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Teenage Dutch sailor's mother drops opposition to her planned round-the-world voyage

Jan 23: Abby Sunderland, 16, looks out from her sailboat, Wild Eyes, as she leaves for her world record attempting journey at the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, Calif.

Jan 23: Abby Sunderland, 16, looks out from her sailboat, Wild Eyes, as she leaves for her world record attempting journey at the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, Calif.  (AP)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The mother of a 14-year-old Dutch girl who wants to sail solo around the world has given up her opposition to her daughter's planned trip.

Laura Dekker's dream of becoming the youngest person to sail alone around the globe has been thwarted by a Dutch court that last year made her a ward of the state amid concerns over her physical ability and her social development if she is isolated and out of school for months.

Dekker's mother, Babs Mueller, wrote in an open letter published in Saturday's edition of the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper that she no longer opposes the voyage.

Mueller says "I know she can do it." Mueller is separated from Dekker's father.

Dekker is due in court Tuesday for a hearing on whether she should remain a ward of the state.