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EPIC Girl Sails Around Globe Judy Fitzpatrick / AP Photo

Girl Sails Around Globe

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.

January 21, 2012 3:24 PM