http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,20797,26226899-3102,00.html?from=public_rss Read the above link. The news article is very short, I promise. A 16 year old, Australian girl is sailing solo around the world. On one hand, I think that we have very low expectations for teenagers. George Washington was surveying the countryside at 16. On the other hand, I think that it would be much more safe for anyone to have a fellow passenger on a trip around the world. That has nothing to do with the girl's age but with common sense. The father did make a comment that was annoying. He said something along the lines of that it would be worse to deny their daughter the trip then for her to die in the attempt. I will see if I can't quote him exactly. I can think of a lot of ways for the dad to defend giving his daughter permission. Suggesting that not allowing her to do something is worse then her dieing is just stupid.