Friday, December 30, 2011

Laura Dekker Yet Again

While on the subject of sailing records, Laura Dekker is enjoying the warmer weather of the Southern Atlantic as she sails northwards. Having left Cape Town on 27th November, she would appear to be aiming for the Caribbean, in particular the Island of St Maarten. On arriving there she will have completed a solo circumnavigation of the Globe and she will become the youngest person to have sailed around the world in the truest sense, i.e., returning to a port of departure after crossing every meridian and having crossed the equator, completing a voyage of at least 21,600 nautical miles. In fact she will have sailed much further since setting out alone on her world cruise from Gibraltar on 21st August, 2010.

Jessica Watson is acknowledged by many as the youngest person to have circumnavigated the world alone, non-stop and without outside assistance, but according to the 21,600 miles criterion technically she misses out. Jesse Martin officially holds the record for the youngest to do a non-stop circumnavigation. To the best of my knowledge Mike Perham actually holds the record for being the youngest to have sailed solo around the world, but it looks as though Laura will shortly will take that honour.

Text for the Day

1Timothy 6:6, 7 ‘Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.’


Definition of a Global Circumnavigation

Laura Dekker at Durban

Laura Dekker, Exemplar of Youth Today?

Mike Perham, Jessica Watson, Abby Sunderland and Laura Dekker

Laura Dekker again

Laura Dekker

Laura Dekker

Laura Dekker Arrives in St. Maarten after 17 Days

The Laura Dekker Report: Laura is sailing north towards the Caribbean!…

Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson to miss sailing record

Mike Perham

Jesse Martin


Mike said...

Well, I for one don’t give a toss about any of those anally retentive, rule makers (who have probably done nothing more interesting than make up rules), all of those sailor girls are just wonderful.

William Serjeant said...


I feel sure the majority go along with that sentiment too, but don't forget the boys! They also did well.

Sailing around the world on your own is a great accomplishment. I failed at the first hurdle! You have to have what it takes to do what these youngsters have done, and I don't.