Teen sailor readies for record bid

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Dutch teenager Laura Dekker was planning to depart Saturday from Portugal to start her bid to become the youngest person to sail around the world solo, her manager said.

Dekker, 14, arrived a week ago in the southern Portuguese town of Portimao after a 10-day test cruise from the Netherlands with her father on board.

"Everything is ready," he said.

Dekker arrived Aug. 14 in Portugal on her red-hulled, 38-foot ketch Guppy in a docking kept under wraps from the media at her own request.

Click here and here for accounts in two European newspapers.