Dutch sailor girl set to leave on solo world trip

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August 21, 2010 01:09

 
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PORTIMAO, Portugal – A 14-year-old Dutch girl will set off Saturday on a controversial attempt to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world, her representatives said.

Laura Dekker's ambition of completing the yearlong trip has fueled a global debate over the wisdom of allowing young sailors to take on the tremendous risks of sailing the high seas alone.

The girl who grew up on a sailboat faces a host of challenges - including favorable winds to send her across the Atlantic Ocean from her jumping off point in a marina in the resort city at the southwestern tip of Portugal.

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