In , Dutch teenager Laura Dekker became the youngest person to sail alone round the world. Her account, of which this is an extract, bubbles with a youthful verve and passion. In , the English sailing community was galvanised by the arrival on the East Coast of a year-old single-hander from Holland, writes Tom Cunliffe. This was Laura Dekker, skippering a small yacht she had bought with borrowed money.
Even still, teen sailors continue to make the trip, content to simply be known as the youngest person to sail solo around the planet. Here's the story behind the adventurers 18 years old and younger who have completed the trip. He completed his trip without any major corporate sponsorship. The California native set out on his trip in June when he was still 16 and finished in July before he became legally eligible to vote.
In the hardest moments, when terrifying storms lash her boat and disrupt her dream of becoming the youngest person to sail around the world, Jessica Watson will find strength in "girl power". The year-old Queenslander is embarking on an eight month, 23, nautical mile journey around the world, beginning mid-September. Wants to break record Credit: Liam Kidston.