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Dutch Teen Wanting to Start World Cruise

By Stan Silliman On August - 5 - 2010

Laura Dekker wants to sail around the world… by herself, on her 26’ boat, Guppy. Laura is 14 and, until now, a Dutch court prevented her from launching.  Is this the nanny state overreaching?


We say let her sail, and her dad, Dick, doesn’t mind. He even encourages her, and for that reason, we will refrain from making any Dick Dekker jokes. Laura Dekker says, “I want simply to learn about the world and live freely.”


Her plan is to take two years to circumvent the world and when she is finished at 15, she will be the youngest ever to sail the world. “Since I was 10-years-old, I knew I wanted to sail around the world,” says Laura 


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