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post #21 of 42 Old 01-25-2010
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Who cares if anybody has a problem with it? She should have the freedom to do it or die trying. Who are you to stop her?

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I think that the greatest danger she faces comes not from the sea, in that boat, but from the 2 legged sort.
Yeah but if she carries a decent selection of guns and ammunition she should be OK. There's surely enough advice on both this and the safety-at-sea topic on this board.


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I have not understood why people are so worried about pirates at sea. There is probably higher risk for her to be a crime victim if staying in Los Angeles where she lives.

Sweden is considered a safe country but there was a murder on a 16 year old girl in my home city a few weeks ago. Los Angeles is probably less safe than that.

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ok

As long as she has the knowledge...adventure of this sort is best served young, although crusty as I am, I love a good scare!

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I have not understood why people are so worried about pirates at sea. There is probably higher risk for her to be a crime victim if staying in Los Angeles where she lives.

Sweden is considered a safe country but there was a murder on a 16 year old girl in my home city a few weeks ago. Los Angeles is probably less safe than that.

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ben - I can guarantee you that LA is far more dangerous than that. Roughly 381 murders in 2008 (a little more than 1 a day). Of course, the crime rate has really dropped this year - so maybe it's getting better.

All in all, I think I'd rather hang out in Sweden...at least in the summer.


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It's like I told a buddy of mine about golf. He didn't want to embarrass himself in front of all the good golfers. "Maybe we should just stay home until we get good." You get good by doing. On the other hand I'm too much of a worry wort to let a kid take off on a trip like that. They obviously have more guts and skill than I do. They have my respect. Best of luck.

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Our childrens high school teacher points out that recent research using MRI has shown that teen frontal lobes are not fully developed until they are in their 20's. That means functions such as self control, judgement, and organization are not completely done cooking. The teachers advice is that the parents need to be their teens frontal lobes until they develop. My only worry is that these kids can't fully make sound choices about going to sea. And once at sea, add in other factors that may make difficult situations worse: fatigue, fear, texting girlfriends every 5 min... OK maybe not fear.
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Most sailors in the past began their careers when they were about 10-Nelson became a midshipman at this age-Cooke was a similar age.
There were certainly very young female powder monkeys on Nelsons ships at Trafalgar whether unofficially or not!
My only concern is whether these events are orchestrated by the parents for their own glory! like the junior Miss World pageants!
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Just curious, anyone ever hear what happened to her boat? Is it stil floating around? I looked on her website, and the last position recording was 6/17/2010. I wonder if anyone has salvaged it yet.....
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