WatchMate Joins Jessica Watson for Solo World Record Attempt

Australian teenage adventurer Jessica Watson has chosen the AISWatchMate® from Vesper Marine for her on-board AIS solution as she prepares to depart on her solo around-the-world sailing challenge. The WatchMate is a unique and sophisticated collision warning instrument which is very easy to use. As a dedicated safety tool it provides mariners with advance warnings and features prioritisation and filtering capabilities that eliminate the clutter and complexity associated with other AIS solutions. Vesper Marine believes safety is too important to be buried in complicated menus or user interfaces. As a result the WatchMate’s intuitive interface provides concise and relevant data at those times when it’s needed most.

Jessica Watson aims to set the world record for youngest unassisted solo sailor to circumnavigate and the WatchMate provides her with a valuable watch keeping tool utilising the safety benefits of AIS to help increase situational awareness of surrounding marine traffic. The very low power consumption of the WatchMate is important to energy concious sailors like Jessica that rely on solar and wind to keep batteries charged.

The system was installed aboard Ella’s Pink Lady by Vesper Marine agents Aquatronics Marine in Brookvale, NSW. For more information about the WatchMate please visit

For more information contact:

Deirdre Schleigh
Phone: +64 (0)9 950 4848


By Ocean Navigator