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When:

Wed 5 Nov 2014, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Where: ASB Sports Centre, 72 Kemp St, Kilbirnie, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $14.00
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Listed by: jenny238

Laura Dekker will be in Wellington for one night only to talk about her remarkable circumnavigation of the globe when she was only 14 years old, and to launch her book 'One Girl, One Dream'.

New Zealand born Laura was 14 years old when she started her solo navigation around the world in her 12 metre yacht, Guppy. She was just 16 when she completed the journey in 2012, making her the youngest person to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe.

If Laura had had it her way, however, she would have set out from Holland when she was only 13 years old, straight after she sailed her 22 foot yacht across the English Channel alone. Publicly announcing her intentions immediately landed her in the custody of Dutch child services and sparked a massive international media debate about parental responsibility. For over a year, at a time when most 14 year old girls worry about what other people think or what to wear, Laura doggedly pursued her dream against all the odds.

The debate was still raging when she slipped out of port to sail via the neutral British territory of Gibraltar using her New Zealand passport and on to St Martin in the Caribbean where she would begin her journey.

'One Girl, One Dream' is Laura's own remarkable account of her journey and what it is like to sail the great oceans of the world solo, and the determination it takes to do this at such a young age.

' I hope to inspire other people to pursue their dreams and to stand up for what they feel is right ' Laura Dekker

After her presentation, Laura will be available to sign copies of her book that will be available for purchase.

This event is a fundraiser for the Wellington Youth Sailing Trust with the proceeds going towards the purchase of replacement Elliott 6 Yachts for the Youth Scheme.

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