Sailboats race during the start of the 2009 Bayview Mackinac Race at Port Huron, Michigan, on July 25. Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press/MCT/Newscom
Japanese sailboats are lit up at Nagasaki Port in the southwestern Japanese prefecture of Nagasaki on April 24, 2008 in preparation for the city's annual sailboat festival. Newscom/FILE
Three feluccas are seen traveling on the Nile river in Egypt. Feluccas are traditional wooden sailboats used in the Red Sea, Mediterranean, and the Nile River. The boats, obsolete since the advent of motorboats, still offer a peaceful mode of transportation for tourists. Newscom/FILE
The giant, high-tech catamaran Alinghi 5 sails on Lake Geneva on July 20 near Chexbres, Switzerland. America's Cup holder Alinghi promised a thrilling technical free-for-all in its duel against US rival Oracle next year, after the successful first sailing of the new Alinghi 5. Carlo Borlenghi/Alinghi/AFP/Newscom
Sailboats decorate the horizon as swells up to 20-feet high pound Newport Beach, California on July 25. Mindy Schauer/The Orange County Register/Newscom
A small red-sailed boat travels along the coast of Roundstone, County Galway, Ireland on May 1. Newscom/FILE
Boats made by local fishermen are ready to set off on Taihu Lake in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China at the opening ceremony of Taihu Lake Fishing Festival. The annual festival is held on one of China's largest lakes to mark the beginning of the lake's fishing season at the beginning of September. Newscom/FILE
A sailboat is silhouetted by a sunset in Key West, Florida on June 30. Newscom
Sailboats are seen in the water near Dunkerque, France on June 27 taking part in the Tour de France a la Voile, an annual yachting race around the coast of France. DPPI/Icon SMI/Newscom
The Russian-owned Sedov sails on July 5 in Gdansk Gulf, northern Poland. Built in 1921 in Germany, the Sedov was the largest traditional sailing ship in the world for almost 80 years. The vessel still participates in maritime races all over the world. Krzysztof Mystkowski/AFP/Newscom
Robbie Daniel and Jacques Benier sail their Tornado type sailboat in Clearwater harbor, in western Florida. Newscom/FILE
In this photo from the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2009 sailing race, Italian Joe Fly navigates his craft through the waters of Porto Cervo, Italy. Tefano Gattini/SEA AND SEE/DPPI/Newscom
A boat is seen sailing in Lake Baikal in southern Siberia, the deepest and one of the most ancient lakes of the planet. This lake, also known as 'The Blue Eye of Siberia' is a popular destination for many people around the world because of its amazing beauty and unique, pure water. Valeriy Lukyanov/Foto S.A./Newscom/FILE
Laura Dekker set sail on her own back in 2010. Now on the final leg of her journey, Laura Dekker is scheduled to finish on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten.
ByToby Sterling, Associated Press
Teenage Dutch sailor Laura Dekker is nearing the finish of her solo sailing trip around the world almost the same way she began it — in good spirits, despite endless debate about the terms under which she is allowed to be at sea.