Catch Dekker Documentary in Newport

The film MAIDENTRIP comes to Newport, R.I., on Feb. 18.
Sailing World


A new documentary chronicles Laura Dekker’s solo circumnavigation.

If you’re hibernating in Newport, R.I., and dreaming of the next time you’ll get out on the water, you should head over to Jane Pickens Theater on Feb. 18 to check out MAIDENTRIP, the story of singlehanded sailor Laura Dekker.

For more details on the screening, presented by Team One Newport and Gill North America, visit newportFILM’s website. Director Jillian Schlesinger will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A.

Born on a boat and raised in shipyards, Laura Dekker grew up with one dream: to sail around the world alone. At thirteen, her daring plot sparked resistance from Dutch authorities and a global storm of media scrutiny. A year later, she won the right to set sail. Now, far from land, family, and unwanted attention, Laura spends her pivotal teenage years exploring the world alone in search of freedom, adventure, and lost childhood dreams. Jillian Schlesinger’s debut feature amplifies Laura’s brave, defiant voice through a mix of Laura’s own video and voice recordings at sea and intimate vérité footage from locations including the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa.


To read more about the movie, check out Tim Zimmermann’s recent blog post. You can find a complete screening schedule here.