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Kudos to her for accomplishments, but I can't fathom the desire to sail around the world by myself and not stop to see all the wonderful places and people.
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Someone should just get it over with and launch a newborn in some sort of automated sailing tube, and end this madness finally.
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I still cannot understand where this blind, seething, vitriolic loathing of anyone under the age of 18 operating a sailboat came from. It's just mind-boggling to me.

I understand the concerns of those who oppose these "youngest" sailing records, I really do. Inexperienced sailors alone at sea does pose problems. Additional risk to would-be rescuers, navigational hazards to other ships, etc. etc. I get it. But the level of disdain is such that the OP couldn't resist taking a pot-shot at Watson almost a year after her trip ended. She's not even sailing right now, and these people are still hopping mad over this.

Folks, humans have been operating sailing vessels for literally thousands of years, and it took until 1969 for someone to sail one around the world solo nonstop. And this girl did it at an age before most of us could reliably operate a simple motor car. I say it's a pretty big freakin' deal. Whether you agreed with it at the time or not, it's done now. What possible profit could come from taking a cheap shot at her when she's recognized for her achievement?

I just find it really hard to get too worked up over teenagers sailing alone around the world. As others have pointed out, she could have been out driving a car, which is wildly dangerous. She could have been creating a drag on society by getting pregnant, or doing drugs, or spray painting vandalism all over the place. But she wasn't. So really, what is the big problem in society?
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Well, I don't feel as you described above, but I do think a 16 year old is not developed enough (in every way) to make the judgments necessary for circumnavigating via the capes, as a general rule.

Can it be done? Yes. Should it be? I don't think so, but I admit I could be wrong. It think what bothers me the most is the race to be the youngest.

Where should it end? At what age? 14? 10? 6?
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Where should it end? At what age? 14? 10? 6?
It must be a deep-seated fundamental difference of understanding. The point is that it isn't your place to decide. If you don't think 16-year-olds should be at sea alone, don't let your 16-year-old go to sea alone. It must be the same thing that causes people to fight so hard to keep the Blue Laws in effect. "People don't need to buy alcohol on Sunday." This burning desire to impose one-size-fits all rules on everyone.

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It must be a deep-seated fundamental difference of understanding. The point is that it isn't your place to decide. If you don't think 16-year-olds should be at sea alone, don't let your 16-year-old go to sea alone. It must be the same thing that causes people to fight so hard to keep the Blue Laws in effect. "People don't need to buy alcohol on Sunday." This burning desire to impose one-size-fits all rules on everyone.

Yeesh.
You're blinded by your own ideology apparently, because somehow, you were able to glean that I said "I demand they stop, or someone else stop them" when I never said that.

Ands it IS my place at ALL TIMES to voice my opinion.
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I still cannot understand where this blind, seething, vitriolic loathing of anyone under the age of 18 operating a sailboat came from. It's just mind-boggling to me....
Would you PLEASE point out where ANYONE on this forum has made such a statement? Teenagers, and younger kids operating a sailboat is fine with me. Taking toddlers for a sail on a well crewed boat doesn't even bother me (just ask my three-year-old). I can even see letting an older teenager, or crew of teenagers, sail a boat moderate distances.

HOWEVER, "letting" a teenager attempt a non-stop circumnavigation is completely irresponsible, IMHO. It is just a matter of time before one of these stunts ends tragically. Does anyone remember the fate of Jessica Dubroff?

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Also, to compare the dangers of kids driving to school (or wherever) with the dangers of kids bluewater sailing is completely fallacious. Does anyone here really think that the probability of a kid getting killed driving a car comes anywhere close to the probability of a kid dying whilst attempting one of these stunts?
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First off, Jessica Dubroff was SEVEN, not SIXTEEN. There's a huge difference in that fact alone. Second, the plane crash occurred when Dubroff's flight instructor was flying the plane. Third, sailing a boat is less risky that flying a single engine plane.
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I think she was probably safer at sea, than the average 16 year old is driving down the road texting!
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You have a third young lady out there. Laura Dekker. But she is sailing from port to port. Taking one sea leg at a time. So while it will be around the world, she isn't out to set a speed record. But if she completes the trip by her 16th birthday then she will be the youngest. I believe she is sailing a 38 ft ketch.
You'll have to goggle her to find out where she is at for now.
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