Dekker Completes Sail Across Atlantic


Laura Dekker, the 15-year-old Dutch girl attempting to break the world record for youngest solo circumnavigation of the globe, reached St. Maarten island in the Caribbean recently, successfully completing her first leg of the journey.

Dekker, who was repeatedly delayed by Dutch authorities finally got permission to sail early this year, spent two months in the Canary Islands preparing her 38-foot monohull, Guppy. She made it to the Caribbean in 17 days.

Dekker is next on a growing list of teens attempting serious adventure feats. Check out our profile of Jordan Romero, “Into Teen Air” for a closer look at teenagers (like Abby Sunderland) pushing themselves to new heights and lengths.

–Will Taylor

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