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05-21-2011 03:46 PM
rockDAWG Some girls just have all the luck, I wish I were that lucky when I was little. I am not complaining. But looking back, what a few decades have made. Never understand what freedom meant until I got here in America....hahahah.

I would take on this challenge in a heart beat. I would love to learn from this 14 year lady when she come home. Looking at her blog, I couldn't find the equipment list on her boat, and her daily routine (watch and sleep) while crossing. Does anyone have any ideas?
05-21-2011 03:17 PM
PCP ..."the pirate-infested Horn of Africa is unavoidable. "They'll hardly hijack a boat carrying a single girl," says her dad, Dick Dekker. After a pause, he adds: "But maybe Laura is also an attractive target, because she's so well-known?" We'll see. "One of Laura's friends was run over and killed on her way to school," he says. "Accidents can happen anywhere."

Teenage Sailor Laura Dekker Nears Halfway Point of Around-the-World Journey

I guess this pearl of wisdom: "Accidents can happen anywhere." is from his father

Regards

Paulo
05-21-2011 12:29 PM
MARC2012 Thanks for the update,been planning on checking up on her but keep putting it off.marc
05-21-2011 11:52 AM
smackdaddy Well - she's still going:

Teenage Sailor Laura Dekker Nears Halfway Point of Around-the-World Journey

Now comes Cape of Good Hope and piracy. Godspeed chika.
08-22-2010 08:41 PM
peptobysmol God's speed. Well at least His speed sailing
08-22-2010 07:06 PM
tdw
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Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
Please note that Laura isn't planning a non-stop circumnavigation, nor is she planning a southern ocean route. Her route is a Panama-canal/Red Sea/Mediterranean route IIRC, and spaced out over almost two years.

I wish her luck but would point out that some of the worst pirate infested waters are along her route and that caution should be taken to avoid incident.
I'm sure I saw a map somewhere showing a proposed route through the med/suez/red sea but that doesn't agree with the route as set out on her web site which is Panama yes but then around Good Hope.
08-22-2010 01:40 PM
blt2ski If you go HERE you can find info on the boat at the Jeanneau web page, Includes a 2 page brochure, and a 57 page owners manual in a word doc. The last 7 pages or so show the ketch option.

The Jeanneaus from this era were built a bit stronger per say than today. That is not to say a Jeanneau from today could not cross an ocean, as many have.

Marty
08-22-2010 01:38 PM
sailjunkie
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I wish her luck.....but this is the last I will read of this venture or comment on it.
To contuine to pay attention to acts like this will only encourage more & younger CHILDREN to try it.
My sentiments exactly. However, like everyone else, I wish her a safe journey.
08-22-2010 11:32 AM
sailingdog Laura Dekker's boat is a Jeanneau Gin Fizz 38.

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I'am curious about the boat she is using. I know it is a 38 ft ketch, but which design?
08-22-2010 11:25 AM
PierreMundo Its a Jeanneau Ginfizz ketch. Look at her website:
LauraDekker.nl de Jongste solozeiler ter wereld! - ‚ó¶ About Guppy ‚ó¶
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