Thursday, April 14th
6pm: Film screening starts
Join us for a film screening of Maidentrip – a film about Laura Dekker, a 14-year-old GUTSY girl, who sails around the world alone and in search of freedom, adventure, and past childhood dreams.
Directed by: Jillian Schlesinger
14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out—camera in hand—on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura now finds herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth at sea. 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.
LAURA DEKKER TIMELINE
1995 Laura Dekker is born on a boat in the port of Whangarei, New Zealand during her parents’ seven-year voyage around the world on their sailboat.
2000 Laura’s parents Dick Dekker and Babs Muller divorce. Laura chooses to live with her father in The Netherlands.
2001 At just six years of age, Laura sails her Optimist dinghy alone across the lake where she lives.
2005 At ten years of age, Laura takes multi-week trips to Friesland accompanied by only her dog Spot as crew.
2009 Laura announces her plans to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe alone at just 13 years old.
2009 Dutch authorities object to Laura’s voyage and prevent her from departing.
July 2010 A Dutch family court rules in favor of Laura and her father, allowing her to set sail.
August 2010 Laura sets sail alone from Gibraltar on Guppy, her red 38-foot two-masted ketch.
January 2012 Laura Dekker arrives in St. Marteen after her 17-month solo odyssey, officially making her the youngest person to ever sail around the world alone.
February 2012 Instead of returning to Europe, Laura continues sailing around the world with the goal of returning to New Zealand where she was born.
September 2012 Laura arrives and settles in Whangarei, NZ (the port where she was born) independent of her parents.