A Night With Laura Dekker (Youngest Solo Circumnavigation)

Here at IBC we get to do some pretty fun stuff and last night was no exception as we spent it at Portland Yacht Club with Laura Dekker.

Who is Laura Dekker you ask?

Laura Dekker is the youngest person to circumnavigate the planet solo aboard her ketch named “Guppy”. Some of you might have seen a documentary about her trip called “Maiden Trip” on Netflix. We all sail here or have sailed at some point so this was right up our alley, and of course with sailing there’s the inevitable dinghy ride to adventure. Adam, Chris, and Mike made quick friends with Laura and swapped some sea tales before her well presented story began.

The Portland Yacht Club was near capacity as she spoke in her own words what the incredible trip meant to her and the challenges she had to overcome along the way. While talking informally with Laura before the show, she shared what her views were on dinghy carrying and size. Laura is a blue water sailor and pretty much does the same thing most of us do here at IBC, which is to say she rolls it up and stows it below rather than crossing an ocean with it on deck or in davits. (see our earlier blog post “A Tale Of Two Tenders”).

As we all know after a crossing or jaunt to a far away land is done it’s the time of the tender. The tender is the passport to adventure and exploration once you have arrived at your destination, it’s the link to the outside world and all of it’s wonders. Chores that would be impossible without a tender become adventures in their own right and kids argue about who’s going to do the laundry or get stores. Yes the sailor’s key to hidden treasure remains the trusty dinghy and a willingness to see the world.

If you have a chance, stop by Laura’s blog and read her courageous tales of sailing 1 1/2 times around the World solo when she was only 14.

If you are feeling adventurous and want a proper dinghy, tender, or sport boat call us here at IBC and let us help open your door to adventure! (503) 235- 2628