Girl Sails Around Globe

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In this Dec. 19 2010 file photo, Laura Dekker poses on her sailboat Guppy after arriving at Simpson Bay Lagoon near Philipsburg on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten. Now 16 years-old, Dekker is on the final leg of her solo sailing trip, a stint from Cape Town, South Africa, to the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, where she set sail in 2010.

This girl's going places in life. Laura Dekker, 16, sailed into St. Maarten harbor on Saturday, completing a 27,000 mile round-the-world voyage in a 38-foot yacht called "Guppy". The dutch teen broke an unofficial record set in 2010 by Australian teenager Jessica Watson. Dekker turned 16 during the trip, but she won't garner any recognition for her groundbreaking voyage from The Guinness World Records, which doesn't acknowledge records for "youngest" sailors. Dekker, who claims she was born on a boat and started dreaming about circumnavigating the globe when she was ten, caused a controversy amongst the Dutch government several years ago when she announced plans for her journey. Dutch officials tried to interfere, claiming she was too young, while educational authorities complained she should be in school.