Aussie solo sailor asleep as yacht crashed

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An Australian schoolgirl bidding to become the youngest solo round-the-world sailor was asleep and tracking the wrong vessel when she hit a giant cargo ship during a test run, an inquiry found Tuesday.

Jessica Watson, 16, left Sydney on her non-stop voyage Sunday aboard her 33-foot yacht amid concerns that she was too young to attempt the dangerous voyage.

The journey was almost scuttled by her Sept. 9 head-on collision with a 63,800-ton bulk coal carrier, just hours into a trial run to Sydney.

In its preliminary report, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said the ship's crew had spotted Watson's yacht from some distance and tried to avoid hitting it.

Click here to read the full report by the Australian Press Council.