Teen solo sailor looks for financial sponsorship

The team surrounding 15-year-old Laura Dekker who hopes to be the youngest person to sail solo round the world is looking for new financial sponsors, the Volkskrant reports on Friday.

In particular, the team, comprised mainly of family members, needs money to visit her during the journey and carry out major repairs to her boat, Guppy, father Dick Dekker told the paper.
The sponsor money from shipyard Jongert was used up to pay debts before the trip began and other sponsors have not come forward, he said. TV rights for the trip have not been sold either.
Dekker said Laura’s only income is the column she writes for the AD and royalties from a book written by her grandmother.
Nevertheless, the trip is not in danger, Dekker said. ‘She can do it all fine. But she is more on her own than we had hoped. And as parents we can no longer visit her when she is in a harbour.’

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