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In MAIDENTRIP we meet 14-year-old Laura Dekker who sets out on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. Finding herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, she explores the world in search of freedom and adventure.

Director: Jillian Schlesinger
Year: 2013
Time: 82 min

(2013) on IMDb

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Read One Girl One Dream, written by Laura Dekker after completing her global journey.

Get involved with Dare to Dream, a non-profit devoted to empowering girls to finding, believing in, and following their dreams by presenting them with inspiring female role models.

Find the courage to invest in a dream by starting small. Focus 10 minutes a day on learning about making that dream a reality, and find how those simple minutes soon equal hours of information and motivation.

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Sailing Terms Everyone Should Know

“Knowing the right sailing terms to use on board a boat is not JUST a way of sounding super cool and impressing your friends. (Though it works for that, too.) It’s actually very useful, and sometimes crucial in communicating while you’re sailing. Some of the vocabulary used on board boats can sound arcane, which it is! That’s part of what’s fun about it; we’re still using terms that have been used by sailors for hundreds of years.”

Read the full article on ASA.

Youngest Solo Sailor, Around the World At 16

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At 16 years old Laura Dekker became the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the globe single-handedly. now 18 she shares her experience, what she learned and what she wants for the future.

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Trusting the Subject as a Collaborator

A Filmmaker Magazine interview on the making of Maidentrip


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A Chapter of Sailing and Sailboat Industry History

“Yachting and gentleman are English concepts and they fit very well together. Plaisance is French and it is not quite the same thing. It developed in France in the early 20th century but it really referred to small and light boats designed for lakes and rivers or for coastal cruising. The far away shores and blue sea were only distant dreams in most sailor’s minds even if they were fuelled by the likes of Tabarly and Moitessier.”

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Circumnavigation Records

“Circumnavigating the globe is one thing. Doing it in style is a whole different story. People throughout history have found different ways to make traveling the world a bit more interesting. Let’s look back at 10 of the most unique circumnavigation records in history.

10 Things You Can Do to Save the Ocean

National Geographic provides a list of 10 thing you can do to help save the ocean.

The Downside Of Circumnavigating

“For four years there’d been a sort of radar screen in my brain that constantly monitored the progress of the circumnavigation. …Now the radar screen was blank, just an irritating screech of white noise where recently my life goal had glowed so magnificently. We’d just experienced the world’s best vacation–and now I was suddenly and unexpectedly experiencing the world’s worst case of post-vacation blues.”

Read the full story here.

How Young Is Too Young to Sail Around the World Alone?

Read the editorial that originally drew director Jillian Schlesinger to the story of Laura Dekker’s voyage here.


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