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Old 01-22-2012, 01:28 PM   #1
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When we were just about to transit the Panama Canal last March, the Captain of the ms Statendam pointed out (over the PA system) that the small sailboat off the port side heading westerly (we were heading easterly) was skippered by a 16YO girl named Laura Dekker who was headed around the world. Glad to see she made it home. Wonder what she will do for excitement the rest of her life?

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Dutch teen Laura Dekker on Saturday became the youngest sailor to complete a solo circumnavigation of the world, a year after going to court for the right to make the attempt.

The 16-year-old completed her solo round-the-world journey when she sailed into harbour on the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten at 3:00 pm (1900 GMT). Dekker, who left the island nearly a year ago to the day -- January 20, 2011 -- beat the previous record by some eight months.

As she turns 17 on September 20, she had to complete her journey before September 16 to beat the record for the youngest sailor to make an unassisted world tour.
Dutch teen sailor completes solo world tour
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Wonder what she will do for excitement the rest of her life?
I would find it extremely difficult to sit on my butt in a classroom listening to some old phart telling me how the world works.

I hope she saves the money she gets from interviews, books, movies, and endorsements. But she'll probably be in high demand to move sailing vessels from one location to another for their owners.
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I would find it extremely difficult to sit on my butt in a classroom listening to some old phart telling me how the world works.

I hope she saves the money she gets from interviews, books, movies, and endorsements. But she'll probably be in high demand to move sailing vessels from one location to another for their owners.
I have to admit that I thought you were being a bit harsh on the sailing wunderkind. But you nailed it.

My inclination was to think that this sort was likely to go on to bigger and greater challenges. Sail around the world as a teen -college, business, and all that should just be another challenge. Or so I thought.

Googling and Wiki'ing proved me mistook.

While many of them are still young, the youth solo navigators line goes all the way back to Robin Graham in the 1960s, and none of them have done much of anything since their trips. A few wrote books about their trips, or give speeches about their trips, and other than a whole lot of sailing there is no mention of much of anything they accomplished.

One shot and done - the lot of them. Seems strange, but it's apparently the nature of them.
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I have not really followed this story, just read the headlines that she made it home , but I find the story both amazing and hard to relate to.

I have a daughter the same age as this girl and cannot, in a million years, ever have imagined allowing my daughter to do what this girl has done.

I can't quite figure if Ms. Dekker has the best parents in the world, or the worst.

As for her, job well done, and the adventure will probably serve her well in life. WOW.
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I wonder what the rest of her bucket list looks like ?...
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16 is perhaps too young to make a rational decision to do something like this. The Guinness BOWR doesn't recognize this record so as not encourage similar efforts by kids too young.
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She made it home safely, so everybody is a hero. Had she met a premature demise, she would be too immature for such an adventures, and her parents would be bums for letting her go on such a dangerious journey.
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She made it home safely, so everybody is a hero. Had she met a premature demise, she would be too immature for such an adventures, and her parents would be bums for letting her go on such a dangerious journey.
A microcosm of human existence?
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Remember this?

PESCADERO, Calif., April 15— Strangers gathered with family and friends today under gray skies to remember Jessica Dubroff, the 7-year-old pilot who died trying to become the youngest person to fly across the United States.
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This is a great book:

Amazon.com: Maiden Voyage (9780345410122): Tania Aebi, Bernadette Brennan: Books

Tania Aebi was then the youngest woman to sail alone around the world, but there was some dispute because she gave someone a ride on a short stretch. She had almost no sailing experience, and there was no GPS then.
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This is a great book:

Amazon.com: Maiden Voyage (9780345410122): Tania Aebi, Bernadette Brennan: Books

Tania Aebi was then the youngest woman to sail alone around the world, but there was some dispute because she gave someone a ride on a short stretch. She had almost no sailing experience, and there was no GPS then.
This is culled from one reviewer on Amazon. It exactly matches my response, on reading the blurb about this stunt.

"I also found that I was truly infuriated at her father who should have been arrested for intent to commit manslaughter. Apparently Ernst Aebi believed that a solo circumnavigation was just the ticket toward giving his daughter a focus in life, and so he practically shanghaied her into making the trip even though Tania could barely motor "Varuna" out into the Narrows the day she left. Not that Ernst was any better. "Varuna" set sail with all manner of design flaws (weak chainplates, a bad engine, and a water-scooping hawsepipe, any one of which might have sunk her in sight of the Brooklyn Bridge). The man was so driven to send his daughter out to fulfill HIS dreams that he (and they) seemed to have spent no time at all on evaluating the boat for its intended purpose. Given Tania's lack of sailing skills and her lack of familarity with "Varuna," the thing was a deathtrap for her. Miraculously, she lived to tell about it."

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Thanks, apparently I remembered everything but her name.

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