Friday, August 28, 2009
Sailor girl put under care
A Dutch court has put a 13-year-old girl under state care for two months, stalling her bid to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world. The decision by three Utrecht judges means Laura Dekker's parents, who support her plans, temporarily lose the right to make decisions about her. A child psychologist will now assess her capacity to undertake the voyage. Laura's father, Dick Dekker, had earlier had a request for her to miss two years of school turned down. Miss Dekker - who was not at the court - will continue to live with her father, who did not make any immediate comment on the judge's decision. She had planned to spend about two years aboard her 26-foot (8m) boat, Guppy, to break the record set this week by a 17-year-old UK boy. Mike Perham tackled 50ft waves, gale force winds and technical problems during the 28,000-mile circumnavigation, which took him nine months.