14-year-old departs for staging point of solo voyage

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Fourteen-year-old Laura Dekker and her father sailed out of Amsterdam aboard her 38-foot yacht, Guppy, Wednesday and were bound for Portugal, where the Dutch sailor plans to begin an attempt to become the youngest person to make a solo circumnavigation.

Last week, Dekker won a legal battle when a court released her from the guardianship of Dutch child protection agencies. They had blocked her initial plan to depart at age 13 over fears for her safety and psychological health during the trip, which will likely take around a year.

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