Laura Dekker starts sailing cruise

The 14-year-old Laura Dekker leaves Wednesday for her solo sailing cruise around the world.
Laura said on her blog Saturday she will sail with her father from Zeeland Den Osse to Portugal, and will begin her round-the-world venture from there later. She said she did not know when that would be.

Dekker said her father would help her to test her yacht Guppy, and “improve the last little things”, before she takes the boat around the world.

The date for the launch of her official solo bid had not yet been fixed, she said.

Laura won a prolonged battle last Tuesday when a court in Middelburg released her from the guardianship of Dutch child protection agencies that had blocked her attempts to leave last year when she was still 13. The authorities said being alone and absent from school for so long would be harmful for her education and psychological development.

Sailing Girl “Laura Dekker has made an exclusive agreement with TV production company Eyeworks, on film, and media coverage during her world trip.

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