Teen solo sailor Laura made a ward of court

Laura Dekker, the 14-year-old school girl who wants to become the youngest person to sail solo round the world, is to remain under court supervision until next July at least, an Amsterdam court ruled on Friday.

The judge said in particular that Dekker’s plans to ensure her safety during the two-year voyage had not been properly worked out.
For example, she has not followed a first-aid course or learned how to manage her sleep so she can cope with 20 minute naps, the judge was quoted as saying by the Volkskrant.
The judge also said Dekker does not have experience at sea sailing on her own.
In addition, the judge said her schooling had not been properly organised and this was a real threat to her development.
And new plans for Dekker to be accompanied by a second boat are still very vague, the paper quoted the judge as saying.
A spokeswoman for the family said after the court hearing earlier this week, that they have had dozens of offers from people wanting to film the voyage, publish a book about it and make a tv series. ‘We have not yet taken up any of these offers,’ the spokeswoman told the Telegraaf.
Dekker was put under temporary court supervision in August on the request of the child protection authorities.
Dekker lives with her father and her mother told the Volkskrant earlier she opposed the trip. Sources told the paper she also made her opposition known during the closed court hearing.
Dekker told children’s tv news show Jeugdjournaal on Monday she did not plan to start her trip until after the end of this school year. ‘It is bad weather now and there is a lot to be organised,’ she said.

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