sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Australia Cruising USA Cruising Canada Boats for Sale Sail-World Racing Photo Gallery FishingBoating
Video Gallery Newsletters

 

Sail-World.com : Born a New Zealander, but solo teen sailor 'gets no support'

Born a New Zealander, but solo teen sailor 'gets no support'

'Laura on her 38ft ketch Guppy, flying her Dutch flag, but not a New Zealand one'    .

The manager of teenager Laura Dekker, the youngest solo-sailor to attempt to circumnavigate the world and more than half way through her journey, has accused New Zealand of failing to support her, according to Radio Netherlands, even though she has dual New Zealand and Dutch citizenship.

The 15-year-old solo sailor was born on her Dutch parents' yacht when it was docked in Whangarei, giving her New Zealand citizenship as well as Dutch nationality.

Last August, she embarked on a round the world voyage that is expected to last two years. At the end of the month, the young adventurer is due to arrive in Darwin in Australia for a two-week break.

Disconnected:
Her just-appointed manager, Australian Lyall Mercer, says Ms Dekker does not take her New Zealand nationality lightly, especially as she feels 'disconnected' from The Netherlands. The Dutch courts prevented her from leaving port at the age of 13, when her plans were first revealed. The girl was temporarily made a ward of court and required to follow first aid courses and satisfy many other skill tests in preparation of the voyage. Nevertheless, a court decision to lift the ban on her voyage a year later was unexpected.

In the New Zealand Herald, Mr Mercer is quoted as saying, 'Yet she has failed to find any support from New Zealand, unable even to source a New Zealand flag that she wants to fly from her boat 'Guppy' for the duration of her trip. I am surprised that a country so focused on tourism seems to want nothing to do with an opportunity for a record-breaking sailor to fly the New Zealand flag across the world.'

Kiwi spirit:
Dekker had 'reached out' to New Zealand but no one appeared interested, according to Mr Mercer. 'I believe that a young adventurer like Laura displays the adventurous Kiwi spirit that is acknowledged across the world.'




by Des Ryan

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=87494

2:15 AM Sat 20 Aug 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Adventure Sailing

Related News Stories:

08 Nov 2013  Two solo sailor Septuagenarians doing oldest/fastest circumnavigations
19 Oct 2013  Dream building - young Indian sailor in smallest boat circumnavigation
31 Aug 2013  Sailing dream-turned-nightmare by trekking accident
19 Aug 2013  North West Passage - ice levels alarming for transiting yachts
17 Aug 2013  North West Passage in 33ft Dodo's Delight - gales already
16 Jul 2013  Polish crew to circumnavigate the North Pole in Lady Dana
09 Jul 2013  Sailor Jeanne Socrates, world's oldest non-stop female circumnavigator
08 Jul 2013  Circumnavigating French sailor in 8ft boat rescued in Torres Strait
22 Jun 2013  Jeanne Socrates - near to victory in Victoria
16 Jun 2013  Book Review: 'Suddenly Overboard' by Tom Lochhaas
MORE STORIES ...

Sail-World Cruising News - local and the World



Baby Nemos finding their way home by ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,










The real ‘Supermoon’ story by Sail-world.com,




Sailor rescued after Facebook call for rescue by RNLI/Sail-World Cruising,












The Galley Guys' favourite shrimp recipe by Andy Adams and John Armstrong,










The final touch - which wax should I use on my boat? by Martin Flory/Sail-World Cruising,


ARC Baltic sets sail to discover Europe's 'east sea' by World Cruising Club/Sail-World,








Heart-stopping moment as whale capsizes Zodiac by Sail-World Cruising round-up,


If we stop killing parrotfish we can bring back Caribbean coral reefs by ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,


Climate change could stop fish finding their friends by ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,














New import permit for Mexico resolves impound problems
Captain Phillips and Obama admin wants pirates' nests eradicated
Sail Estonia: a VERY new idea
Tie This 'Lifesaving' Bowline in Seconds - the easy way!
A Beer Bummel on the Thames River
Online weather routing - possible? Predict Wind says yes
Why Boats Sink: Ten best tips on prevention
The North West Passage calls: Who will answer this year?
Polish adventure sailor in second try at North West Passage
Demystifying Croatian requests for taxation documents on yachts
Whale research - new techniques expand for non-lethal methods
Jessica Watson, solo sailing star, four years on...
Americas solo non-stop circumnavigator crosses Pacific for research
What is an El Niño and how will it affect my sailing? (Part 1)
The Dinghy Nav Light Solution- a brilliantly dumb idea
ARC Portugal concludes in Marina de Lagos
Spike in water temperatures evidence of ‘irreversible’ El Nino *Feature
Sailing crew's battle to save yacht lost in the Indian Ocean
Five Top Tips for selecting the best boatyard
RYA Onboard gets half a million youngsters on the water
Tips for selecting the best boatyard   
Predictwind unlocks more features on free accounts   
Composite Rigging launches new campaign for ECsix   
When is a Captain not a Captain?   
RYA summary of Navitus Bay Wind Park views submitted   
Free app for managing your yacht   
Amazing MOB survival - 13 hours floating, rescued by fishermen   
Boater hit by lightning survives: 'It was the worst pain ever'   
Inauguration of the new Yacht Club Monaco - Images by Carlo Borlenghi   
Lessons for sailing clubs - how does YOURS rate?   
Turkey's new cruising black/gray water rules, skipper qualifications   
Giving up the luxuries of a life on land for Lizzy Belle   
Dehler 46, 'serious' cruising boat, debuts July   
SV Mystic to carry out OHPRI teen summer camps and voyages for adults   
Australian rescuers get bravery medal for rescuing Russian sailor   
Sailors and windfarms: Largest ever UK wind project approved   
Cooking at Sea? Which cook book should I buy?   
Fraudulent yacht broker gets jail for twelve months   
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville joins Summer Sailstice   
The Grand Pavois - What's new as at June?   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph, contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW CRU NH
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT