_How many of us wish we had a slideshow like this from our teen years? (And how awesome is the Dutch version of "Piano Man"? -Ed.)
She still has a long way to go to get back to the Atlantic and close the circle on her voyage. And she's been honest about the tough times she has had so far, rating the crossing from Bora Bora to Tonga—where she had no wind, or tons of wind, got sick, and faced nasty seas—as her worst (she rated the Vanuatu to Darwin leg second most difficult, and the Atlantic crossing third). But she is about to turn sixteen, and she doesn't seem in a huge rush to move on as long as there is something fun and interesting happening ashore. If nothing goes wrong, she will probably complete her circumnavigation before she turns 17, which would in fact make her the youngest ever. The beauty of it is I don't think she will really care that much. She set out to do something very different than Abby Sunderland and Jessica Watson, who made pure record attempts (and non-stop is a completely different animal). And what Dekker's voyage has truly been about is perfectly summed up in a recent blog entry: "The days just fly by, and I haven't had time to be bored, not even for one second." Too bad more teens don't live, and talk, like that.