Sixteen year old sailor Laura Dekker has successfully crossed the Indian Ocean and arrived in South Africa.
New Zealand born and Dutch raised, Dekker is on a quest to be the youngest to circumnavigate the globe solo. During this crossing she encountered rough seas that flooded her cabin and knocked down her boat “Guppy” several times, however Manager Lyall Mercer said the young sailor handled it well.
“Every sailor knows the Indian Ocean is a dangerous place, but Laura did it in style and this is a credit to her professionalism and ability,” he said.
Dekker’s team have kept her route secret since leaving Darwin, Australia on September 25 due to the risk of pirates monitoring her location.
She now awaits the results of the prestigious Conny van Rietschoten trophy, The Netherland’s most prestigious sailing award, for which she was nominated. The winner will be announced on November 17.