Is 13 Too Young to Sail Around the World Solo?

A Dutch court placed a 13-year-old girl into temporary custody on Friday after her parents insisted on supporting her bid to become the youngest person to sail around the world solo. Laura Dekker, an avid sailor who was reportedly born on a yacht during her parents’ own round-the-world trip, told Dutch television before the court handed down its decision that she simply wanted to “learn about the world and to live freely.” “The crucial question is whether it is wrong for parents to allow their child to indulge in her passion,” the Dekkers’ lawyer told Radio Netherlands.