The Amazing Solo Voyage of Laura Dekker

It’s one thing to be a rebellious teen and want to go off on your own, but for Dutch teen Laura Dekker, she may have upped the ante with her request for a solo sailing voyage around the world. The now 23-year-old Dekker set out to sea when she was just 14-years-old, making headlines and a big splash along the way as she made plans to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world.

People Thought She Was Crazy

Photo: Corne van der Stelt/AP
Photo: Corne van der Stelt/AP

Though people deemed her too young, Dekker was headstrong on what she wanted and making her sailing dreams a reality. Radiating passion, grit, and a youthful energy, Dekker has become an inspiration for those who maybe want a little more out of life.

Social workers argued that Dekker was too young to properly assess the dangers of the voyage and that being alone for the projected two years would hurt her development to relate with peers and adults.