Take a glance back in time, just for a second, and think about what you were doing when you were 14. Maybe checking out TRL after school? Eating junk food and talking about young love at sleepovers with your best buds? Cutting your own bangs? Well before she was old enough to drive a car, Laura Dekker sailed around the world.
Maidentrip chronicles the journey of 14-year-old Laura Dekker’s record-breaking sail in an inspiring film, screening on January 17th at the IFC Center in New York. She is the youngest person ever to complete the feat. Oh, and did we mention she was completely alone?
Dekker underwent 10 months of legal disputes before she was permitted to sail solo, without her family or even her support team. Maidentrip primarily uses footage she shot herself while on her voyage. The sail took 17 months.
“Of course there are people who say ‘you’re crazy’, but it’s a dream,” she explains, “a great, great dream. I want to sail, I want to go around the world.”
Cheers to you, Laura Dekker for proving the power of adolescent stubbornness, and the power of believing in yourself.