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By Jesse Martin

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Format: Paperback, 312 pages
Published In: Australia, 01 November 2001
On October 31 1999, Melbourne school-boy sailor Jesse Martin completed one of the last great adventures of the 20th century. At 18 years of age, and after 11 months at sea, he became the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world. This is the story of why Jesse set himself such an astonishing task and how he managed to make his dream come true.

About the Author

Jesse Martin was destined for adventure. Born in Munich in 1981 whilst his parents were travelling through Europe in a kombi van, he spent his early years in the beautiful Daintree Rainforest of North Queensland. By the time he was 14 he had sailed a thousand kilometres along Australia's tropical coast on a flimsy catamaran and had trekked through south-east Asia and the Aboriginal communities of Central Australia. At 16 he kayaked through remote islands of Papau New Guinea and then crewed on a yacht that sailed from the Central American country of Belize to Tahiti. In 1998 at the age of 17, Jesse set off from Melbourne on a solo sail around the world. The rest is history.


Gr 8 Up-In 1999, Martin sailed around the world solo and unassisted. In a 34-foot yacht named Lionheart, the 17-year-old Australian used no fossil fuels, received no supplies or visitors, and never stepped off the boat for the entire 10-month trip. His narrative is conversational in tone and unsparingly honest, revealing his insecurities as well as a quick wit. Restless and bored by school, he found that sailing became an obsession that intensified after some short excursions with family and friends. Martin wasn't deterred by the complexity or expense of a trip of this magnitude and he was resourceful in finding sponsors and sailing mentors. Remarkably, his mother mortgaged her house to help buy his boat. Once he set sail, the text changes to diary format and chronicles an unpredictable sea, loneliness and isolation, a troublesome leak, and near collisions with large ships. A map plots significant events such as a whale encounter, a force 10 storm, and the spot where he spent his 18th birthday. Solar panels and telephone and e-mail access remind readers that the author is a new breed of sailor, but his story is inspirational nonetheless. The narrative form is simple, and the book hits all the marks for scope, teen appeal, and emotion. Young adults will be heartened by Martin's message that even an ordinary kid can follow his dream.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

EAN: 9781865085708
ISBN: 1865085707
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions: 19.5 x 13 centimetres (0.31 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Andy on
This is a fantastic book and Jesse tells a great story of a boy and young man who has a dream to take adventures on the water...Very inspiring - I'd love to meet him.
An S&S 34 owner based in Melbourne.
hayley on
I was absolutely inspired to make the most out of my life when i read this book. It doesn't matter if you like sailing or not, you can apply the lessons to any discipline or adventure. I was 13 when I read this book and I was amazed that the boy who wrote this book and circumnavigated arounnd the globe was only a few years older than I. Jesse Martin surely is an amazing Aussie.

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