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2009-12-23 11:08:11 AM
Laura made headlines this year when she announced plans to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world.

Utrecht court blocked her plans and appointed a temporary guardian to ensure she did not set off.


if the kid wants to try to do this, why not work with her to develop safety standards and minimum requirements, then let her give it a go?

oh wait. nanny state. gotta crush the dreams of youth before they get uppity and do something inconvenient.
 
2009-12-23 11:47:49 AM
We don't have the moral right to stop Darwin.
 
2009-12-23 11:48:25 AM
This thread has merit. And I say let her do it. Just get her a headstone beforehand. Ounce of prevention, pound of cure, and all that.
 
2009-12-23 11:49:19 AM
subby, +1 for 'follow up' tag.
 
2009-12-23 11:50:12 AM
She just keeps on making fools of these people and they hate it. This chick is awesome.
 
2009-12-23 11:53:59 AM
Love all dutch rudder innuendo.
 
2009-12-23 11:54:37 AM
But keeping her there amongst all those dikes is just fine...
 
2009-12-23 11:55:22 AM
Gorilla Mask.

That is all.
 
2009-12-23 11:58:54 AM
You I keep hearing from this girl's father how this is her dream, but I've yet to hear anything to that effect from the girl herself. I can't be the only one getting a strong sense of "Balloon Boy Syndrome" at play here.
 
2009-12-23 11:58:56 AM
I don't necessarily agree with letting a kid that young sail solo, but it has been done before (I don't think 14, maybe 17). There are ways of putting levels of safety in place. Plus, it's not like that girl that killed herself and her father when she was 12 by crashing the plane she was flying back in the 90s.

On the issue of the father, I feel there are issues with his parenting style, but unless he helped her get on that flight to the Caribbean, I don't think the court has any right to remove custody, since she was already on temporary guardianship.
 
2009-12-23 12:11:13 PM
Any one remember the little girl who was flying across the country
back in the 90's. Link (new window)

Parents who allow these type of attention whoring stunts that
put their children at risk should be shot. It doesn't matter if the
kid is willing, parents are the one's who are supposed to have
better judgement.
 
2009-12-23 12:17:32 PM
Would there be a Dutch Oven on the boat?
 
2009-12-23 12:22:54 PM
Other Jailbaitian girls trying to sail around the world alone at this time...

http://www.jessicawatson.com.au/

http://www.abbysunderland.com/
 
2009-12-23 12:30:59 PM
Not Guilty Your Honesty: Other Jailbaitian girls trying to sail around the world alone at this time...

http://www.jessicawatson.com.au/

http://www.abbysunderland.com/


I would have either young lady for dinner. They would provide most interesting dinner conversaiton.
 
2009-12-23 12:33:45 PM
Not Guilty Your Honesty: Other Jailbaitian girls trying to sail around the world alone at this time...

http://www.jessicawatson.com.au/

http://www.abbysunderland.com/


The one daffy biatch managed to hit a freighter her first night.
 
2009-12-23 12:53:34 PM
She could use a nice Cleveland Steamer.
 
2009-12-23 12:56:00 PM
I never found out what a "Mexican Halloween" was.
 
2009-12-23 01:04:21 PM
SmokeNmirrors: Any one remember the little girl who was flying across the country
back in the 90's. Link (new window)

Parents who allow these type of attention whoring stunts that
put their children at risk should be shot. It doesn't matter if the
kid is willing, parents are the one's who are supposed to have
better judgement.


in the 1800's, a child might first go to sea at the age of 12. Serving on a ship of the line, they would learn how to be a sailor by surviving combat and long sea voyages. someone of age 14 could possibly manage a solo trip...if properly planned and supervised. dangerous? certainly. But walk down the wrong street in any major city after dark and it's just as dangerous.
 
2009-12-23 01:10:02 PM
I'm sorry, but if the parents are willing to let her try and pay for the trip, then the government should have absolutely no right to stop her/him.

This is a BS move by ANY government.
 
2009-12-23 01:28:12 PM
dangerous? certainly. But walk down the wrong street in any major city after dark and it's just as dangerous.

But what if it's Gotham City and Batman is there? Also, I'm pretty sure Robin voyaged around the globe when he was like, 14 or so.
 
2009-12-23 01:33:10 PM
Everyone's hopping on the innuendo train, huh? Okay, here we go:

I'd swab her poop deck!
 
2009-12-23 01:38:07 PM
Weaver95: Laura made headlines this year when she announced plans to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world.

