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Dutch delay young sailor’s worldwide trip

August 29, 2009

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— A 13-year-old girl’s plan to sail solo around the world was called “undeniably daring and risky” by Dutch judges Friday. They refused, however, to scrap the venture in a high-profile clash between child care authorities and liberal Dutch parenting.

The three judges at Utrecht District court ordered authorities to take temporary guardianship of Laura Dekker, delaying her plan to set sail next week on her 26-foot yacht Guppy in her bid to become the youngest person to sail solo around the globe.

“I wouldn’t go if I or my boat wasn’t up to it,” Laura told Dutch national broadcaster NOS.“So things have stayed the same, except it is going to take a little longer.”

The court appointed a child psychologist to report on her capacity to cope with the risks and possible harm of two years of isolation.

The ruling came a day after 17-year-old Mike Perham of Britain grabbed the crown Laura covets.

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