Dutch teen begins solo sail round world: Agent

Dutch solo sailor Laura Dekker, 14, began her round-the-world record bid from Gibraltar, not Portugal as first announced, her agent was quoted as saying.

Last Updated: Aug 21, 2010, 21:53 PM IST

The Hague: Dutch solo sailor Laura Dekker,
14, began on Saturday her round-the-world record bid from Gibraltar,
not Portugal as first announced, her agent was quoted as
saying.

"She left from the port of Gibraltar," Marijke Schaaphok,
whose company has signed an exclusive rights contract with
Dekker, told a news agency, saying she had spoken to the teenager`s
agent Peter Klarenbeek.

Schaaphok said Dekker had finally decided to make
Gibraltar the starting point for her voyage because "the
Portuguese police were causing problems because of her age."

PTI