Jesse Martin
Australia Crest

17 year old solo round-the-world yachtsman.

Jesse left Melbourne on December 6th, 1998.

Lionheart Mistral rounded Cape Horn in South America on March 9th, 1999.

Jesse reached his antipodal point on May 16th, 1999. This means the exact opposite side of the Earth to Melbourne. To do this he had to sail up the South Atlantic Ocean and round the Azores in the North Atlantic before heading south to round the Cape of Good Hope.

Jesse Martin
Jesse Martin

Lionheart rounded the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa on August 16th, 1999. On August 24th Lionheart was knocked down 5 times in a 50-55 knots wind. It took Jesse a few days to dry out and get the stove going again.

Late July 99 he entered the last quarter of his epic journey, hoping to become the youngest to achieve this sail ahead of fellow Aussie David Dicks from Western Australia. David was 18 years and 41 days old when he sailed back into Fremantle.

In August ' 99, Prime Minister John Howard e-mailed a good luck message and support to Jesse.

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Jesse arrived back in Port Phillip Bay on Sunday, October 31, 1999 to be greeted by water spraying tugs and a flotilla of well-wishers and family. Besides the greetings and a hot shower he is looking forward to a huge hamburger with heaps of fresh salad, some hair ties and Ben Harper's new album.

Jesse, after nearly 11 months at sea, now has the record of being the youngest solo, non-stop and unassisted circumnavigator of planet Earth.

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