Just 6 weeks after 16 year old Abby Sunderland caused a national panic after disappearing at sea while trying to sail around the world, another young Dutch girl is trying the same thing. Laura Dekker is just 14!
Laura wanted to attempt the trip last year, but a court put guardianship on her,forbidding her to set sail. Now, just a year later, the legal system has seen it fit to lift the ban and let her take on the dangerous mission.
“With this decision, the responsibility for Laura lies with her parents” said Judge S. Kuypers. “It is up to them to decide whether Laura can set off on her sail trip.”
What do they think of this possibly lethal task?
Her mother and father, who are separated, both support her decision.
Is this irresponsible or are they doing the right thing by allowing their child to follow her dreams at a sport she excels at?
The Council for Child Protection in the Netherlands think it’s crazy! They have begged the court to extend the ban. They are currently prepping for a legal appeal, arguing that the trip will cause the teen physical and mental damage. Taking a time period of two years, she will be in isolation for long period of time.
When an organization that protects children steps in to try and stop a decision that you have made as a parent, you would think this would give cause for pause. Thus far, Laura’s family is standing behind her choice.
Laura could leave in as soon as two weeks. If she manages to complete the mission, she will beat the world record for youngest person by two years.