Sailing Girl Laura Dekker departed from Portugal

The sail girl Laura Dekker has left from Portugal to the Canary Islands Saturday morning, according to her manager Peter Klarenbeek.

The 14-year-old Laura would like to be the youngest sailor ever to sail around the world. To avoid the press, she did not leave the port of the Portuguese city of Portimao, like many media expected, but from a different port.

The departure marks the official beginning of her solo sailing trip around the world. She made her final preparations In Portugal the last two weeks.

On the Canary Islands she might wait until the end of the hurricane season before crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

Laura attempts to break the record of the Australian Jessica Watson. She finished her solo trip a few days before her 17th birthday. Laura Dekker becomes 17 on September 20th, 2012.

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