Laura Dekker on her boat in the Netherlands
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Laura Dekker given permission to try sailing challenge

A 14-year-old girl has been given permission by a Dutch court to try to become the youngest person to sail around the world.

Laura Dekker had been under state supervision since October last year after her mother objected to the plan.

She must now complete the two-year trip before she turns 17 in September 2012 to break the record.

Jonathan Twigg reports.

  • 28 Jul 2010
  • From the section Europe