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Originally Posted by SundancerKid View Post
Mate, you keep saying that but it isn't so. Only her father has so decided. Her mother would prefer for her to stay home. Trouble seems to be that the father has custody.
Ah, yes, now I found a news article that supports this. I stand corrected.

News update:

AMSTERDAM 26 Oct 2009 Dutch authorities to say if 13-year-old can sail solo around world

The Dutch child protection agency, evaluating the physical and mental fitness of 13-year-old Laura Dekker to sail solo around the world, is expected to announced its decision. She had planned to set out on Sep 1 on her 26-foot yacht in an attempt to break a world record. A Dutch court ruled on Aug 28 that she is too young and ordered the evaluation. Officials argue that isolation, sleep deprivation, weather hazards and danger in foreign ports would be too much for a 13-year-old.

The case has raised a debate about how young is too young to sail around the world alone. British sailor Mike Perham, 17, recently finished a round-the-world solo voyage to become the youngest person to accomplish the feat. In October 16-year-old Jessica Watson left Sydney Harbour in a bright pink yacht to challenge his round-the-world solo record.

The 13-year-old has since proposed seeking the support of other sailors, arranging a small flotilla of their boats at various points in the voyage to ease some of the concerns about the dangers and isolation.

By all accounts, she is an adept sailor, and her father supports her quest. She was born on a boat in New Zealand to accomplished seafaring parents, lived at sea until she was 4, and has made a solo crossing of the North Sea. Sep/09

Peter Powers
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Lake Ray Hubbard
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