AUTOBIOGRAPHY

On 31 October 1999, at the age of eighteen, Jesse Martin sailed into the record books in his yacht Lionheart by becoming the youngest person ever to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world.

Jesse was born for adventure. After learning to sail at fourteen, he travelled along Australia’s tropical coast on a flimsy catamaran, and by sixteen he had kayaked through the remote island of Papua New Guinea and crewed on a yacht sailing from Belize to Tahiti.

But the biggest adventure of them all was yet to come.

Lionheart is Jesse’s story. A story of courage, loneliness, and danger, it is also an incredible, gripping, true-life adventure.

Published in Australia by Allen & Unwin, Lionheart A Journey of the Human Spirit is also available in German, Thai, Korean and Danish languages.


I was a member of the of a large group of people who thought he was mad. I take my hat off to him.

– David Adams, international yachtsman

Your courage and determination are an inspirational example for all young people to follow.

– Bill Clinton, former US President