Laura Dekker ended a yearlong voyage aboard a sailboat named "Guppy" that apparently made her the youngest person ever to sail alone around the globe, though her trip was interrupted at several points.
PHILIPSBURG, ST. MAARTEN - Laura Dekker ended a yearlong voyage aboard a sailboat named "Guppy" that apparently made her the youngest person ever to sail alone around the globe, though her trip was interrupted at several points.
Dozens of people cheered as Dekker waved and then walked across the dock accompanied by her mother, father, sister and grandparents, who had greeted her at sea earlier. She arrived in St. Maarten Saturday after struggling against high seas and heavy winds on a final 41-day leg from Cape Town, South Africa. "There were moments where I was like, 'What the hell am I doing out here?,' but I never wanted to stop," she told reporters.
Dekker claims she is the youngest sailor to complete a round-the-world voyage, but Guinness World Records and the World Sailing Speed Record Council did not verify the claim, saying they no longer recognize records for youngest sailors to discourage dangerous attempts.
Dutch authorities tried to block her trip, arguing she was too young to risk her life. The teenager covered more than 27,000 nautical miles on a trip that started in St. Maarten on Jan. 20, 2011.
Neil Young journeys to Slamdance
Neil Young premiered his newest concert film "Neil Young Journeys" at the Slamdance Film Festival, a rival showcase to the Sundance Festival in Park City, Utah. The 2006 film "Neil Young: Heart of Gold" premiered at Sundance and chronicled two shows Young performed at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium alongside such longtime musical comrades as Emmylou Harris, Ben Keith and Spooner Oldham. "Journeys" is a raw, thunderous counterpart, filmed by Jonathan Demme at Toronto's Massey Hall during the closing shows of Young's solo tour last year. "'Journeys' is so different from 'Heart of Gold.' It's like the other side of the universe," Young said Saturday.
First Lady Michelle Obama is headed to Jay Leno's stage on Jan. 31. The first lady will appear on "The Tonight Show," where she's expected to talk about life in the White House, her fitness initiative for children and her upcoming book about the White House kitchen garden.
Steve Harvey is relinquishing his role as one of the Original Kings of Comedy to become an Alabama school principal -- for one day. Students at Phillips Academy in Birmingham will be answering to Principal Harvey on Thursday. The school won a contest sponsored by Harvey's morning radio show and General Mills. Harvey said he was impressed by the school's "strong parental and community involvement."