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    Youngest solo round-the-world sailing quest set to begin

    Youngest solo round-the-world sailing quest set to begin
    ARTHUR MAX
    Saturday, July 31, 2010

    Teen sailor Laura Dekker says she will leave the Netherlands on Wednesday in her quest to become the youngest to circumnavigate the globe alone. But it won't yet be the first leg of the 14-year-old's solo voyage.

    AMSTERDAM — Teen sailor Laura Dekker says she will leave the Netherlands on Wednesday in her quest to become the youngest to circumnavigate the globe alone. But it won't yet be the first leg of the 14-year-old's solo voyage.

    Dekker said on her blog Saturday she will sail with her father to Portugal, and she will begin her round-the-world venture from there later. She said she did not know when that would be.

    Dekker won a prolonged battle last Tuesday when a court released her from the guardianship of Dutch child-protection agencies that had blocked her attempts to leave last year when she was still 13. The authorities said being alone and absent from school for so long would be harmful for her education and psychological development.

    On her blog, Dekker posted a picture of the schoolbooks she is taking, packed snugly in a wooden rack.

    She planned to set out at 9 a.m. in her 38-foot yacht Guppy from the southern Dutch harbor of Den Osse with her father Dick Dekker, who has supported Dekker's ambitions to enter the record book as the world's youngest round-the-world sailor.

    The family court in nearby Middelburg ruled that her preparations appeared adequate and it was up to her parents to decide whether to let her make the attempt. Her mother, Babs Mueller, who is separated from her father, recently withdrew her opposition.

    "It's great that I can now officially say it will happen on Wednesday," she wrote.

    In an earlier blog posting, Dekker wrote that she and her father would sail together to Portugal to make final adjustments and safety checks aboard the red twin-masted ketch.

    Dekker, who was born on a yacht off the coast of New Zealand, has been whittling away at the objections to her unassisted voyage since the authorities stepped in last year. She got a bigger, sturdier sailboat, took courses in first aid and learned to suture her own wounds, and practiced coping with sleep deprivation. She made at least one solo trip across the North Sea to England.

    But her plans and legal wrangles have contributed to a global debate over the wisdom of allowing ever-younger sailors to take on the risks of sailing the high seas alone.

    Concerns were heightened in June when American teen Abby Sunderland had to be rescued in the Indian Ocean. A wave snapped the mast off her yacht and left her helpless until she was eventually rescued by a French fishing boat more than 2,000 miles west of Australia.

    Dekker is trying to beat the record set last May by Australian Jessica Watson, who was 16 years old when she completed a 210-day voyage on her 34-foot (10-meter) yacht, Ella's Pink Lady, around the world. Watson says she has just completed a book on her experience.

    Watson remained at sea nonstop for her trip around the globe, but Dekker plans to stop at several ports along the way where she can meet family and rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    On her blog, Dekker posted a picture of the schoolbooks she is taking, packed snugly in a wooden rack.

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    Who is going to pay for the rescue if she gets into trouble?

    If the parents are irresponsible enough to allow their child to take on such a dangerous adventure, (all for the sake of getting into the record books), then they should be required to put up a bond of say $1 million to pay for the potential rescue. Why should the taxpayers in foreign countries be expected to foot the bill? Same goes for other idiots embarking on dangerous adventures where they know there is a real possibility that they may have to be rescued. Either do it at their own risk or cough up the cash to pay for the rescue.

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    Yep....
    Eventually between them they will kill a child.
    Sorry, but fucking idiots.

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    Manager: Dutch teen sets sail on solo world trip
    FILIPE BENTO (AP)
    Associated Press writers Harold Heckle in Madrid, and Mike Corder in The Hague, Netherlands, contributed to this report.

    PORTIMAO, Portugal A 14-year-old Dutch sailor departed from Portugal Saturday on her quest to become the youngest person to sail around the world solo, according to her manager.

    Peter Klarenbeek said Laura Dekker had set off despite almost windless conditions from a Portuguese port that he would not specify "because she did not want to speak to the media."

    Klarenbeek said Laura was in a very good mood as she set off on her yearlong trip to circumnavigate the globe.

    Child protection authorities have questioned the wisdom of allowing a child to take on the risk of sailing the world's oceans alone, but Laura says she has the navigating skills and endurance of an adult.

