While I'm not a big fan of the race for the youngest... I do wish Laura a safe voyage and hope that she finishes without incident. Her voyage, unlike Abby's original intended voyage and Jessica's successful voyage is not a non-stop ordeal through the Southern Ocean, but a more moderately paced trip with planned stops and a less severe route.
Her choice of boat seems to be, at first glance, a bit better than Abby's but not as good as Jessica's IMHO. She appears to have a bit more familiarity with the boat and its systems than Abby did with Wild Eyes. It sounds like she may actually have more experience than Abby, which would be a good thing.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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