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August 20, 2011 permalink
Today August 20 Laura Dekker passed through the Torres strait between Australia and New Guinea. This took her from the Coral sea to the Arafura Sea, completing her crossing of the Pacific Ocean in 131 days. Her immediate destination is Darwin on the north coast of Australia. Soon she will be reaching Bali, where she will have to decide between a northern route through the Arabian sea (pirates), the Suez Canal (revolution) and the Mediterranean (Libyan war), or the longer southern route around the Cape of Good Hope (stormy).
The start of Laura's journey was delayed a year by Dutch child protectors. She has already gone further than her predecessor Magellan, who died in the Philippines before completing his crossing of the Pacific. Information about Laura's progress comes from her blog, including pictures of Laura taken on her visits to Tonga and Fiji.
Addendum: Laura arrived at Darwin on August 25 and departed on September 26.