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SMack has some good points, before puberty a child need parental supervision. Regardless of what either the child or the parents think. The law is the final arbritrator for these things. But The laws in a particular country mey be based on something other than common sense, (I.E. labor laws that prevent teens from competing for jobs with unskilled labor, but in fact cause the teens to have to work for free and increase explotation).
I was just pointing out that a 16 year old is physically an adult. Just as a 40 year old is physically an adult. Either may have the same maturity emotionally, and or the same degree of sailing experience. At some point there has to be a limit. And just as we don't allow unlicensed drivers to race cars at Indy, and the law requires minimum age to drive be 16. Sailing out of parental supervision should make a similer age restriction. I just don't agree that it should be over 18, (or 21), (25?).
Just to add fuel. There was a case recently in Brazil where a 9 year old girl wanted to be the parade leader. After endless court hearings and lawyers, about how sexy the parade was and is this child being exploited, the parents got the right to have their daughter lead the parade. She got 3 blocks and ran in to the crowd crying leaving the parade leaderless.
The moral of this is a child, (pre-adolescent), cannot act in the capacity of an adult). The voyage of a preteen child who may be the most skilled sailer in the world, will likely fail. Not because of a sailing mistake, but something simple failing of a child without a parent. Forgetting to eat properly, not getting enough sleep, leaving the lights or oven on, etc... I'm not afraid of a 9 year old leaving me to shame. They are simply not capable of maintaining managment of their own household independently over the course of several weeks. A teenager though watch out. Their sharper, and quicker than us. The only advantage we have is experience, (if we have that).
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