Sailor Jessica Watson’s long-term partner passes away from ‘catastrophic stroke’

Australian sailor Jessica Watson has announced heartbreaking news on social media overnight, that her long term partner has passed away from a ‘catastrophic stroke’.

Cameron Dale spent six weeks at the Gold Coast University Hospital after suffering a stroke, before passing away peacefully on Monday, August 30.

Jess and Cam have been together for 10 years, sharing a world ‘centred on messing about on boats’.


“Describing what Cam means to me is impossible – everyone who knows us understands how much we simply loved each other,” Jess’ post on Instragram reads.

“Even while experiencing indescribable grief, I feel so grateful for the family, friends, and communities Cam has given me and the person I’ve become with him.

“I take enormous strength from having been so devotedly loved. The years of treasured memories offer enormous comfort.

“Being Cam’s “Jess” is the role I’m most proud of,” the post reads.



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