Solo teen sailor reaches milestone

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Dutch 15-year-old solo sailor Laura Dekker has made her way to French Polynesia, arriving June 8 at its capital Papeete, on the island of Tahiti, putting her about halfway across her second and largest ocean, the Pacific.

So far, since departing on Aug. 21, 2010, Dekker has sailed across the Atlantic, transited the Panama Canal in April and sailed halfway across the Pacific without a major incident. She said recently that she hopes to be in Australia in November.

Laura Dekker on her Jeanneau Ginfizz ketch Guppy.

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