I know we should learn to "let go" as our children grow up but I would not be keen to see any child of mine go off on a trip like this. If she was a little older say 18 or so then by all means assuming she had the training, experience, right help and good equipment but even then not at 13 years old.
>Miss Dekker was reportedly born on a yacht off the >coast of New Zealand during a seven-year world >trip. >She had a yacht by the age of six and began >sailing solo when she was 10.
Just heard a rep from the Dutch government talking on the radio and she seemed to suggest that the girl's sailing skills weren't in question. What they do seem to be worried about is whether she can handle the psychological impact of all those months on her own.
Sending one around the world in a yacht is rank stupidity.
If someone was born on a bus, would that make them an expert bus driver? ditto for an aircraft?
One thing is for certain: its a damn big ocean out there. And its no place for children to set off into it, just because she is 'up for it'. Mid atlantic is no place to find out that she doesnt have the endurance and stamina to cope.