Jan 23, 2012
Wow, talk about having your challenges… Ever since Laura Dekker spent almost a year defending her desire to sail around the world at age 14, she had to overcome a multitude of obstacles put in her path to dissuade her. Yet, above all else she persevered with her dream, and at age 15 Laura set sail to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world. There has been lots of press, positive and negative about her being permitted to experience this adventure. To me she represents spirit of a winner. Be sure and watch the video.
A large part of St Maarten and the sailing community were on hand to deliver a heartfelt welcome to Laura as she returned through a special opening of the Simpson Bay Bridge, accompanied by Coast Guard escorts. Arriving one year and one day after the date she departed on her voyage, she ended her journey at the exact same place she started, the St Maarten Yacht Club. Simpson Bay is where “Manana Maybe” was residing when I purchased her.
Congratulations to Laura on completing a major accomplishment… something that many dream of, but few ever achieve. I’m sure she will become an inspiration to many that have followed her story. Here is a short video of her welcoming procession as they arrived on Saturday afternoon through the Simpson Bay Bridge. Please enjoy, and feel free to pass along or share this with anyone else you feel would be interested – sailors or otherwise!
Solo Sailor Laura Dekker Returns to St Martin, SXM, completing her circumnavigation!