“On Life’s Vast Ocean Diversely We Sail”
Two stories on the Drudge Report feature kids sailing (or wanting to sail) solo around the world. The first is about a boy from Britain who accomplished this feat, and the second is about a girl who is being prevented by a court in the Netherlands from doing the same.
One reason advanced in opposition to the girl’s plan is that she would have to study by herself for two years rather than going to school. This is a scary example of a state imposing uniformity at the expense of someone’s dream. Schools as we know them have been around for only a short period of time, relative to the vast span of history. People have been exploring for thousands of years. Who is to say that the modern classroom constitutes a normal experience and sailing the open seas is aberrant?
As for the safety issue, the girl’s family planned her trip so that she would at most be at sea for three weeks at a time. Young teenagers have sailed solo on voyages of that duration. If a three-week journey is acceptable, then there should be nothing wrong with many three-week journeys in succession.