teen circumnavigator

Laura Dekker Jumps the Pond

     When fifteen year-old Laura Dekker left home after a fight, it wasn't about curfew or clothes or homework. She had been struggling for more than a year with Dutch authorities over her right to sail around the world alone, a battle that ignited international commentary and outcry.

Recap of Jessica's Voyage

      Just days away from her 17th birthday, Jessica Watson is about to arrive at Sydney Harbor, where tens of thousands are expected to welcome her.

Abby Sunderland On Board - cruising reality

    Sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland was probably relieved to finally get started on her non-stop solo circumnavigation. After all, she had been thinking about and preparing for the voyage since she was thirteen. Lately, she had endured public criticism of her dream and her parents' decision to support it. She left that on the dock when she departed Marina del Rey (California) Saturday, January 23.

How Cruising Changed Us II: World Citizens

      One of the most important lessons of our journey was learning that we are, as Socrates put it, “citizen(s) of the world.”

Jessica Rounds Cape Horn, Visits With Parents

      A sixteen-year-old Australian solo circumnavigator rounded Cape Horn this morning, surfing down high seas before 35-knot gusts and waving to the folks back home cheering her on.


                         Cape Horn by Jessica Watson

Update: Jessica and Abby

     When we left Jessica, she had just crossed the equator and officially become a shellback. After a couple of washing-machine days, she has rounded Kirimati (Christmas) Island and re-crossed the equator. She reports that she finally caught a fish -- yellowfin tuna -- and saw fishing boats. Now that she's back in the Southern Hemisphere, she's making for Cape Horn. She says she's counting down the 5,420 miles. She should arrive around the time of the summer solstice, the calmest time of year for the roughest cape in the world.

Jessica Watson Crosses the Equator, Appeases Neptune

     Australian teen circumnavigator Jessica Watson is now a shellback. That's the term we other shellbacks use for the metamorphosis of a polliwog who crosses the equator.

Those awesome teenage girls

     It's dramatic. Courageous. Suspenseful. True. We are approaching a remarkable moment in sailing history, when the three current contenders for youngest solo circumnavigator are all teenage girls.

     In order to claim the title, they each will sail 24,000 miles -- crossing all 360 degrees of longitude and the equator at least once  -- unassisted.