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Old 21-10-2009, 10:53   #1
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“Laura has a great dream. She wants to be the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world. Her preparations are in full swing, and there is a lot of work to be done! Laura is seeking sponsors to help she and her boat Guppy* gather all of the equipment and supplies they need, to prepare for their adventure.”


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Laura has a great dream. She wants to be the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world. Her preparations are in full swing, and there is a lot of work to be done! Laura is seeking sponsors to help she and her boat Guppy* gather all of the equipment and supplies they need, to prepare for their adventure.
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God speed, Laura Dekker!
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Old 21-10-2009, 18:44   #4
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is she out of jail yet? She was locked up to prevent her going, removed from her parents and placed in state care.

I can't see a report that says she has been released yet.
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is she out of jail yet? She was locked up to prevent her going, removed from her parents and placed in state care.
I had actually read that her mother recanted. She said she only "supported" her daughter because she threatened never to speak to her again, & that she would now rather have a live daughter who hates her than a dead one who loved her.

I really don't understand this kind of stunt. I mean, she's not old enough to vote, drink, smoke, have a full-time job, get married, or even live on her own. So why do people think she's mature enough to make a decision of life & death? Is it because she's sailing that it's somehow okay?

(no, I'm not saying the previous posts/posters here said that, just referring to other threads)
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I really don't understand this kind of stunt. I mean, she's not old enough to vote, drink, smoke, have a full-time job, get married, or even live on her own. So why do people think she's mature enough to make a decision of life & death? Is it because she's sailing that it's somehow okay?
I think it has a They Shoot Horses Don't They quality, a hard-times heroine-seeking Shirley Temple reenactment meme. To boot, there are a certain % of Stage Parents who may encourage their little prodigies to fill gaps or redress regrets in their own lives. When the bread gets scarce the circuses become all the more important. At the very least, there is a deep entertainment value and the promise of lessons about the ocean, both comedic and tragic. At 13 years old, Laura may just wish to get away from both her parents and get a little peace.

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Having children does not make you into a competent parent.

Sailing alone across the English Channel does not make you into a competent circumnavigator.
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Sailing alone across the English Channel does not make you into a competent circumnavigator.

Hey Dave, I dunno if sailing around the world would make me competent for a trans southern ocean passage during winter.

I know you have sailed in 50 kts as I watch your wind blown face on video up the Red Sea ... Do you think you are now competent to do a high latitude circumnavigation?

Also while you're at it, would you take Exit Only or would you get a purpose built boat?


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Hey Dave, I dunno if sailing around the world would make me competent for a trans southern ocean passage during winter.

I know you have sailed in 50 kts as I watch your wind blown face on video up the Red Sea ... Do you think you are now competent to do a high latitude circumnavigation?

Also while you're at it, would you take Exit Only or would you get a purpose built boat?


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In my mind, long-distance offshore sailing (circumnavigation) requires mental toughness. Every boat that I know who circumnavigated had at least one person on board who was mentally tough, and who could stand up to the big challenges that happen from time to time.

In my mind, a high latitude circumnavigation and high latitude sailing in winter require a higher degree of mental toughness than a milk run tradewind circumnavigation. But then that's just my opinion, and the way I run my mind.

I don't doubt that I could do a high latitude circumnavigation. I certainly question whether I would enjoy it. I lived in Saudi Arabia for sixteen years, and I really, really, really like hot weather, and I really, really, really dislike cold weather.

I don't think that Exit Only would be the optimum boat for a high latitude circumnavigation, but I think it could be safely done with the gear that I have on board. A larger catamaran with high bridgedeck clearance would be better for high latitude sailing. Even when ENZA New Zealand won the Jules Verne trophy for sailing around the world in under eighty days, they fractured the "God Pod" suspended between the two hulls from repeated impact of the seas when sailing at high speed.

If I took Exit Only around the world in the high latitudes, I would still do my 150 miles a day, and I would not hesitate to deploy a parachute sea anchor or drogue when things got over fifty knots. That being said, I never intend to sail in the high latitudes. I would like to sail back to Australia in the tradewinds once again. That would be awesome.
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I don't think that Exit Only would be the optimum boat for a high latitude circumnavigation, .
As much as I love Sea Life I wouldnt take her for a high latitude long distance run. Theres a difference in being dashed around by 35 to 40 kt winds for a few days and being bashed around by them for a few months.

And, yes, I gotta agree with you about not liking fluffy slippers! I don't like the cold much! LOL

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I had actually read that her mother recanted. She said she only "supported" her daughter because she threatened never to speak to her again, & that she would now rather have a live daughter who hates her than a dead one who loved her...
Laura Dekkers mother, Babs Mller, says her daughter is not ready for her planned sailing trip around the world, and that It breaks my heart that doing this might lead to a break with my daughter. But I will have to accept the consequences. Id rather have a living daughter that I will never see again, than a dead daughter.

Laura's mother decides to oppose solo world trip | Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Sailing Around the World at 13: How Young is Too Young?

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/spo...cle6823984.ece
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And, yes, I gotta agree with you about not liking fluffy slippers! I don't like the cold much! LOL
But fluffy slippers are the best defence against cold weather!

Thanks, Gord, that's the article I was thinking of- couldn't remember where I'd read it before.
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The best defence against cold weather is never going near it The sub-tropics get cold enough!
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Clourt to rule on protection

"Things are different now," Laura Dekker's lawyer Peter de Lange told AFP on Monday about concerns for her wellbeing.

Apparently, her father, Dick Dekker no longer “has a limited appreciation of the risks involved and overestimates her abilities.”

The court will rule today.

Court may block teen's solo sail attempt

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FFS!

It's obvious that this sort of lunacy will continue until we have 10 year olds going missing at sea.

Thinking about it, if I was the judge I would make it clear to the parents that if she dies in the attempt then they will be charged with manslaughter and neglect of a minor. See if that changes their minds.
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