sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Fifteen-year-old solo sailor on world cruise reaches Papeete

Fifteen-year-old solo sailor on world cruise reaches Papeete

'Laura at the helm'    .

Dutch 15-year-old solo sailor Laura Dekker has made her way through French Polynesia to arrive on 8th June to the capital Papeete, putting her about half way across her second and largest ocean, the Pacific.

She has just arrived from a south-easterly sail with good trade winds behind her from the Marquesas, and all is going well, according to her blog.

Laura has dreamed for a long time of becoming the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world, overcoming many barriers before she was allowed to start her journey while still only 14.

So far, since departing on Aug. 21, 2010, Laura has sailed across the Atlantic, transited the Panama Canal in April and sailed halfway across the Pacific without a major incident. She said recently that she hopes to be in Australia in November.

Laura Dekker on her Jeanneau Ginfizz ketch Guppy -  .. .  
Unlike other recent non-stop circumnavigators, Dekker is travelling like a typical world cruiser, enjoying her explorations in each of the ports she visits. As for the record she covets but hardly mentions, she has until a few days before Sept. 20, 2012, her 17th birthday, to complete her voyage. If she achieves this she will also have travelled much further but on an easier route than Australia's Jessica Watson, who simply skimmed above the equator before sailing most of her eight month journey through the Southern Ocean.

After leaving Gibraltar, Dekker spent several months in the Canary Islands waiting for the hurricane season to finish before sailing across the Atlantic. Then in late February, she left her 38-foot ketch Guppy in Bonaire, an island off the north coast of South America, and flew home to the Netherlands, where she attended the Amsterdam Boat Show in early March.

Since leaving the Panama Canal, she has stopped at the Galapagos Islands and most recently in the Marquesas Islands, in May.

Even if Laura completes her voyage before she turns seventeen in 2012, any record she claims to be the youngest person to sail solo around the world would be unofficial. Guinness World Records and the World Sailing Speed Record Council(WSSRC) have decided they will no longer recognise records for 'youngest' sailors, presumably to avoid encouraging dangerous attempts. The last record acknowledged by the WSSRC was that of Australian Jesse Martin, who sailed solo non-stop round the world on the traditional longer route for world solo records in 1999. He was 18.

The present unofficial record as the youngest person to sail solo around the world is held by Jessica Watson of Australia, who completed a 210-day solo nonstop circumnavigation in 2010, at age 16.

The interesting thing to watch now is whether Laura will sail through pirate-infested north Indian Ocean, or will take the longer route round Africa to reach Europe again.




by Sail-World Cruising

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=84603

4:54 AM Sat 11 Jun 2011 GMT






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


News - USA and the World











Team GBR’s Sparky on the Road to Rio (Part Two) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,


















Team GBR on the Road to Rio (Part One) by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,






































ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 images by Franck Socha
ISAF SWC Hyeres - Nacra Silver medal debutantes continue to improve
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Cheers on the dock
Spindrift 2 criss-crosses the Bay of Biscay
45th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's record circumnavigation
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Sailors tweet about opening day
49er Blog: Glorious racing to kick start Hyeres World Cup
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Continuous close racing
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Fluttering flags whet sailors appetite
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 4 images by Jude Robertson
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Day 1
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Nacra 17 images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Laser images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Ioannis Mitakis leads Finns after day 1
RC44 Cascais Cup - Fresh faces join the line-up
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Excellent racing on opening day
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Images by Yvan Zedda and Franck Socha
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 images by Franck Socha
Hyeres World Cup: Kiwis lead but Outteridge Jensen back in 49er fray
Belcher and Ryan lead from the start in Hyeres
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Race day 1 ready for lift off   
Clipper Round the World Race 11 - Tense match downwind racing on Day 2   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Day 3 an absolute gem   
Quantum Key West 2015 dates confirmed   
Flying Tigers 'Psych' - on Lake Lanier they pronounce it Zhik   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Anticipation intensifies as start nears   
Clipper Round the World Race - Race 11 start images by Chuck Lantz   
27th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2014 - Big breeze on the butterfly   
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - Pryde and Joy for Hi Fi   
Clipper Round The World Race - A flying start on Day 1 of Race 11   
Cammas on Caudrelier – different styles, same objective   
Clipper Race - Californian crew member continues fundraising journey   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 2 images by Jude Robertson   
Les Voiles de St Barth - Images by Christophe Jouany   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fleet sets sail in race 11   
Congressional Cup - Canfield and Team US One best star-studded field   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 11 to get underway to Panama   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 1 images by Jude Robertson   
Rolex China Sea Race - Hi Fi collects the coveted IRC Overall title   
Rolex China Sea Race - First arrivals in Subic Bay   


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.
X6XL VIR US