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Re: Laura Dekker makes land on St Maarten
It just confirms it was her desire and nobody else. Even though her first solo experiences was in a very large lake where she could sail all day, anchor for the night and return, like most cruisers, she wanted greater distances.
Below is a piece of correspondence I had with Laura's neighbor..........
Re: Laura Dekker's Circumnavigation@DeckofficerThe reason that I defended Laura from the very beginning is that I respected her desire for the freedom of will. She was born on a sailing boat, traveled the world on a sailingboat and her first imprints were of those of being/living on a sailingboat.I know where she lived, Wijk bij Duurstede is not far away from our residence, and I know that in that small community she and her father were looked at some oddballs.In a very short time she showed the world what she is capable of and that sailing is not only natural to her buts also part of her living. I believe that you, being a pro understand that quite well as so many pro' s had offered their sympathies to her when she struggled against an unwilling (and complotting) bunch of low profile small town bureaucrats. The whole story (not told by Wikipedia) did start with a jealous small town bureaucrat who wanted to display his power.That it finally went wrong (for the bureaucrats) was the fact that she gained the help of a good lawyer and some strong supporters from various corners of the professional world. I believe that she is the ultimate soloist, solosailor.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Me, back live again. I have never looked so forward to reading a book as I am when Laura gets her's published. MacG, the above poster is Dutch, but as all Dutch speak, read, and write English quite well. He and I have conversed in Dutch, but his grasp of English is of course better than my Dutch.
WL7GS Whiskey Lima 7 Gone Sailing
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