Dekker and her family planned the route around the world to stop at what they considered “safe” docking ports and also navigated a way that avoided areas that had high seas and pirates.
While on her trip, Dekker kept a blog documenting her trip and describing the vast area of places she visited such as the Canary Islands, Panama, the Galapagos Islands, Fiji, Bora Bora, Australia, and South Africa.
Her adventure drew audiences from all around the world who felt that she was too young to undertake such a dangerous and possibly traumatic voyage. Many psychiatrists believed that she would suffer from extreme depression being alone for the long amount of time she planned to be sailing. Others said that the trip was too dangerous for just a teenager, and she could face problems such as high seas, shark infested waters, and pirates. Dekker argued that she would keep human contact by docking at different ports throughout her trip and visiting the locals.
While I admire Dekker’s courage and zest for adventure, if I were her parents I would never let her sail by herself around the world. The risks would be too great and I think an undertaking like this is meant for someone much older and wiser when it comes to knowledge about the ocean. Her parents claim that she has been sailing since she was 6 years old, but does that make her an expert sailor? I don’t think so. The fact that she made it home I find a complete miracle and while I give her props, why couldn’t she have waited another 10 years? I think her parents pulling her out of school for that long to go on essentially a vacation is not very responsible of them.
With about a thousand things that could go wrong in this situation, I don’t think this trip was the wisest. But good for her, because now she will have to find something to do in her life that will top the trip she took when she was 14.