Teenage sailor becomes youngest to circumnavigate the globe

Posted By on January 22, 2012

A year and a day after she set out to sail single-handed around the globe, Dutch teenager Laura Dekker finished her 27,000 mile voyage on Saturday night.

A year and a day after she set out to sail single-handed around the globe, Dutch teenager Laura Dekker finished her 27,000 mile voyage on Saturday night.

Miss Dekker, who is 16 years and four months old, has cut six months off the unofficial record set in 2010 by Australian teenager Jessica Watson, who was days away from her 17th birthday when she completed her own non-stop voyage.

Dozens of people jumped and cheered as Miss Dekker stepped aboard a dock in St. Maarten and waved.

“There were moments where I was like, ‘What the hell am I doing out here?,’ but I never wanted to stop,” she told reporters.

“It’s a dream, and I wanted to do it.”

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  • Here’s the last (recent) post as she nears the finish point:
    http://www.lauradekker.nl/English/Home.html
    20-1-2012
    Only 160 nautical miles left to go and today I saw
    the first of many small islands I’ll be sailing by. Guadeloupe is still
    hidind over the horizon but I expect that it will soon be in sight.
    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…
    Since then a lifetime of experiences has gone by. It feels like it was
    just yesterday but at the same time it seems like it was an eternity
    ago. Back then I had no idea I would be back now with a life load of new
    experiences and 27 000 nautical miles under Guppy’ keel. But here I am
    having almost circumnavigated the whole world. Yes, that idea is slowly
    sinking in… But I don’t really believe it… Laura

  • I’m glad Laura did this in the 21 century and not back in the age of discovery. It was a tough life for a girl sailing back in those days. Here’s a story of the first to go around the world — although not solo (may have been safer?).
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2012/01/23/145664873/the-first-woman-to-go-round-the-world-did-it-as-a-man

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