"There are places you can only get to by sea, and there are places you can only get to by being at sea." Jesse Martin. In 1999, at the age of 18, Jesse Martin became the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe, solo, non-stop, and unassisted. His journey on the 34-foot Lionheart-Mistral took approximately 11 months. He chronicled his adventures in the book Lionheart: A Journey of the Human Spirit, and his story was made into a documentary, Lionheart: The Jesse Martin Story. Jesse tells the story of this journey, including the conflict surrounding his family's decision to let their son fulfill his dream at such a young age. He also talks about the journeys he's taken since, and the lessons learned along the way. Jesse 's pure spirit and honest way of looking at himself and life makes us all look a little deeper into ourselves to find out how we can pursue our own adventures.
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