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Laura Dekker was born on a yacht and began sailing solo when she was 10
A Dutch teenager who set out to become the youngest solo around-the-world sailor has completed her voyage. Laura Dekker, 16, was greeted by a cheering crowd as she sailed into the St Maarten harbour in the Caribbean after a year at sea.
She left on 20 January 2011 aboard her 11.5m (38ft) boat Guppy. Before her trip, Ms Dekker won a court case against Dutch social services, who had argued that the voyage could harm her emotional and social development.
  • Her mother had expressed concerns about the solo voyage, but later lifted her objections.
  • Ms Dekker was born on a yacht off the coast of New Zealand during a seven-year world trip.
  • The Guinness Book of Records decided to stop recognising records for "youngest" sailors after the controversy surrounding her bid.
Source: BBC
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