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Old 15-02-2012, 12:10   #301
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Very good that you keep track. I have my hand full with my boat and the repair of frost damage. Great girl any way.
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Also, it was in these same waters that someone got a picture of her flying a hull on a cat.
No that was right here in Colon. Here's the lighthouse you see in the background of that photo:


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Boy Nick, your good!!!
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Boy Nick, your good!!!
Well, I pushed her off

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Who took that picture Nick?
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Who took that picture Nick?
Hmm.. if I say that I think it was the guy and/or his wife on the catamaran, does that tell you enough? They met her in the San Blas and supported her through the canal into the Pacific IIRC.

Here he is in blue with his cat in the background:


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Nick,

I have a question. From what I have seen, I think Laura is a bit media shy, but from your above post, I get the idea that Laura's direct supporters are also media shy. Could you, from your experience with both her and her "people", explain this reticence? When I found out she was really wanting an HF SSB, I offered to have an Icom IC-730 that I wasn't using, to be waiting for her in her next port. Bingo, she got one ahead of me packaging mine up for her.
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Nick,

I have a question. From what I have seen, I think Laura is a bit media shy, but from your above post, I get the idea that Laura's direct supporters are also media shy. Could you, from your experience with both her and her "people", explain this reticence? When I found out she was really wanting an HF SSB, I offered to have an Icom IC-730 that I wasn't using, to be waiting for her in her next port. Bingo, she got one ahead of me packaging mine up for her.
What Laura wants is living on a boat sailing to wherever she wants to go. She does not want the spotlights on her. Before leaving she was grilled by the media in Holland and around the world which didn't help much either. The media exposure was to satisfy sponsors and make it happen in general.

This isn't an unique case, we have met other girls that were born on a yacht and they were exactly the same. It's a combination of a gene and the opportunity of parents living aboard when you're born. My father was born on a ship; I wish I would have too!

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I can see her reluctance for the lime light in the general public, as the most relaxed interview I heard was conducted with YachtBlast Jan 2011 by a brit that had miles under his keel. But here on CC, with the likes of Astrid, Zeehag, atoll, DoJ, and of course yourself, I think she could relax, socialize, and let her hair down, and I promise not to rush her, trying to get her autograph. lol
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I think I already posted this, but if not........

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I follow Nick. Because I was at the very point when all the turmoil became a media hype.
The only important issue in this is that Laura proved the rest of the world all wrong. In a way that could have pleased Slocum, Chichester and maybe even Joseph Conrad. Or Hemingway. He could have written "The young Girl and the Sea".
Chichester of all, could have, or would have understand her best. I wouldn' t even try.
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Press conference in St. Maarten, January 21

Solozeilster Laura Dekker Hyve - hyves.nl
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Solozeilster Laura Dekker Hyve - hyves.nl
You post, but never stick around. I'll try again with a question I have asked you before, are you part of Laura's support team?
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Her site is quiet, guest book turned off, here is the last post.......


I'm already in Bonaire for a while now. But time is flying, I'm really busy trying to make something out of my diary's that I can hopefully soon call a book. I also really have to start thinking about a name for it now. So Any suggestions? Everything else is going fine over here, the first days in Bonaire I was slowly dying because of all the bugs in my boat, so I finally did make mosquito nets in front of the hatches after one and a half year.. And that's working really good. It made me realize how lucky I was that I never had so many mosquito's.

Laura

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So I guess this thread will self-archive. Its been fun folks.
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Thread not dead yet, Laura has flown back to the Netherlands from Bonaire to participate in the big Dutch boat show again, like she did last year. Give that girl some free airline tickets and a place to crash, and she is there.

From her site.....

Thanks a lot for all the title suggestions for my book. In the meantime I've made my decision and will let everyone know when I'm at the Hiswa boat show in Holland. I am still enjoying Bonaire for a few more days before heading out into the cold--with the plane this time. I took a two day break from writing my book and went sailing with my minicat. There's been a lot of wind the past few days so that was great fun. Writing the book is a lot of fun too, reading all the pieces I wrote along the way and thinking about it all really makes me wanna leave again, or at least most of the time…
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