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Ο γύρος του κόσμου από την 16χρονη Laura Dekker

Εκτός από τα πέντε σκάφη του Volvo Ocean Race, το έκτο είναι ακόμα αραγμένο σε ένα νησάκι του Ατλαντικού, στο Cape Town μόλις άραξε και ένα ακόμα σκάφος που κάνει το γύρο του κόσμου.
Το Gybby, ένα Jeanneau Ginfizz ketch 38ft, με κυβερνήτη την Laura Dekker, μια Ολλανδή 16χρονη κοπέλα, γεννημένη στις 20 Σεπτεμβρίου 1995, που κάνει τον γύρο του κόσμου μόνη της.
Η Laura έχει στόχο να ολοκληρώσει το γύρο του κόσμου πριν τον Σεπτέμβριο του 2012 για να γίνει ο νεότερος άνθρωπος που επιτυγχάνει αυτόν το στόχο. 
Το άτυπο αυτό ρεκόρ τώρα το κατέχει η Αυστραλιανή Jessica Watson που τώρα ετοιμάζεται να τρέξει στο Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race
Η Laura με το σκάφος της λίγο πριν φτάσουν στο Cape Town και αφού είχε διασχίσει τον Ινδικό Ωκεανό αντιμετώπισε ανέμους που ξεπερνούσαν τους 50 κόμβους και πολύ άγρια θάλασσα. Τα κατάφερε και βρέθηκε στην μαρίνα που φιλοξενεί τα σκάφη του VOR. Όπως η ίδια περιγράφει παρακάτω της επέτρεψαν να δέσει εκεί και λίγο μετά είδε να καταφθάνει και το Camper...
Διαβάστε την τελευταία ανάρτηση από το blog της που περιγράφει την άφιξη της στο Cape Town...
"This last leg to Cape Town was really tough. On the last night coming in I reefed the mainsail three times and we rounded the Cape of Good Hope in five metres high breaking waves, Guppy going at 8 knots under the storm jib only.
The 35 knots wind that were forecasted soon turned to 40 knots, then to 45 knots and finally to 50 knots with at times 55 knots gusts! This was more than what the storm jib could take, but for some reason it jammed rolling so I couldn't furl it in... 
The small sail area left was too much and being knocked down was still a real possibility - it had to come down. In the early morning light as I could barely figure out the huge mass of the Table Mountain nearing, its top rising high above into the clouds, I made my way to the foredeck where under multiple ice cold showers I managed to take the storm jib down.
On this side of Cape Agulhas the water temperature drops significantly and for the first time since the Galápagos Islands I saw penguins and seals swimming around. With her now bare masts Guppy was still heeling heavily as we were heading for the harbor and I was blinded by all the water washing over and the rising sun shining straight into my eyes.
Don't ask me how but I did manage to manoeuvre Guppy through the breakwaters and with its smaller waves I could see that I was now right in with ... the Volvo Ocean Race boats! 

I was allowed to dock and I started to wait for some feeling to come back to my frozen fingers and toes...
I saw a few hours later the 'Camper' come in – she too is part of the Volvo Ocean Race and is jointly sailed by team Emirates and team New Zealand...
Because it was a little bit to busy over there and a have since moved to the quieter Cape Town marina which is better for Guppy.
After a good night sleep I am well rested so I can start cleaning inside Guppy's cabin. The rough seas and all the water leaking in have neatly ordered everything into one big mess...


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