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14 Year Old Attempts World-Round Sail
PORTIMAO, Portugal (AP) -- Representatives for a 14 year old Dutch sailor who is determined to become the youngest person to sail around the world solo say she is still set to depart from Portugal despite almost windless conditions.

Miranda Hoogenboom of Masmedia, the TV production company which will film the trip using remote cameras, says Laura Dekker is scheduled to begin her record attemp at an undetermined time on Saturday.

Child protection authorities have questioned the wisdom of allowing a child to take on the risk of sailing the world's oceans alone, but Laura says she has the navigating skills and endurance of an adult.

Laura has not yet returned to Portimao marina, which is scheduled as her starting point, after spending Friday doing last-minute tests on new equipment with her father and manager aboard her boat.

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