Solo Sail Around the World
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Hi, my name is Laura Dekker. I am 16 years old and I am from the Netherlands. I am also the youngest person to sail around the globe solo! My 38 foot yacht called "Guppy" made this amazing feat possible.
On my 520 day, 27,000 mile journey I was drenched by a whale, I got woken up by a flying fish landing in my boat and, I was soaked in storms.
I made many stops visiting ports along the way. At one point I avoided modern day pirates in parts of the Indian Ocean. My efforts won't count in the Guinness Book of World Records, though, because they discourage younger people from taking on dangerous tasks for a record.
If anyone could do it, it was me. I was born on a sailboat and spent the first four years of my life at sea.
By age six, I owned my own boat and I learned to sail it by myself. At 13, I decided I was ready to tackle the globe. Amazingly, I am not the first teen to tackle the world's seas.
My trip began just two months after 16 year old American Abby Sunderland to be rescued in a remote section of the Indian Ocean during her attempt. In 2010, Jessica Watson of Australia completed a 210 day solo voyage also at age 16, but was a few months older that me when she finished.
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