Laura Dekker Finishes Circumnavigation

Teen is youngest to sail globe solo

On Saturday, Dutch teen Laura Dekker became the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the globe solo when she sailed into the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Martin. Dekker, 16, spent a year and a half at sea on her boat, a 38-foot Jeanneau Ginfizz ketch named Guppy. Netherlands authorities originally tried to block Dekker from leaving, prompting her to run away to St. Martin in 2009. A Dutch court eventually consented to the trip, provided that she take a first aid course and enroll in a distance-learning program. Dekker, who also holds New Zealand citizenship, says that she has no plans to return to the Netherlands.

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