The Laura Dekker World Sailing Foundation is established September 6, 2016 by a couple of sailing enthusiasts who want to keep alive the memory on the solo circumnavigation in 2010 - 2012 of this young 14 year old Dutch girl.
ZWOLLE-September 6, 2016 - Het Laura Dekker Zeilproject kan van start / A go for the Laura Dekker Sailing Foundation. Notary Jelger de Kroon from DuretTrip Notary Office (Zwolle, the Netherlands) supervises originator Henne Pauli signing the certificate.Also signing: boardmembers Carla Auer (see picture) and Peter de Lange (not on picture). Next step: developing the crowdfunding platform.
The Laura Dekker Worls Sailing Foundation is established during the Amsterdam Boatshow in summer 2016.
The initiative for the establishment of the Foundation, with the approval of Laura herself - the youngest solo cicumnavigator of the world - has been executed by a couple of Dutch sailing enthusiasts. With the intention to start a project to familiarize youngsters with long distance sailing at sea.
The Foundation wants to purchase Laura Dekkers sailingship the two-master Guppy and is in search for sponsors to make this happen.
Laura Dekker, then living in Den Osse (Zealand, The Netherlands), has from August 18, 2010 from Portimão Portugal, when she had the age of 14, until Januari 21, 2012 at her arrival at Sint Maarten (now 16 years old) achieved a solo circumnavigation with her ship 'Guppy' as the youngest sailor ever. All over the world media described her as 'the sailinggirl' because she had to fight several times in court to get the permission of the Dutch authorities to perform het solo circumnavigation as young as she was then.
The Foundation wants to keep alive the memory on this achievement with a sailtraining project aimed at young people.
It is our aim to use her ship Guppy, a Jeanneau Gin Fizz, as a training ship to make young sailors aware of the protection of oceans as a source of life and as a bridge to other peoples.
With Lauras approval
This initiative is supported by Laura herself: "It would be super if Guppy could be dedicated for campaigns to empower youth sailing". Since her solo circumnavigation Laura Dekker lives in Whangarei, New Zealand.