Adventurer Don McIntyre and Jessica Watson seek around the world yacht crew

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Want to travel around the world? Sailing adventurer Don McIntyre has partnered with solo yacht sailor Jessica Watson in a search for Australia’s next global sailing explorers. Their mission? Find a new crew to travel around the world in a 30ft yacht.

Adventurer Don McIntyre and Jessica Watson seek around the world yacht crew
Want to travel around the world in a 30ft yacht? Adventurer Don McIntyre and solo yacht sailor Jessica Watson are looking for a crew of young adventurers.


  • Crew wanted for solo yacht voyage around the world.


  • Adventurer Don McIntyre to hand over 10.5m sailing yacht.


  • Solo sailor Jessica Watson to mentor sailing crew.



Don McIntyre previously supplied the boat to kickstart Jessica Watson’s own successful solo yacht campaign in 2009. Now he’s doing it again by handing over a 10.5m ocean voyaging sailing yacht to one or two young sailing crew who he believes could safely circumnavigate the globe.

Don McIntyre emphasized this new challenge, however, is not about setting records or being "first".

"This is all about adventure and real life, through a Voyage of Imagination," he said.

"Here’s a chance for competent young sailors, with passion, to test themselves, explore new horizons, engage the natural world and maybe even influence and inspire others in the process," he said.

Potential candidates for the crewing jobs need to be at least 16 years old and no older than 21, on May 2, 2015, when the voyage sets out from Sydney.

The chosen yacht sailor crew are free to set their own path (and yes, you’re allowed to make stops this time) during the west-about 25,000nm around-the-world circumnavigation.

Departing Australia via Darwin, exotic ports may include, Cocos, Mauritius, Cape Town, St Helena, Caribbean, Panama Canal, Galapagos, Marquesas, Tahiti ,Tonga and Fiji, before returning to Sydney 19 months later, in November 2016.



Jessica Watson is currently studying Media and Communications and will mentor the yacht crew on all aspects of the voyage.

"I really hope there are some cool young people out there who realise what an amazing opportunity this is," she said.

"They don’t need to be racing sailors; just sailors dedicated enough to put the preparation and energy in."

Don McIntyre’s previous adventures include sailing to antarctica from Australia and circumnavigating the world solo in the 1990 BOC Challenge Yacht Race. He conceived this new youth sailing adventure as a way to celebrate his 60th birthday next year.

"Riding a bike for the first time, stepping into your first kayak, or even running your first small business are all adventures" he said.

"Unfortunately, society and parents often wrap kids in cotton wool, categorise them and push them to be "normal".

"They need freedom to explore and take risks. Adventuring is life’s best educator."


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