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Monday, July 30, 2012

The Diary of Laura Dekker

There and back again: A map on Laura Dekker's website showing the route she completed.

With the Olympic Games on the go we are all enthralled by athletic evolutions. But if you are interested in some fun reading that smells like summer, you really don't want to miss Laura Dekker’s blog. The 16 year old Dutch girl became the youngest-ever solo circumnavigator formerly this year, when she reached her goal of completing a voyage around the globe single-handedly on her sailboat. The maritime expedition started on August 4th 2010, when she sailed away from the port of Den Osse, Netherlands and ended on January 21st 2012, when she managed to dock her yacht in Simpson Bay of St. Maarten. Her reliable comrade was a French-built 11.5-metre (38 ft) Jeanneau Gin Fizz ketch called Guppy. In numbers, she travelled more than 27,000 nautical miles and spent 518 days at sea.

Laura was born on a yacht in New Zealand waters, she spent the first four years of her life at sea, and at the age of six she owned an Optimist boat, with which she learned sailing. She later grew up in the Netherlands, where she announced her intention for a world solo sailing bid in 2009, provoking a great deal of negative reactions on behalf of the government. Having undergone many court sessions and authorities supervision, she managed to convince everyone about her vision and her capabilities. She was critically disappointed by all this interference and reported that she lost any will to return back to the Netherlands. Laura found out that she was also denied the record of the youngest round-the-world sailor from the Guinness World Records and the World Sailing Speed Record Council, on the grounds that they no longer accept records for youngest sailors to discourage other dangerous attempts.

The fearless teenager keeps on sailing and writes from all these amazing places, like Bonaire, the San Blas Islands of Panama, the Gal├ípagos Islands, Hiva Oa in the Marquesas Islands, Rangiroa, and Tahiti. You can ‘sail away’ with Laura Dekker here and gawk at some exotic photos.

-Magda Repouskou
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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