11/23/2011 09:56 am ET

Laura Dekker, Dutch Teen Sailor, Close To Breaking World Solo Sailing Record

Last year, Aussie 16-year-old Jessica Watson sailed around the world solo. The same year, American Abby Sunderland, also 16, made it from California to the Indian Ocean alone on her sailboat before a rogue wave tore off the mast of the boat, forcing her to end her trip. Since then, another teenage girl took on the sea and now she’s more than halfway finished with her journey.

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