16-Year-Old Sails Around the World All by Herself

Anything is possible with the right amount of passion and determination — just ask Laura Dekker.

Back in 2012, when Dekker was only 14-years-old, she set out on a magnificent journey to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe all alone.

Before setting sail, her and her father were pulled into a legal battle with the Dutch government, fighting to get permission to set off on this trip. Many folks thought it was just some irresponsible publicity stunt, a case of bad parenting or a nightmare just waiting to unfold, but that wasn’t the case at all.

This was about a young girl with a dream, one she wasn’t willing to give up. Her and her father ended up prevailing.

Having been born and raised on a boat in the middle of the ocean, how could she not feel the need to return home?

Her 518-day, 27,000-mile journey on her Jeanneau ketch Guppy is an amazing tale of motivation, self-discovery, endurance and skill. She even followed the route her parents traveled 20 years earlier through French Polynesia.

During her voyage, she had a camera with her and filmed pretty much every aspect of the trip.

At times, you get a glimpse into the mixed emotions and loneliness she encounters from being out on the open ocean by herself, but she ultimately displays her headstrong fearlessness that is inherent in her consciousness.

A documentary of her quest, compiled by filmmaker Jillian Schlesinger, was recently added to Netflix, and let us be the first to tell you, it’s a hidden gem! You can check out an excerpt from the full-length documentary called Maidentrip in the video above.

She is truly an inspiration to anyone seeking adventure, for anyone who has ever dreamed of doing something that the world didn’t think was possible. It is breathtaking to see someone so young be completely free of outside influences.

Where there’s a will, there’s always a way.

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