The tragic love story of Sailor Jessica Watson and her longtime partner Cameron Dale after his death

In the tragic love story of record-breaking sailor Jessica Watson and her longtime partner Cameron Dale after being shocked by a ‘catastrophic stroke’ at age 29


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Jessica Watson mourns the sudden death of her 10-year-old partner, Cameron Dale, from a stroke.

The 28-year-old well-known sailor met Cameron during the 2011 Sydney to Hobart campaign and they started dating shortly after.

After initially keeping their relationship quiet, Jessica confirmed in August 2012 that she was in a relationship with the 29-year-old.

Tragic loss: Jessica Watson mourns the sudden death of her partner of 10 years, Cameron Dale, from a stroke

Tragic loss: Jessica Watson mourns the sudden death of her partner of 10 years, Cameron Dale, from a stroke

The pair are said to have formed a friendship through their shared love of sailing, spending many of their weekends out on the water together.

“It’s something nice for us to share and have in common,” she said Mamamia of sailing with Cameron in November 2019.

Despite living together in Melbourne, Jessica told The courier post in January 2018 that she had no plans to marry the property developer.

Soulmates: The 28-year-old famed sailor met Cameron during the 2011 Sydney to Hobart campaign and they started dating shortly after

Soulmates: The 28-year-old famed sailor met Cameron during the 2011 Sydney to Hobart campaign and they started dating shortly after

Soulmates: The 28-year-old famed sailor met Cameron during the 2011 Sydney to Hobart campaign and they started dating shortly after

“Seeing my dear sister get married was more than enough for me right now,” she said at the time.

The intensely private couple also enjoyed a trip to New York City in March 2019, with Jessica sharing photos of their vacation together on Instagram at the time.

“Who knew @cameron.dale1 is annoyingly good at #skating,” she captioned a smiling snapshot of those skating in Central Park.

Lost love: After first keeping their relationship quiet, Jessica confirmed in August 2012 that she was in a relationship with the 29-year-old

Lost love: After first keeping their relationship quiet, Jessica confirmed in August 2012 that she was in a relationship with the 29-year-old

Lost love: After first keeping their relationship quiet, Jessica confirmed in August 2012 that she was in a relationship with the 29-year-old

Jessica announced Cameron’s tragic death in an emotionally charged Instagram post on Wednesday.

“On Monday, August 30, 2021, we lost our Cam – my long-standing partner in every aspect of life and the planned future,” she began.

Cam passed away peacefully almost six weeks after a catastrophic stroke. We will be forever grateful for the dedicated care he received at Gold Coast University Hospital.

RIP: Jessica announced Cameron's tragic death in an emotionally charged Instagram post on Wednesday

RIP: Jessica announced Cameron's tragic death in an emotionally charged Instagram post on Wednesday

RIP: Jessica announced Cameron’s tragic death in an emotionally charged Instagram post on Wednesday

“Cam and I have been inseparable since 2011. Our shared world revolved around messing around on boats.

“It’s impossible to describe what Cam means to me – anyone who knows us understands how much we just loved each other.”

She paid a moving tribute to the man she believed had shaped her into the person she is today.

'Cams are' "Jess" is the role I am most proud of.  Cameron Dale 21.12.1991 - 30.08.2021,

'Cams are' "Jess" is the role I am most proud of.  Cameron Dale 21.12.1991 - 30.08.2021,

Being Cam’s “Jess” is the role I’m most proud of. Cameron Dale 21.12.1991 – 30.08.2021,” she wrote on Instagram

“Even as I experience indescribable sadness, I am so grateful for the family, friends and communities that Cam has given me and the person I have become with him,” she wrote.

“I draw enormous strength from the fact that I have been loved so devotedly. The many years of fond memories offer enormous comfort.’

She concluded, “Being Cam’s “Jess” is the role I’m most proud of. Cameron Dale 21.12.1991 – 30.08.2021′.

“Describing what Cam means to me is impossible – anyone who knows us understands how much we just loved each other,” she wrote.

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