My point is it takes a death of a record
attempter to have the 'rules' changed.
And heres the classic example in being the youngest to fly across the USA which got down to a 7 year old who died with her father when they took off into bad weather
to meet a media engagement. People say she wouldnt have been flying but her dad, even though that would have been cheating. But they both still died.
So after her death the USA changed the flight rules to stop it. But no one changed the flight rules for around the world flights by ever decreasing aged children
Yes, they would have been banned from flying into Australia
... but they could just chose routes taking them through countries where there is no law about it. IN the case in hand of the deaths in Samoa
, their route
was Indianapolis, Indiana, where they lived, to Greenland
, Cairo, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and finally to the islands of America Samoa
Whether sailing, flying, climbing Mt Everest (9 year old child just been banned from climbing Mt E!) or whatever, people will always try to get into the Guinness book of records (isnt that a beer
?) - I was in the World Record
Most People Hoola-Hooping attempt of 1969... I think we failed when only 100 kids
turned up in the toyshop carpark only half of us could afford Hoola Hoops
I have nothing against people doing things of their OWN volition but I think the Fame Game
Media - Wanna Be A Star - Next Top Model - Be A Real Princess - etc has drugged many people.
I know 'media'. I have worked in it for my whole life. I know what an insidious thing it can be when you put a camera
or chance of fame in front of a child or parent. Why do normal people break down crying on TV so much? Because a TV camera
is a truth drug for emotions. And the TV people know it. Just shove a TV camera in their face and ask them after the death of their child how they feel. Or ask them if 'justice' will ever bring their child back. Of course it won't, but people have it ingrained into them now what to say, and the saying in has to put a tear in the eye of the bereaved and thats what the TV crew wants and the camera picks up.
I know how reality TV works, I know how sponsorships work, I know how charity can be derailed by some stunts (pour a bucket of ice over yourself and tell all your mates to do the same).
Thats why I hate all these age record attemps. If someone sails
because of their OWN volition then thats fine. But do it yourself without the media poison. I think Laura Dekker did it for herself. Yes, the others may have gone round but so could a 5 year old go round the Antarctic in one ocean in a drone boat.
If one does things for themselves without the urging of others and without the eye on an irrelevance record etc, then that may well be fine.
Someone else wondered what Lara Dekkers boat Guppy is like. I have seen it close up and it looks fine. I have been on a few and they are good little boats, excellent boats. We crossed the Atlantic at about the same time... she beat me by a few days.