and Watson never claimed the voyage to be an attempt at such, preferring the less formal term 'around the world'.In recognition of her achievement Watson was named the 2011 Young Australian of the Year, She has an older sister (Emily) and younger brother and sister (Tom and Hannah).
The swells she experienced in the Great Australian Bight were up to 12 metres in height, higher than anytime before.
Watson completed her journey on day 210 of her voyage at pm on when she arrived in Sydney Harbour.
Watson arrived in the Australian economic zone on 10 April 2010, celebrating with crackers and Vegemite.
There her parents and media flew over her in a small plane in order to welcome her.
Watson's planned circumnavigation route was to start and end at Sydney, and to pass near New Zealand, Fiji, Kiribati, Cape Horn, Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and South East Cape. However, the WSSRC criteria also stipulate that a global circumnavigation must have an orthodromic distance of 21,600 nautical miles. Watson arrived back in Sydney Harbour at pm, Saturday .
The Los Angeles Times reported Watson's reason for her journey: "I wanted to challenge myself and achieve something to be proud of. I hated being judged by my appearance and other people's expectations of what a 'little girl' was capable of. Every milestone out here isn't just my achievement, but an achievement for everyone who has put so much time and effort into helping getting me here." They met during a stop he made in Australia during his circumnavigation, and they had several phone conversations during her journey.It was obtained and refitted with new equipment under the supervision of Don Mc Intyre and Bruce Arms, both skilled and experienced sailors.The refitting included a new galley, reconditioned diesel and water tanks, and a complete rebuild of the electrical system.Officially announced in May 2009, the journey was expected to take eight months with an estimated distance of 23,000 nautical miles.To fulfill the plan of sailing non-stop and unassisted, during the journey no other person would be allowed to give her anything and she must not moor to any port or other boat, although advice over radio communication was permitted. Departing Sydney on 18 October 2009, Watson headed north-east crossing the equator in the Pacific Ocean before crossing the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.