After Jessica Watson's collision with a huge freighter, the Australian government has been looking for ways to prevent her departure. This would be similar to the ruling by the Dutch government to stop 13 year old Laura Dekker from attempting a solo circumnavigation. Apparently, there are no applicable laws against such a trip.
The exact circumstances of the collision have still not been determined. The authorities are worried that a similar incident further from land could be disastrous.
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