Court to rule on solo sailor schoolgirl

Child protection officers have taken legal action in an effort to have a 13-year-old girl who plans to sail solo round the world made a ward of court.

They say Laura Dekker’s two year trip is too risky and her parents should no longer have guardianship over the girl because they agree with her plan.
Laura Dekker, who will turn 14 before her trip is scheduled to start on September 1, is also under official fire because she will miss two years of school.
Dekker says she intends to continue her education through self-study and emails.
Dekker, who was born on a boat in New Zealand, is an experienced sailor and has already sailed round the world with her parents.
In Saturday’s Volkskrant, psychologists warn that Dekker will miss out on two years of social contact and teenage life if her solo attempt goes ahead.
Utrecht district court is due to rule on the case on Friday.

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