18 Oct 2009

Sydney teen starts round the world yacht voyage

5:12 pm on 18 October 2009

An Australian teenager began her eight-month round the world voyage on Sunday.

Jessica Watson, 16, left Sydney on Sunday morning on her quest to break Jesse Martin's record as the youngest person to sail solo around the world, the ABC reports.

She has faced several disruptions, including an incident last month when her yacht collided with a cargo ship off southern Queensland.

Her mother Julie Watson says she'll be in contact with her daughter twice a day.

Jessica will head towards northern New Zealand, then to Fiji, Samoa, South America and South Africa, then sail the final leg of 4,000 nautical miles back to Australia.