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Laura Dekker very close to breaking world solo sailing record

Laura Dekker, Dutch Teen Sailor, is close to breaking the world solo sailing record.

The teenage girl took on the sea one year ago and now she’s almost finished with her journey.

It is expected that the 16-year-old girl arrives later this month on St. Martin, where she began her sailing trip around the world January 20, 2011.

The sailing girl, celebrated New Year on the Atlantic in her boat Guppy. On her blog she writes that the lights from the moon and the stars were a good replacement for the fireworks.

Dutch teen Laura Dekker is trying to break Watson’s record of being the youngest person to sail around the world solo. After a legal battle with the Dutch government — which initially objected to the teen making the trip — Dekker set off from Gibraltar in August 2010, when she was 14.