I am not a believer in the tall poppy syndrome, but this is really getting to me. Last year, when this young girl announced her decision to sail around the world there were experts aplenty to tell us that she shouldn't and couldn't do it. When she had a mishap off the NSW coast before the proper start they reminded us of their advice. And so now, nearly 6 months later they are all wringing their hands in glee that, according to the strict interpretation of the rules, she has failed in her attempt. Firstly they've pointed out she is too young to be the youngest person...strange though it seems, the youngest you can be is 18yo. Now they claim, even if she were 18yo, she would not have met the criteria for the achievement. I say, so ****ing what!! She's sailed around the World, that fact is indisputable. She has spent 6 months doing it. She's done it without setting foot on land, resting or with outside assistance. She's encountered massive seas, traversed both Capes and now only a few days away from arriving at her start point. And she's 16. 16 years old FFS! What were YOU doing at 16? How many 16yo's can even survive a weekend without parental assistance, let alone have the gumption and bravery to attempt this sort of feat. And the saddest part in all of this? Most of the criticism is home based. And that makes me sad. Sad, that in a time when we criticise young people for not stepping up to the mark, being dependant on outside support and then label them the 'me, me, me' generation, we attempt to play down the efforts of one of them who steadfastly refuses to play to that stereotype. Naysayers, hang your heads in shame.