The then 15-year-old LaurDekker before departure
It was their longest stage so far. From Australia it traveled over 6,000 nautical miles non-stop in 47 days to the South African port city. The reporting on their homepage was suspended for a few weeks to ensure that pirates could not infer the position of Dekker and her "guppy" from the daily reports there. “Pirates also have internet,” the young sailor explains this step.
The Dekker family chose the longer, but safer option around South Africa in terms of attacks. Since the project is already under criticism - many consider Laur to be too young for such a trip and therefore her father to be irresponsible - one wanted to avoid the public discussion that would have been kicked out by the trip through the pirate area on the Horn of Afriklos.
Meanwhile Lauran is getting used to country life: “Everything moves, the country moves. I look like I'm running for the very first time, "she reports from Durban. She wants to continue the journey quickly, but a storm is currently blocking her journey, reports Dekker on her website.