    A court last month released her from the guardianship of Dutch child protection agencies who had tried to block her voyage because of fears about her safety and psychological health.

    Marijke Schaaphok, the director of Masmedia, a company filming the trip with remote cameras mounted on Laura's boat, defended the girl's push to sail around the world, saying Laura is mature for her age and has proven that she can sail "Guppy" across oceans after passing a maritime exam in the Netherlands for a vessel of her boat's size.

    Furthermore, she said Laura is uniquely qualified for the ambitious sea venture.

    "She grew up with her father on a boat so she's completely different from a normal 14-year-old girl," Schaaphok said. "She's very wise and a little bit impatient, but she's a very nice girl and she knows exactly what she wants."

    Laura's first port of call after leaving Portugal was to be Spain's Canary Islands or Portugal's Madeira Islands, both far out in the Atlantic. The choice of destination will depend on wind conditions.

    Laura took several steps to reduce objections to her voyage after the authorities stepped in last year. She got a bigger, sturdier boat than the one she originally planned to use, took courses in first aid and practiced coping with sleep deprivation. The girl also made a solo trip across the North Sea to England.

    The Dutch court ruled that her preparations were adequate and it was up to her parents, who are divorced, to decide whether to let her make the attempt.

    In June, American Abby Sunderland, 16, had to be rescued in a remote section of the Indian Ocean during an attempt to circle the globe. Earlier this year, Australian Jessica Watson, completed a 210-day voyage at age 16.

    But while Watson remained at sea nonstop, Laura plans to stop at dozens of ports and may even return home to catch up on her studies before resuming her trip.

    If Laura completes the voyage, any record she claims would be unofficial and likely to be challenged. The Guinness' World Records and the World Sailing Speed Record Council have decided they will no longer recognize records for "youngest" sailors to avoid encouraging dangerous attempts.

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    Laura Dekker completes solo circumnavigation at 16 years and 123 days
    Nancy Knudsen


    Stepping onto shore at the end of her circumnavigation

    photo Telegraph UK .

    This week (Saturday 21st January) Laura Dekker, 16-year-old Dutch/New Zealander solo sailor, quietly sailed between islands in pleasant seas into the Dutch island of Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, completing a solo odyssey around the world in a year and a day.

    There were merely dozens, not thousands, of people at the wharf to greet her, including members of her family. Her father Dick Dekker, who has supported her quest throughout, made his third appearance, after being in both Darwin and Capetown to meet her and ensure her safety.

    Laura has cut more than six months off the unofficial record set in 2010 by Australian teenager Jessica Watson, who was days away from her 17th birthday when she completed her own non-stop voyage.



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    There was no sign of Dutch officials at the wharf however, after fears were raised that the authorities may not yet have lost interest in her. Truancy officers reportedly issued her father a summons to appear before them late last year, after a newspaper quoted her admitting that she hadn’t been able to pay full attention to her correspondence course because she had to concentrate on sailing through a series of storms.

    Constantly dogged by the Dutch government and child welfare agencies since she was thirteen and sailed the English Channel solo, Laura has learned many things, many of them about sailing, but also about the difficulties that one faces once the bureaucracy has you in its sights.

    Laura, born on a boat in New Zealand during a sailing circumnavigation by her parents, spent all her early years living on a boat and sailing back to the Netherlands.

    While her parents are divorced and her mother, Babs Muller was not, at first, in favour of allowing her to undertake the circumnavigation, she admits her daughter's skill. ‘She sails like a devil’, she says.

    Her grandfather agrees, ‘She’s a stoic’, he says.

    The lawyer for the family, Peter de Lange, is more explicit: ‘She will keep a cool head in the most extreme of situations, and she has tremendous will power and ambition’.

    ‘Her wish to do this was something that came from her heart and soul and no one was going to stop her,’ he added after the completion of the voyage.

    Of course, Dekker's record as the youngest sailor to complete a round-the-world voyage will forever remain unofficial, because Guinness World Records and the World Sailing Speed Record Council will never verify the record, saying they no longer recognise records for youngest sailors in order to discourage dangerous attempts.

