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The Moment Jessica Watson’s Life Flipped Upside Down

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The story of Jessica Watson's unbelievable solo sailing trip around the world at age 16 has been etched into Australian lore. More than a decade after that achievement, the details of how she survived 210 days of severe storms, isolation and even her boat flipping upside down 15 feet underwater, will astound you. She still holds the record for youngest person to sail solo, nonstop and unassisted around the world. No mean feat.

But that trip wasn't the only storm the now 29-year-old has had to endure. Speaking to Claire Murphy, Jessica reveals the challenge of working on her newly released Netflix biopic True Spirit, while her life was falling apart.

This is Jessica Watson's story.


With thanks to Jessica Watson. Watch True Spirit on Netflix.

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Host: Claire Murphy. Claire also hosts Mamamia's daily news podcast, The Quicky.

Executive Producer: Elissa Ratliff

Assistant Producer: Emmeline Peterson

Audio Producer: Madeline Joannou

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