All are welcome at NESS to hear Laura Dekker, 16, describe her solo-circumnavigation aboard GUPPY, a 30-year old 38-foot Jeanneau Ginfizz ketch, when she lectures at New England Science and Sailing at 70 Water Street,
Stonington, CT, on October 11th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The presentation will include loads of photos from her voyage as well as some exclusive pre-release
video - including of species she encountered around the world. Miss Dekker had to cope with weeks of solitude, ocean storms and a fear of pirates while navigating and sailing, all the time trying to keep up with her schoolwork.
Dekker covered more than 27,000 nautical miles on a trip with stops at ports including the Canary Islands, Panama, the Galapagos Islands, Tonga, Fiji, Bora Bora, Australia, South Africa and finally St Maarten, from where she set out on January 20th, 2011 and returned in 2012. Unlike other young sailors who recently crossed the globe, Dekker repeatedly anchored at ports along the way to sleep, study and repair GUPPY. Dekker launched her trip two months after Abby Sunderland, a 16-year-old American sailor, was rescued in the middle of the Indian Ocean during a similar attempt. Save the date and join us at NESS, 70 Water Street, Stonington, CT, for this incredible opportunity to meet the youngest girl to solo circumnavigate the globe: October 11th! A recommended contribution will be requested at the door. More information at 860-535-9362.