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Laura Dekker Placed Under State Guardianship

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A Dutch court has ruled that 14-year-old Laura Dekker is too inexperienced to sail around the world. Dekker hoped to become the youngest person to sail the globe solo, but child protection authorities say she will have to wait. [NYT]


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It's not as if they want to punish her, people! The judge made an informed and very well researched decision. She has no knowledge of first aid, doesn't have any experience with irregular sleeping patterns, doesn't have that much experience with solo sailing to begin with. That's why the court decided she should stay put for another year, when her case will be reevaluated. That's not an unfair decision; it's common sense. #lauradekker