Dutch teenager seeks fleet of boats to fulfil dream

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Laura Dekker is looking into the possibility of getting a fleet of boats to accompany her on her solo sail around the world.

The Netherlands – Thirteen-year-old Laura Dekker is hoping to seek support in a small flotilla of boats so she can fulfil her dream of being the youngest person to sail around the world single-handedly, reports AD.

Dekker believes there will also be others who are prepared to provide support in the ports she would visit during the journey. This would reduce the solitude and the element of danger.
Since she would still be alone on her 8.3-metre-yacht Guppy, it would formally count as a solo trip and she could still break the record for the youngest round-the-world sailing voyage.

In August, British 17-year old Mike Perham became the youngest person to sail solo around the world.
Meanwhile Dekker said she was shocked at the comments made by her mother, Babs Müller, who spoke out against the trip for the first time on Saturday.
In an interview with de Volkskrant, Müller said she had not spoken out against the decision until now because Dekker had threatened to break off contact with her.

However, she said she would "rather have a daughter I will never see again than a dead daughter".
Dekker's parents are divorced and the girl has lived with her father since she was six. She was born on board her parents' boat and spent the first four years of her life at sea.

The Dutch child protection agency is evaluating Dekker's physical and mental fitness to see whether she should be allowed to sail solo around the world. The hearing is due on 26 October.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

1 Comment To This Article

  • Hans-Robert van Amstel posted:

    on 9th September 2009, 01:27:12 - Reply

    She was born on a boat and has lived on a boat therefore she is not a newcomer wannabe so let her be! Go from New Zealand as the Maoris teach their kids young and let them learn plus experience life too!