“Maidentrip” Made Our Trip: Reflections on this Year’s Film Festival Field Trip

Marisa Bregg

Have you ever gone on a cruise ship? Or possibly sailing? Well, I’m sure that you’ve never sailed far enough to make history…

This Wednesday, all 9th and 10th graders went on a field trip to the Sarasota Film Festival to view the film Maidentrip.

After winning a 10-month battle with the courts, the film’s protagonist Laurra Dekker, a brave, 14-year-old girl, won the right to attempt to sail around the world alone, and to make history. Laura, a confident and capable young sailor, set out on her 40-foot boat, the Guppy, on a two-year journey. She braved threatening storms and high winds, and amazingly turned those threats into opportunities. She used those deadly winds to fill her sails an propel her faster. Her inspirational story of coming from a dysfunctional family and making history shows people of all ages that if you set your mind to something, you can and will accomplish it.

Alexa Kess offered that “It was really good and it showed a great example of perseverance and never giving up on your dreams. If you set your mind to something you can truly accomplish anything, and just because your young doesnt mean that you’re any weaker or less than adults.”

“I liked the film. It was very inspirational,” said Sierra VanSuch.

The film inspired 9th and 10th graders to pursue something that they’re passionate about. Laura Dekker proved that really any “dream” is possible as long as you truly want to accomplish it.

Interested in finding out more about this incredible young woman?

Visit www.lauradekker.nl for more videos, maps, and information about the world’s youngest circumnavigator.