Picture this: Crew Wanted: sailing round the world, captain is a 14 year old girl. Who would even consider going? Really?
+1 - she couldn't even get her parents to go with her.
I'm all for even the very youngest out there to realize their dream of sailing around the world - even 4 year olds. It's just that their parents should be with them when they do it unless they're legal adults.
Pretty simple really.