    The teenager covered more than 27,000 nautical miles on a trip with stops at ports including the Canary Islands, Panama, the Galapagos Islands, Tonga, Fiji, Bora Bora, Australia, South Africa and finally St Maarten, from where she set out on 20 January 2011. She spent many long sojourns at sea, the longest being 47 days to cross the Indian Ocean, a distance of 6000 nautical miles.

    Laura's voyage most resembled that of Zac Sunderland, seventeen-year-old American sailor who, in a 36ft Islander cruising boat, for a short period became the youngest solo sailing circumnavigator in 2009 (eclipsed by Britain's Mike Perham) and is still America's youngest circumnavigator.

    Zac intentionally stopped along the way in many ports unlike Mike Perham, who set out to complete a non-stop circumnavigation but was forced to stop for technical reasons.

    Dekker also undertook a cruising journey, stopping along the way to wait for the seasons and use the time to conduct repairs and maintenance on her 38ft ketch, a Jeanneau Gin Fizz called Guppy.

    Australia's Jessica Watson completed a 210-day non-stop solo voyage around the world in an S&S 34 cruising boat (mainly in the southern hemisphere making it slightly shorter than records require) at the age of 16. She was greeted by many thousands of people on her return, including Australia's Prime Minister, and has since been made Australia's Young Australian of the Year - among many other accolades.

    Abby Sunderland, younger sister of Zac Sunderland, at the age of 16 attempted a similar non-stop voyage in an attempt to beat Jessica's record, but had to be rescued in the middle of the south Indian Ocean when her Open 40 racing boat, judged by many to be unsuitable for such a journey, was dismasted during an Indian Ocean storm.

    Dekker's stated intention is now to keep sailing through the Panama Canal and across the Pacific once again - to settle in either New Zealand or Australia, as her experiences with the Dutch authorities have left such a bad taste in her mouth.

    She has repeatedly expressed her love of being at sea alone, and many a reader has commented to Sail-World that she is reminiscent of Bernard Moitessier, French solo sailor who could not face the publicity associated with his round-world exploits and kept on sailing to Tahiti where he spent the rest of his life, never returning to France and fame.

    Keep reading Sail-World Cruising for more information about the different journeys undertaken by recent teen sailors including this remarkable, and intensely private, young sailor.

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    Good on her.

    (nice to have wealthy parents, but at least these ones have channelled her into doing something positive)

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    my biggest hope at 16
    was to get across the sea to england.

    amazing young lady.

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    Yeps very well done by Laura Dekker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panda View Post
    Who is going to pay for the rescue if she gets into trouble?

    If the parents are irresponsible enough to allow their child to take on such a dangerous adventure, (all for the sake of getting into the record books)
    , then they should be required to put up a bond of say $1 million to pay for the potential rescue. Why should the taxpayers in foreign countries be expected to foot the bill? Same goes for other idiots embarking on dangerous adventures where they know there is a real possibility that they may have to be rescued. Either do it at their own risk or cough up the cash to pay for the rescue.

    Apparently Guiness Records don't have a section for this for exactly that reason.

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    So the boat didn't sink. Big fucking deal.
    Does she give a good BJ. That's more important.

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    Although it is an admirable achievement that this girl has accomplished (thankfully without endangering the lives of sea rescue missions) I can't help thinking that maybe she needs some balance in her life. Balance obviously not encouraged by her parents.

    It is simply abnormal for a schoolgirl to have the ambition to shut herself away from social interaction with other teens indefinitely. There are issues I believe that she needs to address in her life. Rather than communicatng with passing dolphins and radio messages to her family she needs to communicate with other schoolgirls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The balding Coot View Post
    Although it is an admirable achievement that this girl has accomplished (thankfully without endangering the lives of sea rescue missions) I can't help thinking that maybe she needs some balance in her life. Balance obviously not encouraged by her parents.

    It is simply abnormal for a schoolgirl to have the ambition to shut herself away from social interaction with other teens indefinitely. There are issues I believe that she needs to address in her life. Rather than communicatng with passing dolphins and radio messages to her family she needs to communicate with other schoolgirls.
    This isn't an ordinary kid, schoolgirls her age probably bore her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carrabow View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by The balding Coot View Post
    Although it is an admirable achievement that this girl has accomplished (thankfully without endangering the lives of sea rescue missions) I can't help thinking that maybe she needs some balance in her life. Balance obviously not encouraged by her parents.

