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The Laura Dekker World Sailing Foundation has been established to provide programs for young people to develop skills like teamwork, self-confidence, responsibility, creativity, and leadership. The challenge of expeditions in foreign lands and long-distance sailing aboard our sturdy training vessel provides a uniquely powerful and highly effective environment for the personal development of children and teenagers from all backgrounds..

The concept, in short:

Up to twelve teens, divided into different age groups, can participate in the programs that Laura runs. You will travel to many areas where Laura was also during her solo world voyage: From Spain or Portugal through the English Channel to Norway and then across the Shetlands and Orkney Islands to the Netherlands. This Europe route is for younger children who stay on board for only one or two weeks.

Teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 can also participate in an Atlantic crossing: from Portugal, they travel across the Atlantic Ocean, past the Canaries and Cape Verde, through the Caribbean to the Azores, and back to southern Europe.

While sailing, the focus shall be on building life skills and character that can be learned. Participants will be involved in all aspects of the trip—preparation, cooking, maintenance, navigation, watches, sails, provisioning, etc. Through the trip, we wish to achieve some core life skills, like teamwork, responsibility, self-confidence, determination, and discipline, become aware of our environment, and experience the pleasure of simplicity (how less can be more).

Of course, you will also learn about life at sea (i.e., sail handling, ropes, navigation (celestial and modern), understanding the weather, and maintenance (rope work, woodwork, engine…).

However, our main focus is on building confidence, determination, teamwork, and responsibility, as these are very important things in life.

All this requires a lot of work, organizing, and funding, and Minicat tries very hard to support this fantastic idea.

If you want to support Laura, please go to her website, and follow the instructions for how to do so.

Thank you.

To find out more about Laura Dekker’s Foundation please visit  their website here >>>

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