Dutch bid to thwart young sailor (13 years old)
Social workers in the Netherlands have taken legal action to try to stop a 13-year-old girl from sailing around the world on her own.
They want Laura Dekker to be made a ward of court, so that her parents, who support her plans, temporarily lose the right to make decisions about her.
Laura's father, Dick Dekker, has had a request for her to miss two years of school turned down.
Laura had a yacht by the age of six and began sailing solo when she was 10.
"Since I was 10 years old, I've known that I would like to sail around the world," she told Dutch television.
What are her parents thinking of, she has got to be very spoilt and her parents have got to be stupid. Is this about making money out of the fame and exploiting a child?