13 year old girl wants to sail solo around the world

30 08 2009

Dutch Laura Dekker wants to sail across the Atlantic, along Australia, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean in 2 years. All by herself. Her parents support her, but the Dutch Government does not. The girl has been on the water her whole life, at 6 she already sailed alone over lakes and this year she has already sailed alone to England. Because the Dutch Child Protection Services want to lower the power of her parents to make decisions Laura wants to move to New Zealand(where she was born) to fulfill her wish. While I already think it’s irresponsible to let your 13 year old sail alone for a week to England, I guess the fact that she is really mature for her age and an experienced sailor makes up a bit for that. But no kid in their puberty should be alone for 2 years no matter how good they can sail. What when there is no wind for days on parts of the Ocean, you don’t move and are going through puberty mood swings?? Or pirates try to kidnap you?? That is hard enough for grown-up men. I thought at 13 as well I could do it all alone and would be fine all by myself, and boy was I wrong later years proved.




One response

30 08 2009

There was a 16 yr. old boy from CA? that wanted to do the same thing a few months ago whose parents also supported him leaving for a year on a boat.
I wouldn’t if that was my kid!

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