    It is simply abnormal for a schoolgirl to have the ambition to shut herself away from social interaction with other teens indefinitely. There are issues I believe that she needs to address in her life. Rather than communicatng with passing dolphins and radio messages to her family she needs to communicate with other schoolgirls.
    This isn't an ordinary kid, schoolgirls her age probably bore her.
    Not an ordinary kid! Agreed. Too true. Shutting yourself in isolation into a cabin is not ordinary.

    I admire her single mindedness, sheer bravery and resolution but it isn't going to help her much with things like forming intimate friendships or relationships when one day she discovers that she has missed out on human warmth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The balding Coot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Carrabow View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by The balding Coot View Post
    Although it is an admirable achievement that this girl has accomplished (thankfully without endangering the lives of sea rescue missions) I can't help thinking that maybe she needs some balance in her life. Balance obviously not encouraged by her parents.

    It is simply abnormal for a schoolgirl to have the ambition to shut herself away from social interaction with other teens indefinitely. There are issues I believe that she needs to address in her life. Rather than communicatng with passing dolphins and radio messages to her family she needs to communicate with other schoolgirls.
    This isn't an ordinary kid, schoolgirls her age probably bore her.
    Not an ordinary kid! Agreed. Too true. Shutting yourself in isolation into a cabin is not ordinary.

    I admire her single mindedness, sheer bravery and resolution but it isn't going to help her much with things like forming intimate friendships or relationships when one day she discovers that she has missed out on human warmth.
    When I was a kid, during summer break I would go out in the woods for a days at a time.

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    And did that leave you with the lifelong ambition to live in the woods alone forever?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The balding Coot View Post
    And did that leave you with the lifelong ambition to live in the woods alone forever?
    No, just making a point that what she is about to do is a adventure or challenge.

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    Bloody heroic girl..no mean challenge handling a boat that size solo...quite apart from the self sufficiency and other solo issues. goodonya girl.
    ..sad about the reception ..long history of being a bit strange some of those Dutchmen...lol

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    Frankly, big deal, it didn't sink.
    Not impressed.
    Makes Ellen Mc Arthur look a bit shit though.
    There really is little danger in this stuff anymore.
    Turn on an EPIRB and they'll locate you in 45 minutes.

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    longest she was at sea for was 3 weeks , had multiple stops and re provisioned and had maintenance carried out .

    whilst she has an achievement to her name it's a far cry from a solo non stop circumnavigation .

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    Funny to watch the loosers trying to put her down for what at her age is a fantastic achievement (record or not) and probably more than most of the low lifes you find in Thailand have achieved in their entire lives. Well Done Laura!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by madjbs View Post
    Funny to watch the loosers trying to put her down for what at her age is a fantastic achievement (record or not) and probably more than most of the low lifes you find in Thailand have achieved in their entire lives. Well Done Laura!!
    I had won 2nd prize in a lego building competition at the age of 7 and walked 12 miles in one day with my mother while on holiday on the Isle of Wight when I was 9 years old.

    Does that exempt me from being an underachieving lowlife and looser ( or even a loser )? Maybe I peaked too soon!

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    Non stop is tough.
    This is more like a holiday.
    Was there a chase boat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The balding Coot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by madjbs View Post
    Funny to watch the loosers trying to put her down for what at her age is a fantastic achievement (record or not) and probably more than most of the low lifes you find in Thailand have achieved in their entire lives. Well Done Laura!!
    at the age of 7 and walked 12 miles in one day with my mother!
    Yeah, I bet your kids never heard the end of that one "barefooted and up hill both ways"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carrabow View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by The balding Coot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by madjbs View Post
    Funny to watch the loosers trying to put her down for what at her age is a fantastic achievement (record or not) and probably more than most of the low lifes you find in Thailand have achieved in their entire lives. Well Done Laura!!
    at the age of 7 and walked 12 miles in one day with my mother!
    Yeah, I bet your kids never heard the end of that one "barefooted and up hill both ways"
    And we were pushing my Grandad who was sitting in a wheelbarrow! I tell the kids everyday over supper!

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