Utrecht court blocked her plans and appointed a temporary guardian to ensure she did not set off.

if the kid wants to try to do this, why not work with her to develop safety standards and minimum requirements, then let her give it a go?

oh wait. nanny state. gotta crush the dreams of youth before they get uppity and do something inconvenient.


Did you read the article? They did as you suggested, but her father isn't complying.
 
2009-12-23 01:51:25 PM
i441.photobucket.com
"Young girl sailor"
Is not amused
 
2009-12-23 01:56:46 PM
Not Guilty Your Honesty: Other Jailbaitian girls trying to sail around the world alone at this time...

http://www.jessicawatson.com.au/


That is so not fair ... Austalians have an advantage coz they're halfway round the world already.
 
2009-12-23 02:00:13 PM
The depressing part of this whole sad scenario is that she's already demonstrated bad judgement - yank five grand and run away, leaving your parents holding the bag, because you can't handle the pressure of scrutiny? Good going, there.
 
2009-12-23 02:18:27 PM
But isn't it great, isn't it grand, they have each other?

/decided to take obvious allusion in less obvios but not quite obscure direction
 
2009-12-23 02:25:52 PM
Ahhhh...The Dutch Rudder.

Still one of the funniest threads evah.
 
2009-12-23 02:27:43 PM
spawn73: Weaver95: Laura made headlines this year when she announced plans to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world.

Utrecht court blocked her plans and appointed a temporary guardian to ensure she did not set off.

if the kid wants to try to do this, why not work with her to develop safety standards and minimum requirements, then let her give it a go?

oh wait. nanny state. gotta crush the dreams of youth before they get uppity and do something inconvenient.

Did you read the article? They did as you suggested, but her father isn't complying.


Did you not read who made the comment? Dude, it's Weaver95.
 
2009-12-23 02:44:34 PM
This girl wants to do something other than develop an eating disorder, dress like a hoochie mamma, hang out at shopping malls, and get knocked up by a much older man who consequently dumps her. Therefore, the authorities must stop her from pursuing her dream, a dream that most adults are too cowardly to even contemplate...
 
2009-12-23 04:06:29 PM
What no seaman jokes? I'm disappointed in all of you.
 
2009-12-23 04:09:58 PM
Hey, don't listen to us old people! Follow your dreams now! Or lose them like all those nah sayers did.
 
2009-12-23 04:17:17 PM
Utrecht court blocked her

My Utrecht court got blocked once, man that hurt like a motherfarker for about a week...
 
2009-12-23 04:57:02 PM
Another Government Employee: I would have either young lady for dinner.

With some Fava beans and a nice Chianti?
 
2009-12-23 04:59:46 PM
MikeMc: What no seaman jokes? I'm disappointed in all of you.

www.ugo.com

None are more disappointed than Seaman. Just look at that expression?!
 
2009-12-23 05:41:43 PM
Weaver95: if the kid wants to try to do this, why not work with her to develop safety standards and minimum requirements, then let her give it a go?

Because she sucks at the whole adventuring thing.

First, she announces she'll sail around the world, even though her mom disapproves. (Or her father did; she's not on record saying she actually wants to do this)

Then, when she is already under supervision(!), she flees the country to France, and flies out of the EU to the Caribbean on a New Zealand passport.. Okay, fine, BUT she flies to the Netherlands Antilles of all places! At least pick a country in Latin America where Dutch papers aren't sold on every street corner to all the Dutch people living there..

It's like, if you run away from home, try to find a lactose intolerant family to stay with.

She may know how to operate a rudder, but not how to keep her head down.
 
2009-12-23 06:24:36 PM
Weaver95: oh wait. nanny state. gotta crush the dreams of youth before they get uppity and do something inconvenient.

Over in one.
 
2009-12-23 06:46:04 PM
How much trust can you put in someone whose name is a redundancy~~

Dick Dekker.
 
2009-12-23 10:26:05 PM
You mean she doesn't want to play video games and send text messages all day? There must be something wrong with the parents.

By the way, who the hell are these social service workers telling that dad, who has sailed around the world, how he ought to have his daughter prepare?
 
2009-12-24 04:22:13 AM
Weaver95: But walk down the wrong street in any major city after dark and it's just as dangerous.

That's probably not the best example you could have chosen to argue your point. Good parents teach their kids to avoid walking down sketchy streets in major cities after dark.
 
2009-12-24 11:42:09 AM
BiffDangler: By the way, who the hell are these social service workers telling that dad, who has sailed around the world, how he ought to have his daughter prepare?

THIS
 
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