Ambitious Teen Sailors Stir Safety Debate


Laura Dekker

Laura Dekker poses for the media on her boat Guppy in Den Osse, south-west Netherlands, Tuesday, July 27, 2010. A Dutch court has cleared the way for 14-year-old Laura Dekker to set sail on a risky solo voyage around the world. Judges at Middelburg’s family court have lifted a guardianship order imposed on Dekker last year after she said she wanted to set sail alone around the world.

 14-year-old Laura Dekker has Dutch court’s — and her mom’s — permission to sail around the world

Laura Dekker has convinced a Dutch court that she’s done her sailing homework and is ready to attempt to beat Jessica Watson’s record around-the-world solo sail.

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2010/0727/14-year-old-Laura-Dekker-has-Dutch-court-s-and-her-mom-s-permission-to-sail-around-the-world

Laura Dekker, the Dutch girl who won a 10-month legal battle Tuesday in her bid to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world, was born on a similar sea voyage 14 years ago.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/netherlands/7913481/Dutch-girl-Laura-Dekker-wins-fight-to-sail-round-world-profile.html

http://www.ctpost.com/news/articleGallery/Dutch-sailor-14-gets-OK-for-solo-world-trip-591797.php

Peter de Lange, lawyer of Laura Dekker, answers questions of the media at the courtroom in Middelburg, south-west Netherlands, Tuesday, July 27, 2010.A Dutch court has cleared the way for 14-year-old Laura Dekker to set sail on a risky solo voyage around the world. Judges at Middelburg’s family court have lifted a guardianship order imposed on Dekker last year after she said she wanted to set sail alone around the world. Dekker was not in court for Tuesday’s decision.

  Dick Dekker, father of Dutch teenage sailor Laura Dekker whose round-the-world voyage was blocked by the courts, smiles while giving his statement to the media at the courtroom in Utrecht, the Netherlands December 23, 2009.

*** Salute and two thumbs for you Laura***

   ***     from Manna Ismaya Adventure Team ***

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