011 – The Youngest Person To Ever Solo Sail Around The World: Laura Dekker

Summary

There are ordinary teenagers… and then there's Laura, who at 13 years of age, ventured to become the youngest person to ever sail the planet – alone, without support boats or checkpoints along her way.

What followed was a lengthy legal battle that included Duch authorities, wiretaps, her parents losing custody over Laura and much more… but after a lot of media coverage and public outcry from people including Richard Branson, a Dutch court finally decided in her favor, and the record-breaking attempt finally began on 21 August 2010.

Laura successfully completed the solo circumnavigation in a 12.4-meter (40 ft) two-masted ketch called “Guppy”, arriving in Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten, 518 days later at the age of 16. [... read more ...]        go to episode