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Dutch Teen Sails 'Round the World

Laura Dekker completes voyage in Caribbean

(Newser) - Dutch teenager Laura Dekker sailed into the Caribbean harbor of St. Maarten to a cheering crowd today after circumnavigating the globe, the Telegraph reports. Controversies surround the 16-year-old sailor, who fled Holland in 2010 when officials tried to stop her voyage. Dekker claims to be the youngest round-the-world sailor, but... More »

Teen Sailor: So Far, So Good in Solo Voyage

Laura Dekker is nearly a year in, but pirates loom

(Newser) - While the 15-year-olds you know may be jonesing for a drivers' license, Laura Dekker is alone on a boat in the middle of the Pacific. Dekker set sail last August from Gibraltar in hopes of becoming the youngest woman to sail solo around the world. If all goes well, she... More »

Laura Dekker Sets Sail

Dutch teen slips quietly out of Portuguese port

(Newser) - Fourteen-year-old Laura Dekker quietly slipped out of an undisclosed Portugal port today, beginning her controversial quest to become the youngest person to sail around the globe. The Dutch teen began her journey, expected to take at least a year, on a nearly windless day, notes the AP. "She said... More »

Court OKs Girl's Global Solo Sail

Dekker, 14, was made Dutch ward for protection

(Newser) - A Dutch court has given the go-ahead for a 14-year-old girl to sail alone around the world just weeks after an American teenager attempting the same goal had to be rescued at sea. Laura Dekker's plan ignited a storm of controversy about the risks younger and younger children face as... More »

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