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Old 01-13-2010, 11:18 AM
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This thread will be kept strictly on topic: Let's follow this 16 year old girl as she rounds the world!

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OK, since some internet law would apparently have been broken by my commenting in the other thread...here you go.

I think it is foolish. I dont know if she is a publicity hound or if she is being followed by a flotilla such that she is not actually in any danger, or what. But if she is out there alone, I dont see the point. But I do see the risks.
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Old 01-13-2010, 11:37 AM
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Obviously she is in danger if she hit a ship last time out. I think the adventure is unsafe and the parents should not let her go. From what I last heard, the govt of Aus was trying to prevent this voyage but the parents won an appeal and off she goes.

It's a bad idea, I wish her the best of luck of course. "Whatever floats your boat" kind of applies here but a 16 yo does not have the sailing experience to understand how much a risk this voyage is and her parents are putting her in danger. In this country they would be charged with putting a child in harm's way and I doubt there could be much contest to that.
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Old 01-13-2010, 11:42 AM
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Obviously she is in danger if she hit a ship last time out. I think the adventure is unsafe and the parents should not let her go. From what I last heard, the govt of Aus was trying to prevent this voyage but the parents won an appeal and off she goes.

It's a bad idea, I wish her the best of luck of course. "Whatever floats your boat" kind of applies here but a 16 yo does not have the sailing experience to understand how much a risk this voyage is and her parents are putting her in danger. In this country they would be charged with putting a child in harm's way and I doubt there could be much contest to that.
No here if you drove her to the docks without a seal belt you would be thrown in jail but letting her sail around the world would be just fine.
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Old 01-13-2010, 11:49 AM
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If she died sailing around the world the parents would be in big trouble


besides.... seal belts went out of style with seal purses and gloves...haha
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:07 PM
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She hit a freeging ship last time...????:ro fl:
And the parents are Ok with this??????????:banghead :


And Hey I am not a mod basher, but if we cant talk about the risk and parental responsibility- what is left - that IS the whole story isn't it? If there was no risk it wouldn't even be a story;?;?;?;?

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Old 01-13-2010, 04:20 PM
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As i recall there was a 17 yr old kid that did this back in the 70's. Who are we to say she shouldn't be allowed to do it.
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:42 PM
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Because she hit a ship last time out. Thats like the first thing you need to be aware of. It's the worst case scenario on the test run. She cant even avoid things that are within her power to control. What about all the other stuff like rogue waves, storms, electrical problems, engine problems, rigging problems that she cannot control?
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You all do know that a 17 year old American boy did this last year right? He was lauded for his skill and perseverance.

Why can't this girl strive for the same?

Anyway, it's done. And you're not her parents. So what does it matter? I suggest you keep your children from sailing around the world until they are 18.
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You all do know that a 17 year old American boy did this last year right? He was lauded for his skill and perseverance.

Why can't this girl strive for the same?

Anyway, it's done. And you're not her parents. So what does it matter? I suggest you keep your children from sailing around the world until they are 18.
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In this country the laws uphold the parents responsibility to protect their children and keep them out of harm's way.
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Old 01-14-2010, 10:42 AM
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Theres a 16 yr Old leaving California this weekend if all goes well....
http://soloround.blogspot.com/

I've been following the other girl from Australia, she just rounded the Cape today!


I grew up in Philly, When I was 16, I was allowed to take a trolley across the city and I thought that was a big deal...

Good for them and wish them safety through there journey and to achieve there goals on this trip and in there life!!!
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I'm not saying that it is right, or wrong, to solo sail around the globe as a teenager. The problem is, the record they are all trying to break is to be the youngest, so where does that leave the question after a few successful, and a few fatal attempts?
Should a 12 year old attempt it?
Would any of them be doing it if no one sanctioned it, or kept records to be broken?

I don't follow it, but I thought that I heard on the news a week or two ago that one of the girls had gone ashore for repairs somewhere overseas.
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She just rounded the Cape which is probably more than you ridiculous naysayers will every do in your lifetimes. Now move along back to your beer, TV, and fat kids sitting inside on their video games.
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I have rounded Good Hope a couple of times. A lot of full rudder back and forth to try to keep a 400 foot destroyer on course. I wouldn't want to round either Cape in her boat.
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Originally Posted by itwonder View Post
She just rounded the Cape which is probably more than you ridiculous naysayers will every do in your lifetimes. Now move along back to your beer, TV, and fat kids sitting inside on their video games.
im glad someone gets it
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Originally Posted by itwonder View Post
She just rounded the Cape which is probably more than you ridiculous naysayers will every do in your lifetimes. Now move along back to your beer, TV, and fat kids sitting inside on their video games.
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Originally Posted by itwonder View Post
She just rounded the Cape which is probably more than you ridiculous naysayers will every do in your lifetimes. Now move along back to your beer, TV, and fat kids sitting inside on their video games.


Funny, if inaccurate. Ok, the beer part might be accurate.

It wont seem like much of accomplishment if it all goes wrong though.
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