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Laura Dekker, the movie

November 11, 2013 by robert in Featured, Sail with 0 Comments

AMSTERDAM _ In 2010, Laura Dekker made history by becoming the youngest person to sail around the world. She was 16. Her round-the-world followed a controversy in the Netherlands with the government insisting she was too young and the trip too risky for someone of her age. But Dekker prevailed. Now there is Maidentrip, the movie of her remarkable exploit.

Maidentrip by Director Jillian Schlesinger contributes to a small swell of blue water sailing films, along with last year’s Life of Pi and this year’s All is Lost. Maidentrip will premiere in early 2014.

Schlesinger’s documentary blends the images of Dekker going around the world with her answers to  questions that the that the filmmaker had written down. The Hollywood Reporter is impressed. In a review of the film it noted: “When [Dekker] says, ‘I don’t like when people tell me what to do,’ it’s not an expression of mere adolescent impudence, but the voice of someone who knows what she wants and is willing to do the hard work to get it.”  The film opens in the US Jan. 17, 2014. Here is a taste: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl6c9ucviho

Laura Dekker (Sept. 20, 1995) announced in 2009 her plan to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe single-handedly. A Dutch court, acting on the objections of local authorities, prevented her from leaving while she was under the shared custody of her (estranged) parents. In July 2010, a family court ended that arrangement. Dekker left on her record breaking attempt Aug. 12, 2010. She completed her circumnavigation in ‘Guppy,’ an 11.5m Jeanneau ketch, arriving in Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten, Jan. 21, 2012.


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