The World Food Programme's (WFP) Youth Ambassador Against Hunger Jessica Watson, the youngest person to sail the world, shares insights from her recent trip to Lebanon and Jordan where she sailed in the Mediterranean with a group of dynamic teens from Syria and Lebanon and visited refugee families living in camps.
Is it just me or does it feel like there’s an elephant sitting in the corner of sailing clubhouses around the country, listening invisibly as club leaders discuss the challenge of attracting new members and retaining junior sailors?
Australian Geographic Feature: With ties to a colourful past, Norfolk Island is a remote speck in the Pacific where fresh produce, sea views and pine-studded pastures abound. Yachtswoman Jessica Watson discovers its homegrown treasures.
The isolation and sometimes extreme conditions on boats create a unique environment for teams. The many different roles, short bursts of action, long periods of inaction and the challenge of communicating over the noise of the wind require a skilled leader to keep a team on course. Historically, and to this day, skippers and captains are often held in great admiration at the yacht club bar or on a national scale. But, of course, no two captains are alike so I took a look at the different leadership styles you’re likely to see used by those behind the helm.
Jessica Watson stole the hearts of Australia when she became the youngest person to sail around the world unassisted. After arriving home in May of 2010, at just 16-years-old, the world assumed Jessica was a fearless woman. Now, at 22, Jessica tells Mamamia that wasn’t the case.