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Is the court going to rescue her if need be? I mean, since they stepped in, seems fair to me.
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I hope that if she needs rescue then it happens near South Africa or Australia. I as a taxpayer in New Zealand don't want to contribute to her rescue.


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It is not on Mahina's offshore list though.
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The court ruling should have specified a more seaworthy vessel....
Well the Mahina offshore list is just one couple's list, and obviously cannot cover nowhere near all offshore capable boats. Jeanneau have built a lot of VERY seaworthy boats, including the different Gin Fizz models. The 38' Ketch version is designed by Michel Joubert (IIRC), and should be more than capable to take her around the world, provided it is properly prepared and maintained.
..I don't like the youngest stuff, but also not that she should be stopped by the government.

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I hope that if she needs rescue then it happens near South Africa or Australia. I as a taxpayer in New Zealand don't want to contribute to her rescue.
You know, there's plenty of room for disagreement and civil discussion on this issue, but that's a pretty callous, God-awful, piss-poor attitude you've got there.
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It's idiocy.
A 14 year old wants to get married, she's in love.
My neighbor's kid wants to quit school to focus on basketball.
Another wants to tattoo her face.
Let's let children decide everything. My brother's 4 year old wants her own house.
Picture this: Crew Wanted: sailing round the world, captain is a 14 year old girl. Who would even consider going? Really?
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I tip my hat to the girl and her family, as long as they understand the risks and apparently they do then have at it. I hate these people that say you have to be blah blah age before living, if I went by those rules I wouldn't have done near what I have in my life so far. Do I think the parents should pay at least pay for the rescue so that taxpayers don't have to but other than that I say best of luck and I hope she has a safe trip.
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It's idiocy.
A 14 year old wants to get married, she's in love.
My neighbor's kid wants to quit school to focus on basketball.
Another wants to tattoo her face.
Let's let children decide everything. My brother's 4 year old wants her own house.
Oh, come off it. Please tell me you understand that there's a difference between getting a tattoo or getting married and going on a sailing trip. Even a very long sailing trip.

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It's idiocy.
Picture this: Crew Wanted: sailing round the world, captain is a 14 year old girl. Who would even consider going? Really?
But she's not asking for crew, so what was the point in that jab?
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At 14 years old we're not rewarding her sailing ability or navigation skills, just the fact she might be a young, lucky, girl. And what happens if she's not lucky?

This is stupid.

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This is a big reason why she's doing it by herself, no one with a clear mind would be dumb enough to sign up for this voyage.

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But she's not asking for crew, so what was the point in that jab?
Point is, if she was, no one would sign up. I didn't think it was that hard to connect the dots. Another way to put it, if she was forced to go some people would be calling it suicide. But b/c she blissfully unaware "it's an adventure!" The only people who aren't scared for this child in the open sea are those who have not been in it.

Can she build a jury rig to get herself home? Or is her back up plan to push the easy button when things get tough? I hope people come to their senses and start acting like parents again, before she leaves port.

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