Teen's solo sail over before it began

 A 16-year-old Australian, bidding to become the youngest ever round-the-world solo sailor, was limping back to Australia’s east coast on Wednesday after damaging her 10.4-metre yacht in a collision with a 63,000-ton cargo ship.

Just a day into her planned eight-month voyage, Jessica Watson was uninjured, but her boat was damaged and is returning to Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast. “They came together at sea, and she’s now bringing the boat back to south-east Queensland,” Watson family spokesman Scott Young said. “It certainly hasn’t stopped the voyage. I can’t ever see Jessica not wanting to do this.”

Young said Watson was on her way to Sydney, where she was to officially start her attempt.

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