Laura Dekker, at the Hiswa Boat Fair, Amsterdam in 2011
20 September 1995 |
Whangarei, New Zealand
|Known for||The youngest person to sail solo around the world, with stops|
|Spouse(s)||DaniÃ«l Thielmann (m. 2015)|
When I'm not surfing or sailing, I am to be found at the harbour working on my boat.
I really like boats. If you want to go somewhere, you just take your house with you.
My parents have sailed around the world; they know what can happen and that it's not always fun, but because I want to do it so much, they agreed and supported me.
I follow my own head. And if I'm determined to do something, then I'll make sure that I make it happen.
As soon as I get on my boat, something inside me changes. Then I really feel what living is.
I am not going to say much about the film 'Maidentrip,' but I won't be representing it, as I am not fully standing behind it.
Over a period of 11 months, I was constantly afraid that Youth Care would lock me up. It was all a frightening and traumatic experience. So often, these terrible memories come to me. I can't ignore them.
In England, I met a couple who run a children's home. They were very kind and showed me many nice spots in England.
It was really weird dealing with the media. I had no idea how to handle it.
As a 13-year-old girl, it was never my intention to be the center of world news.