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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Not-so-smooth sailing for young adventurer

Should a 13-year-old be allowed to sail around the world by him or herself? That was the question posed on yesterday's "World Have Your Say" on BBC Radio.

Laura Dekker, 13, wants to do a solo voyage around the world, but The Dutch Council for Child Protection has asked a court to intervene in order to keep her from going. A ruling is expected by the end of the week.

Dekker was born on a boat while her parents were sailing around the world. She has extensive experience, but there are concerns for her well-being.

An editorial in the Dutch daily De Volkskrant critiqued: "She simply does not have the experience to anticipate the problems and possible crises that await her."

What do you think? Will it be the adventure of a lifetime or an error in judgment on the part of her parents should she go?

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