Laura Dekker on her boat "Guppy."
In August 2009, a thirteen year old girl, Laura Dekker, announced her plan for a two-year solo ocean sailing voyage around the globe to begin the following year. Solo sailing voyages around the world had been done before. However, it was Laura's goal to become the youngest person to sail alone around the world. Laura achieved her goal. Her accomplishment is documented in the film Maidentrip (2013), mostly filmed and narrated by Laura during her voyage. Laura's story has ideological significance in the human quest for freedom. It illustrates what can be achieved by a very young person who is born free and has lived free of repression by parental or state authority. Laura's father is Dutch and her mother is German. Laura was born on September 20, 1995 in the seaside town of Whangarei, New Zealand during a seven-year sailing voyage by her parents. Laura has Dutch, German, and New Zealand citizenship. Laura has a younger sister also born on that extended sailing trip. Laura lived the
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