Teen Ending Globe-circling Voyage In St. Maarten

By Salon Staff

Published January 21, 2012 2:36PM (EST)

PHILIPSBURG, ST. MAARTEN (AP) — A teenager from the Netherlands is about to end a yearlong solo journey around the globe aboard a sailboat nicknamed "Guppy."

Laura Dekker's web page says she's expected to arrive Saturday on the Caribbean island from which she set out on Jan. 20, 2011.

Dekker celebrated her 16th birthday during the trip and claims she'll be the youngest sailor to complete a round-the-world voyage. The Guinness World Records has said it won't back that up because it no longer recognizes records for youngest sailors to discourage dangerous attempts.

Several Dutch officials tried to block her trip, arguing she was too young to risk her life. School authorities have complained she should be in a classroom.

Salon Staff

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