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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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I went and read the blogs about what each girl says about the other. Both Jessica and Abby have nothing negative to say about the other. I think these girls have pretty good qualifications to understand the capability and judgment of each other. They are close enough in age to compare themselves and what they are capable of. They know better than any of us what the requirements are both emotionally and technically. yet they speak very positively about the prospect of Laura.

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I don't think it should be forbidden to set sail around the world at age 14, that's the kid and parent's choice. It should be forbidden to talk about it, publish it, write about it, or post about it, by anyone.

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