If you want to see the other side of the world, you can do two things: turn the world upside down or travel there yourself…
…which is exactly what 14-year-old Laura Dekker did.
One Girl, One Dream is her incredible story.
Laura Dekker 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 in 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-olds 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 on 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. Exciting, awe-inspiring and infinitely inspirational, One Girl, One Dream is a real-life adventure for readers of all ages.
These days Guppy is berthed in the marina at Whangarei, New Zealand. Laura lives on board when she isn’t travelling the globe sharing her story and having other — sometimes — more land-based adventures.
‘I hope to inspire other people to pursue their dreams and to stand up for what they feel is right.’ Laura Dekker