Laura Dekker sails into NZ
Laura Dekker, the youngest person to sail around the world alone, has just sailed into Marsden Cove near Whangarei to start her new life in New Zealand.
The New Zealand-born Dutch sailor announced her plans to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world in 2009. After problems with Dutch authorities, who stopped the record-breaking attempt despite her parents’ support, Dekker finally set off on August 21 2010.
Dekker, 16, completed her trip around the world on January 2012.
One of many sailing trips after her record-breaking journey, Dekker left for Whangarei from Tahiti on August 25 – a 4100km journey with a crew of one.
She says the past two days have been difficult because of stormy weather and the first thing she wants to do when she lands is have a hot shower.
Watch the video for the reactions to today’s arrival.