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05-26-2012 12:05 PM
Re: Laura Dekker makes land on St Maarten

Laura has crossed the equator again.....

And is now at San Cristobal with crew.....

And crew......

And more crew......

And uninvited crew........

What's a single solo sailor to do?

All pictures from her blog at de Jongste solozeiler ter wereld! -
Solozeilster Laura Dekker Hyve -
05-06-2012 11:22 AM
Re: Laura Dekker makes land on St Maarten

A bit of an update. After flying back to Bonaire, Laura got back on Guppy and headed to Panama with crew. She, along with a few friends of mine are at Shelter Bay Marina, where her new crew, Bruno from Bonaire, played with the Shelter Belter's yesterday for Cinco de Mayo. I am waiting for my friends to update me, but still probably sleeping it off. This is Bruno from his younger days.
04-01-2012 08:41 PM
Originally Posted by deow View Post
Originally Posted by Kiltmadoc View Post
Honestly, I cant understand this thing about her age.
Sailing solo around the world is dangerous and no one wants to encourage an activity that could result in the death of a kid.

I don't mean to diminish Laura's accomplishment, but I also don't want to see younger and younger kids sailing single-handed around the world to try to beat a record. I just can't see it ending well.

Declining to verify the record is the right thing to do IMO.
Well said, I totally agree.
04-01-2012 04:43 PM
Re: Laura Dekker makes land on St Maarten

Back on topic from playing 20 questions for a bit.

Good on her for succeeding. I think it was coming across a post about her trip several months back that made me start planning again. I never wanted to be a firefighter or an astronaut, I wanted to sail around the world alone. Like most people I accepted reality and forgot until I came across her story.

Some people have the sense needed to make a good judgement call at a young age, some never have it.
I've worked with kids in outdoors situations for a few years starting when I was 17 usually they were 13-16. Some of them could be relied on completely if there were ever a situation where I was incapacitated, I had full confidence they would manage the situation and make the right call.
Some of them I wouldn't trust with a whole roll of toilet paper when they went to relieve themselves, they'd only get enough squares for one crap.
Age wasn't the deciding factor. Their actions and previous choices were.

Recently I almost the wrong boat, because I thought you had to have a slip to live-aboard in this area, thankfully some Sailnet members pointed out the flaws.. I make less sensible decisions than Laura Dekker when it comes to boats, but I'm older than she is. Age should not be confused with experience or good judgement.

It also doesn't matter what age you set off at, people will still lecture you about being too young, and irresponsible parents. .
Somebody forwarded me an article an older rider had written about meeting me and my "cold war era piece of crap" Honda motorbike heading south in the USA. He felt that my parents were completely irresponsible, and that I would be injured or dead shortly after crossing the Mexican border. We're good friends now, but I left a bit of a pointed comment on his site at the time.

I spent years drifting between dead end factory jobs that damaged my health, and left me unsatisfied. I believed all the age related nonsense, always waiting for that time I'd be ready and mature enough to travel.
I was no more or less ready for my trip last when I was 23 than I would have been at 15. In some situations I ran into I strongly suspect I would have made better choices at 15.

If I had died at either age it would have been while accomplishing something important for myself. My parents supporting me in that goal was not irresponsible, but an act of great sacrifice on their part. I have no doubt they were scared for me, but they made the decision to allow me to do what was important to me, despite the potential risks. It was my choice, and their support, as well as the support of other riders meant a lot. I'm sure the same can be said for her and her dad.
04-01-2012 11:12 AM
Re: Laura Dekker makes land on St Maarten

I haven't a clue and don't know why your being evasive. If the answer is "you wouldn't know me", that would be fine. In 3 year's time I've racked up >150K sea miles, so was curious if our paths have crossed. But all this guessing isn't helping my memory.

Jillian Schlesinger
Hillary Spera

And I'm done guessing and keeping this thread alive.
04-01-2012 11:02 AM
Re: Laura Dekker makes land on St Maarten

This is rather dumb.
04-01-2012 11:01 AM
Re: Laura Dekker makes land on St Maarten

Originally Posted by deckofficer View Post

Ms. Dekker herself ?
Ms. Watson ?
Ms. Sunderland ?
No No No
04-01-2012 10:43 AM
Re: Laura Dekker makes land on St Maarten

Ok, I was never very good at 20 questions, so I give up.


Ms. Dekker herself ?
Ms. Watson ?
Ms. Sunderland ?
04-01-2012 06:17 AM
Re: Laura Dekker makes land on St Maarten

Originally Posted by deckofficer View Post
With that grinning (and winking) smiley, we might have met Laura's boyfriend. lol

Might this be you?
04-01-2012 04:52 AM
Re: Laura Dekker makes land on St Maarten

With that grinning (and winking) smiley, we might have met Laura's boyfriend. lol

Might this be you?
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