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16 Year Old Laura Dekker Becomes The Youngest To Sail Solo Around The World

Guinness World Records and the World Sailing Speed Record Council did not verify the trip, saying they no longer recognize records for youngest sailors to discourage dangerous attempts. Dutch authorities tried to block Dekker’s trip, arguing she was too young to risk her life, while school officials complained she should be in a classroom.But the 16-year-old, who was raised on a sailboat and sailed alone for the first time at 10 years-old made several stops on her tour of the globe. On the trip, she went surfing, scuba diving, cliff diving and learned a new instrument, the flute, which she said in her weblog was easier to play than a guitar in bad weather. Dekker also complained about custom clearings, boat inspections, ripped sails, heavy squalls, a wet and salty bed, a near-collision with two cargo ships and the presence of some persistent stowaways: cockroaches. “I became good friends with my boat,” she said. “I learned a lot about myself.”I know this is an inspirational story, but I hope other young teenage girls don’t embark on this type of voyage. The Guinness people are right and one of these trips are going to end in the death of some young girl. For more on the story, check out the [NYPOST]

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