The Leif Erikson Young Explorer Award
Awarded to an explorer under the age of 30 for great achievements in exploration.
Australian sailor Jessica Watson is awarded The Leif Erikson Young Explorer Award for her 210-day voyage around the world, from October 2009 to May 2010. When she arrived back in Sydney on May 15, she became the youngest person to have completed a non-stop and unassisted southern hemisphere solo circumnavigation, at the age of 16. An inspiration to both young people and adults around the world, Jessica does regular talks about exploration and her voyage. She tells her story in the book True Spirit.
The recipients of the 2015 Leif Erikson Exploration Awards were announced at a press conference in Husavik on November 11, 2015.