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The Board of Governors has established this award to recognize “a young sailor who has made one or more exceptional voyages.”

Jessica Watson (Buderim, Queensland, Australia) is among Cruising Club of America’s (CCA) 2017 award recipients selected for outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing and the history of yachting. Watson won the Young Voyager Award, which was introduced in 2017 and recognizes “a young sailor who has made one or more exceptional voyages.” In Watson’s case, she completed a southern hemisphere non-stop around the world voyage – solo and unassisted – at the age of 16.