Laura Dekker, 16, becomes ‘youngest sailor’ to complete solo voyage around the world

By on Jan 22, 2012 in Amazing, Europe, Lifestyle, Travel, World Comments

Laura Dekker, a 16-year old Dutch citizen, is now being considered as the youngest sailor to complete a solo voyage around the world on Saturday, January 21, 2012, aboard a sailboat named ‘Guppy‘.

‘Youngest sailor’ Laura Dekker, arriving in Sint Maarten
after completing her solo voyage around the world

Image Credit: AP

As noted at CNN on Sunday, Laura Dekker‘s spokesman Anton Van de Koppel told them that the Dutch teen arrived in Sint Maarten in Netherlands around 3 p.m. (local time) on Saturday.

Dekker, who was born in a yacht in New Zealand, is now the youngest person to sail around the world in solo, but Guinness World Records do not recognize her to discourage “youngest sailors” from such making dangerous attempts.

Ms. Dekker was only 14 when she began August 21, 2010 and celebrated her 16th birthday on September 20, during her voyage, which had stops including in Galapagos Islands, Bora Bora and Cape Town, South Africa.

Back in August 2009, she was put under the care of the state for two months because her parents allowed her to circumnavigate the world via a solo voyage at a very young age, which her team did not dispute.

Nevertheless, the court said later that she will be allowed to fulfill her dreams provided that she passes the requirements, including training, a larger sailboat with advanced navigation equipment, among others, which she did.

“The yacht is 38ft which is something to get used in comparison to the 28 ft of my previous boat a Hurly 800.” Laura Dekker wrote on her official blog, describing Guppy, which she used in her recent solo voyage around the globe.

“Only 160 nautical miles left to go and today I saw the first of many small islands I’ll be sailing by.” Dekker wrote at on Friday, one day before she completed her travel, with reports saying that she has covered more than 27,000 nautical miles.

“Exactly 364 days ago I was sailing on the opposite side of Guadeloupe heading west, with a whole bunch of old fishing buoys and nets in tow.” Dekker added, who was greeted by her family and dozens of people upon her return.

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