Will new youngest circumnavigator 'just keep sailing' to New Zealand?
Laura Dekker - a record in sight, but will she simply keep sailing? .
Sometime in the next week, all going well, sixteen-year-old Laura Dekker will become (unofficially – there are no official records) the youngest ever circumnavigating solo sailor.
However, it is likely that more attention will be paid by the media to the fact that, as a dual citizen of both the Netherlands and New Zealand, she is likely to just keep sailing and end up living Downunder.
Why the change? 'The true story has not yet been told,' her father Dick Dekker told me darkly this week, referring to the still unresolved issues surrounding the Dutch authorities attempts to prevent Laura's voyage.
Having now communicated with Laura over a long period of time and watched her growing dislike of media attention, I agree she is likely to 'do a Bernard Moitessier' and just keep sailing. Read the two articles on her below...
For the rest, a great combination of tales from the oceans and sailing news closer to home. Of particular note is the further information we publish this week on making your own – completely accurate – charts from Google Earth. However, the land masses and sand banks might be accurate, but human error has to creep in somewhere – one reader wrote that while the islands might show in just the right places, the labels on the Google map we showed in the example were, believe it or not, wrong! - a handy thing to keep in mind...
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