Dutch 16 year old Sets World Record with Solo Trip – ViP offers cheap flights to the Caribbean

Written by Your VIPTRIP Team on January 23rd, 2012

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Simpson Bay:— What was supposed to be a joyous moment for 16 year old Laura Dekker and St. Maarten became a nightmare for local reporters on Saturday afternoon when the Dutch 16 year old completed her trip around the globe. Laura Dekker came into the media spotlight when Dutch authorities tried to stop her from sailing alone at age 13.

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Laura Dekker sailed into St. Maarten shortly after 3pm Saturday afternoon escorted by the Coast Guards through the Simpson Bay Bridge to the St. Maarten Yacht Club. Scores of reporters representing the local and international media gathered at the St. Maarten Yacht Club to record the historic event but that was made almost impossible by the foreign security guards at the dock. Local reporters were pushed away from the dock where Laura docked her sailboat “Guppy” to greet her relatives and friends. However, certain foreign media representatives that were mainly Caucasian were allowed to get as close as possible to the 16 year old who is now considered a celebrity since she is the youngest sailor to sail the globe in one year and one day. Despite the achievement, it will not be recorded in the Guinness Book of records due to the controversy surrounding her sailing alone at such a young age.

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Lucayan Archipelago[13]

Greater Antilles

Lesser Antilles

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