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Record-breaking solo teen sailors: A visual timeline 
7 teenagers who have braved storms, pirates, and severe loneliness to earn a rare nautical distinction
 
Record-breaking solo teen sailors: A visual timeline REUTERS/BORJA SUAREZ

Forget prom nights and driver's licenses, these teens yearn for something more adventurous — to sail around the world unassisted. Laura Dekker (pictured), a Dutch 16-year-old, is the latest, and youngest, sailor to successfully earn this controversial distinction. Here a look at seven teens, from four different continents, who have tested laws, patience, strength, and character to do the same.

 

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