

Organisers are urging Sydneysiders to arrive early to secure the best vantage point and show Jessica a true hero’s welcome.

Spectators are encouraged to line the shores or take to the waters of Sydney Harbour to help celebrate the remarkable achievements of this courageous teenager who has single-handedly overcome the odds - a unique and amazing set of challenges for anyone to take on, let alone a 16 year old.

With the world watching on, this historic event will be broadcast live on Network Ten and their digital channel One.

For public transport information and information on special event clearways visit or call 132 701

For further information about exclusion zones and boat safety visit

To follow Jessica’s final leg of her incredible journey visit 

Janey Glover

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 May 2010 )