Or it was to me. From an interview she gave a Durban, SA reporter, it appears after Cape Town
, SA she is headed back to the Caribbean
instead of home to Holland to complete her circumnavigation
there. I think Laura has had enough of her Netherlands
and the over year long fight with the government
, and has decided to call herself an adult, and move to New Zealand
. Below is a copy and paste of the last part of that interview.............
She chatted briefly of the route
she sailed to get to Durban, "I left Holland in late summer, sailed past the Canary Islands, across to the Caribbean
and sailed along the eastern shores of South America
, rounded the Galapagos
Islands. I spent some time meandering around the Polynesian Islands which I just loved, every island was so different. The people, the culture were just amazing. Time spent there holds a special place in my memories."
The young sailor is evidently in no rush, “I am just waiting for the bad weather
to pass and then I will head
down to Cape Town
where I will stock up before tackling the final leg. I still have to navigate Guppy down to Cape Town along some of the most treacherous coastline in the world. I will have completed my circumnavigation
when I arrive back in the Caribbean. From there I will make my way back to Whangarei in New Zealand
where I hope to settle and maybe call it home."
Back to me live, I know she was a very mature girl back when she was 12, this trip just added to her maturity. She also has let slip that she hasn't been doing her schoolwork, and the Netherlands
is truly hard case on schooling, so maybe she has just said "screw it", as she has citizenship of 3 countries, Netherlands, New Zealand, and France. The money
she will make off her book is bound to be much greater than Jessica Watson
made on her book. The first month Jessica's book was published, she earned $750,000.00. "Our" little Laura as done grown up right before our eyes. Pretty trippy. From this picture, she looks the same, but inside her head
, with her experiences, I would say she has the maturity level and confidence of any of us here on the forum. Go Laura.
Besides that, I think she wants to race
for Team New Zealand after her day race with them in the Volvo
Cup in Cape Town. If anyone would be a good racer
, it would be her.