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Laura Dekker Completes Solo Circumnavigation – A Most Singular Young Sailor

Laura Dekker has arrived in St. Maarten, having sailed her 38 ft Jeanneau Gin Fizz ketch, Guppy, successfully around the world alone.  Her voyage began when she quietly slipped out of  Gibraltar on August 21, 2010.  At only 16 years and four … Continue reading

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Laura Dekker, Mark Twain, the Internet and the Media

We recently posted about a minor kerfuffle involving Dutch bureaucrats who were unhappy over 16 year old Laura Dekker not keeping up with her school work while sailing alone around the world.   It brought to mind the old adage from Mark Twain, “Don’t … Continue reading

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The Return of the Bureaucrats – Laura Dekker Strikes the Dutch Flag

Laura Dekker’s sailboat, Guppy, now flies a New Zealand flag from her stern.  Laura has struck the Dutch colors as the bureaucrats who tried and initially succeeded in stopping her solo voyage have returned to pester her and her family once more. They … Continue reading

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Laura Dekker, Banque Populaire V, Jules Verne, the Internet & and Our Shrinking Globe

This morning, when I logged onto my computer, I checked the position of the max-trimaran Banque Populaire V as its screams it way across the North Atlantic at roughly 30 knots, seeking to seize the Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest non-stop circumnavigation. It … Continue reading

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The Long Voyage of Laura Dekker – Reaching the End or Starting Again ?

Laura Dekker, the 16 year old solo sailor, is on the last leg of her voyage around the world.   She is bound not for Europe but back to Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, from which she sailed on January 5, 2011. … Continue reading

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Laura Dekker & the Volvo Ocean Racers

I was struck by the juxtaposition.  Laura Dekker, the Dutch 16 year old who is sailing around the world alone, arrived in Cape Town at roughly the same times as the mega-racers of the Volvo Ocean Race.  Well, she arrived … Continue reading

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Laura Dekker Turns 16 and Sets Sail Across the Indian Ocean

Laura Dekker has celebrated her 16th birthday and has set sail from Darwin, Australia on a westerly course across the Indian Ocean bound for Africa.  Given the concern about piracy in the Indian Ocean, her exact route is being kept … Continue reading

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Laura Dekker’s Voyage – One Year On

One year ago, Laura Dekker, now 15, set sail on her attempt to sail around the world alone. If she continues at her current pace, she will be the youngest person to ever complete a solo circumnavigation. Perhaps the most interesting … Continue reading

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Laura Dekker, Singlehanding the Media Circus

Laura Dekker, the 15 year old Dutch sailor who is sailing rather leisurely alone around the world on her yacht Guppy, has been  by all appearances handling the sailing part of her journey without too much difficulty.  If she completes here multi-stop circumnavigation prior … Continue reading

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Laura Dekker Arrives in St. Maarten

Fifteen-year-old Dutch sailor, Laura Dekker, arrived in St. Maarten after a 2,200 nautical-mile voyage from the Cape Verde Islands off West Africa. She sailed from Gibraltar on August 21 and spent two months in the Canary Islands waiting for the hurricane … Continue reading

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Laura Dekker Resumes her Sail Around the World Alone

After waiting out the hurricane season in the Canary Islands  15-year-old Dutch sailor Laura Dekker has resumed her attempt to sail around the world alone on her 38′ ketch Guppy.   Ms. Dekker had been at the center of a … Continue reading

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Laura Dekker Sets Sail from Somewhere

Laura Dekker, the Dutch 14 year old, reportedly set sail on Saturday on her attempt to sail around the world alone, at least according to her manager.   Ms. Dekker was originally reported to have departed from Portugal but is now believed to have left via Gibraltar on her 38′ yacht, … Continue reading

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Laura Dekker to Sail Tommorrow – First Portugal and then the World

Just over a week after a Dutch court gave 14 year old Laura Dekker permission to attempt to sail around the world alone, the teenager is setting sail.   She will be sailing first from the Netherlands to Portugal with … Continue reading

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Fourteen Year Old Laura Dekker has Dutch Court OK to Sail around the World

The teen-round-the-world-sailing-escapades may be starting all over again. Laura Dekker has Dutch court permission to sail around the world A Dutch court cleared the way Tuesday for 14-year-old Laura Dekker to embark on a risky attempt to become the youngest … Continue reading

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